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Good morning!


I was up and at them two whole hours before my alarm was set… Ahhh, pregnancy hormones.  I’m convinced that, despite being crushingly exhausted, your body intentionally makes it impossible to sleep to mentally prepare you for life with a newborn.  That’s my theory, anyway.


Tea is required.


Fuel ‘er up!  In the mix:


Vanilla Greek yogurt

Raw oatmeal

1 banana



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And a hardboiled egg.


A few people have asked how Maggie and James are adjusting to the new house (y’all are so sweet).  I thought I’d let them answer the question…


James says:  The first few days were rough.  Mom and Dad took me away from my house and made me sleep in this new room. A lot of the smells were the same but a lot were different. Mom said to go play in the backyard, but I didn’t understand how backyards worked.  I got really nervous about the freedom to walk around without a leash on and just sat on the deck.  Finally, she began to sit in the middle of the yard while I explored, and that made me feel better.  Last night, I played with Maggie in the living room for the first time.  I guess that means I’m getting more comfortable.  Everyone is surprised that I’ve had such a hard time adjusting because I’m normally so strong and brave.  I do like it here.  I just need to get used to the change.


Maggie says: I will only answer this question if you give me a carrot… Okay.  So far, I really like my new house. I like that there is carpet everywhere because that means I can lay down everywhere.  I like that I can bark really loud and no one minds.  I like that there are lots of places to hide from scary noises.  I like that I have a window to look out when Mom crates me.  My brain hurts.  This question is too hard.  I’m going back to sleep.


There you have it.  Winking smile  Straight from the poochies’ muzzles.



  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa April 4, 2012, 8:16 am

    Your landscaping looks really great!! We’ve lived in our house for 4 years now, and should probably get out in the yard and start doing some projects like yours.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 4, 2012, 8:18 am

    LOL so cute! I bet they’re really confused by all the outdoor space, and they’re probably also thinking “Damn, our dad really knows how to make gravel paths!”

  • Joanne April 4, 2012, 8:25 am

    What an adorable post! Thanks for the morning smiles. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 4, 2012, 8:29 am

    Hahaha I’m glad the dogs are adjusting! And maybe it’s just the new house that’s making it harder to sleep! Hopefully it’s just a phase!

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not April 4, 2012, 8:31 am

    Those blackberries look so plump and juicy..I can’t wait until it’s summer fruit season! My sister just moved to a house too with a backyard, and we’re all waiting to see how the dog adjusts. Cute post 🙂

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 4, 2012, 8:36 am

    Haha! I bet they LOVE the backyard.

    And those blackberries are GIGANTIC! Where did you get them?

    • Caitlin April 4, 2012, 11:52 am

      One of the joys of living down south!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 4, 2012, 8:41 am

    I LOVE that tea! One of my all time favorites. I do agree that the lack of sleep during pregnancy is definitely a primer for when the little one arrives. I hope you have some time to at least relax today. The back yard looks great! Doesn’t it feel amazing to do something like that to your own home?! Enjoy your day Caitlin!

  • Tricia April 4, 2012, 8:42 am

    Lol! The path looks awesome 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 4, 2012, 8:47 am

    Haha, too cute!! Your theory about pregnancy hormones waking you up makes a lot of sense! I remember the authors of Skinny Bitch said something similar about menstrual cramps preparing you for labor.

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction April 4, 2012, 9:00 am

    So cute!!!! Isn’t funny how we portray our dogs! Glad to hear that they are adjusting 🙂

  • Sara April 4, 2012, 9:02 am

    So cute! I had wondered how they were doing in the new, big house with that nice yard! Your backyard project looks like it turned out well!

  • Dori April 4, 2012, 9:02 am

    Aww James. Such a good boy. And you know how I feel about Maggie!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 4, 2012, 9:26 am

    Haha aww that was so cute. I’m sure it will take a little time but I’m glad they like it. I always wonder what my dogs think when we rescued them from shelters. My family has three dogs (two are mine but one lives with them back home) and they are all shelter pups. That must be the hardest transition for animals, I think. Not knowing what is going on. Glad they like the new home!

