37 weeks

Time for another pregnancy brain dump!


Physically, I am…


…Meh.  I came down with a really bad ear, nose, and throat infection over the weekend (I have a double ear infection!).  A terrible cold + being 9 months pregnant is kind of the ultimate EFF YOU to my body.  I’m on antibiotics to kick this thing ASAP – my big fear is that I’ll go into labor sick.  I can’t IMAGINE laboring like this.


…Up 40 pounds, getting sciatica in my right leg, and hate the stairs with all my might.


…Blowing off exercise.  MomHTP heard I was sick and said, “Oh, honey, make sure you don’t try to push yourself too hard with your workouts!” and I actually LOLed.  The only ‘workouts’ I’ve been doing are 1 mile walks around the neighborhood with James.  I really, really wanted to hold out on sweat-inducing workouts longer, but it’s just not going to happen.


Emotionally, I am…


…SUPER FREAKING EXCITED.  Oh man.  We are so pumped to have this baby!  We have no plans to have more children, so Little One’s arrival feels extra special because we will be ‘complete.’ Kristien and I are just really overjoyed to meet him or her and to experience the baby phase again.


…Not ready quite yet.  My prediction is that I will go before my due date (December 1) because I went into labor with Henry at 39 weeks + 5 days.  But I hope and pray that I will last as long as possible because I feel like I have a ton to do still!  It’s all silly, small stuff – like raising the crib and installing the carseat and making freezer meals – but I’d like to have everything DONE DONE before the baby comes.


…Feeling good about labor.  I was NOT feeling so good about labor, but I re-read some of my favorite Bradley Method / natural birth books, attended a Bradley Method refresher class, and just did some chatting with Kristien.  Reading and talking it out made me feel much more on top of my game – less freaked out and more prepared.  I am hopeful for another great experience!

childbirth books

Henry is…


…Aware of what is happening.  He knows the baby is coming soon, but he also thinks that he also has a baby in his belly that is coming out soon, too (he keeps asking me to “poke it, mommy, poke the baby!” and lifting up his shirt!).  However, he is more excited that MomHTP is coming to stay with us when the baby is born – I honestly think her visit will have a bigger impact on him than me bringing home a newborn.


I am really excited that…


…Under my ACA healthcare plan, I get a free Medala breastpump! All I had to do was call my insurance provider and it’s being delivered in the mail. Pretty awesome – it’s a nice double electric one, too!


I am busy…


…Packing!  Here are the things that I’m packing in my hospital bag…

hospital bag list

Did I forget anything?!  I overpacked with Henry (as I’m sure most first-time moms do) and recognize that I don’t really need THAT much stuff.


Let’s compare my first pregnancy to my second…

first preg v second

I’m standing at a different angle, but I think this baby is higher (and the bump is way bigger!).


My official sex prediction is that this baby is a…


…GIRL!  No, BOY!  No, GIRL!  Heck, I have no clue.  This is, of course, the question that everyone asks me when they find out that we’re “Team Green” and the truth is that I have no idea what we are having.  I try to close my eyes and really focus on the baby and get a sense of whether it’s a girl or boy, and sometimes, I get girl vibes… and then at other times, I get boy vibes.  Hah. 


I have been wanting to write a little “Public Service Announcement” for things NOT to say to Team Green moms, but I haven’t figured out exactly how to word it as a stand-alone post… So I’ll just say that if you know a mom who doesn’t know the sex of her baby, pleeeeease don’t say, “I hope you’re having a XXX!”  I’ve been getting a lot of “I hope it’s a girl!” and that comment crushes me (FYI I straight-up tell this to the people in real life, so this isn’t a passive aggressive dig via blog post – LOL!).  I truly don’t mind, “I think it’s a girl!” – it’s just someone saying they hope it’s a girl.  It makes me so sad (for obvious reasons!).


Personally, I think two boys would be a heck of a lot of fun.  A boy and a girl would be a cool experience, too.  But I always wonder about the fascination with the baby’s sex – it’s not like the sex is the end-all, be-all of who that person will become… you know?  It’s just one characteristic of many.  I’m just praying hard – every single night – for a healthy and happy kid!


Can’t wait to meet you, Little One!


Other Little One posts:


In the Oven {Again} (Announcement Post)

First Trimester Recap

17 weeks

22 weeks

27 weeks

30 weeks

Things I Learned About Having a Newborn

Panic-Free Pregnancy: Round Two

And all my Henry weekly updates.



