Pregnancy + Baby Q&A

Pregnancy + Baby Q&A

On one hand, it feels like Annie just made her grand entrance. (She’s two weeks today!) On the other hand, I feel like she’s been here forever. She has already grown and changed so much, and in the 14 days since we’ve known each other (outside the belly, that is), I’ve spent at least 38529732859372 hours […]

Annie’s Birth Story

Annie's Birth Story

Annie Leigh Cristiano made her grand entrance on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 8:09 AM. She was born one week before her due date at Hackensack University Medical Center, clocking in at 5 lbs. 10 oz., and measuring 17.5 inches in length. Here’s everything that went down leading up to the moment when we met […]

Baby on the Run: Week 38

Baby on the Run: Week 38

It’s the last weekly recap post! If you’ve checked in at all, you know how this one ends. (!!!) But in the spirit of documenting it all, here’s a not-super-relevant-now look back at my 38th — and final — week of pregnancy. (Also, now that I’m not pregnant anymore, I swear I blacked out for all […]

What Surprised Me About Pregnancy

Having never been pregnant before, pretty much everything about the past nine-ish months has been a surprise. The day I found out I was pregnant (the day after Valentine’s Day — I wondered why my hangover was so bad even though I swear I hadn’t had that much to drink…), I started a Word document on my […]

Baby on the Run: Week 37

Baby on the Run: Week 37

I’ll be honest, Week 37 felt long! Good, fine, great, wonderful, but so much seemed to happen and change within the course of the week. It started super strong, but I swear at some point, baby gained like 12 pounds in there and my stomach grew a lot, and by the end of the week I was […]

Wishes For Baby

Wishes for Baby

This post is brought to you by adidas! Baby Cristiano could, in theory, show up any day now. We probably have a bit of time — I’m due October 23 — but who knows. One thing I do know is that, obviously, I want to be a really good mom. To me, that means making […]

Baby on the Run: Week 36

Baby on the Run: Week 36

“Welcome to Week 36, bitch,” said the excruciatingly painful calf cramp that woke me up in the middle of the night last Tuesday. (Say it in Luke’s voice from The OC, though. I’m swearing because it’s a quote. Duh.) This charley horse was no joke. My calf was sore for like three days after! (Also me waking […]

Welcome to the Nursery!

Baby Nursery

Since finding out I was pregnant back in February, I haven’t felt overwhelmed by too many things. Maybe I’m going into all of this like I’m under-trained for a race, but that’s how I’ve always performed my best — when I haven’t over-complicated, over-trained, or obsessed. There are definitely things I have no idea how […]

Ali on the Run Show Episode 99: One Month Until Baby!

“I hope she finds her passion in life, and that she’s never discouraged to go after it.” —Brian Cristiano In honor of our third wedding anniversary and the realization that Baby Cristiano’s due date is just one month away, Brian and I decided to record an episode about all things, marriage, pregnancy, baby, and life. […]