Babystar loooooves outings. She is basically a puppy. If you tell her she’s going ‘bye-bye’ she immediately jumps up and starts panting and wagging her tail. Just kidding. She runs to find her shoes and sits on the first step which is apparently her Official Shoe Step and yells and points at grown-ups until someone helps her get her shoes on.
Even if she isn’t yet wearing pants.
We have had a lot of fun outings over the last few weeks. The parks are free. (THANK GOODNESS THE PARKS ARE FREE. Or more accurately, thank you Arlington County’s liberal public works tax spending, the parks are free.) But not everything is free.
We went to Busy Bees twice recently — once with cousin V and once without. Babystar loves Busy Bees but I do not love paying $15 a pop now that she has turned one. We go much less than before, of course, but she is playing in more areas and getting braver, probably because her 3yo cousin is a little trailblazer.
We also saw Culture Queen at Busboys & Poets, which in theory is only $5 per kid. So $5. But their sweet potato pancakes are amazing and I ordered them with eggs and turkey sausage and a vanilla latte AND Babystar made a royal mess (because she is a Tower of Royal Power) so I tipped the poor server that got stuck in the kiddie room $10 so that morning’s total was $44.70. Worth it. It’s only once in awhile and did I mention that the sweet potato pancakes are SO FREAKING GOOD?
Finally, we attended a birthday party! Babystar’s first invitation. The party was adorably pumpkin-themed and the kids each got to choose and decorate a mini-pumpkin. So clever. So cute. So Babystar ignored all of that and mowed the grass instead. It was a toy lawn mower, at least. She was not into the party or the kids at all. She did enjoy a fruit skewer before getting tired and we sadly left before any cake and before the 1yo Party Girl opened her presents. We brought her sensory balls. I hope she likes them.
RAISING BABYSTAR: $12,387.09
You know that Thing where you finally clean out a closet because the College Boy is coming home from school for the summer and you find boxes of baby clothes labeled 6-12 months and 12-18 months that you totally forgot about and whoops the baby already grew out of some of these and then you get mad at yourself because you literally JUST BOUGHT more clothes and then you forgive yourself because you were so very sleep deprived when you packed these up last year?
Yeah, that just happened.
Babystar’s summer wardrobe is set. Her drawers are bursting. Hashtag blessed.
RAISING BABYSTAR: $7,797.39
Now that I am officially moved out of my Florida apartment and back in Virginia for good, my brother brought over the ‘baby things he was saving for me.’
Holy bananas! Apparently my almost-two-year-old niece never sleeps in her crib so he gave it to me! Mattress, mobile, the whole shebang! Freaking awesome!
Along with tons more clothes and two bags of baby toys.
Pro Tip: Try to arrange to have a baby after your siblings. It needs to be right after them — before they give away everything to their pregnant friends.
Total so far: $257.99
I thought for sure that there would be zero baby showers due to living in Florida for most of this pregnancy. We have now had four sweet showers! The first one was in Florida, then my office threw a surprise party and gifted us a $350 Buy Buy Baby gift card and a few other gifts. Sean’s office threw a not so surprise shower for us and gave us a really nice BOB Jogging Stroller. And Sean’s church group even brought over an amazing cake and some gifts, including a diaper sprayer since we plan to cloth diaper.
So blessed. So lucky. I am overwhelmed with emotion at everyone’s generosity. It’s probably just hormones.
Total so far: $257.99
My Florida family and friends threw a sweet surprise baby shower for me today! More baby stuff!
There was also a diaper cake (so tons of diapers to unroll and save), baby bath supplies, and a few other thoughtful gifts.
RUNNING TOTAL: $257.99