Baby Blueberry is now roughly 13 1/2 inches long and weights about a pound and a half which is about the same weight as an average rutabaga, according to babycenter.com. She’s beginning to develop a little baby fat and soon her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if I could see it, I’d be able to tell the color and texture.
So with the whole potential move looming, we’ve been trying to figure out what will happen with our health insurance if we move out of state. We have a private health insurance that we got when Dan was with his last job, because the company was too small to be able to offer him a group insurance (there was no group to speak of). Instead they reimbursed him for about 40% of what we paid monthly and that was that. This was good because it meant not losing our current healthcare but now we find out it’s not so good because the HIPAA act which would ensure that my pregnancy not be considered a “pre-existing condition” when we switch, doesn’t apply to us – it only covers people going from one group health insurance to another. Figures, right?
I know that the private health insurance we have (Blue Cross Blue Shield) in the state where Dream Company is located said we were pretty much SOL and recommended that I apply for that state’s government health insurance – you know, crap. I can say this with a fair amount of certainty because I had government health insurance with my first pregnancy after getting laid off half way through my pregnancy and only having work through temp agencies (Dan and I were not planning for this birth and had not married yet, long story short). Yes, I got free health care – but in my opinion, I also got what I paid for. What really annoys me – is that we paid for an expensive health insurance so that we’d reap the benefits when we had BB. And now basically we get nothing in particular out of it – if we move out of state, our current health insurance won’t cover us and we’ll have to get something else. Now, I have no idea what the health insurance companies that Dream Company uses will tell us – maybe one of them will cover us no problem – I haven’t called around outside of BCBS because we don’t actually have a job yet. Now there’s also New Other Job on the table and the possibility that we might not get either job – it’s really too soon to look into it much more.
So, I mean, in part, I have my answer. I just don’t like it very much. Still, it’s a bit of weight of my shoulders, knowing how it is and where things stand, for the most part. And you know as for the pregnancy, things are still pretty much the same – just wondering how much longer I’ll be here – if I’ll be keeping my doctor, who I love and the health insurance that I love – or moving to another state and figuring something else out. We’ll see.
My grandmother had the genius idea to build a teepee – but after buying all the necessary equipment, for whatever reason (or maybe it was her reason all along) she decided to recruit Dan to build it instead and gave us the equipment. I think Dan was thrilled to have a project to work on and he put all his boy scouts / master seamster / engineering skills to work and built the mother of all teepees in my opinion (you aren’t even seeing the finished version in these pictures, it got even better than this.
I’m not sure if you know that my husband is a Wampanoag – you’d never know it looking at him in all his white boy glory, but it’s true. I can vividly remember having to get a DNA test after MM was born so that he could be accepted into the tribe, too. Silliness. But regardless, it’s kind of cool and it made this whole teepee business all the more fun, even though Dan said something about claiming that his ancestors lived in teepees was about as absurd as saying my (European) ancestors came from China – whatever – he’s Native American, it’s a teepee – and clearly it’s in his genes to build these things because unless he’s built like 80 of them before now that I don’t know about, he certainly made it look easy – but maybe that’s just a guy thing. Speaking of China, I really got a kick out of the fabric being all Asian Zen-like. We’re a multicultural free for all kind of family I guess.
Anyway, in the midst of all this fun, I also managed to get myself into a couple of pictures – I hate most of them, but there I am, nonetheless. If I think of it, I’ll take some pictures of the finished teepee and we can all ooh and ahh over hubby’s handiwork and stuff. Meanwhile, MM is pretty much thinking he won the luckiest kid on the planet lottery right now – his daddy seems to have decided to stay home and make teepees for him and eat lots of birthday cake. Basically the best vacation ever in his opinion. In my opinion? If we don’t find a few more projects to do – or a new job for Dan – I might go crazy. He had a quick impromptu phone interview of sorts with another company that’s in the early stages of hiring, even further away than Dream Company and in a state that had me feeling all geographically biased and holier than thou, thinking, “We can’t live there – gross!” But I researched the town a bit, because it sounds like they really liked Dan (who wouldn’t) and it doesn’t seem as bad as I thought, maybe even kind of nice. I guess at the end of the day, every town has it’s ups and downs – I’m sure even Dream Company in Dream State has it’s negative points (besides the 17 hour drive from here). What really gets me – is that it could end up being either of these places, or somewhere else entirely – and it could happen at anytime. My life has turned into one big Choose Your Own Adventure book except it kind of feels like someone else is choosing which pages to jump to and I’m just saying, “But will I have health insurance?” over and over until I turn blue in the face. I mean… Look – up there at the top of this post – pictures of me!
52 Weeks is a year long challenge for YOU to be in a picture once a week for 52 weeks. We are always the ones behind the camera, this is YOUR chance to get out in front and be in the pictures with our family. We are glad you are joining this challenge. More importantly your family will really enjoy having you in the picture. Thanks for playing along! Oh, you can just jump in now with 1 of 52, you’re not getting off that easy! Now go take a picture!