Work it, Henry. Work it.


Today is Henry’s newborn photo shoot.  I am greatly looking forward to embarrassing him with the nude photographs when he is 18 and headed out to prom. <3


Our photographer brought us some cookies – how awesome is that?


They tasted like almond macaroons.  Very light and fluffy.


I grabbed what I could in between Henry photos and family photos (which, of course, included the dogs).  Need more subsistence as soon as possible!


For Your Reading Pleasure


Alright… it’s that time again!  Time for For Your Reading Pleasure Friday.  Like I always say, if there’s a day and time to goof off on the Interwebs, it’s Friday afternoon.


You Could Be Better at Remembering Names, If Only You Gave a Shit


This article suggests we struggle to remember names because, in fact, we really just don’t care.  People who do care (like politicians or teachers) are therefore ‘better’ at recalling names. I really suck at remembering names, and I don’t think it’s because I don’t care… I just totally blank out when someone says their name.  Does anyone else do that?  It’s so embarrassing!


Can Athletes Perform Well on a Vegan Diet?


Answers pressing questions like:  Do you perform better on a vegan diet? What about protein? And what about protein combining?


How Much Cross Training Is Too Much Cross Training?

This is a great Q&A about how and when to cross train when prepping for a half marathon.  I especially like the piece because it discusses which sport is the ‘best’ cross trainer for running:  cycling or swimming.  And guess which one wins?  SWIMMING!  “Swimming is so different from running that it recruits and trains different muscle groups than does running, especially the upper body… By developing muscular strength and endurance in your upper body, it will help you maintain your running posture and reduce fatigue on long runs. Swimming and cycling are both non-impact sports, which is good, but, cycling emphasizes the leg and hip muscles much like running.”


Healthy Reading: 4 New Health Books Worth Putting on Your Nightstand

Healthy Tipping Point

Alright. Shameless self-promotion.  Guess who’s book was named one of the 4 Health Books Worth Putting on Your Nightstand by Glamour magazine?  That’s right!  The Healthy Tipping Point book.  The three other ones sound fantastic, too.


The Best of Delivery Room Drama



Not technically an article, but you’ve got to read through this thread on  However – be prepared.  There are over 1,000 comments describing horrific, hysterical, and boundary stomping examples of what can happen when you let your in-laws or parents into the delivery room.  It took me three days to get through them all, so don’t start reading if you’ve got a deadline!


Your turn!  Are you bad at remembering names?  What about faces?  Are you a vegan athlete?  What’s your favorite type of cross training? And did you have delivery room drama?  Spill the dirty deets!



  • Alex @ Raw Recovery June 22, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits June 22, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Henry is so cute! I love the little hand protectors. I used to use socks when my boys were babies!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 22, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Congratulations on being included in Glamour’s article! That’s really exciting 🙂

  • Breanne June 22, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I can’t wait to see the pictures too! 🙂

    I’m really good with names, but I don’t think it’s because I “care more” than other people. In fact, I usually will gauge whether the other person seems to remember me/my name before saying anything because I don’t want him/her to feel bad for NOT remembering.

    • Ali June 22, 2012, 2:26 pm

      I do the same thing! I freakishly remember the names of like every person I’ve ever met.

  • Sana June 22, 2012, 1:37 pm

    I can’t wait to see the newborn pics!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 22, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Wahoo congrats on the Glamour mention Caitlin! That’s amazing! As for remembering names, I’m a fitness instructor outside of my ‘real’ job, and I’ve become much better at it over the years. I usually try to associate the person’s name with a characteristic that they have that starts with the same letter. Having said that, I teach at 6:10am and often my brain just isn’t functioning at its best!

  • Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep June 22, 2012, 1:50 pm

    Congrats on making the top 4 =]

    I have a new obsession with macarons. I’m going to attempt to make a batch as soon as my back heals. It’ll be my first time and I’m nervous!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 22, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I am SO awful at remembering names!! It’s pretty bad

  • Kristen June 22, 2012, 2:07 pm

    WHHHYYYY did you have to post the baby delivery drama page!


    • Heather June 22, 2012, 3:34 pm

      Agree- and I also can’t figure out these acronyms?! Am I the only one??

  • Cayce June 22, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I completely blank out when people introduce themselves! It’s certainly not because I don’t care…it’s like I have mental block or something. So glad to know I’m not alone.

