This is my second child, due in OCT and it's been SOOOO long. My son is 8! He'll be 9 by the time the baby is born and all the baby stuff I have is a bib, a bopy and a teething ring. We are SERIOUSLY in financial red right now. Between paying for doc co-pays, my hubsband getting a big fine for having no insurance (because we can't afford gas, insurance and the 2 car payments on the stupid thing), student loan debt garnishment and all the normal moth to month bills of food, rent, eletric, gas, water, phone and needing to keep tp in the house we have NO money. (Hubby already works 2 jobs 75+ h a week)
I need to whittle down baby stuff to the bare esentials. I know we will need clothing and cloth diapers will save us money in the long run.
Oh we'll need a car seat.
What other crap do I actually need? I can't remember. Don't get me wrong I was so surprised and delighted to find out we're going to have a baby. It's just since there is no holiday clusters in the summer like in winter we always have less money in the summer.
Food I know how to make money stretch (#1 don't eat meat more than a couple times a month). I know how to save money by making homemade cleaners. I know how to, ew yuck I hate when it comes to this, use rags and wash them instead of TP to save. I know how to find free food in the yard, dandelion salad anyone?
I could sew my husband's old clothes into clothes for my son except that by the time my husband stops wearing them the material is so worn they are only fit for rags.
I can have the baby sleep with me until it's crawling but then I really need to contain it for safety sake. Baby crawls out of bed in middle of night and drowns in towlet prevention.
Toys, I am sure my son have 1 oe 2 things that a baby can play with.
Hmm I can put baby in a drawer from the dresser on my bed so I don't squish it.
Shampoo, well there's bound to be a cheap recipe online somewhere.
I plan on nursing.
What am I forgeting?
Diapers, I can make some of those from stuff around the house. Even if I kept baby naked at home when we go out I'd need something.
I made a onsie last night. I don't know yet if its a boy or girl. In my state inorder to get an ID I need a birth certificate or green card or pass port or other such thing I don't have. I looked into getting a copy of my birth certificate a few years ago and because I can't just pop halfway across the country they will charge an arm and a leg to mail it to me. I have 2 car payments and ONE car. My husband works two jobs that are each 20 miles apart so having a car allows him to work more hours. Otherwise he would have to quite one because busses don't run at midnight when he gets off one job and has to go to the other.
My grandma told me yesterday she is sending a box of stuff for the baby. That should help. We have insurance. Someone suggested 10 onsies so today after I get done preserving straberries and cabbage I'll get back to sewing and work on somemore.
The masjid (mosque) here has lent us money to get our car fixed and other emergincies in the past so I am loath to ask for more. I have hands and I have thread and a machine so I can make clothes. I think the only thing I REALLY need to buy is a car seat which I am going to ask my mom if there's anyway she could make that her gift to the baby.
We have a celibration of the birth of a baby after it's born so then I can imagine people will bring a few gifts.
I really do apriciate all the encouragement thats been given. I kind of stressed out when my husband came to me and said we have 8 rolls of TP left and we both knew we can't afford more anytime soon. Turns out dispite terrible morning sickness I did manage to stock up as normal the man was just goofy blind. lol. (We are good another 3 or 4 months.)
It will be ok. The kid wont end up naked and cold.