Friday, December 12, 2014

It's all about the BITS?

Energybits that is.

Recently, I was given a fantastic opportunity to try out EnergyBits.  I was sent a sample and afterseeing ALL over social media the #poweredbybits posts I was anxious and excited to give them a try!
They arrived in the mail and I got to work researching what I was going to be consuming.  

I was thrilled to learn about the tiny algae bits.  The super nutritiously dense super food.  No GMOs, no caffeine, no sugar, no soy or gluten, NO CHEMICALS!!!! Just pure plant based goodness all in one tiny little 1 calorie per bit package.

Excitedly I tore open the package and was ready to give it a try.  Except, here is where my balloon of excitement began to deflate a bit.  Why?  Because a serving was 30, yes THIRTY of these little bits.  The directions read to take 30 bits before heading out for a long run or whatnot. And it specifically warned against chewing.  As I fought to get all thirty swallowed, I immediately understood the reason you wouldn't want to chew them at all.  Even just swallowing them I could taste the algae taste on my tongue and it wasn't that tasty.

I will say that I did manage to get them all swallowed which is sort of a big deal for me.  I have gag reflex issues that makes even swallowing a gel cap Tylenol almost impossible some days.  I felt great all day, and I felt fantastic on my run.  I really loved that fact that I was putting an energy dense super food into my body.ok, I can learn to get these down easier, and it will just become routine.  So I looked into purchasing some of my own little bits.  After all, I was def #poweredbybits on the days I tried them.  This is where my balloon became sort of flat.  I could not believe the cost. At $3.50 a SERVING I sadly realized that this would not be an option on the budget of a stay at home mama.  As much as I KNOW that they are GOOD for me, I just can't justify the cost when I know that I can make other choices in our meal planning in order to incorporate super foods for the WHOLE family to get.
 And I was having a natural reaction to this natural plant based product.  I started thinking

Overall, if price is not a factor for you and swallowing is easy then I say whole heartily GO FOR IT.  This product truly is super and amazing.  One day once the kids are through college maybe I can have an Energybit fund of my own :)

Have your tried the bits?  What are your thoughts?  Any other fuel that YOU love?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

And the award goes to Stonyfield!!!!

In this house we eat.  We don't eat a certain way or follow a certain food plan.  We eat.  We eat local when we can, we eat organically for the dirty dozen and we try to eat clean but my kids also know what boxed Mac and Cheese tastes like.  Sometimes though, we become brand loyal and it sticks and there is never ever ever any going back.  This family happens to have developed a taste for Stonyfield yogurt (and milk!).

Awhile back, Stonyfield so graciously gave me some vouchers to try their New Organic Yogurt Pouches.  My kids love yogurt so of course I was happy to try.  Well, I ave created pouch MONSTERS.  Every day my almost 3 year old asks for a yogurt pouch.  In fact, I just shipped him
back to bed after I found him in the kitchen helping himself to a pouch.  He had come down hungry and wanted yogurt. (Darn! I should have snapped a picture of his cute little Jammie clad bum sticking out of the fridge while he was routing for the pouch!!!)

My almost 6 (she will be 6 on Saturday, time sure does fly!), asks for them for her school lunch.  It is an amazing product to pack in the lunch box! Easy and mess free and it has fruits AND vegetables (shhhh don't tell her she likes beets!).  And ever since my little NH Run Blogger Meet up back in September the whole entire family has been fighting over who gets the last of the Petite Cremes.  They are sooooo yummmy.  Smooth and rich and creamy.  I have definitely been cheating on Greek with them!

Want to know what makes it even better that the whole family enjoys such a healthy snack or lunch addition?  Well, first I am relieved that they are loving and grabbing something that is organic and made without the use of persistent pesticides and GMOs and second it is a LOCAL company for us! Right over the border in tax free NH (yes where I do all of my shopping) is the local farm that started
30 years ago as a non-profit organic farming school.  A company that was working for healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet long before they even started making this delicious yogurt!

