I have solved the snoring problem!pregnant snoring

The problem was that I sleep on the right side of the bed, but on my left side because of the baby, so my pregnancy-inducing snoring was right in the Husband’s ear.  Someone suggested that I switch to the left side of the bed, but seriously – have you ever tried to switch sides of bed?  It feels SO strange.  We tried to do it a few months ago and it was too awkward for both of us.  Anyway – if we sleep head to toe, not only do we get to stay on our sides of the bed, but my snoring face is further from the Husband, which means it annoys him less AND I get to face out of the bed, despite sleeping on my left (I have hated facing in for the last few months). 


These are the solutions I come to at midnight when I can’t fall asleep. Winking smile


Maggie still sleeps between us, obviously.  (James is on the floor in his homemade cozy cave because he’s a terrible sleeper.)


Breakfast time!


Peanut butter toast sprinkled with chia seeds + a smoothie.


In the blender:


Soy milk



Protein Powder


A Yard Update


Thought I’d share some progress pictures of the yard.  We just went through a six-week process of gutting it, clearing it out, and seeding it with grass.  The Husband also moved around some of the rocks to create planter areas around the trees.  It’s been a LOT of work and involved probably 40+ trash bags of debris.  However, it’s only cost us around $600 total, which includes putting in a gravel path.  Not the most inexpensive DIY project, but way cheaper than having a landscape team come in to clear it and sod it.  


Here’s what it looked like at closing:



And by the time we took our maternity pictures, it was springtime and a ton of plants and weeds had popped up.  It was a jungle!

Boyle [HR] 17

Here’s what it looks like today:



We are going to re-seed it again soon to fill it some of the patchy spots and make the grass lusher, which we expected we’d have to do.  But overall, we’re pretty excited.  Truthfully, I think we’re both in awe that we actually grew grass.  The dogs enjoy the yard more, and I can almost imagine BabyHTP playing outside.  I can’t wait to put a little playhouse in the back corner – playhouses are the bomb.


Happy Hump Day!



  • Faith @ For the Health of It May 30, 2012, 8:47 am

    I swear by the “switch to the other end of the bed” trick whenever I’m having a hard time sleeping – it does something to the brain that just makes it work! I dont know if I’d ever do it with someone else in the bed though…my BF hates feet and I can’t image he’d be too enthused to wake up with a pair right up in his face 😉

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 8:48 am

      hahah i asked him this morning if he noticed that i was upside down last night and he looked at me really weirdly and said, “WHAT?”

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 30, 2012, 8:57 am

    Haha I LOVE your solution! So obvious yet I would never have thought of it!

  • Leslie May 30, 2012, 8:58 am

    Sweat equity is a beautiful thing! The yard is really coming together.

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 30, 2012, 8:58 am

    Wow, you guys did such a great job – your backyard looks awesome! And I agree – playhouses are the bomb 🙂

  • Earthy Nicole May 30, 2012, 9:00 am

    The illustration of Maggie is priceless. Lol. I love the yard progress, it looks so much more usable now.


  • Megan@ The Running Doc May 30, 2012, 9:10 am

    What a perfect solution! My boyfriend and I tried sleeping on opposite sides of the bed once…never again! I have to sleep on the right side and he on the left forever.

    Your yard looks so much better! We had a similar problem when we moved into our new place a month ago in that our whole yard was just dirt and rock. Slowly it’s coming along but it doesn’t look quite as nice as yours yet! Did you just throw down seed or seed and fertilizer?

    • Caitlin May 30, 2012, 6:08 pm

      Seed + fertilizer + peat moss

  • Carlee May 30, 2012, 9:17 am

    That’s so funny. I have pretty much the exact same problem accept it’s that I now have to face the husband’s snoring. You are right though about switching sides; I just can’t do it! Sometimes I still find myself sleeping on my right side; I have no idea how I get there in the middle of the night with the snoogle pillow!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 30, 2012, 9:20 am

    The yard is looking great! I’m glad you found a snoring solution (and I bet the Husband is too!) I alllllways sleep on the same side of my bed – actually, even though it’s a queen, I tend to always sleep on the left edge. Not sure why I don’t use the rest of the space!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 30, 2012, 9:21 am

    Looks like a great breakfast – smoothies alone never fill me up! 🙂

  • Sara May 30, 2012, 9:40 am

    dude this is how i ALWAYS sleep. at first it was to escape kevin’s snoring, but then when he was out of town for a few days and i found myself still sleeping like that, i realized i just prefer sleeping that way! it also brings my face a lot closer to the fan (and aside from the cool breeze) the noise of the fan helps to drown out kevin’s snores even more!

    • Sara May 30, 2012, 9:46 am

      oh – and if his snoring gets really out of control (especially after a night of drinking!) sleeping that way makes it real easy for me to give his butt a little smack to get him to stop snoring. but i’m sure kristien won’t try that one on you 😉

  • Emily May 30, 2012, 9:41 am

    It’s embarrassing that I’m so confused and hung up on understanding this, but if you slept on the right side of the bed, on the left side of your body, wouldn’t you be facing out towards the open air already? You’d have to either be on the left side of the bed, on your left side or on the right side, on the right side of your body, to face in, right?

    • Kelly May 30, 2012, 12:39 pm

      I think it depends on how you define sides of the bed. You’re thinking of the right side of the bed as the side that is right when you’re standing at the foot of the bed looking at it. C is defining it as the right side of the bed when you’re laying in it looking at the foot 🙂

      • Emily May 30, 2012, 5:30 pm

        Yes! Thank you!!! It’s such a silly detail to get hung up on but I seriously couldn’t get it to make sense in my head. I’m so visual and I just couldn’t figure it out. Thank you!

        • Caitlin May 30, 2012, 6:07 pm

          Yeah 🙂 Kelly got it right 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 30, 2012, 9:45 am

    Wow the yard looks amazing! I can’t believe how much grass has already come in. Good job 🙂

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery May 30, 2012, 10:02 am

    First of all, I love the picture at the top. It’s hilarious and I’m glad you found a snoring solution. Secondly, the maternity photos are beautiful “in the jungle” and lastly, you did a great job with the yard! It looks beautiful! There’s something so great about having your own yard to sit in and relax and enjoy friends and family. For my high school graduation party five years ago, my parents strung up some lights outside between trees and we put them up each summer now. It’s great to turn them on when we have people over or are hanging outside after dinner. It’s a small thing that makes the day seem festive.

  • Carolina John May 30, 2012, 10:11 am

    Wow, the yard update came out great! Good luck with the snoring. Soon enough you’ll have a baby nearby that won’t let you sleep through the night. I heard my sister-in-law went into labor last night. you’re next!

  • Laura May 30, 2012, 10:26 am

    The yard looks great! I’d recommend waiting until the fall to do any more seeding-with the NC summers, any new grass doesn’t have much chance of survival. I live in Durham so I know how bad it can get-we have a yard company come out once a month to spray to kill weeds, etc. (we inherited a bad yard when we moved in last year) and they won’t reseed until the fall as the heat will kill it off-something about the root system not being developed enough in the new grass to withstand the heat/lack of water.

  • Rochel May 30, 2012, 10:38 am

    Totally random; but, have you tried a saline nasal spray before bed to help with the snoring? A bottle (that should last a few months) is like $2 at Target and really helps with the pregnant snoring thing.

    • Caitlin May 30, 2012, 6:07 pm

      I have not but I will tonight!!!

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras May 30, 2012, 10:49 am

    The yard looks beautiful! And the snoring solution made me laugh 🙂

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb May 30, 2012, 10:51 am

    My hubby and I are currently in the TTC stage of our life and reading your posts about having trouble sleeping make me SO glad that I already naturally sleep on my left side! I honestly can’t fall asleep unless I’m laying on my left side. Glad to hear you’ve figured out a little solution for the snoring! Hopefully you don’t kick him in the face! 😉

    As for your yard, it is really coming along!! Looks great! We have been in the same boat having to start from scratch with seed this year and it’s nice to finally look out and see a bit of green again. 🙂

  • Sarah May 30, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Wow! Nice work on the yard!

    A few years back we annihilated the annual/volunteer grass in our backyard, re-contoured it, added sprinklers and re-seeded.

    This is our third spring since doing that and it’s REALLY filled in everywhere and choked out weeds and bad grasses. So with a little love (aka fertilizer), you should expect your lawn to just keep getting better year after year! I am constantly amazed.

  • Laura is Undeterrable May 30, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I would be too afraid to sleep foot to head – I’m a kicker. I don’t feel bad about kicking him in the legs (it’s just another reason its awesome being married to me) but I would feel bad if I kicked him in the head.

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life May 30, 2012, 1:13 pm

    What kind of protein powder do you use?

  • Corrie Anne May 30, 2012, 1:25 pm

    We’re house hunting right now and your posts remind me that I really want a yard that’s already in decent shape. Lazy, I know, but I’m no good at these projects. Lol.

    • Caitlin May 30, 2012, 6:06 pm

      I agree – it’s a lot of work and definitely something to consider.

  • Natalie@fitjamericangirl.com May 30, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Those stick figures up top has me cracking up at work! People were passing my office and looking at me like I’m crazy.

  • jen May 30, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Oh my gosh, yard work. How I loathe it, but I love the results you guys got!

  • Ramona May 30, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Girl! Your yard work is outstanding! Just yesterday, I was talking to my husband Merle, about trying to get him out in the yard. It was hotter than a summer day in hell, but Merle went out and pulled some weeds. What you and your hubby did looks great. I can’t even imagine where to begin with something like that in my yard. I’m going to have to show Merle when he comes home tonight.

    • Caitlin May 30, 2012, 6:06 pm

      Merle is a sweet name!

  • Sana May 30, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Will Maggie stay with you in the bed when the baby comes?

    • Caitlin May 30, 2012, 6:06 pm

      heck yes!

  • Socal Rachel May 30, 2012, 2:47 pm

    OMG I love your stick figure picture. The hair color, the baby bump, it’s awesome. The yard is looking good!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 30, 2012, 2:58 pm

    It looks great!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012, 3:02 pm

    I haven’t made a single smoothie yet this summer, but I think it’s time to change that!

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 30, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Your smoothie has me drooling, love that color 🙂

  • lori May 30, 2012, 8:08 pm

    my boyfriend is such a loud snorer – it’s terrible. So when I was pregnant with our first – almost 9 years ago and sooo needed sleep, I started flipping head to toe – it’s an almost nightly thing now. It gets me sleep though 🙂

  • Kristin May 30, 2012, 8:13 pm

    HILARIOUSS diagram!!! hahah! the yard looks sooo amazing!!! I love what you did with the rocks and the grass looks so soft!!!

  • Rachel May 30, 2012, 8:24 pm

    I think I’m going to wait until I get pregnant to start the serious honey do list ;). The yard looks a bajillion times better.

  • Megan May 30, 2012, 11:40 pm

    The new and improved sleeping arrangement drawing made my long, late-night commute home! I laughed out loud on the train. 🙂

    The yard is MUCH improved! GREAT work.

  • Laura Ann May 30, 2012, 11:43 pm

    Great job with the yard! Looks awesome! I love learning how you did that b/c we are in process of buying house and have looked at a couple homes with similar situations and wondered what it would take to create a nice yard. Also, I know DadHTP doesn’t get it, but I think you need to bring back “In the mix:” 🙂

  • Reenie May 31, 2012, 10:50 am

    WOW….it looks good ~ great job 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction May 31, 2012, 7:00 pm

    My boyfriend snores SOOOOOO much! I literally can’t stand it!!1 Maybe we should try this?! The problem is that I am sensitive to any noise, and would probably STILL hear it! Oh well, it’s worth a shot!

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