Kael took the move like a champ. He had a hard time sleeping the first few nights but he's getting better. Raegan, not so much. This move has been hard on her, the chaos has been hard on her. The mess and new surroundings have been hard on her. She shows this by being extra extra clingy, needy, mama-hold-you-y. She is acting out quite a bit now too. .throwing things at her brother, hitting, kicking, etc. In an attempt to get away from me after hitting her brother in the face she tripped and ran forehead first into a corner. The goose-egg on her forehead is HUGE but the bruising is minimal. I felt horrible, of course. She is just confused and feeling insecure in her new surroundings. She wants to be held ALL THE TIME. She cries all the time. To comfort her, I stop what I'm doing and hold her; a double edged sword as she might be getting comfort now, but that means I'm not dealing with the mess and chaos that are causing her the stress in the first place. I am hopeful she'll adjust sooner rather then later and we can continue on with our lives as usual.
This new house is just 2 blocks away from some great shopping areas; a Rays Food Place, a Safeway's, Blockbuster, pizza places, coffee shops, etc. Every day, following in Moms established routine, the kids and I go for a walk. We stop each day and pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try at the store. Raegan is LOVING these walks. She gets to be out in the fresh air, sees all the cars driving around, sees the birds and dozens of cats wandering the neighborhood. Kael usually falls fast asleep within minutes of stepping out the door. It's good for all of us to have this daily errand. Such good exercise! Now I just need to trade my double umbrella stroller for a nice double jogger and we'll be set!
So there's the short update. It has been hell, and I am not looking forward to doing it again as we inevitably must.
But I know, This too shall pass. There is a small measure of comfort in knowing that however hard things might be, however stressful, you are doing what is right for your family. This little house is just one small stepping stone on our path to our "forever home", our comfortable life. Just one step on a path that now seems further behind us than in front.