Friday, October 30, 2009
After the TWO HOUR AND 15 MIN. appt we decided to go to my fav. Mexican place in the "big city" (Laura Jane I kinda felt like I was cheating on you!?!? :) and SIL J asked me very nicely to please eat some salsa for her... um... OK. TWIST MY ARM WHY DON'TCHA? So here is the proof SIL J... I'll sacrafice for my family like this ANYTIME :)
AND because I'm PG and because it is true that I often think about food for much of the day :) on Wednesday J.T. brought some OBNOXIOUSLY large grapes to hypno-birthing... I honestly thought they were worth blogging about... seriously... The Dude thought they were slices of apples in the ziplock bag... We are pretty convinced they were grown by a nuclear power plant but we all ate them anyway :)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The CountryRents *might* be a LITTLE obsessed with both MINNIE AND Jeep stuff :) lucky Husband and I :) :)
P.S. 2 ~ I will confess that I'm going to make Sky push Minnie so I *may* have an unfair advantage in SPEED :) hope Minnie learns early to HOLD ON!!!! :)
Monday, October 26, 2009
We are BLESSED beyond BLESSED... :)
*SPECIAL THANKS TO MAMA H for taking most of the pictures just so I could BLOG about my OWN shower :)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Net weight gain/loss: up 33 lbs at my appt yesterday ~ Monday I should find out how much of that they think is Minnie
Stretch marks: ah... yes... I made it to 34 weeks and now I have two on either side of my belly button....NUTS.
Baby movement: Oh I can tell you where her behind is and the foot she is using for leverage to move around is in the picture below...:)
Food cravings: anything Pumpkin (except pie...) loving the pumpkin muffins right now
Food aversions: I ate a cheeseburger from McDonalds... I think EVERYTHING has come back now... WHOOHOO... :)
Looking forward to: SLEEPING IN tomorrow
Best moment this week: Finding out that Husband has to "practice" massage for our birthing class... yes please :) my back is killing me :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Country Mouse barely awake sipping the coffee sweet precious Husband left on her nightstand before he got into the shower...
Husband... out of the shower, opens the bathroom door says Good Morning and then...
Husband: How much wood did you get done?
Country Mouse: (need I remind you..."barely awake") huh?
Husband: How much WOOD did you get done?
Country Mouse: (coffee must be hitting the brain) uh oh... was I snoring AGAIN?
Husband: (snicker snicker laugh laugh) I was downstairs watching SportsCenter and I could hear you all the way up here. AND you were laying ON YOUR SIDE!?!?!?
Country Mouse: ack....sorry... :(
Seriously... it just keeps getting better :)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I emailed our HR dept on 9/22... yes... a MONTH AGO about getting my ducks in a row for maternity leave... last year at MANDATORY benefits meetings they told us they were doing away with the "maternity benefit" where salaried employees were getting full pay for 12 weeks and hourly were getting 6-8 weeks depending on their delivery because we were getting a BRAND NEW STD POLICY that we'd never had before... this is what the STD policy says in our Personnel Manual:
SHORT TERM DISABILITY
Employee Eligibility:Any regular employee who works 30 or more hours per week.
- 15 calendar days
- Must use any available accrued time (sick, then vacation) during the elimination period.
- Company paid benefit of 60% of salary up to a maximum benefit of $1500/week
- Option for employee to “buy up” to 70% for a maximum benefit of $2000/week
- 11 week maximum benefit period
- If the employee’s inability to work continues beyond 90 calendar days then they would immediately transition to Long Term Disability and benefits would continue.
Once the Short Term Disability benefits stops, if the employee is still Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligible then they will have the optional use of any accrued vacation time, but not sick time during the remaining period.
So THIS is what I was going on as far as my maternity benefits... well... they FINALLY got back to me YESTERDAY.... 2 DAYS SHORT OF A MONTH to let me know that no... the STD policy for MATERNITY leave is the 2 week elimination period (where I use my banked sick time) and then either 4 weeks for a vag. delivery or 6 weeks for a c-section at 70% of my pay (I bought up when we started going through the IF treatments) uh... a total of 8 weeks if I have MAJOR SURGERY and only TWO of those will be at FULL PAY?
WHAT!?!?!? WHAT ABOUT THE 11 WEEK MAX BENEFIT!???! Oh... she said that the Insurance CO decides when they will pay the max time frame but it isn't for maternity...
oh.you.have.got.to.be.KIDDING.ME!?!?!?! so if I break my FOOT you'll let me be out for 11 weeks at 70% pay but if I BIRTH ANOTHER HUMAN BEING I GET A MONTH!?!?!
WHY is EVERYTHING a fight. Why is EVERYTHING over in that dept a situation where I have to get mean and nasty and WHY at an employer like mine where 90% of the employees are FEMALE do you NOT have an actual MATERNITY POLICY in the Personnel MANUAL!?!?
Honestly, I don't want this to turn into any sort of debate... we are ALL dealing with Insurance "issues" across this country right now (don't GET me started on Mr. You Know Who's Plan to rule the universe starting with telling me what kind of healthcare I can have) but it is EXHAUSTING to fight these battles for what is RIGHT.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Current Book: still haven't made it past Chapter 4 of Crazy Love, read 1/2 of Healthy Sleep Happy Child, and a stack of other baby/PG books that are on my nightstand and in the bathroom and will be starting Baby Wise as soon as I can find a few minutes to spare...
Current Film: Really REALLY wanting a date night IN to watch this snuggled up on the couch with Husband
Current Colors: Current Favorite Links: BRU and Target
Current Drink: Current Food: I wish (click here)
I'd settle for this though...
or anything PUMPKIN
Current wish list: Puh-LEEEZZEEEE
ok... what about this? :) 5-6 more weeks... and Laura Jane is showing up at the hospital with it... :) CAN'T WAIT!!!
There was also to be ANOTHER b-day party on Sunday afternoon but some other children whom shall remain NAMELESS brought the YIFFS home from their vacation in FL so it was a little family dinner for SIL L and we WILL make it up to you Bri Bri and you WILL get b-day prezzies... don't you worry :) I just hope the present doesn't come in the form of what your brother and sister had... BLECK. :)
Monday, October 19, 2009
I SURE do love my BFF :)
Thanks for coming to "meet" Minnie, Laura Jane and always getting me to branch out and try new things... I'll work on the "nice" for yah... tee hee hee