Saturday 12 March 2011

Decisions on housing!

When we started this journey we gave little thought beyound our great desire to have a baby/ies share our lives. Then once the reality struck that we were actually going to have 3 little ones join us we looked around our 2 bedroom unit and thought "this might need to be changed"
Back home we have a lovely home which would have meet our needs no problem.. 4 bedroom , 2 bathroom, large fence backyard… you get the picture … suburban bliss. Since we are living currently overseas we have opted for ease and convinance and currently live on the 15th floor of a apartment block in a average sized 2 bedroom unit…. with large balcony great for having BBQ's! (I get the shakes thinking of taking the babies out there now!) We could see great difficulty in getting out of the unit with 3 in the Hummer(pram) , unloading them into the car in the carpark, driving off, returning home with babes and shopping aaaaaand reversing the process…… hmmm this will be a mammoth task even with 2 of us doing it! Better find a place that can walk out and load babes into car (skip pram section) and unload stright back into house. Off house hunting we went.
So we toured around and viewed differing types of accomadation …. thinking we need lots of room with a back yard. Well we found one in a new development and it was hughmongous(bloody large) with a good size yard…. and I fell in love with it! Then my DH pointed out a few issues that I hadn't considered. This was a brand new area and consequently there was no developed infastructure like corner shops, walking paths and it was a long drive from any decent sized shop…. basically we would get to feel quite isolated out there. Okay onto the next one!
The next area we looked out was an area that has many expats and comprises of villas of differeing sizes with lovely walkways and all the necessary shops, childcare and schools….. looking promising. We had looked at a few and basically decided yes this would be fine for us as a family… the rents were coming down and we could get a 3 bedroom place within our budget. As we drove around trying to decide which area exacty something struck me very forcefully! The rubbish bins! What you might think has rubbish bins got to do with renting a house….. well if you have 3 babies in disposable nappies… you do the maths!! Gulp these bins would be overflowing withing 4 days! and that's not counting the normal household rubbish and all the empties!!(lol …. no only a wine bottle or 3)
This put us back to square one and in despair we took ourselves down to one of our favourite areas for a quite coffee and a stroll along the broadwalk near the beach. Inspiration struck… why not right there above us? Yes it was getting back into the unit scenario but this particular area have many benefits which we had forgotten about. Basically it is about many large apartment blocks which have a mezzanine floor that runs nearly 2 kilometers above the road. On this level there are many little parks, swimming pools, corner shops and coffee shops for desperate mummies and it is all pram , child friendly! They have a variety of size unitas and the 3 bedroom ones we looked at were massive inside…. and all on one level. But the best feature by far was the rubbish chute…. oh yeah we grinned at each other…. straight out the door into the chute and it is history! Our decision was made. I could easily load the triblings into the pram, head down the elevator to the mezzanine level and enjoy a lovely stroll. Even better it is just across teh road from the beach so can imagine lovely early mornings , late afternoons playing down there. There is a small balcony but we can ensure that is safely locked so feel very pleased with our decision. So we will look at moving from our current place when the lease expires in August …. we will survive a few months in this lovely little unit which I will miss as it has a great view…the triblings won't be too mobile before then but the added space will be wonderful as soon as we do move.

Quick update on the triblings.. the twins are now at 27 weeks according to scans and the singleton is sitting at 25.2 weeks… hopefully that will close closer we get to delivery. All are doing well and they are reaching the expected weights and heights at this time. Both the surromums are feeling well and looking after our babies perfectly. Here is a 3D picture of singleton we got 3 days ago…. handsome or beautiful?
We also have the normal scans of the twins but no really good profile shots but will post them anyway so you can see that they are developing beautifully…. I think they are starting to feel a bit cramped in their temporary home!


  1. We are facing a similar crisis with housing. Fortunately, our employment provides housing for us. But, if we get pregnant, we'd like to be in a bigger apartment. It's more complicated that just that, but suffice it to say that we aren't necessarily looking forward to moving, but I expect it will be totally worth it if we do!

  2. Hi Paula, She looks like a girl. I hope that she squeals like ours does. Peter, Brad, Jonathan, Oscar and Alice.