After many months of house hunting in New York and New Jersey, we decided to move back to Hoboken at the end of May.
When we made the decision for me to accept a new job in New Haven, CT last August, it meant selling our old Hoboken apartment and moving away from a town that has been home for so long. However, we were excited to start the new adventure together. A week before we moved, we found out I was pregnant and to say that changed everything is an understatement. Now, we’re going on a different, but better adventure!
Starting a new job, moving to a new city and state, and being pregnant were a lot to handle all at one time. After the first trimester of emotional rollercoasters, we started to focus on a longer term housing plan. Through the first couple of months of pregnancy, we knew that we wanted to be closer to our friends and family. We barely spent weekends in CT and instead were either in NYC or NJ spending time with friends and family. While CT is not far from NY or NJ by any means, it is a little too far for us at this time.
We looked at many options that would put us closer to “home”, a shorter commute for Josh but a longer commute for me and no matter how we sliced the apple, we were still just “too far”. While neither one of us were (and still are) completely sure about owning a house, we looked at countless houses online and in person over the last couple of months. After putting down an offer on a house in NJ and starting that process, we realized that we were not ready for the commitment. There were a lot of things still up in the air including timing of the move, double paying on our apartment in Stamford, and my job, so we withdrew the offer. As a result, it was a no-brainer to move back to Hoboken, a place we called home for so long. We’re going into this fully aware that this may not be a long-term option, but in a time of a lot of changes, it brings us closer to friends and family (and Josh’s commute).
The move back to Hoboken means that I will not be working after mid-May since unfortunately, a remote working option was not possible. It’s a true disappointment that just 8 months ago when I accepted the job, I was on cloud 9 and that the situation is not different. There are days I find myself talking to my belly, sad that, I never would have expected to be unemployed when our first child will be born. It just wasn’t the career path I hoped or envisioned myself on. However, I know that these are all the right decisions and that there will be a bright future for us and our baby girl.
In the meantime, we’re excited for all the memories we will create with her in Hoboken! And this is how I feel about being able to run along the Hudson River Waterfront (and no, this picture is definitely not recent — I would never get that height nor would it be safe for the baby!).