Moving and pregnancy

So we have moved and are working on getting all settled in at my parents house.  There is still a lot of unpacking to do, mainly because I can’t do to much or I get so tired.  Things are getting a lot easier now that we are here.  I am able to rest a lot more and my siblings and parents help with Mingli.  I am able to sit in my rocking chair crocheting for a good part of the day while Mingli plays with his toys on the floor without having to worry about cooking, cleaning, or doing anything else tiring.  Kaanas is also still home all day since he is looking for a job.  We are hoping that he is able to get a job soon, but he should, since he has put in a couple dozen applications this week.  There are still many things we are trying to work out, but Mingli is loving the extra attention and getting more time to rest is really helping me, which is good since things with the pregnancy are getting worse.  We have found a chiropractor here and she is really helping with my hips and back, but other things are now getting worse.  I am getting really dizzy a lot, to the point where I feel like I am going to pass out, and if I do anything I get really exhausted and out of breath.  Just taking a shower gets me so tired and out of breath that I need to lay down.  I don’t have an OB here yet, so I was having trouble getting into a doctor, so we finally decided to go to an urgent care place because even when I was laying down I would feel like I was going to pass out.  The urgent care told us that they couldn’t do the tests I needed so they sent me to the ER, which I really didn’t want.  They ran a bunch of tests and the only thing that came up was my blood pressure is low, but not low enough for them to need to do anything about.  They basically told me that my body doesn’t like being pregnant and I should rest as much as possible..  At least they did an ultrasound and I was able to see that the baby was ok.  

Life changes

For the past 2 1/2 years Kaanas has worked at Walmart.  At first it was just a temporary job to get us through as newlyweds, but he quickly discovered he actually loves Walmart and he could make a good career out of it.  He was promoted to department manager a year and a half ago and has been working to get an assistant manager job.  He is really close, which is nice because it would be a salary position, and a comfortable one at that.  Well we have been praying a lot in the last little bit, and we feel strongly that continuing to pursue promotion at Walmart is no longer the path we should take.  We feel like God is telling us that it is time to move on.  In a way we already knew this, as Kaanas gets closer and closer to getting promoted our family is slowly being pushed into a lifestyle that is not making us happy, but this is what we have gotten used to and are comfortable with.  We are also so close to having a comfortable income where we can actually be paying off debt and saving money.  The feeling that we needed to pursue another path was rather sudden and scary, but one that we both feel is right and what God wants for us right now.  Kaanas hasn’t quit his job yet, but he is looking for a new job.  There are a few opportunities near us that we are kind of excited about and think might be a really good thing for our family.  We are also looking to move to another nearby city, which we also weren’t expecting.  I love where we are living and the people here.  I love the apartment we are living in.  But we feel like moving will be best for us.  The cost of living in this other city is lower, and we could afford a 3 bedroom house instead of a 2 bedroom apartment.  There are also more opportunities there than there are here, and opportunities that might work as a long term career for Kaanas.  There is also better public transportation, so I would have more freedom during the day even though we still can’t afford a 2nd car.  We are really nervous about these changes that are coming, but also really excited.

Finally got internet

We have been living in our new apartment since the beginning of the week and now we finally have internet.  Everything else with our apartment is coming together as well.  We still don’t have all our stuff over here, but we are moving a little bit more every night and it should all be done next week.  In the mean time I have been unpacking and trying to organize the apartment.  It is starting to feel more and more like home as I manage to get it more and more organized.  The kitchen is a little overwhelming, because I don’t know what to do with some of the space!  I have 8 drawers in my kitchen, and I have no idea what do put in all of them.  I also have so many cabinets.  Really it is not that big, but in our last kitchen I had 4 drawers and 2 cabinets.  Now I have 8 drawers and 9 cabinets.  It feels huge to me.  I am really excited that we get to be here a whole year, at least.  I haven’t been anywhere a year since I got married.  Actually, I was never in an apartment for a year in college, either.  It is nice to have a home and know I will not be moving in just a few months.

Last day at church and some packing

Yesterday was our last day at our current ward in our church.  In our church you are assigned to a ward based on where you live.  We are only moving 10 minutes away, but our new apartment will be in a different ward.  We don’t know most people here very well, because we have only been here 4 months, but there were some people I was starting to become friends with.  It made me sad to say good bye to them.  We also had to say good bye to the class we teach.  Kaanas and I have been teaching a class of 3 year olds, and they are so much fun, but also crazy.  Church will be more relaxing when I can just go to adult Sunday school and relief society, but I will definitely miss our kids.

