I really LOVE our current two-bedroom. If there were any way to make it work (and trust me, I’ve tried), I would stay here for years and years. But we have had a lot of issues with our kids sharing a room. The problem is, both of our kids are up throughout the night. So I have to jump up and grab the fussing child before waking up the other child (creating FUSSING CHILDREN TIMES TWO…why the caps you ask? Because TWO fussers is LOUD at 4am).
I usually then end up with one child in bed with me for 2/3 of the night. I think I have a permanent knee mark in the middle of my back. And since I am juggling motherhood, full time graduate work, multiple teaching and research jobs, and managing a website (two if you count this one)–it’s simply impossible to get through this living on the 4 max hours of sleep I get each night. Some can do it, but I.am.going.crazy. and my sweet kids deserve a non-crazy Mama.
My grandma tells me stories of when she had all three of her kids, all under 4, just 18 months apart, sharing a room. One child even slept in an opened drawer of a dresser. And she survived it with no horror stories. She says it to give me inspiration, and it does, but I think my grandma has some magic potion because even my wild beast children are tamed in her presence.
So before you give me your loving advice on how to somehow do it, let me just say, I’ve tried it ALL, aside from having my child sleep in our BATHROOM (and yes, someone recommended that). And I know there are some super-hero Moms who thrive under similar or more challenging conditions and they do it with gusto—and my sparkly, admiring eyes gaze at them in wonder. I wish I could be that, but I’m not. Right now I just need loving support and pats on the back for making a big decision that took a lot of thought (hours spent pondering while a knee was drilling my middle spine). Our renewal notice also just showed up and they hiked things up enough to drive this sleep-deprived woman out of here.
I had been looking at houses for several months now, but they were just too expensive. I recently found a house that fit our budget perfectly and definitely gave us more bang for the buck than our apartment. It is b-e-a-utiful! It’s a wonderful THREE bedroom and it has so much wonderful light in it.
I am so excited that the garage is ATTACHED and there is a back yard. For all ya moms who have lived with no back yard or attached garage you probably get my excitement…for anyone else, you probably think I am a weirdo for getting giddy cakes over that.
I did a great job transforming my life when we moved a year ago. We paired down much of our belongings and were so much happier…but we could do better. I wasn’t as organized here as I wanted to be. So with this move, we have a month to move and I am slowly moving stuff over there. But nothing goes over there unless there is a designated place for it and I must be the one to look everything over to determine if we need to keep it (my hubby tends to get emotionally attached to nearly everything–works fine in general, since he’s attached to me, but not with decluttering). The nice thing about moving after a year is that I KNOW what has been used and what hasn’t. If we didn’t use it this year, it gets the boot.
While this new home is in our budget, we do still want to put extra money towards savings and credit cards, so in order to make this work, we want to simplify our lives even more. We don’t buy too much stuff, but we go out to eat several times a week. So I am looking for good, quick meals.
I’d love to hear your tips! I NEVER know what to make for dinner, so I’d love your go-to meals (that aren’t frozen corndogs or chicken nuggets).