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I had a reader ask recently to see my current photo wall…I haven’t taken a picture of it yet (it’s right around the corner from this wall) but here is my other photo wall. I purchased these 12×12 frames from Adorama and asked my sweet and brilliant husband to hang them for me. I knew I could hang them myself, but I was really hoping to have them even and symmetrical. Chuck’s pretty handy that way. Not only did he hang them, but he didn’t once mention the fact that they hung there, photo-less for a month or two after his hard work. Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, one of the frame broke before it even made it to the wall. That’s called “a house full of small children”. I need to replace it, but the shipping will cost more than the frame itself, so I haven’t brought myself to do it yet. 

This photo wall, unlike the one around the corner, it simply to hold fun personality type photos- not more formal portraits. I love it and since I only pay $1.99 for 12×12 photos I can afford to swap them out with new favorites regularly. Once I swap out a photo, the old one can go in their scrapbooks. Perfect.

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This is Adalia with the baby from her latest doula work. She spent over 24 hours at that birth. What a great experience for her! 

*By the way- Adalia really needs to attend one more birth before May to become fully certified. If you are local and know someone who be interested in having a doula in training free of charge, please contact me*

Thank you for all of the encouraging words, advice and stories about running. I am now running that 1/2 mile and ending up less winded than when I was running a shorter distance. I plan to keep up my 1/2 mile for another week or so and then push to run a little further.

For those of you who mentioned it, I have looked into the Couch to 5K program, but don’t quite understand how that could work for me (and I feel like I’m missing something really obvious). I can’t measure the distances as I run on my rural road, and I don’t quite get how I could “run for three minutes then walk for 90 seconds” without constantly staring at my watch (which is actually my iPhone) which would really mess with the rhythm of my running. If someone has a solution, or can point out some obvious fact I’m missing, I’d love to hear it.

The last two nights Chuck has gotten up with Apollo at his first waking and spent about 15 minutes holding him and resettling him. It seems to be working well. I’m not nursing Apollo until the early morning hours now. Unfortunately I am still waking with him (since I usually have to wake Chuck and let him know Apollo’s awake) but it feels good to be working on his night waking. Several people have mentioned having our teenage girls get up to help with Apollo, but I really don’t feel okay about that. He is our baby (mine and Chuck’s) not my daughters. If I were truly sick with the flu or something and Chuck and I couldn’t get up with him then of course we would have them help, but not under normal circumstances. 

And teeth. As I posted on Facebook: I’m glad my dentist said this shouldn’t hurt because otherwise I’d think I was in pain right now. Yeah, I honestly haven’t been pain free since he did the work Tuesday morning. I’m taking ibuprofen (my old friend) around the clock and having a hard time remaining civil to those around me. It’s not excruciating pain, just bad enough and constant enough to drive me crazy and never give me relief. Other than that, I’m fine.

Thanks for joining in on my pity party on Tuesday. It really made my day to come home and read all those comments.



  1. Cherie Beyond

    Oh! I can help with this! There is Couch to 5K app, several of them in fact, so search iTunes for the one you like best. You can play your music in the background and then it tells you when to switch. I did it this summer and, while running didn’t stick for me, I found the app helpful.

  2. Neale

    Renee, I, too, used the C25K program. I could barely run a minute at first, but eventually got to the point where I could run for 40 minutes. I used the app. Don’t ask me if I have stuck to the program, though…

  3. Mommaofmany

    Renee, get some GSE fast! (Grapefruit Seed Extract). I have a tooth that needs to come out at some point. If it starts to bother me, I take 15 drops of GSE three times a day and it stops! Mix the GSE into orange juice, kombucha or some other strongly flavored drink; not water. I hope it helps till you can get it fixed!

  4. Lindsey

    If we didnt live over the mountains from you guys and ya know im not due till June 😛 I’d totally love her as a doula! Hope she finds someone

  5. liz

    So funny. I belong to a health club and hinestly don’t know many people without a sport watch…Obviously there are many. Your question was great but took me by
    most people I know who run have GPS in their watches…I have a cute Garmin that is pink and gray..I wear it everyday and when I go for walks/run with the stroller I just click on the GPS and then I know how pace..This helps me not run too fast..I also wear it bike riding. I also am losing weight ,so it is super helpful in setting “i want to walk 3 miles”
    I also use the heart rate strap it came with in my classes so i am working out at the proper rate. Too high and I am burning just sugar not fat anymore…as far as the minute running thing.. It’s pretty easy if you have a sport watch like I mentioned and it is digital and the numbers are huge yes I just glance down and watch for the minutes to go by.If you are not in the market for a watch and want to know distance you can do it “the old fashion way” and get in the car and get an idea of where the half mile mark/mile mark etc are….

