One of the most common questions we’ve been asked by friends since we announced that there was a little miracle growing inside my wife was, “When are you going to move?”.
This question is guaranteed to get me reaching for my soap box as I try to justify our decision not to move just because we are increasing our household from two to two and a barely three.
We have lived in our home for 2 years this year and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s a one bedroom flat with enough room to fit several children, on sofas or shelves or perhaps the breakfast bar could hold two at a squish.
My point being just because we are choosing to bring an extra person in to the world we don’t need to move to accommodate an extra person sized space. We are choosing to live within our means and this means we don’t want to move.
There are other bonuses to where we live. We moved from the big smoke back in 2010 to the countryside in Dorset.
We live in a lovely cul-de-sac with lovely neighbours that watch out for us and take in parcels and actually talk to us when we pass them.
It’s a long way away from where we lived two years ago in a big built up area where our neighbours listened to techno music all day and our walls emitted a less than fragrant smell of drugs.
I can understand people’s concerns that we won’t have enough room. It is true that little people can accumulate lots of extras. Our home will end up being extra cosy.
But if my nan can bring up two energetic boisterous boys in a caravan, then my wife and I can bring a baby into the world safely to live in a 21st century all mod cons one bedroom flat.
Did friends and family expect you to move once your family started to expand?