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So – today is my birthday.  I’m 28.  I feel older (note: older, not old) and a little wiser.  


This birthday is kind of a weird birthday for me. Something feels different about it… (or maybe birthdays are just not as exciting anymore – damn adulthood).  I actually feel like I should be celebrating my mom today – not me!  All I did was come out.  After all, she did all the hard work.


However, I must say that I’ve been looking forward to today for a long time because today kicks off a whole weekend of fun.  My mom and aunt are coming to visit for a long weekend, and my baby shower is on Sunday. I couldn’t be more excited!


Nothing truly special is going on – just hanging out, getting some work done.  My mother-in-law and DadHTP came over for lunch.  I made a pineapple quinoa dish, loosely based on a recipe from Veganomicon.  Basically – quinoa cooked in pineapple juice; stir-fried broccoli, carrots, pineapple chunks, and almonds mixed in.  Really, really tasty.



With chips and pineapple salsa…. And two of those cupcakes.  Big props to Dad for making gluten-free cupcakes for me.


Oh, and this is what happens when the Husband and I agree not to exchange birthday presents:


Doesn’t that look like a present to you?  He got me two new maternity dresses.


Lucky for me, my birthday is first – by 12 days. So every year, we promise not to do gifts, he buys me one anyway, and then I know that I still need to get him something, too.  I’m not sure why we go through this whole “Don’t buy me anything!” song and dance every year when we always exchange gifts… but at least I get the heads up to buy him something, too.  Smile



  • Heather R April 26, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your special day. Let’s see the new dresses!!

  • Shari April 26, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Happy Birthday!! 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 26, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Happy Birthday! I turned 27 last week and so far, I do feel “older and wiser” moreso than just “old.”

    As for the whole “don’t get me anything,” I find that this only works with my friends — but we still treat the b-day person to a meal.

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:32 pm

      Happy belated birthday!

  • RunEatRepeat April 26, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Happy Birthday! Does it suck that when Ben and I say we’re not exchanging gifts, we really don’t? 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:33 pm

      haah no it’s awesome. i wish the hus would stick to our rule!

  • Sana April 26, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Mom-to-be!!!! So cool that your little family will get to celebrate birthdays weeks apart!

  • abbi April 26, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Happy Birthday! My husband and I have the whole we get each other gifts policy as well but he tends to still get me stuff anyway! 🙂

  • Lisa April 26, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Happy birthday! I have a friend who always says “no gifts” but then gets gifts! Grrr!!!

  • Alyse April 26, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    I always try to do something nice for my mom (and Dad!) on my birthday. I was two weeks overdue and got stuck coming out and c-section blah blah blah: it was rough, scary birth story over. My point is, when I was kid I wanted it to be all about me, but that’s hardly fair given everything my parents went through for me to get here.

    I read your pregnancy recap before I went to bed last night and dreamed I was pregnant (which is not even close in the future). It was amusing.

  • Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 26, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Sarah April 26, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb April 26, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! 🙂

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 26, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Haha it is lucky that yours is first since he doesn’t play by the rules! 🙂

  • Mila @ loftyappetite April 26, 2012, 1:34 pm

    happy birthday!! my boyfriend’s birthday is 2 days after mine and every year we go through the same thing! except I always only have 2 days to come up with the greatest birthday gift ever and that is not always successful! so over the years I’ve learned to always have a backup for “no gift” years 😉

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 26, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Honestly I’m kind of surprised you’re ONLY 28! Haha and I know that sounds mean, but it’s a good thing (I promise you DO NOT LOOK OLDER) I mean it in the sense of how much you’ve already accomplished! Your work with operation beautiful, your books, your marriage, and now a baby almost here! You’ve done so much already and have SO MUCH to look forward to! Have an AMAZING birthday, Caitlin, because you really are an inspirational woman that I look up to!

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much, sweetie 😉 I really appreciate this lovely and thoughtful comment.

  • Andrea April 26, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! I hope you have a fabulous day. Thank you for writing such an amazing blog. 🙂

  • Colleen April 26, 2012, 1:37 pm

    Happy 28th Birthday! Have a fabulous day

  • Ashley April 26, 2012, 1:37 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Happy birthday!!

    This is kinda irrelevant, but I saw this and thought of you:

    A gluten-free breakfast option! In case you wanted to switch it up. I am going to give it a try. Looks awesome! Bet it would be good with a scoop or two of fruity greek yogurt.

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:34 pm

      Dang. Awesome recipe!

  • Becca April 26, 2012, 1:38 pm

    Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fantastic day 🙂

  • Eleonora April 26, 2012, 1:39 pm

    happy birthday! Today is also my dad’s birthday, and he got a shining new aortic valve as a present…he looks quite happy!

  • Carolina John April 26, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Happy birthday! The next year of your life will include a new life. Then you will not look at childhood or birthdays the same ever again. Adult birthday’s don’t matter because planning birthday parties for your kids is so much fun!

  • Corrie Anne April 26, 2012, 1:39 pm

    yay! happy b-day. i’m turning 28 this year also, but i’ve totally not outgrown the gifts thing. we don’t have kids yet. and only one dog… soooo… 🙂

  • Erica April 26, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Happy Birthday! When I turned 29 in December it felt anticlimactic, maybe because I was pregnant and in the middle of moving? I went to see The Muppets with my hubby. Oh and our birthdays are only 10 days apart (it’s kind of fun having a b-day so close to significant other, isn’t it?)

  • Kayla @ The Best Things April 26, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! You look beautiful!

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie April 26, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Happy birthday! All the best! You probably feel older and wiser because you have accomplished so much during your 27th year. I always feel better about “aging” when I look back at everything I have done 🙂 Have an amazing day / week 🙂

  • Sonia the mexigarian April 26, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Only 28?!? Damn girl. You have accomplished so much in them years! Happy birthday 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 26, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Happy 2-8! My husband and I do the same thing. Mine was the 14th and his is this Sunday. He got me a lens after we did the whole “no gifts” thing and now I’m scrambling trying to figure out something for him last minute! happens every year.

  • Danielle April 26, 2012, 1:57 pm

    I’ve made that same pineapple quinoa recipe from Veganomicon! Loved it. Happy Birthday!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 26, 2012, 1:58 pm

    haap birthday! sounds like you have a fun weekend planned 🙂

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots April 26, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Cate April 26, 2012, 2:01 pm

    happy happy birthday Caitlin! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  • Krista April 26, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Happy birthday, Caitlin!!!

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen April 26, 2012, 2:05 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well April 26, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for being such a lovely blog and I look forward to reading it every day. I love your fresh outlook on pretty much everything. Wishing you a great year!

  • Sara April 26, 2012, 2:19 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin! Is it OK that I feel a little teary-eyed? It’s so awesome that you are pregnant for your birthday and you’ll soon experience the birth day of your own baby! I just think it’s so cute and that the Husband got you gifts 🙂 Awww. I said “aww” in my head so many times reading this. Awww. Happiest of birthdays to you!

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:35 pm

      Awe, thank you Sara. You are too kind.

  • Mika April 26, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Happy Birthday! I celebrated my own on April 23 and as an expectant mom I know what you mean about it feeling different. This is the last time our birthdays are strictly about us and what we want to do. Next year will be filled with so much more excitement – I CAN’T WAIT! As for your comment about moms, I agree. They did all the work which is why I send my mom a Happy Giving Birth Day gift. I hope my little bean will continue the tradition. Enjoy your day, CB!

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:35 pm

      Happy birthday!!!!

  • joey April 26, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! Didn’t get the chance to comment yesterday but gorgeous maternity photos!

    My hubby & I never exchange gifts. I think it is because when we want something, we just plan it into the budget & buy it when we can. Not very romantic, huh?

  • Kim L. April 26, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin!!! Hope you have a wonderful day.

  • Lauren April 26, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day & your weekend!

  • Kristin April 26, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin!

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture April 26, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin!! Have a fabulous day and just enjoy being spoilt! 😉

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 26, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! I hope you have an incredible day! Oh and yeah, birthdays completely change when you have kids (or are expecting). You just appreciate them differently I think. Have a great one!

  • Elisabeth April 26, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Happy 28th! I’ll be 30 in a little over 2 weeks – I’m feeling rather old…ha! Yay to DadHTP for GF cupcakes 😉

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 26, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your birthday day!

