Holy Week Batman!
We did it! We’re officially city folk now. I can’t believe the past week happened…
Packing house when hubs and I were only home together for a few hours a day to sleep, so we had to pack the majority of the house during K’s naps and after bedtime… Meaning very little sleep for us.
Unloading a moving can at 11 pm in -30 weather. Hey there frostbite. I’m pretty sure no one has ever unloaded a truck that quickly, it was so cold!
Unpacking the house in three days while hubs drove back in forth between Canmore and Edmonton (4 hours!) because he still hadn’t finished his old job.
And, in a twist of events that I did NOT expect, the baby happily ran around shrieking, in love with the new house, while the dog went up stairs and refused to come down. Apparently, the whole time that I was worried about K not understanding what was going on and being sad, I should have instead worried about the puppy. The baby loves the place !
The coolest thing? Being able to run to places like Walmart and costco without driving two hours. The worst? The lack of community. Asking around about places and programs is pointless, and I miss the knowledge of community events that comes with small town living.
Oh hey there Edmonton. Thanks for the welcome gift. #brrrrrr
I must be crazy…
We found a place to live and we’re officially moving… In 4 days!!! We packed a quarter of the house in mere hours tonight. If I ever doubted it, man do Hubs and I make a great team.
I worry about my son
I should begin by admitting that I was not raised to be a feminist. My dad was in the military which has it’s own classes, standards and expectations of living. My mom was a stay at home mom who had dinner on the table at five and to this day asks if I need to “get ready” before my husband comes home (as in clean up the toys, finish dinner and put on makeup). I was however raised to think for myself, read and learn so I have come up with my own convictions over the years.
I whole-heartedly believe women should get equal pay and opportunity. I am pro-choice. And while I personally love princesses, nail polish and pink, I think that it’s great that girls no longer feel that they “have” to like those things. I think it’s great that programs have been put into place to get girls interested in math and science, and that they’ve been successful. I also think it’s freaking amazing that women can do everything on their own- even have a child!
But now that I have a son I’m continually being caught at a crossroads. Will the same freedoms apply to him? I mean, it is certainly a lot more difficult for him to have a biological child on his own. And what if he does get a girl pregnant, wants that baby, and she aborts it? She has every right, it’s her body… But how heartbreaking would that be for him? And while school programs have helped girls succeed, boys are being left behind. Their learning styles are incompatible with the modern school system, so where are the special programs that address their reliance on visual skills and higher activity levels?
I posted a picture of my son with blue nails to Facebook. Now, maybe I’m reading too much into it but there isn’t a single family member that fails to like photos that have anything to do with him, but that photo only got 4 likes. And I wonder, do people think I’m ruining him by letting him have painted nails or play with the babies and kitchen accessories? Does it make up for it that he plays with a hockey stick after? That he has decidedly “boy” mannerisms, even though he’s extremely sensitive? Does it even matter how masculine or feminine he is in this day and age?
And I wonder, what’s so wrong with being either? I love shoes, handbags and dancing but hate cooking. My husband loves sport and hunting but takes over said cooking. Does it matter? Why is there so much emphasis on gender?
I feel like there is almost more emphasis being out on gender these days. And maybe that’s the first step in breaking down barriers. But maybe it’s almost too much of an obsession these days.
Looking at places to live
Before baby: that open staircase is beautiful!
After baby: that staircase is a death trap!
Before puppy: hardwood floors!!!! :)
After puppy: ….hardwood floors. Booties? Ooo, this one has laminate!
Before baby and puppy: nice and light colors! So nice and bright!
After baby and puppy: ah! The walls would be stained!
Where are y’all going? Congrats on the job!
Thank you! Edmonton! Only a few hours away, so not a huge deal, but I’ve only been once so it will be an adventure :)
Tonight hubs found out that he got the job and we’re moving! I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t afraid that when he finally got the good news that I’d be sad, but honestly it just feels right. I love the mountains and I think they will always be my home, but I also am so ready to have a backyard! Eeek! This month is going to be crazzzzyyyyy. Anyone have any tips on moving with a toddler?
Check out my post about baby sign language. I give you all of the information you need to start signing today! It’s easy :)
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