I knew that with parenthood came a lot of decisions. I didn’t realize how stressful those decisions are though!! We have waded through some of the more difficult (I think) decisions and have reached a somewhat agreement.
1) I will be feeding breast milk through the first year of baby’s life. My plan (God willing) is to breast feed when baby is hungry and also to pump and get a milk stash for future months. The easiest and cheapest way we have discovered to do this is little trays that are designed to freeze breast milk in 1 ounce sticks and place them in Ziploc freezer bags. I will need to either purchase a deep freeze or split the cost of one with my parents in order to freeze enough milk to last through the first year.
2) We will be mostly cloth diapering our little person the majority of the time. I was cloth diapered and asked my mom how hard it was. She said it wasn’t bad, just a load of laundry a day. After looking at what my sister has spent on disposables for my 7 month old nephew, cloth diapering is the way to go. I am further saving money by making one sized cloth diaper covers and then getting the cloth diaper prefolds from Walmart for stuffing them. I will get into the details in a future post, but basically the cost breakdown of self made cloth diapering is going to be roughly $90 to get from birth through potty training, rather than $1700-$2400 for disposables in the same timeframe. We will be utilizing some disposables mostly when we are going out in public and probably when baby is newborn. When the umbilical cord falls off we will switch to cloth.
3) Our views on circumcision will remain private for now. We have made up our minds based on religious and personal beliefs, but would rather not get into a debate regarding whether or not we have decided on circumcision. If you would really like to know feel free to send me a private message (but know our choice for our child is ours)
4) We have decided to forgo a bassinet and go straight for the crib. Since we are most likely staying in our one bed apartment until the lease is up in November, we are going to turn the dining room into a mini nursery (well getting rid of the dining room table and adding a crib and dresser for baby). We can see where the crib will be from our bed so keeping an eye on the wee one should be pretty easy.
That’s it for now. I’m sure more decisions will come and go and I will share those as they happen. If you know of a decision we are going to need to make please let me know.
On another note, here is a pic from week 5 vs week 11. I have grown so much!!