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I’ve got two {little} goals for the day:  one personal and one Henry-related.  Little goals are all you can accomplish when you’re in charge of a three-week old!


My personal goal is DRINK WATER.  I am normally pretty good about hydrating – thanks to my Florida roots – but I’ve totally fallen off the water wagon. This is really not the time to be skimping on my water intake.  


My Henry goal is to figure out his natural schedule; I’ve been tracking it for a few days.  I’m not keen on doing a parent-driven schedule or a baby-driven schedule but a combination of the two (i.e. I’ll be able to say, “Okay, it’s naptime because I said so,” as well as “You seem hungry even though it’s not ‘time’ to eat; let’s eat!”).  I figure the first step is identifying what he does naturally.  We’ve been in survival mode, just responding to his needs, and I haven’t paid a ton of attention to when he naps or for how long.


All I know so far for sure is that he sleeps most of the morning and is up all afternoon.  Better finish this post very soon! Winking smile


Other Henry-related news:


I broke down and moved the glider from the nursery to the downstairs living room.  I had been nursing him on the couch at night, and yesterday, I found out that I had FOUR bones out of my place in my neck (my father-in-law is a chiropractor).  Um – that (plus the lack of water) probably explains my killer headache for the last two days. 


The glider doesn’t go with the décor but anything is better than neck pain!


I also made a diaper change basket so we don’t have to trudge all the way upstairs for dirty diapers.  We had been keeping diaper supplies in a plastic bag under the couch, but this is a little nicer.


Thanks to my Henry-tracking, I know that he usually takes a long nap mid-morning.  That meant I had time to make this delicious lunch.


Yum.  Pumped-up Mac ‘N Cheese.


I took half a box of macaroni and cheese and added in stir-fried veggies and white kidney beans.  It was really tasty and hearty.  Mac and cheese is one of those meals that I think are so tasty but don’t ever satisfy my hunger.  This did the trick!


The veggie mix was a pre-chopped kind from Trader Joe’s:


Like I said… Yum.


What’s your {little or big} goal for the day?



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 3, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Getting through my late workday (11-7) to get to the day off tomorrow! 🙂

  • Katie Heddleston July 3, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Don’t be surprised when Henry decides to change his natural schedule! I think Xander has gone through 5 different natural bedtimes now… whew!

    Sorry to hear about your neck — golly!

  • Sara July 3, 2012, 1:04 pm

    On my lunch break, I need to run to Trader Joe’s for a few things, Tom Leonard’s (a local fresh foods store) and the bank. In an hour. Ready, set, go! (And I love mac and cheese. It’s actually part of our dinner tonight. My husband loves baked beans + mac and cheese. I just eat my beans on the side, but it’s still good!)

  • Liz @ An Interesting Year July 3, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Mmmm…now I want mac and cheese. And that chopped veggie mix is SO GOOD, I buy it all the time. My personal goal for the day is to NOT drink any diet soda. So far, so good…

  • Jessica July 3, 2012, 1:09 pm

    My goal today is figuring out how to workout when it’s 100+ degrees outside!

    Good luck with trying to figure out a schedule for Henry – I do data analysis as a living, and so for fun I tracked every time my baby ate and slept for the first four months (completely baby-led, I never tried to impose any sort of schedule on her at that age, as her pediatrician recommended not to). And after running the data through some various tests, she didn’t settle into a truly predicable routine until she was almost three months old! (And that was just with eating, naps can still be all over the place at 6 months). So you might find it to be a little difficult to really predict things as they change so frequently with growth spurts, etc. in the “fourth trimester.”

    And good for you for moving the glider downstairs – the biggest piece of advice I give to new moms is to have your most comfortable place to nurse where you will want to hang out all day, otherwise you’ll end up feeling really isolated, or with a neckache!

    • Caitlin July 3, 2012, 7:41 pm

      Haha I think this comment about data analysis for babies is so cute.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 3, 2012, 1:12 pm

    Hehe that is some much more healthy looking mac and cheese than the kind I used to eat when I was a kid! Hopefully you’ll have a headache free week now that you’ve pinned down the two suspects. I’m also working on drinking as much water as I can. Initially I thought it’d make me feel super bloated but to be honest, it feels amazing! I seem to have more energy and my skin is improving a lot too. Have a great afternoon Caitlin! 🙂

  • Sarah F. July 3, 2012, 1:17 pm

    That mac and cheese looks delicious! I’m at home this week and that is inspiring me to maybe have some while I can enjoy it fresh (and not microwaved the next day).

