First of all, tell me: is it a myth that stress causes ulcers?
Here’s what’s happened since October 30th of last year (I’m providing bullet points, because I might prove to myself that all of this, in the grand scheme, really isn’t that monumental):
- We moved 500 miles, unassisted, with a 2 & 4 year old, and a dog. We moved everything ourselves. Every. Single. Thing. Packed each box and each piece of furniture onto the Budget truck. With a 2 & 4 year old, and a dog, in case I didn’t mention that. 2 & 4…dog.
- We moved into a cute rental house. The house was pretty okay, except for the jungle-esque yard, complete with poison ivy and a tree that was dead and dangerous. The “landlord” was broke and not, um…in a good frame of mind, & let the house go into foreclosure. Before it was official, and we got to live a few months rent-free, dealing with her, various realtors she’d given a sob story to, and Fannie Mae was a daily headache. We sought alternate housing (YAY!).
- My kids left the comforts of their pre-school, stayed home for 2 months, then started at a new school (which they loved, but is always a little unsettling). Both of them were very happy at the new place, and we’ll continue to send Lennon there next year.
- The last day of school, when the kids going to Kindergarten were supposed to have a special lunch and presentation, there was a tornado warning. We sat it out in the basement and went home. Meh.
- We bought a beautiful home in July in a friendly neighborhood on a tree-lined street. It has a front porch, a patio, new appliances…it’s my dream home. So, 9 months after moving 500 miles, we packed up again and prepared for the 1 mile move…and called a moving company.
- We moved last Friday. Monday, Elliott went from being a stay-at-home-dad to working full time.
- I had a car wreck with my kids in the car. We are all fine. We are well-insured. No one had a scratch, but me, who had a few bangs. My poor kids were pretty wigged out though (so was I).
- In 8 days, Noel starts 5 day a week, full-day Kindergarten.
- In 7 days, he will get his first pair of glasses.
- In 3 weeks, Lennon starts 3 day, full-day pre-school.
- For this month, I continue to work full-time from home, and take care of the boys while Elliott’s at work.
Is it just me, or does that seem like a lot? I mean, right now, I have time to sit down and write all this out, so certainly it’s not life-ending, and they’re definitely first-world problems. And if I can relax about it all, take a day, breathe, get the house organized (which we started to do yesterday, and it looks lovely), and above all put it all into perspective, I am pretty certain that it will all turn out just fine.