  • Lindsay Ingalls November 10, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Congrats you’re almost there! So exciting!

    I thought I was going to go early again because Edith arrived 10 days before her due date but Alder ended up arriving 2 days after his so you never know!

  • Nikki November 10, 2014, 3:49 pm

    So excited for you guys!

  • Kristy B. November 10, 2014, 3:49 pm

    When people say that they “hope” it’s a girl, I hope you realize they don’t mean that they will be disappointed if it’s a boy! I think people use words without really realizing their implications sometimes.

    I am trying to get pregnant now, have been for quite some time (hopefully soon!) and I LOVE the idea of waiting to find out the sex of the baby. LOVE it. My husband and I are 100% on board with absolutely nobody knowing until we find out in the delivery room. It just seems so much more exciting when you don’t know! Good luck!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 3:52 pm

      I think it’s true at the core – no one is going to be actually disappointed if it’s a boy. But I do know that some people are REALLY pulling for a girl, especially because they know this is our last.

      • Jennifer November 10, 2014, 6:22 pm

        I think what really bugs me about saying “I hope it’s a girl” or “don’t you hope it’s a girl?” or “are you going to try for a girl?” after it was a second boy, was that they all some how imply that my boys aren’t enough or even good enough for me. Our family is complete with these two little boys and when people ask me, “aren’t you going to try for a little girl?” I say, these little boys are everything I ever hoped and prayed for. I make sure to say it loud enough so my guys hear it and know they are everything I have ever wanted. 🙂

        • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 6:46 pm

          love this comment!

  • Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun) November 10, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Awww, I love this post! I hope you feel better soon! I totally over-packed when my son was born! I thought I would want to do my hair/makeup and get dressed every day and I definitely did not hahaha!

    Wishing you and your family the best for however long until baby arrives! I can’t wait to read the happy news 🙂

  • Katie D November 10, 2014, 3:51 pm

    I was team green and it was such a weird experience. I got told I was brave, crazy, that my shower was no fun because nobody could buy gender specific stuff, etc. My aunt cried because she was convinced it was a boy (I had a girl). Family threatened to call my on and pose as me to find out. People were just so obsessed!! I loved not finding out and having hubby announce it and will do it again.

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 3:55 pm

      hahahaha this comment made me LOL. I loooove the “BUT HOW WILL YOU BUY THE BABY STUFF” comments.

  • Rosie Shoemaker November 10, 2014, 4:00 pm

    You are truly glowing in that last picture! Your skin looks so dewy and youthful; I can see the excitement in your eyes – it’s wonderful! Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy and labor Caitlin – either way, boy or girl, its going to be a joyous event!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 4:03 pm

      Thank you Rosie 🙂 That was sweet.

  • Katie November 10, 2014, 4:11 pm

    It kind of bothered me too when people would comment about me not knowing my baby’s sex before birth. I have a pretty sarcastic streak though so comebacks were pretty fun! “Dont you want to know what your having?” Well, I’m pretty sure its a baby, not a puppy! I had fun with it, but still cringed inside sometimes!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 4:15 pm

      Slightly unrelated, but I went to the Minute Clinic on Sunday because of this cold, and when the nurse practitioner asked me why I was there, I looked at her with a completely straight face and asked for a pregnancy test. There was this long beat and then she died laughing. Hahaha.

      • Aishah November 10, 2014, 4:46 pm

        LOL Caitlin this cracked me up!! lmao! I actually panicked earlier and got super excited thinking you might be in labor because your post wasn’t up at 9 am when I usually check and find it lol Then I saw your cute instagram post proving you’re still preggo 🙂 The part about Henry cracked me up- and you look so beautiful! I’m so excited for you and pray for a happy and healthy baby for you also, that’s all that matters. You will be so in love regardless <3 You look so beautiful and I'm so excited for you! xoxo

      • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 11, 2014, 8:13 am

        OMG, that is hilarious!!!!!

  • Tara November 10, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Agree with the gender comments! We actually did find out the gender with both pregnancies (both beautiful boys) and until we knew with our second I can’t count how many times people said “I hope it’s a girl, since you already have a boy!” It would seriously bum me out. I didn’t get the need to have a girl and I was really excited to have another boy. We are done with two, but some people still comment “Don’t you want to try for a girl?” NO!!! I’m more than happy with my two sweet boys and it’s not like I could guarantee a girl anyway! 🙂

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 4:19 pm

      I know a women who just had her SIXTH girl in a row!!!

