So I have been trying to hide from the world lately. The past two months have just been killer. I feel like we keep getting hit with bad news or something bad just keeps coming up. It hasn’t stopped. I am hoping that with a new month comes a new outlook on life. I am no longer hoping for good or great days. I would just like a normal, stuck-in-a-rut kind of day.
Today our baby had her 18 month appointment. She had to get one shot and had to have blood drawn from both arms. Hubs was with her, and from what he has described, it was a horrible experience. I was almost in tears as he told me about having to hold her down and hold her arms straight as they drew blood. I don’t know if I could have handled it. I am so thankful that he has gone to her last few appointments. I am going to start taking time off work to go to them, so he is not on his own.
Most everything is going well with the little nugget. She is definitely little. 3rd percentile for weight, 7th percentile for height. The doctor did think she needed to be saying more words and talking more than she is now. I honestly am not concerned at all. She can say about 4 words (that we can understand), but she has so many other cognitive, logical, and reasoning skills, that I know she will develop her speech when she is ready. She can follow 1- and 2-step directions. She can do her alphabet puzzle. She can problem solve by mimicking someone else. She can match pairs of shoes. She can build with her mega-blocks. She loves books. I think she is working so hard on all her other skills, that her language will come when she is ready. It is not as though she is silent. She is rather loud at times, she just makes noise, babbles, and yells instead of trying to form words.
Aside from that, tomorrow I go back to the surgeon for my follow-up appointment. I hope all is well. I feel fine, and I am not terribly sore or sensitive where the incision sites are. I guess we will find out tomorrow if I am healing well.
Since I haven’t been keeping up with the blog, I have a few things to write about. The first will be my menu plan for this upcoming week. I rarely miss a menu plan Monday, but honestly, I didn’t have a menu yesterday. During my plan time at work, I got one written out, made a grocery list, and then went grocery shopping after work. It is a pretty simple plan:
Monday: Pasta Toss (We had everything at home to make this)
Tuesday: Chicken stir-fry
Wednesday: Baked Ravioli
Thursday: Philly Cheesesteaks
I plan to go back to the grocery store on Saturday, so I haven’t worked on my plan for the weekend. It is a pretty simple menu, which is what I need at this point in my life.
Next I have Saturday Cents, but it’s on Tuesday. Tuesday Cents just doesn’t sound as cool though.
First, this weekend I had Saturday to myself, so I decided to take my March Madness winnings and go shopping! I have needed some new clothes desperately, and I was happy to buy some new ones. I ended up only buying from a discount store and two consignment stores. I did go into a couple big box stores and a department store, but I was appalled at the prices. Here is the breakdown of everything I got and the prices that go with them (I paid only cash for all purchases):
Discount Store (Ross Dress for Less)
Skinny jeans: $9.99
Chevron shirt: $7.99
Striped dress: $9.99
Teal shirt: $7.99
Canvas shoes: $13.99
Consignment Store #1 (Ditto)
Gap white cami: $4.00
American Eagle jeans: $6.00
Bullhead jean capris: $16.00
Gap top: $8.00
Paper Denim & Cloth skinny jeans: $12.00
Noir Jeans: $6.00
American Eagle shirt: $0.00
Consignment Store #2 (Plato’s Closet)
Not too bad for the prices! A lot of new clothes for just over $130! I had $164, so I stayed well under-budget! Woo-hoo! Not too shabby!
Now for my grocery shopping run-down from today. No HUGE deals, but there were a few good ones. The big event they have right now is mix and match 4 specified items and save $4.00. (So a savings of $1.00 off each item bought.) You have to buy 4 in order for the savings to occur, though.
Total Budgeted: $180 (Some was rolled over from last week)
Total Spent: $149.58
Total Saved: $37.86
12 Pack Bounty Papertowels
Regular Price: $16.79
On sale: $13.99
Generic Brand Vitamins
Regular Price: $8.99
On sale: $6.74
Ghirardelli Chocolates (x2 bags)
Regular Price: $3.99 ($7.98)
On sale: 2/$6.00
Nutrigrain Bars (x2)
Regular Price: $3.89 ($7.78)
On sale: $2.99 ($5.98)
Mega-Event Savings: -$2.00
Store Brand Chicken Tenderloins
Regular Price: $9.74
On Sale: $6.95
Pampers Baby Wipes (x2)
Regular Price: $6.57 ($13.14)
On Sale: $5.99 ($11.98)
Mega-Event Savings: -$2.00
Stauffer’s Frozen Meals (x5)
Regular Price: $2.69 or $2.99 ($14.05)
On sale: 5/$10.00
Regular Price: $3.95
On Sale: $2.50
So, there ya have it! Nothing too major, but not too shabby saving almost $40.
I hope to be back tomorrow or Thursday with my May goals. They are going to look much different than my goals have looked in the past.
Have you found any great deals lately?