From the monthly archives:

August 2010

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99 days to go (give or take a few)

by Karen on August 31, 2010

My estimated due date is fewer than 100 days away. It’s unlikely that I’ll deliver on my due date — most women don’t. It’s also highly possible that I’ll deliver after my due date — most women do for their first baby. But this still feels like a milestone, and these days, I’ll take what […]

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I’m not knocking luxury

by Karen on August 25, 2010

So. Hmm. That last post was a little misunderstood, I think. Let me clarify. I’m not saying I don’t indulge in life’s luxuries. My husband and I didn’t choose to live frugally so we could sit in an empty room counting all of the money we’ve saved. We chose to life frugally, count every penny, […]

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Luxury vs. necessity: Are Americans confused?

by Karen on August 23, 2010

Over the weekend, I found this interesting study from Pew Research on a blog I read. Survey respondents were asked to rate how necessary different household devices are to their lives and whether or not they consider them to be luxuries. Respondents answered the question “Do you pretty much think of this as a necessity […]

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More insurance company fun! /sarcasm

by Karen on August 20, 2010

Oh, health insurance. Why must you make everything so complicated? By the time I got pregnant, I thought I was pretty prepared for everything. As it turns out, I was not only unprepared for the emotional and physical stress of pregnancy, but there are many logistical issues that I never considered. Last year, I found […]

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Planning ahead for our baby’s education

by Karen on August 18, 2010

Tony and I have always agreed that a college education is something we want for our children — and it’s something that we want to help them obtain. I know this is a controversial subject, so let me begin by saying I’m not up for debating it. It’s a priority for us, and that’s that. […]

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In which it metaphorically hits the fan

by Karen on August 11, 2010

Remember a couple weeks ago when I wrote about my bad vet experience? I decided the best way to handle it was to share my experiences on an online reviews forum, find a new vet, and move on. And that’s what I did. Except that appears to be only the beginning. This morning, Tony let […]

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Thanks to the reviews in Baby Bargains (affiliate link), extensive research, and a visit to some baby stores to test them out, we’ve narrowed down our choices for infant car seats to two options. We opted to choose an infant car seat instead of a rear-facing convertible that will last longer because we’d like to […]

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Happy place

by Karen on August 6, 2010

Thank you so much for your encouragement yesterday. Sometimes I just need a reminder of how worthwhile all of the obstacles will be. I’ll be spending the rest of the weekend dreaming of cool, clean autumn air, and reminding myself that this year I’ll finally get to experience the Indiana fall I’ve missed so much […]

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I think it’s safe to blame the hormones

by Karen on August 5, 2010

Vivid dreams are a side effect of pregnancy for which I wasn’t prepared. Most of the time, they’re wacky (like the other night when I dreamed that Michael Phelps towed my sinking cruise ship to shore, rescuing everyone on board). But last night, it was bittersweet. In the dream, it was fall. Crisp, cool air […]

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