Sorry I haven’t been around much, but I do have quite a good excuse…
We are moving home – apparently one of the most stressful things you can do. In the past I wondered why this was the case. Now I know why!
All of my previous moves were BC (before children). It was easy to move just me and my clobber and usually only required a small van at the most.
Also, previous moves have always been between rented accommodation or from Home of Mum & Dad and rented accommodation. This time we own the place.
There is so much to think about from what to do
a) with current home. We have decided on selling it, but then we needed to fix a few things that have been on the ‘to be fixed’ list for at least 3 years. And we have to find an estate agent and hardest of all get the house ready for people to look at and hopefully like – not easy when tidyness is not a key natural behaviour in any of us and the minute a space is tidy we mess it up again! Sad to be losing our lovely big garden as it is unlikely will ever have one as big – short of winning the lottery that is! Just hope the next people look after the wildlife and keep the garden organic as we have so many insects visiting during the summer and lots of creatures the rest of the year too.*
b) about where to live – renting until we get our bearings and local knowledge down-pat in the new area. That was a stressful few days – finding somewhere to rent in under 4 days in an area none of us really know!.
c) schooling for Monkey as she will be due to go to reception class from September. We have visited all our local schools, but don’t have a chance to visit the ones in the new area. Luckily our closest school seems to have a great record AND it has four Green Flags with Eco Schools – this is a higher criteria for me than it’s OFSTED rating of mostly Excellent. Fingers crossed we get a place as otherwise we won’t be able to walk (scooter/cycle) to school. How did we cope before the internet? I do have vague memories, but they are fading fast…..
d) decluttering has been a major issue with local charity shops doing well out of us and good use made of internet selling sites, car boot sales and Freecycle. We could probably declutter some more, but the law of diminishing returns means I get to keep my stuff! Monkey did try to go through her toys and send some on to be loved by other children, but most things ended in the keeping pile. Proud of her though to offer to do this and her assumption that things we no longer use or need can be used by others.
And all this in a period when Chimp, bless his little cotton socks, is going through a feeding every 2 hours at night period. I know the theory of Controlled Crying or Gradual Withdrawel to help babies learn better sleep patterns, but in practice I am not up to that kind of pain yet and neither is Dad. He is still in with us, so leaving him alone to sleep at 2.00am is not possible.
So, about 3 weeks to moving day and can feel the stress building.
But, I have my Monkey who gives me extra cuddles when I need them and is a wonder at keeping Chimp entertained when I am trying to get some thing done.
* A footnote on wildlife. I was livid the other day to see a GREY squirrel on our bird feeder. Now you may think this rather strange, but we are in RED squirrel country and this is the first time I have seen any squirrel in the garden so a grey was not welcome.