  • Amber K June 22, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I’m actually pretty good at remembering names and faces. If I meet a huge group of people at once I won’t be that great, but one or two at a time and I do just fine! I don’t use the tips or tricks I’ve heard because they sound way harder to do than just saying it a couple of times in my head.

  • jameil June 22, 2012, 2:30 pm

    I’m great at names because I make the effort. People mispronounce or forget my name all the time. Sometimes I know they didn’t mean to and that’s fine but you can tell when people are just being rude. I like meat and cheese. I can limit it but I have no desire to live w/o it. And I’m terrible at cross training. As in I never do it even though I not only know I should but say “this is the week!” every week and don’t do it.

  • Lauren J @ The Barn June 22, 2012, 2:40 pm

    I am terrible at remember names. I think I just get too caught up in trying to pay attention to what they are talking about, trying to block out the distraction of what’s going on around me, trying to think of a response that won’t make me sound like a dumbass.

    I do much better when we exchange names at the end of the conversation. Introducing yourself at the beginning lets the name get flushed away with the hi, hello, how are you’s in my opinion.

    I do however, ALWAYS remember faces. Which makes it even more embarrassing when I know I know someone, but can’t recall their names.

  • Anne Weber-Falk June 22, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I work for a fitness center and they would like us to remember EVERYBODY’S name. they showed us a Les Mills film about the fella that knows 5000 names of the people he runs into and works with. I try, I really do. I wish we could all wear name tags. It would make things so much easier.

  • Megan@ The Running Doc June 22, 2012, 2:52 pm

    I’m actually really good at remembering people’s names but my boyfriend is terrible. It gets pretty embarrassing when he tries to introduce me to someone and he can’t remember their name.

    Swimming is the best crosstraining! I just went for my first swim in forever yesterday and it was awesome.

  • Army Amy* June 22, 2012, 2:55 pm

    I’m fixing to make a recipe from your book tonight! (Sweet potato enchiladas! Yes, please!)*

  • Courtney June 22, 2012, 3:05 pm

    I am TERRIBLE at remembering names! I usually just say Katie or Emily, and it’s usually right or the person will say “everyone says I look like (Katie or Emily), isn’t that funny?!”


  • Rachel June 22, 2012, 3:08 pm

    I always thought I was terrible at names…until I became a teacher! In two weeks, I had over 100 names memorized. I think that teaching/interacting with the same groups every day really helps. And, of course, giving a shit. 😉

  • Vicky (Little Baby, Big City) June 22, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Yes yes yes there was delivery room drama! When I was in the middle of pushing I heard a cell phone ring… My doctor yelled at my husband to pick it up! He read her the number as she yelled “it’s the hospital pick it up!” I remember thinking…. “Is this for real?” he picked up and answered “dr. Martins phone, can I help you?” that’s all I remember. The second drama was when they didn’t realize the baby would come out so quick so they weren’t ready…. With his head half way out they told me to stop pushing… I remember yelling many, many curses!

  • Kristen June 22, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I’m really good with faces, but not that great with names. One tip I’ve heard though is that when you’re introduced and someone tells you a name, you should repeat it out loud. It has worked for me on occasion…

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) June 22, 2012, 3:46 pm

    I’m vegetarian and haven’t made the switch to vegan. Off to read about some delivery drama!

  • Ilene June 22, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    Have you read “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” by Anne-Marie Slaughter?

    The piece is long but I found it very insightful, as it points to society itself for perpetuating gender inequality in the workforce. Personally, I think male impregnation is the best way to end this problem (if only). I completely agree with many of Slaughter’s suggestions, such as making video and phone conference calls more acceptable (to allow for more work-family balance) and changing society’s mindset that a woman succeeding in the workforce means successful adaptation to the “man’s world.” Not making male behavior and choices the default and ideal is key, in my opinion.

    In particular, I really love and completely agree with Lisa Jackson’s quote in the article:

    “To be a strong woman, you don’t have to give up on the things that define you as a woman. Empowering yourself doesn’t have to mean rejecting motherhood, or eliminating the nurturing or feminine aspects of who you are.”

