In the Baby Bucks series, we babble about babies and money and sleep deprivation and cuteness overload. In that order.
Somehow another month has passed in OFB babyland, and our girl will be rounding the 5-month corner this week! Here’s an update on our parenting journey so far, financial and otherwise.
General Baby Thoughts
Our Chubster: Baby Girl can scarcely go out in public without getting comments about her cheeks. She’s also frequently referred to by everyone who comes within 10 feet of her as “chunk-a-monk” or “chunky monkey,” followed by a comment about wanting to “squeeze” her. As her mom, I can say that I’m getting quite the forearms carrying our darling around all day. The most frequent question I get from other mommies is a concerned, “Are you feeding her solids?” I guess people think I’m overfeeding her? To which I reply, “Still just nursing.” On the flip side, I’ve also gotten some “Congrats!” and “Good job!” comments on having such fattening breast milk, which makes me feel weird since it’s nothing I actually have control over. But I do appreciate the praise. Mommying is hard work, so I’ll take any “good job’s” I can get! 😉
New Tricks: The fourth month has been full of new milestones. From rolling, to eating her feet, to fake coughing, to kind-of-sitting, Baby Girl’s schedule is jam-packed. She barely has time for fist-sucking anymore. However, she has found the time to learn to yell, roar, and growl. She’s officially the loudest member of our household. When our girl is especially ornery and mid-yell or roar, Johnny and I wonder, Where did you learn these sounds?? Your mom and dad don’t yell. Or roar. Or growl. Unless our cat Persie is teaching her these unladylike noises when we’re not watching, I think we’ve got a very boisterous baby on our hands.
Financial Baby Updates
Toys: We gave in and got our girl the Baby Einstein jumper we’ve had our eye on for a while now. And as many of you recommended in your comments from this post, we went the Craigslist route. We found a jumper that looks brand new, and we paid a total of $40 buckaroos (rather than the $90 that Amazon is currently asking for it). Our budget was very happy. And we think our girl likes it. Currently, she yells angrily as she furiously hits the toys on it. So the jury’s still out.
Diapers: Even before Baby Girl was born, I was preoccupied with the cost of diapers. Since her arrival, I’ve been buying her diapers using Amazon Prime + Amazon Mom. And I’ve gone with Pampers Swaddlers. I lurve those Swaddlers. But as our daughter’s getting bigger, the price discrepancy between Pampers and other diaper brands has been getting bigger as well.And so Johnny and I decided to try out two cheaper brands: Huggies and Walmart. The Walmart diapers were a disaster! Poop. Everywhere. Up to her shoulders! Without getting too graphic (too late for that already?), when our girl does her business, she really does it. So we need protection, people! With the Pampers Swaddlers, we’ve had three barely-blowouts in four months. And I was ready to go right back to their safe embrace, so to speak, after the blowout of all blowouts occurred with Walmart diapers. However, the Huggies have ended up being very reliable. And I can get about 50 more of them by paying the same price that I would for the Swaddlers. So in the end, if we’ll save a significant amount of money, I guess that awful, terrible, mind-scarring blowout was worth it.
Clothing: In the past month, I’ve spent $12 on clothes for Baby Girl. Those twelve dollars were spent buying her some outfits at the thrift store! I had such great success that I’m dying to go back. The shorts she’s wearing in this picture are thrift-store originals. I kind of want them for myself.
We’ll have to see what month five brings in the baby department! Baby Girl definitely keeps us on our toes. And she continues to bring such a happy feeling to our home. Financially, diapers and wipes continue to take the cake for our expenses. We’ll see how long that keeps up.
For the been-there-done-that crowd, does this sound pretty typical? How do we relate and differ? I’m really glad babies grow out of the drool stage. I just don’t think I could live in a world where adults had saliva-soaked chins and shirts.