Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

We Did It

We actually did it a month ago. I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to jinx it. You know how these things go. When I say "we", I actually mean Puddin Pop. She is 100% into big girl panties and isn't even wearing pull ups at night. Ahh, I figure that's about $35 we're now saving.

When I think about all the milestones the kids have achieved and the money we've saved in the process, it's quite a relief. Sure, we end up spending the money on other things they need, but I really think getting out of the "baby" phase and thus not buying things like diapers, formula, bottles, sippy cups, baby food and snacks really makes the most impact. Yes, we buy more milk and fruit and all the other food, but it's stuff we were already buying, so to buy a little more doesn't seem to have the same impact as buying the things that only a baby would need. Know what I mean?

With the first baby, Boog, I went with what I "knew" were the best diapers and nursed for 4 months before going back to work. When it became necessary to supplement with formula, I immediately bought what I thought was the best out there. Go ahead and laugh. When Puddin Pop came along, and I was no longer working, I found a lot of baby products that were just as good as the name brands, and better because they cost a whole lot less. I figure on diapers and formula alone, we saved over $100 monthly due to different choices and the knowledge that formulas are FDA regulated and only vary in price. Parent's Choice Infant Formula is far less expensive than Similac but provides the same nutrients that babies need. Check out their pricing calculator and compare your current brand with theirs and you can instantly see how much you could save monthly as well as yearly. Each Mother should be allowed to choose between nursing or formula feeding, store-brand options allow them to make the choice based on their needs rather than the financial impact it will have on the family. Their is still a cost, but it doesn't have to break the bank, and shouldn't.

I am so proud of PP and am a little saddened that the baby phase is over in our house. We are onto the preschool age and will have many new achievements to look forward to and I can't wait to be a part of each and every one.


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