Friday Free-For-All – 02/23/18

Friday Free-For-All

I’m slowly but surely getting caught up around here! I’ve been super busy with projects around the house, AND we don’t have internet set up yet, so the only time I have to blog is breaks at work. But after this week’s flurry of trip recap posts, I’m nearly back to where I want to be. I’m hoping to get caught up on pregnancy posts next week so that I can maybe start doing a weekly update the following week. No promises, though. Not having internet at home is rough.

We scheduled our first mortgage payment this week. Eep! Talk about feeling like an adult. We’re planning to overpay our mortgage as much as possible through the coming years with the goal of ultimately owning our house and removing our mortgage payment from our budget early. Based on some rough calculations we did, we will hopefully end up paying off our mortgage 10 years earlier and save ourselves tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments in the process. Woo!

I went to prenatal yoga for the second week in a row! I’m so proud of myself for committing to exercise, and I really, really love prenatal yoga. It’s so relaxing and lovely. Here’s to making it a weekly habit for the rest of my pregnancy. I’m glad yoga is going so well, because…

I went for a walk on Wednesday and it didn’t go well. It was 65 degrees and sunny, so I couldn’t wait to get outside on my lunch break. Unfortunately, within 5 minutes, my round ligament started to hurt. A lot. It just felt really tight and uncomfortable. I stuck it out for a slow 30 minutes, but then when I got back to my office, I suddenly felt so lightheaded that I almost passed out in the elevator! I knew lightheadedness is a common pregnancy symptom, but it was really sudden and scary. I called the nurses at my midwife practice just in case, and fortunately (unfortunately?) this is all “normal” for the second trimester. The advice was to drink MORE water (I already consume at least 64 oz per day), eat plenty of healthy food (which I do), and that symptoms can vary from day to day. I’m really hoping that this ligament pain doesn’t continue, because walking and yoga are pretty much the only exercises I have been feeling comfortable with lately.

Pregnant women/mamas out there–any suggestions for relieving/avoiding round ligament pain?

 

 

Friday Free-For-All – 08/18/17

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It’s Ben’s birthday! He turns 29 today. We don’t have any specific plans for after work tonight, but we are having a party tomorrow, which should be a blast 🙂

This week was my office’s “volunteer week.” We did a bunch of great activities outside the office, like helping to refurbish a tree house, and helping out at a youth center’s summer carnival. I’m proud to work for a company that really takes community involvement seriously, and I’m grateful I had some opportunities to be outside on beautiful summer days.

We met with a mortgage broker on Wednesday. Frankly, it was scary and kind of discouraging. We’re able to borrow quite a bit more than we need or want to, which is great. But based on our current amount of available cash for down payment etc, our monthly mortgage payment when buying a house in our target price range (including property taxes, home owner’s insurance, PMI etc) would be a LOT higher than we had thought it might be, and definitely NOT doable if I’m going quit my job when we have kids. This means that we need to seriously lower our target price range, which seriously limits our options. Thankfully, we are in a situation where we can be patient and wait for the perfect opportunity, but it’s still pretty discouraging. I had initially hoped for us to be in our own place by the end of the year, but I’m no longer so confident in that timeline.

Happy Friday!