Seriously, give any of the products a whirl.  You may become a loyal Stonyfield buyer as well!

What do you think?  Have you tried Stonyfield?  Are you brand loyal to foods?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Crazy Compression

To compress or not to compress that is the question.  If you are a runner who chooses to compress then finding the right kind of compression gear is a must. Recently, I totally lucked out and got to try a pair of compression sleeves by Crazy Compression.

Coming back to running, really coming back by pushing my limits again after the baby was born was hard.  My calves would burn and just want to quit not even a quarter mile in.  They would be tight and I just wanted to give up.  I started wearing the compression sleeves and I have to say that I have no idea WHY but my calves didn't scream so much.  I was able to go further and do hills again, RUN the hills again.  I just felt more stable out there and I am not even sure if that is going to make sense to you but its the truth, ha! 

The really, really, REALLY fun part of Crazy Compression?  The fun color and styles! It was so
much fun to browse all the bright and flashy colors.  

Bottom line?  The colors and styles are fun! The product adds great compression to fun prints.  And the absolutely best part?  Is that they are made in the USA!!! A great product and a great company.  A truly fantastic company that has the best costumer service and real people to interact with.  I was lucky enough to deal with Nate and he is amazing and oh so kind! 

If you are in the market for some snazzy compression then I strongly urge you to check out this really fun company.  Yes, I did receive a pair of sleeves to try, but no monetary compensation was given for my review.  In
fact, Nate was insistent that I put my family and new baby first before I gave the product a try and a review.  That alone earns my loyalty to this wonderful company, proving that they care about their costumers and about family.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Where have you been?

It's been awhile, in fact it feels like it has been forever.  I have been missing from here, but I have also been missing from me.

You see, I am about to come clean about a major personal part of my life.  I am about to make public a very ugly time and struggle.

I have been in a battle with Post Partum Depression.

It didn't hit right off but it hit hard once it did.  I had Sugar Plum and I was in love.  In love with her, in love with her older siblings and how they welcomed her whole heartidly and without any struggle, in love again with the love of my life.  Then little by little happiness disappeared.  I found myself just wishing for my bed.  My body was aching, I had no desire to run to do anything or even to get dressed.  My husband would come home and he would find me without showering, still in the clothes from yesterday and anxious to hand off the kids that I loved yet had no patience for, no desire to get down on their level and play and laugh and live carefree.

And in typical C fashion I handled it the way I always handle things.  I hide, I withdraw and I become totally introverted.  I stopped interacting with everyone, including my husband.  I was sullen and sad and totally feeling so lost and fighting to get energy and find me.  I couldn't run, I couldn't eat, I couldn't workout. I would find myself putting on exhausting acts of pretending to be me, then falling even deeper into dispair at night when the reality hit that I just wasn't happy.

I have had no desire to write, But I am finding that as this battle raged I am coming out ok.  I sought help and even accepted medication that unfortunately, made me beyond sick.  Now thanks to a great friend you may have heard of This Momma Runs, I am a part of this gratitude journaling group that is really helping me.  I am asking or trying to ask for help when things get overwhelming and I am running again.  Just short little runs but I am out there and it feels amazing.

I feel like I have been found and I have a new journey to discovery.  I have been down and out and at the bottom and I am about to rise again. Joy is returning and the little every day joys are again becoming front and center.

I have decided that I want to put more effort into my blog and write down more feelings.  They may not always be sunsine and roses and happy running but a goal I have is building my blog because I do enjoy connecting and reaching out to others.

Next up over here at Crazy Mama Runner?  Some product reviews that I have been holding on to.  I have been very lucky to get to try some amazing products and have some fun!

Have you ever been lost?  How did you find yourself? Anyone, have any review writing advice?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bring On....

The Fitness Games!!!!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

In August, I was lucky enough to be selected as a part of a test group to review the app The Fitness Games.  Having just had a baby, I was ALL for another way that I knew would keep me accountable for working out and getting moving.  I didn't have any baby weight to lose but I needed to tone and I needed to train so with great excitement I downloaded my version of the app.  

