I’m excited to announce that today the Smith family said good bye to upstairs neighbors that apparently enjoy jumping rope with techno music blasting in the background at 2 in the morning; to having to play real life Tetris on a daily basis with our furniture in order to fit it all in, and sadly….to maintenance men at your beck and call.
That’s right, we’ve finally said good bye to apartment life, and picked up the keys to our first home.
What a great feeling!
After buying baby Noah his first rody horse, it was clear that our two bedroom apartment (one bedroom / one office) wasn’t going cut it. There was hardly any room for Noah to have tummy time, much less learn to crawl! I had always heard house shopping was a stressful task, and that it difficult to find a home, but I have to say it couldn’t have been more easy; we seriously found the perfect house for Noah to grow up in!Also it’s not the house hunting that stresses me out…it’s moving in general. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we’ve put off buying a house for so long. We both hate moving! Seriously, the thought of having to pack up our entire apartment makes me a little sick to my stomach.
After our closing we swung by our new home to scope it out without having our (very nice) realtor with us. It really was awesome putting that key in the door, and walking into our very first home as a family. I just kept thinking about all the wonderful things that would happen in our house. Noah would learn to crawl here….learn to walk here…say his first words here. Wow. What a blessing.
Afterwards we headed over to The Home Depot to pick out some paint for a few of the rooms. Now let me just fill you in on a few things you may not know about me yet. I’m not your average manly-man. I don’t watch sports. I don’t like to work on cars. And I much prefer Best Buy to Home Depot. I’ll even go on record and say, I even prefer Babies R Us to The Home Depot. Any. Day. Of. The. Week! Shhhhhh…just don’t tell my wife.
Little did I know how much time I would soon be spending at The Home Depot. One great thing about apartment living….24 x 7 maintenance men. I would soon come to learn just how much I missed them.
While we were cruising the aisles looking for paint I decided to test out all of that hard work Noah’s physical therapists have been doing to help Noah strengthen his core, and see if he could sit up in a shopping cart. And I’m glad I did because he rocked that shopping cart! He was a little wobbly, but he did great. I was so proud of him.
Check him out!
For those of you not in the know, one of the main physical characteristics of Down syndrome is hypotonia, or low muscle tone. (Which also means that children born with Down syndrome give incredible hugs! Noah seriously melts into you like butter….I love it!) So kids like Noah typically have to work really hard to develop the muscles needed to sit up (and stay up) on their own. And it’s only taken Noah 9 months to be able to ride in a shopping cart without falling over!
This kid has abs of steel!
Well now we start the nightmare process that is known as moving. It’s all good though. I’m at the best place I’ve ever been in my life. I have the most incredible family I guy could ever ask for…and now we get to continue our life in our first home. Life is good. I can’t wait to continue to share our story with you. Thanks for following along on our journey.
Do you have any funny ‘first time home buyer” stories? (The movie “The Money Pit” comes to mind.) Please share your story in the comments below.