House-Hunting and the Pregnant Woman

Tread carefully when trying to house-hunt with your pregnant wife.

And why would I say that? Well, we've gone from house-hunting to not house-hunting, in just a matter of a week or so. Everything was in full swing; then, it was in full stop. Why you might ask? We were suddenly blind-sided by "morning sickness".

Now, while pregnancy and morning sickness might not appear to have much to do with house-hunting, it does. If your other half is suddenly throwing up at a moment's notice, it's a problem for touring homes. (Did I mention that morning sickness is a misnomer? This woman has "all-day-long" sickness.) If she has no energy, she might not even want to look through the ads. My wife certainly doesn't.

Here's the challenge: it takes action to house hunt. It's up to you to take the initiative. You have to be willing to get on the phone to that real estate agent and talk about what you want. You have to be able to tour homes. You have to have at least a little energy to debate positives and negatives of a particular property with your loving husband. (That would be me.) None of this was happening suddenly. She was taking more naps than our 4 year old.

Since then, I've been holding down the fort. And you know what? I didn't realize that my half of the housework was a substantially different deal than ALL the housework. I don't think I have the energy to house-hunt now either!

We might like to look at houses, but I think that moving (and all the work that comes with that) is a no-go while my other half is "indisposed".

It's not a bad thing. The economic news lately is better than expected. Some analysts are talking about "soft falls" in real estate, as opposed to "corrections". Others are actually anticipating that interest rates may not have to rise as high as expected. There's good economic data to hang our hats on. And for us personally, we can handle our current home on one income. That's a real plus, since I think my wife will be taking the full maternity leave, just to recover from the roller-coaster ride of the pregnancy.

So, if you are in the market, enjoy! As for us, we'll be nesting.


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