Goodbye, 2018

Oh, what a twisty-turny, shock-and-surprise-filled, extra-special year 2018 has been. A year of changed plans. Constant vomiting. Sleepless nights. Doctors and hospitalizations. Circling the drain financially. Losing loved ones and welcoming new ones.

Exercising Postpartum: Planning for 2019

September 2018. Barely one week after giving birth to my first child, I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. Which was great. But.

I'm still fat.

A Beginner's Guide to Cloth Diapers

We've been parents for about three months now, and while that hardly makes us experts, I have to share our experience- thus far- with cloth diapers.

Packing Bags for a Natural Hospital Birth

When I was twenty-seven weeks pregnant, we unexpectedly had to go to labor and delivery, and I was admitted for nearly a week. It was still so early in the pregnancy, we thought we had months before we'd need to pack for the hospital. But there we were, throwing things into a bag in a state of near panic. That experience taught me a lesson, and as soon as I came home and began feeling better, I got to work on packing bags to have ready at the door. 

Creating a Nursery in a Small Home: Master Bedroom Nursery Nook

People have been inquiring about our nursery plans since I announced my pregnancy, and to be honest, I've felt a lot of embarrassment from the start as I gave my answer:

We don't really have room for a nursery, so we'll just be keeping the baby in our room.

Most people's responses to this don't do anything to discredit my embarrassment. But you have to have a nursery! 'Cause you know, nobody ever lived in a modest home with no space or funds to give a tiny newborn its very own, Pottery-Barn-catalog-worthy room.

The Harsh Reality of Pregnancy

I have to say that pregnancy isn't what I thought it'd be. At all. (Be warned: very TMI post to follow.)

Setting Up the Homestead: An Update

One of our primary goals in buying a home was to have our own land for homesteading. We ended up with a single acre, which was far less than we wanted but still plenty of room to get started (and a tremendous improvement from our third-floor apartment).

Why We're Waiting To Find Out Gender

I'm finding that people will judge your parenting choices before the parenting even begins.

Health. An Update. (A Big One.)



Not too long ago, I shared this post about my intentions to get healthy again. I was gonna go vegetarian again and spend the year training to complete a half-marathon this fall. I talked about how we vowed to get gazelle intense this year and really knock out some debt. We were set for quarterly no-spend months, me picking up over time, and closing our credit cards once and for all.

Yes. I had big plans.

Then came an unexpected plot twist.

Debt Snowball Progress: January 2018

Recently, I shared that we had plans to get gazelle intense with our debt snowball this year. I believe the progress we made in January displays our new resolve. Here's what happened.

Getting Healthy...Again

My goals for 2018 aren't strictly financial. I've been letting my health go for far too long.

Planning for Gazelle Intensity in 2018

Okay, I'm not sure how gazelle intense we are at this point, but I do know that I'm getting truly mad at our debt. Mad about our lack of progress. Mad about how it's holding us back from starting a family. Mad about how it's trapping me in jobs I despise. Mad about still paying Navient for a degree I can't use.