Dec 23, 2014

One Month

That's how much time we had to find a new place to live. I thought I'd have another 6 months but circumstances change. There we were, looking for an apartment in a place where rent is just too damn high. Finding an apartment that was pet-friendly, with 2 or 3 bedrooms where you didn't pay $500+ per room was nearly impossible.

I also confirmed something I've thought for a long time. Craigslist is pretty unreliable. Especially the housing section! We were scammed twice in a 48 hour period. Thankfully the only money we were out was for a background check but still frustrating none the less. The first time we just jumped the gun and didn't read into the ad. The second time everything seemed to check out. The scammer was extremely well rehearsed and all the information was even checking out with public records. We finally figured it out when trying to confirm the person we were emailing was actually the owner of the house. Let me just say, always go with what your gut says!

Then we had an apartment that finally looked like it would be the one. We filled out stacks of paperwork and waited two full weeks to hear back if we were fully approved. On the day we were supposed to get our keys so we could move in, we found out that we made too much money to qualify for that apartment. We still can't figure out how they calculated the number they came up with but as my mom said, we just weren't meant to live there.

At this point, we didn't have much time before we were required to move out of apartment and we still didn't have a place. Worst case scenario, we knew we could pack all of our stuff into storage and couch hop until we got things figured out. Sounds exactly like something you'd want to do while 6/7 months pregnant, right? We went back to a place that M had looked at that had more space for less rent. The two downsides were that it was not in the place we were looking to live and that there were no hookups for our washer and dryer. A concern of mine since our laundry load is about to get quite a bit bigger! I ended up loving the place despite those concerns so we turned in our paperwork. A few days later we got our keys and started moving in.

My family and multiple friends help us pack up all of our stuff and we moved over a 4 day period. By that 4th night, we had most of our stuff put away and it already was starting to feel like home. I'm so thankful for all the help we had! I didn't have to carry anything, I just got to direct and start unpacking. It helped me stay relaxed which is exactly what little man needed.

A little over a week later, I feel at peace. I can enjoy our last holiday season before little man comes, knowing we are in the place we will bring him home to. I can get the nursery set up knowing he won't have to share the space with a bunch of storage boxes. I can stop stressing about the many frustrating parts of living in campus housing and know that things will actually get taken care of in a timely manner. As I enter the 3rd trimester today, I'm in need of as much stability and stress-free situations as I can get!



Love,
Mandy

P.S. Notice things look different around here? Erin (who is AMAZING and so sweet) helped me make this space feel a little more like home. She's done both of my designs and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. I won this design in a giveaway around the time I found out I was pregnant. She was patient and let me take my time so I could focus on feeling better instead of getting back to her quickly. If you're looking for affordable, quality design work, check her out! Plus, the money goes towards helping them pay off student loan debt instead of getting spent on random crap. Worthy cause in my opinion :)