There Is Nothing Like Great Friends And Family

Our friends and family have come through in so many ways for us during my wife’s pregnancy. Here are just a few of the ways:

  • Both my mom and my wife’s mom threw us a baby shower
  • Aunts and uncles helped towards the baby showers
  • My sister-in-law helped with the baby shower, got some great gifts, and talks all the time about her excitement to be an aunt
  • A great friend of my wife’s who is gifted with photography took maternity pictures that turned out wonderful
  • Friends and family were very generous with gifts, advice, and support
  • My co-workers offer support and encouragement every day
  • My dad, and the rest of the grandparents-to-be, who is so happy to watch when thinking about his soon-to-be grandchild
  • My father-in-law spent an entire weekend at the house working with me to transform an office into a nursery
  • Even fellow bloggers and Money Beagle readers have offered support along the way, some who don’t even know it just by the fact that they’ve written some very helpful (and money-saving) posts
  • I’m sure there have been countless other occasions that aren’t coming to mind but have meant the world to us

Quite honestly, it’s been an amazing experience and we’re so happy for the support and the help we’ve gotten along the way. Just the little things such as people asking how we are or making sure everything is progressing means more to us than words can express.
We’re still waiting on Baby Beagle and there will be many things to learn (like the gender!), but one thing for sure is that Baby Beagle will be well loved and cared for by everyone that has been there for us. He/she isn’t even born yet, and the love and caring is well established.
To everybody that’s been there for us along this journey, all we can say is this:
Thank you so very much.

Any Time Now!

Baby Beagle is officially due tomorrow (Saturday). So far, there’s no indication that he/she is coming anytime soon.
My wife has always felt that she’s going to deliver late.
I actually lost this bet (or at least will in about three hours) because I had pegged today as the day I thought Baby Beagle would be born.
Unless my wife has an extremely quick labor period, I think we can safely rule that out!
I’ve always thought that Baby Beagle will be a boy (we chose not to find out), so I guess I’ll see if I can bat 1-for-2 here soon.
But how soon? That could be any time now!

Updates on Baby Beagle

Baby Beagle is less than two months away according to our doctor! Wow, how time has absolutely flown.

Scary and wonderful at the same time!

Anyways, some of the things we’ve done over the last few months:

  • Purchased our baby furniture – We ordered baby furniture from Buy Buy Baby, who also owns Bed, Bath & Beyond, so we were able to use 20% off coupons for all of our furniture. Added bonus: When the salesman put the order in on the computer, the prices were about 10% less than what they were labeled on the sale prices. Very pleasant surprise that saved us a little extra
  • Registered for showers – Both of our mom’s have generously offered to each throw us a shower, so we registered for all the stuff we thought we’d need, and then some!
  • Painted the nursery – We have a four bedroom house, so we had the luxury of each having an office. With the baby on the way, we knew it was time to combine offices. So, we had to move all of our stuff together, which also made us clean out and throw out a TON of stuff. That’s a good thing, and it’s amazing how much stuff you gather in just a year and a half (which is how long we’ve lived in our house). After that was done, we re-painted the room (green on three walls and green and brown stripes on the fourth wall), added some closet shelving and also added a ceiling fan (all with the help of my father-in-law).
  • Lived financially as if my wife wasn’t working – Today was my wife’s last day, actually, but we’ve been getting our financial business in order well in advance. I’ve leveled a lot of our monthly expenses so that there aren’t as many peaks and valleys, and we’ve been cutting back my wife’s paychecks to where we automatically put the money somewhere other than our bank account, so that we’re prepared once the paychecks stopped. This has involved us changing a lot of spending habits, namely eating out, buying clothes, and entertainment. We’ve spent the last two months living basically as if my wife wasn’t bringing home an income, so now that she’s not going to be, it won’t be as daunting.
  • Gone through most of the childbirth classes – Our instructor runs a class that meets once a week for three weeks. We’ve completed two weeks and will wrap up next Monday. It’s been an ‘eye-opening’ experience especially since they show you videos and all. Yikes! But, it’s taught us a lot and we’re feeling much more prepared about a lot of things.

All in all, we’re getting ready, and even if we weren’t, it’s happening regardless!

So Far So Good With The Upcoming Addition To The Family

I haven’t given any updates on Mrs. Beagle and of course Baby Beagle, so I thought I’d give a quick update!

Things are looking great! All of the doctor visits have gone well. We’ve had a couple of ultrasounds to date and things have looked normal for everything. Mrs. Beagle is gaining the right amount of weight and getting the right size, according to the staff at the office.

The question everybody asks is ‘do we know what we’re having’.

The answer: Yes. A baby. Just one (confirmed that from the ultrasounds!)

But outside of that, no, we have elected not to be told the gender of the baby beforehand. My wife and I actually both agree on this, though it makes others crazy!

The way I look at it is this: These days there are very few surprises. Television and the Internet have made it so you can know just about anything at any time. For the most part, that’s great, but it often takes away the surprise of something that you didn’t see coming. Well, we both want that ’surprise’ and so we won’t know until the baby is born!

Big News In The Beagle Household

My wife and I have been sharing some big news with our family and friends, and now that the word is out, I wanted to share the news here:
My wife is expecting our first baby!!!!!!
We actually found out a few weeks ago, on our anniversary trip last month. We wanted to make sure to where it was far enough along and past our first doctor’s appointment before we spread the news. Our parents and grandmothers were extremely happy, and our family and friends are extremely happy for us as well. We are of course thrilled!!!!!
I’ll obviously be dedicating some posts on this as having a baby changes everything and turns everything upside down, including the world of personal finance.
Some of the things that I’d like to talk about are:

  • Whether or not my wife will work after having our baby
  • Budgeting for medical costs during pregnancy and after
  • Adjusting our budget and spending habits after the baby

I’m sure I’ll cover those plus many others!
My wife and I are extremely happy and excited. I know we have a lot going for us. My wife has a degree in Child Development and works in the field, so although I’m not familiar with very much about babies and have only a small idea of what to expect, I know that my wife will be a great teacher. From a personal finance perspective, we’ve been slowly preparing for this since we got married, knowing that this day would eventually come.
In other words, my wife and I have made a great team and I know that we will continue to do so as we approach and reach parenthood!
On a slightly sadder note, the circle of life made itself evident today, as an aunt passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. She lived out of state and had been in town for a few days to visit. She was preparing her bags for her return trip home this morning when she was stricken with what appears to be a stroke, and it was too much to overcome. She will be greatly missed by our family.
If postings are a little sporadic for the next few days, please be patient as there is a lot of things consuming time and thought. Prayers are always welcome!