As many of you know, my wife is expecting our third child. We have been very busy, getting ready for our new arrival. I created a new budget, in preparation for the birth. We also did a little shopping, so that we could furnish the new nursery. The baby is due to be born in the next two weeks, but both of our other kids were born two weeks early, so, she could be born any day now!
Here’s what we are doing to get ready –
The minivan has a full tank of gas and I recently had its oil changed. My car also has a full tank of gas, just in case we need to drive it. The car-seat base has been installed, and the carrier is sitting in the nursery, ready to be clicked into place. Tomorrow, I’ll vacuum both automobiles, check all fluids, and put the carrier into the base.
I spent a few minutes today, sorting through all of our bills. I entered payments for all of them and I won’t have to worry about making any payments until mid-May. I can spend the next month taking care of my wife, my kids, and the new baby.
I transferred a decent amount from my savings account to my checking account. Tomorrow, I’ll go to the bank and withdraw enough cash to handle meals, groceries, and miscellaneous expenses for the next three weeks. I like to have extra cash on hand, just in case I need it. I have already written a check for the cost of the birth. The check is in my wallet. When we arrive at the hospital for the delivery, I’ll sign the check and hand it to admissions clerk.
Family and Friends –
We live an hour away from the hospital. Both sets of grandparents live less than three hours away. We have a list of people to call, once we are sure that the baby is on the way. We also have a network of friends who have volunteered to watch our other kids, while we are at the hospital. My wife has created a list of medications that our kids are taking and foods that they like, and she has posted it in our kitchen. We also have a list of emergency numbers, posted near the telephone.
Tomorrow, we’ll pack our traveling bags. We’ll pack changes of clothing and various odds and ends. I’m charging the batteries for our camcorder and my wife’s digital camera. My wife has a little bag packed for the baby – with a few diapers, some formula, a couple of pacifiers, and other baby items. If I can remember, I’ll take my laptop with me.
I can’t wait for our little girl to arrive. My son is so excited about becoming a big brother. My daughter, who is the oldest, is ready to be Mommy’s little helper. Kids rock! I can’t believe she’s almost here. When we had our first two, I was filled with anxiety, worried about debt and being able to provide for them. Now, I’m debt free and I am doing a better job of managing our finances. I’ll be able to relax, take a few days off from work, and really, really enjoy being a ‘new Dad’.
Once the baby arrives, I’ll run a few guest posts – from some of my favorite personal finance bloggers. I know you will enjoy their work – and I’ll enjoy spending a few days with my family.