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Planning for parenthood: Moving closer to my family to help us with the kids

My name is Sandra. My husband and I met after we both were recruited by the same company straight out of college. For the last 5 years, we’ve been living and working in the “big city,” building our careers, and saving money for a down payment for a house. It’s been a lot of fun, working and playing together, and moving forward in our lives and careers. We’ve finally squirreled away enough money for a healthy down payment, so we’re ready for the next step – buying a house and starting a family – but we realized that if we want to have kids, many things are going to have to change. First, we live in a tiny condo. There’s barely enough room for our stuff, let alone for a baby. So we likely need to move. We have some great friends who live nearby, but no family. I grew up surrounded by my cousins and spending lots of time at my grandparents’. I’d really like my children to have the same experience. Plus, when it comes right down to it, sure we have some great friends in the city, but they likely aren’t going to be able to help us with the kids like my family would. So we’ve started looking at houses outside of the city, and closer to our parents in the “burbs”. It will mean a longer commute for Jason, and for me when I go back to work, but we’ll be able to get more home for the same money a small condo costs in the city, and with our parents and siblings nearby, we’ll have built in baby-sitters. So we’re going start trying to have a baby…and when we conceive, we’re going to make the leap to move closer to my family. I’m sure it will be a big adjustment, but in the end, it’s what’s best for our family. Suburbia and parenthood here we come – we hope!

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