17 February 2009

Settling In

We moved.

As Dora would say, "We did it! ¡Lo hicimos!"

It was a long, busy, tiring day, but so far, I'm feeling very happy with the decision. I learned to enjoy being the only adult in the house, but the truth is that I prefer the companionship of other grown-ups. On the productivity side, it was novel and nice that even with three toddlers around, CV (the roommate's Official Name) and I were able to get some unpacking done and get dinner cooked. On the emotional stability side, the presence of another adult keeps my temper in check; it's amazing how simply knowing that someone else understands just how much I don't feel like reading that book again can make me relax a bit. Also, it's more fun to eat dinner when you have someone to chat with and more fun to watch TV when someone hears your comments. 

There's still much left to do. A fair amount of non-essential stuff is still at my condo, some of it for staging purposes, some of it to be removed before the staging can happen. Riley was up a couple of times in the night, ostensibly because he couldn't find his lovey, but I think more just to be reassured that this new place was where he was supposed to be and that I was there, too. Unpacking must be done. Things must find their places. Routines need to fall into place. And oh, yeah, my condo needs to sell, which means that it first needs to get listed.

But this is a Good Thing, I can tell already. It just feels right.

49 comments:

beyond said...

i am happy for you that this feels right for you and that you are content. yay!

Lindsay said...

Congrats on the move.
Lindsay
www.rememberingavi.blogspot.com

tousquireste said...

hurray! sounds good.

Lucky said...

This post made my day. I love to hear that you are feeling that this is the right choice.

I know it does not help to hear this, but we are trying to sell a dwelling too. It has been listed for over a year and our asking price is about to fall below what we paid 8 years ago. Yuck.
My husband has been relocated and I have to stay behind with my toddler to try to sell this dump.
Do you have room for 2 more?

What A Card said...

Congrats! This sounds like such an exciting move for you!

When are you planning to list? I just gave myself a deadline of 3/1...otherwise I would just keep cleaning and organizing and would never be done. I hope you sell quickly and for $$$! :)

Single Parent Dad said...

Yah for you Snick.

Good luck with your listing.

And have you and CV set a date for your moving in party?

Ginevra said...

Whoo hoo! I thought about you all weekend and sent lots of positive vibes your way. (BTW, I would have been flabbergasted if you had called and said you were able to get together, so no worries. We'll do it once you've gotten settled and such.) Congratulations and have fun in your new home!

Susan said...

You can hear some of the stress leaving you already Snick....even cyper readers can feel that ;) Let's hope you can get organized and routines down quickly. Happy for the five of you.

tree town gal said...

I'm so very happy to read this update, Snick. It does sound like a wonderful, positive step.

Sarah said...

Yay! I've been thinking about your move off and on all weekend and I'm glad it is going OK so far. Living with a roommate can be difficult sometimes, but I think the extra set of hands and finances will make things easier overall.

Now I shall hope as hard as I can that a wealthy person falls in love with your condo and buys it well above market prices! :)

Melissa said...

So glad to hear it!

Melissa in Grafton said...

Yay!... glad it went smoothly... sending positive vibes and good luck your way...

Hugs,
m

Goddess in Progress said...

Hooray! I'm so glad it feels like the right thing already.

tropicalg77 said...

Take notice of the small victories...however they appear.

Congrats! And here is to the new start that you desire...on so many different levels.

T

Rev Dr Mom said...

Glad you're getting settled in and feeling good about it!

L. said...

Congratulations, snick! It doesn't surprise me that you were self-aware enough to know what the best thing was to do. Um, mangled grammar, but what I mean is, you seem to really have your head on straight, which is really admirable and especially amazing given all that you've gone through in the past few years.

Wishing you all the best in your new abode!

buddha_girl said...

Wonderful news! I've been waiting for an update and was so happy to see that you're all settling in together!

OTRgirl said...

I am so glad for you. It sounds like such a great solution.

