I realize that having a baby WILL put you in the projects.
I've always had this irrational fear that I'd end up living in the projects if I had a baby.
See... My dad used this lie to scare the crap out of me and keep me from having babies at a young age. Even after I graduated from grad school, began a career, got married, and bought a house, I was still afraid to come off birth control in order to have a baby.
After trying to conceive for a year and actually getting pregnant, I relaxed and started to believe that having a baby is cool.
Well... after having to spend all this up-front money to get prepared to bring a baby home, I'm starting to believe that there was some truth to my dad's story.
Maternity clothes = $400
Mini Crib = $300
The travel system (stroller and carseat) = $220
Additional car seat base = $50
The glider = $250-$300
A bedding set for the mini-crib = $200
The bedding set and mattress for the cradle = $50
Outta pocket insurance estimate = $975!!!
Birthing classes = $200
Dude! We're gonna totally be in the projects before this is over!
But I will admit that having a baby is PRICELESS!