We learned a lot from this. The most important thing was that you should purchase real estate with a perfect combination of thinking with your head and heart but not too much of either. I don't think we would have jumped on this house so quickly if we hadn't lost several houses and if the market hadn't been so cut-throat here right now and if we didn't feel like we had such a tight timeline with me being more pregnant with each passing day. It was too easy to get emotionally attached to the cute cul-de-sac neighborhood and the idea of our next home being there rather than realizing that this home wasn't THE home after all.
So where that leaves us right now is in our current home and staying here for a while, at least until next summer or fall. We've decided to make some tweaks to give us more storage and make Corey's at-home office, which has been relocated to my craft and Teachers pay Teachers office, more functional. I'm reminded that each month we're here we are able to save and that every single finishing and color is exactly to my taste because I chose it and that I am fortunate to have been able to. Also, being here gives us some freedom and flexibility for after baby girl makes her debut that we wouldn't have if we had moved forward as planned and right now I am really grateful for that. Things seem to be getting busier by the day and it really feels nice to have the option to slow down and evaluate our next steps.
I am also reminded of the sheer magnitude of homes there are just in our preferred neighborhoods of Charlotte. It's a game of odds. The right one for the right price has to come on the market eventually...and hopefully when it does, that house will be THE house.