    My little goal for the day is to eat more fresh produce- as the weekend was a bit of a carb-load fest. Delicious but now my body is craving something a little lighter.

    My big goal for the day/week is to study for my exam on Friday so I pass it!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 3, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Definitely to drink more water! With this heat, I feel like all the moisture from my body has been sucked out! I know with you nursing, it must be even worse!

  • Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles July 3, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Clean my house…..I’ve been putting it off, but today’s the day….I really can’t wait any longer 🙂

  • Leanna July 3, 2012, 1:24 pm

    Little goals are what get me through my days! If I look at the entire day at once it’s pretty overwhelming…small ones will get the job done 🙂

  • Hallie@ChasingHallie July 3, 2012, 1:28 pm

    My goal is to make dinner early tonight! We have gotten in the habit of eating after M goes down so we don’t eat til late! But tonight we are having family dinner at the table–turkey meatloaf.

    Ouch on the neck! My hubs is a chiropractor so he keeps me in alignment. : )

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 3, 2012, 1:29 pm

    My mini goal for the day is to get a good night’s rest tonight! I’ve been so exhausted and I can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow.

  • Katie July 3, 2012, 1:38 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Two questions: Actually, the first is more of a request (plea? request sounds bossy..) for a post at some point in the next month or so about baby items you are using. Similar to the one about items you bought used vs. new. As a soon to be mom, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on things like swings, strollers, bassinets, etc.

    Second question – are you using a boppy or breast friend pillow to nurse?

    Thanks so much and keep up all your wonderful positive energy – I am loving your posts!!

    • Caitlin July 3, 2012, 7:43 pm

      1) I will definitely do a post about baby items (sometime next week) but to be honest, we are not using a lot! My $5 bouncer has come in handy though.

      2) I have a breast friend pillow but never use it. I use a regular pillow instead.

      Thanks 🙂

  • K @ Finding a skinnier me July 3, 2012, 1:38 pm

    My little goals are to make it through work and make it to class without falling asleep between the two lol and hydrate!

    I feel you about the neck pain, I need to visit a chiropractor or massage therapist soon!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits July 3, 2012, 1:43 pm

    My goal is to finally figure out instagram! I’m a bit behind…
    Your water goal is one I need to do too. Have a fun afternoon playing with Henry!

  • corrie anne July 3, 2012, 1:46 pm

    Whoa! That mac ‘n’ cheese looks so awesome. I love prechopped veggies. And pineapple. Can’t help it!! Lol.

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because July 3, 2012, 1:48 pm

    This may sound strange, but your diaper change basket is adorable!

    Regarding water: I wrap 8 rubber bands around my water bottle. Each time I finish, a rubber band comes off. This way I know that I’ve gotten all my water in! It’s important to stay hydrated in these crazy temps 🙂

  • Army Amy* July 3, 2012, 1:54 pm

    The lunch looks really good! Good luck with your Henry tracking. My goal for today: don’t let stress get the best of me. I’ve been doing positive activities (laundry, vaccuuming, push-ups, sit-ups) to soak up my energy and take my focus off my current stressors.*

  • Amber K July 3, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Ouch, that sucks about your neck. But hopefully the headaches have gone away now that you moved the glider!

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life July 3, 2012, 2:00 pm

    My goal is to enjoy my ME time today when the baby is napping. I need to make sure to rest a little bit because I’ve become obsessed with getting things done and I’m getting tired and cranky. Oh and just wanted to say that it’s totally normal to be in survival mode for a while. That schedule (or lets say, pattern), changes so much!

  • Jen July 3, 2012, 2:11 pm

    My goal is to chop up and roast lots of veggies to store for me and the husband for the week, and chop & puree for the baby!

    You should use the “baby connect” app to track H’s natural sleep and feed schedule! It is a really cool app–you can see graphs and everything, and can set it up on multiple mobile devices (we have it on my iphone, my husband’s android, and our ipad, so we can all input and track things). Even though Maya is 9 months old now, we still use it to track her feedings, since she is trying new solid foods every few days–that we if she has a reaction we can look back and try to see what caused it.


    • Amy July 4, 2012, 9:40 am

      Love the baby connect app! I second this recommendation. My babe is 12 weeks and we use it all the time.

  • Claire Zulkey July 3, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Curious minds want to know: What goes in a diaper-changing basekt?

