Gluten Free Running Mama

Gluten-free runner and mom, taking it one step at a time!

Gluten Free Running Mama - Gluten-free runner and mom, taking it one step at a time!

Naps are refreshing!

I’ve been trying to convince my 5 month old that naps are refreshing.  She takes fantastic naps for the babysitter…but for me, I can get 20 minutes maximum.  But she’s tired!  She’s too interested in what’s going on with her sister to go to sleep.


But today.  Today she napped!  In her crib!  From 12:45-2:20!  And it was glorious! Fabulous!  Awesome! And refreshing for me!

She was a good sleeper.  For the first 4 months.  Then she woke up to the world and realized she has a funny sister who will entertain her with songs and games and dances.  And she always wants to see what she’s doing.

She is very easily distracted, which makes nursing interesting- especially when she’s doing gymnastics while wanting to eat.


Anyways….while she napped, I wrapped presents furiously!  I put Annabelle in her room for a quiet time, my husband was doing homework, and I was in the basement.  Alone.  Wrapping presents :-) It was so nice! I was trying to move as fast as I could because I knew it wouldn’t last.  But it did!

I’ve been feeling a little claustrophobic lately.  Between the baby and the 5 year old who is constantly entertaining the baby while I’m holding her…I don’t ever have use of both hands and my body all at the same time!  I usually have the baby in a carrier, and Annabelle is by my side, singing to her sister.


At work I have my hands free of course, but I can’t get my home stuff done at work, lol!  I wanted to wash bottles and pump parts, switch out the dishwasher items, wrap some presents, get working on my husbands gift…I had a lot I wanted to accomplish.  And I did!  I even made brownies, gluten free ones!  And they are delicious!

Apparently it was so refreshing I had energy to come on and blog also :-)

Parenting is so draining…but it’s also awesome :-)

10 Reasons Why I Babywear

I love all these lists going around the internet lately, so I decided to make my own called 10 Reasons Why I Babywear.

Babywearing is a huge part of my life right now.  I did not wear my first daughter as much, but I wasn’t chasing around after a 5 year old then.  And she did not like it that much.  This baby LOVES it!  And it’s going to be part of my life for a long time…

So here goes:

1. Because I HATE these carriers. I do!  Look at all the space they take up in the cart!  Do you know how much fun that was to unpack and then have them reload in the cart once there were bags?


2. It makes swimming easier.  She totally enjoyed hanging out on my hip while in the pool and I had some extra support for holding her.  Much more fun for me!


3. It makes going out to the farmers market easier when the baby is 3 days old.  It’s nearly impossible to push a stroller through the crowd! PLUS- who wants everyone touching their 3 day old baby anyways?  She’s so safe in here and no one will touch her!


4. Six Flags.  With a 3 month old.  Need I say more?10320452_10105104304724263_1455545316019843438_n

5. Is there any better place to be on a weekend, then sitting in a comfy chair with a sleeping baby attached to you?  (Now, yes, you might say there’s so much you could get done if a baby is sleeping in a crib….but I prefer this :-)

10644814_10105047123480933_64592615089588274_n6. She LOVES it!



7. How else do you take a 7 week old to the beach so your 5 year old can swim?


8. Hiking :-)


9. Swinging!



10. So her sister can carry her :-)996156_10104987034155423_8222886405553969439_n 10665144_10104987033391953_8504530753240209467_n

Have I convinced you that you should try it out?  How about a few more pictures:




DSC_0447I have a few carriers :-)  And I obsess over more, and stalk the pages that sell them and dream of owning a Tula or Kinderpack someday.

Here are the ones from the pictures:
(affiliate link) Baby K’tan Baby Carrier
this was my first baby wearing experience and I picked this up at a resale shops.

The other one in the pictures is a Moby Wrap

I have tried an Ergobaby Baby Carrier
and had success when the baby was smaller. She’s not a fan right now though
What I really want is a Tula  and I am hoping we can get one before we go to Disney after Christmas.  (Shhh…don’t tell my daughter, it’s a surprise!)

Do you babywear?

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What if my house burns down?

My daughter is full of anxiety right now.  She keeps saying “What if my house burns down?”  She is terrified to go to sleep.

At school, they had the fire practice house come for a demonstration.  They had the kids crawl through the house filled with smoke (fog), and climb out a window with the help of a firefighter.  This activity has traumatized her.

