Now I have two babies and I buy ketchup and a little bit of wine.
But not so long ago, I could not even afford to buy ketchup, wine or anything else for that matter…
Like many new families, we found as the cost of living got higher and our income got lower our finances were stretched to the limit.
Things went from bad to worse. We were stressed, hungry, tired and before I knew it I was waiting in a dark alley for a stranger to give me a package.
I am not proud of myself.
My husband had lost his job and company car, my statutory maternity allowance had come to an end and we had fallen behind on our bills. I had a baby and young toddler at home so I was struggling to find work to fit around the sleepless nights and busy days. It was a really difficult time.
“I’ll meet you at 11.30.” I was told over the phone. “I’ll have what you need.”
“But how will I know who you are?” I asked.
“Oh, you’ll know,” they replied, and hung up without another word.
As I waited to meet my contact I glanced nervously around me. Soon I would have what I needed and everything would be ok.
To find out what was in the package feel free to click here and read my story in the New Statesman online!!
Or, if you couldn’t care less and would rather read about babies not sleeping then check out this lovely page of No-Sleep Solutions..
Are you stretched financially since having babies? Have you ever been unable to afford food? I would love to hear your stories.