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Just for giggles – the Husband and I, an ocean apart on our first Christmases (he was raised in England).



If we have a son, I am going to make him wear a dorky sailor outfit, too. 


Are you in the holiday spirit yet?  I spent the afternoon wrapping gifts and placing them carefully under our tree (although they’ll all be packed into the car tomorrow…), and now, I feel quite jolly.  We’re experiencing a freakish warm spell in Charlotte – it’s currently 61 and sunny – so it doesn’t exactly feel like a white Christmas.  But I spent my first 18 Christmases in Miami, so I’m lovin’ it.


So warm outside that slipping into the chilly pool was actually quite nice!

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I thought it was a fluke, but I think I’m hitting a new plateau in pregnancy.  Suddenly, what I used to consider an ‘active rest day’ is officially a workout.    Yesterday, I walked 2.0 miles, and it was so challenging!  Today, I swam 1000 yards and walked 1.5 miles and felt like I did a mini-triathlon.  It’s funny how your expectations change and evolve as the weeks progress.  I’ve always been big into ‘listening to my body’ and adjusting workouts accordingly, but this whole experience is really driving the point home.


Another change:  I’m trying to eat more snacks.  I’ve always been a snacker, but my doctor said I need to take in an extra 300 calories a day now (normal for second trimester), and instead of just making meals bigger, I’m trying to eat something every two – three hours.  When I go longer than that, I get a wicked headache that doesn’t go away until the next day.  And I have to snack before I’m actually hungry or it’s all for nothing.


Meals of the day:


A really delicious smoothie (orange juice, soy milk, banana, raspberries, protein powder) and a peanut butter sandwich.


Morning snack was a new Larabar flavor.  If you like coffee, you will LOVE this bar.


And post-workout, a yummy lunch:


A veggie burger, green beans, and an orange.


As a matter of fact, I am now due for another snack… Besides Christmas cookies.


Hmm.  I was hoping that while I wrote this post, the cleaning fairies would arrive and mop my floors, but judging by the dust bunnies under the couch, that didn’t happen.  Guess you know what else is on the agenda…



  • Anna December 23, 2011, 3:53 pm

    way to stick with the workouts through go girl. My friend is pregnant too and says all she does is snack too! I’m snacky anyway so when I’m pregnant I’m glad I’ll have something to blame it on 🙂

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live December 23, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Such cute pictures!
    If you find the cleaning fairies, please send them to my house afterwards!I promise they will only have to clean the kitchen (I just finished baking 113 dozen cookies!)!!!
    Have a safe drive.

    • Caitlin December 24, 2011, 11:54 am

      113 DOZEN cookies? or 113 cookies?!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 23, 2011, 3:58 pm

    hahahahaha I love those two pictures! Too cute.

  • Amy December 23, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Yep! You will find those “active rest days” feel more like workouts as time goes by — it’s the same for me, and it’s hard to get used to!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 23, 2011, 4:22 pm

    Oh my gosh those pictures are GREAT!!!!

  • Tricia December 23, 2011, 4:26 pm

    Love the carpet in your baby Christmas pic! We had the same carpet but in blue. I once trimmed it with scissors – under the dining room table – to see if it’d grow back lol

  • Alaina December 23, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Aw, those pictures of you and your husband and very cute. 🙂

    Hope you have a great holiday!!

  • erica December 23, 2011, 4:48 pm

    You know, I actually had the hardest workouts at the beginning of my second trimester, like wks 15-18 or so. The baby was sitting in my bladder, my calves were crazy tight, and so running was incredibly uncomfortable. however things really started to improve around week 20. I think its because early second tri is when the body really starts to change to accommodate the bigger uterus.

    Snacks are key! Eating big meals eventually becomes very difficult as the baby grows and pushes on your stomach! Heartburn city!

  • Khushboo December 23, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Cute photos! Another way to bump up your calorie intake is nuts- especially on days you’re not so hungry!

    • Caitlin December 24, 2011, 11:53 am

      Oh great suggestion. I can always eat nuts.

