Good Times and Bad

Every family experiences tragedy some are more tragic than others. Recently my family experienced what for us is a pretty tragic event. Considering everything else we have been through in the past year this was the last thing we needed. My husband recently totaled our car. He was sent home from work early because he was sick and running a fever. Some one was tailgating him despite him going the speed limit. They then pulled up in front of him and cut him off slamming on their breaks. He swerved to avoid hitting them and rolled the car.

He swallowed a lot of glass the car was destroyed. He was lucky not to have any broken bones or major internal injuries. He was running a 102 degree fever when he arrived at the hospital. The infection was spread to other parts of his body thanks to the glass cutting up his insides. He missed a week and half of work and the insurance claims they can not cover the replacement of the vehicle or the rental of a vehicle because they do not haveĀ  a second vehicle to go off of.

We cannot afford a replacement vehicle. We were lucky and my husbands father had a vehicle to give us, but the vehicle is not safe for transporting our son, in addition I am not able to drive it as it is a stick shift and have poor reflexes. We created a go fund me account and are hoping the good of our friends will help us at achieving our goal of a new vehicle for myself and the baby. My husband has a means of getting to and from work, but we need a means of getting our son to Dr’s appointment and for me to get too and from my own errands.

We are asking anyone who can help to please do so even if its just $1. We are also asking those who can’t help to please share our plight with others.

https://www.gofundme.com/2tmca9pd

 

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Instacart

I recently mentioned in my 15 month baby post that I had begun a new job working for Instacart. Instacart is a grocery delivery site that shops and delivers groceries directly to your door. It offers an excellent opportunity to pick up extra cash if you are working with them, but also saves you a lot of time and energy if you use the delivery system.

You can use either the online website or the app. Its as simple as going to the website inputting your zip code and setting up your account. You can then select your preferred store and select the items you want. The list will be sent to a shopper who will pick up everything from the store and place it on a shelf, in a fridge, or in a freezer until a delivery driver can pick it up and deliver it to your door. Your first delivery is free, and if you use my promo code BGREGORY45152 you can get a $5 coupon off your first order.

If you are interested in working for Instacart you can use the same code as a means of helping with your hiring process. Payment is in the form of minimum wage, but you also receive “TIPS.”In the end you can average anywhere from $12-$25 per hour. The best part for me is that they take out the taxes so their is no guess work at the end of the year. I’ve only been working it a few weeks, but I average about $50-60 per day when I work. I only work about 1-3 days a week.

15 Month Baby Post

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

Wow, what a crazy first three months the start to year two has been. My husband received a promotion and I have returned home to continue my writing career. The baby is super active and getting into absolutely everything. I’m finally on the other side of postpartum and enjoying my life with baby. I started working part-time for instacart just to make sure I’m bringing in some consistent money. Instacart is a company/app that purchases and brings groceries straight to a persons front door. I work as a shopper at my local H.E.B. We also have a new family member, Lovebug, she is a beautiful pitbull-boxer mix. She is black with orange stripes and white paws. My husband has been wanting a dog for quite some time and when one of his co-workers mentioned her to him he immediately began begging me to bring her into our home. It took some convincing, but her and the baby are good friends now.

I have started working on two books one a non-fiction e-book to be published by early December on how to write a research paper like a graduate student. The other is a creative piece placed in the world of steampunk. I will eventually be moving forward to get my teachers certification. My husband and I are also considering having another baby. We have discussed it and agreed that we will revisit the discussion of trying after our tax returns come in, in the spring. We have started making progress on our debt and have cut it by $500, not a small feint considering our recent experiences.

baby-923963_1920How Baby is doing:

He is very verbal, he isn’t walking yet, but he is climbing. Climbing onto chairs and boxes, but not the couch. He is also getting into everything, he pulls things out of drawers, cupboards, boxes, and just about anything else he can get into. His verbal skills surpass what is typical for his age. So far he has the following in his verbal repertoire: Mama (was first), Dada (second), I wuv you, kitty, dog, I want pet dog, nose, this, thank you, and out. His favorite words lately are dog and out. He really seems to enjoying dancing and singing. He loves his fathers cooking more so than mine. We’ve been to daddies workplace a couple of times to eat and he will always attempt to steal my food if I don’t give him some. He loves daddies sushi.

baby-21167_1280Life as a Breastfeeding Mama:

So my breastfeeding days are over for now at least until little one number two decides to come along. Wesley and I made it 13 months with breastfeeding before he made the choice to stop. He just stopped asking for the boob naturally on his own. It didn’t take long after that for my milk to dry up.

circle-304524_1280Tips and Tricks:

If you are going to introduce a dog into a family with a baby make sure the dog is not a puppy. Also teach the baby to pet not grab or pull. Show the baby how to treat the dog. Then slowly allow the two to interact.

Once baby learns how to take the diaper off do not put baby to bed without clothes. Otherwise you might wake up to a poop disaster in the crib.