Sunday, July 31, 2016

All I Do Are Quick Updates Anymore

This may be a lengthy update, but at least I have time to do one. It's not like I can sleep anymore. This is typical of this time of year. I have a lot on my mind and I'm thinking about all that I have to do before the school year starts (workshops, moving classrooms, setting up my classroom, etc.) and thinking about how few days I actually have left with Jordan this summer. :( We've had a GREAT summer though and a lot of people don't even get that with their kids, so I know that I shouldn't complain.

I know that last I had talked about it, we planned on transferring 2 or all 3 of our remaining embryos next month. There has been a change of plans. I got new insurance in January. Our district was WAY in debt, so they saved a TON of money by switching insurance companies. My new insurance company does not cover our clinic. The closest clinic that I can go to is 67 miles one way. The only way that we could make that happen is by waiting until next summer. There is no way I can drive that far before work for monitoring. I'd never get to work on time. Plus, it costs us $67 per month for our clinic to store the embryos. It also costs a fortune to transfer the embryos to another clinic. We plan on discarding them. It has honestly been one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make. We are just tired of being in debt and we so desperately want out of our house and into something better in a better neighborhood with a better school district. Our plan is to be out by the time Jordan is ready for kindergarten. We (or I) had a 5 year plan with this house. It was intended to be our starter house and we are going on 10 years here next month. I've always been a shopaholic (which I've gotten better about...except at the beginning of the school year when I need things for my room). We've also dealt with my husband being in the union for 5 (or so) years and being laid off between jobs. I was also not working while student teaching and then had a crappy paying teacher's aide position (part time and then full time for 2 years). Then, I was on maternity leave and didn't have enough time saved up, so I lost a lot of pay. This past year has been the best (financially) that we've been doing since we got married and it feels good. It feels good to actually have something in the savings account and pay bills on time. We aren't willing to get further into debt anymore. With that being said, it is on God's hands whether we have another child. We have the best little boy and are so blessed. I honestly don't care one way or the other. I have always wanted a little girl, but then I think about how much money I would spend on bows, dresses, shows, etc. That would be bad. Very bad.

Something else going on in my life...I applied to grad school. If accepted (which I don't know why I wouldn't be), I will be starting with a cohort on September 12th (all online) for my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am both nervous and excited. Teaching alone is like a full and part time job during the school year. I hope I can allocate my time better for my school and home life.

Jordan is still not walking. He really has no interest. He cruises around furniture, but will not stand on his own or walk on his own. We've seen about 4 steps out of him at a time, but he just doesn't seem to have the confidence to do it. Honestly, this kid crawls so quickly and gets around so easily, he probably doesn't see the need to walk. Plus, he probably thinks it's alright because his doggie siblings are on all fours. The doctor recommended that we have him see a physical therapist. I called the Early Learning Intervention site for our area and should get a call back this week to set up a time to get him assessed.

As for fun family stuff, we went up to northern Wisconsin earlier this month for the weekend to celebrate Mike's family's 50th year staying at the YMCA family camp up there. We had a nice time. The weather wasn't perfect and Jordan ended up with a 103.3 degree temperature while up there, but we enjoyed the time when he wasn't miserable (luckily that day had the worst weather). Here is a picture of my hubby and Jordan "fake fishing." It will be framed and on my desk this school year. <3

We are so excited that this Friday we are going on an overnight adventure to an indoor water park. We can check-in at 4pm on Friday, swim all night, then wake up the next day and have access to the park all day. Our plan is to stay until about 5pm. We had purchased this getaway as part of Jordan's 1st birthday present. We were hoping that we would be walking by now, but obviously that hasn't happened. We also picked this weekend because Saturday marks 13 years since we shared our first kiss and officially became a couple, 10 years since we purchased our 1st home, and 2 years since we found out that we were pregnant with Jordan. It is a very special date for us.