Outside While It Lasts

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Excuse me while I dust my shoulders off.  I walked for 25 minutes this morning.  TWENTY FIVE MINUTES.  That’s a long time for this fifteen-days-post-partum lady.  It made me feel quite accomplished – maybe I can work up to 30 minutes soon.


Another accomplishment?  I showered, cleaned the kitchen, and made dinner.  I positively felt like a Mommy Superhero afterwards.




A yummy mix of:


Red kidney beans

Corn salsa (from Trader Joe’s)

Brussel sprouts

Snow peas

Sunflower seeds


And wine.  Just a splash.  That’s all I need to feel like a Mommy Superhero these days. Winking smile


It was Robert Mondavi Cab Sav.  We actually visited the Robert Mondavi winery in Napa on our honeymoon – it’s a glorious winery.


My drinkin’ buddy came over, too.  Nicole is an excellent baby whisperer.


Just look at this happy face.  I’m pretty sure she was covered in drool by the time she left.


The four of us – Nicole, Henry, the Husband, and I – enjoyed dinner and drinks out on the deck.  I think everyone in the South is probably trying to soak up this last bit of decent weather; all the news reports are abuzz with the impending heat wave. 


Perhaps my 30 minute walk will have to wait a week… or two.  I may melt otherwise!



  • Amy Q June 27, 2012, 9:42 pm

    1) I recall those days THIRTEEN YEARS ago– thinking that all I could accomplish in a day was taking care of myself and the baby and the laundry- and feeling very accomplished from it all! (All?) Hats off to you, Super Mom!
    2) The pictures of that baby are beyond cute. Like 10 steps. Or 40.

  • Faith June 27, 2012, 9:44 pm

    You are doing so wonderful, Super Mom! 🙂

  • @hilaryfleming June 27, 2012, 9:52 pm

    You’re doing great! You forgot to mention that in addition to cleaning, dinner, etc that you blogged… I think you’re pretty amazing for 15 days post delivery. I think at 15 days I was still sitting in a heap of milk and baby drool watching food network. Keep celebrating the little things 😉

    • Simi June 28, 2012, 12:22 pm

      LOL I’m 13 days and that’s exactly what I’m doing… watching the food network

  • Liz June 27, 2012, 9:57 pm

    Way to go, Caitlin. High five 😉 I often don’t get that much done for just myself! The pictures of Henry with Nicole are just precious – too cute for words.

  • Ingunn June 27, 2012, 10:12 pm

    Go, superhero, go!

    Heatwave schmeatwave – here in Seattle it’s been raining almost every single day this June!

  • Army Amy* June 27, 2012, 10:16 pm

    That weather is yucky! I’m in Texas, so I know all too well how summer is too hot to enjoy. Stay cool in the a/c!*

  • Carin June 27, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Nice work, Supermum !
    Enjoy the weather… it’s a puny 57° here in Auckland today – not complaining though, it’s the depths of winter and as you’ll remember, MUCH warmer than mid-winter in the UK!
    Henry looks so cuddly and sweet x

  • Lo June 27, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Just curious if the days leading up to Henry’s birth, the day of, and while pushing you had any strong feelings toward the gender of your baby? Did you have a feeling he was a he, or was it a complete surprise?

    • CaitlinHTP June 28, 2012, 10:03 am

      It was a total surprise – I’m going to do a post on this topic next week!

  • Janae @ Bring-Joy June 27, 2012, 11:42 pm

    Your dinner looks exactly like my kind of thing!

    So curious, maybe you addressed this before in a previous post, are you bottle or breastfeeding?

    • CaitlinHTP June 28, 2012, 10:03 am

      Breast and pumped bottle feeding.

  • Anne June 28, 2012, 12:02 am

    Good for you getting back to it so soon! My daughter will turn 2 in August and I’m planning to get back to exercising again soon. I was exercising throughout the smooth pregnancy, until 30 weeks when pre-term labor started!

    Your Operation Beautiful book intrigues me. It is a message desperately needed in our culture, which you found out with the post-it note movement! I wrote a blog post a while ago that quickly became one of our most popular posts:

    Beauty, Body Image and Anorexia

    I think your book will be a tremendous success! 🙂

  • Amanda June 28, 2012, 12:39 am

    You look terrific Caitlin! What a great day. 🙂

    Henry is so adorable. I can just smell his new baby smell through my computer screen.

  • Sana June 28, 2012, 1:03 am

    Nicole looks soo good hold a baby 😉
    Walking is awesome, just not in the heat!

  • Nicole June 28, 2012, 1:39 am

    Considering you have T-4 months before we are running 13.2 miles, I suggest you suck it up and walk 30 minutes in the heat!

  • Jenn June 28, 2012, 3:03 am

    Hi Aw,
    This has already been covered in another post I think, but you can actually safely drink in small amounts and breastfeed.
    You can read more here: http://www.llli.org/faq/alcohol.html

    • Jenn June 28, 2012, 3:06 am

      Ok now it looks like I just replied to no-one!! I swear there was a post telling Caitlin off for drinking and breastfeeding – The comment must have been deleted! Anyway, glad to see you’ve had a good day 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP June 28, 2012, 10:04 am

        Thanks for the link – there are a lot of misconceptions about drinking small amounts and breastfeeding.

  • Lesley June 28, 2012, 5:48 am

    That’s great to hear you had an accomplished day. 25 minutes is something to be proud of! Go new mommy!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 28, 2012, 6:04 am

    We’re even getting a heat wave here in Chicago! High of 98 today!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 28, 2012, 6:09 am

    Wow you had such a productive day! That glass of wine was much deserved. 😉 I love the Robert Mondavi cab too!

