I can see the wheels turning in that little head of yours... especially when you don't get your way!
You are in Size 3 diapers and Size 6-9 Month clothing. Not sure how much you weight, since there is no pediatrician visit this month, but you have put on a considerable amount of weight, Pork Chop, from all this baby food.
You're on Mommy Milk and are eating your baby food 2-3 times a day. Your favorite is bananas, and you LOVE baby yogurt.
You're still napping about 3 times a day.
Your favorite hobbies include watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins - in fact, you're quite obsessed. You literally light up like it's Christmas morning when their theme songs come on. It's hilarious.
More pictures? Mom - quit taking pictures of me!
See those teeth?
Mom... quit kissing on me! You're so embarrassing.
(Side Note: Had to get the "Billy Ray" chopped off. I've got a very short bob. Mr. Smith calls it the "College Christina" look.)
You LOVE your bath time! I honestly think you would stay in the bath all day long if I would let you.
So, with the introduction of foods has come very interesting developments with H... in the bowel region.
My normal "let's go #2 once a week breastfed baby" now likes to go about 37 times a day.
I may or may not be exaggerating - I like to keep you guessing mid-week.
Recently these new developments led to a very fun Code Brown Situation in public.
As I waited in line at Savages - a scrumptious bakery here in B'ham - with H in my arms, I noticed lots of people looking at him. Of course, being the proud mommy that I am, thought "Oh, look, they think my baby is so cute and precious. That must be why we're garnering so many looks."
Then I smelled it. And crossed my fingers that the bakery scent would cover it until we departed.
Getting back to the car (whilst balancing some boxes of calorie-free goods) and putting H in his car seat, I saw the path of destruction.
Exploding out of his cute smocked outfit, down both his legs, across my waist, smears down both my arms...
Did I mention I was wearing a white cardigan?
It gets worse.
Since I had about 2 baby wipes left in the diaper bag that day, I used them on Precious Babe and rode home covered in the Poo.
With the heat on.
Imagine that smell.
Should I tell you there was smear on my face when I checked the rear view mirror?
As I'm watching H absorb his "Little Einsteins" today, I wanted to ask y'all about your opinions on saving up for his future college education.
One thing Mr. Smith and I wanted to do for his first Christmas was to have some sort of account already open, so we (and family) can deposit some moola in there to get it going.
And then we looked at all the accounts (and varying opinions) and were a little gobsmacked.
ESA? 529? Custodial Account? Regular Savings?
I've got a basic understanding of each, with their respective ups and downs, but we still haven't pulled the trigger on any one sort of account.
And Christmas is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.
I'm a big believer in higher education, but also a big believer in the idea that the standard "4-year university experience" isn't for everyone. Hypothetically speaking, if Mr. Smith and I save up moola for H for 18 years, and then he decides the college route is not for him or he gets a full-ride (Please Sweet Lord, let it be so! Could we have a future Crimson Tide quarterback with a 32 ACT score? A mom can dream, right? ), what do we do with the moola saved? Get penalized or taxed for it?
Last week I saw an old friend/co-worker who inquired about H's transition to food. As I started to tell her about making the homemade baby food, she stopped me with a "Oh - you're totally that mom now."
At the risk of getting eye rolls from all of you... yeah, I am.
But... hear me out.
Yes, I've been making H's baby food for the past 2-3 weeks, but the nerd in me crunched the numbers, and here's what I've got to show all you frugalistas, ok? (Plus, did you know some of that baby food can stay on your shelf for up to 3 years? Think about that.)
So, H has been eating about 2 helpings of baby food per day now. Sometimes I slide in a third helping, but he's still on a Mommy Milk diet - the baby food is just a happy addition to his diet.
As stated before, I do the grocery shopping for our familia in 2 week spans, so this is based on a 2-week project timeline.
Commercial Baby Food
2 jars of Baby Food @ $1.30 per Day = $2.60
$2.60 X 14 Days = $36.40
That's about $72.80/month.
I'm not adding in tax here... use your imagination.
Homemade Baby Food
2.37 pounds of bananas = $1.64
3.52 pounds of sweet potatoes = $3.48
Plus, I picked up a box of Baby Oatmeal for $3.69 (you make it with Mommy Milk)
And some Baby Yogurt (he loves it!) for $5.00
That's $13.81 for 14 Days.
And will be about $27 for November.
Last time I checked, those numbers added up in my favor with over $40 saved.
Plus, it's really easy. And you can freeze it.
As a friend would say... knock me over with a feather.