After we found out the news, the following weeks seemed to blend into a mass of excitement, preoccupied thoughts, and then full-force morning sickness and exhaustion for me. Nothing like that to welcome you to first-time pregnancy! Days stretched by slowly, built around when I could eat and how long I could actually keep that food down. And striving to hide these symptoms while at work; no easy challenge! But now looking back on it, time seems to have quickly passed. And thankfully, moving into the second trimester, I'm feeling quite a bit better other than some off moments.
Which is good, because I'm going to need the energy! Somewhere just before month two, our realization of the high costs of upgrading to a two bedroom apartment led us to consider buying a house instead, since we wanted to start investing our money into that rather than lose so much on rent every month, especially now that we had started a family!
And with Loris still struggling to find work in the city, we began to question whether God was encouraging us to look elsewhere, even though we really thought this city is where we would make our home and settle over the long-term. So on a whim we began to consider moving back to the small city (barely more than a town!) where I spent most of my growing up years around and in, where I had moved from after we were married last year.
We set up several showings with an agent before we even knew if we could get approved for a mortgage on my under-full-time income. And then we found what we felt to be our house - a 100 year old home on a quiet street that definitely required some improvements but just might be within our budget!
So we made an offer and then waited for the details to fall together (letters of employment, bank statements and such) for our loan approval. Our broker ended up approving us for only $500 more than the offer we happened to have made on the house, commenting that it was a tight stretch and the only reason that she approved us is she figured if we were living on the income we had in the city we were living in, and still able to save for a down payment, then we must know how to live within our means. Nice to know all that budgeting and using coupons and eating a whole lot of "rice and beans" was paying off!
And then our offer was accepted and just like that we were headed towards first-time home ownership and first-time parenthood when a couple months before I never would have imagined either.
The ironic thing is that Loris got a call shortly after this for a job that he had really wanted and had applied for months before. He was interviewed and accepted and starts the middle of this month, just a couple weeks before our closing and moving date. So for the time being he'll have an hour or more commute, but is planning on keeping the job until he can find something where we are moving. We haven't quite figured out how we are both going to commute (since I will keep my job until I go on mat leave) with one vehicle and more than likely very different shifts, but hopefully the details will fall into place!
(Photo: gifts of spring at a nearby park. And I am going to miss this park.)