I'm going to make an assumption here and guess that every new parent-to-be, from time to time, has this feeling of not having enough time to get ready for their new babies. It can be pretty overwhelming, especially when you write it all down. I was always taught, that in order to "feel" more organized, you should write things down and get them out of your head. Then, supposedly, you'll feel less stressed. I have the type of personality that, once I have my list written, I want to take care of everything NOW, because now I can see it. So, when I write everything down and look at the big list in front of me, I have a difficult time imagining how I'll get it all done.
You also have to remember that we're on an abbreviated schedule. Even if Meg carries longer than the average mother expecting triplets (which is 33 weeks nationally), we'll be targeting a week 35 delivery if we're lucky. That's already five weeks shorter than a singleton pregnancy. If we happen to be on the other end of the average, we'll potentially lose another month. I know we'll get it all done, even if I'm up all night (because I won't be able to sleep in that situation), so I'm not too worried.
Well, we knew that if one of our IVF trials actually worked, we weren't going to be able to stay in our two-bedroom condo in Arlington, so we began house hunting a few months ago. We just thought it was time to get a bigger place as our family would hopefully be growing. We decided that we were going to try to choose a place where we could stay for quite some time and give our kids an opportunity to avoid the school-switch shuffle I experienced growing up. Little did I know that we'd be needing all of the extra space that we planned on "growing in to," so soon!
Fortunately, we found a place pretty quickly that's near family and in a really great school district. Basically, we went on a house-hunting marathon over a three-day span. We spent months actually searching and narrowing down our choices by doing the majority of our research online. Then, we put together a list of our favorite places and set up back-to-back-to-back tours. We probably went to about 30 showings, give or take a few, over that long weekend. We finally decided on new construction that was move-in ready. We looked at some older places that had more character and more mature yards, but still decided on someplace that hadn't been lived in yet. Also, I would've liked to have built a custom-home, but that would've taken too long and there weren't a lot of undeveloped lots that met our other criteria of family and schools. All things considered, we found the perfect house for us.
If you know me, then you know I'm more of a "like it new" type of guy. There's something about being the first owner of anything and knowing that you've taken care of it the right way from day one. Though I AM stretching my boundaries and have been searching endlessly on Craigslist for things that come in three. Yes, mom, I will consider "used" items.
I know this post isn't much about babies or the pregnancy, but remember, this blog is also serving as a journal for us and I want to remember what our house looked like in the beginning and keep track of it as our family evolves and it turns into a home.
Pics from my walk-through with the builder this morning
Home Sweet Home! I love having a three-car garage, but I've seen the garages of people with kids. I already know that I'm going to lose an entire bay to "kid's stuff."
I noticed something way up on the roof.
Look closer...apparently, we're now duck owners.
Future big room of messiness (aka. family room).
Potential office, but I'm getting the impression that this is going to become a first-floor playroom for the first several years since it's right next to the big room of messiness.
Future dining room, though I have to say that filling this room up isn't high on my priority list. Meg may disagree.
I've gotta say, "we love the kitchen!" We're having an awesome refrigerator delivered the afternoon of our closing. Wow, did I just say that? Since when did buying a new refrigerator ever share the same sentence with the word "awesome?" What's happening to me? (Ignore the lady in the picture. She was just accompanying me on the walk-through)
I'm looking at this cool staircase and wondering how I'm going to secure gates on both ends when these babies start crawling.
"The Den of Silence" (aka. master bedroom)
Kinda psyched about the master bathroom.
Potential baby room and bathroom #1 w/ walk-in closet.
Potential baby rooms #2 and #3 with Jack-and-Jill bath. Not sure whether the babies should get morning or evening sun...
Can you imagine how many things are going to go flying over these railings?