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Moving! We are now in a large city fairly close to the town in which I used to live (which was itself part of ginormous urban sprawl), in a house that was originally built in 1900 but had been upgraded since, so that we do not need to worry about the plumbing (much) or the wiring or anything like that. It is the sort of house I have always dreamed of living in; two stories, high ceilings, little period details in the molding and doors and such but enough mod cons to make it comfortable, and with a huge backyard filled with fruit/nut trees (a pear, an avocado, three walnuts and a little tiny lemon) and two orange trees in the front. We are right across the highway from the downtown of the large city, but in the northernmost residential neighbourhood of what used to be (in the 19th century) another town, so while it's easy to hop on public transit for restaurants or bars or the ballet (!) or the theatre, walking out the front door it's all old houses and giant trees and a park and a school. This is, I think, the best of both worlds for my family; my husband wanted to live someplace more urban and I wanted someplace with old houses and lots of green things. Joy loves riding the light rail and loves having a backyard to play in, and having her own room which she doesn't have to share with 6 bookcases filled with 'Mommy books' -- now she has her own bookcase and is busy filling it with her own books and the odd stuffed animal. There's also a tiny room for the new baby when he comes in mid-autumn, but right now it is filled with all the boxes of my books and clothes we haven't unpacked yet. Because the house is right by lots of freeways and an airport it can be noisy outside, but the walls & new double-paned windows so thick that I don't notice the noise with things closed, and even with the windows open I find it very easy to tune out car/plane sounds. Sometimes at night, with my bedroom windows open, it reminds me of Heidi getting used to living under the pine trees.

Another lovely thing about the new house is that, being so large, we have been able to put a long-held plan into action and move in with a friend, which not only makes this all affordable, but also means there's a third adult in the house who is involved in our lives while living his own. It is very, very nice to have another adult person here during the days (he works from home) to share meals with and brainstorm wacky projects (home brewing! curing our own bacon) and generally provide both company and support. I am occasionally overwhelmed with surprise that he wanted to do this, and seems happy so far (it's only been a week!), but I am very glad. I think that it's going to make being a stay-at-home parent to two children a lot less lonely.

The only real downsides of the new place are that we're farther from a lot of other friends who used to walk to our place, so we probably won't see them as much, and there's a river nearby so we seem to get mosquitos (I'm covered in bug bites for the first time since I was a teenager). And, of course, I am now farther away from Joy's pre-school and gymnastics class, but she is so attached to them (and so change-averse) that I am going to try to drive to them anyway rather than find something closer, at least for now. Next week will be the first attempts at leaving early enough to get her to school 11 miles away by 9am; we shall see how it goes.

In short, I am exhausted but happy. Moving in the third trimester is a pain, but oh I'm glad to be here.
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