The baby’s space is nested. The house is organized. But there were more things I knew I should clear from the calendar when I had time to do them: all the boring grown-up stuff lurking in the early fall. I wanted to have as much of these things complete before the baby came so I can devote all of my time to him and not worry about running a household. The only drawback: lots of costs + fees to pay!
-Paid estimated taxes in advance. They were due right after his birth!
-Met with our lawyer and completed wills, guardianship docs, advanced medical directives and power of attorneys. This cost $550 total but we should be set for many, many years.
-Renewed my passport which was set to expire in September. I had to go to CVS and get a photo taken, mail in my old passport with a form, write a check for $110 and send it all secured mail at the post office. Not a fun afternoon, but now it’s done!
-I originally scheduled a dentist appointment for late September thinking I should wait until after he was born so I could have x-rays. Instead, I rescheduled the appt. for before – just to get my teeth checked and cleaned – x-rays can wait. I knew there was no way I would want to go to the dentist after he was here!
-Virginia requires car inspections every year, and ours were up for renewal in September. I took both cars to be inspected early and got both oils changed as well. We’re set for 6 months!
-I paid a few bills in advance and made sure we had money transferred from savings to pay our insurance/hospital bills all ready to go. I also have nearly all of our bills – mortgage, water + electricity, insurances and more – all set up for auto draft so the only one I have to think about every month is our credit card bill.
-Since we moved last September, lots of house-related things came due around this time. Our cars are parked on the street and require permits, so I renewed those and put the decals on the cars already.
-More car stuff!! August is time to renew registration on both cars, so we got that process taken care of. And our annual car insurance payment – also due in September and paid.
-I’m starting a new long-term freelance job very soon and had a pile of paperwork for that as well. All set to go!
-Bought Karen a birthday gift!
-I went ahead and requested the form to add baby to our health insurance so all we have to do is fill it out and send it in upon his arrival.
SO much paperwork – but now it’s all behind us and we can focus on baby!
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