I thought I'd give an update on where in life we are at this point since there really are some exciting things going on. I wanted to add some photos but with the internet at my dad's, you're lucky to even get these bulletpoints. Sorry, your eyes.
1. The House. Most of you know that we're working on buying a house. We found a place in Vermont that we really liked - the inspection uncovered some decently big issues and after some negotiation (ugh, that term doesn't capture how frustrating the whole thing was, but I'll elaborate on that later) we were back on track. Next came the VA appraisal, which I talk about below and which we are still waiting on. We should be able to close this week or early next week, which I'm trying to get excited about but still seems sooo far away. I can't wait to share photos with you guys. There are plenty of white walls so I think it'll get the blogger seal of approval right quick. Also it has a dutch door which I'm super pumped about.
2. Dealing with the VA. If we learned anything from this whole endeavor it's that we probably should not have gone the VA loan route, even with the reduced interest rate and avoidance of PMI. The VA appraiser told us that we had to add railings to the stairs before closing in order to "protect the veteran." I informed our mortgage advisor that "the veteran" was shot and blown up in Iraq, and that the VA was completely unconcerned with "protecting the veteran" when he had an infection in his wisdom tooth and was denied dental care, but to no avail. To add an extra layer of absurdity, the layout of the house is such that railings limit the ability to move things up and down the stairs, meaning that we had to wait until the sellers moved and we had to tell the contractor we hired to make them easily removable. We would've closed weeks ago if it weren't for this stupid, arbitrary requirement so needless to say we are a little bit frustrated.
3. Moving. Obviously we can't really move until the house closes, so we're still hanging out in Maine until the process starts moving forward. We have been alternating between Rob's parents' and my dad's houses, and while it's nice to get a change of pace it's hard to feel like we're mooching as they make us dinner and don't charge us rent. I don't know how some of my fellow millenials do this "living with parents" thing because we are getting pretty damn itchy.
4. The baby. We hit 30 weeks tomorrow which is incredibly surreal. I don't think I ever actually thought we'd get out of the 1st or 2nd trimester and now that we're like, 70 days away, it's starting to seem pretty terrifying. The crazy thing I keep thinking about is that if she were born now, she'd have a pretty damn good chance of surviving with few or no major problems. Crazy shit. Despite a few nervewracking hours here and there, she's moving pretty consistently and is currently head-down. The ultrasound yesterday showed that her umbilical cord is in a rather precarious place, just above her head; apparently if my water broke now (not likely) she'd be at risk of prolapsed cord which could end tragically. But the doctor said she has plenty of time to "engage" in my pelvis and move around, so hopefully it won't be an issue come birth time. I've been trying to Google less and enjoy the pregnancy more, which is hard for me, but things have gone smoothly up to this point so I'm hoping for the best.
So there we go, a pictureless update on life. I hope you guys are having a great week.