Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Babymoon

So.  You know the stories.  People go on a little trip before they have a baby, and before the mom-to-be is too far along in pregnancy.

I really REALLY want to participate in this trend.

I know that while having kids will be AWESOME (and incredibly tiring), vacations post-baby are going to be a lot harder to come by than pre-baby.

I can get decently inexpensive tickets to Miami (and other places too) in early June, and am seriously considering the option.  The problem is, I feel guilty.  We have plenty of money right now (thank you student loans...), but I know that money is 1. not mine and 2. gonna run for the hills very soon.  Can I justify it?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Howdy-do-dee

Oh hey there.

Things are happening.

I got to see my little peanut baby a few weeks ago on a screen.  I'll get to see if it's a she or a he in another month.

I'm starting an online MBA program next week, and hope that I can complete all the courses within 18 months.  My brother-in-law is most likely going to complete his in 12; I don't know if I can move that fast.

I've got a lot of decisions to make soon:

-  Should I fly to Utah for a visit this summer?  Should Caleb come with me?

-  Should I risk a lot and stay home after we have this baby?  Health insurance is pretty good for me right now, and we would be living really REALLY EXTREMELY tight on the student loans Caleb could get without my income.  We'd be living on what I could make from Walmart working full time, for 3 people, in the city, minus about $5000 for what Caleb's school charges for health insurance.

-  Should I keep working?  I'd have awesome health insurance (let's just say this baby is going to be FREE!  Free babies!  Well at least the medical part.).  We'd also have income.  But Maryland is one of the most expensive states for daycare.  The county that I work in charges, on average, $30,000/yr for one child in daycare.  There was a special on the news last month about how expensive it is.  The reporter said it is basically useless to put your child in daycare while you work if you make less than $40,000/yr.  Also I don't know how comfortable I feel about daycare.

-  Should I go eat some chocolate right now?

-  Should I do cloth diapers?  Those are really trendy, and less expensive.  If I'm going to participate in this new fad I need to start mentally preparing myself RIGHT NOW for the dirty deed.

-  Should we stay in this new apartment?  It appears that there were only 4 mice living here with us, but who knows when more will move in?  Also some birds made a home in the wall recently and broke through yesterday.  They are pushing their presents out into the kitchen.  Lovely.  And the windows are drafty.  So drafty you can look right through the gaps between the panes and the wood panels.  So.  Should we stay or should we go?  Our last landlord has already offered us a new place closer to the school in the summer if we don't like our current apartment.  We must have been really good tenants.

Lots of decisions.

But seriously, chocolate right now?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dr. Who, I Tried to Love You

A month or so ago, I decided to shake up my TV-viewing habits and give Dr. Who a try.  My sister Kaitlin always seemed to like it, and my sister-in-law is in love with the show.  So, I decided to give it a fair shot, go in with an open mind, and watch as long as I could.

It was torture.

I tried so hard to want to watch another episode, but it just reminded me of those times in elementary school when I would stay home from school sick and my mom would put on some never-before-heard-of movie from the library from the 70s or 80s.  It just seems to make you feel sicker.

I made it all the way through the first season, and still had zero desire to continue watching.  I just didn't like it.

So I stopped.  So there.