Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It's a sacrifice working day to day

"but it's worth it all
just to hear them say that they care
she works hard for the money
so hard for the money"

Nic gave me this beautiful award! My first!! Thanks so much honey. Unfortunately you've already tagged Shar, and I don't really think anyone else reads my blog so I can't pass it on.

I've been seriously neglecting this as of late due to work. It's been hectic to the extreme and there were so many days I just wanted to throw my hands up and give up and quit. Seriously, if I could I would. They say ignorance is bliss. In this case,  it definitely is. I would be ok working my butt off at my job if I had the knowledge that people who get paid more than me in higher positions are fulfilling their positions and earning their dollars as well. This is definitely not the case. I've hit a brick wall with frustration and I so badly want a job closer to home but the huge drawback to that is the significant cut in pay which sucks.

Anywho, my baby is growing up so fast! Chris is in a new job and loves it so far. Last weekend it was 66 (OMG!!) degrees outside and we went to Stone Mountain to get outside then to the mountains to visit with some family.

I just got a new book called "Bitches on a Budget" and I'm so excited about it. I'm all about finding great fashion at a great price. I recently got this great outfit at dots for $35. Included in this outfit was: a dress, long cardigan, and matching earrings and a necklace. a.m.a.z.i.n.g. for $35 if you ask me! They have so many other looks and I just might have to redo my wardrobe and start accessorizing more. Oh and Nic, they have one in Dayton, since you're the Fashionista, I demand you check it out stat! They have a cool interactive closet that lets you put looks together that I could spend hours on. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

5 am comes really early

But really how can I complain when this greets me as I stumble weary eyed out of my bed.


Fist pump for Mama!

Insurance companies: 0

Mama: 1

Honestly, when I found out about this I was literally doing a cabbage patch-esque white girl dance in front of my desk silently as I was still hearing the news from Derek's nurse. Apparently Derek has MSPI, aka Milk Soy Protein Intolerance. We tried him on all kinds of milk-based formulas and he was still spitting up half of what he was eating. After talking to the pedi, she recommend Similac Alimentum which is hypoallergenic and hella expensive. However, before trying that we decided to try soy based formula to make sure that he didn't do better with that than the milk-based formula. Ha! Instead of spitting up half of what he ate, he was spitting up the majority of what he ate. Exorcist style. While smiling the.whole.time.

Yeah, you know you're jealous of having spit up projected onto your face by an adorable smiling wee one. Admit it.

Thus, we moved onto the hypoallergenic formula. Ready to feed works wonders, powder = big.fat.fail. I tried calling the insurance company to see if by chance they covered the formula. The lady laughed at me and said formula would never be covered by insurance. I was so pissed that she'd laugh at a new mom like that who was more than willing to pay for formula, prepared even, however since this formula is 3-4 times more expensive than the regular kind I was just checking. Off to the pedi we go with Derek for a weight check and ask her if he might have an intolerance, and we mention we'd researched that some babies that need the hypoallergenic formula have MSPI. She said, well that makes sense and talked to her nurse. She proceeded to write us a prescription for the Alimentum and said she'd talk to the referral specialist who would talk to our insurance.

And then the miracle happened.

I received the call from the nurse that the specialist had talked to the insurance company and that the Alimentum was approved for a 30 day supply every month until 2011.

So who's laughing now insurance lady who said no formula was covered?!?! Yeah that'd be me. Loudly in hysterics. This will save us $250/month which equates to $3k a year. He won't be on it a year, but seriously yo. I'm fist pumping the air in excitement as that's a boatload of savings!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

It's my prerogative, so I'm changing my mind

In a previous entry I said I was really excited about going to see Dear John, the movie based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. However, after re-reading the novel last week, I'm not so sure. I won't ruin it for anyone who isn't planning on reading the book and wants to see the movie, but I just wasn't happy with the ending. I'm a hopeless romantic and it just didn't sit right with me. *humph* I sat pouting for a while afterward because I hadn't remembered it ending like that.

It's going to be a rough McFatty Monday week this week. Chris starts his new job today and with both of in a typical routine, it's going to be a big transition of us trying to jumble getting home, cooking dinner and eating, feeding and playing with Derek, trying to relax for a bit, and finding time to work out. I do plan to do it though. We have planned a huge extended family vacay trip to an indoor waterpark March 19th. Therefore, in T-minus 39 days (AHHH) I'll be donning a swimsuit again. This time I don't have the excuse of just birthing a bowling ball, er baby, either like last time we went. Mother fletcher. We're going to try to work out together since both of us managed to add a little weight with our lovely addition.

In other news, I'm honestly not sure whether Derek is going to crawl. The pedi said that some babies don't crawl and just walk. He is quite content to just drag himself around without pushing up on his arms. He does a sort of combination of drag/army crawl. I wouldn't be surprised if he was cruising (standing and pulling himself around) soon though because he wants to hold himself up on the couch/bed. My baby is growing up too fast!!