Whoa, Baby

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MomHTP apparently came to Charlotte to visit the Husband and me, but I think she had one thing on her mind:  that baby bump.

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I’m an only child (holler if you’re an only child!), so this is my mother’s first grandbaby, and she is very excited.  She wanted to do a ‘day of baby,’ so we did a lot of shopping together.


First up:  our favorite thrift store, The Sleepy Poet. We were on the hunt for nursery furniture (a dresser).  Nicole and my sister-in-law Sophie came, too.  The five of us nearly lost one another so many times – The Sleepy Poet is intensely large and overwhelming packed with goodies.


Well, some goodies are better than others!  Like this sweet reclaimed barn table.


And this bangin’ dachshund plate (kidding).


One of these gems we purchased, and one we left behind.

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The Hus and I avoid buying new leather furniture, but we’re cool with thrifted leather.  I guess it falls into our vegetarian gray area (and yes, that means we bought the red chair – not the hideous suitcase! But as Nicole pointed out, you would never confuse your suitcase with someone else’s at baggage claim…).


We shopped until we were about to drop (fueled partially by the free popcorn that the store hands out to shopping – awesome!), and then we headed to a nearby vegan restaurant called Luna’s Living Kitchen.


I ordered my new favorite, Gaia’s Treasure, which is shitake mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli tossed in a ginger sesame marinade and served over veggie rich and zucchini noodles.


And orange macaroons for dessert.


We came home for a rest and recharge session, and Mom showed me and Kristien the baby gift she’s currently crafting.  She’s making a shadow box with our two more cherished childhood toys.


That’s me and Sleepy Dog in May of 1984. 


Here is Sleepy Dog today.  He was well-loved.


The Husbands lovey was simply called Bunny.  Bunny has a music box inside but doesn’t work anymore.  I wish I could hear the tune!


Cute idea, huh?  I can’t wait to see what the shadow box looks like when it’s finished!


After some snacks and television, we were ready to head back out to Buy, Buy Baby (told ya this was baby shopping weekend).  I get super overwhelmed at stores like that but the customer service was amazing, and we walked away with a stroller and car seat.  Success!  Considering the last few times I walked into a baby store, I panicked and left within twenty minutes, our purchases were a-maz-ing.


Mom supplied the pizza dinner:


Many slices of gluten-free veggie pizza were consumed.


Somehow, the Husband has the energy to go to a comedy club with friends, but Mom and I are just going to relax on the couch and watch HGTV.  I think that sounds enough activity after all of today’s action!



  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 25, 2012, 9:20 pm

    Sleepy Dog and Bunny look a lot like my Flopsea – and personally, I think they’re the most beautiful stuffed animals. 🙂

  • Jen February 25, 2012, 9:48 pm

    Are you eating completely gluten-free now for the baby? I don’t think you were completely strict before correct?

    • CaitlinHTP February 26, 2012, 8:35 am

      Yeah. I’ve read a lot about how eating foods that you are intolerant/allergic to while pregnant can cause autoimmune issues in children so I’m making a serious effort to avoid. Still not perfect though.

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love February 25, 2012, 9:48 pm

    I am the only child as well so I totally get the excitement of your mom, my parents and grandparents ask me every week if I am not pregnant yet!

  • Rachel February 25, 2012, 9:55 pm

    My mom HAD that hideous suitcase! In fact, she had the whole set (large suitcase, small suitcase, garment bag, and carry on bag). She handed them off to me when I was in high school, and I used them all through college and law school, until they fell apart. And they were really easy to find at baggage claim…

    • CaitlinHTP February 26, 2012, 8:35 am

      Hahah this is an awesome comment 🙂 I love it.

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets February 25, 2012, 9:56 pm

    I’m an only child and so is my husband! Our parents are dying for a grandbaby or babies.

  • Mary February 25, 2012, 10:06 pm

    My Doggy looks a lot like your Sleepy Dog and Bunny. I just pulled it out to show my boys a few weeks ago…such memories.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery February 25, 2012, 10:28 pm

    Glad you found some cool buys! I like the red chair…my cousin has a similar one but it’s fabric. Red is a great color though, balances that root chakra. Have a good night!

  • Army Amy* February 25, 2012, 11:13 pm

    The stuffed animals make me think of the Velveteen Rabbit! I love that story!*

    • CaitlinHTP February 26, 2012, 8:38 am

      OH GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD AMY. The Velveteen Rabbit is the sadddddddest storyyyyy eveeeer. It convinced me that my toys were real. LOL

  • Greta @ Staying Lost February 25, 2012, 11:21 pm

    It’s such a sweet idea to do a shadow box with your childhood stuffed animals! Hope you enjoyed your time with your mom.

  • Linz @ Itz Linz February 25, 2012, 11:22 pm

    busy day! glad you got a bunch of needed stuff! 🙂

  • Khushboo February 25, 2012, 11:31 pm

    Love productive shopping trips- time well spent!

  • Elisabeth February 25, 2012, 11:59 pm

    Only child here! (and I love it 🙂 )

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 26, 2012, 12:15 am

    Mom’s are the best! So glad you all are having a ball!! Miss my mommy 🙂

  • Sana February 26, 2012, 12:51 am

    I am the oldest child. Grandbaby pressure is ON!

  • Kate February 26, 2012, 1:03 am

    Holler! (aka, I am an only child too!)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 26, 2012, 1:22 am

    My Mum lives interstate – and this is her first grand child too! So I can totally realte with how excited Mums can be!!!

