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Not only has DadHTP found a walk for me to walk with Henry in the dead of summer (on the indoor track at the gym), he also figured out a system so we could both get our swim workouts in.  We simply tag team watching Henry.


All three of us started off by walking 0.5-mile around the track together.


Who’s excited to be at the gym?  Raise your hand!


Then, Dad left us for a while and did his swim thing in the indoor pool.  Henry and I kept walking on the track, rounding up to about 1.75 miles.  Thanks to a big glass window, we could occasionally watch Dad while he swam – not that Henry actually opened his eyes for this.  Or any of it.


Dad changed into dry clothes and came back to the track, and then it was my turn to swim.  I chose the outdoor pool.  I have actually never swam laps in an outdoor pool before – the outdoor lap pool was closed the last time I was at the gym, but now it’s open for the season.  I thought swimming laps outdoors was so much more fun than being inside!  It felt more refreshing, in the very least – our indoor pool is ridiculously warm (83 degrees!) and although the outdoor pool is probably the same temp, the sun made it seem cooler. 


I swam 500 yards.  I haven’t swam in a month and was surprised at how hard it felt – I realized halfway through that it was probably more challenging because it’s easier to swim when you are 9 months pregnant (you’re very buoyant!). 


And then I changed, headed back to the track, and found Dad and Henry right where I left them.


A nice way to spend the afternoon, indeed.


Dinner was more of the same.  We’re living on stir-fries with pre-chopped veggies and pre-cooked lentils (from Trader Joe’s – divine).  It’s the healthiest, fastest thing we can prepare.


Jazzed up with some broccoli slaw and Ranch dressing. 


Oh, and a dachshund on a cob.


I think a nap on the couch sounds like a pretty good idea.  Henry has been a bit fussy, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a long, long night…


Thought of the Day:


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford



  • jen July 10, 2012, 7:57 pm

    what a sweet dad/grandpa 🙂 i already forgot how tiny and snugly little newborns are…and my youngest is only 7 mths.

  • Sally July 10, 2012, 8:00 pm

    What a lovely afternoon for the three of you! You are so blessed to have such supportive and helpful family, and Henry is too!

  • EMily July 10, 2012, 8:09 pm

    Swaddle him. Look up sound machine apps on iPhone. Turn on airplane mode and try the vacuum cleaner sound. Works wonders.

  • Amanda July 10, 2012, 8:16 pm

    I hated how the pool at my high school was allegedly heated…but I took a swim class for my gym credit and it was all lies. The class also turned into tennis when it got cooler at the end of the semester.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 10, 2012, 8:19 pm

    Sounds like a great workout plan. I never imagined that being pregnant would help you swim, but it makes sense!

  • Helen @ This New Song July 10, 2012, 8:22 pm

    I love that you and DadHTP are doing this together! So great for all of you. Henry is lucky that he will grow up with positive role models for healthy living.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 10, 2012, 8:23 pm

    That’s so great that you have your dad to help and to workout with!!

  • Reenie July 10, 2012, 8:31 pm

    You and DadHTP make a good tag-team =) What a great idea. Your dinner looks yummy.

  • Laura @ May Your Bobbin Always Be Full July 10, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Awesome way for both of you to get your workouts in. And fun for Henry, too!

  • Leah July 10, 2012, 8:48 pm

    What a great idea, I love that you tag team worked out with your dad with Henry, those are memories to cherish forever!

  • Lyndsay July 10, 2012, 8:50 pm

    You’re tackling motherhood so well! It’s awesome that you and henry can spend time with your dad.

  • Leslie July 10, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Way to get that work out in. Dad HTP seems like a really great guy. You surely have a great work out buddy in him.

  • Amanda K. July 10, 2012, 8:59 pm

    this is awesome! way to get in a workout!
    i’m looking forward to how you handle henry when he’s more squirmy…cause i need ideas 🙂

  • kwithme July 10, 2012, 9:10 pm

    Cool way to both swim. If you swim in the outdoor pool regularly, you will want to sunscreen your back. I got burned when I used to swim laps outside. It feels cool but that risk is still there.

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits July 10, 2012, 9:33 pm

    How great to have your Dad close by to help! We did not have any parent near by and I sooo wish we had!

