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well, i agree that babies don't need all the stuff that is being marketed to new parents and that breastmilk is free, you can get clothes, toys, etc used, so they don't have to cost that much. like others said, babies aren't usually as expensive as older kids and i have no problem with people waiting or not wanting kids because of the financial expenses, their choice, not mine.
i did plan on waiting until we were financially more stable and i had finished nursing school, but life had other plans, we adjusted and are happy that things happened the way they did. this pregnancy threw a little kink in our "plans" as well, but we are happy, healthy and in the end that is all that matters. if we never own a house in our lifetime, we still have what is important, our family and our happiness. sure, we hope to be homeowners someday, but for now that is on hold as we plan for another baby and me being a SAHM again.
FWIW, my daughter cost us over $10,000 to have, since we had no insurance and our birthcenter birth plans that would have only been about $3000 went down the toilet when i got PIH. she was worth it, but i am still paying it off, almost done though!