Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 5

Day 5 – June 1st 2009 – Bucuresti

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The train ride from Constanta to Bucuresti was absolutely brutal. Five hours of hot Romanian train weather. By ‘Romanian train’ weather I mean the pleasant smells and blistering heat within the boxcars of course. Luckily our Hotel was a sigh of relief. The bed was ok, and the shower actually had body sprays inside it. Hailey was not extremely stoked about that fact that there wasn’t a tub to relax in. The shower did prove to be somewhat of a challenge for me though. The exit from the shower was about a foot down, and who knew tile floors were that slick when wet. I was on the floor in about 2 seconds after trying to get out, but not before my head made acquaintance with the glass sink countertop, and my elbow with the granite walls. To say the least, it hurt. Hailey rather enjoyed the commotion though, so at least somebody enjoyed it.

Bucuresti is the Capital city. With over two million people we had no shortage of social interaction with the locals. Gogosi (Romanian Donuts) and Suc (Romanian Juice that is so Divine) was on the menu for breakfast. The morning after picking up new missionaries from the airport we would bring them to President Hanson’s house for these two specialties. We would let them eat until completely satisfied, then give them a short orientation on the next 2 years of their lives. It was tradition to have them when in Bucuresti.

The first place we visited was none other than the House of the People (Casa Poporului). The Locals Claim it is the second largest building the world, just behind the pentagon, and when you are standing in front of it you are not disappointed. It is HUGE!!! Nicolae Ceauşescu had it built for himself, and as symbol to the country that they had power. It was always fun to watch the new missionaries eyes (myself not excluded) the first time they see the enormity and architecture of the building.

Cis Migiu, the most beautiful park in all of Romania, was our next stop. The park is very sacred place to me and others who have served here. On February 9, 1990, Elder Russel M. Nelson of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles Dedicated the Country of Romania for missionary work in this park. There is a small hill located in the Center of the park where the dedication to place. He blessed the country with the ability to accept the gospel, stand as a light for the surrounding countries, and maintain the political strength to receive the gospel as well. Since that time Romanian has evolved tremendously by entering the European Union, and changing the way the Government is ran. Missionary work has improved every year, and many members are attending the temple in Germany to have work done for their families. Nineteen year ago there was no church existence at all. Now Romania has 3 church house’s, over 20 different branches, and over 2,000 members. It may not seem like a lot compared to our local populations, but the members are strong. They are an example to me every time I see them, and whenever I hear of the trials they endure to be a ‘Mormon’ in their country.

It is located in the dead center of Bucuresti, amongst the noisy traffic and rustle of the city. Once you enter the walls of the park you forget where you are, and it almost seems as if you have entered a different world of green trees, plants, and waterfalls. The park is a place of refuge for those who want to relax, and for people who need to get away from the work. Every where you look, people are there to escape the busy life of the city only seconds away. For the locals it is a park, but for me, it is where the gospel was brought to the people of Romania.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 3

Day 3 – May 30th 2009 – Constanța

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Arriving in Constanta was a wonderful relief. We were staying in the wonderful Hotel Balada Nej, right next to the apartment where I lived as a missionary. After simply explaining to the taxi driver that we didn’t want to spend $100 to drive a half a mile we were on our way to a much needed nights sleep.

The interior of the Hotel was fabulous, decorated with medieval statues and lined with brick and rock every where. It gave a castle type feel to the accommodation.

Apparently after raining all week the weather was absolutely exquisite just for our arrival. It was around 80 degrees at the hottest time in the day and cooled down to what felt like 65 at night. It was wonderful walking weather. As soon as we woke up, which happened to be around 1 in the after noon, we headed out to lunch. It had been a while since I had enjoyed a saucy kebab, and that’s just where we went. It wasn’t quite what I remembered, (a recurring feeling) but did give us the energy to go walk around the Black Sea.

Serving my mission along the black sea was a great opportunity. There are always birds flying around and the air always smells like the sea. The Black sea wraps all the way around 2 sides of the city. There is a port which docks on the east most side, and beaches extend along the north east side all the way up to a resort town called Mamaia. The buildings that run down to the coast are very old in architecture but seem to be fit into the landscape.

It was good to be by the sea again and weird to have the option to actually swim in it. The water was extremely dirty and one of the boys who ran into it in front of us came right back out. He had obviously stepped on something because he was hobbling over to where his towel was in the sand. Looking into the water you could see bottles, old pieces of fabric, sea shells, and shards of glass now and again. Unfortunately the government just doesn’t have the funding to keep things up as well so there is a lot of garbage around the country.

