Sunday, 29 April 2012

The House Hunt is ON

Away from anything Danil-related, our other big news is that we accepted an offer on our house on Thursday. It's been the only offer so far, and after a few back-and-forth phone calls over a 10 day period with the estate agent, we agreed on an acceptable price. The purchasers are first time buyers, and we'll be renting a house somewhere, so there is no chain at either end to spoil things, so we're really hoping this can go through smoothly. Given that we had no problems reported from our searches or survey when we bought this place, and the buyers have a deposit and mortgage offer in hand, this is about as good a situation as it gets, and we might be out of here by the end of June. 
We haven't decided where our next home will be yet! Within reason, we could work pretty much anywhere in the country, given that we work from home. We will run our ideas past the bosses at work and make sure they're ok with it, before we draw up a list of places to go and see. We won't be signing any agreements until we've exchanged contracts on this place, of course, and we've agreed with the buyers to have a four-week window between exchange and completion to allow us to find somewhere, sign the papers, and pack up our considerable amount of possessions! Whilst we're not counting our chickens before the contracts are exchanged, getting to this point is a big relief after being on the market for a while, and having more than 30 viewings without an offer.
So, evenings are currently occupied with scouring Rightmove's website.... we're looking for somewhere big, semi-rural, and cheaper than the mortgage we're currently paying. Anyone have any suggestions!?

6 Week Report

Danny had his final visit from the Health Visitor the week before last, when he was 5 weeks old, and she weighed him in at 5.02kg, putting him on the 75th percentile. His jaundice has sorted itself out, although the though persisted that he might have a small hernia. This was disproved at Danny's 6 week GP appointment earlier this week, and the GP was happy with his progress, and she commented on how Danny smiles when he heard Olga's voice.  We've noticed that he smiles at Lara's voice too, and occasionally at mine. We ganged up on him this morning to see if I could capture him mid-smile, and he obliged:

There's still no discernable pattern to his feeding, but last night was a very good night, when he went 7 hours 20 minutes between feeds, from when Olga put him to bed, until sometime in the middle of the night (I was asleep!!). Then he went another 5 hours before having an 8.30am breakfast.  We wonder if that was something to do with us all going to Windsor Leisure Centre yesterday afternoon for a play in their water park. It's not huge, but it had some slides for the kids, some wave action every half hour, and two bigger slides, one of which I took Lara on a couple of times. Danny went for a dip in the pool for 5 minutes or so, and after a couple of seconds of complaining, he didn't cry during that time, so we'll assume he enjoyed it. Lara certainly did, and pretty much hasn't stopped asking when we can go back.  What else might have contributed to Danny's good sleep was fresh air just before bed, as Olga took him in the BabyBjorn to walk the dogs in the evening. That was during a brief lull in the terrible weather we've had all weekend, so he didn't get to walk the dogs again tonight, but he did have 30 minutes in the back garden with Olga and Lara this afternoon. As I type now it's been four hours and he's still sleeping - so far so good.
Concious that we haven't put too many pics up of him, here are some from the past 10 days:

 Looking puzzled

 Looking chubby

 Looking irked

 Looking ready to walk the dogs

This one will come out in years to come to embarrass the kids in front of new friends

Potential Boris Johnson hair?