Dec 28 2008

I have a blog? What?

Wow! I have been a mom for a little over a week now. It blows my mind. I haven’t forgotten about this blog, but I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty hard to think about saving money (or anything else) when I have a sweet little boy to stare at all day.

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So far, things are going well. Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post!

We’ve had a few things to purchase this week, including newborn-sized diapers. When I talked about stocking up on diapers before my baby was born, people cautioned me against buying too many newborn sized diapers. Some moms were given newborn sized ones at the hospital to take home.

That is reasonable advice.

However, at our hospital, they only had size 1s to give out. Those were waaay too big on my baby. Jonathan’s birth weight was 6 lbs. 5 oz. and when we left the hospital, he was 5 lbs. 11 oz. I figured he’d be at least 7.5 to 8 pounds!

I’m doing my b(r)est to frugally plump him up, but I do think he’ll be in the tiny size for a few more weeks. We’ll see. At any rate, this wasn’t something I could anticipate. We’ll just have to deal with it and use whatever coupons we have on hand and keep tabs on the diaper deals of the week at Baby Cheapskate.

I signed up for the rewards program from Pampers and thanks to Money Saving Methods, I scored 14 bonus points to start us off. I know that it’ll take me awhile to earn anything cool (a box of Cheerios is worth 50 points, I think) but every little bit helps!

My husband picked up a few more receiving blankets (what were we thinking when I only had four on hand to start out??). We don’t have a ton of newborn sized clothing, but we do have enough. His umbilical cord is still attached so we’re avoiding onesies for now. Instead, we dress him in tiny t-shirts, put a sleeper on top of that, and swaddle him in those receiving blankets.

While we have a bunch of meals in the freezer, we have also eaten restaurant food. On the way home from the hospital, we stopped at a Wendy’s drive-thru. Yum. And, on the way home from the pediatrician, we picked up a pizza.

I managed to get out of the house alone and made a quick trip to the grocery. I went to the nearest one, which happens to be a Giant Eagle. It’s a pricey place to shop. If I thought I had enough time to make it to Aldi, I could have saved a good $20 or so.

Oh, and our electric bill is about to get insane. While pregnant, I kept our apartment at 63-68 degrees. Now, it’s at 72 and it will be until Johnny gets much bigger. What can I say, the boy has no fat? I don’t want him to be a popsicle.

I am not a bit concerned about these little expenses. We knew that life would be a bit chaotic in the first few weeks (months? years?) of our baby’s life. Getting through it while maintaining our sanity is a bit more important than saving the most money possible this month.

And really, I think we’re doing pretty well for first-timers!



22 Responses to “I have a blog? What?”

  1. Huge Congratulations! What a precious little one! He will be a round little plump soon I am sure. Keep up the great work!

    Tia’s last blog post..So Cal Residents! B1G1 Free Coldstone’s!

  2. he’s adorable :) i think you are doing well, considering you planned as best as you could before baby got here. the expenses you are incurring are pretty normal, from the sounds of it. enjoy the family!

    tiffanie’s last blog post..splurging!!

  3. My little guy was the same way – a wee skinny little twig boy. He started making up for it at about 9 months though. Get lots of baby loves for me. My “baby” is already almost 18 months. *sigh* And you DO sound like you guys are “doing pretty well for first-timers” LOL.

    Who cares about blogging when you’ve got a sweetie pie like that to enjoy????

  4. Hello!

    Enjoy away the hours with your little cutie; I totally understand:)

    I love how frugal you’ve tried to be in preparing for baby’s birth — and how well balance you are about a few extra costs once he’s here. Babies are more difficult to pigeon hole into a budget:)

    Take Care,

    Trixie

  5. I think you two are awesome! I love the fact that you are so relaxed about everything. You are going to be a great mom. Thanks for updating us! He’s so cute!

    MrsMoney’s last blog post..Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

  6. Congratulations on little Jonathan! I’m glad to hear that you’ve got your priorities straight. Sometimes it’s so easy to get tunnel vision when it comes to being frugal. It’s easy to become obsessed with how much we could have saved if we’d only … whatever – fill in the blank. (I’m speaking from my own personal experience here…) Your priority right now is your new little one – enjoy him!! They don’t stay this little for very long!