We walked a lot, and were able to see quite a bit of the city. We went to the casino on the beach, the muslim tower in the middle of the old city, and buy all those weird concrete things that make up the fingers that extend into the sea. I never understood how they were able to manufacture so many of those things with what looks to be concrete and drop them all into the sea. There is a picture of them above  that shows a little bit what they look like. They remind me of large versions of jacks: the children’s game you play.

The cherry to my day was being able to eat at pizza hut again. We spent a lot of days at pizza hut watching Elder Edgel drink the grease off of the pepperoni pizza. Seriously, he would pick up the pizza and let the grease drop into his mouth. No wonder he started getting serious health issues a few weeks later. Each memory of as a missionary only made this city that much more enjoyable to see again and I was exited to go to church tomorrow to see how much it had grown.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 2

Day 2 – Continued

After finally getting to Romania we went to the train station. That in itself was quite a task. I had forgotten the extreme danger taxi drivers in Bucuresti love to put us in. It has always made me wonder how quickly help would come when we wreck going 80 miles an hour, in and out of cars, in bumper to bumper traffic. There was actually a point when we were dodging pedestrians because we were driving on the sidewalk. Got to love em; always in a hurry, but not much to do.

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The train to Constanta didn’t leave for another 4 hours. The next little tidbit of our vacation would be spent touring the lovely sights, sounds, and aromas, of the Northern Train station of Bucuresti Romania. After only 20 minutes Hailey needed some fresh air. We found a little spot to rest on the steps just outside. It was unfortunate that we had our bags with us because every 2 minutes a new tax driver would ask us where we needed to go and if he could rip us off by getting us there. It is outrageous what those guys at the train station try getting you in a taxi for. Some where 10 times the cost of a normal taxi, “Oh my meter…it doesn’t work, but my rate is tons better than you would get with a meter.” Right…..

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Hailey had finally had it with the smoking, taxi drivers, and wonderful Tigani who were telling us their life stories in hopes of a little money. She also had drank a lot and it was time for her to have her first experience of using the bathrooms of Romania. If only she had known how wonderful we have back home. The first place I told her to go was underneath the train station. She went down there and said there was just a bunch of people down there exchanging money. (later I went down and found that the girl at the door was just getting the toilet usage fee from people as they went in) She said it looked like they were trafficking drugs and wasn’t sure if that was her best bet. (the exaggerations of Jensen make me laugh) I figured KFC would be her next best bet. I pointed her in the right direction and off she went.

After getting to the bathroom she found an old lady at the door. Hailey couldn’t even understand hello in Romanian, let a lone the excessive rant this girl had prepared for her when she tried to get into the bathroom. She started talking in English and the old lady started taking in Romanian. I’m sure it was quite a scene, until somebody finally came to her rescue, and in broken English managed to communicate that she need to just get in there to go pee. This bathroom was no exception to the general got-to-pay-to-pee rule in Romania. Hailey just didn’t know it then, upon trying to exit the bathroom Hailey was met once again by the old lady and her insatiably long “Romanian Rants”. She held out her hand with change in and kept pointing at it. Hailey reached for her pockets, but remembered she had absolutely no money. The old lady kept pointing at the change in her hand and kept getting further and further into Hailey’s personal space until she was completely backed up against the wall in the bathroom. Finally someone else walked into the bathroom giving her a brief moment to make a break for it. She did and the next thing I see know, Hailey is running out of KFC hobbling along on her broken boot. Her Traumatic bathroom experience was a brief intimation of things to come.

The train was just as I had remembered; hot, uncomfortable, and what the heck was that smell? I loved it. It felt good to be moving again in the right direction. Constanta really was only a 2 or 3 hour drive, but because we had to stop every 13 minutes to pick up, or drop off passengers, we had a wonderful 5 hour train ride ahead of us. It was fun for me though, and Hailey slept on and off throughout the journey. A couple of people in the car with us spoke some broken English. Hailey enjoyed being able to say a few words to them. She tried to use the bathroom again and came back saying all the people at the door were telling her she couldn’t use it. I went and asked what they were saying, and they were just asking her where she was from and if she liked the country. If she was left alone for 2 days in the country I don’t think she would have made it.

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The train was bumpy, and warm and I wouldn’t recommend doing it after 24 hours of flying and sitting in airports. It was a relief to know we were actually only a few minutes away from finally seeing one of the places I served on my mission: Constanta!

