Someone told me that cats are very attached to the house they live in, and tend to freak out if you have to take them somewhere else. I must be part cat. We've been in a state of limbo for about 8 weeks and I'm feeling very unsettled and unfocused.
At first we thought it best for me and the girls to move entirely to my parents' condo (which they don't use in winter), and TJ would stay overnight with the dogs at home, after spending the evenings at the condo with us. We did that for about a month, and it was very stressful for me. Being the nighttime go-to parent every single night is hard! (And it made me realize how often TJ picks up night duty!)
So once the major demolition was done and the new portion of the house was framed and insulated, we moved back home. We have a living room, family room, bathroom and kitchen available to us, so it's definitely livable. We're camping out in the living room - BabyM in a Pack N Play, T on her mattress on the floor, and one of us on the couch, while the other sleeps downstairs to keep Peanut company. (He has too much trouble moving on the hardwood floors to sleep upstairs with us.) Surprisingly, everyone sleeps pretty well in this arrangement.
Despite being pretty cramped, it was SO much less stressful to have everyone in the same house, even if it was a construction zone. We get up just before the construction guys come, get ready, and leave the house for the day. The girls nap at the condo, and we head back around 4 when the construction is finished for the day. On weekends we hang out at home and it feels pretty good to be all together in OUR house, despite the lack of bedrooms and all of us sharing one bathroom.
This week we're back at the condo full-time because they're priming and painting the addition, and it's pretty stinky. So back to being unsettled and solo parenting at night. For a few days it's not too bad.
This photo that TJ sent me keeps me going:
My craft room got painted today! The color is Benjamin Moore 606, Island Paradise, a warm saturated aqua green. I can't wait to see it after the second coat and in person, but I can already tell from the photo that this was the right choice for me.
This and the attached playroom were on my dream list. A purpose-built space for me and the girls to work together on crafts, schoolwork, and fun. I haven't planned out yet where everything will go, and what else we might need to furnish them (definitely more shelving!) but will play it by ear once we unpack everything.
I haven't posted more photos of the project because I haven't gone through them yet. We've taken a ton, but our lives have been so complicated - construction, travel, holidays, preschool drama, and of course, Spike.
So I've got to live with another month of unsettled-ness, and then we can move back into our space. So exciting!