Praise the Lord for the weekend! Work is getting to be VERY tiresome and difficult (with 6 weeks still to go).
The budget for this week is TIGHT! First thing Thursday we bought food for the cat and dog who were completely out. All day Wednesday all our kitty ate was treats. The food will last awhile but there's $36.56 instantly gone from the $84 budget for the week. Yikes that's a hit!
I do have to say that people are very generous and I'm so blessed by everyone in my life. Tonite a friend gave us a pump, a bouncy seat, a nursing cover, two boppy covers, and a boppy rest thing that you can lay the baby on. We haven't even had a baby shower yet and people have given us quite a lot of hand me down clothing, blankets, shoes, hats, and the mother in law bought us a really nice car seat and stroller combo. I'm keeping a journal for the little guy and I've felt compelled a few times to apologize to him for our lack of purchases (I haven't done it though). We really haven't bought anything for him yet. I know ALOT of first babies get EVERYTHING brand new and shiny. It feels almost neglectful in a way to not be buying him the world but I REALLY want to be financially stable, debt free with a nice savings and able to be there for him. I'd much rather be his mom than his stuff provider.
I dream of being able to stay home with him (and his future siblings), do crafts with him, take him on outings, spend TIME with him. It seems you must choose between time and money. All I've ever wanted to be really is a mom. My dream is coming true BUT I can't be a full time mommy AND maintain the debt we've accumulated. My priorities are set and pretty shiny new things just don't fit into the plan. Baby step, baby step, baby step...