    I completely admire and respect women who choose to be stay-at-home moms or work from home to spend more time with their children (Henry is ADORABLE, by the way!) and I also completely support women who don’t want to work from home while they raise their families. I definitely see myself being one of the latter in my future. I’d love to hear your opinion about this article. Personally, I don’t think we as women should be affected in our working lives by something we cannot biologically control (Again, male impregnation! Though I cannot wait to have my own babies).

  • Jamie @ StudioEats June 22, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I also blank out when people tell me their names. I don’t know why, but I have to make a conscious effort to remember. You aren’t alone! But I agree that it is really annoying.

  • Janelle June 22, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Aww; H looks precious!

    On another note, I found out I can’t eat nuts. That makes gluten-free baking a bit more difficult. Any thoughts?

  • MichelleS June 22, 2012, 6:08 pm

    I’ve got a fun delivery room story. Since yesterday was my son’s 7th birthday, I’ve been thinking about how crazy and wonderful it was. Delivery had to be induced since my son was 3 weeks past his due date with no sign of wanting to come out (guess I provided a nice cushy spot for him). Since he was my first child, my family wanted to be there and be supportive. So along with my husband, I had my dad, mother-in-law, aunt, and cousin in the room with me. At one point I had 4 other family members show up to visit, but thankfully they decided to go home instead of waiting through the 24 hours of labor. After 5 nurse shift changes and 17 babies born (there was a baby boom at our hospital), it was finally time to do the pushing. Of course, this is about the time my husband had decided to go get a cup of coffee. I mean why worry? I’d been going with very little progression all night. Did I mention he left his phone in the room while everyone was furiously trying to call him? So to spare you all the rest of the craziness, my husband, dad, mother-in-law, aunt, and cousin, plus a few spare nurses who were determined to see my baby into this world were in the room while I delivered. Some may think it was weird, but I don’t. At that point, I could have been in the middle of Time Square and wouldn’t have cared. I was surrounded by love in a time when I was exhausted. I had lovely people encouraging me and advocating for me and my baby when I needed it most. The big joke of the whole thing is that my dad took the delivery video. Did I mention that it’s mostly pointed at the floor because he wasn’t going anywhere past waist level? Gotta love what dads are willing to do for their kids.

  • Jo June 22, 2012, 6:14 pm

    Haha, I do the same thing when I meet people! I’m so focused on taking them in and you know, saying my own name and not making a fool of myself, that I TOTALLY blank out and end up super embarrassed, having to ask them again.

  • Anna June 22, 2012, 6:16 pm

    I’m sure you have, but did you watch the link to 32 and pregnant?
    So funny!

  • Morgan June 22, 2012, 6:19 pm

    YEESSSSS! I love mother in law drama!

  • Jess June 22, 2012, 6:34 pm

    I’m a teacher, and even I struggle with names. There are about 200 kids at my school and I know 75% of them by name. The rest I just call darling and so far I am getting away with it. In social situations I am getting better, but I am never afraid to ask again. Even a simple “oh my, I’m sorry, your name has slipped out of my head” doesn’t seem to hurt feelings.

  • Clare June 22, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Tee-hee. Love Zoolander 🙂

    I’m good with names but not with faces. Might be time to get my eyes tested!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 22, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Whoa I never realized there was science behind remembering names! I’m actually pretty good at it 🙂

  • Tanya June 22, 2012, 10:38 pm

    Adorable pic of Henry on the afghan!

    Read the vegan athlete article with trepidation. That one nutritionist perpetuated that myth about vegans and protein. Aargh. ‘You have to be diligent about protein intake if you’re vegan’. Give me a break. There’s protein in so so many things we eat. Every now and again I fill out my food intake through an online program like myfitnesspal and without even trying I have never once not gotten enough protein.

  • Julie June 22, 2012, 11:16 pm

    The drama in my delivery room is all from my mother and sister. They wanted to be allowed in, I wanted only my husband and our midwives. It turned out that one midwife didn’t get her pages, so it was me, my husband, my midwife and two amazing nurses. My mom and sister sat in the waiting room driving the nursing staff insane, but happily they refused them entry until I said so.

    I delivered at 9:41 pm, but had been at the hospital since 8pm. I laboured at home, so they knew when I went to the hospital that I was 7 cm dialated and just hardly getting through contractions as they were nearly back to back.