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 1

Day 1 – Thursday May 28th 2009 – Travel

After almost not making our plane because of the construction that is continually inevitable near Salt Lake City, we finally boarded at 11:00 a.m. We had been waiting months for this trip to come and Logan helped make us that much more eager to leave. We sure love the kid, but he sure can try our patience every now and again.

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Day 2 – Friday May 29th 2009 – More Travel – Arrive in Buc

We flew to Chicago and then to Paris, France. The entire airport in France was in under construction. We had to take a bus to our terminal, then re-check our carryons. In theory it seemed like a simple task, but that could never happen. As we approached the line to recheck our bags we had approximately 30 minutes before our plane left. I couldn’t even see the baggage checkpoint from where I was standing. The best part is we were in Europe and the people helping everybody with the carry-ons and security checks acted as though nobody were even there, in spite of the extreme bottleneck that was being created. It was quintessential Europe and I loved it. We ended up getting to our terminal just in time for the plane to take off, which didn’t really matter because the plane was empty due to the building bottleneck of people we had left behind at the security checkpoint.

It was wonderful to finally hop on the final leg to Romania. As I sat in my seat it was nostalgic to hear the Romanian language spoken again by a native sitting a couple rows in front of me. It had been so long since I had actually heard native Romanian. I wasn’t even sure if I would remember how to speak. The in-flight food didn’t disappoint either, with raw fish shavings, some sort of eggs that didn’t seem to be cooked entirely, and something else I couldn’t even identify, I knew we were almost there.

The Plane ride really brought me back my first flight to Romania. My mission was the first time I had ever flown, so in order to soak up the whole experience I didn’t sleep the entire way to Bucuresti. As it turned out, it wasn’t a novel idea as I don’t think I really ever slept well for the following two years.

As we descended just under the clouds to see the beautiful countryside, I couldn’t help but feel like I was somewhat at home again. The fields and buildings were almost just as I remembered them. The ground below was broken up into thousands of squares for each family that owned them. The Romanian people live off the land, and there land is all they have. Without it they wouldn’t have food, and it was wonderful to see how green and productive the land was looking. As we approached the city, the buildings got larger and closer together. Cars dotted the roads, and people started appearing in the fields and along their homes. Run down concrete blocs (apartments) and unfinished structures started to appear out the side window as we crept closer to the runway below. We were finally here!!!

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Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Trip to Romania

Wow, So we finally made it back from our Trip in Romania. It was a wonderful experience. Each day brought back so many new memories of my mission and the Romanian people. Quite a few things had changed since I had been there, some stores no longer existed, the people seemed to have a little more money, and the country in general has come a long way.

The currency has changed since I went there also. I left the country in 2004, at which time 10,000 Romanian Lei was the equivalent of about thirty three cents. After entering the European Union they knocked off 4 zeros, and we now have 1 Leu (the singular form of “Lei”) equaling thirty three cents. It made things a lot simpler. Instead of buying my groceries for a million lei, it now cost me only a hundred. One of the taxi Drivers was happy though because he said he doesn’t have to bring his whole family now to carry all the cash to the store to buy a loaf of bread. It now all fits in his wallet. I guess in 2012 they are going to get rid of the current monetary system all together and convert to the Euro. If you do go travel over there though, the old timers still talk in forms of the old monetary value, so if they say you owe them 40,000 lei for some bread, don’t get scared. My very first train ticket scared me a little when she said I owed her 900,000 lei…I was a little confused. I thought holy cow things have gotten expensive, we almost packed up and went home thinking we under budgeted for the trip.

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My wife loved the whole experience; it was absolutely wonderful for her. Her eyes were opened to new world and a new people that she didn’t even dream existed. Over the next little bit I will post pictures of each day and a little bit about the cities, sites, and people we visited. As I don’t diligently keep a journal this is going to be my sole documentation of the trip.

