Krystal, Hooray for your DH's interview! I will keep my fingers crossed for you! I know how insanely hard it is to keep putting applications and resumes out there and hearing nothing back and finally get one bite.
Cheryl, I am so sorry your little one fell and got hurt. The good thing is that mouth and lip injuries tend to heal very quickly. Just keep it clean, and he should be good. I was once told by a doctor that most mouth injuries heal much faster than other areas on your body, so he should be fine. I will be crossing my fingers for your DH as well. It is just so nutty in the job market right now.
Satori, I so hear you on not being able to put enough attention into your classes. I have a paper that is due on Saturday by 9:30, and have been trying to work on it for weeks now. I finally have DS in bed at a decent hour, so after a little playing on MDC tonight, I am finally going to get a minute without him jumping on me or begging for the 101'st book of the night. It is so flipping hard to be a mama to little ones and in school. I hope you do well on your test!
ediesmom, That is so great about your gas bill! I have had to juggle bills and talk to companies and promise to pay things that I knew I couldn't afford to pay in order to keep utilities on before. It is not fun, but it does happen. That is so great that yours worked out and your gas will stay on. Heat is a good thing.
So, a little update on me: DS's preschool is still driving me up a freaking wall. I really, truly dislike that place. It literally makes me ill every single time I drop him off. I know that he is safe, and happy, but the lack of communication and lack of repect for parents there just makes me want to yank him out and stay home with him. I can't do that though, so I keep dropping him off and praying that another school has an opening.
I think I have a solution to his pick-ups in the afternoon. It is still not very affordable for me, but it is a very good friend who desperately needs the $30 a week that I was going to be paying my neighbor. She is going to do it for me, and also is going to be able to talk to the teachers every day, collect all of his things, and come and get me at work so I don't have to walk through the snow all winter to my car. She is also letting me park for free in her parking lot, so that is a little cheaper than parking in a parking garage or at a meter all winter too. I am going to figure out a way to make it work. I am just happy to know that he will have consistency, will still be rear facing (he is not now in my neighbor's car), and that I can call her on my cell and have a conversation with her if I need to. Still not ideal, but it is getting closer.
So, I was able to pick up an extra shift this coming Friday! A co-worker was calling around for a sub while we were working today, and I asked him if I could just come in early and work for him, and he said, "Oh! I didn't think of that!" So, I get an extra 3.5 hours! Yippee! DS won't be happy to be in childcare for that long, but I need so desperately to make the extra money. I also am picking up an extra shift at my church in their nursery (I am paid staff there). That job pays quite a bit more, so I am always happy to work extra hours for them. Plus it is easy, and DS can come with me, so he isn't having more time in care without me.
All in all, we are doing pretty well. I am finally on a very strict budget, and was so happy when I opened my electric bill today, and it was $5 cheaper than I had budgeted.
I not only had it in the budget, but I already have the cash in hand, and it is cheaper. I can just go down and pay it with no stress! Wah Hoo!
To all of the mamas who are applying to be in the Holiday Helper Program, I hope you are all as blessed as I was last year. I was in shock ever time a new box came for me and for DS. I am going to find a way to help at least one family this year, no matter what it takes. I can't wait to pay it forward!