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Day 229: They seem to like the place

I sometimes forget that, while this summer has been so stressful for my spouse and for me, it has also been stressful for the kids. They trust us wholly to lead them and protect them and guide them. The follow our lead blindly, and it's easy to forget what a responsibility we've been given with them.

Kids express and deal with stress in such a different way than adults do, and it's really easy to forget that transitions can effect them even when they seem not to know what is going on outside of what they are doing at this exact moment. Our kids have mostly handled the change well, enthusiastically helping speed clean when we had a showing, and being willing to donate extra clothes and toys we didn't need. They seem to sort of understand that we won't be going back to our old house and they accepted our new apartment so well.

I was super cranky the day we brought them here, and I didn't even really care at the time if they liked it or not, but they loved it. They were so excited to see their new rooms (bunk beds! toys in bedrooms!) and it helped ease my anxiety about the move some. Besides the baby toddler not wanting to go to bed in his crib, they seem to be taking well to the apartment. They love the large (for an apartment) deck and the way they can run in a circle from the living room to the deck to the bedroom and back to the living room. The big boys have been really enjoying my old Legos in their bedroom and have overall handled the move pretty well. We've had some challenges in a few areas for sure, but overall, I'm grateful at how well they've adapted.

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