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A meal that wasn’t eaten on the couch or in front of the television.  Post-baby first.


The Husband picked up Thai food on his way home from work, so we had a delicious dinner that didn’t involve dirtying a single dish or putting in a ounce of effort in the kitchen.  Pretty perfect, if you ask me.


Plus, everyone was in the dining room – the Husband, my mom, and I at the table, Henry in a swing, and the dogs in their bed. 


My ying and yang. <3


We ordered three dishes and shared.  (Oh, and because I know someone will ask, I pumped, then drank a small glass of wine, and Henry had a bottle.  This was my first glass of wine in over nine long months, and it was fabuloooous.  A yummy pinot noir.)


Penang Curry <—a mild curry; a great ‘first’ curry if you’ve never tried curry before

Broccoli and Tofu

Cashew Tofu


I also had a summer roll, which is a steamed spring roll stuffed with crunchy vegetables.


Anyone else resort to takeout tonight?  Whatcha get? 



  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 21, 2012, 9:52 pm

    I got some froyo! That dinner looks delicious! I’m glad you got to sit down and enjoy it!

  • Sara June 21, 2012, 9:54 pm

    It was a veggie sushi night here! Used a Groupon. yay! My husband had a curry dish though … I don’t like curry.

  • Jess June 21, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Yeah, I resorted to Chinese food last night. Everyone is sick and no one wanted to cook. I got a honey chicken fried rice which is just as unhealthy as it sounds. Damn good, though!

  • presley @ run pretty June 21, 2012, 10:23 pm

    YUM! I’m actually really looking forward to some takeout post-baby… we never get anything to-go. (We actually rarely go out to eat period… thanks, budget!)

  • presley @ run pretty June 21, 2012, 10:24 pm

    I just annoyed myself by saying “actually” twice. haha I hate that.

    • Jen June 22, 2012, 12:18 am

      Haha…this made me laugh (sounds like me, actually)! 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP June 22, 2012, 9:27 am

        Me too, actually.

  • Kristin June 21, 2012, 10:30 pm

    Yes Mei Fun!!! Sooo good! I love curry dishes!

  • Janelle June 21, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Indian food for us tonight – but we went out for our 4th anniversary. 🙂

  • Laura June 21, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Ha, we went for Thai, too. Pad Thai with Tofu and Basil Spring Rolls. Yum 🙂

  • Ashley June 21, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Tum. I love summer rolls. I make then often. There not steamed tho, you just soak the rice sheets until soft, roll and enjoy.

  • ursula June 21, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Food looks yummy. I am moving to Charlotte NC in a few weeks would love to know some good places to eat.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 21, 2012, 10:57 pm

    I’ve been craving some thai takeout… this isn’t helping 😉

  • Penny June 21, 2012, 11:08 pm

    I see wiiiiiine! How delicious that must taste!

  • Ida June 21, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Thai is always a good call. I love the summer rolls too- you can easily make them at home. the rice paper is just soaked in warm water to make it soft- no steaming required.

  • Crystal June 21, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Have you tried the milk test strips? I used those and very rarely had to pump and dump. A ridiculously small amount of alcohol goes into your breast milk apparently.

    • Joyce June 22, 2012, 1:03 am

      Just so you know, there is no more any need to pump and dump. The dietitian i spoke to recently informed me that it takes 1-2 hours for alcohol to metabolize and leave the blood stream, which makes it safe for you to breast feed after that time has passed.

      • Allison June 22, 2012, 6:25 am

        I was about to say the same thing. Another rule of thumb, if you can’t feel it (meaning, no buzz), the baby can’t either. Cheers!

        • Coco June 22, 2012, 7:50 am

          I’ve never even had a baby and I heard this too. No need to explain your every move, Caitlin, or justify it–you are doing a great job! 🙂

          Although I see why you mentioned it because if you didn’t, inevitably some commenter would go “Is that wiiiine? Oh my Gahhh you terrible motherrrr” or something. Ugh.

          • Vicky June 22, 2012, 8:36 am

            People used to glare at me when I took a sip of wine or beer while pregnant… But my OB said it was fine. Everything with pregnancy and raising children is controversial, you have to trust your instincts and do what’s best for you and your family!

