Tuesday, April 30, 2013

one year ago.

One year ago, we transferred a beautiful day-6 expanded blastocyst. Today, Henry is 3 1/2 months old. And he is the light of my life.

Henry, then and now.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Henry's nursery

This post is incredibly overdue. All the way back in October, I posted the plan for Henry's nursery. And although I loved that storyboard, only one thing pictured in there is actually in Henry's nursery.

The one item that made it is the Henry shelf. And the nursery is not actually completely finished. I still need some wall art, and I'd like a lamp. But for the most part, it's in working order.

I was borderline obsessed with getting a gray crib. And when you Google it, the most popular gray crib is the Oeuf Sparrow crib. It's $760. Instead, I had found a gray crib from Walmart that I was set on purchasing.

But then... plans go awry. My aunt and uncle offered to give us my cousin's old nursery furniture. It was white, which wasn't my first choice for crib. But, it was free. And in AMAZING condition. This was some quality furniture! So, instead of purchasing furniture, we were given a crib, changing table/dresser, and an armoire.

The crib and changing table/dresser.

As for the glider.... that was a huge decision. I waffled back and forth if I would even need one, since we have a rocker recliner in the living room. In the end, I (finally) found an affordable gray one that I liked on Amazon. Without ever having sat in it, I ordered it. And I couldn't be happier!

Instead of the cute chevron crib sheet and crib skirt, my grandparents bought us a crib skirt and several sheets from Pottery Barn. I wouldn't have spent the money on them myself, but sure, I'll accept the gift! They also got us a crib blanket and rug (bye bye chevron rug idea)... and all of the sudden, our nursery theme went from only colors/patterns to elephants!

Curtains... ugh. Curtains were the most difficult thing to find. Back when I was planning the nursery, gray and yellow decor items were more difficult to find. So, I found a fabric I liked online, and we had curtains made. Of course now, Target has some lovely gray, yellow, white, and tan chevron curtains that would have been perfect (and much more affordable), but oh well. We had curtains, a pillow, and a changing pad cover made out of the elephant fabric.

And finally, we purchased a white cube shelf that was fairly inexpensive. I tracked down some yellow fabric bins for the cubes, and our bookshelf was complete!

Oh, and something not pictured... the mobile. I loved the elephant one from Etsy that is in the storyboard above, but we didn't want to spend quite that much. Instead, I got a paper circle mobile from Etsy for about half the cost. Here's a photo from the Etsy listing:

So imagine that hanging over the crib.

I am very pleased with how it turned out! Someday I really need to get some wall art up, though. You know, before Henry grows up and moves out!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dogged by infertility

Our health insurance premiums increased this year. No surprise there, right?

Well, they went up 12%. And in January, after Henry's arrival, I switched to the family plan. So thanks to the increase and my need for the family plan, I am now spending over $20,000 a year on health insurance.

Yes, you read that correctly. TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.

I also live in one of the poorest states in the country.

Something isn't adding up here.

I blogged a while back about how I was excited that my insurance covers IVF. Well, that's great and all, but I'm spending an arm and a leg for this fucking coverage. They better cover IVF!

So, I started looking in to individual insurance (versus group plans). I got an incredibly reasonable quote online from BCBS that would save us over $1,100 a month. And I applied.

Time was of the essence, as my open enrollment period is, well, this week. Ends on Friday.

I heard back today from BCBS. Buster and Henry were approved, but I was denied.



This plan I applied for doesn't even have fertility coverage! Why in the fuck would they deny me for infertility if they don't even cover the treatments I would need to help me get pregnant?

All of this is a crock of shit.

However, I think we are going to go ahead and move Buster and Henry on to their own plan, and keep me on my plan through work. We will save about $800 a month, which is awesome. But I'm still annoyed.
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