I lived in the same house from the time I was born until I was 20 years old. Which is why, when my husband and I closed on our first home last week, I was pretty excited to be able to give our son a place to grow up that's a little more permanent than a rental house.
A lot of my childhood memories are tied to the house I grew up in. I have photos of me and my brother playing on a giant sand pile that came from adding on the garage and play room. I helped my brother farm the living room carpet with his toy tractors. We built many forts in the woods. I used to line up my stuffed animals and dolls on the staircase and play school. I have photos of me and my prom date (who is now my husband) on those same stairs.
Being pregnant while house shopping changed the experience a little bit. There are the practical aspects like having an open concept layout so I can see what the kids are doing in the living room while I'm in the kitchen and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. But there's also an emotional aspect. Imagining our son playing in the creek in the backyard. Picturing him learning how to navigate the step down from the kitchen/dining room area into the living room. This house is probably where he will take his first steps, say his first words. It's the driveway where he will be picked up by the bus for the first day of Kindergarten.
While I'm ecstatic to have a home before the baby gets here, I'm not so excited about moving everything I own while I already have to carry extra weight in my mid-section 24/7. Not to mention getting everything painted (and consulting my doctor about what paint is safe to use) and ready before the moving process even begins. We've already enlisted the help of family and friends, and since pregnant women aren't supposed to lift more than 20 pounds, I'm sure I'll be carrying the small things and unpacking boxes.
Although the stress of buying a house on top of a general lack of energy from being pregnant has been a challenge in itself; I'm sure moving with a baby-in-the-belly will just add to the memories we will have inside this house.