Happy Monday! Remember back in the day when I actually blogged most Mondays? Or really just blogged regularly at all? That probably won’t ever happen again. It shouldn’t even be happening right now, but I’m procrastinating on writing a paper. Surprise surprise!
So, our Atlanta house hunt has finally come to an end! I’d like to say it’s because we found the perfect house, but it’s not. It’s actually because Jon has been promoted in Charleston, SC. Well, he should be getting promoted, anyway. The sales rep there resigned, and only one last person has to sign off on Jon’s promotion. But they mean business- they want him up there part time for the next month, and to still cover his Atlanta territory part time, and his real start date in Charleston will be December 1st.
I was a little hesitant at first about it because we have a baby and I don’t care to leave my parents! They are a huge help and obviously, I love living near my friends too. I also like my job and am doing my master’s program and am planning on doing my internship next fall at my hospital. I told Jon that I didn’t mind if he took the job, but he couldn’t expect me to quit my job and follow him up there when he knows I’m in grad school. He told me that was really one sided and was a little pissy with me, but then I reminded him that it was really one sided to expect me to leave everything I have here so he could take a promotion that he doesn’t even need.
He was still pretty on the fence about it but I kind of encouraged him to take it. I could tell he really wanted to say yes but I think he knows it’ll put a lot of stress on our family, but he supported me when I went and did travel nursing. He tries to be supportive of me traveling now and taking adventures (he’s not so good at it anymore, but he’s not terrible), so I know it’s my turn to support what he wants.
So, we will be renting a 2 bedroom place in Charleston and Jon will primarily live there. I will actually make my parent’s house mine and Jackson’s “home” and start pulling stuff out of storage and reorganizing stuff since this will be more permanent. I only have to work 62 hours a month at my job, so as of right now, I will keep daycare in Georgia and work here in the first 2 weeks of the month. Then I’ll probably head out to Charleston and work the last two weeks of the following month back at my job here, so I will still spend a good chunk of time in Charleston with Jon and I’ll still have my life in Atlanta. And then Jon will either come back to Atlanta as a sales rep, or I will move to Charleston when I’m done with school.
It’s kind of exciting to think about the paychecks Jon will be making and the opportunity this provides us. When we do buy our next house, we won’t even have to think about a downpayment or paying closing costs. We will be able to afford the house we want, instead of making sacrifices to stay in our price range now (which is not a huge difference, honestly- the houses get really nice just above our current price range). And Jon said we can travel the third week of every quarter! Hopefully he means that, because you all know I’m down to travel FOUR TIMES A YEAR! I’m pretty responsible with money, so we’ll hopefully be saving a lot, especially in case anything happens with his job, but I guess one of the payoffs for separating our family will be the money, which will allow us to really be able to spend time living out my dream together.
I’m hoping they get approval from the big boss this week so we can just have it all finalized. I’d plan on going to Charleston with Jon the first weekend in November to look for places to live.
Since I haven’t done many baby updates either, I’ll give a quick little one on this Mom thing. Jackson is so much more fun now! I think these last few weeks have been the first time I’ve wanted to keep him home from daycare to hang out with me. It’s not as hard to take him out since he stays up longer in the afternoons and can do his afternoon nap in the car. I just really have fun with him. It took almost 8 months (on the 26th) to really enjoy him and not feel like every day is just the same and that it is boring and monotonous. It still is. I mean, our days are basically the same every day, but he is constantly learning and it is so fun to watch him learn to bang his hands together or wave or babble or crawl up the stairs. I love that kid more and more every day. I would by lying if I didn’t say that I still am not positive we should have had kids. I still think about how much I miss not having a baby every day. I wish I could leave the house in 10 minutes. I wish I could drink a hot cup of coffee or eat a hot breakfast at home. I wish I could be spontaneous and make plans to go out in the evenings without even second guessing who will be watching my child. But then he says “Mama” and smiles at me with his big toothy grin and it is really like, the best thing ever. Or I sit him up after changing his diaper and he clings right to me and grabs on. I still haven’t forgotten how god awful the newborn days were and I knew that as time passed, it would get better. This lifestyle is exactly what I expected since I came into this whole motherhood thing with pretty realistic expectations, but the depth of love you have for your child really is unfathomable until it happens. I knew I would want to be my own person still and I do, but my kid is my world. If I could tell anybody expecting anything (MORGAN!), it would be to just enjoy your life right now, before you are so consumed by your child. It’s hard to even put into words how protective you become of your child, but it amazes me. I can seriously cry just thinking that some kid may make fun of him in the future. I can’t protect him from bullies and I can’t protect him from getting in car accidents or being unhappy in the future. And I just hope that nothing ever happens to my baby, because it breaks my heart just thinking about it. Your heart just gets so incredibly full of love for such a tiny human and really, hardly anything else in the world will matter as long as your babies are okay. Life will really never be the same as before your child came along.
Anyway, I better get some schoolwork done today since I’ve been pretty busy and slacking on school big time. Thankfully it’s an easy semester, but still… I hate waiting until the last minute to get stuff done.