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Running with Baby

The 12 pieces of gear you’ll need (and want) to hop back on the workout wagon.

Running with Baby

If you’ve already welcomed baby, chances are that finding your groove is not the easiest thing in the world. For me, creating a regular workout routine again was one of those things that has remained the most difficult to make time for. I quickly learned that incorporating my son into my workouts when he was a baby was a surprisingly awesome way to get in a workout in during that first year. Sometimes it was baby and me yoga or a bootcamp class, and others was a bi-weekly date with a mama friend to run with our babies in strollers, culminating with coffee and a play date. Which made it productive and fun for all involved.

Here are our favorite running necessities to get you ready to hit the pavement with baby in tow.

1. Protect your eyes with these Smith Optics Lowdown Slims. Not only will they look good, but they’ll stay put too. ($70) Get 'em here.

2. Get a sweet ride for you little one. The BOB Revolution Pro’s state-of-the-art adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride and offers multi-position canopy adjusts for protection against the elements. ($499) Get it here.

3. Download a fitness app that will keep you in check like this one by by MapMyRun, which has a database of over 70 billion global routes. (Free) Download here.

4. And then synch up your most covetable new accessory. Your Tory Burch FitBit metal hinged bracelet paired with your FitBit tracker will take note of your every step. ($195)

Get it here.

5. Start with a good base. A great pair of socks by Feetures for instance. This Elite Merino+ will provide targeted compression and has wicking powers. ($14.99) Get 'em here.

6. Keep organized. This single handlebar console by BOB that keeps all the important stuff within reach. ($39.99) Get it here.

7. Zip Up. The fall calls for a little more than a T-shirt and this Women’s Under Armour Tech ½ Zip will surpass your expectations when it comes to fit and functionality. ($44.99) Get it here.

8. Top it off with one of our favorite trends: a cap. This Play the Field Cap by Lululemon will look just as good whether you’re running with a stroller or meeting a friend for brunch. ($38) Get it here.

9. Best Foot Forward. Everyone’s feet are definitely built differently, but Nike Free’s have treated mine well. This Flyknit 4.0 has got style too. ($160) Get 'em here.

10. Don’t mess around with your sports bra choice. This duo dry seamless racer bra by C9 by Champion is a classic that works every time. ($9.99) Get it here.

11. Stay hydrated. With Style of course. These BKR water bottles are the swoon-worthiest. ($30) Get it here.

12. OK, even we can admit the price tag on these Nike Pro Energia Vivaz women’s training pants are a little steep for something you’re going to sweat in, but man they sure do look good. OK, I guess they're worth it since you’re going to live in them well after your run. ($130) Get 'em here.

This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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