    My fiance and I always say the same thing and I’ll admit I’m usually the one who breaks it (and then sometimes he feels badly when he hasn’t gotten me something). I just love giving gifts — not necessarily expensive ones, but even little things 🙂

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 26, 2012, 2:50 pm

    happy birthday!! sounds like the perfect weekend! enjoy! 🙂

  • Beth @ 990 Square April 26, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! Wait until you hit 30, then you’ll feel old!

  • Michelle@Peachy Palate April 26, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I was 24 last week and my Mum left me a facebook message…saying how when she was 24 she was pregnant with me…I’m not even pregnant I completely know how you feel. Have wonderful birthday and great baby shower. Props to your dad on the gluten free cupcakes!!!

  • Nikki T April 26, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Hope your weekend with you Mama is wonderful, and I can’t wait to see a post about your baby shower!

  • Lina April 26, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Kath April 26, 2012, 3:05 pm

    Oh Happy Day!

  • Britton April 26, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday girl!! I hope your day has been extra special!!!!

  • Kelley April 26, 2012, 3:11 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin!! This year is sure to be one of the best yet!!! So excited to hear about your shower! Have a great birthday weekend!

  • Lizzy April 26, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Happy Birthday!! enjoy this amazing weekend full of fun!!

  • Kelli April 26, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Happy birthday! I LOVE birthdays, & even though I’ll be 33 on my next one it still feels almost as exciting as when I was 4. 🙂
    That is sweet that Kristien got you gifts! Gift giving is one of my love languages so I really, really enjoy buying things for my husband.
    I hope that everyone treats you like a queen all day long!

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:36 pm

      My love language is doing the dishes 🙂 Hehe

  • Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee April 26, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your shower 🙂

  • Nicole April 26, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy the weekend.
    On another note, your food always looks SO good to me!

  • Kattrina April 26, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Happy Birthday!! It’s my birthday too!! I never realized we shared a bday.

    I also found out I’m having a baby boy yesterday – it was a great bday present!

    I think I’m getting a bunch of maternity clothes too. My mom worked at Motherhood Maternity up until Saturday so I’m pretty sure she stocked up on her last few days of work.

    Hope you have a great day!!!

  • LMN April 26, 2012, 3:17 pm

    happy day to you!

  • Rebecca April 26, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Misty April 26, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Happy birthday! I had a birthday when I was pregnant, and experienced that exact same feeling about wanting to celebrate my mother that day! It’s amazing how when you become a mom, your perspective on so many things changes! 🙂 enjoy your special day!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 26, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Sounds like a great weekend – enjoy!

  • Jennifer April 26, 2012, 4:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin!

  • Elle April 26, 2012, 4:15 pm


  • Maria April 26, 2012, 4:20 pm

    Happy Birthday. So excited to see what you get at your shower.

  • Kate April 26, 2012, 4:21 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) April 26, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Awww! ~*Happy Birthday*~ to you!

    Mine is on the 30th and I’ll be 33!

  • Lindsey April 26, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    Happy shower!
    Happy weekend!

  • Nena April 26, 2012, 4:41 pm


    Yesterday was my birthday. I’m 29. Today is my bosses and my grandfather’s birthday. Go Taurus! 🙂 have a wonderful day!

  • Hillary April 26, 2012, 4:57 pm

    It is a special birthday—your last one before being a mom! Enjoy it!

  • Julie April 26, 2012, 5:09 pm

    Happy B-day! Have a great day! Enjoy your baby shower on Sun. Mine was one of the best times ever! SO FUN!!!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 26, 2012, 5:48 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!
    That quinoa sounds like a perfect birthday meal 🙂

  • Kris April 26, 2012, 5:54 pm

    Have a great and special birthday for special you!!

  • Rebecca April 26, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Happy birthday!! And hooray for fun birthday-weekend plans! 🙂

  • Margo April 26, 2012, 6:15 pm

    Happy birthday! It is my birthday too so I guess we are bday twins! April 26 is a great day to be born 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:36 pm

      Happy birthday Margo!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz April 26, 2012, 6:17 pm

    happy birthday!! 🙂 🙂

  • Mel April 26, 2012, 6:36 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely day! 🙂

  • Mary April 26, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Happy birthday! My husband’s birthday is 24 days before mine so I get the same head’s up about “no gifts” as you:).

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 26, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Happy Birthday again! That’s really cute of you two. Hope you had a great day, and I think pineapples make any dish better. Or maybe just pizza.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 26, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Happy birthday! Those cupcakes look delicious – props to your dad! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend with your mom and aunt. 🙂

  • Lisa April 26, 2012, 7:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Today is also my dad’s birthday!

