Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spending my Millions

I do not have an update on that last post and want to move it down the page a little, so here's a light-hearted post!

Most people know that the Mega Millions is up to some ridiculous amount like $500 Million.  That's a crap ton of money.  There's a pool at work that I got into and we've been talking all day about how we're going to win! and what will we do?!

So, anytime I pretend I'm winning the lottery, I automatically take 40% off the total for taxes.  I'd rather pay the taxes upfront then have to worry about it later.  Now I divide that by 20 people in the pool and I figured out that we each get $15 million.

Jeez, I'm not even sure I would know how to spend $15 million.

OBVIOUSLY, the first thing you do is blow a ton in Vegas on hookers & coke.

Kidding!  The first thing you do is find yourself an awesome CPA to handle your business for you.  Then you figure out the best way to dump 1/2 of it into savings of some kind.  At least half, if not more.  C & I need to be taken care of when we're old yet. 

Then you go about setting up various trusts for the kids so that college is taken care of and they have money when they turn 25 and are automatically responsible.  Seeing as how we're still talking about like $7 million, I'd probably set up trusts for my nieces & nephews with maybe just $100,000 in them for school/life.

Here is where things get hard.  I'd buy a new house, but nothing too crazy.  A lake house with 4-6 bedrooms and bathrooms.  I'd stay here in MN.  Then we'd buy new cars.  Again, nothing crazy, just nice cars.  A vacation home somewhere nice (Bahamas or Coasta Rica or something?) and a trip to Europe because we've never been.  Hire maid service and trainers to keep us in shape and clean.  Buy new clothes.

At this point, I might have blown through half of the $7 mil I gave myself to treat myself.

Of course there are charitible donations to give and we'd pick 1-5 charities to support.

Then comes the decision about working.  See, my theory is this: if I don't work at least part time, then I will become bored and want to spend money.  And I can't spend all the money!  So I think I'd continue to work around 3 days/week at a job where they wouldn't mind so much if I just picked up and ran off to Hawaii for 2 weeks.  Or perhaps volunteer a lot.  Animal shelters, nursing homes, etc.  But something has to fill that time.

Honestly, C & I would probably spend a year traveling before deciding about working.  Just seeing the world and what it has to offer. 

It's nice to dream, isn't it?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Week 28

Originally written 2/27:

I had hoped that we would paint the baby's room this weekend but that didn't happen.  We still have 12 weeks to go so I'm not worried but I'd just like to be able to cross it off my (mental) list.  We've decided on a nice light, spring-y green color that is present in both bedding sets we have. 

Yesterday I purchased 2 prints that I'll frame and hang up and then I'm painting wooden letters with her name to hang as well.  Those are supposed to be white with light green & pink on them, if the paint cooperates.  Then we just need either a wall shelf or bookshelf and the room *should* be pretty much ready.

Other than that, not much else to report.  I see the doctor this week and do my glucose test - here's hoping it's OK!

How far along?:  28 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  Roughly 15lbs - my weekly e-mail says it should be 17-20 by now.  We'll see on Friday
The Bump:  Feels huge but is right on track as far as I know.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  I'm hoping we can see our sweet girl in HD in 2 weeks when we see the perinatologist.
Maternity Clothes:  Spent 2 hours yesterday searching for a shirt that fits me and will work under a suit coat for an interview this week.  I think I was successful in the end.  I also spent some time switching clothes out of my closet & dresser.  Maternity clothes are here!
Symptoms: Tired.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing that really sticks out.  I love sweets and I'm loving comfort food.
What I miss:  Feeling rested.
Milestones:  Um?  Glucose test?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weeks 26 & 27

Originally written 2/21:

I'm not sure how I missed posting last week but apparently I just didn't do it.  And now I'm struggling to remember if anything important happened.

We finally got an appointment to see the perinatalogist in a few weeks just to check out her little heart and make extra-sure that everything is just fine.  I'm not really worried about it but given past history in our family, it's just better to know. 

We've also toured both hosipitals now and there is a clear winner for both of us.  Fortunately, it's the same winner.  We have a few things to check up on (like does our #1 choice have a neo-natal unit or would we have to move, should something go wrong?) but we both definitely liked one better.  The only issue is that my clinic doctors don't deliver at this hospital so either I would switch clinics or just go in to a stranger, which, with this being my second doesn't seem like such a big deal.  The dr. isn't even in the room for that long. 

It might be time to look into a doula or midwife so that someone who would be familiar with my medical history would be present to be my advocate as well.  Not that C wouldn't do a great job, but if we're going in blind, it might be better to have another person.

How far along?:  27 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  Up 14.6 which the dr. says is perfectly normal and on track.
The Bump:  Out in front for sure.  C claims you still can't tell I'm pregnant from the rear.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Painting the nursery, hopefully this weekend!
Maternity Clothes:  Pants all the time, shirts 70% of the time.  A lot of the maternity shirts are still too big though.
Symptoms: Tired.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Things seem to have calmed down but I still love any and all sweets.  See weight gain.
What I miss:  Being able to sleep through the night.
Milestones:  Into the third trimester!  We are due 3 months from tomorrow!

