In the Baby Bucks series, we babble about babies and money and sleep deprivation and cuteness overload. In that order.
Seven months is the magic number. Our baby girl is so much fun right now! Every month has had its struggles, but month seven has been pure bliss. Our girl sleeps 12 hours a night, naps 3 hours a day, and plays by herself for up to an hour at a time. And she can’t crawl and get into anything yet! It’s like, Whoa, this parenting thing is easy sauce. The daily struggles are still there, of course, but this is the easiest it’s ever been. I’m basking in every second because I see her little legs working, and I know she’ll be moving all over the place soon, leaving a path of destruction in her wake. Despite knowing this fact, I still help her work on her crawling skills every day because I love trouble — or maybe I’m just crazy.
We just started feeding Baby Girl real food, which has cost us a total of about $15. Most of her calories are still the good stuff (nursing). We also purchased a highchair from IKEA for $25, and it’s been pretty darn perfect. Cheap, easy to clean, and I think it’s pretty cute, too. But that may just be because of the butterball it houses.
Johnny’s brother got married this past month, just a few days after we got moved in, so we spent $9 having our girl’s dress dry cleaned for the wedding. Is it just me or is that a boatload to charge for a baby’s dress to be dry cleaned? Never again.
We have made the switch to Costco diapers. I lurve them, you guys. Pampers got too expensive, and then we tried Huggies, and for the price, I thought they were pretty mediocre. But Costco knows what’s up in the diaper department, even if the actual diaper graphics are rather hideous. The diapers cost $39, and I think they’ll last close to two months, which is kind of awesome.
As far as clothing goes, my sister and sister-in-law have given me a ton of hand-me-downs in the past month, so I haven’t really had to buy clothing or bibs or sippy cups. I love older sisters. I bought some $8 pajamas from good ol’ Walmart since our girl is outgrowing everything so quickly, and Johnny and I plan on getting her some other clothing necessities soon, too.
Grand total for month seven? $96. Not too shabby.
Our girl has found her voice. And what can I say? She is loud. Like her dad. Sometimes they just stare into each other’s eyes and yell for like 15 seconds straight with their mouths wide open. She wants so badly to learn to crawl, but she mostly just moves from side to side and backward. There’s no forward motion happening. At all. Which we’re a-okay with. Baby Girl has quite the sense of humor. If something she does makes you laugh, she’ll do it over and over again. Quite the entertainer. And our cat Persie is hilarious, apparently. Just seeing that cat makes our girl laugh her head off.
Baby Girl continues to be 99th percentile for height and weight, and she’s definitely no infant anymore. Sad face. Sometimes I wonder where my baby went! But her mouth is still sans teeth, so I’ll use that as my indicator of babyhood. Forget that fact that she weighs as much as a one-year-old. However sad it is to see our girl grow up past the infant stage, I also love seeing her personality develop. She’s a pretty cool cat (read: I’m obsessed!!!).
After this month, I’m finally starting to see how people have more than one child while still remaining sane. If you have a newborn, I can now say with confidence that it get’s easier. And all of you with older children are probably thinking, She has no idea what’s coming! I don’t, and I’d like to keep it that way 😉 And now for some pictures: