Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Wonderment and lotteries

The closer we get to "babytime", the more I wonder how we are ever going to cope. Yesterday Sue went to the work baby care centre. They want around £1100 / month to look after newborn babies. So, that's not an option.

Apart from that, we've got to figure out all manner of other costings for baby. How we are going to travel to Oz or Canada, when there's three of us to pay for; how all our stuff is going to fit in a pokey flat with even more stuff to buy for baby.

I know people the world over, and in worse economic circumstances than us have babies every day and every year. I just want it to be as perfect or at least as good as it can be.

The mind boggles. I guess that's why I've been buying lottery tickets like an impoverished idiot lately. If I can't get promotions and better pay to get us out of the problem zone, maybe the money of hard-working people can sort me out.

Oh what am I doing?

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Clothing score

Went shopping today for various bits and pieces and came across quite the score.

Sue's been talking to her mates in Australia and there's a shop called Pumpkin Patch that does kids clothes and a range of maternity clothes. So, we went shopping to Croydon, ostensibly so Sue could check out the Pumpkin Patch outlet at the Whitgift Centre, one of three shops in the UK (most of them are in Australia and New Zealand).

They had their "Big Patch Sale" on which meant Sue managed to get about £80 worth of clothing for around £30.

Of course, I just can't help thinking that maternity clothes shouldn't be bought, they should be rented. You need them, at most, for around six months and sometimes even less. Still, with sales on, it makes the financial sting a little easier to handle.

Friday, 7 September 2007

The second hospital appointment

We're almost becoming dab hands at this hospital thing now.

Had our first mid-wife appointment this morning. It was basically all paperwork. We were asked a load of questions about family history and personal history, then Sue gave a load of fluids for tests.

Thankfully our next meetings with mid-wives should be in Wallington, so we don't have to traipse all the way to St. Helier again.

With every meeting and every blood sample, the idea of becoming a parent is becoming more and more a reality.

Now we're going to have to address all the practical problems - like space in the flat, money issues, etc. THAT is something I'm not looking forward to.

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