here's the thing...

the short version - we now are living and working in ohio.

 the slightly longer version...

mike and i had always thought that "someday" we might return to the columbus area. we both grew up here, our families were still here, and many of our good friends lived here. when we found out we were pregnant with wesley, we decided to give st louis a few more years, and figure out how to do this whole parent thing before trying to change cities, jobs, houses, and everything else. we found a fantastic daycare, we had friends with young kids in st louis, and we were able to host many out of town guests. things were good. 

except... there was my job. i didn't talk about my job much on here, mostly because there wasn't much to say. it was fine. not great, but fine. my career has always been a big part of who i am, and i had lost a lot of my passion for the profession. last june i passed my final exam and became a registered architect, and i had hoped that the new position might give me new opportunities with my company. not so much. not wanting to deal with changing firms for only a few years, i decided to just wait and see what we decided to do about a move. i thought that i would have a difficult time finding a job that got me excited again, so i decided that in the meantime, i would start making connections with firms that i was interested in that were located in ohio. i thought it might help to have a few relationships in place if/when we did decided to move in the future. 

meanwhile, we experienced our first christmas with wesley, having to travel from st louis to columbus to be with our friends and family. on our (long) drive home, we discussed how difficult it was to travel for every big holiday, and how it would just get worse when wesley got older. we wanted santa to come to our house. we wanted to be able to enjoy leisurely visits with our friends and family instead of always having to cram it all in to a few days. we wanted to be able to save our vacation time for actual vacations and not just for the holidays. we also were realizing how difficult it was to find babysitter options, and we hadn't done much without wesley. having to basically rely on times when our family came to visit us before being able to leave wesley for a few hours was not ideal. we were doing fine on our own, but having other people around and available to help sometimes sounded really good.

a few weeks later, in early january, i can across a firm that was looking for an architect in the columbus area. i didn't think that i was really qualified for the open position, but when i ended up stuck at home for a few days because of the snow, i decided that i might as well update my resume and portfolio and send it to them. less than 24 hours after i sent my initial email, i had a phone interview set up. in the few weeks that followed, i had several more video interviews, and all conversations were leading towards potential employment... starting immediately... in columbus. i also began talking to a few other firms, just to make sure i was exploring all of my options. on valentines day i had my final interview with the first firm, and was offered the position. 

mike, realizing where all of this was headed before i even acknowledged that this could actually happen, decided to update his resume as well and started looking for a job in columbus. he had some interest, but was a few weeks behind me in the job search. we knew that realistically, we needed 2 of 3 things to fall into place before we could make a move. we each needed a job, and we needed to sell the house. we started having a serious conversation about how long we could live apart (since mike could keep his job in st louis until finding something new), and we also started talking about what we needed to do to sell the house. 

(selling the house - that's a long long story that i will write about in another post)

so we took a leap of faith and i accepted the position in columbus. luckily for me, the firm's "immediate" time frame was not as immediate as i had feared, and they allowed me to wait until the end of march before starting. 5 weeks sounds like a decent amount of time for a transition, until you start to realize how much you need to do to your house to prepare it to be listed, how much time it takes to pack all of your belongings, and your husband needs to find a job. and oh yeah, you have a 7 month old.

in the last few weeks before our big move, mike suddenly had multiple interview requests. he talked to a few companies, and things were going so well with his conversations that we both felt comfortable with him quitting his job in st louis even before things were finalized with a position in columbus. this allowed him to move back to columbus with me and wesley, and i was so grateful that we were able to come back here together. he finished up his interviews and accepted a position at an accounting firm, which he started about 1.5 weeks ago.

as for our house - the house in st louis was listed towards the end of march and (spoiler) we are currently in contract on the sale of the house. we are living with my parents until we get things finalized with the house(s). (spoiler #2, we also are in contract on a house in columbus)...

so that's what has been going on, and the reason why i have not posted anything for a few months. it's been a crazy ride, but we are so grateful with how everything has worked out, and we are looking forward to getting completely settled here in ohio.

