Oh, hey Internet! Happy Independence Day! And also, we bought a house!
A townhouse, to be exact. (The townhouse that I referred to in the days of our house hunting as "the counter space house". Miles of countertop, you guys. It is glorious.) That was the housing arrangement I referred to that was supposed to be sorted out as of June 15, which of course became June 22 thanks to closing delays. Which of course caused me all kinds of anxiety and sturm und drang regarding my need to get unpacked before Baby Hiccup makes her debut, but which turned out really pretty ok.
We moved in on the 23rd with all of the luggage we brought from Okinawa, our express shipment (the military lets you send a limited amount of stuff in a separate, faster shipment - ours was linens, kitchen basics, cleaning supplies, and some of Raj's more vital medical books), and a whole lot of baby stuff from my shower in Texas and the many, many hand-me-downs we acquired there. Plus our Craig's List purchases.
Back before we bought the house, we started asking friends with actual grown up furniture about where a person shops for such things, given that we'd mostly shopped on Craig's List in the past. Then we went to actual furniture stores, but we didn't order anything yet because you can't make big purchases until you close on a house or it could affect the loan approval. Except then it was going to take a few weeks for the furniture to come after we'd closed, so that wasn't good. And we thought about how any nice furniture we buy will just get beat up in the next several moves that we'll continue to do until Raj is out of the Navy. Also, it started to become clear just how much furniture we were talking about. Not only did we need to furnish a nursery, we also sold most of the other furniture we owned before moving to Japan since we wouldn't be able to take it with us due to the Navy's weight restrictions. Meaning we now had a four bedroom house with an eat in kitchen and separate dining room and very, very little to put in any of it.
So we turned to Craig's List. We'd gotten a changing table from friends and found a free nice crib on Craig's List. We did spring for a brand new dresser for Hiccup, via IKEA, which Raj got to put together. And we got ourselves a brand new dresser, night stands, and bed frame via Wayfair, which Raj will get to put together once they arrive. The sellers of our house offered us their king size bed and a recliner for $75, which we took them up on, thus ending our debate on whether to chance buying a king size bed because it might not fit into any of the next three houses. We managed to cram a Craig's List kitchen table and six chairs into the back of our small SUV, but Raj had to rent a U-Haul to pick up the dining room table and eight chairs and sectional couch we also bought from Craig's List. The idea is that at some point, we will actually purchase brand new living room furniture and the sectional will go to the finished but currently empty basement. But for now, we're enjoying it. Our couch-related priority was that it be a napping couch, unlike our small and scratchy government couch in Okinawa. On this one we can both nap end to end! Ask me how I know!
Our big shipment of stuff from Okinawa arrived on the 24th and we've been unpacking ever since. Still, we are not remotely photo ready yet. We're still waiting on our third and final shipment, which is the furniture we did put into storage in Pensacola, which will include our old queen size bedroom set that will go in the guest room. And our old full size guest bed that will go in the second guest room/yoga studio. And some assorted tables, plus our Christmas tree and Raj's shopvac and table saw and who can even remember what else? All of that should be arriving this Thursday, so if Hiccup will give us through next weekend, we should be pretty well set up before she arrives. I've even started cooking some things to freeze for after she joins us. The carseat is installed, my bag is packed, and the pack and play is set up in our room. Baby clothes are washed and we're stocked up on diapers and wipes.
Whether there will be house pictures before there are baby pictures remains to be seen. Either way, watch this space.