A Little Layover

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Look who I found in Seattle:


Baby Garnish – as known as Cullen.  His momma Emily used to live in Charlotte and we’ve been blog friends ever since.  I was so happy my work trip allowed a bit of a layover so I could come over and see Emily, her husband, and their baby.


But first – a long, long five hour journey from Atlanta to Seattle.  I didn’t realize how long of a journey it was until I was trapped on the plane!


For lunch:  I bought a hummus, broccoli, and carrot platter from Starbucks and supplemented with some bread I had stashed in my suitcase.


And an apple + airplane peanuts.


And another Apple Crusher with a Kind bar, eaten while watching the new show Once Upon a Time, which was so good.


And then… I held myself my first newborn!  I don’t have much baby experience and was pretty nervous that I was going to drop him or break his little neck or give him some scary traveler’s disease.  But Cullen went easy on me.  No crying or pooping. 


And Emily, of course, looks BEAUTIFUL and happy and calm!  So very, very wonderful.  If you read her blog, she’ll be back to blogging regularly soon.  She remarked that she currently feels like her little family is in a time warp.  “Is it really MONDAY?” she said.  I guess a baby will do that to a girl!


I’m going to snag the baby back and then jump in the shower.  Then it’s time for an Operation Beautiful presentation and a red-eye back home!



  • Hillary October 24, 2011, 7:00 pm

    This baby is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen. Swoon.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 24, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Aww Cullen is so cute! I always feel so awkward holding babies – I don’t have a whole lot of practice in that area!! I hope you have a safe flight! 🙂

    • Lacey @ Lake Life October 24, 2011, 10:33 pm

      Lol, I think Caitlin can probably agree with you on that one!

  • Jennie @ What's Jen Eating? October 24, 2011, 7:03 pm

    Ah! My blog worlds are crossing over! 🙂 I moved to Seattle a few months ago and randomly found out about Daily Garnish when MamaPea tagged Emily in a picture when she was up here to promote the Peas and Thank You cookbook. I’ve been reading Emily’s blog ever since! 🙂 Cullen is a cutie.

  • Army Amy* October 24, 2011, 7:05 pm

    I’m way scared to hold little babies! They’re so breakable!*

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 24, 2011, 7:06 pm

    good job on these travel meals! and that’s so excited that you got to see Cullen! He’s too adorable.

  • HTPDad October 24, 2011, 7:08 pm

    I’m not getting any younger…

    • Tricia October 24, 2011, 7:23 pm

      Hahaha HTPDad my mom tells all 3 of her children that 2 grandkids is not enough.

    • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 24, 2011, 9:23 pm

      haha, this sounds familiar! My response is “you have a son too!”

  • Ashley P. @ The Vegetable Life October 24, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Both Emily and the baby look perfect! This makes my ovaries ache!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 24, 2011, 7:16 pm

    Omg he’s such a cute baby! What a fun way to spend your layover 🙂

  • Laine October 24, 2011, 7:16 pm

    He is so cute! My job in college was taking those newborn photos in the hospital. So many of the parents were like “we’ve never held a newborn before, can you wrap him back up for us?” It was one of the best jobs ever! (And made me vow to never ever give birth in the hospital…)

    • Amy S. October 24, 2011, 8:40 pm

      I’m intrigued by your vow. What makes you say this?

      • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:59 am

        I also want to know – because I’m scared of hospital births as well because of unnecessary intervention.

  • Tricia October 24, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Love Emily’s blog. Found her through yours a couple years back. Definitely say on twitter for baby watch. Glad you got to experience a newborn. They are amazing. And not as scary as one would think. And little Cullen is adorable. Giving me the warm and fuzzies! Hope you can catch some “non mouth open” sleep on your red eye.

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:56 am

      You’re right – he really wasnt as scary or overwhelming as I expected. Just magical!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 24, 2011, 7:31 pm

    Aahhh.. Cullen is soo gorgeous 🙂 Now my womb is aching!

  • erica October 24, 2011, 7:37 pm

    awww! baby cullen is ADORABLE! 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 24, 2011, 7:37 pm

    Awww the baby is precious!! Good to know the baby and mom are both in excellent health. 🙂

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 24, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Now that you’ve seen that newborn is it time for your very own? : )

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 24, 2011, 7:47 pm

    awww, how fun that you were able to visit baby cullen!!

    red eyes are brutal — i’ve found a glass (or 4!) of wine helps…

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 24, 2011, 7:47 pm

    Awww, this is the best blogger meetup ever 🙂

    So happy you all could meetup. He’s adorable and you and Emily look great as well.

