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This pretty much sums up my day so far:


I could not, for the life of me, remember if I had fed the dogs approximately ten minutes before this photograph was taken.  I poured the dry food and suddenly had a sneaking suspicion that I had already done it… except I really couldn’t be sure.  Maggie looked hungry, but Maggie is always hungry.  I ended up smelling James’ muzzle and decided that they had just eaten. 


And then I drank a huge coffee.


As predicted, Henry gave me a run for my money last night.  He is normally pretty good at night but was up every hour and a half to eat and then stayed up at one point for an hour straight, just fussin’ for no apparent reason.  And then this morning, he decided that he didn’t want to put down… at all.  The only way he wouldn’t cry was if I was carrying him, which made doing anything else – like, um, putting in my contacts, brushing my teeth, or making breakfast – very difficult.  These mornings always occur when the Husband leaves early for work!


Striped baby pajamas KILL me.


Eventually, I decided to read Henry a book that my friend Cindi gave me. 


Okay, it’s not exactly a child-friendly title, but Henry doesn’t know the difference. 


Some highlights:





More porn for moms, courtesy of Pregnant Chicken <— featuring Ryan Gosling.


By the time we were done, Henry was finally down for a nap…  Sleepin’ like a baby.


Which allowed me to eat breakfast… at 10:00.  Food never tasted so good.


This has become my go-to breakfast because it’s so easy to prepare and I can eat it while nursing/standing up.  PB toast and a piece of fruit.


Lunch involved leftovers from dinner, which have become part of my go-to lunch.  Lunch also regularly includes a grilled cheese sandwich because… well, damn, those things are TASTY.


And now… I’m left wondering whether I actually washed my hair this morning or I just stood under the stream and forget to lather up.  Hmm…



  • Marissa C July 11, 2012, 1:09 pm

    Don’t worry! You WILL be able to get dressed in under 2 hours someday. I had serious doubts for awhile!

  • Chelsea July 11, 2012, 1:12 pm

    Oh man grilled cheese sounds GOOODDD right now.

  • Amanda July 11, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Haha I had to move my toothbrush to the downstairs bathroom otherwise I didn’t have time to do it between my two girls (or I’d just forget in general until I had sweaters on my teeth, gross I know, such is the life of a new Mom). I cannot wait until they’re on the same schedule!

  • Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 11, 2012, 1:17 pm

    I’ve seen that book! Ha. It’s cute! =]

    I love stripes! I’ve noticed that I have completely different taste in baby clothes than my own. Do you?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 11, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Hehehe that book looks hilarious!! Don’t worry Caitlin, sometimes I get to work and wonder if I remembered to wash my hair when I was standing in the shower. I think I’m usually just so hungry for breakfast when I’m standing in the shower (since I work out right before) that food is all I can think about!

  • Abby July 11, 2012, 1:20 pm

    Have you tried any babies wearing wraps? I love my moby wrap! it was an absolute lifesaver when the baby refused to be put down!

    • Amy R. July 11, 2012, 8:25 pm

      I was going to suggest a Moby or K’tan also for wearing him while you need to get stuff done around the house. Babies love that closeness and it can be a lifesaver. 🙂

  • Noelle July 11, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Are you swaddling him? at first I swore it didn’t work and then realized that I just wasn’t doing it right, those swaddles with the velcro work great. Also, at night when the baby would scream her head off every time I put her down, I ended up on the couch, with her asleep on my chest, some nights it was the only way I got to sleep. I would have gotten a lot more sleep at night if I had realized this worked earlier.

    Good luck!!!

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life July 11, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Ahhh, the glorious new mommy glow so rapidly gets replaced with the new mommy nappy-haired-haven’t-showered-so-tired-it-hurts glow. Isn’t it the best?!? My newborn was a power napper so he would only sleep for 20 minutes at a time during the day! You should have seen how quickly I could get stuff done in 20 minutes! Also, like some of your other readers mentioned… the mobi wrap is awesome at this stage. It keeps them snuggled in tight and I felt I had so much more range of motion vs a baby bjorn type pack. I hope the rest of your day smoothes out for you! And always remember… You are doing a great job!

  • Amanda K. July 11, 2012, 1:43 pm

    i’m impressed you were in the shower at all 🙂

    ps. i just noticed a lot of people recommended the moby wrap. i have one but my son h.a.t.e.d it. totally try it (i hear they’re amazing) but don’t worry if it doesn’t work for you.