I knew that, I would need something extra to bring me back into the routine of working out on a schedule again and with up coming races I thought YES this is the way to get back into it! The
 app takes working out and turns it into a social media game.  Ummmm HELLO, the workout doesn't count
unless posted to social media anyway right?  You can challenge anyone, anywhere to a workout OR do what I did and challenge yourself.  I knew that each time I came back I could push myself just a little further.  You can jump into any type of workout that were designed by personal trainers or even create your own workout.  Which is what I did most of the time, I saved my Piyo workouts and used them to challenge myself.  

Oh and the best part? Well, I have and admit to having a slight addiction to social media sites.  I love connecting to others with the same interests all over on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Blogging so the fact the app has a running newsfeed of all the workouts that the peeps on my friend's list were completing was like an extra little bonus motivation.

I never used the app to challenge anyone else, because I always second guessed myself when I was about to hit challenge.  I think that if I *knew* that someone wanted to be challenged I would have been more likely to hit the challenge others button.

The only downfall is that I kept forgetting to turn the app on when I would go out for a run or walk and there is no way to add in a workout at a later date.  The app has to be running in order to document the workout.

Overall, The Fitness Games is a great unique social media workout buddy.  The different workouts and levels were great to choose from.  I recommend that if you are looking for a workout app to check this out and give it a try! The only thing you have to lose is possible a challenge or two ;) And iTunes OR the Google Play store there is no stopping you from getting out there and getting your challenge on.  If anyone wants to challenge me I would LOVE it and you can find me at the name of CrazyMamaRunner, of course ;)
since it can be downloaded in either

Other features include:

- Personal trainers can send unique crafted workouts via the “Create Your Own Workout” feature and track their progress remotely. 

- Each user has their own "My Profile Page" where they are encouraged to post fitness pictures and videos and other users are able to post comments. 

- A News Feed called "My Feed", is available for you to browse recent pictures and videos posted by your friends. Users will also have the ability to track the activity of their closest friends by liking, commenting, and following.

- Access to over 50 carefully designed workouts or they can create their own workout with our easy to use system by choosing from over 250 exercises, each with instructional pictures and videos.

- Encouragement gym selfies! With the Gym Selfie button you can quickly take a selfie in two clicks! The camera will already be facing you when you hit this button.

- Rankings Page will feature local and international rankings by challenges won and experience points.

- Cardio category includes GPS tracking and connection with friends local or international and in real time! (watch them running with you on your phone)

- The Fitness Games lets you see the most inspiring and popular fitness content on the "Popular Photos and Videos" page.

What are some fitness apps that you love?  That you use?  Have your tried The Fitness Games?  What did you think?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stepping out and Meeting up!

Stepping out of my comfort zone is hard.  Very hard.  I am a creature of habit and I am totally a shy social person.  I love to be around people, meet people yet I have such a hard time doing it.  I am always second guessing myself and finding me lacking so I tend to shy away.  I write this blog and I am present on all social media but I do not consider myself a real blogger or a real runner for that matter.  Yesterday,
however, I did something crazy.  Totally unlike me.  The cards seemed to align and I found myself eagerly accepting an invitation to the #NHRunBloggerMeetup.

WOW! As I drove in the car to meet Sarah from Run Far Girl, I was beyond anxious.  Totally, second guessing myself and almost calling her to say I was out at the last minute.  But I didn't I got in her car and rode along to Runner's Alley in Concord.  The entire time, scared and nervous.  I knew the meet up was starting off with a group run and I knew I am not yet back 100% from having the baby.  I know I am slow normally but super slow right now.  I also had no clue the millage we would be covering and so far I had only been doing 2 miles with the occasional 3.

