DIY Project: Little Lion Onesie

DIY Onesie: Little Lion

Although I haven’t posted much this last year, I have documented a lot of it. Expect to see some time machine posts as I go through all the footage.

Last October, I made a custom onesie for the homecoming parade. I dyed a white onesie red then added icon-on decals to spell “little lion, big roar” on the front. Take a look at the video for all the details.

One note of warning: make sure to wash the onesie with dark colors because it will continue to bleed for a couple washes.

My bedroom closet NOW (The new reality)

My Closet NOW

I had grand plans to have a very organized and minimal wardrobe once the baby came. I envisioned that I would shed most of the baby weight and be back in my regular clothing by January. I expected that my active and healthy lifestyle before baby would give me an advantage in recovery.

Things turned out a little different from my vision.

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At 12 months postpartum I am getting close to my pre-baby weight. I still can’t fit into most of my old clothes. Besides compensating for breastfeeding, my body is still putting it self back together. My hips and lower back click when I work out. I wake up stiff. I still have a lot of work to do strengthening my abs and legs.

I didn’t expect this, but I am totally okay with this reality. I am focused on making my body strong again. If that means I eventually fit into my old clothes – fantastic. And if not – I’ll purge them and move on.

Bedroom Closet NOW (a mess)

Currently, I have an enormous amount of clothes in play. I have a full maternity wardrobe, all of my old clothes plus the few items I have purchased post-baby to get me through the transition period.

Bedroom Closet NOW (with shoes in the back)

To deal with all these clothes and my sanity, I have made some simple rules.

1) In my closet, I only hang up the clothes that fit me NOW.

I keep two baskets on the closet floor. One for clothes that are too big (maternity) and one for items that should be donated. On my closet shelf, I keep a “wear soon” box for some of my favorite items I like to wear ASAP. I also keep my workout gear that doesn’t fit me now. I find that workout gear is the most forgiving. I can usually go down a size first in these items since they are stretchy.

2) I go through my clothes every time I do laundry to make sure each piece still fits. This is critical to keep myself tidy and organized.

One part of my postpartum vision was correct. I have found that my current, smaller wardrobe has really agreed with me. I just wish it was full of pieces I loved. In December, when I go through that big ol’ Tupperware of regular clothes I will be highly selective of what clothes I keep. I want to keep going with this smaller wardrobe approach. I just have to wait until my body is ready.

3) Ignore the shoes for now.

I installed this amazing shelves in the back of my closet for all my shoes. Unfortunately only 20% fit me now. My feet seem slightly wider now and with my body changes I have no desire to wear heals. I want to feel balanced and sturdy. I’m not ready to go through my shoes yet. I have an emotional attachment to many of them. Maybe I’ll do that in December as well. For now, I rotate between a small selection of flats that feel good.

Read about how my Dad and I built this closet step-by-step (1, 2, 3)

May Recap + Favorites

Hey – remember last month? Ha – I really thought I had a handle on things this month, but instead the month kinda consumed me. Luckily, I recorded this wwaayyyy before I went into deep party prep mode in early June. These are the things I really loved from May 2016. 🙂

Badger Damascus Rose Face Oil
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Thug Kitchen’s Baked Tofu Recipe
White on Rice Couple Apricot Bars
Macbook Pro
White Marble Case
Swiffer Sweeper
Davidson’s Tea Bulk Organic Spearmint Leaves
Trader Joe’s Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Feline Friday: Lots of love

Lots of love

Loki has recovered from his recent health issue and has been doing really well. Nate and I have noticed that he is a little more needy than normal so we’ve been giving him extra love anytime we can.

Ruby loves the cats, but she is still working on her own petting skills. Every day there is a point where she grabs the cat’s head or pulls their fur instead of the gentle pets we have been teaching her. It will get better, but I can imagine the cats feel anxious when she’s around.

We spend quality time with both cats when Ruby is sleeping. I wish I had more time, but we are doing the best we can.

As a girl that grew-up with cats, I can’t wait until Ruby and our kitties have a strong bond. It may be my favorite daydream. Ruby waking up in her big girl bed with a cat asleep at her feet.