Girl Ninja is about to start her third trimester which means it’s almost go time for Operation Don’t Be a Crappy Dad. We’ve been busy bodies over here trying to wrap our brains around exactly how drastically things will change when Baby Ninja slips and slides his way through the birth canal (too graphic?). Here’s what is currently going on…
Our house was built in 1930 so babies room has really awkwardly sloped ceilings that choke off a lot of the floor space. There was also only one small window so natural light was an issue. Here’s a picture of what it looked like before…
Last week we had two skylights installed in the space. This provided a few benefits. First, it lets in a ton more light. The room looks bright in the before picture above, but that’s because it’s been edited to look like it is bright. Gotta love deceptive real estate photos.
Secondly, it added 16sqft of extra ceiling height. We gained 12 inches of height where the skylights are. Considering I’m 6’2, I’ll take any extra height I can get. It’s awesome.
I still have to trim out the skylights before we can begin the decorating process (painting, baseboards, etc). Hoping to begin that process this weekend.
Crazy the things we go through for a little human-thingy that will primarily spend his first year of life pooping and sleeping.
Baby Shower Registering:
So we spent a few days perusing Target, Babies R Us, and a few other websites registering for baby stuff.
What an overwhelming process.
When you’ve never had a kid before, how the crap are you suppose to know what size bottles to buy, what crib/carseat are the most efficient, how many pairs of socks does a baby need, etc. I thought doing our wedding registry was stressful, but let me assure you, this sucks infinitely more. Waaaaay too many things going on for me to wrap my brain around.
If I was attending a shower, I’d feel cheap giving someone a $5 pack of bottle nipples. And there is no way I’d buy someone a $300 car seat if that was on the registry. My assumption is $30 to $50 is the ideal amount of money friends/family want to spend on a gift for us.
So I decided to give them plenty of options for gifts in this price point. Basically, I walked through Target with the registry gun and anything I saw that was baby related, priced around $40, I added to our registry. If we don’t end up needing or wanting some of the stuff we get, we can return it and end up with mad gift card money. (we still haven’t spent all of our wedding gift card money and it’s been four years).
He has a name:
Since the day we found out we were pregnant, we were locked in on James as our boy name. When we found out it was a boy, I gave you all an opportunity to suggest boy names you liked, and if you came up with one that we decided to use, I’d give you $100.
Well I’ll be darned, but that’s exactly what happens. PDITF reader, Jayne B., threw out the name Weston. It rocked my world. We both liked it, so for the last six weeks we’ve been playing around with Weston and James.
This weekend, we decided Weston (yes pronounced like the Hotel) will be Baby Ninja’s name. Hopefully he doesn’t hate us for it.
Investing for single income future:
Pulled the trigger a few days ago and ended up dropping $14,000 in to my first taxable investment account. It’s time I get serious about wealth building and the only way to do is that is limit the amount of depreciating assets I have. (Yes, cash in a savings account is a depreciating asset since it does not keep up with inflation.)
We went with this Vanguard Fund, VTHRX. Hoping to average around a 6% return on investment each year.
Gotta grow our money somehow right?!
Alright that’s all I can think of for now. Little man is kicking around inside Girl Ninja’s tummy like crazy. It stresses me out. I’m constantly thinking “What if our baby has Restless Leg Syndrome and can’t ever get comfortable?!” Homeboy has to be suffering through some serious claustrophobia.