Another busy month, one of those times where if you blink, you’ll miss it.
So baby day came and went in the latter half of August. Mother and baby are both healthy, happy, and at home resting now. That was a long week since we had to stay over in the hospital an extra few days so they could clear the little guy to go home (turns out it was nothing, but better safe than sorry!). I remember doing this whole thing down in the US years ago with the first little man, was interesting to compare how it went in each place. We had ridiculously good health coverage in the US through my employer, but overall the quality of the service there and here was nearly identical. About the only thing that was significantly different was that in the US, you had half a dozen different options available for dealing with the pain, whereas here there was only an epidural. Also we walked away from this birth with bills for only a couple hundred bucks, most of that being take-out costs to cover the extra days whereas I think we still had to pay an extra $5000 or so above what insurance covered in the US.
So far #1 isn’t showing any signs of jealousy which is nice. We moved to try to mitigate any issues, taking advice from friends and coworkers, and making sure to make a lot of time for him. One funny bit of advice we got from coworkers was to have the baby “give” a gift to start things out on a positive note. That actually went really well, with the little man thanking the baby and going off to play with his new ambulance toy 🙂 They’re getting along great right now, with the little guy asking if he can hold the baby, or give him a little kiss once in a while.
I’m on paternity leave now and loving it, small taste of what it’ll be like to FIRE in a couple years. I’m mostly catching up on shows that I never made time to watch like Silicon Valley, and hitting the gym pretty hard. I thought I was going to be in brutal shape with the night feedings and all that, but 2 years of raising the first screaming little man has made me a lot less dependant on sleep than I realized.
Might as well do a partial update on our 2016 goals since we’re here.
- Survive Baby #2: So far so good.
- 2 Months Leave: All good here, put in my requests for paternity leave and parental leave so I’ll be off work until at least November.
- Forward Dividends $21k: Right now we’re looking at about ~$19.4k and inching ever closer. I’ll look at this a bit more closely at the end of September.
- Back to Boxing: All signed up at a local mma gym, went a couple times but then baby. Taking a week to let things settle and I’ll be back to going regularly.
- Half Marathon Training: Nope.
- Flexibility/Rehab: Doing really well here, putting a solid 30-60 mins per day rolling and stretching. A lot of the tension is evaporating.
- Write Actual Posts: Nope
Silicon Valley: Oh wow, so good. After working in silicon valley this show really hits a little close to home. It’s a parody of the ridiculous culture down there, but in reality it’s not extreme “enough” to be unrealistic. I’ve MET many of those same people, I’ve worked with people who sincerely thought that their new BLAH framework was making the world a better place.
Can’t complain at all, great month August was! Through a combination of purchases and dividend increases, we managed to post a $200 gain vs this same set of companies back in May.
This months total came out to: $1,705.18 which is super respectable and I’m happy to see such a high number.
|H&R Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:HR.UN||$31.50|
|RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:REI.UN||$39.36|
|Allied Properties Real Estate Investment||TSE:AP.UN||$21.25|
|Chartwell Retirement Residences||TSE:CSH.UN||$18.73|
|Canadian Apartment Properties REIT||TSE:CAR.UN||$19.32|
|Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:CUF.UN||$3.43|
|Vanguard Canadian Bond ETF||TSE:VAB||$236.74|
|iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF||TSE:CDZ||$79.11|
|National Bank of Canada||TSE:NA||$126.50|
|Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc||TSE:POT||$61.85|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$53.80|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||$41.54|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$43.70|
|Bank of Montreal||TSE:BMO||$186.62|
|Royal Bank of Canada||TSE:RY||$303.75|
|Vanguard Canadian High Dividend ETF||TSE:VDY||$116.65|
Wasn’t a super purchase heavy month, won’t get to deploy a lot of capital for some time. I cashed out my latest round of vested stock at work, so probably sometime in September I’ll be able to deposit that in my US account and get to buying. Didn’t do much in terms of rebalancing my bond position again, and never got around to buying those UVXY puts (see baby stuff above). Still a decent gain in portfolio size (~$11k), mostly due to some nice moves in the market.
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||85|
|Forward Dividends||$19,336.62 / year (+$86.25)|
|Portfolio Value||$593,288.89 (+$11,894.67)|