That's right, folks. As of the first of this week, we're officially off of the market. And sadly, no, it's not because we've accepted an offer or closed a sale. It's by choice.
David and I have said all along that once the baby came along, we didn't want to focus on selling the house. Baby time is... well, baby time! A time for he and I to adjust to being first-time parents, a time to love on our brand new little one and a time to just enjoy life. Not a time to conduct house showings.
Now that we're less than five weeks away from my due date, we've done a lot of talking and praying about what to do. We've talked it through with family, friends, co-workers, blog friends (in fact, Jamie was awesome with her helpful two cents!!), our agent and even other realtors out there, just to get a diversified opinion. And I think the consensus was resounding: do what's best for your family.
It didn't take long for us to decide that meant taking the house off of the market. There's really no way we can have showings between now and when pea pod arrives. And there's certainly no way I'm going to let house showings interfere with cuddling my sweet little newborn. If we're not going to show for a few months, what's the point of keeping the house on the market?
So, off the market it came.
I'm a little sad... we really wanted to sell the house before the baby came, so David wasn't making the long commute with an uber pregnant wife and then a newborn. But I'm more so relieved... it feels good to know we don't have to have the house in tip top condition to show at any moment. The pressure is off, for a lack of better words.
The game plan, as of now, is to have a sweet, healthy baby. Good plan, right? ; ) Then, in a few months, we'll reassess the moving situation. I'll be on maternity leave for awhile, so hopefully towards the end of that, I'll have some time to refocus on selling our home. Until then, we're more than thrilled to bring pea pod home to this house. To our beloved home! We trust that this was all in the plan from the beginning, so we're okay with what's unfolding. In fact, we embrace it.
I receive so many sweet emails and comments checking in on the status of our house sale that I thought I owed you guys an update. Plus, I know many of you are dealing with similar circumstances... it's tough to wait on a major life change to occur when it's out of your hands! But in our case, we're here... we're setting our roots back in for the baby... and we're going to cross the house selling bridge again when we're ready : )
If you'd like to learn more about our house selling process, check out some related posts: prepping the exterior of the house for selling, our guest bathroom makeover to please prospective buyers, weighing the pros and cons of being pregnant while trying to sell the house and my tried and true favorite house selling tips.