Life Change: Having a Baby

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I am throwing a triple baby shower this weekend for three college girlfriends of mine that are having babies soon. Crazy that they are all preggo at the same time, but so fun to watch them prepare to become mommies. I can’t wait to celebrate with them this weekend {lots of fun DIY tutorials coming your way next week!}. It’s such a huge life change to become a parent for the first time and over the next 5 weeks I’m going to be sharing how we’ve dealt with some of those big life changes in our house. As you know, our sweet Molly is quickly approaching her first birthday and it’s been the best year of our lives. We are just a *little* bit obsessed with her and love our family time at home. As much fun as there is in having a new baby, it can also be stressful at times. There is no “down” time with a baby around. No lounging and watching movies on a Sunday afternoon. Someone always has to be keeping her entertained, fed, cleaned, etc. Dinner and a movie takes a lot more planning. I can’t leisurely browse the mall after work because there is a baby to hurry home to. Sleeping in on the weekends? I can’t even remember what that feels like. I’ve been pooped on more times than I can remember, show up to work frequently with spit-up on my dress, and have even worse posture than I used to from carrying Molly around all the time. But every ounce of change in our life has been worth it for that sweet little girl:) I’ve also laughed more than I ever have, cry tears of happiness on a regular basis, and have a heart that is so full I’m not sure if anything could make life better. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

molly sleeping

I mean, look at those cheeks. They are the greatest cheeks ever made. And those lashes? I’m so jealous. Goodness, she’s one pretty little baby.

Getting ready to start a family does take some planning, specifically finances. Babies actually do cost money believe it or not. You know we are big on the ole budget around here {you can catch up on our financial series here} but we’ve been mindful about our baby spending and actually haven’t had to adjust our budget. Diapers, formula, baby food, clothes, it all adds up but if you keep an eye out for great deals, make your own baby food, etc. you really can keep expenses relatively low. However, we did start putting a little extra moolah back in our savings to have a little safety net for unknown medical expenses, etc. I would definitely recommend having an emergency fund or extra cushion in your savings account for any unplanned expenses, baby or not;) An awesome start to that baby savings plan? How about entering for a chance to win some money? That would be a sweet surprise. BMO Harris Bank Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes started this week and it’s actually fun to play along. I’m a sweepstakes junkie {although I’ve never won any} and joined yesterday and it’s sort of a two for one-you enter a sweepstakes and learn something while you are at it. Each week they will cover a big life change so the scavenger hunt gives tips, has video clips, and interesting facts about that big life event. Pretty cool. You enter through Facebook and this week the prize is $500!

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What was it like when you had your first baby? Anyone else experience projectile poop multiple times in  their baby’s first year? ;)

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Comments

  1. Awwww…. love those cheeks.

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