The entire hour drive Sarah was the sweetest person I have ever just met and found myself having a conversation with.  I opened up to her about my blog being new and not having a large following (I literally have 3 followers right now).  I was apprehensive about having to mingle with some very amazing and inspiring bloggers and didn't want to sound like a total doofus.  She never even broke her stride and gave me
some amazing and wonderful tips and advice.  She was so honest and upfront and I learned so much from her!

Runner's Alley was so gracious and Jeremiah was such a great guy! The group run he led was fantastic and he answered all questions along the way.  A 4.5 mile running tour of Concord was so much fun!!!! I couldn't really talk and keep up and found myself
drifting further and further behind but I was having the time of my life.  Taking in the sites and listening to the blog talk and the runners world info.

After the run both Jeremiah and Sarah gave me great advice on the blog and writing reviews while we snacked on the newest Stonyfield yogurt and I tried to get the
sweating under control.

I got home last night and just honestly, couldn't believe I had done what I had done.  I stepped out.  I let myself call me a blogger and a runner and I connected with other bloggers and runners and I now have a direction and some tips that I hope will take my blog into something new.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and let the magic happen and boy did it.  I highly recommend finding meetups in your area! Whether it be for blogging or for running.  If you live in the NH area I strongly suggest popping into one of the three Runner's Alley stores and seeing what they have to offer for group runs, PT nights, shoe fitting, apparel, running accessories.  The Manchester store even has stroller run groups!!!! How cool is that? Get out and connect with people it is AMAZING!!!!

PS I am still speechless with the swag I walked away with last night!!!! Including winning the raffle for a new pair of sneakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PPS Go follow Run Far Girl if you are not all ready.  She is so absolutely amazing!  She has some absolutely adorable and comfortable tees and tanks printed with Embrace the Hill and proceeds go to CHaD kids!

Some other NH bloggers that are great to follow are:
Shoelaces and Bibs
Organic Runner Mom
Saltmarsh Running
Running Escapades
Running on Peanut Butter

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I have an appointment with running.  As I sit here watching my children enjoy the last day of summer, I have found I need this appointment.  You see running is my friend but also my therapist.  I am sitting here with thought after thought running through my head, and tears threatening to fall, yet there is a huge smile on my face.  I need running, I NEED it.
Running makes me happy, makes me fit, makes me healthy but it is oh so much more.  Running makes me, me and it helps me to process everything.  When I find myself stressed, anxious, happy, sad, tired, EXHAUSTED mentally and physically running calms me.  It is my therapist that can see me at any time and
any place with no time restraints. 

So instead of calling my real therapist, I am going to make a running appointment.  I am finding myself needing to have a bit of release and some time to pound down my thoughts as my feet cover the ground.  My baby starts kindergarten tomorrow.

Yes, that is right, my little side kick that I have had next to me every day for the last 5 ½ years starts school tomorrow.  I will go from having her with me all day every day to sending her off on the bus and not seeing her til pick up time.  And yes I have read countless blogs this past month on kindergarten moms and the tears and the sadness that accompanies sending them off.  I have also read the blogs on not understanding the sappy moms who are crying over this.  And I have come to this conclusion:

I am muddled.  You see, I feel happy, sad, proud, devastated, anxious, ecstatic, empathy, exhaustion, scared, shy, confused, joy, excitement and so many more emotions that I can’t even pinpoint words for them.

I am so happy and excited and PROUD of the little girl that is going to march into those hallways and learn something, become more of the grown up self she will be some day.  She is so ready for this. And I am ready for her to experience this.  (Can I also mention that I am sort of excited ok THRILLED to not have to be constantly breaking up sibling fights all. Day. Long.)

But I am also scared, anxious and exhausted from the worry.  I am a worrier, it is my nature and I can’t help it.  I actually suffer from anxiety attacks and do really see a therapist to get them under control. But I am worried about sending her off on this great adventure.  I am worried that she won’t make friends, scared she will be bullied or will feel like crying and no one will be there to comfort her.  Not to mention, the extreme panic I feel that I may get a phone call that something bad has happened to her or at her school.  I do not watch the news at all but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some sort of handle on what is going on.  The world is a scary place and I am no longer the only one protecting her from it.  (Is it too late to home school?)

