We had our first prenatal appointment yesterday with our midwife. We mainly just talked about our health history, lifestyle habits, etc, and she weighed me and took my blood pressure, and we both had to have blood drawn at a nearby lab. She said that when we come back in three weeks we’ll be able to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. So excited!!
We paid a $350 deposit to the midwife at our appointment yesterday. We set up a payment schedule of $1000 in January, $1000 in February, and the remaining $650 by the middle of April. It’s nice that the payments are made in the second half of the pregnancy – the longer the money sits in our HSA, the more the money can grow. It’s a very stable, not-too-aggressive growth fund, so it’s good for short-term savings, but it’s making a decent return this year, so we’re happy to leave it there as long as we can. We’re continuing to make our HSA a priority for the rest of the year, and probably throughout 2008 aswell. We’ll be depleting it quite a bit in the first half of next year, with my husband’s knee surgeryand the midwife’s fee, but we’re hoping to rebuild it throughout the rest of next year. And then not use it again for a while!
Tonight we were in the mood for burgers, so I walked to the store and bought ground turkey – on a great sale, so I bought two packages and froze one. I also got whole wheat buns, an avocado, ketchup, and sweet potatoes. I came home and made six turkey burgers from one package of meat. So I froze four of the already-made burgers and all but two of the buns. Now the next time we feel like burgers, we can just put the frozen ones in our Flavorwave (yes, we bought it from an infomercial, no we’ve never done that before, and yes, it’s my absolute favorite appliance in my whole kitchen. I am not getting paid to write that). So for $18 we got great burgers and sweet-potato fries tonight, plus two more nights in the near future, plus I have a whole package of turkey in the freezer. This is why you can’t beat cooking at home. The dinner we had was very similar to what you’d get at a mid-price burger place ($7 or $8 per plate), and it cost about $5 total for both of us. And I know exactly what was in it (and what wasn’t), which I can’t say when we eat out.