        • Rachel June 22, 2012, 8:51 am

          Agree! I’ve occasionally had a drink here or there and I’ve been told as well if you’re good enough to drive, you’re good enough to nurse.
          My lil’ one is almost ten months now. 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP June 22, 2012, 9:30 am

        Yeah – Pump and dump is unnecessary… what a relief!!! I would hate to throw out breastmilk. After a few hours, it is naturally removed from your breastmilk, just like it is from your blood.

        • Crystal June 22, 2012, 2:31 pm

          Yeah you only need to pump and dump if you miss a normal feeding. Someone once told me breastmilk is just like blood and no one ever got drunk drinking the blood of a drunk person. Weird quote, but it made me feel better.

  • emily June 21, 2012, 11:28 pm

    I probably should have done takeout… I ate mango slices and cookie dough for dinner!

    • Orla June 22, 2012, 8:03 am

      Emily -that sounds like my kind of dinner. 🙂

  • Bailey June 21, 2012, 11:46 pm

    could you maybe go into detail one day about pumping and stuff on a post on day? (if you haven’t already…) i’m due in less than a month and having a hard time figuring out exactly what i’m going to do. I don’t want there to be nipple confusion, but I’m also looking forward to my first glass or wine, or beer…. not only those things, but being able to have my husband experience feeding the baby sometimes as well. Right now I have a medela hand pump, and 3 medela bottles.. but I don’t know when I’ll actually use ’em!

    • Erica June 22, 2012, 6:36 am

      Our LC and a few of the books I read said wait to bottle feed the baby until 3 weeks, which is what we did. After that, we had my husband feed the baby every other day until he started day care (I’ve never given him a bottle). We started using a pacifier at 3-4 days old, though, and didn’t have any nipple confusion from that.

      • Vicky June 22, 2012, 8:31 am

        Oh my gosh! I wish I started A bottle at 3 weeks… My little one is just turning 5 months and won’t take a bottle! Luckily he likes to eat when I hold him in his ring sling that way I don’t flash too many people when we are out.

        On a side note…. My lactation consultant said if I drink I should feed him right before… And there’s no reason to “pump and dump” so by the time he is ready to eat, 2-4 hours later, the alcohol will already be out of my breast milk.

    • CaitlinHTP June 22, 2012, 9:35 am



      I hate to give ANY nursing advice because, damn, I’ve only been doing it for 10 days. LOL Also, everyone is so different and the thing that I’ve realized from talking to three lact consultants and reading all the comments is that there are SO many ways to skin this cat (gross expression, sorry). There are lots of theories on the ‘right’ way to do it, the right way to introduce the bottle, the right way to time feedings, whatever. But I think so much of it just depends on you and your baby. Bradley Method and La Leche League taught me to wait until 6 weeks to introduce a bottle; to be honest, if I could not skip one feeding and have the husband do it, I would go crazy at this rate. I’m feeding him every two hours! I need to sleep!

      My biggest piece of advice is to read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding AND schedule an appt with an in-house lactation consult while you are still in the hospital (schedule it for three to four days after birth so your milk will have come in).

      Everyone has their theories on the right or wrong way to do it but really, there is no wrong way to feed your baby as long as your baby is eating and thriving. I think we (in general) put way too much pressure on mothers, especially nursing mothers. Is it the *best* idea that I have introduced a bottle once every two days or so when Henry is so young? Meh. Only time will tell, but I don’t think he’s having an issue with it. Is it the best idea that I have to use a nipple shield? Probably not. But it’s working for us and that’s really all I can ask.

      • Caitlin June 22, 2012, 9:37 am

        Oh I would recommend buying a pump before delivery. I have the medela pump in style advanced. It’s worth the cash.

        • Bailey June 24, 2012, 3:43 pm

          thanks a lot for the advice! i’m off to look up that pump and book now! 🙂

      • Kelli June 22, 2012, 11:27 am

        I’d be really interested to hear more about what all you said. Why do you have to use a nipple shield? I’m guessing I know, but maybe not? I’ve been concerned that b/c I’m a member of the BTC I’ll have to use those at first until baby’s mouth gets big enough for my girls. Also, did you end up deciding to buy a used pump? I know you were considering it & I’d also like to hear more about what you decided. Thanks, & also, I think you are doing a great job! A glass of wine will hurt no one, but might help everyone at this point….wine is good! 🙂

        • Caitlin June 22, 2012, 12:39 pm

          I have to use a shield because I have flat nipples – hopefully I can move past it soon! I don’t think it’s directly related to the BTCness. I bought a used pump but it didn’t arrive fast enough so I bought a new one and am going to resell the used one.

