In the Baby Bucks series, we babble about babies and money and sleep deprivation and cuteness overload. In that order.
General Baby Thoughts
All I can say is “Where did the time go?” Last night Johnny and I were oohing and ahhing over our girl’s newborn pictures. On the one hand, I can barely remember our girl as a newborn. On the other hand, I can’t believe Johnny and I have been doing this parenting (or whatever you call what we’ve been doing) thing for eight months already! I was looking over our seven-month update and how easy I thought everything was. Well, that didn’t last. Our girl is now a crawler. And an eater of any and all itty-bitty things she can find. That combo has just about given me a heart attack. Just this past weekend, I had to fish a tiny plastic tag and a aluminum candy wrapper out of her mouth!
Our girl has what we like to call the chi-fecta: cheeks, chin, and chubs. Family, friends, and strangers like to comment on all three of these. “Those cheeks!” “Where did she get that dimple?” “Those thighs!” And my personal favorite: “Don’t worry about how heavy she is. She’ll grow out of it.” Well, I wasn’t worried — until you said something!
Financial Baby Updates
This month started to get a tad more pricey food-wise. Our girl eats three meals a day of solid food now. And since life has been a bit crazy with working and mothering and wife-ing, I’ve been cheating with baby food and just buying the pre-made stuff. I know, horrible. Well, yes, it is horrible because it’s cost close to $50 in the past month. But we’ve started making some of our own baby food now (special thanks to an awesome OFB reader), and we hope to really limit the amount of baby food bought in the upcoming months. Plus, our girl is getting better at chewing more solid food — even if she’s still all gums!
We’ve also got quite a large child on our hands — as if that needed to be said. And despite having a ton of second-hand 6–12 month clothes from family, she’s outgrowing everything. We spent $15 on two more pairs of PJs from Costco. But Baby Girl can’t wear PJs all the time (Johnny would beg to differ). So we’ve had to buy her other clothes, too. A few years back, Johnny designed and sold tee shirts with some friends and opened an American Apparel wholesale account. Thanks to said wholesale account (which he still has and costs nothing to maintain), we bought our girl a ton of baby clothes for super cheap — like $4 a shirt. We bought some clothes for both fall and winter and spent a total of $100. And we’ll have the most hipster baby on the block to boot.
Lastly, we spent about $40 on diapers and wipes for the month. So the grand total for month eight comes to $190. More than last month, but on par with the month before that. A-okay.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that our new little mobile monkey doesn’t get her hands on too much destruction in the coming month. But all signs point to t-r-o-u-b-l-e. Either way, I think we’ll keep her!
For the been-there-done-that crowd, does this sound pretty typical? How do we relate and differ?