This just occurred to me, in many ways, this will be the first time as a parent that you have an equal parent in the house (in the sense that neither of you is in a caretaker role for the other). Wasn't John already sick when the twins were born? That must feel different.

Fairlington Blade said...

Well all right. Best of lucks in the new digs.

Cheers,

Paul

Supa Dupa Fresh said...

Gotta trust your fantastic momma gut... it's been doing you right, and your tone of confidence and joy (and less work, yay yay yay) dispels my silly fear.

I'm, as always, impressed with your courage and energy. And of course I'm as always jealous that you can find a solution different from the one I did.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Supa

JK said...

Yippee.

Cape Cod Kitty said...

Wishing you much happiness....it does feel like the right move.
Wishing that each day will make you surer that you made the right decision, as you relax into a happy routine.
I have a feeling your condo will sell quickly...

Kristina said...

Well done. Like you, I believe that physical movement and change can lead to psychological changes. I hope it gets easier for you from here.

Jacinda said...

I'm so happy for you and the kids...If it feels right - it is!

Karyn said...

Yeay! I'm glad it is going well and that it feels right to you--and it sounds fun to have adult companionship again. Can't wait to hear all your new adventures!

Roads said...

Venimos, vimos, hicimos !

As the little-known Caesar Dora might put it...

Sandi said...

I give you credit. I can't even imagine having a roommate.

shiel said...

hey snick, i'm very, VERY glad this feels right and good for you. i must say, however, that my throat gets very tight knowing you're not just around the corner anymore.

Giovanna Diaries said...

YAY!
So, did you officially invite CV into the book club?

Aimee said...

Congrats on the move and it being a good thing!

When we moved, Hannah was 11 months old. She had given up her pacifier, but took it back after the move. They need something that is familiar, which you already know. Here's to hoping the kids get settled in soon and begin feeling the new place is home.

Good luck with the sale of the condo!

Kristi said...

Yay! I'm so glad that the move went well. I'm always amazed at how quickly kids adapt to change. I think you guys will all do fabulously!

django's mommy said...

Am SO HAPPY for you!!

Rachel said...

Congratulations. I'm so glad you will have support and companionship right there in the house with you. :)

Lyndsay said...

Happy for you!

silene said...

So glad to read that everything went smoothly and that you're feeling so positive. Best of luck to you all in your new home! And best of luck selling the old one.

yatima said...

Snarking at the TV, having an adult witness; so basic and so important. The thought of you two mamas cobbling together a new kind of family for your kids just... It makes the sunshine warmer.

katie said...

Congrats on the move! I think with this new $15,000 tax credit, you might have an easier time selling. I hope it goes smoothly and quickly!

Jen @ Rolling Through Looneyville said...

NIce! Good for you! Hope everyone settles in quickly. :)

winecat said...

Congrats. Hope you sell fast and for more than it's listed

liz said...

Yay!!! I'm so glad this is working!

Angela said...

That's wonderful...I am so very happy for you and Maddie and Riley.

Anonymous said...

Good for you - it was the right move. I am sure it was hard to leave. Take the good memories with you and leave the bad.

Amelie said...

Lo hicisteis! I'm glad you're happy and that it feels right.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Someone to watch American Idol with!!

Watercolor said...

excellent.

Anonymous said...

You guys are like Kate & Allie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_&_Allie

Glad it's going so well!

Noelle

Sooz and Smash said...

I certainly understand that moving is both time-consuming and stressful, and getting a house ready for the market is never easy. Still, I miss your more frequent updates. Let us know soon how things are going!

Julia said...

Daymn, I missed a lot. Just undigging my reader (again... sigh).
I am glad you are taking steps that have this huge potential to make you happier in both the long and the short term. Hooray for you!

Anonymous said...

Funny that Noelle mentioned Kate and Allie. I had thought of that show when you first brought to us the idea of planning to share living space with another single Mother.

That was a great show.