10.08.2006

Details of the move...

For anyone who's interested in why we've been in absentia for the past month...in a nutshell, here's what we've been up to lately. For those of you not interested, feel free to skip this post...More Gabby updates to follow soon, we promise.

Over Labor Day weekend, Gabby's Bobie came to stay with us, and Joe and I began packing and moving. William and his parents came to help on Sunday, and over the weekend we packed and moved about 85% of our belongings into our garage. Realtor photos were taken on Tuesday and the condo went on the market later that week.

That weekend some of our friends threw us a little going away party and Gabby got to have one last hurrah with her friends James, William, and Paige, while Mommy and Daddy hung out and had dinner with all of their parents, and Alicia and Dave, after the munchkins went to sleep. The next day our friend Abby was kind enough to let Gabby come over to nap and play at her place while we had our first open house at our condo.

Over the next week, I worked hard to keep the condo clean at all times in case of showings, (easier said than done with a toddler running around), while Joe traveled to Austin for the week, for his first week at his new job. The next weekend, the Randolph crowd threw us a little surprise going away dinner, while Babci babysat. Thanks guys! For those of you who were sadly unable to make it, we hope you're doing well, and hope you'll come to visit us all in Austin sometime soon. On Saturday, we went to Taunton, and Gabby played with Babci and Papa (and chased Thursday, the cat). Babci babysat that eveniing so that we could have a night out at the movies. On Sunday, Gabby had all her grandparents over to Taunton to visit her for one last Massachusetts hurrah. We were all very pleased to see our surprise guest, "Auntie Rae," (who has since become engaged, by the way. Mazel Tov Rae and Yaneev)!

On Wednesday, 9/20, Gabby spent the morning with all her Strollerfit Friends (special thanks to Diane, Regan, Celia, Stephanie, and Anna for helping us out) while Joe and I picked up the Penske truck. After some minor setbacks (ask Joe for the stories), the truck finally made it to our condo. Saba came to visit Gabby that afternoon, and we also made a trip to the airport to pick up Uncle Jay who very graciously volunteered to fly up to Boston to drive the truck down to Austin with Joe. Babci and Papa came up that night to say goodbye to Gabby, and we worked for hours loading the truck and cleaning up the condo. (Thanks Babci for sticking around to help)!

On Thursday, Joe drove Gabby and me to the airport in the wee hours of the morning, and we embarked on our 4.5 hour flight. Although Gabby demanded LOTS of Mommy attention, she was a real trooper on the flight. We went through a bag of fun new toys, stickers, and snacks in the first 2 hours of the flight, walked up and down the aisle for a while, watched a little TV, and somehow got through the 4.5 hours. When we finally landed in Austin, Gabby was very excited to see Uncle Shaun waiting for us at baggage claim.

Gabby and I stayed with Auntie Sally and Uncle Shaun (and Auntie Marta, who's also temporarily living there) while Daddy and Uncle Jay drove cross-country. Joe and Jay arrived on Saturday night, and we had a low-key day on Sunday before closing on our new house on Monday morning!

On Monday and Tuesday night we had lots of helpers over to help paint our living room and unload the truck, and on Tuesday night, we spent our first night in our new home. Since then, we've been slowly unpacking and trying to get settled.

In that first week, we also made it the OB, and the littlest Cohen appears to be developing nicely. According to Babycenter.com, it's now about the size of a large sweet potato, about 5.5 inches from crown to rump. I'm feeling fine and am starting to feel the baby flutter in my tummy. We're scheduled for a routing ultrasound next week, (but no, we are not finding out the gender of the baby)!

Joe went back to work that Friday, and so far is excited about the job. We've really enjoyed reconnecting with our old Austin friends, and hope to continue to do so in the coming weeks.

Special thanks to Sara, Shaun, Marta, and Jay for all your generous help and babysitting during that crazy week! Thanks also to Erin and Arthur for help with cleaning, painting, and unpacking, and to Erin and Meredith for your babysitting assistance in our times of need!

So...that's why we've been out of the loop. We're looking forward to things settling down, now that we're getting settled in, and hope to get you more regular Gabby updates going forward!

1 comment:

grep said...

the cohens are a mighty, mighty clan of road warriors!