I’m still amazed that Hailey will be 1 on Saturday. I approach the day with mixed emotions of joy and feeling sentimental, but mostly joy. This year has been, above all, FUN. I’ve also learned a lot along the way and with almost year of experience under my belt, I’d like to present you with the first round of baby’s first year superlatives.
My Biggest Money Mistake:
Winner: Spending a small fortune on bedding. I got sucked into boutique, custom-made bedding. I knew I wanted gender neutral and a pattern. Let’s just say I could have found another option than the designer paisley I ended up with. Oh, and that expensive crib skirt I decided was necessary to “complete the look” – yeah, it’s folded up in the back of the closet. DUMB.
Runner Up: Choosing the fanciest pack-n-play. Do I love it? Absolutely! But did I really need the remote control and baby-cry-activated features? Probably not. The only use I got out of them was showing them off to friends.
My Biggest Overall Surprise
Winner: Expenses for baby’s first year were less expensive than I planned for. Diapers cost us about $50-$60 a month and getting the upfront baby basics (crib, pump, etc) are expensive, but the lack of month to month expenses once the baby arrived is what surprised me. Breastfeeding is free, we get most of Hailey’s clothes from consignment and she finds two wooden spoons as exciting as toys, so we truly haven’t spent as much as I was expecting this first year. I imagine the expenses will grow exponentially as she gets older, but baby costs were less than I was expecting. Runners Up: Engorgement. WOW. It is uncomfortable. Breastfeeding is no joke.
What I Learned about Me
Winner: I’m slightly OCD. I guess I knew this before, but it really shines through with a baby. Would you believe that I still record every single nap and feeding? I’m trying to break the habit.
Runner Up: I really don’t function well without sleep. If Hailey has one night where she wakes up for a bit, I drag myself through the next day, feeling like a zombie clenching my coffee mug. Weak, I know. High fives to all you mommas who handle it with so much more grace than I do!
Runner Up #2: I still know all the words to Disney songs. Yesssssssssss.