  • Amber K July 11, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I already have memory lapses like that and I can’t even blame it on mommy brain! Oops 😉

  • susan July 11, 2012, 1:55 pm

    I’m really sorry about your morning/night. I remember crying so much on mornings like these with my first baby.
    Hang in there … these days will pass. Even though it may not seem true, things will get better. I didn’t believe people when they told me this, but they were right.
    You are really doing such a wonderful job. I LOVE reading your blog.

  • Brooklyn July 11, 2012, 1:57 pm

    So awesome that you smelled the dogs muzzles. I can’t get enough of your blog! Keep up the good work missy.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 11, 2012, 1:59 pm

    hahahahaha I LOVE that porn for moms!!

  • Presley @ Run Pretty July 11, 2012, 2:00 pm

    My brain is fried. And I definitely had a grilled cheese for lunch today, too. Easy and delicious. My baby will nap/rest/chill out for anyone but me. I think he smells my milk and then craves it. Not sure, but that’s my theory!

  • susan July 11, 2012, 2:04 pm

    about the baby carriers … my first baby was so sweet but needy so I have a Seven sling, a Bjorn, a Moby, a Maya sling and a Keiki Kuddlerz. The more the merrier. 🙂 I used different ones for different activities. The Bjorn Active is probably my fav bc of the lower back support.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 11, 2012, 2:05 pm

    I don’t even have my own babes yet, but I did work in a daycare for a year so I can definitely appreciate the value of that book!

  • La July 11, 2012, 2:09 pm

    It sounds like Henry is going through a bit of a growth spurt. I know for my little one (she’s four-months old) they lasted 2-3 days, and required all of my attention. I remember for my daughter’s four and eight-week spurts I literally sat in the glider all day feeding her and stuffed the side pockets with protein bars, bananas, water, etc. watching TV and calling my mother crying. I knew for those few days I would not get anything else done, and that’s just the way it had to be. Carriers are great, too, if you absolutely need your hands. Hope tonight goes better 🙂

  • Janelle July 11, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I wish I could say I have mommy brain. Instead, I just have what is called “Janelle brain.”

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits July 11, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Those shots from Porn for Moms made me laugh so much, thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa July 11, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Have you tried to swaddle him? I’m sure it’s hot, but use a lite blanket. Babies like to be snuggled and warm, not spralled out. Might help. 🙂

  • Amy July 11, 2012, 2:28 pm

    It took me until kid #2 to learn this, but your baby will not spontaneously combust if you let him cry for 2 minutes while you make yourself a sandwich, or *gasp* for 5 minutes while you take a shower. I promise. Just put him in a bouncy seat on the bathroom floor and sing to him while you wash your hair. It is OK. Or put him in the seat on the kitchen floor for 2 minutes and make your sandwich. He’ll live. I’m not saying you want to put him in the bouncy seat screaming while you give yourself a 90 minute mani/pedi, but taking 2 – 5 minutes to take care of yourself will make you a better mom for the other 23 hours and 55-58 minutes per day. So do it and don’t feel guilty if he cries for a minute or two.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras July 11, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Hah, those Mommy porn pics are hilarious!

  • Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit July 11, 2012, 2:39 pm

    The other day it was after 10 and we were going to bed and neither my husband or I could remember if we’d fed the dog. We probably spent about 5 minutes re-tracing the night and I finally remembered I was reaching into the garage fridge for lettuce while the was eating…so it’s not just new mommies who are forgetful.

  • Marie July 11, 2012, 2:50 pm

    Haha, this seems so familiar. My twins are four now and I swear my memory is still shot. Sounds like you had a full morning; some days are better than others but each stage is better than the next, it seems, although I still miss the newborn stage.

  • Vicky (Little Baby, Big City) July 11, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Milo is 5 months and I still have mommy brain. Some times when my little one wants to be held and I have to do stuff I just put him in the front carrier (we use the Ergo) and go about my business…. Just have to remember to spit out toothpaste over his head not on his head.

  • Amina Sarraf July 11, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Have you thought about baking once or twice a week? Then you’ll have breakfasts waiting for you. I made these Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins when I was nursing and could eat them with one hand when I was starving. I also made mini quiches (eggs + milk + broccoli + cheese) in muffin tins and froze them so I could eat a few for a healthy, fast breakfast.

  • Colleen July 11, 2012, 3:29 pm

    I still have those moments. Did I wash my hair with soap or conditioner? Did I just put hair soap on my face? Did I just put my face cleaner on my hair? Last night I discovered I forgot to add soap to the dishwasher.

  • Amy P July 11, 2012, 3:31 pm

    You should get yourself a wrap of some sort- wearing Henry when he’s fussy will at least give you one hand free, if not too and then you can eat something while you comfort him!

