A Teacher’s Day In The Life (6): Buying a House Changes Everything

David and I just moved into our first home two weeks ago. Currently, we are trying to juggle our jobs, our baby and our chaotic, beautiful, mess of a house.  I feel like my head is going to fall off.

If I were a wise person with time on my hands, I would have planned for this move more appropriately.  I would have made freezer meals and a budget.  I would have meticulously planned our expenses and our outfits.  Instead, we are eating lots of meals that come out of greasy paper sacks, and our baby feeds on what can only be described as dissolvable snacks.  We are flinging money at things and hoping it lands in the right spots.  And we are living out of laundry baskets.  I’m pretty sure my clothes are clean.

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Life is much scarier when you don’t have a plan – or at least when you’re not adequately prepared.  We’re thrown curve balls all the time that no human could possibly plan for, but things are typically easier to handle when you’re prepared for certain everyday things, like feeding yourself and wearing clothes.

This past week, my sweet baby girl has not slept through the night once.  She has woken up at 3 a.m. every day.  This means that I bring her into bed with me to nurse her back to sleep and snooze through my alarm three or four times before forgetting it all together.  Then I wake up fifteen minutes before we have to leave.  Because I’m so exhausted at the end of the day, I don’t take the time to prep for the following morning – making my lunch, packing the diaper bag, setting aside Baby Girl’s outfit so Daddy can dress her – which makes our morning additionally and unnecessarily crazy.  You can see the vicious cycle here.

Due to all this chaos and unpreparedness, I have been spending WAY more on eating out than normal.  This is a problem because we just bought our first home, and we haven’t yet learned how all of the expenses will shake out with utilities, etc.

Normally, David and I have one meal out a week with a budget of $20 and allow ourselves one stop at Starbucks per week.  However, last week, we ate out for most lunches and dinners, and, this week, I’ve been grabbing breakfast on the go almost every morning.

I have to keep reminding myself that this is only a season.  It needs to be a short one because our budget can’t sustain this.  Things will settle down, and we will go back to our normal routine, plans and all.  Now that we have a house, though, it’s a bit frightening.  We have so much more at stake.  Planning and being as prepared as possible (financially and otherwise) will be even more important and the key to our success.

Naturally, since I am a teacher, knowing I need to plan so many things makes me want to buy pretty Post-its and fancy to-do notepads.  Alas, I will have to make do without.