  • Nikole November 10, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I packed significantly less the second time too. Make sure you pack some flip flops or comfy shoes to walk around in. I also forgot shampoo and had to use the hospital’s yuck. The only other thing is I forgot something for the babies head as my son was born in warm weather. Congrats! Excited for you all!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 4:36 pm

      Oh!! GOOD ONE. totally forget flip flops.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 10, 2014, 4:22 pm

    I’m just catching up on your blog for the first time in months. You look beautiful! Congratulations on your upcoming addition! 😀

  • Katie sB November 10, 2014, 4:34 pm

    maybe this is a stupid question, but did you feel that you had to really push them allow you to labor in something other than a hospital gown? I really hate hospital gowns and if my husband and I start trying to have a baby next year I feel so stressed about not being able to have the autonomy to be comfortable during my own labor. I was just wondering if it was a struggle to get them to let you wear something else or if it was no big deal.

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 4:37 pm

      They had me put on a gown when I arrived but that quickly came off – I think most women labor naked or just in a bra. You don’t really want to have clothes on for the most part. It probably depends a lot on the hospital, though.

      • Katie sB November 10, 2014, 7:02 pm

        Thanks for answering! 🙂

        • Monica November 11, 2014, 11:02 am

          I labored and delivered in just a gown, and honestly, I didn’t even notice it was on… except when I was leaning over the bed having a contraction and felt my husband trying to cover my bare backside with the gown to protect my modesty. Sweet guy… he had no idea that modesty flew out the window the second contractions started. 🙂

  • Anna November 10, 2014, 4:45 pm

    I love that you waited to find out the gender again. I think waiting to find out is one of the best surprises life gives us. I am not pregnant but hoping in the next 1.5 years I will be and I will be waiting to find out. I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and can’t wait to see what you have!

  • Britt@MyOwnBalance November 10, 2014, 4:52 pm

    You look great! So exciting! I am exactly 39 weeks and 5 days today and so so so ready to get this show on the road! I hope you have a healthy, happy baby–boy or girl! I like your hospital bag list. I think mine is pretty similar although I may have too many clothing options, especially for the baby!

  • Jessi November 10, 2014, 4:55 pm

    In my family is just my brother and I, so my parents had the one girl, one boy thing. Same with my husband’s family. It is great in it’s own ways – I love my little brother and he had so much fun annoying his teenage sister when we were growing up! But I think it would have been just as lovely had I had a little sister. Our aunt and uncle have three little girls who are the best of friends and just lovely. They were told their youngest daughter was a boy right up until the moment she was delivered – so you never can REALLY know for sure anyway! They’d spent all this money on boy stuff and then they had to return it in the end anyway!

  • Lekki wood November 10, 2014, 4:56 pm

    Loved the update. Btw – when I read your ‘I was having trouble sleeping and I devised a recipe to take Oreos, add nutella, and then add even more chocolate and sprinkle them with sugar’ post I thought “yup… pregnant”. Not saying that I (as very much not pregnant) didn’t make them though 🙂

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 4:57 pm

      hahah true, true. also explains how i’ve gained 40 pounds. 🙂

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 10, 2014, 5:04 pm

    I love your pregnancy thoughts! Thanks for sharing with us. Glad to hear things are going fairly well. I can sense your excitement in this post! You’re in the home stretch!

  • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 5:32 pm

    I’ve been lurking your blog for a few months now. Not only are we name twins, but we’re also due right around the same time (11/27). I’ve really enjoyed following your pregnancy along with my own, especially since this will be my first baby.

    I couldn’t wait to find out the sex of our baby (too much of a control freak), but I love the idea of not knowing! That being said, we still struggled with comments from people re. the sex before finding out for sure. My in-laws referred to our baby as their grandson the first few months, and we finally had to ask that they stop. It felt like people were going to be disappointed if it was a girl and that made me so sad! Why people put so much stock into that is beyond me. A certain sex is not better or more valuable than the other. All that said, I was pretty smug when we found out it was a girl and that all the boy-wishers were wrong. Haha.

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 5:49 pm

      Yay twinning 🙂 congrats!!

  • Michelle November 10, 2014, 5:49 pm

    Loved this post! I’m newly married and can’t wait to start a family!

  • Susie Duke November 10, 2014, 5:51 pm

    You look amazing. And THAT dress! I hope your labor experiences are great. You seem very prepared. Bradley Method is a great prep-course. Best to ya!

  • alexe November 10, 2014, 6:07 pm

    You are sooo beautiful Caitlin! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Your family is adorable. <3

    • Caitlin November 10, 2014, 6:46 pm

      thank you!!

  • Jen November 10, 2014, 6:08 pm

    You look great! I had a 24 hour stomach bug when I was 37 weeks pregnant, and it was not pretty! In fact, I hadn’t even thrown up in my first trimester, so to throw up so late in the game felt pretty awful.

    November is a great month to be born! I have celebrated a few birthdays on Thanksgiving (like my 21st. Nothing like being old enough to drink and being stuck with your grandparents), so maybe your baby will come early and have the same experience. A tofurky baby!

  • Regina November 10, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! You look fantastic. I got the norovirus when I was 9 months pregnant with my second son and it sucked. Puking your guts out with a permanent human attached to your belly is the ultimate torture. I actually started contracting and had to be hospitalized., dilated to 2cm and had my son a week later at 36w6d (went into labor on April fools day, hardy har).

  • Rachel November 10, 2014, 8:41 pm

    you articulated the Team Green perspective perfectly. I remember my mother in law kept vocally hoping for a girl and it made me so sad. What if the baby was a boy, would she love him less? It made me sad for my child.

    He is a boy and a true joy. She loves him to the moon, of course, so that passed thankfully.

    Congrats to you as you prepare for your family to be complete. Healthy wishes to all.

  • Kelly Brodt November 10, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Holy moly, does time every fly! It doesn’t even feel like it was that long ago that you were announcing your first pregnancy with Henry, and now your second Little One is set to meet the world any day now. You look glowingly beautiful in your pictures, and sound positively excited. As a very frequent reader of your blog I am super jazzed for you, and am looking forward to the day (in the not so distant future) that I get to read about the welcoming of your bundle of joy. Wishing you and your family all of the best in the time to come.

    P.S. — I couldn’t agree more that a healthy and happy baby is all that matters. 🙂

  • Kate November 10, 2014, 9:15 pm

    pack the baby book for those precious little foot prints. You might also want your Boppy Pillow if you have one.
    I have three girls, everyone thinks we need a boy. Other mothers even say things like, “Oh there’s just something about a mother son connection.” Blah! I’m content with 3 girls.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 10, 2014, 9:27 pm

    I totally get what you’re saying with the “I hope it’s a…” comments. With twin girls, I always get the “so you’re going to try for a boy next, right?” Ummm, how about if we have another baby, we’re going to try for another healthy happy baby to add to our family!! 😉

  • Ali November 10, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Only you could write such a wonderful post while sick! Thank you for all of the updates. Wishing you an easy labor that goes just as you hope.

  • Anna November 11, 2014, 12:24 am

    I remember turning on Twitter alerts for Henry’s birth, (I think I was in an undergrad final??) just to be thinking of you during labor! Congratulations!! So exciting <3
    Also, is the blowdryer for your hair or is there something weird about labor I don't know about…

  • Aja November 11, 2014, 2:28 am

    I can’t wait to hear about your new little one! I’ve never understood the “I hope it’s a XXX” thing. Have your own baby then. 2 boys is nice. My sister has 2 boys and I’ve heard no complaints. My mom always wanted a boy and a girl with the boy first to “protect the little girl” but I think either way it’ll be fun.

  • Laura@SneakersandSpatulas November 11, 2014, 9:09 am

    I’m not pregnant yet (but hoping to be soon!) and I already know I don’t want to know the babies sex. My husband on the other hand said he can’t wait and will need to know. I can’t figure out a good compromise as there’s no way I could have him know and me not know. I think I’ll either have to argue it out or use it as a trade for something I want if we find out the sex.

    How are you coming on names? Do you have them picked out or still narrowing them down?

    • Caitlin November 11, 2014, 9:44 am

      We have one solid option for each. I think the boy name is more subject to change though. Boy names are hard!!

  • Rose November 11, 2014, 9:10 am

    Our friends were “team green” and had a baby a couple of years ago. Immediately after the birth, the doctors put the baby on mom for skin-to-skin, nursing, apgar testing etc, and they were overjoyed to have a healthy, happy, baby. It was only about 30 minutes later that the parents looked at each other and went “…is this is a girl baby or a boy baby?”, and realized that neither of them had checked or asked. Ha! They said that was their clue that it really was – as you say – one small part of who they are as a person.

  • Anne Weber-Falk November 11, 2014, 9:11 am

    Our first child was a boy. Our second child was a bonus/surprise baby so we decided to know before hand the sex. When loved ones found out our next baby was a girl they all said that we could stop having babies because now we had the perfect family. Shocking to us. I know they didn’t really mean anything mean by this but what kind of thing is this to say to a family. Now we have three children. We are not a perfect family but we are a loving family none the less. Enjoy your family Caitlin and Kristien!

  • kristin November 11, 2014, 9:47 am

    you look great!

  • Monica November 11, 2014, 10:54 am

    I love your striped dress! It looks like a typical cute stripey dress to the side, but then from the front it goes all extra fun!

    I’m excited for you. I was Team Green with my Harlow, and it made the experience so much more special. The announcement as she was born… so amazing.

  • Allison November 11, 2014, 11:20 am

    Every kid is different. Having a boy or a girl doesn’t say anything about who they are going to be or what they are going to like. My 7 year old nephew is a boy’s boy. He is rough and tumble, loves sports (like in a crazy over the top way and he isn’t getting it from my brother), and he’s totally a sensitive soul who cries about lots of things. His sister, who is 5 is the girliest girl, but when he is talking about his feelings, she will roll her eyes and say “boooooring”. My boy and girl are totally different from the two of them, so who cares the sex, you are getting a totally independent, unique person. Everyone I know, including myself, had a much easier (quicker) labor the second time around and I definitely exercised less and gained more weight with the second.

  • Breanne November 11, 2014, 1:48 pm

    You look stunning and that dress is awesome!

    So sorry to hear you’re sick though – hopefully it goes away quick and DEFINITELY goes away before labor. I can’t wait to find out if your Little One is a boy or a girl just because I want to know what name you picked. 🙂

  • alan November 11, 2014, 4:15 pm

    Well, I have two boys (which are fun by the way–my wife was so happy to have boy clothes to buy) and we didn’t know beforehand, so I know (as a male) what you mean.

    So I will wish you this:
    I hope you have ……………..a Miami fan who is very healthy and happy baby, to bring you joy and happiness. (I’m not a Miami fan but know you are both Canes and I get the college fan thing).

    Good luck. Second babies supposedly come quicker so hopefully the pain subsides soon, and the labor is not too bad

  • Nicole @ Broken Road Creative November 11, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Both my pregnancies seemed like they dragged on and on (alright, the second one went a bit faster..) but yours has seriously FLOWN by for me, lol. I’m sure you’re not feeling the same… but you’re gonna have that newborn in your arms before you know it. My feeling says you’re having another boy, but who knows! Wishing you a quick and easy delivery and a healthy baby and mama!

  • Jessi November 11, 2014, 8:51 pm

    4 weeks ago I went into labour with a cold. It wasn’t as bad as I feared. During labour, the cold seemed to fade into the background. It came back sometime after the adrenaline had subsided though. The coughing wasn’t so much fun for the perineum it has to be said…

  • Abby November 12, 2014, 12:20 am

    You are shining! You look so happy. You will be amazing when it’s go time! We over packed the first time as well. Part of the reason was I was induced being 11 days past the due date. The second time we had to leave pretty quickly since my 2nd daughter wanted to come as quick as possible! We forgot a cooler for my placenta so we could bring it back home to have it encapsulated. Are you doing that again this time around?

    • Caitlin November 12, 2014, 12:47 pm

      Yes! Thanks for the reminder to pack my cooler 🙂 🙂

  • emma @ be mom strong November 12, 2014, 10:56 am

    you look fabulous and I’m digging that maxi dress! It’s only a matter of time until that peanut comes.
    You’re just tapering for your “marathon” in 3 weeks! Enjoy it. Life with two is a whole new world… but SO fun!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork November 12, 2014, 3:29 pm

    My husband and I are also huge “Team Green” people (though we have yet to have a child). I think it is one of the most exciting things in life–why would you want to spoil it? And I’m a big-time over-planner, so don’t give me the, “So I can plan…” BS. I would LOVE to read a post about what not to say to team green parents.
    Glad you’re feeling better about labor! That’s too cute that Henry thinks he has a baby, too!

  • Brynn November 13, 2014, 4:25 pm

    I had a November baby and a January baby and I HIGHLY recommend chapstick and lotion. Hospitals are so dry anyway, and the cold weather makes everything so much worse. Plus the familiar lotion after the first shower made me feel human again. Congrats on the little one!! 🙂

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