Henry Grayson & #I40

Happy Wednesday!

Just popping in to say hi real quick and to update you on my NEW NEPHEW!


Henry Grayson was born yesterday morning around 9:30 am, weighing in at 7 lbs 14 oz! Mom, baby, AND daddy are doing great! I’m so proud of my big brother and his AWESOME wife. They are going to be amazing parents, and I already feel blessed by that little face.

He is the most beautiful little boy I have ever seen, and I absolutely CANNOT wait to hold him and love on him.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you’re already aware of the fact that I was unable to make it to Nashville, TN yesterday. I got onto I-40 East about 9 am, expecting the trip to be routine. LONG story short, it took me almost 11 hours to go 43 miles on the highway from Biscoe, AR to Forrest City, AR, before I finally had a meltdown and couldn’t take it anymore, so I exited and turned back to Little Rock. An hour later I was back home, defeated and broken hearted that I wasn’t able to be there for the birth of my sweet nephew. Missing those precious moments with my family ripped my heart to pieces, and it took all I could to not break down right there in my car. Needless to say, sitting helpless on an icy highway in gridlocked traffic, BY MYSELF, was traumatizing and a nightmare come true. I tried as hard as I possibly could to fight the traffic and get through to TN, but it’s just too bad, it’s near impassable at this point. Drivers are still stranded this morning.

I am literally STUCK in Arkansas until this massive traffic jam is cleared. The highways in east AR and West Memphis are disastrous, so bad that the National Guard was called in. I had multiple National Guardsmen check on me throughout the ordeal, as well as several highway patrol officers checking on myself and fellow stranded drivers. It just seems UNREAL to me that Arkansas let their MAIN highways get this bad, when as soon as you cross the border into MO or TN, the roads are cleared.

If you want to read ALL about this epic NIGHTMARE, scroll through my Twitter feed from yesterday then check out the hashtag #I40 for even more horror stories! It will surely blow your mind! Or, here are two articles from the local news:

Traffic Gridlock on I-40

Drivers Baffled at Eastern Arkansas Roadways Remain Clogged

Below are just a few tweets I pulled from last night:

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On the BRIGHT side, I have a HEALTHY new nephew, and I know I will get to see him soon :)

I also signed up for another race! I’m thinking this one will be mostly for fun, and to keep myself in shape. The Downtown Dash 10K in Little Rock is next Saturday, March 15. My 25th birthday is the next day, so I treated myself to a pre-birthday race!

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I’m still pretty stiff and sore from the half on Sunday, and after sitting in my car literally all day yesterday, my thighs want to KILL ME today. Foam rolling will definitely take place tonight! If not a short shake-out run to un-stress from yesterday’s events.

I’ll keep you posted on if I make it to TN anytime in the near future! You better believe I will tell you ALL ABOUT that little munchkin once I get my hands on him!

Have a great day everyone! Stay safe, warm, and fingers crossed for #I40 Traffic Saga to die down! And while you’re at it, say a little prayer for all those drivers STILL stranded, I know they’re at their wits end! I feel like I bonded with a lot of fellow Tweeters over the course of yesterday, and got to know a sweet family in front of me. I hope and pray that everyone I met made it safe and sound, or was at least able to pull over and get a hotel for the night!

I learned that sometimes, we truly just aren’t in control. We can’t do everything. We can’t always win. My patience was tested to the extreme, and I will forever remember this nightmare and cringe at any sight of traffic.

Have you ever sat in an EPIC traffic jam? Do you have any nieces or nephews? Do you enjoy racing for fun or time?


  1. says

    This is absolutely BEYOND words. I cannot even imagine, I would have lost my mind. I hope you make it out to see that adorable little bundle of joy soon!

  2. says

    I am so sorry you were stuck in such horrible traffic!! :( Your nephew is precious though, and at least he is healthy and both parents are fine! I know you are so excited to meet him though! I have two nieces and one nephew. All three of them are my husband’s brother’s kids. Even though they aren’t from my side of the family, I love them to death! You are going to love being an aunt!!
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    • Sweet Miles says

      I agree :) Aw so fun!! Nieces and nephews are a blast! There are 5 on my husband’s side :) They’re such a joy!

  3. says

    Congratulations on your new nephew! He’s an absolute doll!

    I’m an only child, so my nieces and nephews are from Mr PugRunner’s side of the family – the youngest was about 6 when I met them, so no newborns for me. They are all awesome kids and I adore them.

    I don’t think I’ve ever been stuck in a traffic jam like that, but I will tell you that you lasted far longer than I would have. Eleven hours! That’s maddening!
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Haha thanks!!! I did I did! Today! I was very close to losing my mind…and after a bit of a meltdown on the phone I decided to call it quits, haha!

    • Sweet Miles says

      So fun having nephews! Little boys are a hoot! There are three on my husband’s side, 8 months, ~3, and ~4 :) I can’t even imagine them being 12 years old!!! Oh man!!

  4. says

    So sorry to hear about what happened. I know southern states are not use to snow and ice but I am surprised they don’t have any type of emergency plan set up in case of a situation like this. Since this has been occurring all over the country, I think states will be setting up a plan. It just seems logical!
    Good news is that you have a little nephew that will make you forget all about your terrible day!! Congrats :) We have a niece coming in May and I am SUPER excited about it!
    Yay for signing up for a race! Races are so much fun! To honor my 26th birthday this year I am running a MARATHON! :)
    Have a great day!
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Yea, it’s pretty ridiculous. This wasn’t like it was the first ice storm to hit AR this winter either…just really disappointing how they handled it! Congrats on your niece on the way!! How exciting!! She will be here before you know it :) WOW good for you!!! First marathon?? Woohoo!!

    • Sweet Miles says

      Same here! There were hundreds if not thousands of people stuck for over 24 hours! I could NOT imagine!

  5. says

    Congrats on your sweet nephew :) he is so adorable. I’m going to be an Aunt for the first time in July and I can’t wait!! So sorry you were stuck in that terrible traffic, it sounds just miserable. So ridiculous they let the roads get that bad. I hope you finally made it to see the little guy :)
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Thank you! YAY! Congrats to you!! You will LOVE it :) It’s such a special experience and so rewarding!

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