If it wasn't bad enough that some walls have been torn down, floors being refinished, bathrooms out of commission now the outside is being up heaved too.
Jason had a driveway put in so the semi could be parked next to the house. We were paying rent to have it parked in Overisel, but now that we have the space it just makes sense to bring it closer to home.
While the grass is destroyed and it's all a muddy mess it reminds me of how I am not in control. It's all in God's hands; every last bit. So the house is a disaster; it won't always be that way. We'll get there eventually. It's just not worth stressing over! Some how my neat, orderly self struggles with that one a bit :)
It's also amazing to see how much we can live without. While we are now able to utilize about half off the house- the main floor is essentially done with the exception of some paint touch ups and the bathroom. However our bedrooms are all going to be upstairs so we're all inhabiting temporary quarters for the time being. Emma is still in the playroom, Easton has been moved to the office and the hubs and I have taken over the future guest room.
Basically, the only room that has been completely unpacked is the kitchen. Our basement and garage are still packed with boxes and furniture. Not only is it so obnoxious to have to dig through a hundred boxes to find something it's also made me think, 'Why do we have all this stuff?' We've been living without it for almost a month now. Do we really need it? As I gear up to unpack in the near future, I have a feeling there will be a few loads being dropped off at Love Inc. as well as more garage sale boxes. Just because we have a bigger house doesn't mean I need to fill every nook and cranny!
Well little man the last month of your life has been rather chaotic. A lot has happened, but you have been great just rolling with it.
You continue to be such a good natured little fellow, with the exception of your sleeping habits. Mommy finally moved your pack 'n' play into one of the empty rooms of the new house and let you cry it out because at this point I don't know what else to do with my dear stubborn boy. We made it one night where you slept all the way through until you had to move back into the living room with us while the wood floors are refinished. You wake up no later than 5:00 every morning and fuss until I break down and feed you around 6:30.
We celebrated your baptism
We are down to four feeding a day (about every 4-4.5 hours) and three solid meals. You don't snack much, but you do chow down when it's time to eat. There isn't too much you don't like with the exception of peas. Still can't get you to choke those things down. You eat a jar of baby food at every meal and then a portion of whatever we are having. If we don't allow you to try something we're eating you get really upset. You've also learned the sign language for 'eat' and 'more'. I love that you are able to communicate your desires more clearly!
We packed and moved in 1.5 weeks
You still have no interest in 'creeping' along the furniture, even though mommy has tried. You are able to get up on all fours and crawl, but after a few paces you decide it's faster to do the army crawl. Sometimes you will kick your feet out while you are up on all fours which makes mommy giggle. It looks like you are doing a donkey move with those feet flying. You can go from laying to sitting too, but you don't have much interest in doing so- you'd much rather be on the move. You've also learned to speed crawl when you know you're in trouble and heading for some where you're not supposed to. So cute, but so naughty!
Your first Halloween
Last weight check you came in just under 17.5 lbs when weighed fully clothed. At your 9 month visit you weighed in just under 17 lbs. You're now in the 6%, but the doctor attributed some of that to the nasty cough you've been struggling with. It seems like you are all over the place when it comes to clothing sizes! You are primarily wearing 9 month or 6-12 month, but some of your 6 month and 6-9 month stuff fits just fine. Your jeans are all 6-12 month which are perfect in length. However you continue to crawl right out of them. Mommy still hasn't pulled out the cloth diapers since the move. She's still waiting for a few things to get settled before we go back to them. For now you are in size 3 diapers.
No new teeth this month, but you've had a nasty little cough you just can't shake. We had a 24 hour stretch with a high fever and a rash once the fever broke, but nothing the doctors have been able to clear up. For a while there it was very clear you weren't feeling well. Oh the joys of cold and flu season! The cough itself doesn't seem to slow you down too much. You're still a happy little bugger :) We love you so much little man!
Well, we're all moved in a settled into the new house. Hahaha, if only that were true! As the hubs put it, we're living dorm room style. I like to point out that it's worse considering our roommates are under 3 feet tall and have a strict bed time to adhere to. We are all moved in, but that's about it. The whole situation feels surreal.
Almost everything was emptied out of our old house on Saturday and we spent our first night on the couch since the air mattress we were hoping to use developed a substantial hole. The rest of our belongings we're moved on Sunday and now we're still trying to get things in order. Hopefully we'll be all settled by Christmas (I wish that was an exaggeration).
It seems like each thing we try to accomplish hits a roadblock. The only thing that has gone smoothly was carpet installation in the living room which was essential for us to have a place to sleep. Just a few examples:
-Wallpaper steamer blew a hole in it less than 24 hours after I bought it. So thankful Menards replaced it!
-Tenants backed out so I had to turn utilities back on at the old house until we figure out what we're going to do.
-Hardwood floors need to be refinished, but the company hasn't gotten back to Jason. As soon that is done we can at least set up our office and 'settle' into the guest room until the upstairs is finished.
-The dining room was not going to be painted until we removed tape from painting the trim... this removed some of the paint. Since we don't have any old paint it looks like we'll be painting in there after all.
I could keep going and I know in the grand scheme of things they're all minor, but it's hard when your living in the middle of it. Especially when you have some sort of neatness OCD like me!
I promise to have before and after pictures- some of them you will hardly believe. Until we're ready for that here's a picture of the outside.
I'm sure we'll be happy when everything is all done. It won't happen over night so I just have to remember to be patient. I know someday we'll look back on this whole escapade and laugh at the chaos that's going on, but I'm not there yet. What were we thinking?!?