On empty

empty moving house

We are rocking an empty house this week. Boxes are threatening to take over and we have sold our couches, so are sitting on camp chairs. Don’t worry – new ones will be delivered to the new house, so it’s a temporary thing!

But the house is feeling empty and I am pretty sure Poss is near on empty too.

She has been unsettled and full of sharp angles all weekend. Jolty. Agitated. Shouty.

Last night she refused to sleep. Even after melatonin. Her eyes were so tired, it looked like she had been in a fight; big black circles and bloodshot red.

She ended up sleeping curled up on the living room rug, at my feet.

Tonight we are facing a similar battle. We have upped her melatonin in the hope it will work. When she doesn’t sleep, her world is more unstable, more unpredictable.

Social stories have been done, but the nightmares keep coming. She just wants us, overwhelming us with big hugs and squeezes.

Friends have stepped in and will be collecting her from school, so we can avoid the stress of aftercare this week. We have some awesome friends.

My instinct is to wrap her in cotton wool and keep her home for the next week, but I know this isn’t the right thing to do.

One more day of work, four more sleeps and the keys will be ours. Then the real move starts.

We just have to hold on and find a way to fill her up, at least long enough to get through the next week.

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  1. Oh good luck hun. Moving is such a huge deal for kids at the best of times. Im sure you’ll handle it and Poss will have another adventure that she will come out the other side of, grow from and be able to add to her collection of life stories. Thinking of you all x
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    • Thanks Kate – so far so good. It was a few rough days but we seem to have come out the other side!

  2. You can do this. Hang in there. She will make it through this & you will, too. These things are hard for our babies. I’m in the process of looking for a house myself so I understand where you’re coming fromm Bless your amazing friends’ hearts for stepping in & helping you. I’ll be keeping your family in my thoughts & prayers that this goes smoothly & she settles right in to the new place. Sending lots of love & patience.

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    • Thanks so much lovely, I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. We are in and so far, so good!

  3. xoxo
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  4. Oh lovely, I wish I could do more to help than send my thoughts for the move. I’ve been thinking of you lots and wishing I could do something to help. It’s so hard for Poss, all of you actually, and I bet you can’t wait till it’s over. xxx
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    • Thanks so much Nat. I really appreciate your kind thoughts, we are in and huge sighs of relief are going up around the place!

  5. Thinking of you guys this week. Not long now. I hope you can get through the next few days with some sleep.xoxoxo
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  6. Maybe cake will help? i’ll send cake 😉
    If only it was that simple.
    Please let me know what I can do.
    xx

  7. Good luck with the move. Hopefully sticking to the school routine will help.
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    • Thanks Marita. The routine has been good, a bit all over the place because of the school musical rehearsals at the same time, but it has proved a good distraction!

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