Moving Day

1.20.2013

Saturday was moving day! Well actually, I guess it was just packing day. The movers came, packed all of our belongings, and drove away! It looks like we won't be seeing our stuff for at least a good 6 weeks- probably more.

We've known for a while that they would be coming soon so we have been busy preparing, but we didn't know the exact date until Thursday. That meant I was running around like a crazy person all day Friday trying to make sure that everything was separated. 
We had three different categories: our air shipment, our sea shipment, and whatever we are taking in our suitcases. As you can imagine it can be difficult to decide what needs to go where. It can be even more difficult to keep everything in it's proper pile. Emerson kept finding her toys I had set aside and pulling them out! Poor baby just didn't understand why everything was put away (or piled up!)
Friday night we hit a bittersweet milestone: it was the ver last night for Emerson to sleep in her crib and in her nursery. It was sad taking down all of the decorations and knowing that it would never be her nursery again!
The movers showed up bright and early on Saturday morning and went right to work. There was a team of 6 or 7 but it still took them all day. Since all of the furniture belongs to the embassy they were only packing our belongings and E's nursery furniture. We're thankful that we still have a bed to sleep on!

 Emerson enjoyed supervising from her chair- at least until they had to pack it up.

She was full of energy that day and didn't get a nap so we did a lot of outside play to keep her busy and out of the movers' way.

Once it was all said and done we had about 2,800 pounds packed up and ready to go. The house looks empty without all of our stuff and I think it's especially boring for Emerson. I don't know how we're going to keep busy for the rest of our time here with no car and no toys! I'm betting we'll be walking over to the park quite often!

One of the biggest adjustments has been not having all of Emerson's gear. We now have no high chair and no crib! I was worried about how it was going to go but E seems to be adjusting like a champ. I made her a makeshift booster with pillows and she's thrilled to be eating at the big table! 
My sweet friend Brittney offered to let us borrow her pack n play but I hated for her to have to drive all the way over here to bring it so we decided to just try a twin sized mattress on the floor in E's room. The room is completely empty so I knew there was nothing she could get into.  I was still a little bit leery of the whole idea because I honestly didn't think she would stay on the mattress. But she did! And  we have now had two successful nights and a nap on the mattress! Go Emerson! She did, however, learn how to open her bedroom door yesterday so we have to lock it from the outside. The movers took our baby gates and I don't want to risk her opening her door in the middle of the night and trying to go down the stairs! I'm so proud of how well E is handing the transition. I had no plans to put her in a toddler bed anytime soon we but it looks like the direction we may be headed. I guess we'll just wait and see what happens when we get to California!

 I'm so relieved that the packing part is over with! Now it's on to the worst part of all: the good-byes! :(



Megan said...

Glad packing day went smoothly! Reading your post brought back so many of the emotions/stress I was feeling on our packing day. Trying to enjoy our time here, but part of me can't help but imagine how I'll feel when it's our packing day to go HOME :-) How much longer will you be there before your actual move day? So excited for y'all!

Emily Powell said...

so exciting! Can't wait to see the new place!

Anna & Kirby said...

Wow, what a move!! So much I wouldn't have even thought of! Excited for you guys :)

Paula Lynch said...

E looks like such a big girl supervising. We are on the countdown......hurry home. Love you

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

I bet it was sad packing up E's nursery! So glad she is doing good in her makeshift big girl bed!

Mateya said...

Way to go Emerson! Sleeping like a big girl! :)

Praying you're time left goes quickly!!!

Sarah said...

I am a new reader- I found your blog on your guest post on Andrea's blog from today. I also have a little girl, so it will be fun to read about your experiences/life with her! Can't wait to read more!

Natalie said...

It won't be much longer...how exciting!

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