          Thanks for the well wishes!

          • Simi June 22, 2012, 11:33 pm

            Hi Caitlin Congrats on your baby boy! I gave birth the day after you did! I’ve been following your blog all throughout my pregnancy because our due dates were a day apart. OMG You have no idea how happy I am to see that you have to use a nipple shield. I also have to use it as well because of my flat nipples. I thought I was the only weirdo and it was devastating the first few days. Everyone is so anti bottle, pacifier, whatever because of nipple confusion- again, I was heartbroken and depressed because I felt as if I wasn’t going to “bond” with my baby because of the shield (not exactly skin to skin), or that I introduced a bottle too early. I finally realized that everyone is different and I’m going to do what works best for me and my baby and make sure she gets enough to eat.
            After reading your post and comments about pumping, having a drink, then giving the baby a bottle, my mind is a little bit more at ease because I won’t need to pump and dump. I’m going to have a glass of wine tomorrow with my husband to celebrate our new life and baby. 🙂 Thanks again Caitlin and please, if you can make a post about breastfeeding, nipple shields, bottles, your take on formula, etc… that would be awesome! Breastfeeding is the hardest thing I’ve had to do with a baby. I had NO idea it would be this hard, or there would be so many issues. I’m sure others who are first time moms would love to know all the bumps that may appear down the road. I know I would loved to have known early on a bit more in depth about BF. Thanks again for this one!! Made me feel SO MUCH BETTER ABOUT MYSELF.

    • Ginna June 22, 2012, 3:53 pm

      I waited the recommended 6 weeks to introduce a bottle and only for the sole purpose of having a date night and for a bottle to soothe baby when she had her castings (my LO was born with club feet). My LO is 10 weeks old now and has maybe had a handful of bottles. If you are going to be a SAHM there is really no need to pump often. There are other ways for your hubby to bond with baby. I find pumping to be a PITA along with cleaning bottles. It’s so much easier just to feeid directly from the breastf. I you pump and give a bottle you still need to pump at that feeding to regulate your supply, vicious circle. And pumping a bunch can bring on more supply! But like Caitlin said I highly recommend the Womanky Art of breastfeeding and reading it before you deliver!

  • Kyla June 21, 2012, 11:55 pm

    I work at a sushi restaurant so i had two pieces of a veggie roll,2 pieces of yellowtail sashimi, a piece of tuna sashimi, and two pieces of salmon roll. Mmmmm!

  • Reenie June 22, 2012, 12:03 am

    That food looks good. Love the pic of the pups. And….if you wanna drink wine ~ ~ then you go girl ~ you certainly don’t have to explain yourself to anyone!! jmo =)

  • Casey June 22, 2012, 12:09 am

    Aw this looks lovely Caitlin :). Glad you got to have a nice relaxing night! And hell yeah on the wine. Of course you’re not going to drink while preg or right before you pump, etc, so I’m sure it’s really nice to be able to enjoy a glass with dinner after a long time! I think there are a lot of things you probably give up while pregnant and while obviously worth it, Im sure it’s nice to just relax and enjoy a nice meal with your family and settle down a bit after such a big event in your life!

    • Casey June 22, 2012, 12:11 am

      K. That’s super random that my work address randomly got into the middle of my comment! Sorry bout that.

      • CaitlinHTP June 22, 2012, 9:36 am

        I removed it just for privacy’s sake!

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 22, 2012, 12:21 am

    looks delicious! that cashew tofu — yum!

  • Jen June 22, 2012, 12:24 am

    LOL…when I first read this, it sounded to me like Henry had a bottle of wine! (Yes…it’s been a LONG day.) Obviously, I know that you would not feed your infant son wine, but it still made me chuckle! 🙂

  • Sarah June 22, 2012, 1:03 am

    Good on you treating yourself to a glass of pinot (I’m very partial to a kiwi pinot noir myself!).

    And I am sooooo pleased you are so rational about all this – pumping and giving him a bottle etc. Pumping really was my saviour with my first baby. Pumping and letting my hubby give the bottle. ESPECIALLY that first wake-up around 11pm ish… I always found that one the hardest.