And I am selfishly pissed that I will have to make time for this new schedule.  I am devastated that I can no longer let my children sleep until they wake-up in the morning.  No more mornings to myself until 9:00.  No more half thrown together breakfasts in our jammies or packing up and going on an adventure on a whim. 
No more lazy days, and not having to worry about being home for bedtime or to make a bus, or to get into the pick up line.  Now I am a mom to a kindergarten.  I will have to live on a schedule.  I will have to wake them up, feed them breakfast and get them dressed all by 8:00 am.  I will have to pack lunches and make sure homework is done.  I will have to have a schedule for dinner and homework and bath.  I will need to create carpool pickup groups and make new friends so that I can let her go to playdates and sleepovers.

My life as a mom that I have carved out over the past 5 years through mistakes and achievements is all about to change.  I am stepping into the unknown.  I will have to learn through trial and error again, I will have to help us both navigate through all of the ups and downs of hurt feelings and new friends.  I am going to have to let her fail (forgetting homework, not being ready for the bus…) in order for her to learn.  I am not sure I am ready for this….

My appointment with running cannot come soon enough.  I will be out there tonight, in the solitude of dusk, listening to the crickets and feeling the changing of the season of the fall breeze on my sweat soaked skin. 
Coming home in the dark to the light of the moon and the soft glow of her bedroom window.  Knowing that I have to feel all of these emotions, embrace them and go in and pack a lunch and set her backpack out by the door.  For in the morning I have to have a smile on my face and a hug ready to go as I see that big yellow bus round the corner to our street.

My baby is growing up and running I need you.

What are you feeling as your kids head back to school?  What are some first time tips you can share with us kindergarten moms?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Running and Birth....

They say running a marathon is like giving birth.  You often see all of these analogies between the two.  I can’t REALLY say if this is true or not.  I have now given birth 3 times but have yet to run a marathon.  I have however, run a few half marathons and will start training this fall for my first full and can tell you that even in my half marathons I have found some similarities between running and birth.  Heck even in 5ks there are similarities.  So maybe, it shouldn’t be running a marathon is like birth but how running anything is like giving birth.  Whether it be training miles, hill workouts, track workouts, long runs, short runs, 10ks or marathons there most definitely are similarities between the two.

How Running is Like Giving Birth

·        You sweat.  Never will there be any more sweat pouring out of you then there is in the middle of birth or in the middle of pushing your limits and trying for a 5k PR or smashing a hill workout.

·         You swear.  Oh yes, I am a classy lady but give me a hill or around mile 11 in a half marathon and that F word likes to just pop right out.  Likewise, I may have been known to utter it a few times during some intense contractions……
·         You go into it with some anxiousness and trepidation.  Can I do this?  Will I fail?  Will it all be ok?

·         You beg for water or a way to cool yourself down.  I have run a few races where I couldn’t believe that they didn’t have more water stations.  It was hot, we were thirsty, and where was the water?  At the same time you know those lovely people who have houses along the race route who actually know that runners will be hot so they set their hoses and sprinklers out to send a refreshing spray of water?  Yes, those people would totally be appreciated during labor too.  I would have loved to just have been sprayed with cool water in the middle of all the breathing and moaning. 

·         You breathe heavily, yep you do and your breathing technique changes too.  There is no normal breathing.

You want on as little clothing as possible, yes strip down and get to work.

·         You discover that your body can do things you never thought were possible.  You realize that you are stronger than you think and that it doesn’t matter how much pain you may be in, you can indeed finish.

Ii It is all mental.  Getting over the mental blocks is harder than any of the physical exertion.

·         When it is all over the “high” is unbelievable.  You are a super hero and have plans of picking your cape up on the way home.

·         The bling is always so cool!!! (Although race bling tends to sleep through the night and not poop as much)

·         While during you swear you will NEVER EVER EVER UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE do that again, yet you do and you rock it even more the next time J

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wonder Mom Wednesday...Back to ScHoOl?