  • Lisa October 24, 2011, 7:57 pm

    He’s a cutie!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 24, 2011, 8:21 pm

    What a cute baby! Looks good on you Caitlin 🙂

  • Ali October 24, 2011, 8:24 pm

    Crossover of my two favorite blogs?? Too much to handle! Thanks for sharing Cullen pictures and Emily update. They’ve been in my thoughts! Safe travels!

  • Amanda October 24, 2011, 8:27 pm

    You look like a natural holding him! hint hint 😉

    Cullen is adorable. Glad to hear he and Emily are doing well.

  • Emily October 24, 2011, 8:27 pm

    Now that’s the best kind of blogger meet-up! Momma Garnish and baby Cullen are both gorgeous.
    Good luck with your presentation. I hope you catch some zzzz’s on your red eye!

  • Kath October 24, 2011, 8:31 pm

    LOVEEEEE!!!!! He is a DOLL!!!

  • maria @ a life to bragg about October 24, 2011, 8:34 pm

    OMG I’m super jealous! I was telling a friend of mine how I don’t normally find newborns cute but lately I’ve been seeing really cute ones, Cullen being one of them! Those lips are killing me, he’s way too adorable for me right now haha. And I bet you’d make cute newborns too 😉

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:52 am

      He is very attractive 🙂

  • Shari October 24, 2011, 9:01 pm

    He is just so CUTE! Glad you got to spend some time with him -and Emily, too 🙂

  • Nicole October 24, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Sweeeeet baby! Glad you didn’t break him. 🙂

  • colleen October 24, 2011, 9:10 pm

    He is such a cutie! Good luck on the presentation and the flight.

  • Lisa October 24, 2011, 9:23 pm

    oh how very wonderful!!! blog-world colliding!

  • Kristin October 24, 2011, 9:23 pm

    i am so glad u got to visit them! i’ve been a longgg time reader of her blog, which is also how i became addicted to yours 🙂 U look perfect holding him! U are gonna be SUCHHH a good mommy someday 🙂 I hope you’ll still be blogging then ;)!!! Good Luck and safe flight!

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:52 am

      Aw thanks for reading both our blogs. 🙂 I hope I’m blogging then, too! It will be fun.

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 24, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Oh my gosh, Cullen is the cutest little thing!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 24, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I love the Cullen pics, he is so adorable! Hope you get some rest on the red eye.

  • Lee October 24, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Looks like a fun visit. I saw your tweet – did you get to change his diaper?

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:51 am

      No – he didn’t poop while I was there! booo!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 24, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Yay for getting to go and see baby cullen! He’s a gorgeous little boy!

  • Chelsea October 24, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I automatically thought Edward Cullen haha! Is she a twilight fan 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 24, 2011, 9:46 pm

    Aww he’s adorable! 😀 That’s so perfect that your layover worked out so that you could visit them!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 24, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Isn’t Cullen just beautiful! I know Emily and Casey are just in heaven right now. Good luck with your talk!

  • Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 24, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I just flew out of Seattle! We just missed each other. 🙂 You MUST eat at Chaco Canyon- gluten free, vegan, and crazy good!

    Cullen is adorable and Emily is just glowing!! 🙂

  • MaryBe October 24, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Cullen is precious and Emily looks amazing! You are so lucky, it sure was worth the horrid plane ride, right?!

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:50 am

      It definitely was!!!

  • Chetney October 24, 2011, 10:13 pm

    I just watched that show today too! I really enjoyed it! You look great with a baby in your arms 😉

  • Natalie S. October 24, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I’m so jealous that you got to see Baby G! Or, I guess he has a name now– Cullen! Safe travels 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life October 24, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Baby Cullen from Seattle…

    Please tell me Emily isn’t THAT big of a Twilight fan 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:50 am

      Hahah she’s not. Never even seen the movies or read the books.

      • Lacey @ Lake Life October 25, 2011, 3:55 pm

        Whew! I bet she gets sick of being asked that huh?

  • Gracie (complicated day) October 24, 2011, 10:32 pm

    Aw, infants are so stinking cute. Tell momma that she looks amazing!

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) October 24, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Hope the presentation went well!

  • shah'ada @ from 280 to 26.2 October 24, 2011, 10:56 pm

    how awesome you could stop by and see emily!!!! cullen is beautiful 🙂 good luck on your presentation+red eye back home! is the hubs picking you up super late/early?