    You are a breath of fresh air when it comes to blogs about babies!!! Looks to me like you are rocking motherhood so far!! 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 22, 2012, 1:04 am

    post pregnancy wine = sheer bliss!!!

  • Natalie June 22, 2012, 1:45 am

    I spent my entire painful run tonight thinking “I want to eat ANYTHING that I don’t have to cook!” So, I am a bit jealous, but I have to admit that between blogging, baby-having, and ALL THE OTHER CRAZY THINGS YOU DO EVERY DAY, you totally deserved it more.

    You need a shirt that just says “Team Captain”, and the team is “Awesome”.

    Your dinner makes me hungreeeeeeee! 🙂

  • kristin @ wounded fawn June 22, 2012, 7:08 am

    It was a take out night for me too! It is so hot and pollution-y in philadelphia right now so after a long day of work for me and a long day of work for my boyfriend followed by a series of unfortunate events we went to a new place called Hip City Veg. It’s all vegetarian take out. All of their packaging is plant based and compostable too! So, yay! I got a a cripsy hip city ranch sandwich, which is like a fried tofu/quorn breaded cutlet topped with buttermilk ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato lettuce and pickle. Yum!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 22, 2012, 8:09 am

    I was so tempted to get takeout after working until 8 last night, but I resisted and just ate leftovers instead. 😛

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) June 22, 2012, 8:31 am

    I never realized how few and far between sit down dinners are at home once a newborn comes along! Brandon and I are usually tag teaming dinner while the other is holding a screaming baby, lol. Glad you had a nice meal! I think take out is in order for our house tonight. 🙂

  • cailin June 22, 2012, 8:53 am

    I don’t usually have time to comment, but I am just loving your post birth updates/posts. I remember that time fondly with my two girls- when nothing in the outside world mattered for awhile- and I just enjoyed being at home with the babies (and now looking forward to the birth of the next one this Fall).

    I wouldn’t judge the wine situation. In fact, I found a glass of wine in the evening or a beer really helped with the milk let down. I usually had my glass just as I finished nursing in the evening. It was a nice way to relax a little!

    This is such an exciting time for you!

    • Caitlin June 22, 2012, 9:39 am

      Nice 🙂 Good to know!


  • Kelly June 22, 2012, 8:53 am

    YAY! I am glad you got to sit down for a real meal. That has to make a huge difference in making you feel like some normalcy is returning.

  • Joanne June 22, 2012, 9:00 am

    Delicious and everyone was there. 🙂

    So interesting all that you have to think about when you have a baby – even down to making sure you pump before you drink. I never knew – good thing I’ll never be a mom (or … bad thing but we make our choices right? 🙁 )

  • whitney June 22, 2012, 9:07 am

    Congrats on that glass of wine. I bet it was the best wine you have ever tasted 😉

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama June 22, 2012, 9:10 am

    You don’t need to explain your having a glass of wine. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Anne Weber-Falk June 22, 2012, 9:27 am

    I would have liked your take out. I’ve never had thai. We had breakfast for dinner. French toast, fruit salad, bacon. By the way, time to change your profile. You need to add Henry!

  • Laura June 22, 2012, 9:34 am

    We have the exact same dog bed from Costco!!

  • Nicole June 22, 2012, 10:09 am

    Love that Maggie sleeps in the middle and James has to sleep around her. LOL.

  • MelanieF June 22, 2012, 11:04 am

    I love that you still include your dogs in your posts and that they are still an important part of your life even if you just had a baby, which changes your whole entire life. I’ve seen too many people who stopped taking care of their pets when kids come around.

    Glad you could have a sit down meal!

  • Amber K June 22, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Thanks for the curry recommendation! Aubrey’s been talking about wanting to try curry, but there are so many different kinds that we keep putting it off.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 23, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Takeout is not something I do often, but sometimes, it just needs to happen 😉

  • jessika June 23, 2012, 3:44 pm

    don’t worry about the wine. when i went to the breastfeeding class at the hospital, the LC said, “if you’re buzzed, the baby is buzzed.”
    so i have my beer and wine, but in small amounts. i usually split a beer with my husband.
    and i don’t do this in public because you just know someone will come up and rip me a new one.

  • Sarah June 23, 2012, 7:59 pm

    that maggie and james pic is so cute!!

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