Out-of-pocket max: I've never hit it, so I didn't think about that factor. But it's around $3k, so the numbers still mesh with yours and Mossy's.
Prentice: That's the plan as of now. I love all things new and modern, so I can't wait.
Clothes: I have lots of friends (both the moms and dads) who are ready to ship off the clothes, so we should have lots of otions in that realm. Unfortunately, none of my friends were pregnant in the same season as me, so I'm a little out of luck in the borrowing maternity clothes realm.
Food and Diapers: At this point, the plan is breastfeeding and cloth diapers, which incur their own set of expenses. I'll probably come back to those in a few months.
Car Seats and Strollers
And since everyone wants to talk about car seats and strollers, I'll go ahead and admit I do have a plan. We're looking at an infant car seat and a Snap and Go (which the infant seat snaps into). Space is a huge concern for us so the full-fledged conversion system is out. Plus, the giant strollers just don't work in the city (Work well that is. Anyway who has seen one of those strollers at Taste of Chicago can vouch for that.) Once the kid is big enough, we'll get an umbrella stroller that will collapse easily for use on the train and bus. Oh, and I have a few flights of stairs and no garage (although there is the trunk of the car), so lightweight and compact are absolutes!
We're also hoping our kid likes a sling or another carriers. Those are so much easier for getting around in the city (and take up less storage room) than the big strollers.
With that, I really should leave this journal alone for awhile and focus on work, so I can earn the money we need for the kid