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Selling One Thing to Buy Another

I celebrated my first mother’s day this weekend. My husband, son and I went out for a long walk around the lake, attempted to make handprints and planted a beautiful tree in our front yard. Just spending time with the family was the greatest gift, but it turns out my little man had a gift all his own to give me. While playing on the couch between my husband and I my six month old son pulled himself into a standing position.

I looked at my husband and my husband looked at me. We were both in disbelief and plopped him back down into sitting position to see if he could do it again. Sure enough he raised himself onto his feet three times in a row!

He started the earliest form of a crawl a week or so ago, but I had no idea how quickly he would go from just rolling back and forth to making his way from one side of the room to the other. He’s unbelievably active right now and if I place him on the floor he’s off to the races in no time.

So it’s time to start baby-proofing the house. That means putting up baby gates, bumpers on tables and covering all of the electrical sockets. I actually got down on the floor of our living room and sun room so I can see the world from his perspective.

As I was pulling on drawers to the TV cabinet I found a bunch of stuff to sell including unused game consoles. I bundled them back into their original packaging and sold them on eBay. Unfortunately, the buyers won’t pay up and now I have to go through the awful process of trying to collect my money. Such a pain.

The good news is that the game consoles will pay for the double wide baby gate I purchased to prevent my little tike from leaving the living room. I’m hoping to baby proof the room well enough that I can leave him in there rather than placing him in the playpen. He’s a big kid. In the 95th percentile already and that little space seems so tiny for him.

Jennifer

Monday 21st of May 2012

I have been wanting to sell thingson eBay, but have been a little intimidated. Do you have any pointers?

One Frugal Girl

Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

Make sure you provide specific settings if you don't want people to bid that are outside the US or that have negative feedback. I still had someone bid with negative feedback, but those settings are supposed to prevent that.

Marz

Thursday 17th of May 2012

That's great that he did that! I used to have a hard time parting with stuff, but after accumulating so many baby things, I also like to purge! I just take pics of it to fill that void. I do agree with you when you say you don't think about it after it leaves the house tho. I have found that to be the case with me too. I hope those ebayers pay up soon...what a pain is right!

:)

One Frugal Girl

Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

Oh yeah! Pictures, lots and lots of pictures, sometimes I make something out of them too. Like making pillows out of old t-shirts.

Justin @ The Family Finances

Wednesday 16th of May 2012

I know what you mean with the baby learning to do new things. Our little boy is walking now, and it's so fun to watch. Have you looked into making your own baby gate? Minting Nickels had a neat post a few weeks ago with a how-to.

One Frugal Girl

Thursday 17th of May 2012

I checked out those baby gates, but do they really contain a baby? My little one is extremely strong and big (80th and 95th percentiles). I don't know if a little fabric would keep him at bay :)

Beth

Wednesday 16th of May 2012

Happy 1st Mother's Day! Reading your posts really inspire me to have a little one of my own. The time is coming, but I feel so much more inspired and prepared reading the blogs.

Congrats on the baby's milestone as well...I'm sure you are such the proud momma!

One Frugal Girl

Thursday 17th of May 2012

Thanks Beth! It's crazy how fast they grow. If you have a little one make sure you buy a good camera and video camera so you can capture all those early moments :)

Samantha

Wednesday 16th of May 2012

Happy 1st Mother's Day :) I never used a playpen for my son, it always looks a small space, I childproof the room for him and it was fine.

One Frugal Girl

Wednesday 16th of May 2012

Thanks Samantha. Hopefully we can take the same approach.