Stuff to remember

Car Insurance

Call to cancel payment to NMSU for now

Gas

Return stuff to Joann’s

Need to finish plucking bunny

Need more papaya cubes

Mix the Animax with the pellets

Need a better hay rack..

DUH! Jack’s first pictures and need to get Christmas cards together.. and set up another appt for Christmas pictures.

Haircut on the 20th

I think that’s all..

Oh, make more play food.

Been a long time

Jack Mathias White was born October 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm. He weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and took to breastfeeding right away. He’s now 10 weeks old and weighs around 13 lbs and 6 oz!

I had to get mad at the daddylope the other day. He keeps spending money on Amazon, and a lot at the PX over there everyday! We have no money in the bank and I’m supposed to leave in March/April. Well, the original plan was next month.. but I knew that this was going to happen. So, I’m taking over the bank account from now on.

I’m also planning on making this family more green. Going to be sewing, knitting, and crochetting more. Going to try not to buy anything we just don’t need. Going to trade more, and start really collecting more wool from the bunny to spin. This first batch from her is going to be trade for merino wool, which is perfect. I still need a spindle though.. ugh!

I also still want a grain mill and a solar over to save on electricity and food. Grain mills are just so expensive… Maybe I should sell my snap press, but I still need it.. it’s just not being put to use.. Well, I did sell one of the tvs for $150.. my mom “borrowed” $25 and decided to get a christmas present from me to my dad with it… Then I had to get diapers and soymilk, then I bought some stuff from Joann’s.. I’m going to have to return the stuff from Jo-ann’s. I also bought a Mei Tai for me and Jack. That’s all for Christmas. I’m going to make cloth diapers and trainers with whatever I have here.

That’s really all we need to start doing: use what we have now. There’s no need for new stuff until he gets back. I only pay my parents $200 a month here for “rent and utilities.” I’ve caught up mostly with my bills. I don’t need to spend much on much of anything. I have ebooks, the internet, lots of crafts, a Nintendo DSi, and of course the baby to keep me busy.

Hopefully the rest of this month and next month we’ll be able to save more easily.

No such luck..

Lots of kicking and movement inside the belly.. but the contractions are getting closer together, not very consistent still..

I found out that I qualified for the full amount for FAFSA. Just had it tranferred to EPCC. I also received a free(!!!) Ameda breastpump. Perfect. I can afford to go to school, childcare, books, and possibly a new computer and printer for school. My only worry: the move back.

I did plan on getting 2 more English angoras to start a herd, but I think I’m only going to just get 1 buck after all. There’s a breeder in Roswell if I want to get another doe. I was mostly worried about room. So 2 rabbits and a baby.. I hope I can have the baby in the cab.. I am not going to fly myself and the baby to El Paso, pay for the truck, trailer, and gas, and then fly my dad back home.

Thank god the pump came with a car adapter!! I’ll just need a cooler if need be. Other than that, just pump, and give the baby a bottle. It’ll only be for a couple days.

I guess it won’t be that bad after all.. Just need to find a place to live.

Getting really impatient

Forget it, his name is Jack Mathias White haha

but he’s still not here yet.. Probably going to be a while longer.. -sigh- it’s cool though.

I really hope we end up at Fort Lewis. I think it would be a great place for Jack to grow up if we end up staying there. I’m not sure if we have a choice in how long we would stay though. I’m already making a plan. Like if we go there, I know which school I want to go to at least.

I’m going to try and go to EPCC for a semester just to brush up on my math. The only thing is that, I’m going to have to be there by January, so by the time he gets back, I’ll be almost done with the class. That probably won’t happen, but it’s worth a try really. I did horribly before, but I only have more of a reason to get back and do better. I really hope I make it.

Almost time

I will not be induced. Too many risks for me to really even consider it afterall.

On Monday, I was 3cm and 50% effacement. Tuesday, I was still at 3cm and 70-85% effacement.  Contractions are pretty strong at night, so he’s going to be a night baby I think.

We finally have a name, but I’m not going to say anything until he’s born.

He’s almost here.

I’m so lucky right now..

because if I had been working and needed to, I would have been in serious financial trouble.

America is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and they have the worst maternity leave ever.
I just read this blog here and yeah. I would rather live in Germany or basically anywhere else.

