So.. about those major changes afoot which I mentioned last week... we're moving! (again!). Just as we opened and put away the last box, here we are turning around and packing everything back up. Our books, clothes, toys, dishes, linens.. all back into boxes! Phew, here we go. I plan to begin packing in just a couple days even though we aren't moving for a few weeks yet. I don't want to feel rushed or panicked at the last minute, and, with a baby, always find it a good idea to give myself more time than I anticipate needing. I am extremely excited about this change, but also can't believe that we are going to go through it all again. After setting up home in our current apartment not even six months ago, we slowly began to realize that the space just wasn't for us. As time went on and more problems arose, Gaby and I decided to set a deadline by which to be in a new home: May 1st. Within days of coming to this decision, the perfect place all but fell into our laps. It was uncanny. Wooden floors, high ceilings, lots of light, bay windows, backyard, crown molding, dog-friendly.. a real dream! We will be living in a turn-of-the-century limestone in a cute Brooklyn neighborhood. I feel in my heart that it's going to be really good for us.
Little Biet is going to have lived in 3 different homes before her first birthday! If you had told me this while I was pregnant (when we had no plans of ever leaving our Manhattan apartment), I would have told you that you were nuts. But here we are: transitioning and growing and working on becoming a closer family through all of this upheaval. Because the one thing that all of this moving madness is teaching me is that no matter where we might be, when we're with each other, we are home.
Just a couple blocks away from out new place is a neighborhood which was coined "The Country in the City" when it was built over a century ago. It's kind of crazy beautiful, a historical little gem of a place buried in the heart of Brooklyn. As we walked around the Victorian mansions and manicured lawns, we couldn't believe that we were still in New York City. But then you turn a corner, and you're right back in a regular city neighborhood. And while our new place isn't anything close to these picturesque houses (although it is in a really pretty modest townhouse with fresh herbs growing out front!), it will be nice to take Nico on long walks through these peaceful grandiose blocks. Yes, this new chapter of our lives is going to be nice. I can feel it.