Okay, sort of. If you haven’t already seen, we moved back to our previous flat this month. An interesting decision, and one we went back on many times before we decided it was the right thing to do. And now here we are, downsized but happy! And it’s been very smooth-sailing too, despite the heat and being almost 9 months pregnant!
Of course, this wasn’t *quite* the plan and I definitely had many moments of wondering “what are we doing?!”, but now that we’re settled, I feel like we’ve absolutely made the right decision. We managed to get a bit of work done to the flat while the sale of our other place went through, and it gave us time to declutter in time to downsize from a 3 bed flat to a 2 bed flat – while also soon gaining a family member! Such happy, exciting times, I feel really glad we were able to do this – it’s been an experience, but I know I’ll look back on the last few months as some of the best times of my life!
After two years of barely leaving the same street during lockdown, we were hoping for a new adventure this year. I guess a lot of us have been feeling flighty after such a long time of doing nothing! It’s a strange feeling, to want to make up for lost time while not really knowing what to do.
Our plans weren’t set in stone as such, but we knew we wanted to do something entirely different as soon as we could – possibly a relocation to a new city, maybe even a new country. That was the plan, when restrictions started to lift last year, but the universe had other ideas! In the end we’ve embarked on an entirely different adventure altogether. With the babe on the way, it definitely did shake up our ambitions a little. I’m glad everything has worked out the way it has, but as you can imagine everything has been a little up in the air! Still, we are settled, we’re ready to move if we find somewhere special to live, and we’re excited for what’s to come!
I think if the pandemic hadn’t have happened, we would have lived in Glasgow forever. We’ve always loved it here, it’s the only place that has ever felt like home to us. But after two years of the same sights, it was time for something new. I’m someone who really, truly welcomes change and all the upheaval that comes with it – being busy is good for me, and the last few months of renovating, packing, moving and the flat sale have definitely kept me occupied! Your girl is EXHAUSTED. Yesterday I was unpacking my wardrobe and I had to lie down every ten minutes – I’ve really felt pregnant these last few weeks after a very easy second trimester. It’s caught up to me, finally!
We’re not sure where we’ll settle, but we didn’t want to make that big decision with a newborn – we’ll have enough on our plates! I guess we wanted to set the plans in motion, but not commit to anything while we were navigating being parents for the first time. We’ve made a small amount of progress by selling our home, and now we can wait it out and see what comes our way.
It’s likely we’ll find a bit of a fixer-upper in a new part of the city, and we don’t really want to be living on a building site with a baby (I didn’t even want to live on a building site before we had to factor in a baby!)
Being back in our old flat will allow us to get some work done to our next home without the disruption. I don’t want to make promises about our plans though, as we truly have no idea what’ll happen over the coming months – but I wanted to share a little idea of what we’re up to anyway. Don’t hold us to this if we suddenly do something entirely different – if you see us living in a camper van on Skye next year, mind your business!
I’ve said this before, but I had a pretty tough first trimester which made me feel really unsettled, so this definitely played a part in wanting to uproot our lives while we could. I had this immense feeling of wanting to declutter, to start afresh but be settled before the baby arrived. I can’t really find the words to explain how I felt, it was just a lot. Your priorities completely change when you have to factor in a little one. Especially now the baby bits have started to arrive – for such tiny beings, they really require a lot of stuff!
The best thing to come out of this entire move is that we really downsized our life – we got rid of anything we were holding on to, we put everything we didn’t need for the next 6 months or so in to storage and have worked on creating this semi-streamlined life. I didn’t want to have to live and work in clutter with a baby, and although the last few months of packing, finding homes for things and cleaning have been wildly chaotic, it already seems worth it now we’re almost unpacked.
So here we are! Sitting tight in our old/new flat waiting for our new arrival. After that, we’ll see. One thing I’ve learned about pregnancy is that I never know how I’ll feel, I just have no idea what I’ll want to do when baby is here. It’s such a big life change and everyone is constantly telling you how hard it is, how much your life will change, how you’ll never be prepared for the hard work and chaos to come! I just want to focus on being present for now, and after that we’ll make a decision.
I’m hoping we eventually find somewhere to call home, and I’m browsing Rightmove relentlessly – when I’m not buried under a pile of boxes, that is.
I’ll share some more updates on the flat in due course – it’s looking so lovely! Let me know if there’s any posts you’d like to see, I’m already working on a bit of a decluttering guide…