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My very awesome birthday involved:


  • Eating a total of three delicious vanilla cupcakes.
  • Tending to a total of five extremely bloody appendages when two Girls on the Run girls collided mid-run and destroyed their respective knees and elbows.  I ended up using the ‘emergency’ maxi pad in the first aid kit because they bled through all the sterile bandages; I then had to explain to two girls what a maxi pad was normally used for… Awkward.
  • Reading all your kind comments wishing me a very happy birthday – thanks so much!
  • Discovering that we have a massive plumbing leak and the kitchen ceiling is now soaked (okay, that part of my day wasn’t awesome).
  • Getting a birthday gift of a Diet Dr. Pepper and a flashlight from Nicole (random, but exactly what I wanted and needed).
  • Taking a newborn care class.


I told my GOTR girls that we couldn’t make their music recital because we had already signed up for the class, and one of the eight year olds was like, “What are you going to learn?” I explained they teach you how to change a baby’s diaper, calm a crying baby, and bathe a baby… and she looked at me like I was an idiot. Hah!  An eight year old schooled me in childcare.  But I’ve never, ever done any baby care at all.  I actually found the class rather enlightening…


Eats of the afternoon included a bar:


A peanut butter, raspberry, soy milk, and banana smoothie…


(I spy the beginnings of the baby’s mural in the background – my mother-in-law is painting it!)


And dinner:  veggie burger, leftover quinoa, and an apple.


(I spy a greedy dachshund in the background!)


Sleep tight, friends!



  • Jen April 26, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Sounds like a 99.9% awesome birthday! Happy birthday, by the way! Hope you get to end your day with an amazing sleep 🙂 (and don’t forget to replace the emergency maxi pad, lol)

  • Katie B April 26, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Long, long, looong time reader. First time commenter.

    I hope you had a very happy birthday. You absolutely deserve it.

    I wanted to say that I am a long distance runner and to be completely honest, pregnancy and babies are frighting to me. I don’t want one. My husband and I are both runners and really fit/happy. Why give up my independence?! I want to run fast marathons, I want to run an ultra! , I want to qualify for Boston someday! But seeing your maternity photo shoot resonated in my heart.

    Someday will be the right time, even if that time isn’t now. You have got to be the most beautiful future-momma I’ve ever seen. I really look forward to following your story. Xoxo.

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:45 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 Best of luck qualifying for Boston! That’s an incredible goal.

      • Katie B April 26, 2012, 10:56 pm

        Ha! I am a very, very long time away from that. There is a great chance that it will never happen.

        I guess it’s the “what-ifs” that get to me. What-if I could have been faster, what-if I missed out, what-if I gave it up too soon.

        But your blog made me realized that success can be achieved in infinite other ways. It may not be a race time, it may not be a PDR, it may not be an impressive salary, but it will be something.

        And it will be worth the wait.

  • Pam April 26, 2012, 10:54 pm

    Good thinking on the maxi-pad dressings. I am a pediatric orthopedic nurse, and we sometimes use those around the pins in certain devices right after surgeries because they are relatively small, pliable, and absorbent. We cover them with guaze so the kids don’t even know they are there.

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:54 pm

      Nice 😉 Now I just feel handy.

  • Sarah April 26, 2012, 11:27 pm

    Ahhh, happiest of birthdays to you! How do you get your smoothies so thick? It looks like such a delicious treat!

  • Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward April 26, 2012, 11:27 pm

    Yikes! Talk about a full day! I’m due in July and thinking about taking a newborn care class too. My husband insists he knows everything about caring for a new baby (and he probably does, since he has 10 nieces and nephews and countless cousins), but I’m totally new to the concept and clueless! I hope it was a good experience, I’d love it if you’d write more about the specifics of what you learned.


  • Brianna April 26, 2012, 11:47 pm

    Oh no!! I’m so sorry about the leak. I posted last week that I had a dream about that. Eek!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well April 27, 2012, 1:14 am

    Creepiest baby doll ever…right? Or just me? Sounds like an awesome birthday (minus the leak) and I loooove vanilla cupcakes. I’ve got cupcake envy!

    • Amber K April 27, 2012, 12:41 pm

      Not just you! Totally creepy, lol.

  • Rachel April 27, 2012, 1:27 am

    Glad to see you had a (mostly) great day! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your life with us – I look forward to coming here everyday 🙂 xoxo

  • Jen April 27, 2012, 1:44 am

    Happy (belated) birthday, beautiful girl!!! Sounds like it was MOSTLY awesome! 🙂

  • j3nn April 27, 2012, 2:04 am

    Happiest birthday to you!

  • Kate Dotson April 27, 2012, 2:35 am

    My mom has run a daycare out of her home since I was in elemtary school (I’m now 28), I babysat all through middle and high school, and my best friend has 4 kids, and I will probably still be taking a newborn basics class closer to my due date. I don’t know that anything prepares you for your own baby, 24/7. I’m sure I’d do fine without it, just like you would, but it’s so nice to have it all laid out for you.

  • Kate Dotson April 27, 2012, 2:35 am

    *elementary* school, oops.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 27, 2012, 7:06 am

    I’m glad you had a good birthday!!! Haha and I want to know what that girl’s mother thought when she came home with a maxi pad on her… hahahaha

  • Jen April 27, 2012, 7:23 am

    Well I’m glad you had such a good birthday! (minus the plumbing problems) And that baby class sounds very useful, while I have been around lots of babies I definitely have never been solely responsible for one. I too am seeking all the help I can get with the everyday stuff.

    Also, love the trees in the baby room…we’re doing something very similar but purchase a vinyl wall sticker from Etsy instead of husband has many other project and I can do a sticker (I hope). Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 27, 2012, 8:33 am

    So sorry to hear about the leak! Glad you had a good birthday otherwise 🙂 That quinoa dish sounds delicious. What kind of veggie burger is that?

    • CaitlinHTP April 27, 2012, 10:27 am

      Dr. P’s! They tasty.

  • Britt @ BalancedBritt April 27, 2012, 9:30 am

    Haha, love the doxie hanging out in the picture. Happy belated birthing!

  • Bri April 27, 2012, 10:19 am

    Happy belated Caitlin!!

  • Rebecca April 27, 2012, 10:25 am

    Well leaky rooms suck, but the rest of your birthday sounds pretty great. 🙂

    I grew up in daycare (went until I was in about 6th grade), and I was usually one of the oldest kids there, so I would sometimes end up helping watch kids. I don’t know how many diaper changings we kids walked in on, haha.
    Plus I have seven cousins, six of whom have children. And I did a lot of babysitting for church families. So that helps.

  • Amber K April 27, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Glad that the majority of your birthday was great!

  • Julie April 27, 2012, 4:21 pm

    That’s going to be an awesome mural!

  • Mary Nell April 27, 2012, 8:57 pm

    I’m glad you had a great birthday–my 38 is Sunday–can’t believe I’m a DECADE older than you :). Since you mention not being around babies much, I thought I would share the best advice I got–get on a routine, and make sure that routine has a wake, eat, play, sleep pattern. Some people do a wake, play, eat, sleep and the baby starts to depend on food to go to bed (i.e. nursing to sleep, etc.). It was really helpful…also my doctor’s advice–don’t change the baby when they first wake up if you are about to feed them unless they just REALLY need it; something about eating also makes babies go :).

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2012, 9:04 am

      this is really good advice 🙂 thanks!

  • Kath April 27, 2012, 9:36 pm

    A leak??? oh noooooooo!

  • Alison April 28, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Happy {belated} Birthday! Mine was on the 19th and I also ate 3 cupcakes. Seems like a great way to celebrate! 🙂

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