Yup. We're moving. Again.
But this is a good thing, and it's not right away, and it's not very far.
I'd been meaning to do posts on our current apartment and what we're doing to it, but I've kind of lost my feeling for this place because soon after we moved in, my grandma called to tell me that the upstairs tenants of their house were planning to move to Oʻahu, and would we like to live there? We didn't decide right away, because our past on Maui tells us that there are pros and cons to living with family (as much as we love Grandma). But this isn't even close to the same situation, so we felt comfortable with agreeing to live there. Since Grandma's husband passed away, we feel it even more important that she have family nearby (she lives downstairs). Having extra support after baby comes will be nice too, even if it's just good company.
This works out really well for us too, because we get a LARGE 2 bed, 2 bath space completely separate from downstairs. The living room is about the size of our entire apartment. The kitchen has amazing counter space. I'm so excited for that! There's a double oven, a large hanging microwave, a fridge that's basically new (and larger than the one we currently have), ceiling fans, a large balcony porch with wonderful breezes (perfect for end of pregnancy big-ness in the middle of summer), and a gigantic yard for Noweo to play in. The floor is wood laminate so it looks nice and cleans up easy.
What I am MOST excited about is the 2nd bedroom. Keola and I haven't had our own room since Noweo was born, and not only will we have our own room, but a full bath and a little balcony too! Yes, we're having another baby and she will be with us for a while but I think I'm going to start putting her in the kids' room after a few months. Having 2 kids sharing a room together is comforting because neither will be alone. The one time we did have two bedrooms in Oregon, I had a hard time putting Noweo in her room because I didn't like her being alone in there.
The only downside to this place is the distance from work, which isn't THAT far, Keola just won't be within walking distance but he's less than 10 minutes away. I know right? BOOHOO. There are so many people with a far worse commute than that. This is offset by the fact that we're within walking distance to a great park, a block away from the mall, 2 blocks from Target, Walmart, Ross, and a bunch of restaurants, so it works out.
Truthfully, this is a relief for us. Our current place is almost always a mess (I blame Noweo), and since it's small, it feels more messy than it really is. The living room is her play room, and it shows. Despite all this we fit pretty comfortably, but a new family member would likely put us over the edge, especially when she becomes mobile.
We're not leaving till June however, which gives me a chance to practice being present at this place though I'm already thinking forward to the move. Yes, it'll be a big upheaval again, and it'll mean a mad dash to get things ready for baby (which actually shouldn't be that bad as I'm a pretty minimal kinda mom), but I can see us settling quite nicely into a space that better fits our family.