Just 4 weeks remain until I’ll be upping sticks and moving house with a tiny person, a Labradoodle and a husband in tow. HOW AM I GOING TO COPE?

Whenever I tell people that we’ve bought a house, after congratulating me, they quickly wish me good luck. They like to tell me how stressful moving is, especially with a baby and dog.

Cheers. It’s not like I don’t already know this! GARRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Combined with the fact that Sprog is blowing snot bubbles and I’m coughing up god knows what. It’s safe to say we couldn’t be less prepared for a move if we tried.

To try and make myself feel better about the situation I’m going to list all the positives around the move, so I can take a look at this list in times of frustration/anger/tiredness/stress (delete as I see appropriate at the time) and remind myself just why we’re inflicting all this stress on ourselves!

1. We’re going to OWN our home

Escaping London and the rat-race just under 2 years ago, we moved to the Cotswolds. Being sensible souls, we’ve rented to make sure we’re happy with our decision.

We are wonderfully happy here, so it’s time to say BYE BYE to our rental house, and a big fat HELLO to our first family home. Ours! A place we can truly call HOME!

2. Sprog is still only ickle

I’m aiming to do the majority of the packing while Sprog naps, but I’m sure there will be a time when I need to pack while he’s awake.

So, it’s great that Sprog – at close to 7 months – is still pretty immobile, although he’s rolling, he’s not crawling and is more than happy to entertain himself with his toys in his new BabyBj√∂rn travel cot. While he plays, I can chat to him while I’m packing.

More importantly, he’s at an age where he won’t be too conscious of the move. If he was at toddler age, I can imagine it would be incredibly difficult, trying to explain to him why his world was being turned upside down.

3. It’s been smooth up until this point

We’ve enjoyed a relatively stress-free process up until now, no chain, no gazumping and all parties involved have been incredibly amenable.

Let’s not go too much into this, because I’m sure if I comment further, some shit will hit the fan.

4. Support

We’ve got a darn good network around us. I’m going to try and plod away at my own pace for a while and then as it comes closer to move day, I’ll call in favours then, rather than use up too many tokens now!

5. Moving to more space

We’re currently in a 4-bed rental house, but there’s so little space to live in downstairs. We have a narrow living room, a kitchen diner and a downstairs toilet.

In the new house, we’ve got a huge living room, toilet, boot room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, and attached double garage all downstairs.

6. Inbuilt wardrobes

So this is a bit random, but the house we’re moving into has built in wardrobes, so bam. Straight away all our clothes can be hidden away.

Small point, but it’s helping. And it means we don’t have to splash out on wardrobes. I can hear my purse scream a sigh of relief!

At the end of the day, I have to keep remembering that we’re moving into our “forever home” or at least our “many years home”. Yes, it’s a fixer-upper, but importantly it’s OURS! We don’t have to ask anyone if we want to stick a pin in a wall!

It’s round the corner from Sprog’s primary school, in the neighbourhood we love. We couldn’t be any luckier!

So here’s to attempting to have the most stress-FREE move possible.