Babystar is seven months old today.
SEVEN. MONTHS. OLD.
How did this happen?
Also? How have we spent $5,718.37 on this thing that has only been a thing for seven months?!?
Math is hard but if I divide that by seven months and then by thirty days (I know the rhyme but it’s easier this way), then we are spending over $27 per DAY on this baby!! Sally Struthers once told me that I can care for a child for just the price of a cup of coffee per day. Even Starbucks doesn’t cost $27.
I know much of that was the hospital bill. And a bunch was for diapers. Also I went a bit mad with baby clothes shopping the last couple of months. But wow that is a lot of money. Especially considering that so much stuff was given to us as gifts or hand me downs. And double especially considering that she has already grown out of a lot of those clothes I purchased last November. I should have just bought three pairs of pajamas and washed them every day. Lesson learned.
When I first started keeping track of our baby expenses, I just wanted to know where all the money went. (I still can’t really say I KNOW, but I should know. I really should.) Watching the bottom line grow has been enlightening. I will definitely make some changes for 2016. (A bit late for a New Year’s Resolution but there it is.)
RAISING BABYSTAR: $5,718.37
We went to the pediatrician today and I had a balance of $15 because I asked a non well-baby question during her well-baby check back in August. Um. Ok.
RAISING BABYSTAR: $5,422.90
Babystar had her two month shots today. Picked up some infant Tylenol to have on hand per doctor’s instructions. (We are lucky that our insurance completely covers well-baby visits.)
RAISING BABYSTAR: $3,426.10
While pregnant, I swore that I would not give Baby a pacifier. It was hell getting it away from my oldest, back in the last
century millennium. Then I brought Baby home and did not sleep for three days. Thank the Lord (or actually, my cousin) that someone smarter than me thought to tuck an assortment of newborn pacifiers into a very thoughtful shower gift. I definitely unpacked boxes at 4am that third night until I found one.
Baby only liked one of them, though, and it was a newborn size that no longer really fit her still tiny little mouth. Time for a Tasting Party!
Yesterday we bought four types of pacis from Target to find out which would best quiet the beast. That is how much I am on board the paci train. I am the freaking driver. Conductor? Engineer? Whatever. Worth the $21.06.
RAISING THIS BABY: $2,771.87
Babystar had her second check up today and she is healthy! Yay!
She does have a bit of yeasty diaper rash so we got some prescription cream. It was pricey at thirty bucks but the doc prescribed plenty so we will have it on hand. And we also need to give her Vitamin D drops daily since she is breastfed. Found these for $6.99.
RAISING THIS BABY: $2,750.81