It's over... Thank goodness. These past two months have been ridiculous... Like, I've-lost-9lbs-because-of-all-the-stress-and-busyness-ridiculous.
3 weeks of my husband living in a different city. He started his job at the end of July and we couldn't move into the condo until the middle of August. I don't like going two nights in a row without him around. This was torturous for me. Luckily, my parents stepped up with helping with the kids. Majorly stepped up. Like, I may owe one of them a kidney.
Moving. Packing, sorting through stuff, donating, throwing out, putting stuff on craigslist. With two mobile little kids. (Yes, 7month old SD started crawling exactly one day after we made the decision for Brad to accept the Pittsburgh position.)
840,937,638 home-improvement projects. Okay, so maybe it was more like 37 projects. Big ones like painting the garage. Small ones like nailing that piece of trim into place that we had just never got around to doing. Ones that got added to the list per my dad's suggestion while he was at the house helping. (Grrr!) Ones that I didn't mind doing- like getting the carpets cleaned (two phone calls was all the effort it took from me.) Ones that I hated- cleaning the kitchen (that took waaaay longer than we expected!)
Five straight weeks of my parents. I love them. We get along great. And this move never would've happened without them. But they are typical grandparents and can't keep themselves from spoiling my kids. Throws the kids' schedules off, their diets off, their normalcy off.
My sister's wedding in Maryland. Yes, this is in the "survived" category. First, traveling four+ hours with a 25month old and a 9month old. Heaven help me. Second, all four of us sharing a hotel room. Normally Miss B can't have SD looking at her when she's trying to fall asleep. Somehow this worked. It think the fact that she skipped naps three out of the four days we were there and therefore just passed out at night might have had something to do with it. Third, have YOU ever been IN a wedding and had your two year old be in it also? It's stressful, nerve-wracking, and busy. Yet all the fretting was for not. Miss B was perfect. As the Hubs said, if I would've imagined the best case scenerio of how she would do, she did that and then exceeded it. She stayed still, was quiet, and adorable!
Everyone getting head colds. SD and the Hubs came down with it on the Monday after the wedding. (Damn you, whoever was germy and touching my baby!) Miss B and I got it on Wednesday. There's still some random sneezes and snotty noses, but we're pretty much all over it.
Unpacking. Well, this isn't officially done yet. There are still no pictures/decorations on the wall, and a stack of boxes in the living room containing such items. BUT, the condo is definitely livable and almost baby-proofed.
Therefore, I'm done. We're having fun, and I'm not worrying about the laundry piling up and the boxes all around us. We'll take care of those things this winter when the snow has us trapped inside. In the meantime, I'm refusing to let summer be over. These past few days we've gone swimming, playing at the park, gone to the zoo, grilled out every night, eaten corn on the cob and watermelon, and this weekend we're going to water ski on my parents' boat and we're picking up the motorcycle so the Hubs and I can do some riding. I'm making up for some lost time, and loving it!