How can other countries afford things like this? haha

Closer

As of yesterday, I am 2 cm dialated. Which means he can come any day now really. Could be days, could be weeks. Sometimes I want him to just stay in there, but at the same time, I want him out haha It’s getting pretty crazy in there and the cervical exam wasn’t the greatest experience.

Oh and we were given a crib. It was pretty awesome, but it was recalled because a bunch of babies got hurt.. and we’re also missing 2 bolts… so hopefully I can call tomorrow about the missing parts and they won’t hassle me.

It does mean that we’re getting a brand new crib though, so I’m really excited about that!

PAID OFF T-MOBILE! That was so awesome. I also made a big payment to Citibank and called up Bank of America. Just need to call Target and NMSU, and we’ll be well on our way to being debt free.

The hard part is saving up for next month when Jackalope gets here, and budgeting for the Jack Rabbit and all of that. Hopefully, I am able to breastfeed. I think I’ll be alright though. Diapers are probably going to be the main problem. I’m doing both cloth and disposables until I run out of disposibles or something. I know that their first poops are kind of gross, so definitely disposables first.

I also want to be able to move back to El Paso after New Year’s so we can have a home for Jackalope when he gets back. No having to come get me and having to load up the truck and driving for a couple days and then having to live with someone or, god forbid, the barracks until we can find a place. HELL NO!

So we’re going to need furniture, and dinnerware, and cookware, and since the baby is going to have his own room, we’re going to need to get him his own furniture. We already have tvs, computers, etc, and we’re going to need appliances, like a toaster, probably a fridge, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer etc… We were supposed to have a fridge.. but my mom took it back ;_; Which is kind of messed up. I’ll make her feel bad when I leave and say we’re probably not going to have a fridge for a while because we don’t have the money for that. haha Well, that’s messed up too.. I won’t really do that.

I still plan on getting the grain mill. I think it’ll be a good investment. With me not working until he gets back most likely, or even while he is gone, it’ll save a lot of money, especially since it’ll just be me and the Jackus. I can grind enough flour for small loaves of bread and make small amounts of pasta, or just make a bunch of pasta, bake cakes and cookies from the flour I grind. 1 cup of wheat berries apparently comes out to 1.5 cups flour, so the yield is not bad at all.

I also still want to get a couple solar ovens to cook with instead of relying on the stove and oven. There’s a hybrid one that uses very little electricity and can also reach 400 degrees F. Not bad for a tiny oven. That’ll save big time on gas and electricity for cooking and baking.

I’m planning on getting myself a bike and a bike trailer for the little one. I’m going to need a bike with a front load, so I can hitch Jack behind me. There are many stores close by in the northeast of El Paso, so that’s my reasoning for getting it. Plus it’ll be great exercise and the baby will get fresh air.

I know I’m thinking too far ahead at this point haha, but it’s fun dreaming about the possibilities of the future.

I can’t wait for Jackalope to come home.

>^.^<

Plans

I think I’m going to head back to El Paso in February. That’s in like 5 months, which should give us enough time to pay off my bills, which Jackalope said he wanted to pay off first.

I’m thinking about getting furniture and stuff for the house from IKEA before I head back. I can just pack it along with the other stuff. It would all pack flat. We’ll see though. I know we’re going to need couches and kitchen stuff, and possibly a washer and dryer.

I hope it all works out.

Farmer’s Market score

I got:
apples, peaches, nectarines, walnuts, grapes, purple potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin bread, dutch chocolate zucchini bread, spinach bread, pita bread, hummus, 2 eggplant pestos (babaganoush? (I was supposed to get yogurt sauce… but whatever it’s all delicious), and a bag of kettle corn.

I also picked up some seeds for winter planting: fenugreek, swiss chard, and mesclun seeds. I also have some radish seeds that I plan to plant as well.

Getting ready

I just ordered a good amount of Chinese prefold diapers that are totally brand new. I’m really excited about those since it’ll be a start. I plan to sell the extras since there’s like 96 diapers! I’m only going to need half or less. I’m also ordering some PUL to make some diaper covers and wet bags, Snappis to close the diapers with, 4 things of Charlie’s Soap (80 loads each and all natural), a diaper sprayer, and I also got Organic Bamboo Velour, bamboo fleece, and a yard of Michael Miller’s Mint Chocolate Zoo. Since they’re just diapers for my own baby, I’m going to stick with just the white snaps I have. I might get some snaps with skulls or dragons on them though.

Yay for diapers!

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