Baby has Arrived

Today is my due date.  The date that was “scheduled” for baby’s arrival.  We all know that babies are rarely born on their due date, and my little bundle of joy was no exception…

Although, I thought I read somewhere a statistic that first babies have a tendency to be late… And I was 2 weeks late when I was born… So, I sort of had in my mind that this little one would also make a late arrival.  Ha!

He came in to the world on what was supposed to be my last day at work.  I thought I was so ahead of the game, giving myself a week and a half between my last day of work and the expected due date to get everything for the nursery in order.  Nope, I hadn’t even finished passing off all my work yet!  No out-of-office replies had been done… We had luckily purchased the carseat the weekend before, so at least that was done…

Anyway, we are now on day 11 of his existence in this world, and we are slowly sorting out how things work… for now… I know as soon as I figure out this stage, we will be moving on to another… So I will try to keep up on my posting as good as I can, but I make no promises.

I also don’t want to post too much online of baby, but figure I’ll share a couple photos of him here as an introduction.

 

Maternity / Parental Leave Planning

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After my announcement that we are expecting a baby in March, I don’t want this blog to turn in to a mommy-blog (it may be a slight inevitability that things will move that direction, but I will resist as long as possible), but there are some financial things that should be worked out before the baby comes, and that is definitely something that I think fits in with this blog, so I will write about that…

In the ideal world, I would love to take a year (or more) off from my traditional job and take on the full time role of mum, but that’s probably not the best option for us.  (And please don’t take that the wrong way, I don’t think that being a stay-at-home mum is an easy job, it sounds quite tough, but from what I’ve heard it can be one of the most rewarding “jobs” there is.)

My income accounts for about 75-80% of our household income right now.  This hasn’t always been the case, but because my husband is currently doing some training to get the necessary certificates for the next step in his dream career, his income has definitely taken a hit lately.  I foresee his income eventually being equal to mine, or at least very close, but until then, we have to plan as if we are in the current income scenario.  I think that’s called worst case planning or something… Continue reading

This Year’s Baby Showers… And…

I think it was about this time 2 years ago that I posted about a bunch of baby showers that I had planned that year… Well, guess what?  This year was the next round of babies, I guess, so I planned 3 more baby showers this year.  I figured I would share some of what I planned in case you are looking for some inspiration or just like snooping on how other people plan parties…  Plus I have something extra at the end… Can you guess?

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