  • Jen October 24, 2011, 11:00 pm

    I love that you had bread in your luggage…almost as much as I love your expression while holding little Cullen! Adorable!

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:41 am

      My super terrified look? Heheh.

  • katie @KatieDid October 24, 2011, 11:02 pm

    Ohh man he is a cutie! I’ve never held a newborn either. Blogging makes staying all over the country pretty easy…! Have a blast and good luck with your presentation!

  • AmandaonMaui October 24, 2011, 11:05 pm

    The bread and hummus pack are a nice combo for a long flight. I think I might watch the show “Once Upon a Time” tomorrow. It looks great. I saw the first 5 minutes, and I’m intrigued.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 24, 2011, 11:26 pm

    Awww SO cute. I love new borns—so dang adorable!

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch October 24, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Blogging worlds colliding! How fun! Good luck and safe travels.

  • Mama Pea October 24, 2011, 11:50 pm

    I’m so glad (and jealous) you got to see them. I wondered… 😉

  • Jen October 25, 2011, 12:18 am

    I too am always terrified of dropping the baby – to the point that I pretty much always insist on sitting down when holding one. But…I am always glad that I did it…such a peaceful feeling! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:40 am

      Yup – why I sat down! Too nervous to stand!!!

  • Kiranda October 25, 2011, 12:21 am

    yay seattle! that’s where i live! 😀

  • Khushboo October 25, 2011, 12:24 am

    Omg the size of Cullen makes me melt- so so adorable!

  • Corrie Anne October 25, 2011, 12:27 am

    You look so good with that baby!!!! Any time now!! I wouldn’t mind seeing one of those regularly on your blog! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:40 am

      Thanks Corrie 🙂 I’m working on it! LOL

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles October 25, 2011, 1:02 am

    What a great layover! Emily looks radiant!

  • Katie Nov October 25, 2011, 1:09 am

    Hey! I live in Washington, too! Haha, I wish I could get you to speak at my school someday– I freaking love your blog! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:39 am

      Thank you so much Katie 🙂 I appreciate it!

  • Liz October 25, 2011, 1:46 am

    Baby Cullen is so sweet & I’m so excited for Emily & Casey! They are one cute family 🙂

  • Natalcho @ Tomatoes Rock October 25, 2011, 3:17 am

    He is so so cute and Emily looks beautiful!

  • Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn October 25, 2011, 5:02 am

    Oh my gosh Cullen is so cute! Congratulations to the parents 🙂
    Looks like pretty good travel food to me, I don’t think you can get those vegetable and hummus platters in Starbucks in the UK!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 25, 2011, 5:50 am

    That is one cute babba! I love new borns 🙂

  • Charlie (therunnerbeans) October 25, 2011, 6:06 am

    Wow so lovely to see another photo of Cullen. He is gorgeous. Great that you got to go see them all on your layover. Hope the Operation Beautiful talk went well- come over and do one in England please!

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:38 am

      I would love to 🙂 That would be awesome!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 25, 2011, 8:31 am

    He is the cutest! So cool that you had the chance to stop for a visit!

  • Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me October 25, 2011, 9:45 am

    awww so glad you got to make a pit stop to see your friend and her little one.

  • Marisa E October 25, 2011, 10:08 am

    I loved that show Once Upon a Time!! I initially watched it because of Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love!!). I think the story line is pretty cool- hope it sticks around.
    Baby Cullen is so adorable- newborns are my favorite!!!

  • steph October 25, 2011, 12:36 pm

    you look sooo focused while holding the baby haha

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 25, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I sometimes ache for a bathtub filled with sanitizer after traveling on a plane. Cullen is so effing adorable.

  • Amber K October 25, 2011, 1:10 pm

    He is such a cutie! Glad you got a chance to hold him. There’s nothing more precious than a newborn. I didn’t even know my biological clock could tick any louder, lol.

  • Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run October 25, 2011, 1:33 pm

    awwww. Cullen is too cute.

  • Jenny October 25, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I love baby C! I’ve been following her blog and it’s so awesome to finally meet the handsome little guy. Although, I am 26 weeks pregnant and reading her last blog terrifies me about labor. LOL It’s all worth it!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness October 25, 2011, 3:52 pm

    Aaah, such a beautiful baby boy and a beautiful mother! And Caitlin, you look like a natural holding him 🙂 xyx

  • Christina October 26, 2011, 12:38 pm

    Isn’t he just the cutest thing!!! Absolutely adorable. Emily looks great also, thanks for the update on their new baby and how great they’re doing!

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