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wesley - 7 months

i have written the 7 month post twice now, and blogger has lost the content both times.  so this one might be short so i can get it published :)  i have a lot of photos though - since wesley turned 7 months on jan 21, this post also includes the christmas photos.
 
stats:  we took wesley in mid january for his 6 month appt (it got pushed back because of weather and office closings).  he weighed 15 lbs, 7 oz and was 27" long.  he seemed fine and healthy, but the dr was concerned that he had dropped on his weight percentage curve.  he was at 75% at birth, and had been in the upper range for the first few months, and then started to drop.  at his 6 month appt he was only on the 5% curve.  she asked that we do some blood tests, just to make sure that everything was ok.  wesley was a champ for the tests, he didn't even seen to notice the needle.  thankfully, everything came back ok.  we starting giving him more solid foods, and after a few weeks his weight was starting to pick back up again and he was 16 lbs 1 oz at 7 months.  i think he's just an active little guy!!  we started transitioning to 9 month clothes, although he was still able to wear some 6 month things.
 

eating/sleeping:  wesley continues to get 3, 5 oz bottles at daycare and nurses 3 times a day.  he loves all foods that we've given him.  we've offered him both pureed food and some soft solids (avocado, bananas, cooked sweet potato wedges).  he also started eating some puffs, and oatmeal in the mornings.

 
wesley had a few rough nights around 7 months when he was teething, but that only lasted about a week or so.  i was impressed with how well he slept when we were in ohio for christmas, he had no issues with the pack n play.  he started to have more of a nap "schedule" on the weekends, and seemed to prefer to go down for a longer nap around 10.  
 
 
milestones:  wesley continued to work on sitting unsupported and moving around on his tummy.  he gave us his first big laugh this month - laughing at his dad.  he also got his third tooth on the bottom.  this month wesley also started being able to sit in highchairs at restaurants and in the cart when we went shopping.  it was nice to not have to carry the big car seat everywhere!



misc.:  we spent 10 days in ohio at christmas and wesley loved it all.  i think his favorite part (besides all of the attention), was the wrapping paper and the boxes.  he was spoiled and recieved plenty of toys and new clothes. 




he continues to love all of the pets.  murphy still gives him unlimited kisses, so we have to keep an eye on murph when he's around wesley.  i'm pretty sure he would just keep licking wesley if we didn't make him stop :)




wesley's friend lana had a ball pit for her first birthday party, they were so cute playing in it together!!

i'm ending his 7 month post with a few photos from christmas.  i was going to do a separate christmas post, but since it's already march...  probably best to just insert them here :)

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wesley - 6 months

wesley will be 7 months tomorrow, so i'm almost caught up... :)

stats:  wesley ended up having a dr appointment a few days before he turned 6 months, and he weighed 14 lbs 11 oz - a skinny guy!  he was still wearing 3-6 month clothes at 6 months, although we started switching out a few things like pjs with feet, because he was getting to be too tall.  he's in 12-24 month socks, he has big feet!


eating/sleeping:  wesley's bottles are still the same - 3, 5 oz bottles at daycare.  we did start on some solids a week before he turned 6 months, he was so interested in what we were doing at meal time, we thought it was time for him to try it out.  we started with some wedges of sweet potato, and i was impressed with how well he ate them.  he also had some banana, and pureed apples. he likes everything we've given him so far.


we were finally able to get wesley to nap in his crib at home on the weekends, which has been really nice and i think he sleeps better when he's in his crib (instead of in our lap, or in his swing).  he still doesn't take as long of a nap for us on the weekends as he does at daycare, but he seems happy and sleeps well at night, so we're ok with that.

milestones:  wesley started sitting up for longer periods of time unsupported, and moves a ton!  he has figured out how to get around by rotating on his stomach - he spins and spins until he's where he wants to be.  he also figured out how to get up on his hands and knees and rocks, but hasn't moved yet.  the biggest milestone of month 6 was probably his first teeth - he got 2 bottom teeth over thanksgiving.  he seemed to be really uncomfortable and was very fussy, but went back to his normal self after the teeth finally came through.


misc.:  wesley flew for his second time at thanksgiving, and did great on the plane. he also did great on our return drive from columbus to st louis.  he's been so much fun lately, he's really interested in toys and loves to play. 


we went to ted drewes to get wesley's first christmas tree.  he really liked to look at the ornaments and the lights.   


this was our christmas card photo, such a happy little guy!

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oh yeah, the house...

i thought it was probably time for a quick house update...  here's what has been happening:
 
a few months ago stl had a big storm, and we noticed that our neighborhood had some wind damage - tree branches, power outages, etc.  we also noticed some roof debris in our yard, briefly thought about our roof, but quickly moved on because we really didn't think that our flat roof had been damaged by the wind.  we had 2 companies out to look at the roof semi-recently, and felt that our roof was in good enough condition to hold up to some wind.
 
fast forward to christmas - we left stl to spend time in ohio with family, and the first few days in ohio it just rained.  and rained.  and rained some more.  we figured that it had also probably rained at our house, but had no reason to give that any additional thought.
 
