We have some extra money left in our FSA that is use it or lose it.
We I over budgeted for our final IVF meds and ended up buying them last year so needless to say the surplus is decent, even after a year supply of contacts, solution, and new glasses for both of us. To eat at some of my mistake, I though we could purchase some of the baby items we will need for our trip and the child that sparks the purpose of our jaunt to Africa.
It seemed simple enough. There are three paragraphs in our paperwork that outline what we need to bring to Addis for our child. The first is the fun stuff: clothes, diapers, pacifiers, bottles, toys, a sling, etc. The second paragraph is all the food/formula items. The third paragraph reads:
Baby thermometer, toothbrush, comb, washcloth, baby powder, baby soap, shampoo, baby lotion, baby sunscreen, baby insect repellent, baby liquid Ty.lenol, baby cough syrup, diapers (plan on 10 per day and extras), diaper rash cream, waterproof changing pad, Em.ilite (prescription for scabies), Pedia.lyte and lice medication.
With the FSA approved OTC list in hand we took on Tar.get. In addition to the items my FSA would cover (marked in yellow above), we were going to start picking up some of the other items from the first paragraph and third to spread out the cost. Plus, it is kind of fun to start purchasing these items, even if they are scabies meds and lice cream.
Fun? No….. Intimidating? Yes. After wandering around Tar.get to try and figure out if we really want to be giving our child cough syrup just because the list says to bring it we left with only purchasing one item, sunscreen. One could question if our child will even need sunscreen, but we bought it nonetheless. It was almost as if leaving empty handed would signify our inability to be good parents. I will admit that this part is strange and I am certain it will get easier, but how does one know what they need? When I was complaining about not being able to find a pacifier thermometer a seasoned father picking out children’s cough medication told us to check out Baby’s R Us. M’s eyes got huge as he said, I can’t go there yet. Sadly, neither can I. For now I guess we will enjoy our sunscreen.