Today’s post will be baby centric, so if you’re not a parent or if you don’t like kids, perhaps you can read something serious like How to Start Making Passive Income instead. 🙂
Baby RB40 is about 17 months old now and I think from 16 months to 2 years old is the best age for kids. He is a bit bigger now and doesn’t get sick much anymore. At this age, he is still very cute and can make most people smile with his antics. Anyway, I’m writing this as an encouragement for new parents who are struggling with their infants, like Buck who is trying to figure out which baby formula to buy.
The first year was very difficult for us with the lack of sleep, feeding challenges, back to back illness, and choices to make, but now we are starting to get the hang of it and are having fun most of the time. Here are some reasons why I think this is the best age for kids.
Spending – The only thing extra that we need to buy for baby RB40 now is organic whole milk. This costs $3 per half gallon from Safeway and he drinks about one gallon a week. Other than that he eats what we eat or at least tries them. If he doesn’t like a particular food, he can eat something else. Tonight, he had steamed yams and noodles. He didn’t like the squash. He’s small so he doesn’t eat that much and our food cost seems reasonable.
We have more than enough toys and clothes. We just bought him a pair of shoes that are a little too large, but he will grow into them quickly. I’m sure our spending will go up much quicker when he is a bit older and wants to take some kind of lesson or other activity. Oh yeah, we still buy diapers too and that probably costs around $40/month. The expense will only increase from here on out and we’ll probably hit the $300k to raise a kid mark at some point.
Development – He is beginning to understand some simple words and phrases. He knows bed time, milk, put toys away, and more. You can just see the wheels turning in his head as he examines something new, and he has such an intent look in his eyes when he is putting together some Mega Bloks
. It’s pretty amazing to see him getting smarter day by day. He is way smarter than the cats now, hahaha.
Mobility – He is walking very well now and every day, we visit one of the nearby parks. We have several to choose from in our area. The weather is great and it’s a lot more fun to go outside than play inside all day. As you know, it drizzles pretty much all Winter and Spring here in the Pacific Northwest and I didn’t want to get him to get wet much when he was younger. He should be able to go out more next winter because he’ll be a bit hardier.
Look what he found when we went to the park earlier this week. I guess it pays to be low to the ground. I didn’t even see that beat up nickel. Of course he picks up all kind of other trash like cigarette butts, spent fireworks, popsicle sticks, and the usual sticks and rocks. I probably need to bring a trash bag with us when we go out since we are collecting all kind of junk. He is learning to be a good citizen early.
He is still very cute and makes people smile wherever he goes, especially when he waves bye-bye as a greeting. He’s like the official Walmart greeter and waves to people who smiles at him. We almost don’t want him to get bigger anymore. In a few months, he will be a little boy and they are just not as cute. Oh yeah, and all the back talks are going to start soon too. I’m not looking forward to that.
Anyway, that’s a big reason why I want to become a stay at home dad soon. He is growing up so quick and I don’t want to miss it. If you are a parent, when do you think is the best age for a kid? Maybe 18 when they go off to college? 🙂
Have a great weekend!
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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