until we drove back home a week later.  we arrived late on a saturday night, and i kept noticing an odd smell in our house.  i thought it was from the house being shut up for a week, and just went to bed without inspecting things.  the next morning, we walked by the guest room and saw this:
 
 
well, this without the buckets.  apparently the rain the week before had caused water to pour in to our guest room.  the ceiling had significant damage, as well as the wood floor, and the exterior wall.  the mattress was ruined.  the good news - the mattress actually acted like a giant sponge, and as far as we could see, the water did not make its way down to the kitchen below.  i couldn't even imagine trying to repair our basically new kitchen...
 
so guest room, lots of water, and at this point, just assuming we have a hole in the roofing material.  you'd think that this would be something that insurance could quickly assist with, and we'd be well on our way to being fully repaired by now.  you'd think that, except our initial insurance assessment, which was scheduled a few days after we first called, was then canceled because we had a few inches of snow.  while annoying, i understand that the adjuster cannot get on the roof in the snow.  so we reschedule, and carefully watched the guest room as the snow melted.  the bucket contained the new water, we rescheduled our appointment, no big deal.
 
and then...  stl gets the most amount of snow it has had since '82 (so the locals tell me!).  we had over 12" of snow.  and a hole in our roof.  and a sponge/mattress that we couldn't move until the adjuster came out.  but now there was more snow, so no adjuster...
 
 
(this photo was in the middle of the snow, we got probably another 6" on top of that.  it was crazy, the city shut down, and we were stuck at home for 3 days.)
 
we waited, hoping that it would warm up slowly, and that the snow would melt over time.  we thought we could deal with that. 
 
but guess what?  the temperatures went from -11* to 45 overnight.  45 with rain!  yay, more water, just what we needed!
 
that was last friday - upon seeing the forecast in the morning, i put my bucket under the hole in the ceiling, and just prayed that would catch the water.  it rained the entire day, i just watched it out my office window, the 12" of snow was melting quickly, and we were getting a lot more rain.  i knew it would be bad.  and sure enough, as soon as i opened the front door that evening, i could just hear the water pouring in.  such a horrible sound inside your home.
 
the bucket had overflowed, but the mattress saved us yet again, catching most of the water.  the already damaged areas were now worse, including the area around the window, but i don't think that friday's melt/rain caused any new damage.

the adjuster was finally able to come out yesterday and get up on the roof.  apparently the roof membrane above our back porch had been blown back, and was sitting in the middle of our roof, exposing the porch and the roof above the guest room.  everything should be covered by insurance (minus the deductible of course), we are just waiting to hear back with their estimate.  besides the repairs to the roof/ceiling/floor, we also will have to replace the bed and the mattress, the rug, and everything that was stored under the bed, which includes the leaf for our dining table, an extra box of hardwood flooring, and the crib rail for wesley's crib. 

while a pain to have to deal with all of this, we are very thankful that should all be covered by insurance, and that this happen to the guest room and not any of the other rooms in our house. 

so that's the current house adventure, i'll keep you posted...

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wesley - 5 months

i am behind on my monthly wesley posts, but hopefully i can catch up...  funny how once you have a baby, you no longer seem to have time to blog about the baby (or anything else)!!  wesley was 5 months old on november 21.

stats:  we did not have a dr appointment this month, but we did end up taking him in early december for an ear infection, so based on that weight, i'm guessing he was around 14 lbs, 6 oz at 5 months.  he's still long and skinny.  he was still wearing his 3-6 month clothes.

 
eating/sleeping:  wesley continues to take 3, 5 oz bottles to daycare, and is nursing 3x a day.  he is still a good sleeper - although his love for rolling around in his crib means that we usually have to move him back to the center a few times a night.  he also still loves his pacifier at night, and will start to get fussy if he wakes up and doesn't have it.  overall he's doing great with sleeping, and always wakes up with a big smile in the mornings.
 
his daily schedule is very similar to what i wrote in his 4 month post, although he seems to have dropped his evening nap.  he's still napping really well at daycare, and we're working on trying to make sure that he naps on the weekends.

 
milestones:  wesley still loves to smile, and "talk" to you.  this month he started being able to sit up unsupported for a few seconds, or longer when being held, so we start putting him at the table with us when we eat dinner.  he really started reaching for toys, and playing with them.  since he also likes to be upright, we bought him an exersaucer.  that's been nice to have, because he can play in that in the kitchen when we make dinner, or try to get a few others things done.

 
misc:  wesley dressed up as a skeleton for his first halloween.  he wore his outfit to daycare, and then when we passed out candy that evening.  he's also showing more interest in our pets.  i think that our cat eze is his current favorite.  she likes to sit next to him, and will tolerate him "petting" (pulling on) her fur.


my cute boys!  mike decided wesley needed to wear his tie onesie so that they could match.



 
such a happy little guy!

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