When was the last time you moved? Was it during your pregnancy? When you had a baby or toddler? I hadn’t moved in over 5 years and the reality of what it takes to move is very quickly sinking in. When I moved 5 years ago I was dating my husband and we were moving into a condo that we were purchasing together. This was a huge step and very exciting. We moved from a two-bedroom apartment that was under a thousand square feet to a much larger two-bedroom condo. We had very little to move and did it all in one day.
Over the years we have accumulated a lot of furniture, decor, JUNK, etc. But, we also had a baby and babies come along with a lot of stuff! This is why we are now preparing to move to a larger home to accommodate our growing family. This move would be a lot of work on it’s own. But, top that off with having a toddler AND being pregnant and you’ve got a whole ‘nother beast in front of you!
My 18-month-old daughter is at the age that she likes to ‘undo’ everything I do. That means that if I am trying to pack a box she is diligently UN-packing the box. This makes for very difficult packing. I can’t do much when she is awake. If I really feel like I want to get some packing done then I put on Sesame Street for her to watch to distract her a bit. But, then I feel guilty to put her in front of the TV!
So, assuming I get some packing done with my daughter playing around, I have to factor in my pregnant belly. This belly is growing rapidly the second time around and I can’t lift anything heavy. In fact, my OB said I should reduce how much I lift my 24-pound daughter (Yeah, right. Tell HER that). She also told me that I should do all packing sitting down, make sure I don’t do any deep squats, and don’t lift anything heavy! So, that makes the packing a bit more challenging. I basically do light things and probably push the limits a bit and then, once my husband gets home, he and I spend some time doing packing. Usually, though, he plays with Brett while I pack. This is fine with me since it accomplishes two things: 1) Brett gets to play with Daddy and 2) I get to pack things the way that I want them packed. =) That is the control freak in me…
I am very happy that this move is going to take place prior to Baby #2 joining the family. We are going to be settled in by the time he/she arrives. It just seems that there is never a good time to move.