  • jen April 26, 2012, 7:35 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Thank you for being so beautiful inside and out every single day for all of us 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:37 pm

      thank you so much jen! you are beautiful too 🙂

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras April 26, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Happy birthday, lovely!

  • Julie April 26, 2012, 8:19 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Kendall @On An Inhale April 26, 2012, 8:24 pm

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you had a wonderful day and have a great weekend with your mom and aunt!!

  • Justine April 26, 2012, 8:24 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin! I’ve been reading your blog for the past few months, and it quickly turned into favorite website. You’re happy, healthy and MOTIVATING! I just began running in September and the date of my first half marathon is now 5 short weeks away. I found my healthy tipping point when I decided I wasn’t going to let arthritis dictate my life (I’m only 21!!). It’s been a life-changing year for me and I just want to thank you the inspiration you provided. You’re an amazing role model and an amazing person. You’ve rocked the last 28 years, and you’ll keep rocking this next one!

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:38 pm

      thank you so much justine – i’m going to shoot you an email right now, actually!

  • kate April 26, 2012, 8:28 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Dominique April 26, 2012, 8:29 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin! This year probably feels different because you’re going to be a mother very soon. It does seem like a very exciting time in your life right now. I’m a year older than you and absolutely LOVE celebrating my birthday. It’s like my one and only “special” day.

    Oh and I know that recipe from Veganomicon–it’s so delicious! Thanks for reminding me to make it again.

  • Juniper April 26, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! 🙂

  • Dari Marie April 26, 2012, 8:49 pm

    Happy birthday! You know, three people who have influenced my life in huge ways were all born on April 26th, yourself included! Weird. <3 Hope it's a great one.

    • CaitlinHTP April 26, 2012, 10:40 pm

      <3 thank you dari marie!

  • Amanda April 26, 2012, 8:51 pm

    Happy Birthday, lovely!

    You have such a sweet hubby.

  • emily April 26, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Happy birthday!!!

  • Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo April 26, 2012, 9:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! You look great! And your lunch looks delicious 🙂

  • Allie April 26, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin! You look beautiful;)

  • Faith April 26, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Happy Sweet Pregnant Birthday!

  • Lee April 26, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Kristen April 26, 2012, 9:48 pm

    There’s a someecard for celebrating your mother instead of you as well. For me adulthood has brought less birthday excitement as well, though I always use my birthday as a day to enjoy one of my favourite treats. So that makes it at least a little exciting…

  • Kelly April 26, 2012, 10:03 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Jolene ( April 27, 2012, 12:29 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Effie April 27, 2012, 7:46 am

    happy birthday

  • Linda @ Lemons April 27, 2012, 8:19 am

    Happy Birthday! You probably feel older because you are going to have this huge change in your life. It’s a whole different thing than actual age. Hard to explain. My first child was born the day before my 30th birthday, kind of a major life change in more ways than one for me.

  • VTMama April 27, 2012, 9:03 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Caitlin!

    I also felt different about birthdays after pregnancy; growing a baby and preparing to welcome a new life into the world grows your perspective exponentially.

    I hope the cupcakes were as delicious as they looked!

  • Reenie April 27, 2012, 10:51 am

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Amber K April 27, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Aubrey and I usually try and go on a trip or go out as a birthday present. Sometimes we’ll get each other a book or movie, but otherwise we don’t exchange presents.

    Have a great birthday and baby shower filled weekend!

  • Mac April 27, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Happy birthday! Hope it’s a great one’

  • AD April 27, 2012, 6:22 pm

    I haven’t commented before, but I have to tell you- we’re like on the same calendar or something! I’m pregnant for the first time- my due date is June 12th- when I first read on your blog that you were due the same time i was so excited to be able to follow along with your pregnancy at the same time as mine. My big surprise- I’m having twins! So actually I’m due at 38 weeks, end of may. Then I saw your birthday was April 26- me too! Just turned 27 but still! Quite the coincidence 🙂

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples April 27, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Hope you had a great birthday!!

  • Gina G April 27, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin! 🙂

  • Stacey @Starpulp April 29, 2012, 1:16 am

    What a great idea. My bday is this week & I’m going to call my mom and talk memories. Thanks!

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