  • Sarah February 26, 2012, 1:27 am

    Hey Caitlin! Been reading your blog for a lonnnngggg time, aka since the briderun days, and just wanted to say, congrats!! I too am an only. Your mom and dad seem like awesome parents. I know how it is to be an only but you have an amazing support system. Can’t wait to hear more about your pregnancy!

    • CaitlinHTP February 26, 2012, 8:40 am

      Aw Sarah. Thank you so much. This comment warms my heart. Thanks for reading for so long!

  • Jen February 26, 2012, 1:47 am

    I want my Mommy!!!

    (Glad you are having fun with yours. She is gorgeous, by the way.)

  • Rebecca February 26, 2012, 1:51 am

    I have a bear that has been well-loved. My mom made him for me when I was a baby, and when she tried to convince me to get rid of him several years ago, I’m pretty sure I cried. He’s been my favorite since I was probably two, and I don’t think i’ll ever get rid of him. He’s got lots of holes in him, but I don’t want to get rid of him yet. The shadow box idea is cute! 😀

    • CaitlinHTP February 26, 2012, 8:44 am

      Don’t EVER get rid of him. I don’t think you should hold onto everything but you cannot toss stuff like that!

  • erica February 26, 2012, 3:43 am

    that is the cutest idea ever! i love both your “friends”…they were very much loved!

  • Coco February 26, 2012, 5:45 am

    HOlla only child over here! I LOVE that chair!!

  • Kristen@Change of Pace February 26, 2012, 6:42 am

    The picture of you and your mom is beautiful! I love the red and black. I had a dog named “mandy dog” that I loved to bits. My mom eventually had to throw her away. 🙁

  • Lee February 26, 2012, 8:05 am

    I’m my mother’s only child, but my dad and stepmother have two kids. I didn’t live with them growing up though (although they were only like 20 minutes away so I saw them often). So I don’t know if that makes me an only child or not.

  • MacKenzie February 26, 2012, 9:28 am

    I loved this post…I am currently expecting our first, but it will be my parent’s FOURTH grand child.

    Can I ask which stroller and car seat you chose? I am at a loss and overwhelmed with the choices!

    • CaitlinHTP February 26, 2012, 9:33 am


      We got the City Mini 2012 stroller… it was awesome. If you buy it in a Buy Buy Baby store, you can text offer to 42229 and get 20% off!

      We bought a Chicco Key Fit 30 (http://www.chiccousa.com/gear/car-seats/keyfit-30-romantic.aspx).

      So basically, my conundrum was that I wanted a stroller that does everything… and that doesn’t really exist (ha). However, we picked the City Mini because it was easy to turn and SUPER easy to collapse (you can do it one handed). It seems like it will be good for walks and walk/runs on concrete, although if I want to start running-running with the baby later, I will have to get a jogging stroller. But jogging strollers are so big! I liked the storage for the City Mini 2012 (much easier to slip a purse under the seat than the 2011 version) and the seat is deeper, so although the 2011 is $50 or so cheaper, I would definitely go with the 2012.

      So we picked the Chicco car seat because it’s really easy to put it into the base – I think it has magnets or something. You don’t have to push it in perfectly, you can literally just drop it from 5 inches above the base and it will click in. I tried to click in some of the Graco ones and it had to be placed perfectly – annoying. The only downside to the Chicco ones is you have to strap AND clip them onto the City Mini, while you only have to clip the Graco ones in. But I figured I would rather have to strap into the stroller than bend into the car and click the seat in.

  • Emily February 26, 2012, 11:40 am

    Aren’t moms the best?! 🙂

  • Cm @ Lazy Healthy February 26, 2012, 12:45 pm

    Actually, I think that suitcase is adorable!

  • Amber K February 26, 2012, 2:20 pm

    What a fun day! I would have wanted to kick back with TV too, although a comedy club sounds fun too. Almost makes me wish I had done something last night other than rewatch a movie that I’ve seen a million times, but to be fair I just don’t think one can watch Robin Hood : Men in Tights often enough. 😉

  • Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart February 26, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Fun! Glad you are having a good time with your mama!

  • Carol @CookingForTwo February 26, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Using gently used furniture for the baby’s room is a great idea. My husband and I are getting ready to start a family and were perusing target yesterday looking at furniture. I was telling him how wonderful it would be to repurpose instead of buying new. Great for the environment, economical, and they look practically the same. Love the idea.

  • Brooklyn February 26, 2012, 6:09 pm

    I am a new follower and may I say you have an amazing site here! So excited I get to follow you through your pregnancy!

  • Sara February 27, 2012, 8:43 am

    I’m an only child!! 🙂

  • Charise February 27, 2012, 9:28 am

    I just got back last night from a road trip to NC (Asheville), and my husband and I TOTALLY bought a farmhouse table from an antique/architechural salvage store while we were there!

    Glad you had such a good visit with MomHTP!

  • Ashley February 27, 2012, 10:45 am

    I’m the oldest child and I definitely feel the pressure to get pregnant. My mom has been buying my puppy new clothes at least once a week and will ask me how her grandchild is doing every day.

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 27, 2012, 12:39 pm

    I had that SAME yellow bunny! My brother gave it to me on the day I was born 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat February 27, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Only child here too and oldest grandchild! 😉

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