Babygirl is four months old. I buy my first can of formula from a small pharmacy in Guatemala and bottled water to mix it with.
Surrogacy usually costs more than six figures, but what is it like to be an actual surrogate? In The Washingtonian, Alexandra Robbins and Ali Eaves talked to women who advertised themselves on surrogacy sites, including 40-year-old Kathy Powers, who said she “craved pregnancy but not another child,” which made her an ideal surrogate. Their story addresses other things like, what kind of relationship will the surrogate have with the child after birth (none for some, while others visit and send birthday and holiday gifts), and difficult questions parents using surrogates face, like how they would feel if they discovered that the baby would have genetic defects (in one case, the couple asked the surrogate to have an abortion, and the surrogate refused).
Adam Davidson’s column on organic super magical natural health baby supplies is a fun little read. Feel happy! Feel smug! Be reminded that buying the cheapest possible shit for your spawn is not only okay it’s good business sense. After all: “It’s easy to feel like a sucker once you realize that nearly every dollar you’ve paid over the commodity price is probably wasted.”