Dream, planning.

Had a dream I gave birth to a living baby, now there’s a concept.
I looked at it and thought how much it looked like Evan, it was 21 inches long, just like it’s big brother and 8lbs 2oz, just a little heavier. ( Upon waking I thought it weighed 9lbs 2oz, worth noting just in case, however I also had a clear memory of saying "just a few ounces heavier then Evan"). Gender did not stand out to me.

Sure hope it’s prophetic. Can’t beleive we are only 5.5 weeks away from our halfway anatomy scan πŸ™‚

On one hand I hope time keep’s passing this quickly so I can hold my baby, on another I hope it dosen’t so I have time
to get my crap together financially before maternity leave and at least pay down some more debt. I intend to take at least 1 year of mat leave, probably more like 14-15 months though, (more depending on how early I need to leave work, how my health and physical well being is holding up) I get 60% of my salary during that time, so finances will be tight. I don’t qualify for full interest relief on my student loan as we make to much as a family, so I have to pay interest only payments while I am off, which I beleive amounts to $200.00 a month. All I can say is thank God for generous strangers-our neighbour moved to BC and put his house on the market, when he did he gave us all his firewood, this is enough to heat us all winter all with our woodstove so we only have to rely on oil as a backup, between that and not having any oil at all all summer we are saving mega bucks.

For my own record: Things I/we need to do in the next few months.

1. Get a good working laptop, the one I am currently using is works and it will have to go back to work when I am on mat leave. I am not picky if I can surf the web and blog then that is good, looking at one of Dell’s mini’s or $400 Inspirons, the laptop I am currently using is a Dell Vostro 1510 and its worked wonderfully for me.

2. Get routers and break pads replaced on car.

3. Get winter tires for car, we have 17′ tires so this is a pricy purchase but highly necessary as we live in a very hilly area which was brutal last winter, and baby is due in the thick of winter.

4. Pay back stupid chiropactor $300.00 outstanding. Grr.

5. Finish paying off debt from shed, 50% there, only $250ish to go. Finish paying off as much of 1.5 k remaining on new visa before the 1.5% interest rate special returns to normal.

6. File tax return to help with some of the above.

About mommamaynard

β€œLife is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” β€” Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on August 5, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. The 60% is awesome, I’m currently collecting my “sick leave” portion and it’s such a HUGE help. It’s hard going down from full pay but at least we can stay home for awhile after bebe comes. My sister works for the feds and she would get something like 95% which makes me very jealous.
    We have those 17″ tires too. What a pain. We got a good deal on some at Cdn tire last fall for winter and they’ve served us well. I can’t remember the name but I’ll check with hubby and let you know.

  2. I love that dream and you know I am hoping and praying it comes true! And all Stephen got was two paid weeks, any more he could forget about any pay or his job, lol.

  3. yay for prophetic dreams! i can’t wait to see the anatomy scan pics πŸ™‚
    dude, 60% for 14-15 months?! the best i would have gotten is 6-12 weeks leave at NO PAY – the benefit is that i wouldn’t lose my job and could keep my benefits (paid 100% by me during that time, so i’d have no pay AND owe my boss $700 a month for family insurance). from june to oct 2007 i had disability insurance which paid like 25% of my salary and 0% of my benefits. they wouldn’t let me renew it after october, so i just quit then since i wasn’t going to get anything anyway except job security (i didn’t want to hold onto a job that was bad for my back). i ONLY got that disability money because i had a back problem that prevented me from working – had i been healthy and fine, i wouldn’t have gotten ANY money AT ALL.
    i know that money is tight for you guys and you have debt to pay down, so i’m NOT AT ALL trying to act like your situation is somehow awesome. i’m only saying that maternity leave/pay is so crappy here that i’d be on cloud 9 if someone was gonna give me 25% of my pay for even 1 month. the only thing we’re legally entitled to is to have leave for 6 weeks at 0% pay but we’re not allowed to be fired for taking those 6 weeks of maternity leave.

    • i’ll point out that some employers do provide really good maternity benefits, but it’s not super common and it varies based on the company, and it rarely is extended beyond 12 weeks. for all our talk about family values, we don’t put our money where our mouth is.

      • I know, I DO know that Canadian’s have it WAY better on so many levels then our neighbours to the south. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining πŸ™‚
        I am just thinking that we still have to make our mortage and car payments, which would be a breeze debt free. I am greatful we get the government help we do for sure. Also my priorities have so changed, if needed to get rid of cable and the landline and whatever else then so be it. We will figure it out I know we will.

      • yeah we suck at stuff like that.
        and hey even if you are complaining you are totally allowed! at the end of it regardless of how much they give you, you still need to be able to pay off your debts and pay your current bills as well! money is a stressful thing… unless you have a lot i suppose… but you’re right, you will totally figure it out!

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