    I hadn’t planned to tell anyone I was in labour at all, but my mom and sister were planning to come and help me do some last minute preparations for baby when I woke up and my water broke… being so excited I couldn’t bring myself to tell a fib and instead I called and said “I’m in labour, so I’m going to be doing that all day, and if you wanna come do my last minute stuff for me go ahead”. I’m a wimp!

    So I ended up having a hard time getting my placenta to detatch, and then when I had my tear stitched up the freezing wouldn’t take, so they had to keep trying to do both of those things, and it wound up being almost midnight before the placenta was out, I was stitched up, I’d had some skin to skin and tried to nurse for the first time. My mom and sister apparently were asking for updates and to see if they could come in and were freaking out worried that something was wrong. I told the nurses they could confirm that he was born but no other details, I didn’t want anyone to know I”d hemmorhaged because at the time I was in shock. I started to shake, which made the placenta delivery and stitches take even longer, along with the no freezing and insane pain from that. Plus, we had wanted some time with our baby to do some bonding before being bombarded with people who wanted to hold him. My husband hadn’t even held him yet before my mom and sister finally came in for their ten minute visit before the nurses politely kicked them out.

    Next time I’ll be demanding no visitors in the hospital, it was stressful to be dealing with delivery knowing that people were waiting on me to deliver the baby, and I felt rushed in our first few moments as a family.

  • Kate June 22, 2012, 11:35 pm

    My memory is kinda spotty–I can remember lots of clients’ names, their family members names, id numbers etc. but sometimes I forget random words like “pepper” or my best friend’s mom’s name “Mary” or “Bob Evans” (which since I was dying to eat there I referred to as “that place with the porch”. I just draw a complete blank! Weird, huh? I think it’s related to stress….

  • k June 23, 2012, 12:41 am

    i’m horrible at remembering names! i think it’s because i’m always too busy scrutinizing the person and trying to take in as many details as possible about them while they introduce themselves that their name goes in one ear and out the other. vegan athlete here, too. ran a 32.5hr mountain race a few weeks ago. snow, rain, technical terrain, no sleep, 18 000ft of elevation gain. i don’t the idea that vegans are weaklings is an outdated one that not many people still believe. and to those who do believe it . . . i’ll just say pish tosh! let’s settle it by going for a long run, ha.

  • Emily June 23, 2012, 7:07 am

    I have been reading your blog for several months now but this is my first time commenting. I just wanted to say that was my submission to the “For Beginners Only” blog!! I was so surprised when she actually answered my question and am elated that you found it relevant enough to link to as well.
    Happy Saturday!

  • Dominique June 24, 2012, 8:11 pm

    I’m good at remembering names but Sean is horrible at names. I guess we like to balance each other out that way.

  • Sarah June 25, 2012, 9:48 am

    I love newborn pictures! So fun 🙂

    Also, my boyfriend and I were just talking on Friday night about not remembering peoples names when we meet them and we agreed that when we meet people it’s generally in a group setting. The persons name is said and then the conversation plugs right along. We do our best to keep up with meeting the person/the conversation and end up forgetting the persons name in the process. We’ve been saying for months that we’ll try to get better at it – no luck yet haha

  • Lauren T June 25, 2012, 10:21 am

    Adorable baby pictures! I have the hardest time with names too. When I meet someone and they introduce themselves I always seem to be thinking about what I’m supposed to be saying next and completely space out when they say their name ha! I don’t think I care less though, I just need to remind myself to focus on the name instead of what I’m saying next.

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 25, 2012, 9:29 pm

    I am HORRIBLE at remembering names. It’s bad. I honestly think I forget someone’s name immediately after meeting them about 95% of the time. Doesn’t help that I’m not neaaaarly smooth enough to ask them for their name again without sounding like an idiot. Woops.

  • Jamie June 27, 2012, 8:38 pm

    I just caught up on your blog! Congratulations on Henry’s birth!! He is truly beautiful! Did you ever figure out the diaper change issue? I always hate unsolicited advice but a wonderful nurse showed me how to change my baby boy’s diaper to avoid the leakage. Oddly enough you fold the diaper over the penis before fastening snugly on the sides. It keeps the urine from escaping. She saved me from lots of additional laundry. Hope all is well. Love your blog and have been reading it for a couple of years now. Congratulations again!

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