Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Busy Busy: Moving Day and Adjusting to Three Kids

I have a personal policy about never apologizing for my "blog silence" during those inevitable periods where I don't write a new entry for a week or so.  Sometimes, real life keeps you too busy to sit down and record it and there's no reason to be sorry for it!  So I'm not going to be :-)

But I just thought I'd leave a quick post just to check in, because I may not get much opportunity to write for a bit. 

We finally moved into our new house on Saturday.  The move went well, we miraculously managed to fit all our stuff into one load (um, but we may have rented the biggest U-Haul possible, and completely filled it to the brim...), and only a couple things got damaged (which is the price you pay for getting free help from friends instead of paying for professionals).  We've been very busy settling in and unpacking, and I'm not really internet-capable yet. 

I've mentioned before that I only have internet access through our desktop computer (in other words, no laptop, smartphone, etc.).  We did get internet hooked up in the new house, but the modem is in a weird upstairs corner, and the computer is all set up and ready downstairs....with no wireless card.  So I'm writing now from my husband's work laptop.  I asked him tonight if we could please go and buy the little thingy that lets it hook up to the internet, and to my utter amazement, Tom replied, "well...I've been thinking....maybe we should just buy a new computer."  What?!  I've been trying every tactic imaginable to convince him that we needed a new computer for the past two years!  Ours is really on its last legs.  So that should be nice, but we might not get around to going to pick one out for a little while - there is still SO MUCH to do around here.

The transition to having three kids has been...surprisingly rough.  I'm not sure how much of my recent stress has been due to the move, and how much is the adjustment to being completely outnumbered by little ones while I'm home alone with them during the day.  Linus has been a very easy baby so far, and he's still sleeping almost constantly.  But I find myself too often getting frustrated with the older two (Sly especially), and I hope I'm not suddenly expecting more from them than I should.  Having a newborn in the house makes them suddenly seem so big and old, but I have to remind myself that they're only three-and-a-half, and one-and-a-half years old...they both still need some babying sometimes.

I'll write more about these things when I'm able - thanks for sticking with me!  Have a blessed Holy Week.


  1. Congrats on your new little boy. It does go so fast. Two things that really helped me were one the nursing basket. It's a basket you put a drink, a snack and quiet toys in. The only time they get to play with those things is during nursing time. It helps to make those times special. The other thing is when your feeling overwhelmed, sit and read the kids a book. It helps calm everyone down.

    Most of all enjoy this time. It will go so fast and you will turn around and they will be teens

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I might try some variation on the nursing basket idea. Books are always good - I just wish the kids were interested in the same ones more often :-)

  2. Having three 3 and under was my hardest year of life. I would just advise taking time to yourself, getting out of the house in the sunshine and making sure you have quiet time/nap time/early enough bedtime as time to decompress from all the needs swirling around you. Congrats again, and having the new house to nest in must make this all very exciting!

  3. Let us know when you're ready to get together! We can have you over for dinner here or else bring something to your place.

  4. Hang in there! Prayers for a smooth (or smoother) transition to the new house and being a family of five.