We spent a week in Virginia: job hunting, apartment hunting, and commercial site hunting. We found a pretty ideal location for my future practice at a reasonable price, some apartment options within walking distance to my future practice, and the best pizza in the world. Well, at least Crozet Pizza is considered the best pizza in the world according to National Geographic and the best in the country according to Frommer’s. Still TBD, the whole job thing. The funny thing is, in order to get approved for an apartment lease and a bank loan for a small business, you already have to have a job. It’s this weird Catch 22 that makes it tough for a young married couple fresh out of grad school with a whole lotta potential to actually get started. Oh, and did I mention it’s really tough to job search in an area when you’re living 6 hours away in another state?
But, hey, small steps. Steve interviewed at a couple of employment agencies (typical remark was that he was overqualified for most of the positions he was applying for). . . he just had to reassure them that he just wanted to meet our budget needs . . . he wasn’t looking for an equivalent career shift to what he was doing and earning in the military. Anyway, maybe some temp work will come up. Meanwhile, he’ll explore some federal jobs in the area. When the economy hits tough times, federal jobs are almost always secure and pay well.
OK, enough about THAT. We were staying with friends in central and northern Virginia. Calvin weirded out a few times in the middle of the night, “where the heck am I?” But, we did succeed in breaking him of the swaddle habit. It took 2 weeks, and yes, we even went swaddle free while traveling. But, he’s cool now. I can nurse him at 10pm and put him back down to sleep and he zonks right out again. Sweet! He’ll sleep with arms totally splayed out on the mattress or he’ll bring ’em in tight to his chest. Either way, he’s comfortable and sleep happy.
Calvin had the chance to play with a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old. Rather, they played with him. He’s smaller, younger, and fun to shout at. Calvin didn’t mind. He thought it was fun. He’s definitely a social little bee. Our little creeper can now push himself backwards pretty quickly. Therefore, we either need to move VERY soon so I only have to kid-proof 1 house, or I need to keep him confined in a playard when he’s not in his crib or sling.
People in Virginia (like anywhere else) love babies. They love to talk to Calvin, shake his hand, and tell me how cute he is. Of course, I just beam and nod in agreement. Charlottesville is truly a great place for families. We can’t wait to move there and start up our own practice. I think I’ve only written that same sentence 50 times in 50 other posts over the past few months. Say it enough times and it’ll happen. We’re praying for things to fall into place. We’re trusting God to provide for our needs (a JOB for Steve) and remaining positive.