We had a plan. This is not it. Our “baby” was 2, and we could officially say we were out of the baby phase. We were moving on to middle school, baseball, potty training (for the last time), ballet recitals – we completely changed gears mentally.
So what’s the first thing we did? Purged all our baby stuff, of course. Changing table? We wouldn’t need that anymore. Baby swing? Nope, get rid of it. What about the stroller? Well, once our Little Princess was walking, she refused to sit in the stroller at all, so we got rid of that, too. It felt good to have a lot of extra space, and it was like we were admitting to ourselves, and to the world, that we were done with the baby thing.
I think God likes it when we make plans. He likes to show us that our plans are basically meaningless. Back in late October, we found out we were expecting Baby #6. (We found out this week it’s a baby boy!) That put us into a roller coaster of emotions. Reluctant, stunned, then (slowly) excited – but mostly nervous!
Where is the baby going to sleep?
What car seat will the baby use?
Can we fit 6 kids in our current vehicle?
What about baby clothes?
According to womenshealth.gov, half of pregnancies are unplanned, so we are definitely not alone. While there are obviously many facets of a new baby to explore, the one I’m concerned with here is the financial implications.
Since we’re not new to the baby game, I know there three major categories of “baby spending:”
Medical (for mom)
Medical (for baby)
“Baby needs” (cribs, car seats, etc.)
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be researching different ways to cut down on these costs, and include things that we’re doing to minimize costs.
Leave your story – or any advice, tips or tricks – in the comments!