Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wheres I Goin'?

For the last few months, as soon as Micah wakes up from sleep or nap, or when we pick him up from daycare, his first question is, "Wheres I goin'?" It is a sure sign that he's trying to make sense of the world around him, to detect patterns and understand why he goes to school some days but gets to play with mommy and daddy all day on others. He wants to understand where everyone who is important to him is at a give moment. If mommy picks him up from daycare, he wants to know where daddy is, and vice versa. It reminds me how very confusing it must be to be a 2-year-old, with no way of predicting what is going to happen to you next.
That's why I know we're going to blow our little boy's mind when we move homes later this month. Like many out there with toddlers, our house suddenly isn't quite big enough for all the toys, blocks, cars, and games, and it is time to move before someone gets hurt..... Of course, I think Adam is completely deluding himself in thinking that when we have a finished basement, the toys will be confined there. But there are other reasons for the move, including a better elementary school, more space for all of us, and fewer home improvement projects for Adam. Oh, and grandma will be just half a mile away. Think Micah will probably be walking there himself by the end of the summer, since grandma is his favorite person in the world (hi, mom!)
Moving with a toddler, is there anything scarier (OK, Ed and Paul, moving with THREE toddlers is way scarier.) But how can my husband claim, with a straight face, that we have the same amount of stuff that we did when we moved 5 years ago sans child, sans home office suite, sans 100 lb glass dining table, etc? The next 3 weeks are bound to be stressful as we try to pack and maintain some normalicy for Micah. As for me, I'm sad to be leaving our cool mid-century mod ranch for a more conventional (but beautifully modernized!) suburban house, but I trust that the next 5 years will build as many happy memories as we've built in this house.


  1. Are we all moving house simultaneously?!? I've got the joy of starting to pack kids stuff tonight - I think we should do a box count to compare. So if you've got 1, we've got 2 and Edward/Paul have 3, does that mean the guys will have triple the kids stuff you have?? Hope they've got a really good removalist if yes! Really looking forward to seeing your new home, and hearing how Micah copes with his new room. And, as usual, great explanation of where he's up to. I hadn't stopped to think about the "where's xx" questions yet, but we definitely get them too. To the degree that Nik has to open every door in the house (including the shower) to prove I'm not hiding somewhere when the boys go looking for me.


  2. Good luck and GODSPEED! It is amazing the volume of STUFF that accumulates over such a short time...especially when I feel like we never really do much outside of our house!

    Our girls don't really have any qualms with the house being in disarray....let's see how they do on Wednesday when they sleep in their new bedroom!!!

    P.S. I am certain we'd 'win' the box count...but I'm quite certain that actually means we lose!!!

  3. Another one, we're moving too! When they hit toddler dom, it's time!

  4. We are staying put so I cannot chime in on this, or be part of the box competition. Micah sounds like a really smart boy, and can you beleive he will be three in three months??? My god, where did the time go?