We found only two problems with going month-to-month. (1) Our monthly rent increased but only by about $30.00 and (2) You wouldn't receive a pro-rated amount for moving out in the middle of a month (like you would at the beginning or end of an actual term lease).
So when we decided we needed to stay through January, it was determined we would stay through the entirety of January to make it worth the rent.
As the electrician finished up, the plumbing was put in place and drywall was beginning, we determined we would need the apartment for the month of February as well. So after discussing the need for the extension with our mortgage company and being granted one, it was official. We would stay until February 28th. And while the end of February still seems a ways off, believe it or not, today, we gave our 30 Day Notice to the complex.
I'm a mix of emotions about all of it. We've worked so hard and for so long that it will be so nice to actually live there. It will be nice to have a 15-20 minute daycare drop off and commute instead of a 40 minute one. It will be nice to eat dinner as a family and then have my husband actually be able to hang out with me after Addison goes to bed even if it just includes painting a china cabinet or hanging drapes, unpacking boxes and rearranging furniture. It will be nice to be able to do things together again.
But it'll be weird. Even though we've poured our blood, sweat and tears (quite literally on all three accounts) into this house, it doesn't feel like our house yet. I know it won't take long, but it'll feel like we're playing sleepover at first. And when you spend 7-8 months living somewhat separate lives, there's a re-adjustment period that is bound to occur. We're going to have to get used to eachother again.
My mom said a few months ago that I would miss the simplistic living of our one-bedroom. She's right. There is something very "old" and oddly familiar about living as a family in such a small space, the way it was done for years way back when in little villages or early California (ring any bells Nanny?). I've never lived in this close of quarters (other than my dorm room) with two other human beings and we've become very aware of eachother and I think our relationship has grown because of it.
But this little 8 month window of our lives is almost at a close and some days that is a good thing and some days it is not. I can only imagine that the state of mess that our little apartment seems to stay in is only going to magnify itself by 3 when we get to the house. That's a lot of square footage to clean people.
So, here it is, our 30 day notice. To our apartment complex, to you guys, to ourselves.