November 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). I’m at 152, up three pounds from my last update. I think I gained back what I’d lost from my first week of work, and because Thanksgiving. I’m totally not going to make this goal, and I’m not really…

October 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). I’m at 149, down almost two pounds from last month. I’m pretty sure that’s all from the past week since I started working. More structured eating and probably eating a little less? I’m definitely less active, so it’s got…

September 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). I’m at 151.8, down a little more than a pound from last month. Here’s the deal: I have to eat 2,000 calories every day, but I also want to lose weight. This is a hard balance to strike. I…

Project 15: Fabric card holder

Josh and I are always getting gift cards from family members because we live 2,000 miles away and gift cards travel well. Add that fact to the millions of other store/restaurant reward cards and I had a wallet that was bursting. I could barely fasten the clasp. I’d been looking for a solution for years,…

August 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). I’m at 153, so down another 3.4 pounds. I was cleared to exercise, but finding the time has been a bit of a challenge. My plan was always to take Thomas out on walks, but with temperatures near 100…

July 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). Because Thomas was born at the beginning of July, my previous half of this goal [Baby weight (max 35 pounds)] has now converted to weight loss. While pregnant, I gained a total of 37 pounds — 2 more than…

Project 14: scrapbook whales

There was a point where I looked at the baby’s room and realized that there wasn’t enough of a theme happening in there. One thing I’d pinned a long time ago was a picture of different scrapbook paper elephants on a string. Since our baby’s room is whale/ocean themed, I decided to bring more whales…

June 2013: Goals progress

1. Baby weight (max 35 pounds). I’ve gained 36 pounds, with 1.5 weeks to go. I’m retaining a lot of water (which hasn’t happened to me at all during this pregnancy before this), I think because it’s getting H-O-T in LA. We had record heat over the weekend and I mostly stayed inside with our air running….

Project 13: Diaper bag

First, I really thought I would make a diaper bag. I was really intimidated, though. And thought, “Stephanie, why are you so crazy? Just buy one.” But I’ve finished so many projects that I thought “maybe.” I saw this diaper bag at Target and really liked it: But I don’t love the price tag. AND…

Project 12: Refashioned T-shirt

A couple of years ago, Josh and I fostered a couple of cats for a friend of a friend. They lived with us for two months and were… everything. Adorable. Annoying. Loving. Bitchy. So one day, I’m holding Mary Pickford up to look at the window at what the gardeners are doing, when one of…