Annie Update: 15 Months

Annie 15 Months

I swore I wouldn’t say my child’s age in months after she turned one. (“My daughter is 68 months old!”) But here we are. Generally, when talking to people in real life, I’ll just say she “turned one in October.” But for the sake of short, clean titles, it’s just easier to go with 15 […]

9 Months of Annie

Annie 9 Month Update

Annie was born on a sunny Tuesday morning in October, at exactly 39 weeks. Yesterday, on another sunny Tuesday, she turned exactly 39 weeks — nine months — old. She’s been on the outside as long as she was on the inside. Yesterday felt surprisingly monumental and meaningful to me. I lost track of Annie’s […]

Ali on the Run Show Episode 131: The Fifth Trimester

“I wanted to hug my former self. I wanted to tell her, ‘It’s OK! It’s going to be OK. It won’t be easy, but you will survive this.’” A few months ago, I recorded a solo episode talking about navigating “The Fourth Trimester.” I was having a tough time — that was obvious. But then […]

Annie & Ellie

Anyone who has known me for more than .02 seconds knows that I am one of those people. My dog, Ellie, is my child. She’s my baby. My first-born. She doesn’t go to “doggy daycare” — we call it “school.” And the people who work there are her “teachers.” Ellie completes me. She is my best […]

4 Months of Annie

Annie 4 Month Update

I’ve been a mom for four and a half months, and it’s officially fun. It’s still hard sometimes. Definitely. I still don’t quite know what I’m doing most of the time, and I still don’t leave my house with Annie nearly as much as I probably should at this point. But she’s fun and interactive and […]

A Day in the Life With a 3.5 Month Old

It almost seems silly to finally get around to publishing this post. So much has already changed since I documented this day two or three weeks ago. Annie is sleeping better some nights (HOORAY), I’m no longer sleeping on her floor (HOORAY), and I’ve gotten a lot better at knowing when she’s actually fussing or […]

On Exercise & Body Stuff After Baby

I remember at some point when Brian and I were dating (feels like a lifetime ago!), thinking there was no way we’d ever be able to have kids. My rationale? We both liked to do long workouts on Saturday mornings. I’m guessing this was around the time I was marathon training and he was cycling […]

Annie’s Favorite Things: 3-Month-Old Must-Haves

Three Month Must-Haves

I’d like to think that no one on this planet knows Annie better than I do. I spent 39 weeks with her before she even entered this world, and I was the only one who got to feel every little kick, every movement, every turn, every flutter. I loved it. It felt so special. Sacred, […]

Ali on the Run Show Episode 114: The Fourth Trimester

The Fourth Trimester

“I felt broken. Physically. Emotionally. I had a complete breakdown. I felt like a broken human. I was so tired. Lifeless. And I finally Googled the one thing I hadn’t really wanted to Google.” In just a few days, Annie — my spankin’ new daughter — will be three months old. That means I will […]


Eleven weeks. I’ve been a human mom for 11 weeks now. I texted Brian this morning: “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet that I’m a mom.” People said it would sink in when we got the crib. Then when I had my baby shower. Again when we did the hospital tour. Others said it […]