  • Heather (cakeandgreenbeans) July 11, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Just curious – do you notice whether or not the coffee affects Henry? I have a little guy about a month older. I was having a small cup of regular coffee in the mornings and he was such a fitful sleeper. I switched to decaf and have noticed a big difference. Maybe it was b/c of the coffee or maybe not, but he sure does sleep better. Which means we all sleep better! And yes, I would kill for caffiene every morning. Ha.

    • Claire July 11, 2012, 3:50 pm

      I noticed the same thing – my baby’s sleep was so poor, and I was SO tired – but as soon as I stopped drinking caffeine (and I wasn’t drinking a ton, just a small cup of half-caf in the morning) my girl’s sleep improved AND I started feeling a lot better as well! Definitely worth trying out.

      • CaitlinHTP July 11, 2012, 4:40 pm

        Naw, he doesn’t seem to be impacted by it (he assed out about an hour after I drank it and stayed asleep for an hour). Thank god because I really really need it.

        • Ali July 11, 2012, 5:11 pm

          Lol, Do you mean *passed* out? I like assed out, though. Has a certain ring to it.

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 11, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Haha – oh nooooo! I hope you can catch up on some sleep soon. At least coffee and grilled cheeses usually help most situations. 🙂

  • Deb July 11, 2012, 4:34 pm

    i love that book. i may need a copy. the putting down baby part gets better, the mommy brain part i don’t know about yet. i’m 16 weeks post partum and i think it’s getting worse!

  • Caroline July 11, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Have you tried any slings or wraps? Girasol makes a wonderful one, and so does Sakura. They are both on the pricier side but last a lifetime and feel very secure! They come in a variety of fabrics for different climates and are insanely beautiful too! I can get so much done with a sleeping baby on my chest as opposed to worrying about a crying baby in a swing or in the crib. They fall right asleep when they are strapped to you, its a lifesaver!! Good luck 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 11, 2012, 5:50 pm

    ahh I know those baby brain moments oh so well. And sadly they have not gotten any better (C is 4 months today!)

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) July 11, 2012, 6:40 pm

    I have so many of these mommy brain days! My baby is two months now and geez some days I have no memory whatsoever. We are dealing with a colic and possible reflux so nights are hard around here!! Our girl screamed Monday night from 12am-5am and then finally fell asleep at 5am. Last night she only screamed from 1-2:30am (Praise God!) but was up again from 4-5:15 eating and then getting settled back down. Sleep deprivation = major mommy brain! 🙂

  • Katya July 11, 2012, 6:49 pm

    that porn for mum book is hilarious!
    my husband and I sometimes wonder if we have fed the dog…poor dog.
    you are doing great, and eating breakfast by 10am is not too bad…I haven’t managed to eat before noon with my 3 week old so far! I am hoping it will get easier soon 🙂

  • Rachel July 11, 2012, 7:20 pm

    Ha, sounds like a typical day with my 6 week old. I’ve learned how to do many things one handed while holding her in the other, including typing this comment! and I forgot to rinse out my conditioner this morning :-/

  • Sarah Lynn July 11, 2012, 8:12 pm

    What a handsome little man you’ve got there!

  • Sara@RunningInPinkProject July 11, 2012, 8:59 pm

    This post made me smile. I love that you are smelling to dogs to decide if they have eaten. 🙂 Hehehehe. And striped baby jammies are pretty much the cutest things ever.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 11, 2012, 10:39 pm

    hahah totally agreed on the grilled cheese. They are delicious any time of day, any day at all 🙂

  • Jen July 11, 2012, 11:33 pm

    Ahahahaha…that book looks hilarious!!! And your “mommy brain” stories are too cute…I would totally take advantage of this situation and use “mommy brain” whenever ANY sort of excuse is needed! 🙂

  • Marie-Sophie July 12, 2012, 6:09 am

    I don’t have children yet but I remember a lot of my friends saying that between weeks 4 and 6 their babies started to fuss … like a lot. And just weeks later, it was all good again. Silver lining on the horizon 😉
    (and yeah, I also thought “moby wrap?” when I read your post – I am SO going to baby-wear when I have one!)

  • Helen @ This New Song July 12, 2012, 7:40 am

    Peanut butter and toast is my favorite too! Bought some apple butter at the farmer’s market last weekend and I’ve been obsessed.

  • Andrea July 12, 2012, 8:51 am

    OMG…too funny. Mommy brain will last for a long time. I have a 4 and 6 year old and still have those issues from time to time. Hilarious! When you do things on autopilot, that’s what happens! I’ve wondered if I fed the dogs as recently as last weekend.

    And I love the book. Too funny!

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd July 13, 2012, 7:26 am

    You are awesome. Keep kickin’ ass super mom!

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