    • Caitlin July 3, 2012, 7:44 pm

      Extra onesies and pajamas
      Diaper rash cream
      Extra towel (we change him on a towel)
      Extra burp cloths

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 3, 2012, 2:30 pm

    oh that mac n cheese looks delicious, and great idea with the diaper basket! My goal today has been accomplished: go on my blind lunch date and not have an anxiety attack. haha check!

    • Caitlin July 3, 2012, 7:44 pm

      Oooo la la

  • Michelle @ July 3, 2012, 2:48 pm

    The prechopped veggies from TJ’s are awesome, aren’t they. So easy!

    I got a food processor yesterday. My goal today is to learn how to use this crazy thing! 🙂

  • Angie All The Way July 3, 2012, 3:10 pm

    We kept our pack & play (with bassinet/change table) in our living room for a long while after Cameron was born and it was very practical for our purposes even though it felt like a big eye sore. But when you’re in survival mode it mattered none and it’s not forever. After he was too heavy for the bassinet/change table, we took it out – soon to be replaced with toys and related baby entertainment. We then started using a storage bench/ottoman to keep diaper supplies in the living room and it still works out great. Ideally it would have been great to have TWO gliders – one for downstairs and one for upstairs. Next time around, I think we’ll get a second one!

  • Allison@commitcomplete July 3, 2012, 3:31 pm

    My goal is to catch up on emails and return phone calls. It is so cute how Henry sleeps with his arms up.

  • laine July 3, 2012, 3:49 pm

    So cute. I once tried to track my sleeping schedule when I had insomnia, no 2 nights were the same!

    My goal for today: run 1.9 miles without melting or hyperventilating.

  • Kelly July 3, 2012, 4:14 pm

    So here is my weird mac and cheese confession. I really don’t like homemade mac and cheese or like it from resturaunts. But I LOVE the fake powdered cheese in the blue box. Grin. Oops.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks July 3, 2012, 4:17 pm

    Those are great goals! And I love the idea of having that diaper box around.

    Small goal is to make it through the day & teaching BodyPump tonight. SO tired right now!!

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras July 3, 2012, 5:05 pm

    I didn’t even know bones could just get out of place like that. That terrifies me. I really don’t understand science.

  • Lisa July 3, 2012, 5:17 pm

    My goal was to limit my sugar intake. I’ve done ok but not great so far!

  • brooke @ sweats & sweets July 3, 2012, 6:05 pm

    My goal was to come home and actually do my workout. And I did. Wahoo!

  • Katie H. July 3, 2012, 6:28 pm

    My goal for today was healthy snacking. I’ve been having too much fro-yo, Goldfish crackers, etc. in the past few weeks, blaming the heat for my cravings.

    I did pretty well! Had Greek yogurt, cherry tomatoes, and whole-wheat crackers instead.

  • Rachel July 3, 2012, 6:33 pm

    my 2 goals for the day: get to the gym and pick up my shoes for the shoe repair guy. two seemingly little goals for the day, yet they feel pretty big when i’ve got 2 small kiddos in tow! i got my workout in so i’m half way there 🙂

  • jessie July 3, 2012, 6:48 pm

    Mmm.. that macaroni and cheese looks so good!! My little goal for today is to finally mop my floor. I swear, I can mop it and a few days later it’ll be back to how it looked in the first place. Drives me nuts!!

    **Also, I just started my own blog today. Check it out 🙂

  • Leah July 3, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I used the babybix app on my phone – they also have an online component. It was awesome and I could track everything to the minute…which as a total Type A, I loved!! However, when she started battling the “45 minute intruder” for naps I would literally sit there and watch the little timer to see if she would push through or not that day! 🙂 Good luck…I had a lot of fun trying to figure out her schedule and I did the same thing with her schedule – followed her, but also tried to help her establish a routine!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 3, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Considering that it’s 10:30 pm, I think my goals for the day is: have a snack, read for while and get some sleep!

    Reading about Henry is helping me get my baby fix – I used to work in a daycare/group home for teenage mothers and I miss being around babies so much! Yours is certainly a cutie 🙂

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 3, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Drinking more water is actually one of my biggest goals! As we speak, I’m sipping away 🙂

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 4, 2012, 6:09 am

    My goal for today was to get up at 5am to workout. It didn’t happen sadly. I will….one day though.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) July 4, 2012, 6:50 am

    I’m a first time mom with an 8 week old and setting little goals are the only way I can get through my day without feeling like I have accomplished nothing!! My goals = nap at least once today. This is hard because I feel like when my baby is sleeping I should be taking advantage and getting house stuff/chores done. But I always end up overtired and frustrated. Not good for me, Brandon or our baby.

