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Halfway through October

October 16th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Well so far I've managed to achieve one of my goals for this month: tell friends about baby. I told my close friends and work colleagues on the same day. That night I updated my FB status to let everyone else know. The news went down well.

My mum has been desperate to buy baby things since I told her the news. Well, this week I gave her the go ahead. She's going to go the shopping centre this week and pick up a few things. I wrote her a small list of essential items that she can pick up if she wants to - scratch mitts, sleepsuits, muslin squares. She is desperate to buy some bigger items too, but I'm trying to get her to shop around and compare prices first.

A colleague of mine has offered me a few items that she no longer needs for her grandson.

I took some time yesterday to price cots and prams online. I didn't realise how expensive they are. We'll be saving up some money first before we buy anything.

Husband will FINALLY be clear of his debt to MIL when we get on Friday. Woohoo!! Next month the money he would have given her will either be divided between savings and credit cards, or will all be put into savings. We need to decide exactly what we're doing.

I looked into my maternity leave at work. I'm entitled to one year off. For the first six weeks I will get 90% of my average earnings. Statutory Maternity Pay for weeks 7-39. The last 12 weeks are unpaid. I think I will take nine months off, as I doubt we could afford three months of me not having any pay.

In other news, I haven't used either one of my credit cards Smile

2 Responses to “Halfway through October”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    You might be able to find a good used cot and a good used pram somewhere. Put out the information that you are looking amongst all your family and friends. It is surprising what people have in their attics (though do make sure any cribs (cots) meet the modern safety standards of the slats not being more than four inches apart). I'm not sure if you have garage sales there, but we sold our old crib (cot) for $50 and it was $200 new. You might be able to find something like that. Our stroller (pram) was a shower gift from my mother. It was convertible so that when the baby was little it laid down, but as the child got bigger you could have it sitting up. I definitely recommend a convertible one if you can afford it.

  2. Jerry Says:

    Yes, cots and prams are quite spendy... we have a used one that works very nicely. I think it is great that Scotland has such an extensive maternity leave program, that really has to lead to some relief for expectant parents. When our first daughter was born my wife had to use her vacation days to get 4 weeks off, and the baby came late so she didn't even have the insurance of getting that time with the baby. It was pretty rough.

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