I can't help but start singing T. Swift anytime I hear that. We've officially finished our first full week as residents of New York City. Wow. It feels like such a whirlwind of a week and a lifetime. The city was definitely waiting to smack us right in the face with the realities. A tad bit overwhelming but we've made it through the week. So, yay! One week down. Here is an update of what has happened in the last week and how this week is going to get even crazier.
After some hard work, I officially unpacked our apartment. That being said, it's not even close to being done. In the process of moving, we actually got rid of a lot of our stuff. So, now we have to actually find items we want in the house. Currently, we are couchless. However, you can at least walk in our apartment. We thought we were going to have much less space. I think I might be the first person to ever say that here in the city.
Mastering the subway.
Although we've road the subway before, mastering the downtown subways we're a totally different ball game. It's quite busy and a tad confusing. Cherry on the sundae- elevators have been broken in the stations we use. So guess who had to carry up and down the stroller? Yep, maybe I'll get huge muscles by the end of the year.
Being a wife of a banker you expect your husband to be working a lot. It comes with the income. However, I wasn't so prepared this time. It was a huge smack in the face when he literally was home for like 3 hours in the night most nights last week. He's of course very tired and I'm asleep when he gets home. I love that he wants to chat with me but to be honest I'm dead. I've had to take on the roles of being a solo parent for William. Bath time, food, play, and taking him to his orientation. I've done it all this week. One night I was so exhausted I called my mom to just have an adult conversation because I felt like I had been only talking to a toddler for 3 days.
Back to school.
Unfortunately, Sebastian didn't get to make it to William's orientation/ ice cream social. It went very well. Except for the times William had meltdowns in the rooms when he thought I was leaving him. It's tiring and stressful for me to see him upset. Plus I can't imagine how hard it is for him right now. We've had major transitions in the last month. Luckily, he started school with no problems. After I left the room he was completely fine. The newest battle I'm finding is trying to make sure he eats lunch at school. They serve snack and lunch. William is so very picky it's quite hard to tell how much he's ate.
On top of our move, Sebastian being gone, and William starting school; I have been searching for a full time position. Throwing the task of scheduling interviews into the mix has been quite crazy. I don't have Sebastian to help me with watching William so I can go interview. I had a phone interview one night with William screaming the whole time. Not even joking. I luckily got an interview at a place I was entirely interested in. Best part, Sebastian couldn't be home to watch William. I quickly panicked. If it was for the Tuck fabric I'm not sure what I would have done. We're so lucky to have two of our friends very close to us and when I texted panicking she totally came through to help me. I promised I would be back by 5:30 so she could go to an already planned event. It was an absolute disaster when I realized after the interview I was going to make it back late. The subways took forever. I seriously sprinted into the door. The struggles were totally worth it. I officially am not a full-time NYC working mama.
The position is a perfect opportunity for me to use my party planning skills, managing skills, child education, and creativity to succeed in working in the boutique. I'm very excited but also quite nervous. My hours will be 9-5pm. Sebastian will do William's drop off but the problem was William gets out of school at 1pm. So this led us to a nanny search.
If you think finding a job is hard go try and find a nanny in the city. What an absolute disaster. First you have to find nannies to interview. Then if that's not enough, one that actually shows up for the interview. Finally, one that you actually like. After a weekend on interviewing, we finally found one. She's quite sweet and Colombian. We really loved the idea of having a Colombian with William, considering he needs to practice his Spanish. We immediately liked her but had to put her to the test. We had my mother in law call her and also interview her. Sounds crazy right? Typical Colombian mother. After Norma gave her approval we officially hired her. Then it was the task of showing her how to do pick up, get to our house, and his afternoon schedule.
Half family day.
Saturday Sebastian spent most of the day in the office. We did however get to go explore the seaport area. William search for his Gigi Handid. After sweating our lives away we headed home so Sebastian could head into work. William + I decided to have a little date night. We picked up carry out, got mini cupcakes, and drank water out of champagne glasses to celebrate our first week. Sunday was the first day since we've gotten here that we had the chance to spend the whole day all three together. Although it mostly consisted of sleeping it was so very nice to have a husband for a day.
As I sit and write this I'm realizing how even crazier this week is going to be. We never thought it was going to be easy but I thought we'd slide into it not fall. Cheers to what our next week full of adventures are and finishing our first week in the city.