2/24/09

Meeting with the experts

We met with our realtor on Sunday and if that wasn't a big depressing kick in the pants, I don't know what is. There's nothing like spending the morning cleaning and de-cluttering like banshees to only be told by your innocent, super sweet realtor that the most important thing to do is: DE-CLUTTER. Riiiiggggghhhhttt. Why didn't we think of that?

We now have two weeks to get everything in order (read: get rid of over half our stuff) before our first open house.

We bought this house at the height of the market, our seller didn't even bother to take her bras off the doorknob in the bathroom. Many of the houses we looked at were crappy but sold in a matter of days, with multiple offers. We felt so lucky to get this house and have poured so much money, time and energy into making it even more lovely that we received it. I knew we wouldn't stay here forever: we'd eventually outgrow it or CG'd get a job somewhere else. (Hey looky there! Both happened!) But I imagined us selling it in a sellers market, with multiple offers and bidding wars. Open houses filled with loving couples oohing and ahhing over how sweet our little home is.

We'll be lucky if we only lose .... way too much money.

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We met with our doula on Monday night. She brought a doll for Zoe, which instantly endeared her to my doll-loving girl. She also brought reams of paper with lots of words on them about the fact that apparently I'm going to birth another baby.

HOLY CRAP.

My last labor was about 24 hours long and full of interventions; it didn't exactly go as I planned.
Our doula insists that this baby, as a second baby, could come as fast as TWO HOURS and it could be as early as a month before the due date. She gave CG a sheet entitled "Emergency Labor Procedures" and instructed him to place it on the bathroom mirror. (Welcome, Open House Attendees! Here's our lovely bathroom! And if you need to give birth unexpectedly, I've got the directions!) She told him if he were to wake up in the middle of the night and find me in the bathroom (Is she crazy? Our ALL WHITE bathroom, with WHITE GROUT? That we're trying to sell??) on all fours and moaning to just pull it out and follow along.

Okey Dokey.

She had free samples for us, including a diaper the size of my palm. Whaaaa???

I might as well have never had a baby considering how confused I am by all this. I think I'll go back to sticking my fingers in my ears. "LALALALALALA".

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I met with my boss today to rehearse the workout we're going to tape for the prenatal fitness video on Saturday. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I'm sure that I'm on day one of Zoe's horrific cold/flu/crud and will most likely be a snotty, coughing, red eyed mess by Saturday.

I also didn't have the heart to tell her that the STRETCHING section made me short of breath. Or that the outfit she bought for me to wear is less than flattering. Or that I'm not sure if I can do the perky, smiley Richard Simmons imitation that she's assuming I'm going to be able to pull out of somewhere.

It's going to be an interesting couple of weeks.

4 comments:

Sas. said...

Forgive me for being so naive, but if you're moving in August, why so early with the open houses?

clueless but hopeful mama said...

GOOD QUESTION. The realtor says that houses are taking an average of 6 months to sell so she wanted us to list it now, before the baby comes, because we will want to take it off for a month or so there (um, HELLS YEAH) after the baby is born.

I asked her what would happen if we got an offer in the first couple of weeks...... she didn't seem to think that would be a problem.

desperate housewife said...

Wowsa, do I not envy you with the open houses! I well remember the misery of those. Am praying for miraculously fast, sellers-market-like offer for you guys!

Also, I am so excited you're having a doula! I am so interested in the whole topic, both from a doula's perspective as well as the mom and dad's, that I am contemplating trying to put together some sort of BOOK about it during this next (as yet hypothetical) pregnancy. So don't mind if I email you later and pick your brain about it, mkay?!

clueless but hopeful mama said...

desperate housewife- Yipee! Put that book together and I'll be happy to yap at length about it. We had a doula last time and will have another one this time.

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