It’s been two weeks since Dexter left his childminder and moved to a nursery. I was recently asked to move in my job which meant reducing my commute by thirty minutes and working in a bigger branch, so naturally I jumped at the chance. It was difficult leaving a childminder that Dexter was settled with but unfortunately I had no choice as she is based in the town I no longer work in.
It’s been a year since I returned to work after maternity leave. I spent so much time worrying about how I was going to be able to cope needlessly as finding a work-life balance has come pretty easy for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard to find your feet at first and trying to establish a routine can be difficult. It takes trial and error to find the best way to make it work for your family but this is what we do to get organised each day, and hopefully there will be some hints and tips on how to get organised as a full time working Mama.
Once we had put an offer in for our dream home and it had been accepted, the property was quickly taken off the market and on Rightmove it showed as SOLD STC. I was so, so happy and couldn’t help but tell the world on Instagram. I was soon living to regret this when the mortgage offer started taking forever!
So we are here in double digits already! This week has been much easier with regards to pregnancy symptoms and I’ve found it much more of a breeze! I’ve had a lot going on in work though which has been quite stressful, but I’ve tried my best to keep as calm as can be.
So, a few weeks ago we decided that it was time to start the mortgage application process. As I have previously mentioned, we have Lifetime ISAs which are ready to be used in June and with me just having a significant pay rise, we thought why not try now? The thought process was if we are rejected then we have a few months to reevaluate our position and make changes.
We’ve been big fans of coverall bibs since the start of our baby led weaning journey, but now that Dex is weaned he very rarely needs to even wear a normal bib when he is eating as he is quite careful and methodical.
We’ve just spent the past few weeks viewing multiple properties while trying to find our dream home and the first thing that really surprised me was the fact you are usually shown around by the vendor as opposed to the estate agent.
I suppose it’s from watching way too may American TV shows that I thought a real estate agent would show you around and try and big up the property as much as he can. In reality it is usually more of an awkward visit as the vendor tries their hardest to show you everything before letting you have a little wander around yourself while they sit out of the way.
The first few viewings felt very awkward indeed as you try to be as polite as possible while trying to find out the reasons why the vendors are selling and understand how the property has benefited them over the past few years. It is sometimes hard to hide your disdain as you see imperfections and every sentence the vendor utters sometimes makes you think, shut up as you are talking yourself out of a sale here!
I decided to ask the blogging community what the most important questions are when looking around a prospective house and things you need to look for to make sure you get all the information you need before putting in that all important offer.
I started this week pretty badly having a really emotional Monday. It started when I dropped Dexter off at the childminders and I got really upset as it was to be his last week there. When I got to work I sat in my car for a while and couldn’t stop crying but finally manned up and went inside. After about half an hour my boss rang me and I couldn’t help but break down on the phone. It happened a further three times before I finally snapped out of it. Embarrassing!