  • Katie April 4, 2012, 9:28 am

    Ha! I love their responses. Especially Maggie’s. 🙂

  • Elle April 4, 2012, 9:35 am

    Wow, your garden looks amazing!!! Hats off to you!!
    And LOVE James’s and Maggie’s responses – they’re adorable!!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 4, 2012, 9:35 am

    Oh my gosh, I love your personifications of Maggie. They crack me up!

  • emily April 4, 2012, 9:36 am

    Are those pigs on your mug? That looks adorable. I’m glad the pups are settling in!

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles April 4, 2012, 9:44 am

    Haha, I hope Maggie and James do a guest post sometime! Your new yard looks great.

  • Becca April 4, 2012, 9:46 am

    Hahaha I loved this post 🙂 so cute! It seems like Maggie and James are
    Doing really well at adjusting to their new surroundings. I’m sure it’s great that they have a yard now! So much fun.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb April 4, 2012, 9:47 am

    awww, love maggie + james’ feedback on the new house 🙂 random pregnancy q – but do you stay away from any teas? i’ve heard some may be unsafe?

    • Caitlin April 4, 2012, 11:53 am

      Just chamomile because I’ve heard it can be unsafe. I’m pretty lax about most of this food stuff during pregnancy though, so I’m not the best person to ask.

  • Laine April 4, 2012, 9:51 am

    I love that James is standing on the path like a good dog and Maggie is standing in the garden. Classic.

    • Caitlin April 4, 2012, 11:53 am

      paths are for suckers.

  • Lisa April 4, 2012, 9:55 am

    You need to write a book from your dogs’ perspectives. Every time you post in dog-talk, I crack up. It is the best smile-inducer ever!

    • Caitlin April 4, 2012, 11:53 am

      Aww thanks.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras April 4, 2012, 9:55 am

    Hahahaha aw. I love Maggie and James 🙂

  • Maria G. April 4, 2012, 10:09 am

    Haha! I love them! It’s so fun to hear their little doggie personalities.

  • Corrie Anne April 4, 2012, 10:16 am

    I love your dog’s stories!! They are too cute!!!!!

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples April 4, 2012, 10:17 am

    Haha awww, so cute! I’m moving this month (from OH to’s going to be a big move!) with 2 cats and a dog…so nervous about how they will handle the car ride down…but excited that we will be living in a house with a fenced in yard! I can’t wait to let my dog chill outside as long as she wants, leash free!

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs April 4, 2012, 10:32 am

    Love this, and your pathway looks amazing! Those pups are going to love having a yard in no time!!

    Is that cocoa multch? If it is keep an eye on the pups–it’s toxic to dogs. We live in a rental and when we got our puppy we had to clear out all the multch because she loves to pick it up! just thought I would mention it 🙂

    • Caitlin April 4, 2012, 11:54 am

      It’s red mulch? Hopefully that is not the same thing.

      • Jenny April 4, 2012, 12:06 pm

        Cocoa mulch is not red, but the red can be dangerous if they eat it because of the dyes and how they treat the mulch. With my pup, all mulch is bad because he eats it.

      • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs April 5, 2012, 1:17 pm

        As long as your pups aren’t eating away, you should be fine. My dog LOVES multch so I am super aware 🙂

  • Reenie April 4, 2012, 10:35 am

    Too cute!! Mags does look like a diff dog with her weight loss….way to go!!

    Your path, plants, and mulch look great ~ great job to you and The Husband =)

  • Chelsea April 4, 2012, 10:46 am

    Your backyard is looking so gooodd!

  • Liz April 4, 2012, 10:47 am

    I love people’s impressions of their dogs!

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 4, 2012, 10:51 am

    Hahah I love Maggie & James!

    I have heard other people mention insomnia during pregnancy. Maybe time to incorporate some naps into the day?

