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Friday, February 18, 2005

OFF TOPIC: Birth Announcement

My son, Cheval, was born to us just after noon, Friday, February 18th, 2005. He was six pounds, nine ounces, twentyone inches long. He was four weeks early, but perfect and healthy, a bit thin, and looked like nothing more than a grumpy old man. Needless to say, I am proud as can be. Both mother and child are continuing to do well days later.

Of course this kind of thing places a family under quite considerable financial stress, so it is not entirely off topic. I'd love it if my readers could help by commenting with their best ideas for cheap baby stuff. Toys R Us could break the Trump fortune if a parent lets them.

Donations would also help... (ugh, I hate asking)


At 2:31 PM, Blogger Shyam said...

Congratulations! :)

At 4:04 PM, Blogger chrissy said...

Go to to find your local freecycle list, and join it. :) I give away tons of baby stuff that way ... and it's okay to ask for specific things sometimes, too.

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Dean said...

First, congradulations. Is this your first? There's nothing in the world like being a dad. Make sure you do your share of diaper changing. That's one task you'll want to be good at. Besides, there's something special about that time. You have the chance to see baby eye to eye.

Okay, here's one way to save money: make your own baby wipes. They are less harsh on baby's skin and so save not only on the cost per wipe, but on the cost of rash ointment. Here's the recipe...

1 Roll Bounty Paper Towels, Jumbo
1 Cup Water
1 TBSP Baby Oil
2 TBSP Baby Shampoo

While you are at the big-box store, pick up the Rubbermaid cylindrical container that fits 1/2 roll of the paper towels. You'll find it.

Start by cutting the roll of paper towels in half such that it makes 2 short rolls.

Put all liquid ingredients in to the container, cover, and shake until mixed. This won't take but 10 seconds.

Put 1/2 roll of paper towels into the container, cardboard tube and all. Cover and turn the container upside-down for 10 minutes.

When this is finished, the cardboard tube in the center will be softened enough to remove it without destroying the integrity of the roll. Pull wipes from center.

After a couple of days you may notice that the wipes are a bit too wet. Don't fret over this, just turn the container over for a couple of mintues to let things equalize again. You'll need the extra moisture towards the end of the roll, so don't drain it. Also, don't skimp on the brand of paper towel. This brand holds up well when wet and fits the container properly.

We find it convenient to write these directions on a 3x5 card, laminate it, and tape it to the side of the container.

These work well in a zip-lock baggie for on the road too.

This was a gift to us with our first (everything needed included in the gift). We have given it many times. I can't give this to you directly, but perhaps you'll find someone to share this with in the future.

Dean in Des Moines

At 7:41 AM, Blogger luvrgrly said...

congrats!! :D

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Ethan said...

Hey Mobilehomemaker,

Well, as a fellow parent of two I can tell you that the Sunday paper is a great investment for me. I have a subscription for the Left Angeles Times for weekends only ($2 per week). I don't get it for the reading material, I get it for the coupon section. I routinely save 50% on my grocery bill. It is especially helpful with babies. Diaper, wipe, and baby food coupons pay off huge.

If you are childless and hate the idea of clipping dozens of coupons weekly, the Sunday paper will still pay for itself (and then some) half the time with free toothpaste and shampoo. Toothpaste coupons are routinely $1-$2 off. If you couple that with doubling and club card savings you can get a 4$ tube of toothpaste free. I have a cupboard in my house with about 15 tubes of toothpaste, a dozen tooth brushes, ten or so bottles of shampoo and conditioner, all acquired for free, or damn near. It's a sickness.


At 10:44 PM, Blogger Tricia said...

All I got to say is consignment stores are fabulous for clothes!!! If you visit some of the shops in very nice areas you can even find the best quality (most expensive usually) children's & baby's clothing for a few dollars a piece. It's worth it to buy those items instead of possibly Target because you may be paying not that much for the Target item, but it won't last as well as a nicer second hand item that you paid the same Target price.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger aarondavidscholz. said...

Congrats, dear sir. For my small cousins, I've always found decent baby toys and other shit at thrift stories. You can buy the coolest baby stuff for $2. It's unreal.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger temac said...

Super congrats Dad!

At 4:14 AM, Blogger G said...

Well, congratulations!

Guess what, your son has the same birthday as mine, Feb 18th!

I can say he'll be somebody you can trust that will love you throughout your life.


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