Today Kaanas is at work, so I am packing more stuff to get it ready to be taken to our apartment tonight when he gets home.  We also have someone from our ward coming and helping Kaanas move some furniture, so I am getting the furniture ready.  I want to have most of the house packed by the time Kaanas gets home, but we will see what happens.  For a while I had Mingli on the bed with toys while I packed up our bedroom, but every time he saw me he would start laughing and lunge for me.  I was getting a little frustrated, because I wanted him to stay in the middle of the bed so he was safest, but he kept trying to scoot towards me.  Then I realized how silly it was to be upset with my baby just because he loves me.  He was happy every time I would poke my head up from where I was sitting right beside the bed and just wanted to spend some time with me.  Once I realized this I decided the packing could wait until he was down for a nap, which would only be in about half an hour anyways, and I climbed up on the bed with him.  We cuddled and played with his toys, and it was totally worth the half hour of packing I missed out on.

Our new apartment

Kaanas and I signed the lease on our new apartment yesterday.  Today we have made a couple of trips to bring stuff over.  Since we agreed with Kaanas’s grandpa to be out of here by the 15th so that he could put his house for sell we still have a little more than two weeks to get moved.  Since we have a bit of time I am trying to bring stuff over more slowly.  We have been packing up enough to fill the back of our van, bringing it over, and then I unpack the boxes at our new apartment so we don’t have a tone of boxes stacked everywhere (we also only have a few boxes, so we have to bring the boxes back so I can pack more).  I had wanted to have everything put where I want it to go permanently, but I realized that wasn’t going to work.  I don’t know where I want everything to go permanently for one thing, and some things we either don’t have the things we need to get them put up, or we haven’t moved them over yet because we are still using them here at the house.  So instead things that can be are put up, and other things are in piles on the floor or in temporary places.  I am still happy there are not stacks of boxes, though.

We met some of our neighbors, including the people we share a landing with.  They were super nice.  I think we are really going to like it here.  Also, the people we share a landing with have lived in the same apartment for 8 years.  If this is a place people are willing to stay in for 8 years it must not be too bad of a place to live.

Moving

Kaanas’s grandpa wants to sell his house, so Kaanas and I have been looking for an apartment to rent.  A couple of weeks ago I found one that I like.  It is right near the library, a grocery store, two parks, and a few more things.  They also apparently do play groups there.  This is important to me because I have realized that when I am stuck at home all day while Kaanas has the car it really starts affecting my mood.  We almost applied right away, but we had a couple of other apartments that we wanted to see.  By the time we were ready to apply the listing had been taken down, so I thought it had already been rented out.  Yesterday I was looking for more apartments, and I found a new listing for another apartment in the same area.  According to the map it was a few blocks further away from everything that I would want to walk to, but it was still walking distance, and the same price as the other one, so I decided to call.  As soon as I started talking to the manager I realized the map on craigslist was wrong, this was the apartment I had looked at before, just a new listing!  I set up an appointment to go see it this morning, and arranged for Kaanas to come with me on his lunch break (it was supposed to be his day off today, but he went into work anyways because there was stuff that he had to get done).  We saw the apartment, and Kaanas liked it, so we filled out the application and gave it to her.  I expected it to take a few days for her to get back to me, but she called me a few hours later and told me the apartment was ours!  We are moving in this weekend.  It is really quick, so we will probably live in both the new apartment and the house we are in right now as we slowly move stuff over, but I am excited.  I keep planning where we will put everything and how we will decorate it.  I am also thinking about going to the library 3 or 4 times a week, and getting together with other mothers for play groups.  I feel like this will be so good for my emotional health.

Settling in

So it has been a while since I have posted, but things have been a little crazy.  We have moved down to Utah and so far it is going really well.  I feel so much happier down here, and it feels like good things are happening.  It is hard getting settled.  I am trying to unpack and get everything organized, but Mingli doesn’t always like it when I am spending time unpacking.  He is adjusting to being down here, too.  At first he hated having his own room and completely refused to sleep in it, but he is getting used to it.  I am also getting to know some people here, and there are lots of mothers with babies Mingli’s age.  In a little while that will get great for Mingli because he will have other kids to play with, but right now it is great for me because I have other mothers to talk to.  I am trying to figure out how to change my routines to fit things here, but it is a little hard because I am trying to do so much at once.  I think I need to slow down a bit and focus on one thing at a time.  Right now I need to finish the unpacking, then I can work on everything else.

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