General Baby Thoughts
It’s official. Our girl has gone from baby to toddler. A little over a month ago, Sally started walking, and nothing’s been the same since. I feel like we have a miniature adult in our home. She walks around with a cell phone in one hand and our car keys in the other. If I open the fridge to grab something out, she stands directly under me and also grabs something out. Yesterday, she toddled into the kitchen carrying a plant from the living room in her hands, with the biggest grin on her face. She was so very proud of herself for carrying around a plant. Put simply, Sally is an extremely busy but irresistible little 14-month-old.
With the start of toddler-hood, I feel like we’ve finally hit our stride as parents. Now I can actually see newborns and think “How cute!” instead of “Those poor, sleep-deprived parents.” We are really enjoying playing (it’s just pretend, right?) mom and dad to Sally.
Financial Baby Thoughts
Okay, the most amazing thing ever happened last month. We didn’t spend any money on baby food. I don’t know when exactly it happened, but Sally now eats whatever we eat, which has really helped our grocery budget. And on nights Johnny and I eat a salad, I steam frozen broccoli florets (in the microwave) for Sally to have with whatever meat we’re eating. Thank goodness for her blessed molars coming in. Our grocery budget loves them.
We continue to spend about $40 on diapers each month, and we also spent $200 on a car seat. Sally got her first legit cold just a week ago, so we bought some generic brand Tylenol for $6. Lastly, the incredible disappearing sippy cup routine is a favorite in our home. We’ve lost four now. FOUR. So we bought three more last month and spent $10. But that’s it for our toddler expenses over the past month. So the grand total comes to $256. It’s a bit more than usual, but her new car seat should fit her until she’s in high school.
And now for some pictures of our girl.
at the zoo on a free admission day… I never want to see that many strollers ever again
For the been-there-done-that crowd, does this sound pretty typical? How do we relate and differ? How long will Sally have a baby mullet?