I am super excited to be joining This Mama Runs for Cupcakes, Mom Who Tries and Mom Swim Bike Run for the first ever Wonder Mom Wednesday link up party!!! Oh yeah a bunch of moms, a bunch of bloggers and I am certain a bunch of wonderfully amazing tips that will be shared.  What is not to like?

Anyway this Wednesday the topic is Back to School.  Say what?!  This time of year for me usually means, I pass school supplies in the aisles of Target and have a huge urge to buy a box of crayons and a beautiful blank notebook.  It means that I can start taking the kids back to places like the Children's Museum without fighting lines of every other mother and child doing the same thing. And it means I bring out my long sleeve running gear (Hello my beautiful sunny yellow long sleeve Swirlgear shirt!!!) to start enjoying the perfect 45 degree crisp morning runs.  I never have to worry about making lunches and signing papers.  I don't need to know the bus schedule or whether it is an early release day or not....

except this year....

This year I am a kindergarten mom.  Yes that is right.  My baby, my precious first born who is pretty much suffering enjoying a summer of Frozen EVERYTHING!) I will be without my oldest sidekick for 6.5 hours a day 5 days a week (Not that I am counting the hours or anything).
my exact mini in attitude and looks is off on the big yellow bus heading straight for her all day kindergarten classroom.  For the first time in forever (come on you know you sang that, I can't be the only one

No longer will those morning runs have her along in the double stroller talking to me about everything and anything.  No more will we have dance parties while we fold laundry, or push back lunch while we do science experiments.  No more nail painting and designing while her younger siblings nap.

Now we will have long days of me missing her.  Me counting the minutes until I can park the van in the pick up lane or do an afternoon run instead of my morning one, making sure I end at the school for pick up where we can walk home and chat about her day.  We will have lunch packing and homework time, early bedtimes and school schedules to work around (Ummmmm this schedule thing is going to be my biggest challenge since her second Friday of school I already am pulling her for my Reach the Beach relay race, whoops!) I have a feeling my weekends are now going to be so much more special yet go by so much faster.

My baby is off to school.  My 6 pound baby girl is growing up and I can't stop it.  But what is my plan of attack for that first day?

Well I will probably wake up, ha! If I sleep at all I will wake up.  Put on my running clothes and a smile.  A huge HUGE smile. I will chat through breakfast and as we wait for the bus, making sure she has everything she needs a billion and two times.  Once that bus pulls away I will run.  I will RUN until the tears slow and I can't run anymore.  And I will repeat that sequence as many times as I need too.  Making sure that when I go to pick that beautiful, smart, creative, imaginative girl up at the end of the day that smile is right back on my face.  Then I will run late into the night and get ready to do it all over again the following week when my middle has his first day of preschool.

All I can say is thank goodness for running.  It is what saves me from all of these crazy parenting emotions that no one warned me about!

What is are some tips for surviving your kids first day?  What are some traditions you do?  Any tips for this kindergartner mom?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Birth Story

At 38 weeks I stopped running.  At 39 weeks I stopped walking my 3 mile loop.  At 39 weeks plus 2 days I went into labor.  All of my labors before this one has lasted for days.  And by days I mean DAYS of intense labor where contractions were every 3 mins lasting a min.  Well, at least my first one.  I labored for 56 hours with my oldest.  When all was said and done I had been awake for 74 hours when they placed her in my arms.  My son was a bit shorter.  His labor was 14 hours and pretty intense the whole time.  However, he was born in a water birth and it was amazing.  Even pushing his gigantic off the charts chunky head out was easier in the water. 
 This time around, I knew my labor would probably be long, I was prepared for it.  My only complaint was that the hospital had taken the water birth option out.  I was devastated because I knew the difference and how much more I liked laboring naturally in the water versus out of it.  When I started having some contractions on the 25th of June, I took note but thought nothing of it.  Then around 2pm I decided to time them.  They were sticking around.  By 3pm I tried calling my husband.  Thanks to a huge power outage he was on base with no way for me to get a hold of him.  I put the tv on for the kids and just hung out.  When he finally got into his car to head home he called me from his cell, I told him I thought I was in labor…. When he got home we packed up the older two and sent them to Nana’s house.  But guess what? Oh all contractions stopped by 7:30pm.  Fizzled out to nothing.  I wasn’t in labor.  D went to get the kids and I went to bed, exhausted and defeated.