    Jessica

  7. he’s adorable and you’re doing a fantastic job. babies are full of surprises and these few are the least of them, trust me. You really are so fantastically logical that i doubt this munchkin will never have to worry about a thing.

  8. Big Congratulations! He is adorable. My baby Camryn was very small too and we had to scramble to buy a few preemie size clothes and diapers. Like your hospital, mine only had size 1 and they swallowed her.

    Hard to believe but she will be one in just a few weeks and she is now the biggest baby I’ve ever had at her age. Sweet and chunky and oh so cute!

    Take care, rest, and enjoy your new baby.

  9. Congratulations on the new bundle of joy. If that is him in the picture, he doesn’t look small to me. Of course, I don’t have kids so I wouldn’t really know.

  10. Congradulations! What a wonderful Christmas present you got. Best wishes in the coming year for you and your family.

  11. Awesome! I remember that feeling so well, being in love with my newborn babies. Sounds like you are doing great, congratulations!

  12. Given the layers he’s in, I don’t think you need to worry about having the heat that high! Imagine how warm you’d be with two layers plus a blanket and how many layers is he in in that? My DD was in like 3 from wrapping it so many times around her.).

    We didn’t turn the heat above 68 and our daughter did just fine, she was born in November. And her bedroom is far cooler than the downstairs is. She actually sweated so much we had to undress her for naps (when she was then swaddled).

  13. In the picture, he’s just in a t-shirt and a diaper with a Christmas-themed dish towel on top. Hehe.

    I’m just layering him like the doctor said, with the temp at what they suggested.

    I’d be warm in all those layers, but then again I’m able to regulate my body temp and I have fat :)

    He does get pretty chilly if we pare it down.

  14. Your little boy is much more important than your blog :-). That being said…the craziness at the beginning will wear off, and you’ll be back to blogging before you know it. You just have to make it through the no-sleep haze. He’s so cute…I’m sure your first Christmas together was so special.

  15. He’s adorable—so glad he’s doing well!! I’m sure he will plump up in no time–my little guy was under 7lbs at birth..and six months later he weighs TWENTY lbs! Enjoy, enjoy…

    Michelle’s last blog post..See You in a Few Days

  16. You have an adorable son! Congratulations!

    Sounds like you are doing really well. We had the same issue with no newborn diapers, because everyone tells you not to buy many of them, as well as newborn clothes. Our firstborn weighed 5lbs 4oz and was even smaller by the time we came home, so this was a problem. My MIL actually bought us a few outfits of doll clothes for him to wear. He really hates that story, lol. Anyway, he will grow fast, just wait and see.

    Again, congratulations on your new little blessing!

  17. You’ll figure it all out, don’t worry. Glad to hear you guys are doing well! Happy New Year!

  18. Congratulations! What a wonderful Christmas gift! He’s beautiful. Happy New Year and Many Blessings to you & your family in 2009.

    Janet’s last blog post..The Final Work of 2008

  19. Happy New Year Kacie!

    You are doing awesome!! Please do not fret about how much you have spent on diapers/eating out or heating. The first few weeks with a baby you really are on survival mode. Do what works best for you at the time. You are financially responsible the rest of the time, these few weeks won’t set you back at all.
    My baby was also tiny like yours and I think he ended up being in size N for three or so weeks and then size ones for a month. But every baby is so different.
    Congrats again!
    Mercedes

  20. Congratulations! Babies are time consuming, or so I have heard. And yours is just a doll. So tiny!

    Dani’s last blog post..The One Where I Play Santa Clause…

  21. Kacie you make a very good point. I too hate to go to the store and find that they are out of a product I want. With five heads of hair to wash it seems that I am often running out of shampoo and having to pay full price because I didn’t plan ahead. I am not gender specific on shampoo and was my boys hair with shampoo marketed to women.

    Finally, I am shopping for my family, our church pantry and a women & children’s shelter that we will begin donating to this year.

    BTW, I left plenty of the $2.99 Garnier Fructis which is still free after coupons.

    Congratulations on the birth of your son he is such a cutie and has a great momma.

    Hadias’s last blog post..2 Fish and 5 Loaves of Bread

  22. I’m just catching up and am so excited for you! Congratulations! You certainly seem to have a wonderful perspective on things. And at least buying newborn diapers has you paying the least per diaper since there are more to a pack. I think there’s a Huggies deal next week at CVS, too. I hope you’re all sleeping well!

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