Monday, March 12, 2012

25 Weeks

Originally written 2/08

Just a quick update for the week.  We attended "Another Time Around" at the hospital last night where we watched a birthing video, talked about giving birth again, refreshed our memories about the last one and then took a tour of the hospital.  It definitely brought back some memories from almost 3 years ago.

We have a choice of hospitals so we're touring both this month with the intent of choosing one soon.  We may have to change doctors if we choose the one from last night, so I'd rather do it sooner than later.

No news yet on seeing the specialist, though it's not a pediatric cardiologist, it's a perinatologist that we would see first and then they would make a call as to if we need to go any further.  I'm hoping not, but we'll see.  I don't have an appointment set up yet, I'm hoping to figure all that out this week.

I've also started seeing a chiropractor for back pain, both in my "Pelvic Posterior" region (I call it the thass) and some sciatic nerve pain.  Jury's out on how helpful it is but I'm hoping as we go it will really make a difference, especially as the baby grows.

Heartbeat on 2/03: 144bpm

How far along?:  25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Welp, I was doing well and then last week's appointment had a 10 pound weight gain!  Doc says I'm really just catching up since I hadn't gained much before.  My total is really only 14lbs, which is completely healthy for this far along.
The Bump: Going to birthing class last night was refreshing to remind myself of how much further I have to go.  I've been feeling Large & In Charge lately, but last night was a reality check.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Finding out everything is ok with our little girl's heart.
Maternity Clothes:  Tops still seem big so I haven't fully given it yet.  I also seem to be between sizes where some S/6 are tight but the M/8 are way too big.
Symptoms:  Tired, heartburn, sciatic pain... the usual.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  It's probably more the dental work issue but I want to sink my teeth into a nice sandwich.  Haven't been able to do that since pre-Christmas.
What I miss:  I've been feeling good lately so not much.  Probably just getting a good night's sleep.
Milestones:  We've picked a name!  I'm not going to share it just yet but we both like it (huge step) and I don't see us changing our minds.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

No April Showers

Disclaimer: This is going to be a slight pity party post.  Just a heads-up.  Sarah - this does NOT mean that I want you or your wonderful mother to throw us a shower.  This is simply a release of some pent up emotions.  On to the blog:

Yesterday someone asked if we were registered and having a shower.  It was a completely innocent question that you would think pregnant women hear often.  But it set something off in me.

When I was pregnant with Addy, I was informed that we would not be having a shower with my side of the family.  Since C & I were not married, it was not considered appropriate in my family to have a shower to celebrate a baby born out of wedlock.  We were understandably hurt.

It went beyond that though.  It became more about being judged.  And people decided not to help us when we lived 3000 miles away and probably needed the help more.  Because we weren't around to receive hand-me-downs from family and we didn't have our moms dropping by with food or diapers.

Yes, its a decision we made, to live so far away.  But it didn't mean that we didn't need or want the help.  And we shouldn't have been "punished" for it.

And we're proud that we still made it through and Addy had (and always has had) everything she needed.  Would it have been easier?  Probably.  But we did it anyway.

Now we're married and doing things the "right" way but you know what?  We still don't get a shower because this is our second child.  And I get that that's how things work.  Many women in my family have had multiple children and no showers for them.  It has nothing to do with us.

We're local now, so we're getting the hand-me-downs (and some of our own things back) and I'm not worried but there's that tiny bit of resentment that we're just supposed to understand and be ok with it.  And every once in a while, it sucks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Week 24

Originally written 2/02

Whoops!  Late entry this week, though you won't see it for approximately 5-6 more weeks anyway with the way I update.

We had another ultrasound last week to follow up from the last one.  I don't recall if I wrote about it but basically there is a small spot on the heart, called an EIF, which can be an indicator for a genetic issue.  BUT, it has to be in combination with something else (like shortened bones or some thing at the base of the skull) and they looked for all those things but didn't see them.  Unfortunately, our little peanut wasn't cooperating the first time and they couldn't see the lip/mouth so the only thing they couldn't eliminate was a cleft lip or palate.

So back we went.  The EIF is still present but the lip/mouth is fine.  However, given some family history with heart problems, the doctor suggested we see a pedeatric cardiologist just to be extra sure there isn't anything going on.  I see my OB tomorrow and we'll make a decision then.

How far along?:  24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  I'll know for sure tomorrow but I'm guessing a max of 12lbs.
The Bump: Loud & proud.  There's no denying I'm pregnant.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  From here on out there's almost nothing to look forward to except finally meeting our baby!
Maternity Clothes:  Pants full time, shirts not so much. 
Symptoms:  Heartburn and fatigue.  Pretty norm for the course.
Belly Button in or out?:  In.
Food Cravings/Aversions:   Sweets!  So much so that I asked my doctor if I was going to give myself diabetes.  She said you either have it or you don't and I can't really do anything about it.
What I miss:  Sleeping comfortably.
Milestones:  We've officially got a girl and I think we decided on a name!  I'm not sharing yet though, but we both like it!