Let me tell you a thing: This business of baby production ain’t cheap. The gravity of that statement is hitting me bit by bit, as I get further into my budgeting ahead of D-Day.
Now, you would think that since I’ve been down this road before, that I would be a pro at this. You would think that I would be breezing through this thing, belly first, with no problems.
Alas, I remember next to nothing about my previous pregnancy and newborn experience.
It’s been such a long time since I went through this whole process that it’s almost as if somebody else was pregnant the last time around. I might as well be doing this for the first time. In the unforgettable words of a certain red-haired Wildling girl: I know nothing.
At my very first doctor’s appointment, my OB/GYN was quick to ask me if I knew the extent of my maternity insurance cover. I knew nothing. She then went ahead to tell me to budget for a cool 300K because that would be the approximate cost of the worst case scenario – a C-section delivery.
Delivery could cost as little as 150K if all went well, she said, but to be on the safe side, I needed to have the tidy sum of three hundred thousand Kenyan shillings tucked safely away in my bank account. (This ended up being vital information because as it turned out, my maternity cover is complete crap)
And that was just the beginning.
You see, at 5 years old, Ella is pretty much a grown woman and neither she nor I remember where any of her baby stuff is. What was not left behind in the States when we moved back to Kenya has been tossed out, lost or otherwise destroyed during the 3 years that we’ve been here. There are no hand-me-downs to be given. Everything will have to be bought. From scratch.
I wish I could say that I knew where to start with this costly pregnancy/newborn shopping list but let me remind you who I am in this story:
In my defense, I have never given birth or experienced the baby stage in Kenya (Ella was born abroad), so I’ve actually never had to do this before here. I was therefore beside myself with relief when I stumbled upon just what I needed on a local company’s Facebook page. They had put together pregnancy and newborn checklists for Kenyan moms-to-be!
Hallelujah! I was saved!
But tafadhali, please, take a look at how many things we are going to need. JUST LOOK.
I will have to take it one day at a time and get these items very slowly over the next 4 months.
I can only hope that our bank account survives this ordeal. What’s the going rate for kidneys on the black market these days?
money babies don’t grow on trees.