I am going to count this as week #1 for this topic, but things started a long time ago. The new baby started about 9 months ago, our current flat was on the market about 4 months ago, and the new job has been on the cards for about 2 months. At this very moment in time all of these threads are very much underway. They are each now on a fixed course with semi-fixed end dates.
Having said that each of these items are in fact new starts and new phases of life. They will continue on for many years, hopefully, and the fact they are all occuring around the same time means life is going through a mini revolution - or maybe evolution - right now for myself and my family.
Are they really that stressful?
The short answer is, yes. In different ways. There is a lot of admin and paper work related to work background checks and buying & selling property. I have lost count of how many forms I have filled in, or documents I have scanned in the past few weeks. Passport copy, utility bill, proof of address, payslips, bank statements, council tax, insurance policies, credit card statements, solicitor forms, estate agent forms, job forms, medical questionnaires - the works!
Are there any benefits in doing all these things together?
I see a very, very little benefit, in that i've been able to re-use some of the scans I have of things like my passport - other than that doing all these things at the same time is pretty crazy. There is not really much benefit - just a whole lot of pain! Moving to a bigger house if defintely a good thing, if that all goes through, and badly needed with the growing family. The job thing is probably the least expected or planned of the three. We had pretty much agreed on two kids with a gap of no more than 2 years, so that side of things went to plan. The home purchase also was something I had hoped to always do in January 2012 - now it is just a bit earlier. The job is the odd ball, but it also helps with the other two.
How does the job change help?
The new role should lead to a better work/life balance for me and also pay more, which will allow me to afford the larger home without being too financially stretched. I am extremetly greatful to God for having this great blessing at a time when so many are facing financial hardships. I am greatful and humbled by the way I've been blesed with these great things in the past few weeks.
What is the status of the items?
1. Job - Last day at current job is a week today, and I started the new job right away
2. Baby - due in 20 days
3. House - sale going through ok - awaiting my mortgage approval for the new place
The next thing for me will be dealing with the final week of work handover and my leaving do on Friday. Next week i am also expecting the mortgage company to call me in and get me to sign an agreement to complete the mortgage application.
I'll keep this blog updated with how things go!