I knew February was going to be insane, and I tried to plan for it. I didn’t plan well enough. February was INSANE. March hasn’t been much saner.
A quick run down on the move and what’s been going on.
- Two days before we left Finland, I picked Baby J up from daycare and was informed that several of the kids had chicken pox. (Finland doesn’t vaccinate for it, FYI)
- We flew to the US on January 30th. The trip was okay – we were able to upgrade to Business Class. Hello, lay flat seats! It was very nice, quite comfortable, and it was great having a “bed” to lay Baby J on. He took 3 decent naps on our transatlantic flight – if we had been in Economy, his naps would have been shortened because he wouldn’t have been able to get comfortable. So yeah, that upgrade was totally worth it.
- We had ordered cars from Volvo to meet us stateside through their expat program. Mine was due to arrive on February 1st, but it was delayed. Not going to get into all that at this time, but suffice to say, I am quite unhappy with Volvo right now. Anyway, we were supposed to get one car, then drive to see family in Texas and Arkansas. We didn’t get a car until February 10th, so our road trip was delayed a week. During that week, we received our household items from the US (that had been in storage for four years while we were gone) and unpacked most of that.
- We did a road trip from February 11-19. Baby J got chicken pox the day we left. We got to see some family, but not everyone we wanted to see, thank you very much Highly Contagious Disease. Poor baby was miserable for about 3 days, but then it was better. Luckily, he’s not quite old enough to realize that scratching made the itchiness feel better, so all he would do is sit there and squirm. Small favors.
- On February 22 our goods from Finland arrived. Stephen was back at work, and my mom had come to help out through February 26th. We unpacked more boxes, piled stuff on counters and tables, tried to get through as much as we could.
- My car finally arrived on March 4th, then Baby J started getting what we thought was carsick – he managed to christen both new cars. But then I came down with a stomach bug and was down for the count for two days, so we figured that’s what Baby J had. Then when I was better, Stephen got it, then actually ended up in the hospital last week, spent 2 days there.
- And this week, Baby J got sick and started having breathing issues again, so I took him to the doctor on Wednesday to make sure he got diagnosed and treated properly with a new doctor. He’s been getting breathing treatments three times a day since then, which take about 10 minutes each.
I still have a pile of linens that were in storage that need to be washed, I still need to sort through most of the kitchen stuff, the office is a complete wreck, and there are still about 10 boxes that need to be unpacked (not including the 6 boxes full of DVD/CD cases that we’re not bothering to unpack).
And, we’ve started looking for a new house – we are in a six month rental right now. So we have to move everything again in a few months. I’m desperately trying to reduce our inventory before then.
So I haven’t been blogging. I haven’t been working on the new podcast I started. I haven’t really had the equipment to do it until recently, anyways, and now I just lack quiet time without a two year old asking for more food (the bottomless pit). Baby J will be starting part time daycare in April, so if I can just survive two more weeks without life going sideways – again – I might get some things accomplished.
Meanwhile, this conversation happens:
- Stephen: “You really need to-“
- Me: “I really need to do a lot of things right now, and whatever you were about to suggest is probably on my list. Do you really want to go there?”
I have a bunch of thoughts on the move and acclimating back to US customs. But that’s a post for another day.
How have you been?