I can feel my life slowing down by the minute! These past few months has been so hectic.
But....we made it!!!
We moved in to our new home at the end of March.
I tell people that the Saturday we moved in...I was floating on air. Nothing could get me down!
I was in love with everything and everyone.
I liken it to when you have a baby and you have tons of oxytocin coursing through your veins and you just feel so high! (btw I didn't have that experience at all, when I had E.; just speaking from what I have read ;) )
The next few days after the move was a real test of mental endurance and resiliency.
Not only did I have to clean the new house...I had to clean my old one (including the basement which was scary and gross), unpack in a house that was still under construction, manage my work schedule, my child's schedule and extracurricular activities and my husband's lack of home schedule because of a filing deadline on March 31st.
It is a time that I don't wish to repeat.
I couldn't have done it without some real champions! I want to publicly thank each and every person that helped me pack and move our house. I reeeealllly want to thank some real special folks (and there were many!!) who took Emma to their house on the weekends leading up to the move, during the move and after the move, so that I could pack/unpack and clean in peace and productivity (cuz it's hard to be productive when you are tending to a constant chorus of requests for snacks and demands to immediately get rid of boredom). I also want to thank my mom who kept up with my cleaning demands and kept Emma entertained and busy.
On another note...some thoughts about moving into a new build...and things to keep in mind prior to moving in...
- Figure out your Canada Post stuff
I was scrambling to figure out a place to forward mail to. Technically, our address didn't exist before. I needed proof from the municipality to provide Canada Post proof that my house actually existed....get all that stuff prior to moving as there can be up to a 10 day delay in introducing a new address. In addition, there is a delay when you put in a request to forward mail from your old address.
You also have to figure out if you want to go the mail box service or if you want your mail delivered to a superbox that is more secure.
- Figure out your waste management stuff
Again, we called our local waste management company for a green bin for our organic waste. There was a 10 day delay in delivery of our large bin. For over a week, we had to put our organic waste in a large garbage bag, that we emptied in the green bin when it arrived. We had to keep the organic stuff inside because it would have been ravaged by raccoons.
- Figure out your power and other hookups prior to moving
Man, we lived without internet for a week. It. was. rough.
- Make a list..check it twice.
Make a list of all the little things that you notice around the house that need tweaking, fixing etc. Make it electronic and take pictures on your phone to give your contractor. It helps ensure they know what concerns you have and demonstrate the issue just in case they have to access the house while you are not around.
- Be thankful and try to take perspective
It's not the end of the world if something is temporarily messed up...cuz you just moved in to a new build....the majority of people will never have the opportunity to do that.
|The view from our bed|
|The last picture I took in our old apartment...Emma's height chart|