  6. Paige

    There are several Couch to 5K apps for the Iphone. You just turn it on and make sure your volume is on, then run or walk as it tells you to. Makes things easy. I don’t recommend the app I have, though: Couch to 5K by Lucius Kwok and Kasten Searles. Avoid that one! The first and only time I used it, it turned a 20 minute run into a 50 minute run. I got great exercise, but my husband was none to pleased with being left with a cranky baby who wanted to nurse for an extra 30 minutes!

  7. Jessi

    There are also free downloads from the website for your iphone/ipod that plays up tempo music with a voice that tells you when to walk and run. I had good success with mine, though I just had a ipod shuffle.
    I understand about not wanting to burden your girls because it’s your baby. I am like that too. I have two girls 11 and 10 who LOVE to help out.. and if I’m not on my game, they will get him up in the morning and happily play with him while I sleep, but oh the guilt. I’m the mommy, it’s my baby and my job, but the sleep is SO nice. Rock, meet hard place.

  8. anon

    run keeper app on ur smart phone….buy a running armband to run with and u can listen to music when running…
    App will use gpa to track uf distanc, speed, time, pace intrrvals, etc. U can set ut ti talk to you at certain intervals…i.e. To tell u ur distance and pace evry. 5 miles or whatever u want…..u can set it to every 3 min/90 sec intervals…and best of all free!!!

  9. robyn reed

    I run without music, Garmin or GPS, and have a watch that will beep at intervals — it’s a Timex Ironman, T59201. You can get them for about $25-30.

  10. Allie

    Thank you so much for posting about your jogging. You’ve inspired me to try again! I also find myself jogging half a mile and then walking. I’ve tried the Couch to 5K program as well (treadmill version), and I couldn’t get past the first week. I kept having to repeat the first week workouts. Thanks for inspiring me!

  11. Jessica

    Renee, I had some dental work done at the beginning of the year and I had the beginning of a pulpitis (inflammation of the pulp). We needed to ‘kill’ it with ibuprufen because if we didn’t it’d become chronic, with nothing to do. I had a constant, undercurrent pain. Nothing atrocious but bothersome enough. I was also nursing so I wasn’t happy about taking medicine. However, slowly, it got better and as I turned to the ibuprufen less and less, I realized that the pain was actually waning. It eventually went totally away and I have been fine ever since. But my dentist said that once the pulp gets worked on, touched, or otherwise bothered (and I am sure your dental work did that), it takes a while for it to disinflame and get back to normal. It’s just so sensitive…. SO, be hopeful and keep taking that ibuprufen. Freedom from pain IS in sight, although not as speedily as you might wish!

  12. Heather B

    FYI I used to think I have an iron stomach and took ibuprofen for my go to pain relief. Recently discovered I have ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus generally associated with chronic gerd. I have had ZERO symptoms. SO make sure you are following the rules (you know take with food, etc etc) with your ibuprofen because it would be just your luck to create a new problem by treating an existing one.

  13. Martie

    Thank you so much for honoring my request with all you have going on! Such fun photos. I hope everything comes together for you with Apollo, your tooth and everything else you have on your plate.

  14. Jo

    You might speak to the dentist about the safety of the medication Tramadol. It may not be safe while breastfeeding, but I dont know. I recently had a severe enough pain issue that I had to see the doctor, herbs and OTC were not cutting it. I didnt want a narcotic, or anything that would sedate me. This is what he gave me, it was fine (for me) for driving, and I was fully functioning. I took it for 4 days total, it made me feel much less un-civil to those in contact with me… It isnt a narcotic, not as controlled but obviously still not something one would want full time.

  15. Tarah Goodson

    I just want to say that I love what you said about not wanting to make your older girls get up with the baby and the reason why. We want a BIG family (currently pregnant with our 3rd) and I have many friends that have big families (6-8 kids, might not seem big to you 🙂 The one thing that drives me crazy is when parents of lots of kids expect their older ones to parent the little ones, especially the baby. I totally expect everyone to help out especially the older ones but I want to be the parent and no matter what age or how many want them to be the kids. So, thank you for being the parent and allowing your older ones to still be the kids! Blessings!

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