Well, so far so good.
I'm currently 14w2d pregnant. Heard little babe on the doppler last night. Things are good.
I feel great, honestly. No migraines recently, no vomiting. I seem to have some energy back (I think that's what staying up until 10 pm all of the sudden means. No more 8:30 bedtime for this girl!).
So, as the days pass, the more I think this might really be it. Yes, I know I'm not anywhere close to being out of the woods, but I am allowing myself to get excited. And to prepare. Which leads us to the point of this post...
There are a lot of things to stress about when it comes to having a baby (insert Captain Obvious joke here).
I'm fairly certain that I will only be able to take 6 weeks off from work when baby arrives. So, I'll be needing a daycare pretty quickly after giving birth. Apparently the waiting lists in my town are insane, so I've been calling around.
Looks like I'll be spending about 30% of my (just mine alone, Buster's not included) monthly take-home pay on a daycare. After googling, this seems normal. No less appalling, though.
Do I opt for the more affordable daycare that is across town, adding about 40 minutes to my daily commute (round trip)? Or do I choose the pricier one close to my work, so that I have the option to stop by on my lunch break to nurse or just give some kisses to my baby? And you see how I'm acting like I'm "in" already, right? Like I get to choose between the two? Well that's far from accurate. The waiting lists are so long, who knows if I'll get in ANYWHERE!
I've also been given the phone number of a lady who does in-home daycare, and she has come highly-recommended. The only problem is she won't return my calls. She is so popular that she apparently doesn't get back to everyone calling to inquire if she has any openings.
Buster and I had a big discussion this morning regarding credit card debt (about half of which is due to fertility treatments and travel-related expenses for said treatments). We need to get our cards paid down. We've stopped using our cards, but because of a busy summer (travel, weddings, etc), we have not made much progress.
Well, I want to be as debt-free as possible when the baby arrives. And by debt-free, I'm pretty much just meaning credit card debt, because there is no way we could pay off our auto loans or student loans by that time.
Paying off credit cards would free up money to spend on daycare. And that would be a huge help.
Buster insists on paying the highest interest rate cards first, as opposed to the snowball method. I personally like the snowball method, because I like to see fast results, but as long as we stick to one plan or another, I'll be happy.
I had other things on my stress list, but I just don't feel like delving into them at this time. Those two are certainly enough to deal with!
Is anyone else dealing with similar things? What is your gameplan?