  • Jen July 10, 2012, 9:57 pm

    I love that you get to enjoy mom/dad/grandpa time while you and dadHTP work on your fitness at the same time. Heartwarming and awesome 🙂

  • Hannah July 10, 2012, 9:58 pm

    My brain is fried today, but I keep getting confused when you say “Dad” and mean “Grandpa” .. has he taken to his new title yet? 🙂

  • Marie July 10, 2012, 9:58 pm

    That is really sweet that your dad works out with you! BTW, really impressed your meals are so well-rounded and healthy with a newborn. 😉 My husband and I didn’t start eating healthier until our twins started eating solids with us.

  • Amanda July 10, 2012, 10:17 pm

    Love this! How wonderful to get your workouts in and spend time with each other!!

  • Penny July 10, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Your dad is amazing!!!! Please package him up and send him to me please. I have a 10 year old and a 2 year old. Grandfatherly help much needed. 🙂

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 10, 2012, 11:12 pm

    Happy that you worked out a way to get your swimming back into the rotation!

    And I kind of want those corn cob holders. Those are way too cute.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well July 11, 2012, 12:07 am

    Ha ha…love the corn on the cob. I used to have Micky and Minnie mouse ones! I didn’t comment on your earlier blog post, but I wanted to say that I think you are doing great and looking great. I admire your honesty in talking and being open about your post-pregnancy experience and how it is unique!

  • jessie July 11, 2012, 12:26 am

    Love your tag team idea.. so clever & perfect! Dinner looks amazing and healthy, as usual! 🙂

  • Coco July 11, 2012, 6:00 am

    Tag team works well! Getting back into the pool after any time away is humbling..

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 11, 2012, 7:29 am

    What a wonderful idea! Good job getting that workout in 😀

  • Ashley July 11, 2012, 7:53 am

    I’m 33 weeks pregnant with my first baby, and it’s been so inspiring to see you bounce back into healthy behaviors so quickly!! My husband wont be able to be as flexible with his work schedule, but I’m hoping I can stick to healthy eating and work some activity in like you have – it’s so refreshing to see!

    When did you start to get antsy about knowing the sex? I am going crazy not knowing. I’m determined to wait (I could call my doc anytime and find out but I am staying strong) but it’s killing me! I can’t even imagine 7 more weeks of guessing!

    • CaitlinHTP July 11, 2012, 10:52 am

      Prob about a month out. You will find out soon enough!!! 🙂 Congrats.

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 11, 2012, 7:58 am

    I really admire how well you’re working in your exercise with a newborn!

  • Kelly July 11, 2012, 8:52 am

    Such a good plan!!! You seriously have a NICE gym!!

  • KaraHadley July 11, 2012, 9:08 am

    That’s so awesome that your dad can do that with you. And it’s great that Henry is so cooperative.
    G’luck with getting back to swimming.

  • Amy Q July 11, 2012, 9:17 am

    I LOVE outdoor lap swimming! Unfortunately, I don’t have one here and have only ever had a chance to do it on vacation. Enjoy!

  • Mary Helen July 11, 2012, 9:30 am

    What a super way to spend time with your Dad, get your workout in, and let your Dad have some one on one w/Henry!

  • Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun July 11, 2012, 9:42 am

    Swimming outside is definitely an adjustment! I swear when I hit up the lap pool outdoors it feels harder-I think it’s the sun, variable temperatures and air.

  • Presley @ Run Pretty July 11, 2012, 12:55 pm

    I wish I had access to an indoor track! That would be amazing right now… It’s way too hot outside by the time I get myself and the baby fed, dressed, and somewhat presentable haha

  • Susanna July 11, 2012, 1:47 pm

    I have swam on and off for years and I have noticed that the first swim is always the hardest, but you regain your swimming fitness quickly. It will get easier soon!

    Also, how neat to have that kind of support from your dad!

  • Amber K July 11, 2012, 1:51 pm

    What a great idea! That’s so awesome that you have your dad living close now.

  • Alexis July 11, 2012, 8:23 pm

    I love that you and your dad are workout buddies, it is so awesome! And Dad HTP looks like a buff grandpa in that photo!

  • Corrie Anne July 11, 2012, 10:58 pm

    That’s an awesome group effort!!!! Sweet.

  • Ali July 14, 2012, 11:33 am

    What a great dad you have!!!

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