 However, in the middle of a HUGE thunderstorm around 1:30am I was awoken with a very intense contraction, I thought nothing of it and went back to sleep.  I kept semi waking up with them until about 4 am when I knew it was time to keep track of them.  I got in the tub, I contracted.  I walked, I contracted, I laid down I contracted.  Yet they were so sporadic that I couldn’t get a pattern on them and they were ranging from every 2 minutes to every 14 mins.  At 7am I called the midwife.  I explained that while they were not consistent the intensity level was increasing and they were now almost 2 mins long.  She told me to come in, third baby plus being group B positive they wanted to check me.  I have been down this road before, and have gotten to the hospital only to be sent home.  I told my husband if we drive there I am staying I will NOT make the trip twice this time around.  We again shipped the older kids to Nana’s and arrived at the hospital at 8am.  Well, by now when I was standing the contractions were every 2 mins. apart.  I am pretty sure I freaked the receptionist who was registering me out.  I was brought in and checked 3 cm.  They were NOT sending me home but would start antibiotics. Now the contractions eased up again.  Coming every 15 mins and there was talk that if no progress was made I may be sent home.  I was checked at 11am, still 3cm.  I got up I got in the shower, contractions picked back up.  At 12:30 pm I talked with my midwife, she decided since she was the one to check me the first time she should check me again because not all people check the same.  She checked me.  I was a 3 maybe a 4, there was some progress minimal but some.  They gave me my second round of antibiotics I was STAYING!!!!!!

 Here is where it all gets interesting.  I knew at 12:30 this labor was looking more and more like my first one.  Very slow progression, so I was in it for the long haul.  I climbed in the bed and tried to close my eyes between contractions.  Well, at 2:30ish I turned over and got on my hands and knees.  My husband asked what I was doing.  I had no clue, it just felt more comfortable.  I had no control over it I really didn’t.  At 3:05 my water broke.  D very calmly went and got the nurse.  I immediately told her, I was going to push.  She sort of freaked and found the midwife who happened to be standing in the hall outside my door.  The midwife put on her gloves to check me but instead caught a baby.  A beautiful 6 pound 11 oz baby girl who was born in just one push.  I had thought I still had hours and hours ahead of me but apparently she wanted out sooner than her siblings.  I was in active labor for just about 2 hours and that includes the 5 minutes of pushing.

We are now home, a family of 5 and things are just so perfectly complete! Lucille Anne is a champion nurser and sleeper.  She is sleeping from 9pm to 3:30ish eating then sleeping again until 7.  My older two are just so so so smitten it fills my heart with love every time I watch them all together.  Did running through my whole pregnancy help with the labor?  I am not sure but I know that this was my shortest easiest labor of them all and also the pregnancy I ran the most and longest through.  I can say that I am pretty sure that running gets the credit for me already just about back down to pre-pregnancy weight.  I have 9 pounds left to lose, but because of nursing I will probably hang on to them for a bit until I know what her feeding schedule is like and how much milk I need to make.  I have to start over on my abs, but coming from a girl who never had nice flat abs in her life I am up for the challenge of making them as flat as I can after three kids J.  I am taking a few more weeks off but hope to be pounding the pavement again on July 18th, I am excited to see what my base is and how far I can go.  Training for my first Ragnar starts as soon as I get the all clear from the doc and as of right now I have my first 5k on the 26th! What a perfect little summer this is shaping up to be!!!! Baby snuggles, new running goals and pure contentment!