There are going to be some MAJOR changes coming to the A.E. household early next year! Mrs. AE and I are expecting our first child March 27th 2017!
Even though we have known for almost 2 months already the emotions are still swirling around in my head. We couldn’t be happier, our families and friends are super supportive and there is a lot of work to be done.
My “planner” instincts are going into overdrive. Even though I had younger brothers and sisters growing up, I never had to worry about if we needed a convertible carseat or not. On top of all the research, a beastly “To Do” list is forming that will start getting knocked out over the next 6 months.
Since this is a Personal Finance blog, I can tell you my first impression of the recommended “must have” baby list was “Holy Shit.” What do we need 37 blankets for? Do people not own washing machines?
After realizing the lists I found were published by retailers – “Don’t ask the barber if you need a haircut” came to mind. So I will be searching for a minimalist baby preparedness list and likely combining it with the “Holy Shit” list to find a happy medium.
The Dog has completely switched his allegiances in the last month. He used to be at Mr. A.E.s side 95% of the time, now I have to lure him away from Mrs. AE with treats. It’s going to be an interesting dynamic for him soon, he is a first class citizen and gets a ton of attention (yes, our dog is spoiled). Going to be interesting to re-set some boundaries.
In much less important news, for the first time ever when I logged into Personal Capital this week there was an extra
comma figure to the left of the decimal point. The comma will come one day, but we were both happy to see our plan is working. Debt is dropping, investment accounts are rising.
Knowing we are financially secure has already saved me some sleepless nights over the last 2 months. There is definitely some anxiety mixed in with the joy, but that comes with change.
Based on the swings I see in our Net Worth Graph over the last month, the market is starting to take more control vs our monthly contributions.
I will dig more into the details at the end of the quarter (hopefully I am still a Hundred-Thousandaire by then).
Over the last 9ish months I transitioned into a Project Manager role, which has quickly turned into Project/Product Manager for our team. Technically I am only a “Project Manager” but am starting to officially “own” Products that we are developing.
Thankfully, I actually prefer working very closely with the team on the product vs solely owning typical Project Manager duties. Am learning a ton about software and product development that will be beneficial down the road.
The problem is we have a distinct Product Management team that is starting to poke their heads in. Sooner than later we are going to have some awkward conversations about if I am in the right title, role or even department.
Since I like my boss and current team I don’t want change forced upon me, but I have a feeling that is going to happen. Worst case scenario is I get forced into some sort of lateral move that hinders my ability to negotiate.
Thats all the major updates we have for now – Thanks for Reading!
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