June 19, 2009

We're in

Moved in to our wonderful new apartment on June 8th. It was a whirlwind move as we didn't have the confirmation from the landlord to move in until 9am that morning! We had figured over the previous weekend that it was not a go so we didn't pack up the remaining 25% of our things. But once we got the call, we made a quick decision to go ahead and do it. So we called the movers and they said they could be there in a half hour! Chaos ensued as we packed up stuff like crazy-throwing dishes in boxes, pulling curtains off the wall, and throwing shoes in boxes. The one thing that worked out perfectly was Sophie decided to sleep in that morning until 10am! Normally she is up around 7 and needs to nap around 11 or 12, so this was perfect as she could most likely skip her nap that day, which was fine with us as the crib would be moved and she'd have nowhere to sleep!

The movers were from Oz, who were recommended by a friend, and who I will highly recommend as well. They were super fast, and the foreman was really knowledgeable and really helped us out with our last minute packing. What was estimated to be a 6 1/2 hour move turned into 8 1/2 hours, but it was well worth it to be in the new place so quickly.

We are SO happy here. It's almost double the space. With amenities galore. What seem like luxuries to us are probably pretty standard to most, but New Yorkers go without a lot here. We now have a real separate kitchen, a dishwasher, an elevator in the building and a laundry in the basement! These are all things I've never had (except when growing up in Miami of course) so it's really made my life SO much easier. And the new neighborhood, which is only 3 blocks from the last, is so quiet and peaceful. No more trucks going by, no more crackheads hanging out downstairs on our block making a ruckus. Now the only noises we hear are the occasional practicing by an opera singer somewhere across the way and a trumpet player in the evenings, both who are really good and pleasing to listen to, and not overly loud. Other than that we hear no one else in the building. It's so odd because there are tons of families with children, but the halls are always so quiet.

Sophie is slowly adjusting. She occasionally wakes up at night asking for "more blanket" which is her way of wanting us to come in, put a blanket on her to make her feel more secure. She also wakes up in the morning and after her nap crying as I still think she is surprised to wake up in her new room. And her room is HUGE. Almost too big. Her crib looks lost in there but hopefully soon we'll find the time to decorate it nice and make it feel more homey. Eventually we'd like both children to share this room and use the 3rd small bedroom for something else, maybe an office or something. But for now it's all hers. We still have some unpacking to do, mainly clothes as we need a closet system built in the master closet as the old tenant took their closet shelves/bars with them and it's pretty much an empty room.

I've only tackled painting the living room, which was a nightmare. I've wasted time and money on a few paint choices that didn't work out, but finally decided on a light green that will do, for now. David loves it but I'm still not sold. But I'm happy it's done and can live with it for some time, if not permanently.


Anonymous eugene said...

how are the schools there? i've been meaning to ask you what you're planning on doing about schooling. how old is sophie, btw? when does she start?

11:34 AM  
Blogger Simone said...

She's 2. Will start preschool at 4. Don't love the school so I hope she gets into a G&T somewhere else.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

What's a G&T?

Your new place sounds very exciting! I don't know how you survived having a baby without laundry in your building! With spit-up and diaper leaks, I think I was doing two or three loads of laundry a week. I didn't realize how spoiled I was, having a washer and dryer at home!

Congrats on your move!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Simone said...

GIfted & Talented. Apparently there's a test they take and if they pass they can get into better schools. We will see, still 2 years away.

Words cannot express how nice it was to take the elevator down w/ my load of laundry, put it in, and come right back up to the apt! Pure luxury!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Brandon Launerts (Dont feel like logging in) said...

Sophie is Gifted & talented and Im sure she will make it ;)

Congrats on the BIG move! Can't wait to go over there (again) ;)

2:02 PM  
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