The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide — MUST HAVES and What to Skip

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I had a baby this summer, hence the slowdown in both my running and my blogging.  But I’m getting back at both!  Below is a list of the items I have found most helpful in the first couple months of my baby’s life and would suggest that other parents or soon-to-be parents add to their registries.  Unless otherwise noted, I ACTUALLY USED every item on this list during the early days and thus was glad to have on hand when my baby arrived.  Enjoy!

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NYC Marathon Review and Recap (Including How to Breast Pump and Breastfeed While Running the NYC Marathon!) (Marathon 29 and State 24 – New York)

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Five whole months, I thought.  No problem, I thought.  It can’t be harder than running a marathon 13 weeks pregnant, I thought.  That was me, a year ago, entering the NYC Marathon lottery for the fifth time.  I probably won’t even get picked, I thought, reflecting on my previous unsuccessful attempts.  But then I did get picked.  And then, in June, I had a baby.

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Ten Tips for Staying Sane for the First Month of Motherhood… Without Running

Whew.  I am nearly six weeks into motherhood and while there are parts that are really lovely, there are other parts that are REALLY HARD.  For those of us who normally find relief and release by running, the stresses of new parenthood can be compounded.  Here are my top ten tips for surviving the beginning of it all, particularly when running is not advised.  Note, I am not a medical professional and this is all just based on my experiences.  I would love to hear from others in the comments below!

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Home Project Update Number 3: The Bathroom

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We just wrapped up our second significant renovation on our home in Colorado.  This one was a biggie… or at least an expensivie… but we are so happy with how it came out.  It was some pretty serious nesting!  To read my first home improvement update from when we first moved in (mostly painting and little cosmetic things), click here.  To read my second home improvement update from last summer (including our first significant renovation: wall removal project, exterior painting, and popcorn ceiling removal!), click here.  So what did we do this time?

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Top Ten Tips for Active People Who Become Pregnant… Including How to Survive an Epic Winter Ski Season Without Downhill Skiing

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I was very happy to find out in October that we were expecting our first child, due in June.  Of course, despite my excitement, I had my fears and reservations, and among those was HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH SKI SEASON IF I CAN’T SKI.  My worst fears were confirmed at my eight-week appointment, when my doctor said in no uncertain terms “no downhill skiing.”  So here are my tips for pregnant ladies out there, especially those who are worried about how pregnancy and the potential loss of running, skiing, and other activities will impact many aspects of their lives…

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FAQs about the TMB (Tour du Mont Blanc) — Answered!

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My husband and I just returned last week from our amazing trip to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB).  I definitely recommend this trek to anyone who loves hiking, mountains, or cornflakes.  For a recap of our eight-day self-guided itinerary, check out my recap post.  For a list of the gear we took with us, see my gear post.  This post will fill in some blanks and provide some helpful information if you are interested in learning more about the TMB or if you are planning to do it!

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