We bought a house!
I posted a blog on here a few months back about how stressed I was that we are living in a tiny two bedroom apartment, expecting a new baby, and worried about how SS would react about sharing his room/space with his baby sister. I was also worried about how SS would react about his baby sister in general, since he is on a long distance schedule and the baby would be with us full time. My biggest fear was SS feeling replaced and I figured the lack of space would amplify that feeling.
DH and I have been working so hard to save up for a down payment for two years now and we got pre-approved, but everything just seemed out of reach. We couldn't find a home we liked, everything was either out of budget or required way too much work. I had made my peace with the idea of staying in this apartment for another year and dealing with the fallout/complexities of that choice.
Two days ago, DH and I went for a drive and we stumbled across a newly built neighborhood. It was so cute and so well maintained. You could tell it was tailored toward seniors and young families. We drove through and there were no lots for sale. We were bummed, but moved on. The next day, DH and I called the builder to see if they had a lot available at another property, and they said they actually had one left at the property we originally wanted. We met with the builder today and signed on the dotted line. We will be building a 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home in the cutest neighborhood. Within 48 hours, everything changed!
Now I am stressing because my due date is late February and the builder said we will be able to close/move-in by March 1st. I told DH that I will literally have a week or two old baby at time of move-in, so it's on him, our families, and our friends to help get us moved in. Everyone is so excited for us and totally willing to help. I cannot wait to tell SS at Christmas that he is getting a baby sister and a new house. After years of feeling broke due to high CS and always feeling like BM gets everything she wants, it's nice to have things go our way for a change. This has definitely been our year!