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Pregnant & Other Considerations

October 31st, 2011 at 09:02 am

For those of you who don't read the forums, DH and I are are pregnant. We finished our Baby addition to our EF and immediately after got pregnant! The baby is due late May/Early June.

DH is on track to get his Masters finished in the next month. The whole thing is due December 9, and we will be thankful when it is over. The experience was amazing for him, but it was also trying. I'm currently working on my Dissertation proposal. The first draft should be complete soon at which point I will choose a committee and start getting it vetted. I'm hoping to defend in January.

We finally heard back from APLE. They have finished his paperwork, but now they have to wait for the state budget to release the money. That part might take a while. In the meantime, DH's loan payment start back up in January. We are debating paying them off with the car fund.

Speaking of the car fund, we are about 2 payments away from finishing that. As I have probably said before, the plan is to continue to add to that savings account and use the money to pay off the student loans when they come due. I just thought all along that we would have a 6 month grace period. Turns out you only get one of those and DH used it after undergrad. If I pay off all but the $2000 in loan debt that we expect with APLE and wait until August to buy a car, I will have over $8K in the car fund. I'm still debating this.

We are still working to resolve DH's overpayment issues with his old district. I'm hoping we can finish resolving his pay before the year ends. Otherwise we are likely going to have to file either an extension on our tax return or amend our tax return after the issues are settled. Either way I'm really peeved. Turns out the person he thought he was supposed to talk to had changed positions long ago and was ignoring his messages. Also before she left her old position, she marked his case as resolved so the new people didn't know to contact him. Bureaucratic inefficiency at it's best. If we can resolve this without him owing any money, I have $6K set aside to deal with this that will be freed up.

Finally, DH applied for an advancement at his job. He didn't get the position because he is too new, but the principal highly encouraged him to apply in May during their annual reviews (with a bit of a wink-wink, nudge-nudge). That will mean a much needed 5-10% pay raise next year. Additionally as soon as I defend my dissertation, I will get a $100-$200 pay raise. This will help out so much with leveling out our budget and with the baby.

2 Responses to “Pregnant & Other Considerations”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Congratulations!!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Congrats on the pregnancy and good luck on the two upcoming raise opportunities! That money will be helpful indeed!

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