Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Count your many blessings...

I've been doing a lot of training for work this summer to expand my skill level at work, and because of this training, I've had to work a "normal" shift of 8 hours during the day...which means both Jeff and I are working at same time, leaving Wyatt with no where to go. And I guess technically that's not necessarily true, because I'm sure I'll always be able to find help, but it's especially easy when my sister is readily available. Thankfully this last training was only 2 days long (and not 2 weeks like the one a few months ago) and Grace was able to help me out a lot by spending the night and staying home with Mr. Wyatt. One of those days Grace took Wyatt to the park and took some cute pictures, so I thought I'd share:


And while I'm on the topic of being thankful, I wanted to share a recent experience our family had...
While we were deciding whether or not we should get pregnant again, I found out I wasn't going to qualify for my insurance benefits at work, and that they would end in March. It wasn't really unexpected,  but it was still rough, especially since we'd started talking about having another baby at the beginning of the year. So our insurance coverage ended and I started looking into other options, other insurance plans we could start up. Jeff's company is...less than desirable...and doesn't offer any benefits, let alone HEALTH benefits. (I'm still thankful that he has a job though, haha) And in my search for maternity coverage I kept getting more and more depressed--it's absolutely RIDICULOUS how expensive insurance is!! I mean, I found some decent plans, but then the deductable was an arm and a leg (quite literally...!) and the maternity coverage wouldn't usually start up for at least a year...

Jeff and I talked a lot about our options. We could start an insurance plan and wait another year before trying to get pregnant. But the insurance coverage wouldn't have been optimal and we would've had to pay a lot of money. We talked about a home birth with a midwife, but that was almost completely out of the question for Jeff--a last resort (he's a big-time worrier). We talked about waiting for him to find another job with good medical benefits...but that was even worse than any of the other options because there was no definite timeframe on that one--who knows when he'd get a new job, IF he'd get a new job...

It all boiled down to NOW or LATER.

...ultimately we decided not to wait. Obviously :) We decided that we wanted Wyatt and this baby to be close in age, and we felt this was the right time..and that somehow the insurance or home birth would all work out. Talk about a leap of faith...I've been nervous since the day I found out I was pregnant! BUT, things have worked out. I just found out last Friday that I've been qualified for AHCCCS insurance and that my maternity care has been covered. What a blessing! Jeff and I feel like a weight has been lifted and we can finally relax and enjoy this pregnancy...it's hard to be happy and joyful when the future is so unknown. But we ARE so thankful that this has worked out for us and we're getting more and more excited to bring another little boy into our family! I'm so grateful for answered prayers!

2 comments:

Shannon said...

that is awesome!!!!

Buck and Whitni Watkins said...

Rachael - no hinting, although that area of life is much closer than it ever was. ;-) But I'm not pregnant.