Monday, May 16, 2011

saturday

this past weekend was a productive one. on saturday, P and I looked at 10 houses. my sister and her fiance came along. they are interested in the process because they plan to buy a home before they get married next summer. they were blown away at the difference between the listing and the actual house. a house could look amazing in the listing, but could be a trash heap in person, and vice versa.

the longer we look at houses the less excited i get about buying one. we have seen 25 houses so far. i am not sure whether this a lot of houses to see, or if it is average, but it feels like only a few. there are so many variables with each property and style of house that it makes this process like trying to find a needle in a haystack. when we first began looking, i did not think that we were "picky" buyers. we just wanted something with 3 bedrooms and a garage and some amount of grassy backyard. turns out, we don't want water or mold in the basement, we do not want freight train tracks directly behind our backyard, or floors that have been peed on for years by beagles.

out of the ten houses we saw on saturday, we liked three. the first one was 20 minutes south of where we live now (a popular area in south jersey right outside of Philadelphia), and the other two were in the areas and school districts we want. the first one was a five year old townhouse. it was an end unit, so it had extra yard and windows. it was by far the most updated, spacious, and beautiful home we have seen so far, but the school district is meh. the second house was an adorable three bedroom cape cod with two car garage and cute yard, but right out back were freight train tracks. the third house was a three bedroom bungalow with original hardwood floors. it was immaculate and well taken care of, but the third bedroom was about the size of a walk-in closet.

more house discussion to come...



*** blogger ate the comments on my last post, so i copied and pasted them from my gmail and added them back in. i hope alex and cgd don't mind. i like going back over my posts and comments, so it is important to me to have them together.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

checking in

Some stuff:


  • i am currently 23 weeks 4 days and am feeling well. i have been very lucky with this pregnancy in so many ways.

  • anatomy scan went very well and we found out we are having a girl!!!

  • to reveal the gender we had a gender cake party: we had the ultrasound tech write the gender down and put it in the envelope, which my mom delivered to the baker with instructions to bake the inside of the cake pink or blue depending on the gender, and we cut it with our families. it was a great way to find out. i was completely shocked because i had been convinced the baby was a boy (for no reason at all, just a feeling).

  • started house hunting a month ago- fun and very frustrating. it has made us realize how much money we DON'T have. freaking student loans!

  • i have been feeling movement since 15 weeks. baby movement got much stronger and more regular in weeks 19-21.

  • have been slacking on housework, which i feel guilty about, but only sometimes.

  • not sure what to do with this blog. i am thinking about transitioning it into a life after infertility blog and focus on raising a new baby, natural pcos management, and crafting? probably too much to stuff into one blog.

  • i have been following my fellow if-ers, but have gotten really bad about commenting- probably for the same reason this blog has gone silent.

  • feeling incredibly grateful for how far i have come in this pregnancy and pray that it continues.

  • i also pray for the women who are still fighting to get pregnant.