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Our Story: Both my wife and I are 27 years old and have gone through financial hell and back. Now we are on track to financial freedom, however we are not financial advisors or professionals, just everyday people. Share our journey from a negative networth and email us if you have questions or comments! :)


Friday, March 09, 2007

Happy Healthy Baby Girl!

We are so blessed to have a happy healthy baby girl gracing our presence. 8 pounds and 7 ounces of cuteness and love from head to toe. Not to mention the sleepless nights, daily bottle washing, eating meals with one hand, what day is it again?, "what time did she eat", 4 ounces or was it 3 ounces she ate, did her belly button fall off yet, why is she spitting up, whens the last time we changed her, does she have gas or is she irritable, miss fussy pants; these are the times we cherish the most. We work really really hard at making sure shes comfortable 24/7. My mother in law came and stayed 1 week, that was a the most beautiful week, despite the whole mother in law theory. Since we are both at home, it seems that the only time we get to ourselves is at night when we sleep. I have taken the night shift and she is sleeping from 10-6am, so when she wakes up I sleep til about 12noon to 1pm. We do take turns going to the grocery store and getting formula during the daytime. Being she is about 3 weeks old, shes adapted SOME sleep schedule to where she is about 3-4 hours between feedings. I've noticed only during the wee hours of the night, she has a tendency to be WIDE AWAKE. Sometimes its during the day too when we change her or talk to her about politics or tv or whats going on in her world, which isnt much now. Also I have to mention when she smiles or giggles in her sleep, its the most breath taking/ hilarious thing Ive ever seen. I dont know what shes dreaming about but it must be good.

Ok financially, we have held up our budget to a tee if not better. Now Ive allocated to have about $500 over each month for those unknown items. Since this is the first month of true make or break time for the budget, we are doing very well so far. I also didnt expect a couple paychecks from my work for the leave time and that in itself will be a nice cushion in the savings. We hit $10,000 on our emergency fund for savings which I dont know if that will be enough of a barrier for a one income family. I may want to bump it up to $15 for now before we start taking a look at saving for another vehicle because all we have right now is 2 compacts. Ive obviously not had enough time to update the networth sheets or the blog yet, but I'm sure when I get a free hand I will. (which is God knows when!)


Blogger Melissa R. Garrett said...

Woo-hoo!!!!! Congrats! Welcome, my friends, welcome . . .

3:49 PM  
Anonymous NCN said...

YAY! A NEW baby rocks! Congratulations... hope to hear from you soon. Try to get plenty of rest. (HEHEHE)
I've got a 7 year old and a 3 year old... and they are the best. Every day (literally) they do something that makes me say "WOW, what did I do to deserve these awesome blessings..."

10:10 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Congratulations and good luck!

7:36 AM  
Blogger James & Miel said...

Hey Guys,

Congratulations! All the best!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Amdollar said...

Thanks alot guys! Shes definately a blessing and may I add the cutest baby in the world! (im biased) :)

7:02 PM  

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