General Baby Thoughts
That’s right. In just one month, our little tot will be turning TWO. Although, with her already wearing some 3T clothing, it feels like she’s been two for months now. An almost-two-year-old is like having a really fun, really volatile roommate. For the most part, they’re incredibly happy, dancing and spinning in circles at random throughout the day, wanting to go to the park, eat treats, and make all kinds of amazing artwork. But occasionally, something sets them off, and they’re screaming in the middle of a crowded store or kicking off their boots and socks and then crying that they’re no longer wearing their boots and socks. Usually, though, they’re pretty much the most fun person ever, which makes the not-so-fun moments easy to forget.
Sally is loving New York City. She points out every dog she sees on the street, which is at least one every few seconds. She asks to ride the “choo-choo train” (the subway) every single day, and she loves yelling out the sounds she hears outside our window: “Horn!” (hello, NYC drivers!) “Bells!” (the bell tower by our house). Since our last baby update, her vocabulary has really exploded, from sentences like “I need help!” and “I got it!” to helping me count to 10 (a new development just last night!).
Financial Baby Thoughts
Sally’s been in the 99th percentile since month one. And she just had another growth spurt, which meant, you guessed it, buying new clothes — and shoes. I took advantage of all the Black Friday deals swimming around a few weeks ago and spent $100 on a new wardrobe for our girl, including an NYC-winter-ready coat, hat, and gloves. Yeesh. Luckily, since we’re having another girl, all of Sally’s clothes will be handed down, which gives my sobbing wallet some comfort.
I also spent $50 on a sleeping bag for our stroller. Yep — a sleeping bag. For our stroller. Welcome to NYC, folks. It’s really cold here. And Sally and I run all our errands in said cold weather. And the wind tunnels on these NYC streets make me want to curl up in a ball and never leave the house. But we must leave the house because our house is small and we would lose our mind if we never left. The sleeping bag was an unexpected, though necessary expense. I’ll post a picture of her all bundled up in it sometime soon. I try not to think about how much warmer she is than I am when we’re out and about.
Finally, we bought diapers and wipes, which was around $50. So our grand total for month 23 is $200, one of our higher months of spending with little Sal.
And now some pictures of our (new) New Yorker:
For the been-there-done-that crowd, does this sound pretty typical? How do we relate and differ? Am I crazy to hope we can have Sally potty trained by the time the new baby arrives? I really don’t want to shell out twice the $$$ for diapers come April.