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I don’t need the “next big thing” because my daughter is the next big thing each day!
I didn’t realize before kids how much contentment my daughter would give me. Who knew that watching the world from her eyes would be so satisfying?
In her newborn days, she looked up in awe at the light fixture in our living room.
It’s a standard manufactured light. But to her, it’s so much more.
She’s amazed by simple pleasures. Grass. The pliability of a baking spoon. Sunshine dancing across her face.
Watching her learn life beats the latest trends, hairstyles and breaking news alerts any day.
I’m embracing community more now.
I don’t think I’ve experienced a much bigger life change than becoming a parent. Parenthood still tops marriage, moving away from family, graduating and losing loved ones.
To cope, I’ve connected with other new moms who are going through similar experiences. We need each other through the blowouts, ER visits, and countless lost hours of sleep. 🙂
Rather than spend money to spend time together, I invite girlfriends to my home. For the cost of iced tea, our babies can play together at home and we share adult time.
It’s working for now and I’ve noticed I’m much happier making mom friends.
We eat out less now.
I couldn’t figure out why our daughter spit up a lot when she was a newborn.
After several doctor appointments, the pediatrician diagnosed her with reflux. I stopped eating dairy and soy since I was breastfeeding (and later peanuts and egg) to help reduce her reflux.
Removing soy from my diet eliminated 95% of the restaurants we enjoyed before baby.
At first, it was quite a change, but now I see it as a triple win for a few reasons:
- We don’t eat out as much. Few restaurants eliminate soy and dairy.
- Dairy and soy free foods lower our grocery bill since most are unprocessed. We save by making most foods ourselves.
- Our baby refluxes less since going dairy and soy free.
Wins all around!
I’ve changed some of my hobbies to be more baby friendly (and frugal).
We enjoy visiting the hot springs in the little mountain towns nearby. During pregnancy and immediately after delivery, it wasn’t a good time to getaway.
In the meantime I’ve found some fun baby friendly activities that have kept me happy.
I’ve made homemade applesauce, visited the dog park and went for drives with coffee in hand.
Some days, getting out of the house has saved my sanity and my arms while baby sleeps in the car seat.
I’ve opted for more low-key, frugal clothes.
Before baby, I worked full time as a communications professional. My day job required that I dress semi-casual.
My boss was almost always dressed nicer than those in other departments. No one ever said anything about my uniformed 3-4 Goodwill outfit styles. But, I felt the tacit pressure to always buy new clothes.
Post-baby, I transitioned to working about 20 hours per week from home. Now I work in yoga pants or blue jeans most of the time.
I’ve spent less than $20 on clothes for me since the baby was born. Plus, I’d prefer to get spit up on junk clothes over fancy work clothes any day!
I love being a new mom.
It’s added an indescribable richness to my life that money won’t ever be able to afford.
She owns my heart, made me more compassionate, and opened my eyes to the world I take for granted.
There’s many ways to be a frugal parent while still offering our daughter a quality life.
I hope she’ll appreciate her life even if I pay for used clothes and cut her hair myself.
Happy Mother’s Day!