We did it! We survived the first month of parenting for the second time! And… it was actually pretty fun. Okay, fun is a relative term, but the heart eye emoji (😍) times a billion pretty much sums up how we feel about our little one-month-old. For Sally’s first year, we documented each month, financial and otherwise, so we thought we’d do the same for Wynn. Ye’ve been warned. (Can we make ye’ve a thing, please?)
General Baby Thoughts
The first time around, Johnny and I were basket cases, stressing about every little detail of parenting. Why is she grunting all the time? (Newborns just do that.) What are those bumps on her face? (Baby acne.) Why do her eyes cross like that? (Again, newborns.) The questions were endless. Mostly, it was me stressing and then relaying my stress to Johnny at work with frantic texts with lots of exclamation points. But this time around, we’re just trying to savor every stage. Wynn will only be a cuddly, sleepy, tiny newborn for a very short time. Yes, we’re sleep deprived, but we have the perspective to know it’s temporary, and somehow that has made it a lot easier.
The bigger adjustment, truth be told, has been trying to divide our time between two kiddos. Sally and Johnny have become best buddies as of late since Wynn and I are kind of connected at the hip — because milk. We are miles ahead of where we were a few weeks ago with juggling the two-kid life, and I’m hoping it just keeps getting better. No, it must get better, or Johnny might divorce me from all the texts I send him at work when all hell breaks loose at home — which is several times a day right now.
As far as one-month milestones go, Wynn is gradually stretching out her nighttime feedings, which deserves a celebration complete with cake and ice cream. She is also starting to want to be awake more, and she’s just started grinning. Those moments are still a bit of a unicorn, so we’ve yet to catch one in a picture.
Financial Baby Updates
Diapers: We’ve spent money on one thing and one thing only this month for Wynn: diapers. And wipes. Okay, two things. My favorite diapers for newborns are Pampers Swaddlers because they keep in what needs to be kept in. And I use Pampers Baby Fresh wipes because… I love the way they smell. Important stuff, people! We’ve gone through the diapers the hospital gave us, one newborn size box of 128, and 2/3 of a size one box of 148. Oh, and a box of wipes. Whew, that’s a lot of diapers. And all of it cost us roughly $60 this month, thanks to Amazon and saving 20% using Amazon Mom with the Subscribe & Save feature. After the first month, babies slow down a bit with dirtying themselves, so this price should go down a bit next month.
Plane Tickets: We also purchased plane tickets this month to visit family next month, which we’re mostly doing so they can meet Wynn! We used our Southwest airline miles to fly out there, but we spent $360 for the flight home (also using some old JetBlue airline miles) in order to get a direct flight. We’re trying to minimize our travel time with two unpredictable little girls.
So the total for month one, not including plane tickets? $60. We’re lucky to be stocked up on baby clothes and gear since this is our second go around with a little girl. Wynn has yet to wear something that isn’t a hand-me-down! Oh, the life of the second child (and beneficiary of lots of sweet nieces and aunts)… And now, some pictures of our one-month-old, with some cameos by her older sister.
We’re excited to share more updates from month to month! Any other information you’re interested in hearing in these updates? What do you do with a two-year-old who asks to be swaddled and tries to steal her sister’s pacifiers several times a day? Asking for a friend…