Mommy Diaries: Big changes on the way - new baby and the journey home
Plans are quickly taking shape for our big move home in May
My money is on another boy but either would be great. Two boys very close in age would be a lot of fun, but a girl might balance out the craziness, so whatever God blesses us with is fine.
Colum is now swinging into the toddler years -- literally. Now that he is walking everywhere it’s great for me. He is able to get from A to B without my assistance, can climb up and down steps by himself and, best of all, when we call him he comes of his own accord.
Of course the freedom of walking now gives him the confidence to climb on everything and anything, but it’s all part of being a boy I’ve been told.
His energy is contagious. We enjoy watching his curious little face when out and about, and as he begins to string words together it’s funny to listen to him from afar.
We’re not sure how he will take to the new addition. At the moment he is a happy go lucky little man, and we hope he will remain so for the next six weeks, but I’m sure a new baby taking mommy and daddy’s attention away from him will to some degree cause upset.
Only time will tell I guess. Hopefully he is too young to identify with jealousy.
When Colum goes to bed in the evening we spend hours on the Internet looking at homes in Ireland, Limerick in particular.
We initially had a wish list of homes in specific areas, but now that it’s getting close to the move home we are becoming more open to different homes and areas.
Ideally a nice small house in the country would be fabulous -- but there are pros and cons with that.
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Neither of us have lived in the country (I’m from Tralee town and John from Limerick city), most homes in the country come with land that has to be maintained, and we would be a considerable distance from family and friends depending on where we would be.
On the brighter side, we would get more bang for our buck in the country. I like the idea of our children having a field to run around in and more space to entertain. I also have visions of walking the country roads with a dog and the kids during the summer evenings.
A house in the city (or in the suburbs) is also tempting. Prices are dropping a substantial amount.
We would be close to everything, including friends and family, schools, stores and activities. The cons with the city would be a smaller home, probably a semi-detached and very little garden space.
It’s exciting, though, trying to decide where we will rent and then eventually buy. It always works out, so whatever is meant to be will be.
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