  • Marci December 23, 2011, 5:30 pm

    As the weeks move along, I’ve added the calories without trying. You’re just hungrier! I also have been revolted by larabars during my pregnancy so far. I was on a peanut butter cracker kick for about 25 weeks!

    • Caitlin December 24, 2011, 11:53 am

      PB crackers sound awesome.

  • Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 23, 2011, 5:49 pm

    I’m not sure which I love more–the food photos or the baby photos!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 23, 2011, 5:52 pm

    I love the veggie burger lunch idea–YUMM!

    Yah for you for squeezing in that swim!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 23, 2011, 5:52 pm

    Thank you for saying that about your diet changes! That is exactly what you should be doing! Sounds like you are working a healthy baby HTP! Love those baby photos. They just make it that much more fun to think about what your little one will look like!

  • katie @ KatieDid December 23, 2011, 6:08 pm

    It’s important to constantly change expectations for yourself based on life circumstances, its great that you are still getting out there and feeling good about it! I havent seen that larabar flavor yet but looks really tasty.

  • Mel @ MelRuns December 23, 2011, 6:13 pm

    I love the jars you’ve been using as drinking glasses lately. Very hipster of you 🙂 (seriously. I have a love for hipsters).

    • Emily Eats and Exercises December 24, 2011, 9:48 am

      I was just thinking how the smoothie sounded good, but I’m not sure I could handle drinking it out of a salsa jar. Ewww. Nothing against hipsters either, though I’m not sure Caitlin can really qualify. 🙂

  • Brita December 23, 2011, 6:58 pm

    You may already do this, and the picture doesn’t show it, but just in case…
    You might want to get some flip flops to wear on deck. I was on a swim team from age 5 to 18 (and still swim non-competitively now!), and every coach I had always encouraged a pair of non-outdoor shoes to wear from the pool to the locker room and back. There are a lot of yucky germs spread on those wet, humid floors!
    I’m crazy about that type of thing, but then again, I’m also terrified of drains and cracking grout (such odd fears, right!? I’ve always had them!).

    • Caitlin December 24, 2011, 11:53 am

      Oh you are totally right. I am so not a germaphobe that I forgot these things. I wear flippers in the locker room!

  • Army Amy* December 23, 2011, 7:35 pm

    That hat on your husband in the baby picture! I die!*

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel December 23, 2011, 8:00 pm

    I’ve always been a hearty eater, so if being pregnant means you get to eat a bit more (within reason of course)- then sign me up!

    Its been weirdly warm in the Seattle area too! We’ve only had about 1 inch of rain for the month of December and are on record to be the warmest December in years! I love it.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 23, 2011, 9:54 pm

    Haha cute pictures!

    Congrats on your workouts lately. I think any exercise is something to be proud of, no matter how short it is – especially during pregnancy! 🙂

  • Jolene ( December 24, 2011, 12:46 am

    You and your husband actually look a lot alike as babies!

  • Jen December 24, 2011, 1:57 am

    Those pictures are absolutely adorable! I think that you should do modern day photos with the same look – you with bows on your head & hubby with the little hat (bonus points if he puts on a sailor suit!). 🙂

    Also, I have been waiting for my cleaning fairies FOREVER…where are they hiding?! 🙂

    • Caitlin December 24, 2011, 11:52 am

      Hahah that would be funny. We need to find a sailor suit.

  • Jessi @ Quirky Cookery December 24, 2011, 6:29 am

    Awww, the pictures at the top are awesome. <3

  • Shannon December 24, 2011, 9:55 am

    Re: your experiences with exercise these days–think of it this way: your workout now is growing another human being inside your own body, with materials your body is manufacturing from scratch. That’s a BIG DEAL WORKOUT! 🙂

  • Hilary December 24, 2011, 10:58 am

    which protein powder do u use?

  • Amber K December 24, 2011, 2:05 pm

    If you ever get the cleaning fairies to actually help you, you’d make a fortune sharing the secret. Because they certainly aren’t helping me, lol!

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