Age: 13 ½ months
I like: Digging, boobs, peanut butter toast, Wotsits, my new house, my dog on a stick
I have some advice for you. Never move house. Of course this isn’t wildly practical advice since we almost all have to move house at some point but my suggestion would be to avoid moving house at all costs, especially if you have a toddler.
Mr O and I have not been great at following this advice. We have been living together for seven years and we have moved house four times. The most recent time was last week. Unfortunately this is one of the miserable side effects of renting in the UK where leases are very rarely longer than a year. We had no intention of moving out of our most recent house and I don’t think our landlord was particularly keen on us moving but his son has gotten divorced and needs somewhere to live. #dontmakeyourproblemsmyproblems
Fortunately the letting agent we rented the old house to had another property available two roads over and we decided it was the simplest, most logical option.
In theory everything should have gone smoothly. However…
The packing was a nightmare because I couldn’t take time off work and Mr O had to wait for Little O’s nursery days or Mrs O Senior to be available.
Although I had the move day off, I needed to keep Little O out of the way so I couldn’t actually help.
All of our upstairs furniture had to be dismantled to get it down the stairs, including #MEGABED, and then reassembled.
The new house had no curtains/blinds when we moved in. (It is normal for the blinds/curtains to remain part of the house in UK rentals).
The new house had apparently been cleaned before we moved in but we are dubious.
The wi-fi did not immediately work as it should have done.
The previous tenants did a 5 month short let and did not stay on top of the maintenance, hence the garden is a tip, the back door doesn’t lock properly and the door on the main storage cupboard is off its hinges, etc, etc.
The bathroom is a bit grotty and no amount of cleaning is going to help with the weird exposed pipes and odd tiling.
Unpacking has been a challenge for similar reasons to packing.
Thank goodness for in-laws and the fact that we could stay with them for three days while we got to basic habitability.
It’s not all bad news though.
The new house is bigger than the old house and we will have a spare bedroom for guests as soon as we buy a mattress for our old bedframe.
Little O is as happy as a clam exploring the new house and we have had no issues with him sleeping beyond the usual or being confused. In fact he seems to love his new bedroom, which was already decorated as a nursery when we moved in.
We are able to separate our dining room as a place for me to work and without disrupting Little O or having a nightmare keeping him out.
There is loads of storage.
We have a full size fridge/freezer for the first time in 7 years.
I think we’re going to be able to make our new house into a home with a little time and a little love. Of course most of it will have to wait as we’re off to South Africa for two weeks on Wednesday. My brother is getting married and the O’s need to be in session… now wish me luck for our 18 hour door to door journey with a one year old in tow…