Trip Summary

Day 1

Thursday

5/28/2009

Travel to SLC – Plane ride to Italy

Day 2

Friday

5/29/2009

Plane ride to Italy – Train from Bucharest to Constanta

Day 3

Saturday

5/30/2009

Spend the Day in Constanta

Day 4

Sunday

5/31/2009

Church in Contanta – Train to Buc

Day 5

Monday

6/1/2009

Stay in Buc

Day 6

Tuesday

6/2/2009

Drive to Targoviste, Bran, Brasov

Day 7

Wednesday

6/3/2009

Drive to Sigisoara, Stay in Brasov

Day 8

Thursday

6/4/2009

Drive to Bran, Pitesti, Buc

Day 9

Friday

6/5/2009

Stay in Buc, Train to Chisinau

Day 10

Saturday

6/6/2009

Stay in Chisinau

Day 11

Sunday

6/7/2009

Church in Chisinau

Day 12

Monday

6/8/2009

Stay in Chisinau, Train to Buc

Day 13

Tuesday

6/9/2009

Piata Shopping, Plane Home

Day 14

Wednesday

6/10/2009

Arrive Home

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family, Logan

My Little Picasso

My boy is going to be an Artist. A couple of weeks ago Logan was playing downstairs for an hour or so. It was weird, because, well…Logan is never that quiet for that long. I decided it best to go and check on him. Not a pleasant surprise. About halfway down the stairs the smell hit me. I jumped the rest of the way down and there it was: A wonderful masterpiece of pooh. Logan had taken managed to take his diaper off and decided the interior décor of our basement wasn’t quite up to par.

He found a yardstick and stuck it in his poo and hit the back of the couch with it, causing the splatters to cover the entire back of the couch. This wasn’t enough paint on the couch, so it looked like he decided to go to the front and beat the top of each section of the couch with his newly acquired paint. Each cushion had a perfect splotch that was wonderful. Apparently this had tired him out a little bit and he wanted to watch tv. Why use one remote when you got six? You guessed it, his hands must have been dipped in the new goo as well, because every single key on each remote was plastered with it.

TV must have gotten boring quickly because right after that he must have hopped on his little car we had in the basement. The seat now matched the rest of the decoration, and both handlebars had a new squishy feel to them. Why ride a bike though without playing with all the toys? We ended up going through his entire toy box finding little spots of the “Logan-love” here and there. It was a pleasant experience. When I finally arrived on scene he was sitting on the carpet scooting his bottom around while building a building with his building blocks and some “Construction adhesive.”

I never knew so much could come out in one dose.

Below are pictures of the incident that happened just a couple of days ago. While not quite the majestic masterpiece of the previous incident, it still gives a small notion of the brilliance of my little Picasso.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Brandon Burton

My first 5 K (not money either)

Well, Hailey Finally talked me into running a 5k today. Last week I ran 1.25 miles with the scouts and didn’t even make it. I had to walk every 500 yards or so for a few minutes. It was pretty rough. Anyway, today we went to John’s Hole on the greenbelt with Jamie Sorenson to the Run Walk Charity Dealio. We had signed up and got some sweet a T-shirts that I am pretty sure I will wear every day.

We started the race in a big glob of people, we had pretty good starting position, but I left Hailey because I didn’t want to get in anybody’s way because I was running to slow, so I went to the back of the glob. After running for a mile, I started to actually think I would make it the entire way. Mile 2 came and went and I could still see Hailey right in front of me, which seemed odd. I thought that i would inevitably be puking at that point in the race. Watching her run in front of me really was a lot of motivation to keep going though. I am pretty sure I would have stopped and walked a little if I couldn’t even see her. I think she was secretly holding back a little bit just for my sake. That’s why I love her.

The last mile was pretty brutal. I hadn’t run since high school really, and was pretty shocked to have made it this far, but I started getting that weak leg, queasy head feeling like I was going to eat it. As much as I wanted to go up and grab my wife I figured laying in the road passed out really wasn’t worth it. Plus, as a gentlemen, I didn’t want to beat her. “Ladies first” right!?

Uhm, I still am not sure why people do it, but I guess It might be kind of fun for some people. Now she is trying to get me to sign up for another one. Remind me to pass out next time…

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Opinions

Why Gas Prices are so High

Drilling in Alaska

The Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) consists of almost 19,000,000 acres of ground. In 1960 this became federally protected. Of the acreage, about 1.5 Million acres are designated to the area called the 10-02 area. This area is located on the northern most part of Alaska, above the article circle. Experts say that there 4.3 to 11.8 Billion barrels of oil could possible be recovered. Between 250,000 and 735,000 jobs could be created. Prudhoe Bay, which is to the west of this region of ANWR, has grown from 3,000 animals to its current level of around 32,000 animals. The process of extracting oil does not harm the wildlife. If ANWR were developed for drilling the footprint of the entire project would be less than 2,000 acres. (smaller than LAX airport)

In terms of money for you and me: Currently Oil imports in America are estimated at 1.5 billion dollars a day. At estimated flow rates and using $125 per barrel price level, ANWR could save the nation between $125,000,000 and $187,500,000 a day for decades. That might help the economy a little bit. That is money that the US would keep inside the US instead of giving it to other countries.