  • Lindsay June 28, 2012, 7:37 am

    We just had a heat wave up here in VT 90’s and 70%+ humidity. Luckily it has cooled back down because that was too much for this pregnant lady.

  • Katie H. June 28, 2012, 8:06 am

    Nice job on getting back to fitness so quickly! I am not a mom yet, but am feeling inspired by how well you’re handling it… Maybe I will be able to do it someday 🙂

  • Joy @ The Joy Vey June 28, 2012, 8:20 am

    Congrats on a productive day! That dinner look deeelicious.

  • Lee June 28, 2012, 8:21 am

    106? I am afraid to look at my phone at the weather for the week here in Atlanta now.

    • Lee June 28, 2012, 8:23 am

      I just looked. We get the 106 on Saturday. Ugh!! Stay cool.

  • Amanda June 28, 2012, 8:55 am

    I’m so over this heat, I left FL thinking to get away from it but it seems to follow me! We are now considering Washington and Alaska as possible homes lol

  • Devon | the food bitch blog June 28, 2012, 9:14 am

    Mondavi Cab Sav is one of my all-time FAVORITES 🙂 Loved visting there a few years ago.

  • Cassidy June 28, 2012, 9:17 am

    Great job, Caitlin. I’m four months postpartum, and I know how hard it is to get back to “normal”. It feels great when you start to feel like your old self. Seems like you’re well on your way! And, you so deserved that glass of wine. Of course there will be haters, but it is obvious that you love your son, and that you always take the right precautions when drinking and feeding Henry. It is always important to take care of yourself, as well as your baby- it makes you a better Mama!

  • Michelle June 28, 2012, 9:48 am

    I was almost expecting to see a photo of you in a dress, standing in the kitchen, a la Donna Reed as I scrolled down…Good for you on the walk! I’m sure you’ll be able to get a little bit more walking in during the heat wave, even if it’s just taking the pups out. Every step counts!

    • CaitlinHTP June 28, 2012, 10:05 am

      Hahah i am being influenced by Betty Draper on Mad Men. I should’ve put on a dress.

  • Katrina June 28, 2012, 9:50 am

    You look happy. Whether it’s the wine, the walking, the gorgeous baby, the support of others, the feeling of accomplishment, good food, or just because you’ve kept all your shi* together (dog’s , baby’s, etc…), it doesn’t matter. You look happy and that’s absolutely wonderful. Have a great day!

    And here in Alabama, we get to look forward to 106-108. I hope my AC survives. Otherwise, I’ll have to go the mall and “people watch”.

  • Maeby June 28, 2012, 10:27 am

    Cabernet Sauvignon is spelled with a “u,” so if you want to “abbreviate it,” it should be “Cab Sauv.”

  • Kelly meatlesswithaman.blogspot.com June 28, 2012, 10:27 am

    You are awesome!

  • Janelle June 28, 2012, 10:42 am

    Nicole seems like such a wonderful friend to have around. 🙂

  • Amanda K. June 28, 2012, 11:44 am

    you ARE a Mommy Superhero! Way to go!!
    I didn’t cook anything for more than a month: http://www.thekriegers.org/post/10689527575/refuel

  • Kelli June 28, 2012, 11:55 am

    I’m so impressed! You got a lot done today! You should feel very proud & accomplished. I hope to be able to do 1/2 as much when I’m 15 days out here in just a few months.
    It has been so great to follow along with how everything is going for you since I’ll be there in just a few short weeks. My first shower is this weekend & I know it is going to help propel me into nesting mode.
    Reading your honest take on everything so far has really helped me feel more sane at times when I have wondered what is really normal. Thanks so much, Caitlin.

  • Amber K June 28, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Geez, women will always be judgmental of other women apparently. I for one (and I know I’m not alone) am glad you are giving yourself credit for the things you’re getting done. And you obviously do things after researching and looking into them. I could understand it if you just did whatever you wanted with no prove as to its safety. But you’re not doing that!

  • Alyse June 28, 2012, 1:44 pm

    How do you get Henry in that thing? Do you lay him in it and then lay over top of him and strap yourself to him? Or do you strap it to you and then “drop” him in? Maybe you need help or can you do it by yourself? Maybe Maggie helps? The baby-less people don’t understand… Okay, maybe just me.

    • Caitlin June 28, 2012, 1:45 pm

      Haha you put it in and then drop it down from the top. I mean… Maggie helps!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 28, 2012, 1:50 pm

    Bahhhhh Henry looks so tiny in Nicole’s arms!!!! So cute. I can’t stand it.
    Totally unrelated, I love how you often put your food into little sections in a bowl before mixing it all up (like you did with that quinoa up there, & how you do with your oats + yogurt breakfasts). Somehow it looks yummier/more fun to eat that way 🙂

  • maribeth June 28, 2012, 2:56 pm

    i LOVE my vitamix. it was worth every single penny- i also use mine almost everyday. my bf wonders if i love it more than him 🙂

  • Lisa June 28, 2012, 3:18 pm

    I bet it felt FANTASTIC to get outside and walk!!

  • Michelle McIsaac June 29, 2012, 8:50 am

    I have to say, your Henry may be the cutest little man of all time!!! Look at those chubby baby cheeks!!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 30, 2012, 10:36 am

    Oh man, we’re expecting the same type of heat wave! I’m planning on reading in the sunshine and drinking lots and lots of iced coffee 😉

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