  • veronica July 4, 2012, 9:48 am

    With my first, I had a little spiral notebook that I tracked his schedule in. He had bad reflux, so I had to note when I fed him, how much (in minutes, not ounces since I was breastfeeding!), how long he slept, what I ate (to see if there was a reaction in him) and stuff like that.

    Aside from a few times skipping entries, I did that for 3 whole months. Thankfully, Christian’s reflux cleared up around the 3 month mark (typical) but now I have an awesome log of those first months! I plan to put it in his baby book so he can see what I went through for him!

    I should note that his dad was at sea from the time Christian was 2 weeks to 12 weeks. I was all alone for the hardest part!

    I go back and read it and I’m freaking AMAZED I survived. Up every 2 hours? Feeding every hour? And then those looooong stretches when he refused to sleep. It wasn’t my imagination, it’s in black and white! But on the other hand, I also have proof that I actually DID sleep even though it felt like I never did. 🙂

    You’re smart to be gently guiding him into a schedule, but also letting him tell you what he needs. He’s growing and changing so much that it would be impossible to follow a strict schedule right now. It would only drive YOU guys crazy, and hurt him in the long run.

    p.s. With I had my second baby, I totally did NOT track him. I was just trying to keep my schmidt together with 2 kids. hehe.

  • Karen July 4, 2012, 11:40 am

    Yea! for the diaper supply basket. We did that too, as our nursury was upstairs. I never worried about having a changing table in the nursery for that reason also.

    I felt like there was no schedule fir the first few months. But by the time we got to maybe 4 mos, day time nap times were more reliable and I could have a schedule. But it wasn’t until 6 mos that we established an actual bedtime. And as someone said above, babies this young change their habits frequently. But it still gets easier!

    Just keep in mind, babies are smart critters. When they’re this little, you have to just respond tovtheir needs. But by about 6 mos, they will

  • Karen July 4, 2012, 11:41 am


    By about 6 mos or so, they understand thstcthey cry, you respond, and they do start to “manipulate.” Not that they’re twisting evil mustaches, or anything. Haha

  • Victoria July 4, 2012, 7:46 pm

    if you are thinking about scheduling and aren’t especially parent or child driven you might enjoy Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by marc weisbluth. I have found the book to be excellent for early on feeding schedule and sleep schedules too. Plus unlike some other books it does not drop you off after 3 mos, rather it sees you all the way through the adolescent yrs. And – bonus- it doesn’t tell you to “cry it out” and doesn’t tell you to “attachment parent” either. It simply tells you what will likely work best and how to do it regardless of your style. Handy indeed! Good luck!

  • Victoria July 4, 2012, 7:48 pm

    oh and as a bonus – these early weeks you can likely “go with you and Henry’s flow” sleep and eating wise since many babies don’t fall into a rountine for a while longer. Once you get into the routine you desire, it will be a curse at times too b/c then you feel “tied down!”. sigh

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 4, 2012, 8:05 pm

    Adding beans to mac & cheese = you are genius. I always add veggies like broccoli or spinach, but never thought to add beans. I will DEFINITELY be doing that next time. Thanks for the idea!

  • Katie July 5, 2012, 9:43 am

    What helped us settle into a combo baby led/parent led routine was babywise. We always fed Liv when she was hungry but made sure she always got a full feeding by trying to keep her awake and eating for 15 or so minutes each side. That definitely helped her even out/space out her eating times and started allowing her to eat every 2.5-3 hours after the first 2-3 weeks. Then it was eat/awake/sleep routine which helped her sleep 8 plus hours straight at night starting at 9 weeks. Its funny because eating is the only thing that she does predictably at all. Her napping changes because once she gets settled she decides to drop a nap or sleep 10 hours at night which shifts her daytime napping. Always keeping us on our toes. I think that is why they are so good for us 🙂

  • Jen July 5, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Don’t get too worried about finding his schedule. Focus more on routine and less on schedule.

  • Lisa July 13, 2012, 12:51 am

    Is that Mac ‘n cheese recipe posted anywhere? It looks amazing!

    • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 10:02 am

      Its just a box mix with veggies and beans or eggs mixed in.

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