When we got home from the pool, I asked Brad what they thought about the place. He said they used the word "immaculate." That shocked me. It put a smile on my face, but shocked me! NEVER would I EVER call my house immaculate. But, what mattered is that they were impressed and hopefully will be approved to rent it after we move out.
I personally find it funny that they thought it was so well kept...didn't they notice Jakob's artwork on the wall in the stairway from that time he got into my make-up? Didn't they notice the crayon stripes on the doorframe of the bathroom by Joshy? Didn't they notice the smudges and fingerprints all over the sliding glass door that I forgot to wash? Didn't they notice those toys sticking out from under the couch that weren't put away? Didn't they notice how dusty the blinds were in my bedroom? Or the piles of "stuff" that have collected on top of my dresser?? I could go on and on...but I won't. Thank goodness their idea of "immaculate" is very different from my own!!!!!
On another note...we are excited to start packing up. We bought a lot of boxes from someone off of craigslist and are ready to start packing all of the stuff that we don't use every day. Since we have moved so many times you'd think that we have a good system by now. Well, the only thing I have sworn to do this time is to have at least 95% of our stuff boxed up before everyone shows up to help us move. In the past we have probably only had about 60%...so that left a lot for us to do on our own without extra help.
Here's some interesting info:
Move #1: From our first 1 bedroom apt. to a 2 bedroom. I was about 3 months pregnant with Jakob.
Move #2: From the 2 bedroom to a 3 bedroom apt. Jakob was about 7 weeks old.
Move #3: From the 3 bedroom apt in Sandy, UT to Brad's parents' house in Fountain Valley, CA. Jakob was 11 months old.
Move #4: From his folks' house to our first place in FV. I was almost 6 months pregnant with Joshua.
Move #5: From that place to our current place. Joshua was 6 months old.
And coming up, Move #6: From our current place here in HB, back to FV. I will be almost 6 months pregnant with baby #3.
Kind of interesting that we have moved during each of my pregnancies, and within the first year of all of my kids' lives. Luckily most moves have been local and not across the country or overseas! I am grateful for that at least! I am also grateful for the chance it gives us to purge a lot of clutter and junk. (And then more of it finds its way back into our life once we move!)
A new report assigns a salary to a stay-at-home mother, based on the jobs she does in a normal week.
By MSN Money staff
What's a mom worth?
According to one new report, $138,095 a year.
That's the figure in a report by Salary.com, which calculates the wages that would have been paid a stay-at-home mom in 2007 if she were compensated for all the elements of her "job." That total is up 3% from 2006's salary of $134,121.
Moms who have jobs outside the house would earn another $85,939 for their mothering work, beyond what they bring home in existing salary.
The job descriptions that Salary.com used to determine a mom's salary includes 10 jobs that moms do on an average day: housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, CEO and psychologist.
Plenty of overtime In calculating a mom's wages, Salary.com looked at the "overtime" that both working and stay-at-home moms put in each week.
"Mom works multiple jobs and rarely gets a break from the action, working an average of 52 hours of overtime," said Bill Coleman, senior vice president at Salary.com, in a statement.
According to the Salary.com survey, stay-at-home moms work a 92-hour week, with more than half the workweek spent in overtime.
Working moms, meanwhile, logged more than nine hours of "overtime," with an average 49-hour "mom" work week -- on top of their full-time paying jobs.
For the Salary.com survey, more than 40,000 moms quantified their hours per job description; Salary.com benchmarked the median salaries for each job to the national median salary for each position as reported by employers.
The final salary was calculated by weighting the salaries and hours worked in each role.
Now, keep in mind I'm only 14 weeks along...so that's why it's only 60% sure. I guess that little boy and little girl genitals can be about the same size at this point...so if they can get a good view of the ANGLE of it...then they can "guess" if it's a boy or girl. So, from that angle...she said she thinks its a boy! Of course I'm going back in for another ultrasound in about 4-5 weeks, and we'll hopefully be able to confirm it at that point, but we'll see if the baby cooperates! It was so exciting to see that little one again...and to show Jakob the pictures and explain to him that if the baby were born right now, he could hold it in one of his hands. That's how small it is! Just over 3 1/2 inches long. CRAZY and SO utterly amazing. Here are a few pictures of the baby...
All 5 fingers!!!
Baby arching his back, which apparently is a good sign because it shows muscle tone!
A view of baby's profile...will he have Brad's bottom lip??? (Joshy sure does!)
We are of course very excited to share this with all of you...and hope you enjoy hearing about it! Brad was able to be with me today, so it was really cool for him to see the baby this time. It's such a cool thing that we are able to actually see the baby!!!
Well, I'm feeling pretty good these days...no more migraines (KNOCK ON WOOD!) but still get tired and constantly hungry...but that's normal. So, I'm grateful for that. :)