She started just asking questions about it.  And then started talking about how she would have no toys if she lost them all in a fire.  And then the tears came at night.  She is terrified to be in her room.  She is terrified in the morning to be away from me in the house.  She is terrified to enter the house ahead of me if she is more than a few steps ahead.

I’m exhausted.  Life is exhausting right now – between work, a 4 month old, and everyday life.  And my 5 year old has some severe anxiety.  This is different than just misbehaving because it involves feelings.  I believe everyone has a right to their feelings, no matter how irrational they may seem to other people.  So, even though I feel like her fear is irrational, given all the things we’ve done to reassure her- they are her feelings and I have to respect that.  So I’ve treated her with lots of love and caring and answered a million questions calmly and patiently.

I told her I needed to go fold the clothes and she said “The house is going to burn down anyways.”  She hears the sum pump kick in, or the heat, and jumps- even though it sounds nothing like a fire alarm.

We’ve made a fire escape plan.  We’ve practiced the plan.  She has a step stool under one window and her bed under another.  She knows where to go.  She’s given me a bunch of scenarios including how I will get her AND her sister out the window.  It’s gotten to the point where I am worrying myself and making sure there is a baby carrier in the baby’s room so I can attach her to me before going out the window, where I will then catch the 5 year old- while wearing the baby.

I had a firefighter come over and talk to her.  He even had notes on things we would say to her.  He brought her a stuffed animal and a necklace that says 911 on it.  (She informed him that she cannot call because she doesn’t not have a phone of her own) He brought coloring books.  He practiced opening her window with her and putting towels at the bottom of her door.  She was able to ask him questions and made sure to tell him how I set off the fire alarm all the time when I’m cooking . (True story).

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Will I Lose ALL My Teeth?

My daughter has been obsessed with loosing a tooth for awhile.  One of her friends lost a tooth, so automatically she had a loose tooth.  The dentist actually confirmed that she had some “mobile” teeth, as she called them.  But I figured we were in for a long wait.  But today, when she realized that the one tooth was pretty wiggly, she started freaking out and asking “Will I lose ALL my teeth?” I distractedly said yes, because she will.  But that was the wrong answer- because her face crumpled into panic and she almost started sobbing.

I had to clarify.  “Yes, you will lose all your teeth, but usually they come out one at a time and another one grows in pretty soon after it falls out.”

“So I will lose my small teeth and then get medium teeth?  And then lose the medium teeth and get big teeth?”

“No, you will lose your small teeth and go straight to big teeth.”

This stopped the questions for a few minutes.  Then she came out of the bathroom and I saw blood dripping down her mouth.  So I mentioned it.  Oops…

That sent her scurrying back to the bathroom to check it out.  She was not happy about it and decided she in fact did not want any of her teeth to fall out. Ever.

So we gave her the Kindle and told her she could watch Netflix.  Distraction time :-)  A few minutes later I heard her shrieking that it came out. She pulled it out!

DSC_0467She was so excited!  I didn’t think it was THAT loose, but then again I don’t do well with wiggly teeth, so I wouldn’t look at it.  They FREAK me out.

The next panic came from my husband and I when we realized we didn’t have cash for the Tooth Fairy to leave.  But he dug out $2 in quarters and I found $2 in my wallet.  She will love it!

DSC_0470-001Can you see her excitement?

I’m sure she will wake me up bright and early to show me her new money :-)

My baby is growing up…

When did your kiddo lose their first tooth?

My Little Swimming Star!

My daughter had her first swim meet last weekend.  She’s such a swimming star! To me anyways, lol!  She was the youngest kid competing but she didn’t come in last!

We were very worried that she would just cry and not actually swim.  She did a kids race a few weeks ago and when she saw the other kids pass her, she started crying because they could run faster.  At least in the water she can’t really see them ahead of her, so I was hoping that would help.

We spent a lot of time telling her that we just wanted her to have fun and try her best.  That it was ok if she didn’t come in first and that she should just enjoy her time with her friends between events, and to just swim like she’s at practice.

She had to be there at 8:15, but her first event wasn’t until around 10:30 so my husband took her early and got a seat.  I took my time getting ready with the baby in the morning and making sure I fed her before we left.  I got there around 10 and the baby was content and fell asleep in the carrier I brought.

10592875_10105133379009163_7378368308005989888_nShe had 2 events for her first swim meet.  She was doing freestyle and backstroke.  Both were 25 yards, so just one length.

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