minutes per mile blog

an update

I’m back after a long break! (And wearing my DMV shirt with Virginian pride.)


The past couple of weeks have been challenging for us as we work on helping Alice overcome some eating difficulties. Per the recommendations of the dozens of doctors we’ve seen, we went to the hospital last week for her to receive a feeding tube. The procedure is actually quite simple and we’re relieved that Alice now has an easier, happier way of getting the nutrients she needs. We are hoping for a long-term solution soon and are still quite busy with doctors’ appointments, but in the meantime she’s very happy and very cute with her new accessory!


Needless to say I haven’t been getting a ton of sleep lately, but I have found a few bits of energy here and there to get outside and run. (And even race!)


Anthony found a nice little trail nearby and introduced me to it the other day!


I’ve been back on it a few times since and caught this pretty sunrise last Wednesday (or Thursday? Tuesday? Friday? I’ve lost sense of time!):


On the food front, I had a really lame 10 days a while back as I tried an elimination diet in order to test Baby A for food allergies (which we found out she does not have). No dairy, nuts, soy, gluten, or eggs for me — aka I was starved and sad all day long. Ha! We got creative with lots of rice, corn, and potato-based dishes and of course stocked up on fruits, veggies, beans, and meat. Even though I wasn’t trying this diet for my own health or anything, I was curious whether I’d feel any better physically since I was cutting out what some people consider “evils” like dairy and gluten.

The answer was a big fat no. I felt totally the same except especially hungry :)

(Note that Chick-fil-a waffle fries, sweet potato chips, wine, and hard cider did manage to pass the elimination test…)

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So, that’s where we are right now. Once we settle into a routine (something I’ve been saying for four months now… oops), I do hope to get back to daily posting. In the meantime, thanks as always for following along!

4 thoughts on “an update

  1. Ahhh I’m so sorry to hear about Alice’s eating issues. My son was born extremely prematurely at 24 weeks, so he had a feeding tube for a verrrrry long time. Not fun but necessary of course. Glad you’re able to get out for some runs here and there to help keep you sane during a stressful time. I ran like crazy during the 4 months that my son was in the NICU.

    Now go enjoy some of the yummy eats you’ve missed out on lately :)

    • i can’t imagine how it would feel to have your little one in the NICU — that must have been stressful! yes, running has helped me stay somewhat sane (though it’s not helping with sleep deprivation!). we hope that baby a won’t have her tube in for too long, but of course are willing to do whatever it takes to keep her happy and healthy!

  2. I’ve been a silent reader of your blog for sometime now but felt it was time to leave a comment. We just had a baby January 24th and our son recently got a GJ tube for feeding as well. He spent 7 weeks in the NICU and we just got home last week. Im so sorry to read you are going through similar things with your little one. Although it’s difficult right now, know you are doing what is best for her in the long run! Keep up the good work!

    • thank you for reading and commenting! wow, that must have been a stressful time for you. deciding to go with the tube was a tough decision but we are confident that it was the right one for now. hopefully we will have some answers soon! best of luck with your little one!