Some scary numbers . . . .

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As we enter week 32 the planning phase has moved into top gear and Amazon would appear to be profiting nicely. The Purchasing Department (K that is) is going to be very busy. The scary numbers are as follows:

3 children under 13 months equals:

192 nappies a week: 3 babies with 8 changes a day. That’s a jumbo pack less than every 2 days.

18 bottles a day: If breast feeding proves a no go again.  The twins with 8 each and L with 2. That’s an average of a bottle every 1hr 15 minutes or 500 a month.

658 scoops of formula a week: 8 x 4oz bottles for the twins and 2 x 7oz bottles for L.

That’s the equivalent of a 900g box of formula every 2 days: Each box contains 183 scoops of formula apparently.

That’s 3 kg of formula a week.

I did try to calculate the amount of washing we would be doing but as yet the field of mathematics has not turned itself to this thorny problem. All of the calculations I tried just came out with the same answer ….”A lot”.

When having three children it is often a popular approach to leave 2 or 3 years between them allowing the youngest child to inherit the cloths, toys, chairs etc of the older one. Our alternative approach of having 3 within 13 months presents us with a problem when trying to employ this principal. So added to the scary numbers is the need for 3 high chairs, 3 car seats, 3 cots and 3 baby monitors.

I remember many years ago at school the class was discussing teenage pregnancy in an “it will never happen to me” way and the cost of having children came up. At the tender age of 15 the informed conclusion of the class to the amusement of teacher was that if it did happen at least babies cant actually cost that much.

How can they….they are so small.

So in conclusion buy Amazon shares today as the Beddow family are about to give their sales a boost!


9 thoughts on “Some scary numbers . . . .

    pictorialmum said:
    September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Wow – just found your blog through lovenewblogs and love this post… can’t get over some of those numbers! You are going to be busy, my wee one is 11 months and I can’t imagine another one around just yet, never mind two! Look forward to hearing more about your exciting journey coming up!

    Alexandra said:
    September 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I’m the same as pictorialmum… my baby is 10 months and I can’t imagine another one yet! I take my hat off to you! I was reading just yesterday that siblings born closer together have tighter bonds than those born further apart – if this is true I’m sure they will all help each other out and your world won’t be too crazy! I’m excited for your upcoming arrivals and look forward to hearing more xx

      toomanycarbs responded:
      September 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Thank you. I agree. hopefully they will be a tight little unit!

    Chatty Baby said:
    September 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Also here from Love New Blogs. Those are scary numbers, you’re right! It’s just me in our house, and I know she’s way too scared to work it out.

    Actually Mummy... said:
    September 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

    OMG you’re going to be busy! I suspect you’re washing machine would resign it’s post were you to actually calculate the loads per week, so don’t go there. And you’re fridge may be unhappy too about the number of bottles you have to store. On the plus side it will leave no room for wine, cheese or chocolate, so you’re going to look ace!

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    Emily (@AMummyToo) said:
    October 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Scary numbers indeed. I’ll be 39 weeks on Friday and we’ve already spent a fortune getting ready for this latest arrival who’ll join Joel who’ll be turning 4 the week after she’s due. Keep trying to imagine how busy we’ll be, and how empty our pockets are going to be, but it’s actually unimaginable. Eek.

      toomanycarbs responded:
      October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Agreed. It’s going to be intense! Amazon, Boots and EBay get most of our cash these days!

    Trouble Doubled (@trouble2plus2) said:
    October 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Ah yes, I remember reading this one first time round. Luckily we had a fair bit of stuff from the first time, but we had to replace the single pram for a double for example.
    the biggest expense for us has been the car. Standard people carrier no longer big enough, so new car was purchased. The faster we can get the twins out of nappies the better though!

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