Amongst the many things I didn’t expect about having a child, there are two things I want to talk about today as I’ve decided everyone out there should know.
- Our water and electricity bills have drastically increased. I had no idea that 3 human beings and 1 dog could consume so much water and power. When I think rationally about the water, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised – we now do more loads of laundry, seem to wash more dishes, give frequent baby baths and wash bottles like it’s going out of style. But the electricity bill increasing, I just don’t get it. It’s not like we are using more power to run most items in our house, like our fridge, stove or computers. Those are consistent regardless of the number of people in the house. And if we factor in the fact that I rarely blow dry and/or flat iron my hair most days, I figure we should actually see a drop in consumption! But, I guess, not enough to off set the baby monitor or our dishwasher, or washer and dryer which all claim to be energy efficient.
- The amount of garbage we produce has skyrocketed. Like seriously, we now fill our recycling bin and our garbage bin every single week. And some weeks the lids don’t even close! The only time we’ve ever done this in the past is when we’ve done home reno projects. Usually we barely filled our bins, and now it’s insane. I am absolutely amazed at the amount of packaging baby products all seem to use, and the fact that we shop on amazon clearly doesn’t help as we receive so many things in amazon boxes. But, at least those are recyclable. I’m most astounded at the amount of waste that we now create – diapers are insane, I get why people choose not to use disposables. Given that we’ve both been working nearly full time since Baby MPB was born, we decided to go with the convenience of disposables. But seriously, I cringe whenever I think about the damage we are doing to the earth on a daily basis. I’ll also admit that the amount of garbage byproducts for formula feeding also surprise me – everything is purchased in boxes and we use about 2 tins of concentrated formula per day – it adds up very quickly! But, regardless of this, what gets me is that it’s not like our garbage has just increased by the equivalent of one more person – our garbage/recycling has easily increased 3-4 times. It’s ridiculous! Thank god for recycling to help ease my conscious, but seriously, I am struggling with all the garbage. It’s beyond ridiculous.
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