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The first week of May, we dogsat Quincy Kelly again. Generally speaking, I love animals but prefer them to be wild or, if domesticated, to belong to someone else. The arrangement we had with the Kellys was perfect for us. We got to love a dog and be loved back (seriously, this dog is our legit pal), but it wasn’t full-time so after we got our dog fix then we’d give our furry friend back. You could call it having a dogshare. Nowadays when Nate travels to Boston for school stuff, he stays with the Kellys and says it’s usually a tossup who’s more excited to see him between the kids and Quincy!

With a month until our move, we revisited our Boston bucket list to determine what we really wanted to and realistically could do before leaving. The first Saturday in May, we did a self-guided tour of Harvard Square. They have an app that’s surprisingly great, and being able to go at our own pace with Maisy was perfect. After our tour, we walked across the Charles River to the Harvard Business School housing where Nate’s grandparents Pop and Mommy Cannon lived while his Pop went to business school. It was a delightful day, albeit more chilly than I was prepared for so Nate volunteered his jacket to me for another layer. He’s a gentleman like that.

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On May 8th, our friends the Bosses watched Maisy while we went to an M. Ward concert. We both love his music and hadn’t seen him perform in a while, and the show was as entertaining as we expected it would be. Since becoming parents, we’ve learned that many families trade babysitting instead of paying a babysitter. Especially when babysitters are in high demand and short supply, trading babysitting is very practical, unless of course all the parents in a circle of friends are trying to get babysitting for the same night.

I had a terrific first Mother’s Day. We spent Saturday in downtown Boston enjoying absolutely gorgeous weather. We walked around Beacon Hill, along the Esplanade on the river, and up and down Newbury Street:

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We ate tasty food for lunch at a new restaurant we found on Yelp, then we had froyo (naturally). It felt awesome to have one of those rare carefree days as a little family, even amidst the pressure of preparing to move. On Mother’s Day Sunday, Nate took Maisy for a walk in the morning and then made us a waffle breakfast while I slept in, both of which were divine (the sleep and the breakfast, but more so the sleep). After church, we had dinner with the Kellys. On Monday, Nate treated me to a massage at Massage Envy. I felt pampered and extremely blessed, and my love for Nate and Maisy grew as I reflected on all the many ways my life had been enriched by them making me a mom.

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In the middle of May, we posted a bunch of our furniture for sale online. I had some fun writing ads, but the whole process of taking pictures (Nate), measuring (also Nate), writing and posting (me) was quite time-consuming. By the next morning, we’d been inundated with emails and someone from a nearby community farm had already come to buy our deepfreeze. We weren’t anticipating such a quick sale so when the buyer arrived, we were still in a mad shuffle of moving food around. I vaguely remember having a towel on my head, too, from being right out of the shower.

After only one day of running our little furniture resale business, we’d sold and moved out our freezer, some area rugs, one of our bookcases, and a large Ikea Expedit shelving unit that Nate delivered to a local shop where the owner planned to use the shelves for displaying merchandise. Nate also sold our old tires, and over the next few days almost all the rest of our furniture for sale was either paid for and picked up, or reserved to be bought at our garage sale that weekend. Between taking care of Maisy, working, selling stuff on Craigslist, getting ready for a garage sale, trying to use up our remaining freezer food, and still packing, we didn’t get much sleep that week. We managed to keep the chaos under control, though, and both still had energy to make everything happen without driving each other bonkers. Maisy helped remind us how to relax:

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On Saturday, May 19th, we had our moving sale. After an all-nighter of sorting and pricing on repeat for hours, Nate was pretty worn-down and basically hating the entire endeavor. I had him take a short nap and shower, then take care of Maisy in the early morning while I set up everything outside. By the time he came out and starting taking money from people in exchange for our stuff that we wanted to get rid of, he warmed right back up to the idea. Theresa helped with Maisy a lot of the day and when I had Maisy, Theresa peddled our goods like a pro. It wouldn’t have been as big of a success without her, and I was especially glad to have her help those last weeks in Boston. All that was left at the end of our moving sale was a small pile of stuff we left out on the sidewalk marked “free,” and it too was gone by the end of the weekend. What a sweet relief to have that behind us! It wore us all out:

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For Memorial Day weekend, we decided that a trip to Maine was a non-negotiable item on our bucket list. We drove up the evening of Friday the 25th and used Marriott points (love those) to stay in Bangor. The next morning we drove into Acadia National Park and took Maisy on her first hike. She seemed to love it and even took what looked like an enviably comfortable nap in her pack.

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Saturday night, we went out for seafood then stayed in this cute inn with a view of the ocean. The next day we went on an unintentionally epic bike ride. It wasn’t so much the length that got me but the amount of ups and downs plus the mountain ascent in the middle, which I wasn’t in shape for. Nate was a super sport about slowing down for me, and the views made it all worth it! Maisy was such a trooper in her new iBert bike seat that she loves, but by the end of the ride she was tired out of her mind and ready to be “all done.”

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After our ride and dinner, we returned to the campsite Nate had set up that morning and made some smores in the rain while Maisy slept in the car. That night, girlfriend had her first camping experience. Overall it was fine, except that our air mattress lost all its air by morning, leaving Maisy and I on the hard ground. She didn’t complain much, so she must’ve thought it was just another grand adventure.

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On Memorial Day Monday, we drove the Acadia Park loop and took some family photos before driving home:

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On the way back, Nate missed the turnoff to the L.L. Bean flagship store and didn’t realize it until it was too late to turn around. I don’t know if he’ll ever forgive himself, poor guy. Our memorable weekend wore us out a bit, but at the same time it was exactly the recharge we needed to power up for a challenging week of work, packing, and the last days before moving that were ahead of us.

May stats: At Maisy’s 6-month doctor checkup at 6 months and 1 day old, she weighed 15 lbs. and was 25.8 inches long. In May, I counted 63 hours of nursing, 1 bottle, and 134 diapers changed. The longest stretch I slept was almost 5.5 hours. I stopped using the Baby Connect app to track everything on May 28th. I simply decided 6 months was the right time to stop (I’d done it mostly out of curiosity), and there was no way I was going to ask my mom to count diapers while tending Maisy! Chicken Little got her first teeth in May – the middle 2 on the bottom:

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She also started crawling/scooting in May, on the 22nd when she was 6 months and 5 days old. Our Maisy is a mover and a shaker, giving us a run for our money every day as we try to keep up with her!

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