What is happening?

As of May 15, 2008 the polar bear is now on the Threatened species list. After being sued by an Environmentalist Group, the federal government (Bush administration) claimed that due to “GLOBAL WARMING” the ice caps were melting and the Polar Bear is being threatened by its environment. This will cause two things to happen. 1- It will deter any drilling in the Arctic Region due to the fact that it will cause an even bigger threat to the Polar Bear. 2 – Congress will have to look at the effects of “global warming” on the environment of Polar Bears and come to a decision that CO2 and other greenhouse gases are actually causing detriment to the ice caps. This will then result in more laws to cut emissions and other policies to cut down on greenhouse gases. It is win win for the environmentalists and democrats, and lose lose for the American people and our way of life. It is interesting to mention the actual population of polar bears has actually quadrupled in that last decade to nearly 25,000.

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Many more environmentalists are fighting to avoid drilling in ANWR due to the fact that it will disrupt the environment in many other ways, when in reality the actual footprint of the project would be barely noticeable.

Shale Oil

One and a half trillion (yes trillion, not billion or even million) barrels of Oil Shale lies within the boarders of Utah, Wyoming and Utah. The oil contained in this shale would produce more than five times the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. Recently the process to refine the shale has been too expensive, but now it has become a possibility due to the high prices of Oil. If the technology came forth to try and produce oil from these shale deposits Americans would not need to worry about importing oil again. Many companies are currently in the process of refining this product.

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What is happening?

From June to September of 2005 The BLM opened up a small part of the Green River Formation (the largest formation of oil shale in the world) for Research and Development for Companies to come in and see how well they could facilitate the extraction and refining of the shale contained in those small areas. From those studies and many others the BLM has developed a plan called PEIS. In this 1400 page plan it mentions 12 different approaches to getting the oil out of the ground along with all the environmental effects the projects will have. Then plan is ready

Shell has also developed a process that doesn’t even require the mining of the shale from the ground. They head the oil out of the ground and refine it from there. There are also other processes that consist of actually mining the shale from the ground.

Overall the process would range from $30 a barrel to $60 and could ultimately go down after the initial extraction periods.

Our gas prices

Why is this happening? Why is the government allowing our people to pay such high prices for Gas? Our economy, our way of life was built on principals of capitalism which has helped our country grow to the status it has obtained in the world. The government not allowing us to move forward with the technology we have developed and the resources that we have on our own soil is only proving the fact we are losing our freedom. Our country was built upon new ideas, and technology, new thinking, and exploration. Right now our country is importing oil at high prices, which are being passed on to the consumer –you and me. Meanwhile we have enough oil in our backyards to substantiate our way of life for years to come that we can’t even touch due to federal regulations and policies. When is it going to stop?

If we don’t change what we are doing right now, gas prices are not going to change, the economy is not going to get better, and it is going to get to a point where America become so dependent on other countries for oil and food that we make ourselves vulnerable.

Environmentalist groups currently have too much power in Washington and are creating a bleak future for our country. Our country depends on Oil and Gas, not just for our cars, but for our homes, travel, shipping, and food. It seems that a hydroelectric 747 is a little ways out, so why not use the resources that we have right now. Gas prices will continue to rise as environmentalists control the government and tie their hands from doing what is necessary to help sustain our way of life.

American will rise out of the current economic slump that it is in, but a change needs to be made. The environment, our country, our land is there for our use. We need to take care of it, but we can also use it, if we use it wisely. Why starve, and make other countries starve, because we won’t drill into some ice that 99.9% of the population will never see or step foot on? Why pay 5-10 dollars a gallon at the pump, because our government will not take the initiative to increase spending in the appropriate areas to initiate the refining of our own resources into fuel? Change is inevitable. In which direction will that change be?

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov
(polar Bear Population)

http://ostseis.anl.gov/index.cfm

http://www.blm.gov/nhp/news/legislative/pages/2005/te050630.htm

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Guides

Car Maintenance

Many of us live in a world where we have to drive in order to get anywhere. Vehicles are no longer a luxury, but a necessity. The world we live in requires us to have two and sometimes three vehicles just to get everything accomplished. It would be nice if we were able to hop in the car and take off and not have to do anything to them ever, but unfortunately cars require a lot of maintenance. Maintenance that takes time out of our lives and busy schedules. I am going to help you out by making your life a lot simpler. Following these simple ‘How Tos’ will help get you on a path to the kind of lifestyle you have always loved.

