Friday Free-For-All – 02/22/19

Friday Free-For-All

Our electric bill was $0 this month. How can this be, you ask? Well, we get our electricity through a co-op. Last year when we joined, we paid a buy-in fee. I’d completely forgotten that after our first year of membership, the buy-in amount is applied back to our account. We actually currently have a small credit on our account, which is cool. Yes, technically, we already paid, but it’s nice to have a little extra cushion in this month’s budget.

Ben is on break next week. Yaaaaay! We’re both feeling pretty overtired and stressed out, so it will be nice to have some family time. While we had hoped to take a little trip, we don’t have the money to do it. We’re aiming for maybe take a little day trip instead, and also work on projects around the house. Oh, and LOTS of naps and Vera snuggles.

Car troubles continue. We got a new tired for the Civic at a great price, thanks to a good relationship with our auto mechanic. He got a used wheel (with an extra TPMS sensor!), and a new tire at cost, and the labor to get it on the car was a whopping $13. But then the day after we got the Civic back, it appears the starter motor has given up the ghost. So we are still operating with only one baby-friendly car. When it rains, it pours, right?

I think Vera is about to cut her first tooth! We’ve been waiting for a while, and although she’s been drooling and chewing on her hands for months, I think I’m just now finally seeing a little white rectangle about to bust through on the bottom right. So exciting!

How many cars does your family have? Have you had any car trouble lately?

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Friday Free-For-All – 09/21/18

Friday Free-For-All

The truck is once again in the shop. The brakes were shot, so Ben and his dad started the job, only to find out that the parts they bought were wrong. It’s been over a week now that the truck has been out of commission, so we’ve been borrowing a car from my in-laws when possible. I’m carless today, which is proving to be challenging because…

Vera is going through a three-month growth spurt and I am in ROUGH shape. She’s been super cranky while she’s awake, eating every 1.5 hours, and waking a lot more often during the night. My typically calm, easy-going baby is basically just screaming the entire time she’s awake. I’m just trying to remember that this is temporary, and will pass. But damn am I tired. And being trapped in the house is making it harder to deal.

Thank goodness for the automated Rock ‘n’ Play my Aunt Beth gifted us. It has a vibrate mode that seems to mimic the motion of a carseat, which helps Vera fall asleep and stay asleep longer. She’s been taking at least one big long nap during the day after being so fussy at night. I’m planning to move it into our bedroom tonight and see if it will help us all sleep better.

Any tips for dealing with a sad, fussy baby?