Sunday Liam turned ten months old and the McCourtney-Wolfs officially reside now in the lovely state of Maine.
Since Liam and I arrived here last Thursday (adventures and details of the flights to be shared later) I swear he’s grown and blossomed at a faster rate than usual. His hair is longer and his teeth are becoming more noticeable and numerous. He has also started talking more- a lot more. It started with my parent’s dog. Liam was afraid of her at first and would yell and then cry when she came too close, then when he got used to her he’d just let everyone know that the dog was in the room. Now he talks constantly. He’s been waving at everyone, smiling at strangers, and three days ago he discovered clapping. He’s developed new facial expressions and even made a sarcastic face at Gabe a few nights ago.
It has snowed twice since we got here and I wanted so badly to take pictures of Liam in the snow (not playing in it, but having it fall all around him like tiny clouds or chilly flower petals) but I didn’t have room in our luggage for the camera and I have not unpacked it yet from whatever box it ended up in. Our apartment is still cluttered by unpacked boxes, tasks to be taken care of tomorrow.
I found us a beautiful apartment. I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe I also applied for an apartment with an overbearing and slightly sketchy landlord that was the same price, only half the size, and that I had a funny feeling about. Luckily I was still searching and I felt good about this one as soon as I walked in the door. This is an 1800’s farmhouse that’s been converted into apartments so it has a lot of character and feels like a home rather than a box. We have big windows, hardwood floors, wainscoting, a beautiful and elaborate mantel over the fireplace, and so much space that it’s almost unsettling. We have a huge yard! I can even walk to my sister’s apartment.
It was advertised as a two-bedroom with a double parlor but we’ll be using the rooms differently so we have an eat-in kitchen with laundry hookups, a dining room, an art room (for me! Seriously!), a living room with a china cabinet, and one bedroom. Having just one bedroom is fine for now since we still share our bed with Liam. The bathroom is a good size and we have a large hallway with a big closet. I cannot wait to get unpacked and organized and start really enjoying this space. And having company!