E is for Europe

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and visited my D is for Davi Silva post on Friday, and I hope y'all have a wonderful Easter weekend! 

Today, for letter E, I have excerpt from chapter five of all it takes, where Megan realises her plans to travel Europe after graduating uni will have to change. Enjoy ... 



Now that I was nearing the end of the first trimester, the morning sickness had begun to ease off, and I found myself feeling more energetic. I spent the day making sure I was up to date with uni work, and called the cafĂ© to see if I could get a couple of extra shifts to bolster my savings. 

My original plan had been to travel Europe on a backpacking trip when I graduated, but that was out of the question now. Oddly, the thought didn’t bother me too much. I knew I’d travel eventually, only it would be with my kid, and that thought filled me with excitement. I imagined all the sights I could show the little one, and the amazing experiences we could share. 

I also started hunting for a new job, acutely aware my time at uni would soon be up. While there was nothing on offer in terms of design work, I did manage to secure a couple of interviews for waitressing positions. I did wonder if I’d even get accepted for any of these positions once they knew I was pregnant. 

After lunch, I began making a list of all the things I needed for the baby. I figured if I had everything laid out in front of me, that’d help me budget my saving better. As the list of things piled up, I began to realise my flat just wasn’t going to be big enough. There wasn’t any question about remaining in the West Midlands, especially now Kian wouldn’t be involved, and I wanted to remain close to my parents. I browsed the local estate agent’s website and bookmarked four prospective properties in the area Mum and Dad lived, the most promising of which was just a few streets over from their house. 

Thanks for reading. If you're interested in reading All It Takes, it can be found at claredugmore.com 

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Don't forget to check back tomorrow for F is for Fuck Up. 

Until next time,




10 comments:

  1. I think many new parents don't realize how much everything costs. Just the diapers alone are a small fortune! Great post. :) Hope the Easter bunny left you some treats.

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    1. Right? It's so expensive being a parent!

      I had a great Easter thanks. Hope you did too!

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  2. I'm glad she has a different attitude now than when she first found out she was pregnant. :)

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    1. Now she's over the shock, Megan's quite excited about it!

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  3. At least she's over the shock and preparing herself.

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  4. I love the tone of this, her excitement, her straightforward planning

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    1. Thanks, Joelle. Megan is very much a planner.

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    1. Indeed! Thanks for dropping by!

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