April 7, 2011
Michael saw an ad in the paper for a circulation assistant at our local library. He encouraged me to apply so I went down to the library and picked up an application, filled it out, and dropped it off with a cover letter and copy of my resume. A few weeks later I was called in for an interview. I was pleasantly surprised since I had been having such bad luck in the past. So, I went in for my interview and I left feeling that the interview had gone well, but I was trying not to get my hopes up. A few days after my interview my phone rang and Michael hollered up the stairs that it was the library. He brought the phone up to me and I took the and was offered the job. I was ecstatic! One phone call had solved the greatest part of our worries…health insurance.
I started working at the library in May. The picture is from a display that I designed this month. Once I started my job I learned that my health insurance would not start for three months after my start date. So there would be two doctor’s visits that we would have to pay for out of pocket. At that point we were looking on the bright side of not having to pay for the whole birth. We set up a payment plan with the doctor’s office and hoped that we would not owe too much after the birth.
Another phone call was a life saver. The Wyoming Health office called to say that they had some extra grant money left over and they wanted to use it to help pay maternity bills for mothers who were uninsured. They were going to pay $500 towards the money that we owed for those first couple of visits. I was in Walmart when they called and I stated crying in the paper towel isle.
Those two things were miracles for us. I don’t know how we would have finically survived without them. The gifts that we received from friends and family were miracle too. I thank God for those miracles everyday!
April 1, 2011
After learning, thee times over, that I was pregnant I was a mix of emotions. I paced backed and forth in our bed room trying not to freak out. Then for a moment I stopped and really thought about things. I have wanted to be a Mom for as long as I can remember. I put my hands on my stomach and closed my eyes and thanked God for the amazing gift that he had given me.
I wanted to call Michael so bad, but I had known for years how I wanted to tell him that we were going to be parents, and calling him freaking out on the phone was not it. I really wanted him to be the first person that I told. So I tried to think about what I would do for the next four hours. I knew that there was no way that I could keep it together until then, the freak out factor was high.
As happy as I was to become a Mom our life was not exactly in line for it. I was only substitute teaching at the time, and not bring in very much money. Our house was a complete construction zone. I was planning on completing my degree by doing my student teaching the semester the baby was due. But, the thing that was freaking me out the most was that I did not have health insurance and having a baby is crazy expensive.
So I got into my car and drove over my friend Courtney’s house. When she opened the door I broke into tears, all of my emotions rising to the top and over flowing. She did a great job of telling me that everything would be all right and that everything would work its self out. I don’t know what I would have done without her that day!
March 24, 2011
One of the things that is offered to new parents the most is free food!! Both people at Michael’s work and my work signed up to bring us meals after we had Benjamin. Before I got put on bed rest I did not think that I was going to take people up on the offer of food, but after more than two months of having mostly frozen meals, spaghetti, and fast food we were both ready for some real food.
The food that we got was amazing!! Our friends really stepped up to the plate and made us some awesome food. We got home made, take out, and oven bake foods. We knew what days people were bringing us food in advance and it was great to have yummy food that we did not have to make. Michael especially enjoyed steak fajita night!
In talking to a lot of Moms they say that food and diapers are the biggest thing that you can do to help. They are so busy with their new little one that making dinner quickly becomes an after thought. If you know a new Momma offer to bring over a nice homemade meal or even some take out. It is one less thing for her to have to worry about.
March 21, 2011
When I first leaned that I was pregnant I began to read about how people will offer you too much help. The advice you don’t need, the baby items you don’t want, and so on. None of this really ended up applying to me. I thought that people were going to be pushy, but they were not. People would always ask if we wanted something and not just push it on us.
We got some really amazing stuff from family and friends! If Michael and I would have gone out and bought all of the things that we got for free it would have cost us a fortune and the quality of the items would not have been as good. We got a crib, 2 strollers (one of which is made for negative temperatures), car seat, decorations for the nursery, a changing table, diapers, tons of clothes, bottles, a rocking chair, blankets, baby carrier, stuffed animals, toys, and so much more. All of these things were life savers for us. They have enhanced Ben’s life so much.
Anytime that someone tried to give us something that we already had or did not need I would just say no thanks. There was a point where I ended up having 3 different kinds strollers. But, I just passed the love along and gave one away on Free Cycle. Having a baby is expensive enough without having to buy everything brand new. If a family member or friend offers you something that you need take it. They would not offer it if they needed it. Then when you are done with it, if it is still in good condition, pass the love along and give it to another Mom in need.
March 21, 2011
Today is a momentous day in our house…the nursery is finally done!! We had been very close to being done for a long time but now we are finally done!! Michael’s Mom and brother came up and helped to get it all finished out. We were able to get the planets and stars on the wall and crib. Plus we painted his ceiling fan with stars.
I want to thank everyone who gave us items for the room, helped us put everything together, and gave ideas. Cheers to the coolest baby’s room in the whole world. In my opinion anyway! Below is a link to all of the pictures on Facebook, enjoy!!