Holy buckets, do I feel like my world has been crashing and burning the last few months! I don’t think it’s the addition of a third child – that’s still been a pretty easy transition. I think it’s the move. Just as I was establishing a routine and really starting to feel like our house was our home, we moved.
While we’ve moved a few times in the 5 years we’ve been married, this one was the hardest. BY FAR. The first time we moved, we didn’t have any kids. The second time we moved, we had a 1-year-old (and I was 38 weeks pregnant). This time, I had 3 kids. So much different.
Getting the old house ready to sale was much harder. A 3-year-old/1year-old sibling pair is way messier than a 1-year-old. And we had the house set up for how we needed it – with a playroom instead of a living room. And with changing tables in 2 bedrooms. One bedroom with a toddler bed and a twin bed. No closet doors in the kids bedroom – just one more thing to get in the way. And boxes and boxes and boxes of diapers in storage. Those things are not good for getting your house ready to be on the market.
Getting the new house ready to live in was much harder. Just like the last house, we carpeted and painted before we moved in. Just like the last house, I hired most of that to be done by other people. The key is “most”. There was still significant amounts of stuff for me to do. Especially once I took a look at the bedroom woodwork and said “Let’s paint it! Now!” It wasn’t the amount of work to be done that made it harder than last time. It was that every hour that I was needed at the new house to do stuff, was an hour that Jeff (usually!) was home with 3 boys alone. So it was a lot of sneaking over after bed time to paint. Or clean up.
But we’re in! And just now it’s been 1 month since we moved in. And I’m just now starting to get back into a routine of planning meals and cooking. It’s been a fair amount of take-out, frozen pizzas and flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants.
The good news? We love this house. This will be a great house for us. For now. And for years to come. I say that even knowing that we’re on the verge of a very expensive, very extensive, very impactful basement, bathroom and kitchen remodel. Let the craziness begin!