It Makes You Cry

I’ve been struggling to lose the last of my baby weight. You see, right before I got pregnant I lost 20 pounds. It was a glorious time, and I was all set to continue down the health path. Then my husband knocked me up and I became a typically ravenous pregnant woman. I gained 65 pounds during my pregnancy. It wasn’t too difficult to lose 45 pounds of that weight in the past 10 months, but that’s where I’m stalled. Right where i was before I lost weight in the first place. The weight I sat at for years. Ugh.

So I joined the YMCA, I’ve been using their gym and pool. I feel healthier and stronger, but still not any thinner. I should be more particular about what I eat, but it’s tough because I love food. I worked out this morning then ate waffles and bacon for dinner. It was counterproductive in the most delicious way. Anyway, this comic is hanging on the lockers above the scale in the women’s locker room. It made me giggle (not cry), so I thought I would share.

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Favorite Photo 2011

I was let on to a photo assignment by Jennifer over at Bread and Putter. I met her at Big Summer Potluck 2010, and have been enjoying her recipes and wit ever since. I’m the kind of person that works best when on assignment, so I think I’ll be following Scott’s blog and attempting his assignments.

This is an especially easy one to start with, as it doesn’t require me to shoot any new photos. Picking just one favorite from the year my first child was born, however, is not actually so easy. I found out about this assignment late, sadly, and have missed the deadline. Whatever, though, I’m doing it anyway. Hopefully Scott will forgive this transgression, since I’m new to his blog.

So here it is, my favorite photo of 2011. My daughter, 6 weeks old, caught mid-sneeze.

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Mega Tomato

A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of a giant tomato from my garden. It was still green, so we put it in a bag with some apples and bode our time. Lo and behold, the tomato ripened into the glorious yellow beauty it was meant to be.

We sliced it up, unsure of what we’d find. Would it be ripe inside? Would it be rotten to the core?

Perfect! It was perfect! But what to do with such a giant tomato?

Giant BLT!

So how was the tomato? It was delicious. Absolutely perfectly delicious. We even let the baby try it.

From her face you might be led to believe that she didn’t like it. You’d be wrong, though. That’s just the face she makes when she tries something new.

See? We took it away and she wanted more. You know you grew a tasty tomato when a baby likes it.

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My posting has been skimpy lately. I’m sad about that, because I was hoping to better document the time that is my transition to being a parent. It’s been overwhelming, though, and I’m just not able to keep up. A lot of things have fallen by the wayside. Recipe creation, crafting, daily chats with my best friend, my exercise and nutrition goals… Blogging just one of many.

One of the things I’m having the hardest time keeping up with is gardening. We tried really hard to get everything ready in the weeks leading up to the birth. The weeks that followed it were virtually gardenless. It’s tough to balance a newborn with anything, especially the first time out of the gate. A groundhog destroyed almost everything, which just completely drained my garden reserves. We almost abandoned it altogether.

Happily, we managed somewhat of a comeback. I took our one lone bean vine and re-wrapped it up the trellis. It came back stunningly, and we’ve had many beany meals. Our herbs fared amazingly, the only one the groundhog really damaged beyond repair was the tarragon. The carrots tried and tried, but their tops kept getting eaten off. After the third time

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My New Favorite Picture

I promise, I’m not going to become a mommy-blog. I just can’t help but post an occasional picture of my beautiful little girl. She’s almost 5 months old now. The time is really flying by, but I still find myself impatient. I want her walking, talking, eating solid foods, going to college… It’s tough to enjoy the moment sometimes. This photo was taken after donning her bathing suit for her first swim. I hope my belly kisses continue to make her smile and laugh like that, because I don’t plan to stop.

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