  • Kelli April 4, 2012, 11:27 am

    The finished gravel path & landscaping look great!
    Moving is always a little rough on dogs! When we moved to our house 2 years ago this weekend actually, our dog was super freaked out. We had just rescued him the year before, so I think it was even harder on him b/c he wasn’t sure if we were going to stay there with him. He didn’t sleep the first 2 nights- he just paced around all. night. long. The third night I heard him running around downstairs & when i went to check on him he had had explosive diarrhea all over our sunroom. By the time we had cleaned it up he was sawing logs…I guess he just had to get himself super worked up before he could relax. Anyway, it was so gross but we were glad that he was finally relaxed!
    I definitely find myself waking up more frequently during the night these days. I’m 18 weeks along so I have a feeling by the time I hit the 3rd trimester my body will be trying to adjust me to a baby’s schedule too!

  • Sarah April 4, 2012, 11:32 am

    lol I love that Maggie is walking NOT on the path.

  • Eve April 4, 2012, 11:37 am

    And here I was expecting radio silence from Maggie: *crickets chirping*.

    Glad your puppies are adjusting! 🙂

  • Jacqui @ Happy To Live Healthy April 4, 2012, 11:41 am

    Lol, I love James’ and Maggie’s perspectives, you are too funny. I think this must become a regular part of your blog.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 4, 2012, 11:55 am

    They are so cute 🙂

  • Laura is Undeterrable April 4, 2012, 11:56 am

    Oh Maggie 🙂

  • Amelia @ Eating Made Easy April 4, 2012, 12:11 pm

    TJ’s Ruby Red Chai is my favorite tea! p.s. congrats on your pregnancy!

  • Elisabeth April 4, 2012, 12:30 pm

    The backyard/path turned out really good! 🙂

  • Shannon April 4, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Haha so cute.

  • Ali April 4, 2012, 1:37 pm

    Your dogs look adorable in their new yard, and the landscaping looks great!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat April 4, 2012, 1:55 pm

    Hahaha, the pooches’ perspective! 🙂

  • Mel @ Mel Runs April 4, 2012, 2:09 pm

    The way you ended Maggie’s response made me laugh out loud 🙂

  • Amber K April 4, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I’m glad your pups are adjusting to the new place. It must be so confusing for animals to have their surroundings change all of a sudden.

  • bitt April 4, 2012, 2:50 pm

    What does Maggie2 think?

  • Kimberly (Sketch the Ebb and Flow) April 4, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Your backyard looks great! My pit-mix is definitely a creature of habit so moving is hard on him, but he adjusts in a few days. 🙂

  • jen April 4, 2012, 4:07 pm

    the backyard looks great!

  • Lili April 4, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Love the doggies talk! haha so funny. I have 2 dogs and I do the same!

    backyard is looking good. Congrats on the new home!

  • Nikki April 4, 2012, 6:47 pm

    I don’t think I realized how small James was, until seeing him next to Maggie in this photo. I thought he was like labrador sized.

  • Laura April 4, 2012, 8:42 pm

    HA! I love hearing “the dogs’ perspective”, but Maggie’s entire comment cracked me up. I doubt her grammar is that good, but her love of carrots is heartfelt 🙂

  • Alison April 4, 2012, 10:07 pm

    Priceless! 🙂 And as many have said, the backyard looks fabulous!

  • Jen April 4, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Hahaha…this is too cute! I love it when Maggie & James share their thought with us ! 🙂

  • Jen April 4, 2012, 11:05 pm

    *thoughts 🙂

  • Evelyn April 4, 2012, 11:55 pm

    Thought you would want to know….if that is red cedar mulch in your landscaping on either side of
    the walkway/path….it is toxic to dogs. Just found
    this out and removed all of it from our yard.

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut April 5, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Haha I love that you let the dogs speak for themselves… 😉 and that they have such different personalities! Aren’t animals funny?

    Hope you’re enjoying your new space! I can’t WAIT to have my own house!!

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