Matt is loving the tasks, even appreciating my "honey-do" list, which he knocked in 1.5 days, making him feel really productive. The first few days after the exam, he was in a really weird mood, listless and combative. When I delegated a few things to him off my to-do list, he went straight to work, doing a fair bit to relieve my stress. I'm still adjusting too, trying to remind myself that Matt does not have to study. Whenever I run an errand and leave Abigail at home or ask him to feed her, I feel a stab of guilt that I'm preventing him from getting studying done. I find myself speed-walking through Target trying to get home as fast as I can and putting off certain chores until she goes to bed because if I'm the only one watching her, I can't do the finances or make bread. I have to remind myself throughout the day that we can finally be normal again.
Speaking of Abigail, now that she is able to pull herself up to a stand, she has been practicing pulling up on items of different heights and with different make-shift hand-holds. Boxes, baby gates, coffee tables, couches. One of the many wonderful things about reaching a new physical milestone is that we can lay off the physical therapy a bit. Now that Abigail can stand, she will do so at almost every opportunity throughout the day, which essentially means she's working herself. Each and every time she pulls up, she is building leg and butt muscles and re-enforcing the feeling of weight on her knees and feet. As she stands, she is gaining core strength and confidence. Combine everything together and soon we have a baby willing to take a few steps to the side to reach something on a shelf or the other side of the table. All this is coming at a perfect time because with all the things to do to move, I don't have as much time to work with her, and with all of these boxes sitting around, she is getting tons of practice.
I am really looking forward to the time when everything is unpacked, all the work is done, and we can finally relax and learn how to be a family. Our basic plan is to load the uhaul on Tuesday and drive and unload on Wednesday (finally - a trip we can make in one day!). My parents will take the uhaul and we'll shepherd the baby and the kitties. Matt was allowed to choose his own start date, which we pinned 1.5 weeks after we arrive. This will give us a few days after we get settle to have some fun in the big city. We reserved a little bit of graduation gift money and I've been stalking Groupon for good deals. It is hard to believe that three days from now, we'll be living in Chicago. Time seems like it's going by so quickly now that the bar exam is over!
I do sincerely hope to blog again by Wednesday night, but I do not suspect that I will be able to post much more than a few sentences. I shall return again on Thursday or Friday, and I will bring pictures, even if it means running to a local coffee shop and buying a mocha frappe in order to get some Internet access.