Five things I borrowed out of my running bag………

Let’s talk about the  five things I borrowed out of my running bag this week.  TGIF!  I had a super fun day this week that I thought I would share with you.  Monday I spent the day with my stepson’s daughter, yes, my granddaughter.  I was on official grandma Skippy duty.


First of all, I am going to confess, I was a little rusty!  Boy, have things changed over the last 25 years!  Not knowing exactly what I would need, I threw my laptop in my running bag because babies sleep a lot, right?  (NOT)  I was able to take my favorite Monday morning yoga class and then I drove straight over to Orlando.  On a good day, it is a 35/40 minute drive, this morning it was an hour and 10 minutes.

Due to the long drive I got the quick debriefing and then it was just she and I.  She, baby Briar, is only 7 weeks old and after 10:30am she and I were alone.  Let the games begin!  First up, the diaper change.  Hmm, what are those tabs things made of now?  Sort of like velcro, so I totally ripped the whole tab thing off!  Well, aren’t I talented?  I was warned about lots of poop so I can’t just have one side secure and not the other so I pulled a hello Kitty bandaid out of my bag and secured that other side like a pro!

At this stage of the game I am the only one talking and geez I am thirsty!  Next I popped a NUUN tablet in a bottle of water that I found in the frig,  Yup, a little electrolytes will fix Skippy right up!  After a couple of hours she was a little fussy and I figured it was time for lunch,  I was hungry so I thought she was too.  It took a bit for her to decide to nurse with the bottle but she soon latched on and drank and slobbered everywhere!  Oops, I was supposed to put the bib on first!  I reached in my bag and pulled out my new Gasparilla running towel, perfect size and she was dried up in a jiffy!

The little one finally bounced her way right to sleep and I could finally go to the bathroom! Whew! Not knowing how long she would sleep, since no particular schedule was established I figure I better hurry up and get something to eat!  I found a Complete Cookie in my bag with tons of protein and fiber and whoofed that down.  Good thing, the nap lasted 15 minutes!  Time for another diaper change and I got the bib on this time too!  Skippy is a quick learner!


I thought a new change of scenery would do us some good so I loaded baby Briar into the stroller.  After 5 minutes of her screaming I came to quickly realize that I do not know how to unlock the back tires on this thing!  Who makes this stuff?  I am a pretty intelligent woman.  Oh well, dammit, we are back in the house.  So, the whole cycle starts over.  Feed, sleep and poop.  I did not know that she had never been away from mom and dad for more than a couple of hours so by hour 4 I got out my trusty I-phone and selected my favorite Spotify app.  In 2 minutes we are singing along to lullabies!  Yay!

After 5:00pm my stepson is home and my Skippy shift is over.  Whew!  Finally I get to go to the bathroom again and this time I pulled a shower wipe out of my bag and freshened up.  I think Skippy and Briar had a good day and judging by all the smiles I don’t think she knew I was a little rusty!  Funny, I have no problem starting my Genesis but I still don’t know how to use that damn stroller!  Another hurdle for another visit!

Running, yoga and grandma duty- don’t leave home without your running bag!  You never know when it will come in handy!

What is the one thing in your running bag that you just can’t live without?  Any grandmas out there- any tips?  

I am linking up with Fairytales & Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five- join us!

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32 Responses so far.

  1. Kimberly G says:

    Awwe I think you did a great job! Genius idea using the Spotify app! I don’t know any babies that don’t love music 🙂
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  2. Super cute! Looks like grandma duty was a huge success.Enjoy her 🙂
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  3. This is so funny! I have my running bag always pack and ready…never thought it would come in handy for Grandma duty (which, by the way, is not a job title I don’t have yet LOL)
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  4. Erin says:

    I’ve babysat once in my entire life so I’m no help there. I mostly just wanted to say I love that towel! Was that from this year?

  5. Thanks to my job, I think I’m pretty skilled with babies but I manage to rip those diaper tabs off all the time! Either that or I don’t fasten them correctly and then the diapers fall off and I get to see that cute little bootie. Parents are always coming in with the latest things in baby accessories, I can’t keep up with it!

    Sounds like you did just fine! How did our kids ever survive us?
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  6. Chaitali says:

    You did an impressive job with the baby and made inventive use of the running bag 🙂 I’m especially impressed with the bandaid on the diaper trick!
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  7. That is too funny about the stroller. I think some car seats are the same way! Even though you may have been a bit rusty, I’m sure you had a fantastic time watching the little one. Practice makes perfect right? There will be plenty of more opportunities in the future.
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  8. Rachel says:

    Hehe, this is a super cute post. Babies are TOUGH! And all the strollers are so difficult to figure out. That look she’s giving you… so cute. 🙂
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  9. Cathy says:

    Love the photo-too cute. I have a couple of grandkids….Love,Love,Love them!! But when it comes to strollers, carseats, and other gadgets, I have to have my daughter give me a full rundown on how they operate.

  10. Darlene says:

    Congrats on surviving your first babysitting duty. I ‘m sure there will be many more to come.
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  11. Elle says:

    What a great story… and that picture is just beautiful – Grandma duty really agrees with you!

  12. haha!!! Running bag to the rescue! What a cutie. Sounds like you are nailing that grandma thing.
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  13. Emily says:

    It’s not easy to take care of a baby but you’re doing great.The Spotify app is so useful I’m really looking forward to check it out. I love the phot. Both of you are so adorable.
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  14. Marcia says:

    What a lucky baby to have Skippy on duty! Good thing you didn’t have a GU in that bag…
    I distinctly remember struggling with locking stroller wheels too!
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  15. Good job Skippy and great use of the running goodies to help you along the way. She is just beautiful!
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  16. Toni says:

    Who knew a running bag could be grandmas secret weapon!
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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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