Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The price of a child

Damn, kids are expensive!  I know you parents out there who read this are probably laughing right now thinking "yep, and you have no idea..."  But seriously, they are expensive little things, aren't they?  Our child seems to be multiplying in size by the day, now wearing (barely) size 12 month clothes but fitting more comfortably in size 18 month outfits.  The other day I realized "oh crap, we have nothing past 18 months!"  So I went shopping for 24 month clothes.  Seriously?  Stop growing, child!  I can't keep up with clothing you! 
And it's not just the clothes..."Little Miss" is no longer little.  She has rapidly outgrown her car seat.  No more carrier for her!  We have had to order a convertible car seat, one she will be using for many years now.  More money.  And we decided to just go ahead and order one for each car, so yeah...more money.  But we have to do it, right?  Safety, safety, safety.  Plus, I'm not sure how much longer I can carry her around in that carrier.  We're already well past the weight limit the cardiologist has put on me for lifting things. 
This little girl also goes through food like gangbusters.  People at Kroger regularly laugh at me with how much baby food is in my cart.  And the formula?  Oh the formula.  We stock up at the good old Sam's Club on a monthly basis, and we buy about six or seven containers of Gerber Good Start Gentle formula each time.  We also buy one huge box of diapers and one huge box of wipes.  That'll likely last us maybe a month, if that.  Diapers need to be supplied at home and at daycare.  And home girl goes through diapers quickly!  I'm not sure if this was some sort of sick joke on her Mommy the other day, but on Saturday she had six, count them, six dirty diapers.  Seriously?  Stop pooping!  For the love of God, no more poop! 
Our doctor recommended this stuff called Bourdeaux Buttpaste.  After I got over laughing at the name over and over again, I ordered four boxes of it from drugstore.com (enough to get shipping free and upromise points), and when I got the receipt, I had to laugh thinking "I just spent $50 on stuff we wipe on her butt." 
So my question...8 months is old enough for a part-time job, right?  She needs to start pulling her weight.  Time to start working, girlie! 
No, just kidding.  I wouldn't do that.  But she is one pricey little girl.  Of course, I would do anything and everything for her, and I would gladly sacrifice anything I would need to ensure she has everything she needs.  She simply comes first. 

We have started the Santa present purchasing.  T and I have budgeted an amount each month, and I have just bought the first few presents.  It's so much fun.  I think it's going to be hard for me to stop when we get to our budgeted amount.  I'd gladly sacrifice any Christmas present for her Santa one.  Like I said, so excited. 
But I seriously will be looking into seasonal employment for myself, T or Aubrey.  She'll bankrupt us all!


  1. Yep and you have no idea :) Mine are 23, 21 and 20 and they're STILL expensive!! haha

  2. So, what in the world IS "Bourdeaux Buttpaste"?

  3. Gotta love the butt paste! :-) And yes, my kids are also much more fashionable than me since I end up buying them new clothes all the time, and I'm stuck with the same clothes year after year. Such is life, I guess.


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