Sunday, 17 February 2013

Waiting for baby...

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Just before Christmas, my youngest son David and his wife Michelle moved into a brand new house. That's the one, the one with the black door.  It's a three-storey house. It was, of course, very exciting for them and for us as we watched and waited while they house-hunted, chose, bought. They have been living in a rented apartment for seven years while they worked and saved, so to have their own house was a dream come true. It was not easy for them moving in just before Christmas, but the move went relatively to plan and now they are settled and happy.

At the moment they are decorating the nursery, ready for the new arrival in May! Another exciting event to look forward to and another grand-baby for me.

New crib for Sam

Dylan will have another cousin (he already has two).

Watching the young couple planning their living quarters has made me very clucky and brought back lots of memories. When David was born I already had two little boys, so the first thing I heard the midwife say was 'Mrs. S., you have a hat trick!' Although I would have liked a girl, I didn't mind a bit that the baby was a boy because I could pass down clothes and toys and save a lot of money.

When I got married for the first time, in 1970, we were able to afford to buy a small flat (apartment). It was a struggle and of course I would have preferred a house, but since we were both working, the flat was convenient and easy to clean, cheap to run and ideally situated.  We stayed in it for four years until the first child was born.

These days it is much hard for young couples to get started. Mostly they can't get on the property ladder until they are at least 30 years old, whereas we were 18 and 22, much younger. Mortgages are very hard to come by. When we were married, it was only the husband's salary that was considered and 100% mortgages were unheard of. My husband was still studying part-time in the evenings and day release so he didn't earn very much but somehow we got by.

Did you have an easy start or are you still waiting to get started? Was it easy for you to save up for somewhere to live or have you always rented?


  1. Wow...that question brought back a lot of memories. Our life began in San Francisco..for $45.00 per month.
    Owning our own home was not in the cards until many, many years later.
    Interesting question. :)
    It's different for young couples today. NO money in this family. And not a lot even today. The Irish, for the most part, are rather destined to be poor it seems. Or at least a long way from wealthy.

  2. The way we got our first house is that I worked full time as a librarian and my husband worked full time building us our home. Yes, he built it all, without help. He later wrote a how to book about it. That house was built on a budget and turned out to be beautiful.

  3. I can't imagine waiting until your thirty to get on the property ladder, although they now offer forty year mortgages I'm told.
    We lived in base housing and saved our money, our first house cost a mere 17,000 dollars, and has just resold for 150,000, quite an investment.
    I love your son and daughter-in-law's new home, although I prefer a one storey these days, with knee trouble.

    I know you are excited about the new baby's arrival, and Dillon can teach his new cousin all sorts of new things :)

  4. Another grandchild, another blessing! Their home seems cozy and perfect for a new family. You are all so blessed.

    It does seem it is harder for young families to own their homes now, but it is good to know one can make a "home" wherever they are determined to.Still, to pay on a mortgage that will hopefully become your own home someday gives a family hope.

  5. We rented for the first seven years we were married -- my husband was in the Marines and then he was is college while I was teaching all that time -- at last we bought a bit of land and my husband built a small house for us. And later we moved to out farm and he built us a slightly larger house.

    This would be difficult for a young couple today as the price of land is so very high -- as is the price of building materials.


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