Well, it looks like we may actually be moving in a few days. If you remember, we closed on our house in late October, but it’s been two long months of repairs and rehab, most of it unexpected. We were lucky to have childcare the last two days, so Ryan and I spent yesterday and today unpacking and putting things in place. This weekend, we are hiring a handyman to finish the painting and repair the hole in Charlotte’s ceiling where the new heater/AC went in a few weeks ago.

Grayson’s room is almost finished. I can’t explain how much I love it. The walls and built-in shelves are filled with pictures, books, and special gifts given to our special boy. His new bed is ready to be slept in, and we have a bed right beside it for his nurse. His closet is big enough to keep all his medical supplies, and he has his very own bathroom. I will post pictures soon, but I am so excited for Grayson to have a personal, functional room again.

We are moving to a significantly smaller space, so one of the biggest challenges has been purging unnecessary stuff. As it turns out, we have a lot of that. Today, I finally resigned myself to the fact that I will probably never be a size 2 again, and filled 3 huge trashbags of clothes to donate. It actually felt really good to haul those bags downstairs. Letting go, moving on. Another thing we discovered when unpacking our kitchen stuff is we are drinking glass hoarders, particularly wine glasses and beer mugs. Since at this particular point in time the sippy cup is way more utilized in our house than the beer mug, off to Goodwill 90% of those (as well as quite a few extra dishes) went.

This move is definitely bittersweet. I don’t particularly like big changes, and while I’m excited, I’m also sad. I know it’s not ideal to live with one’s parents for an extended period of time, but it really has been nice. My mom has been a huge help with the kids, an emotional support to me in what has been the hardest year of my life, and is just good company. I know I’m going to be lonely without her around. And I’m worried about Charlotte and my mom- those two are BFFs. I think they are both going to have withdrawals from each other. I don’t know what Charlotte is going to do without her fun Grammie around to spoil her and I don’t know what my mom is going to do without those constant sweet baby snuggles!

There’s still a lot to do, but we should be totally moved in about a week! New  year, new house, new beginnings!


  1. Erin on December 28, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I can't wait to see the new house! It's so exciting that it is almost move in time! I'm sure it will be quiet and odd to be in your new space, but it's close enough that Grammie can just pop by, right?

  2. J o s e y on December 28, 2013 at 3:41 am

    This is so exciting! Lots of change for sure, but starting fresh can be so revitalizing. When we moved into this house I purged a ton of beer stines and wine glasses as well – I have no idea how we ended up with so many! Can't wait to see pics of the new place!

  3. Esperanza on December 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Wow, I can't believe it's finally time to move. You have worked so hard for this, both in finding a place that fits and making it livable. I'm so excited for you that you can finally move it.

    Also… you were a size 2?! Jealous much?

    I know what you mean about accumulating crap. We are also drinking glass hoarders. We actually drink out of jars that we get when we buy this amazing salsa at our favorite burrito place. If you bring your own jar back they'll fill it (and charge you a dollar less) but we always forget and so we have dozens of those jars. We need to just get rid of a bunch but we never do. It's ridiculous. Maybe next holiday season I'll use them to give homemade gifts to people.

    I know it's hard to get rid of enough stuff to fit into a smaller space but I hope it also feels freeing. I know that in the end I always feel lighter. I hope you do too.

    As for losing your mom as a constant resource, that must be hard. My parents came to stay with us for ten days about a month after Monito was born and it was SO HARD to see them go. They were such a big help. I can only imagine after living with them for so long how hard it will be to say goodbye. I think I would miss the company most. It's so isolating to be home alone. I don't know how you do it.

    Good luck with the move. I can't wait to see picts of the new house… especially your blue kitchen!!!!

  4. allthesunforyou on January 2, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I laughed, and then read out loud to B about your glass collection. We are in the same situation, and B keeps saying that we need to purge them, but I just can't. I can't! Most of my beer glasses were stolen from European bars during my travels. They're my memories! 😉

    Good luck with the move!!

  5. Tommy Hopkins on December 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    It's been a year since you guys moved in, and I'm sure you guys are settling in quite nicely. I'm sure you made lots of memories back at your old home, and now, it's time to make new memories. The holiday season is coming, so get your camera out and capture the moments! And make sure to keep warm this winter! Cheers!

    Tommy Hopkins @ AccuTemp

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