Last week we moved from Oklahoma City to Columbus. My father and I drove with our goldendoodle, Sophie from OKC to OH, arriving on December 29th, and my husband, son, mother and our amazing nanny arrived on the next day, my birthday. It was a bit of a bumpy arrival due to weather and airport delays and rerouting, but everyone made it safely.
We camped out on air mattresses in our new house for a few days until the moving truck arrived. The moving company was great. We went with Allied and our driver, Perry was seriously amazing. He knew that I was pretty pregnant and had an almost three-year-old and made it up here as soon as humanly possible, getting a crew together on New Year’s Day to get us all settled.
The last week has pretty much flown by as we work to unpack and rearrange our lives. Indy, our nanny who has been with us for the last 3 years flew home to Oklahoma City yesterday, and we’ve been pretty devastated since. John constantly is asking for her, and due to my pregnancy hormones, just randomly burst out in tears when I think that John may not see her again for a while.
One day at a time, right…
Indy was fantastic. She got John’s room unpacked right away so he could have some semblance of normalcy and then moved right onto his playroom.
He’s never had a dedicated playroom before, so this was really special. I’ll post a photo of this sometime in the future now. We just got a sofa from Ikea and it’s mid-assembly…not a pretty sight! She got everything arranged just so for him, and even started to go through his old toys to get things set up for baby boy #2.
She even managed to go through all of John’s old clothes and completely get the nursery set up for me. Seriously, it looks amazing and I am beyond grateful for all the help she gave us. We’re all pretty devastated that she had to go back to Oklahoma though, especially John who asks for her multiple times a day…
However, thanks to all the help she and my parents provided, we can now focus on getting the master unpacked and organized, which is a serious feat. Despite the fact that we have his and hers closets, there seems to much less actual closet space. Therefore, as we open the seemingly endless number of boxes, we have been determining which things we really want to keep and which things we will put into a pile for donations. May I just say, it’s really hard to determine which clothes you want to keep and which you want to donate when you are pregnant. It’s not like you can just try it on to see how it fits and make a decision. Literally nothing fits!
Anywho, I decided that we needed to get our house in order and that meant some serious organization. Cue multiple trips to the container store and lots of Amazon Priming happening over here. Oh, and ordering more furniture. This house is about double the size of our previous house thanks to the amazing basement, which means that we simply don’t have enough furniture to fill it.
This allows me to focus a little bit on my Restoration Hardware obsession and actually purchase some items that I’ve had my eyes on for years. Particularly these chairs and this dresser. I have my eye on this dining room table as well…
The biggest organizational need was our pantry. I tossed a lot of items before the movers arrived in OKC because things were open, or the moving company told me they couldn’t be moved, but there were still a tremendous number of products that needed organization. We ordered some spice racks, some pantry organizational bins, some spinning trays, and lots of airtight storage containers. Trust me, getting this pantry organized allowed me to achieve somewhat of a zen-like peace that pre-organization, caused serious anxiety. Indy also helped to organize the pantry (seriously, not sure what I would have done without her!).
We finally got ourselves a Nest thermostat as well. My parents have had these at their house for quite some time and it’s always amazing to be able to control the thermostat from afar, especially when you’re pregnant, upstairs and can’t possibly imagine climbing down the stairs to adjust the thermostat!
There’s still so much more to be done, but we’ve certainly gotten a good handle on the unpacking thus far. And on that note…I’m off to unpack and organize some more!
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