I found out I was pregnant November 3, 2012. It is amazing
that it’s already been over a year and now I have this beautiful four month old
baby girl. In the beginning there are so many emotions you are overcome with. I
was hoping I would have a healthy, full term pregnancy, I began to wonder what
type of parent I would be and if I could raise someone to be a respectable
human being. Most of all I began to worry about money. Babies are expensive.
I’ve recently become an avid coupon/bargain shopper and
thought I would make the best of this nine month pregnancy and buy as much as I
could throughout so I wasn’t swamped with needed items when she arrived.
What’s the most needed item that I can get a jump on, was my
first thought, and diapers and wipes were it.
I began to research the best cost of diaper and how many it
would be predicted are needed. (FYI the what’s needed chart will vary between
babies, Riley needed 6 packs of newborns, some may need more, some may need
less and some may not wear newborn at all). Here was what I based my shopping on.
How did we do?
I didn’t get away scotch free not having to run out and buy
diapers. We had to run out and buy some newborns because even though Riley was
a whopping 8 lbs. 14 oz. she stayed in those newborn diapers for longer than I
expected. We’re currently in size two, I don’t imagine we’ll be there much
longer, so then we’ll dive into that huge size 3 stash.I did have one extra pack of size one, I held
onto them and then was able to include them in a baby shower gift.
This chart is by no means a solid concrete this is how many
diapers you need, but it’s definitely a big help to get an idea if you want to
jump start your buying.
In addition, my math was simple for wipes, for every pack of
diapers I bought a pack of wipes, for every box of diapers I bought a jumbo
pack of wipes (3 to a pack kind).
And this is how the stash looked, isn't it pretty?
Welcome to a new week, a short week here considering I only have to be at work three days *extreme happy dance* Another Monday has come that we've tried another meatless dish. I'd never had butternut squash before and one squash (which cost a whopping 75 cents) not only made a large crockpot full of dinner and tomorrow's lunch, it also made 8 baby food jars for Miss Riley. I'm trying to make as much homemade baby food for her as possible and why not kill two birds with one stone.
The baby food recipes will be for another day. Today it's about the stew.
For the recipe you'll need
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, sliced
1 1/2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 can green beans
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
I put everything in the crockpot on low for 10 hours. Nothing better on a cold November day in PA than coming home to some warm stew in the crockpot!
I hope you enjoy!
Here's our little ham enjoying Light Up Night this past weekend.