Changing The Oil

Step 1 – Throw away that oil filter you just bought, you will not need it for further steps.

Step 2 – Use the oil you just purchased to put in your car to start a big fire out back for tomorrow nights party. (it burns very quickly so be careful)

Step 3 – Look at the tools you just spent $100 on, only to get the right size wrench to undo your oil plug, then put them in the garage under a few boxes where they will never be used again.

Step 4 – Find a phone book.

Step 5 – Open it, then take a break. There is no reason to stress yourself out this early on by actually reading, so grab a Pepsi.

Step 6 – Look in the Auto maintenance section to find someone who can change your oil.

Step 7 – This step is very important, The people you call are going to say that you need to simply bring your car down to them and they will go ahead and change your oil. Why do you need to get up and go do something? After all you did have to open that can of Pepsi, continue to call people until they decide to come to you. Any more effort on your part would be really pushing yourself.

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Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family, Logan

Cost to Raise a Child

How much does it cost to raise a son? Well lets just start with the first 2 years. From things I have read it seems costs for the first two years should stay down and around $10,000…lets walk through it shall we…

Item Description – Cost

1. 9 Months of Pregnancy – More than you want to know

Week 1

2. $700 – Insurance Premiums for Birth

3. $14,000 – Delivery, about $5,000 more than anticipated and no, the insurance will not cover what they said they would

4. $120 – Baby shots

5. $20 – Cough Medicine, The baby just got sick from too much crying (the shots)

6. $240 – Breast Pump

7. $30 – Bottles for Pump

8. $45 – Bottles for Pump, The first ones didn’t work because they were the cheap brand and you decided to splurge for the nicer pump to help compensate for the horrible 9 month of pregnancy your wife just went through

9. $1,600 – Travel crib, baby crib, baby dresser, bassinette, pillows, blankets, stuffed toys, decorations, music boxes, baby clothes, baby lotion, baby powder, special baby wash and shampoo, bathtub for the sink, baby scrubbers, baby washrags, burp rags, rattles, toys, and other miscellaneous essentials. Better make it $2,400…It all has to match

10. $100 – New car seat for the ride home from the hospital –

11. $20 – Interior car cleaning from spit-up from first ride home form the hospital –

12. $40 – Diapers , More already?!!?

13. $3 – Pacifier –

14. $6 – Gas/ Pacifier, where did that first one go?

Week 2

15. $100 – Lost wages, showing up late every day for work due to lack of sleep

16. $120 – Doctor Visit, he is healthy and doing well

17. $100 – Car seat, the baby wouldn’t sleep in the first one

18. $250 – Another bill from the hospital that was not discussed

Week 3

19. $20 – Carpet cleaner, he decided to pee only when the diaper came off to change him

20. $120 – Doctor Visit, he seems to have come down with an ear infection

21. $30 – Ear Drops

22. $20 – Cough Medicine, The ear infection spawned a cold

23. $80 – Digital Thermometer

24. $200 – New set of clothes, Just outgrew his 1-6 month clothes

Week 4

25. $100 – Let start a college savings account

26. $50 – One Week worth of Formula, Breastfeeding didn’t work out so well

27. $250 – Drywall patch and Repair, Turns out the breast pump goes through the air very well

28. $50 – More formula, baby developed allergy to first brand

Week 5 to 2 years

29. $3,842 – Formula, Baby food, and other food

30. $214 – Cleaning up after formula, baby food, and other food

31. $200 – The college fund we keep talking about (it went so well for two more months)

32. $1,900 – Diapers and Wipes, after trying only 3 different brands we found one that worked

33. $100 – New Car seat, yes he can sit up now

34. $700 – New Toys

35. $2400 – Clothes

36. $100 – New Car seat, for the other car

37. $200 – Paint Repairs – Found out it was fun to play with keys on moms car

38. $300 – New Phone – A phone doesn’t work so well after being thrown in the toilet

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39. $50 – New Remote – A Remote is not a hammer for children

40. $100 – New phone – A phone doesn’t work so well after being put through the wash

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41. $50 – Special cleaner for couch cushions, he learned how to pee standing up

42. $2,640 – Miscellaneous other costs that are sure to be incurred

Grand Total: $32,210

It would seem estimates are a little low. Yes, Children do cost more than you think.