In the Baby Bucks series, we babble about babies and money and sleep deprivation and cuteness overload. In that order.
Our girl is half a year old! Where has the time gone? Where has the money gone? Well, I know the answer to that second question at least. This month was a more pricey one for the OFB baby, to be sure.
Our girl is still just nursing, so we’ve yet to spend any money on baby food. Although, Johnny can attest that I probably eat more as a nursing mom than I would otherwise, so maybe in a way we have spent extra on food for her. In preparation for eating solids soon, Baby Girl has begun the teething stage, which has meant purchasing teething rings ($4.00) and Infant Tylenol ($6.00).
And because it’s summertime, and our girl wants to be outside as much as possible, we’ve had to buy swim diapers ($10.00), a sun hat ($4.00 at Old Navy in the boy’s section!), and sunscreen ($7.00). Unfortunately, I’ve learned that slathering Baby Girl in SPF 50 has done nothing to deter complete strangers from commenting, “You’re baby’s [legs/arms/cheeks] are getting burned!” Luckily, they’ve yet to be right, and I’ve somehow managed to just smile each time, so we’re doing all right.
This month has also brought with it the purchase of a new baby carrier. We were gifted the Baby Bjorn by a friend, and we’ve loved it, but Baby Girl has grown out of it already! Have we mentioned that she’s still 99%-ile for height and weight, so at least she’s a proportionate little snuggle monster :). So we bit the bullet and purchased this Ergobaby Performance Carrier ($108), which we feel like is an investment that can be used with future children as well. And we used a gift card for half of the purchase to help lessen the blow a bit.
We also continue to spend close to $50 on diapers and wipes each month and Baby Girl had her six-month check up recently ($15 copay), so our grand total for baby expenses last month comes to $204.
I feel like this is the age where parenting really starts to get fun. If I’m being 100% honest, the first three months were quite hard. But since she’s turned three months, our little girl’s personality has started to shine through, and now it’s bursting at the seams. She puts her arms out for us and looks at me and smiles every time Johnny says, “Where’s mama?” And she knows her name when we say it! She’s sitting up and trying to grab and eat anything and everything. One of her most favorite activities is drinking out of my water bottle, which is adorable, but also kind of gross because of all the drool she leaves behind. Her hair is finally starting to grow, but she’s still gotten a couple “Hey, little guy!” comments from strangers.
We’re so in love with our little girlfriend. Finances should definitely be considered before having a baby. But I’m telling you right now, every time we see our girl smile, it’s worth a million bucks.