No longer homeless at the Holiday Inn

This is s picture of boxes sitting on a sidewalk behind a moving truck

The rumours are true, people! We finally left the dingy room at the Holiday Inn and moved into our freshly painted, cozy new abode as of March 10. Thankfully, we passed the lead inspection.

Moving day was overwhelming. Our IKEA order and moving truck arrived on the same day, leaving us up to our ears in boxes. We were happy to have the big stuff done in one go though, and grateful to have Mark’s friend from Toronto (who also moved to Brookline a few months ago) help with the heavy lifting. Sidenote – our moving truck driver was the sweetest local Bostonian man. His accent was adorable and he was really kind to us.

Most of the people we’ve come across in Brookline so far have been wonderfully friendly. The town definitely has a charm to it. There are moms with strollers everywhere, the streets are clean and there hasn’t been a panhandler in sight. Mark’s friend was telling us about the police reports he read about the town and they’re hilarious. Things like teenagers talking too loud, rabid squirrels and wild turkeys intimidating the locals (I’m not kidding). We’re also really enjoying the different eateries in the area. Until today, the weather has been pretty good to us too.

A big snowstorm is ripping through Boston as I type this, but I’m not super phased by it. I’ve seen storms like this, and worse, in Montreal and Toronto. It’s pretty entertaining to see all the locals here lose their minds over a foot of snow. I am happy that I don’t have anywhere to go today though. Once the weather is warmer, I plan to get out and walk around as much as I can. This area is super hilly, so I’ve got to get used to that. My fitness watch will be logging some wicked numbers this year!

Mark officially started work this week, so unpacking will slow down until the weekend. There is a massive laundry mountain in the nursery, a bunch of furniture that still needs to be built, and boxes that still need to be unpacked. We managed to get all the kitchen stuff unpacked over the weekend, which was a big accomplishment. We also ran the dishwasher for the first time last night and it. Was. Glorious.

Cooking hasn’t been a priority of ours for a couple of months now, due the chaos of the move, but we’re hoping to get back at it next week when our lives start to stabilize. In the meantime, it’s a lot of eating out and snacking. Our new stove/oven is gas, which is new to us, so we’re a bit nervous about cooking. I have heard that gas stoves are way better for cooking, so we’ll see.

I’m registering with an OBGYN this week and we’re hoping to have our anatomy scan soon! Can’t wait to see little peanut again and find out if we’re having a boy or girl. Of course it doesn’t matter in the end, but the curiosity is KILLING me.  Our little peanut is wiggling away these days and I’ve definitely been feeling/looking more pregnant. We’re at the halfway mark of this pregnancy already, it’s unbelievable! Looks like I’ll be heading to Target soon for some more maternity wardrobe staples. I can’t wait until I can just throw on summer dresses and Birkenstocks. Wearing pants sucks whether you’re pregnant or not, but it sucks more when you’re pregnant for sure.

Well, I’m off to enjoy a pantsless snow day with hot chocolate and maybe some unpacking.

A

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