When we found out we were expecting our first baby, we decided to stay in our one bedroom apartment instead of moving somewhere bigger. When we found out we were expecting our second baby, it was definitely time to move.
We still want to live in an apartment because the prices in this city make buying a house not worth it to us.
We thought (briefly) about buying a house in the suburbs, but they are all so big, and we didn’t want to have a bunch of new furnishings for the extra space. We like living in a small place together.
We looked for apartments, and we found one. It was glamorous. A high-rise building with lots of glass and architectural interest, and tons of restaurants and shops surrounding it.
It would have been perfect…if it was about four years ago. It was on the top side of our budget, but Doug negotiated a third off the rent for a two year commitment. Everything seemed to be falling into place. It would have been perfect…if it was about four years ago.
We realized later that it wasn’t the right place for a toddler and a new baby. We wouldn’t be able to go out to the restaurants for late suppers. Trips to the park would require a long walk down a busy street. It was great for the life we used to have, but not for the life we have (and love) right now.
We found another apartment, and last week we signed the lease. This one is not so glamorous, but it’s brand new. It has new efficient appliances. There are several small parks within an easy walk. It has two bedrooms, and both have big closets!
I am so excited about the closets. It even has a pantry cabinet, so all of our groceries will fit in the kitchen!
There’s a lot of beige, but I think it will look like home once we move our stuff in. We’ve been thinking about floor plans and storage. We’ll move at the end of March — plenty of time.
So that’s our plan, and as I get used to the idea, I think it will be great.