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Howdy, readers!

Can you believe my baby girls is now EIGHT MONTHS OLD?  Where on earth has time gone? 

I am actually starting up a new endeavor - check it out here:

Between growing my business and raising my baby girl, I haven't had much time to write here.  My goal is to pick this back up soon.  Our little monkey heads into child care next week, so I will have a chance to get back to some stuff I "used" to do!

In the meantime, please go check out my new adventure, and don't hesitate to reach out!!


Temporary Relocation!

Just a reminder that I have temporarily relocated to my new blog "Monkey Torture"  - it is a journal of our little girl's adventures with hip displaysia.  Come on over!


Our baby girl in her Pavlik harness

Mom and Mira on Week 2 of the harness!


A new journey

Baby girl's clean bill of health had one glitch. At a routine pediatrician appointment, the doc noticed a click in her left hip. An ultrasound at the local children's hospital confirmed the diagnosis - hip dysplasia. (DDH)

We start treatment at Nationwide Children's Hospital this Thursday. I've started a new blog to chronicle our journey - there's not a ton of info out there about DDH, so I'm hoping a log of our journey may help someone else.

Check it out at monkeytorture.blogspot.com.

I'll still post running/tri stuff here. I'm now into week 2 of C25k and it's going great. Goodness knows I need the therapy that running is right now!


Starting Over

Today, Mira is five weeks old.

Today, I started Couch to 5K.  Last time I did C25K was when I first started running - back in 2007?  Today (with jogging stroller in tow), I ran/walked 1.9 miles in 28:30.


I have a long way to get back where I was, but you have to start somewhere.

And today, I started.


And it begins....

Mirabelle Hope Brady was born on September 3, 2013 at 12:58am.  She weighed 8lb 9 oz at birth and was 20 inches long.  She was born at our local hospital, 100% natural with no medication, and we had the assistance of a wonderful doula throughout the labor process.  Labor lasted 10 hours, and my wonderful husband and amazing doula were the best birth team I could have ever imagined.  At delivery, I was surrounded by a group of wonderful women - my midwife, nurses, etc.  It was exactly the birth I hoped for, and the end result was a beautiful and healthy baby girl.

Our hospital stay was lengthened one day due to a bit of jaundice, but Mira received a clean bill of health from the pediatrician the Monday following release from the hospital.  Less than three days at home, and my baby girl was already back at birth weight + four ounces.  She is amazing, and her Dad and I are totally in love with her.

More updates later, but I thought I would let blog land know she is here!!

Doula Megan, Mike, Midwife Erica, me and Mirabelle

Miss Mira and her adorableness

Hospital photo - she barely looks like this anymore!


STILL Pregnant

Howdy, blog land!  In case any of you are curious - I am STILL pregnant and am starting to come to terms with the fact I may be forever.

In an amazing turn of events though, my hips no longer hurt like those of an 80 year old woman, and I am able to actually get out and walk for several miles without any pain.  I believe this is because my body has decided this child will live in my womb forever and must adapt if I am to stay a sane and somewhat normal person.

With that being said, I am SO ready to meet my baby girl and to get on with becoming a parent!!  The room is ready, the car seat is in the car, and all we can do is WAIT.  My due date is Thursday (Wednesday if you trust those internet due date trackers), and so far no signs of impending labor.

My mom informed me that I was TWELVE days late.  TWELVE.  I could actually be pregnant through almost mid September.  If this is the case, you may find me in a corner somewhere rocking myself as I sob.

Send good vibes - baby girl will be here eventually, RIGHT?


The end of Google Reader

Every couple of days when I log into Google Reader, I am reminded that the service expires on July 1.  That used to seem like a long way away.  I now realize that is less than two weeks from today.

Over the past several years, I have accumulated a blog roll that I scan every so many days.  I started skipping posts from certain blogs a long time ago - they either made me feel bad, or the person writing them annoyed the crap out of me.  Some folks stopped writing their blogs, and I scan hopeful that maybe today will be the day they reappear.

I don't approach my reading list with the zest and gusto I used to.  When I started the blog, I wrote it with the intention of pursuing a travel blog.  "Travel" actually turned into "fitness."  I started running more, then racing triathlons, then joining a team, and now I'm on my way to being a mom.  I'm also on my way to making health and wellness my career.  I began teaching spinning class, then boot camp.  I'm hoping to possibly start teaching some baby boot camp classes after my girl arrives.  I even registered for classes through the Mayo Clinic and will become a professional coach in the next year.  This blog led me to big big things.

Anyway, as Google Reader comes to a close, I haven't migrated my blog list.  I think I will just let it dissipate.  When I need the blog community, I will seek it out again - this time from my new point in life.  A lot of the blogs I used to read for advice and inspiration have moved on - much like I have.  We have all reached and surpassed milestones.  We've all learned a lot more of what we are made of - and I think we took the support and encouragement skills we learned here and have started to apply them to people in our non online realm.

So it is with that I say THANK YOU to all the folks I have crossed paths with online over the past several years.  There are blogs I never even commented on that changed my life perspective.  I may come here and post occasionally, or I may not.  I have no idea.  But I am so glad this written history is here.  I look forward to sharing it with my daughter.

So, thanks blogland - you are pretty awesome.