Well, Andrew’s midterm week is officially over, and his grades are in. Overall, he did wonderfully and I am very proud of him. We seem to have one problem class this quarter, but Andrew is confident that with some extra work during the next few weeks he can pull his grade up.
Even though Andrew’s schedule should return to normal this week, my schedule will be new! I start my new job today, and I’m really nervous. We will solidify my hours today, but as far as I know, I will be working between 25 and 30 hours per week. This will be the first time in over a year that I’ve worked away from home, and it’s a far scarier prospect than I imagined it would be. But this opportunity is such a God-thing that I have to believe it’s the right thing for this season of our lives.
I’m not sure what will happen after the baby is born, although the doctor I’m working for seems willing to let me bring Baby with me. For now, I am just focusing on getting through the first day at a new job!
We did not develop a meal plan for this week, and I did not do a lot of food prep over the weekend. We have plenty of food left from last week, because Andrew’s schedule was even more hectic than I thought it would be and he was home even less than I thought he would be. As a result, a lot of the food I bought and prepped last week went uneaten. I don’t want to make that same mistake this week. And since my schedule is up in the air, I figured it might be safest not to plan too much, and not to cook a lot in advance. Our plan for this week is to take it day by day, meal by meal! (:
We did something a little crazy over the weekend and BOUGHT A PUPPY! It’s something we’ve been talking about for a couple of months now. When we decided to transfer two embryos, we said that if we ended up finding out we were pregnant with twins, we would nix the dog idea; if we found out we were not pregnant at all, or if we found out we were pregnant with one baby, we would consider it.
So when we found out that we were pregnant with ONE BABY, I started to keep an eye out for the perfect pup. You may be wondering what our reasoning is behind getting another dog. I am starting a new job, we are getting ready for a baby… why would we want one more responsibility?
Funny you should ask, because I just so happen to have a “pros and cons” list handy!
- Marlow would have a playmate (this was our main motivation.)
- Marlow would stop driving Lady nuts.
- Marlow would not be lonely when I am at work and when Andrew is at school.
- Marlow would have a doggie distraction when Baby comes, instead of wanting us to play or cuddle with her 24/7.
- Marlow would have someone to sleep with at night (she sleeps on her own bed but often tries to get in bed with us.)
- The whole, “Marlow would stop driving Lady nuts” thing might backfire, and BOTH bigger dogs might drive her bonkers.
- Three dogs and a baby might be tricky when it comes to traveling (even though one dog is full grown and less than three pounds.)
- My parents would probably think we’ve lost our minds (although they probably think that already!)
- Even though we use a very affordable vet, we would still need to consider the initial cost (shots, de-worming, getting her fixed.)
Then we had to consider dog size. We decided on a smaller dog, because:
- Marlow is scared of big dogs. I think she thinks she is Lady’s size (3 pounds).
- When traveling, smaller is easier.
- Smaller dogs eat less food than bigger dogs, so less money is spent on dog food!
- New Puppy, Lady, Marlow, and Baby could all fit in our bed. Not for the entire night of course… just while we are reading before bed, or cuddling in the mornings.
- I found a puppy online and fell in love with her the moment I laid eyes on her. At that point, all other reasoning and lists went out the window!