Thursday, August 20, 2009

Question for the audience

Which did you do first?

Buy a house or have a baby?

40 comments:

Knot said...

Both ... sort of. I bought a house and then married a single mom. We had to move out of the house because it was too small.

Melinda said...

Baby.

Lisa said...

House, we didn't want to raise our baby in an apartment. We wanted him to have a yard and a place to play.

TRS said...

House. No hubby no kids yet.

sarah said...

Discovered we were going to have a baby. Bought house. Then had baby a few months after.

Maggie said...

Nothing says class like having a baby in a single wide. (We were renting the single wide. I didn't actually give birth in it.)

Stephanie said...

Baby first. When I got pregnant, the median home price here was over 500k. There was no way we could afford that. So, we waited. Had a second kid. Housing became more affordable. Then bought a house. I would have liked to have had a house when we had a baby, but it wasn't that big of a deal. We all lived just fine in an apartment. (Even if it was a little squished with 4 of us. :-) )

CJ said...

House. It's a stressful + expensive process I wouldn't want to go thru with a kid, esp if you are renovating.

Raven said...

Baby. We lived in rent houses until he was almost 12!

Reb said...

We had a baby. I would do it the same over again. There is never a perfect time to have one. Ever. I had my first while I was working, finishing my BS at BYU and renting. We were so RETARDED, thankfully my child is not...mostly.

themisadventuresofk said...

I have neither, but I think I would most definitely want a house first.

themisadventuresofk said...

I have neither, but I think I would most definitely want a house first.

Morgan said...

Bab(ies)! And, definitely no regrets here.

stacydesigns said...

He bought the house before we were even married, and we don't have kids yet. I wouldn't have minded renting a little longer but it is just the way things turned out for us.

Kalli Ko said...

Baby.

Still waiting on the house.

ugh

Kelly said...

Neither yet. :)

I have a feeling the baby will come first, though. Neither one of us is hot and bothered about owning a house, but the babies need to start showing up in the next couple of years since my biological clock is ticking away.

karlee said...

I'm in the same boat as you. I think we'll have a baby first though.

Foxywedding said...

Hello!

Neither...yet. Although most of our pals did the house first, and a couple got both simultaneously. Which seems stressful. I think for us a house will probably come first...not 100% sold on having a baby.

Foxywedding said...

Hello!

Neither...yet. Although most of our pals did the house first, and a couple got both simultaneously. Which seems stressful. I think for us a house will probably come first...not 100% sold on having a baby.

Heather said...

We got pregnant and then bought our condo and moved in and then had the baby. Much roomier than the apartment we were renting. I am VERY happy with the way we went, but it is of course a very personal decision. I am sure you will do what's right for you and your family... assuming you're asking for yourself:).

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Seems for many couples buying the house prompts the baby. Or a baby coming prompts the house.

I took the route - thinking buying the house would insure that I would find the man.

Five years later.... doh!

(TRS again)

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Baby.

First you have kids then the other stuff happens. I swear to you, it does. :)

{Erica} said...

Had TWO babies before we bought our first house :) I agree ....have kids and then a ton of things happen (some good, some not so...)

Megs said...

If you want to do to a house what YOU want to do to a house (i.e. Buy something dumpy and make it into a treasure) then BUY THE HOUSE FIRST.

We put an offer on an amazing fixer upper the day before we found out we were having twins instead of just one baby. Boy were we glad when our offer wasn't accepted. How we would have found time to fix the house and have 3 little ones under foot I HAVE NO IDEA.

but if you're going to buy a house that's already great then have the baby. Or 3.

CageQueen said...

Neither. Yet. But if it were me, I would NOT want to be renovating a house while pregnant or with a small child. Baby-proofing is hard enough with a "regular" house, let alone one with some serious issues. Besides, preggo ladies don't need to be doing extensive labor, breathing fumes, etc. Annnnnd I am soooo excited for a mini Katie & the Ear Doc! :)

Mary Jo said...

Two babies and still no house.

MSmith said...

goldfish, hamster, bike, house, sound system, parakeet, new dish towels, rabbit, camera, python, world tour, kid

Gretchen said...

2 babies first. But I insisted on a house before baby #3.

Janssen said...

We owned a house, but sold it and now are in an apartment again. We'll probably be in an apartment when we have our first baby.

cropstar said...

I couldn't find a husband (as per necessary to have babies) so I bought a house. Seemed like a fair trade until I realized a husband would come in handy to help with the house/yard work.
kidding (kind of)

Mindy said...

Baby. And I sort of love that I don't have to take care of a baby AND a yard, and buy a new water heater all at the same time.

MrsEm said...

Neither yet. But the plan is for baby first and then a house. What an exciting question!

Alli Marie said...

hmm...by choice, not sure if either will ever happen for me.

Neil and Meredith Larson said...

baby :) and then everything else fell right into place

Holly said...

I bought my first house when pregnant with my first child. Buying a home and pregnancy is not a good combination.

Leslie said...

baby, then a condo 4 months later. then sold condo, moved into teeny apt (with another baby), then bought a house, had third baby. now renting. it never ends. well, the babies do. :)

megs and josh said...

bought a house

Greeneyes said...

House.

I can't imagine doing all the paint stripping, sanding, digging, tilling, hauling of large things, etc. that we accomplished with a belly or a needy little someone vying for my attention. {Not to mention the slew of child-safety issues posed by remodeling.}

Cady said...

House. I didn't want to raise our child in an apartment.

Emily said...

Baby!! It all works out either way. You will be overjoyed with one, and then the other.