No, I haven’t gathered all the birthday photos and videos yet. Hold your horses (Ngoc)… we’ll share them soon (sneak peak here). Until then I thought I’d share my excitement for Avery turning ONE. We spent the weekend reminiscing here and there about where we were only a year ago. In the hospital, the birth, my girl Ashley cheering me on, Vinay making fun of me for getting an epidural (ya you try to go thru childbirth hunny), how tiny Avery used to be, and how much he’s grown and developed in just a year.
But all mushiness aside, I’ve been floored for this day to come – for some very PRACTICAL reasons One year means Avery’s a toddler. It means lots of stuff is changing. Let’s be blunt here. Babies are expensive. If you remember back, I tried to breastfeed Avery. I tried for a month, and maybe it was because he came a month early, or whatever the reason was, I didn’t produce enough milk. I nursed him and pumped every 2-3 hours for a month and after that, the doc gave us the OK to switch all to formula (we had been suplementing with formula). This was all well and good until Avery would spit up alot of it. So after trying many formulas, we found one for Acid Reflux that he could keep down. Where am I going with this? Well, formula is expensive. Especially the special kind we needed that we couldn’t even get in bulk. I went coupon crazy and got mailed coupons and bought them when they were on sale, but at 20-24$ each carton, and at the peak of Avery’s formula intake, the carton would only last 4 1/2 days. So we were spending $150 a month, JUST on formula. Add diapers and wipes, baby food, etc. It adds up.
So… coming up to the one year marker, we knew we’d be switching to whole milk. The week before Avery’s first birthday, I started putting a little milk in his bottles. He didn’t seem to notice or care, so we kept the ratio of milk to formula growing until Sunday (the day after his birthday) and the carton of formula ran out and we switched to milk in his bottles. So, as of Sunday Avery is off formula and is drinking whole milk. I’m psyched! We’ve been pinching pennies trying to make our bills like all other families in this economy. So every little bit helps. Yeah, milk is expensive. But I’ll take a $4 gallon of milk over a 24$ carton of formula! Yay!
With a growing toddler (awe, he’s not a baby anymore), Avery’s now eating less ‘baby food’ and more table foods. He loves eating with his fingers and although he refuses to eat his veggies, we try to offer him whatever we are eating. If he doesn’t eat much or doesn’t get in the fruits & veggies he needs, I’ll give him the Gerber mush. But since he’s eating more table foods, we’re spending less and less on the baby food. Another Yay! Last night Avery and I shared a chicken breast and sweet potato fries… yum!
And last but not least, come January 1st, Avery will be in the next bracket at daycare, which means his daycare tuition goes down $60 a month. Big YAY!
Oh and I almost forgot. Thanks to the crazy amount of gifts from his birthday, Aver won’t be needing and clothes or toys for a LONG time. Plus, Christmas is just around the corner…
What other savings can I expect now that Avery’s a toddler? Please share…