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I generally consider the lawn to be the Husband’s domain but have been trying to help out more recently.  We have a regular mower and a push mower and have switched to mostly using the push mower because it cuts so much closer.  Holy hell.  Doing a hilly lawn with a push mower is hard work.


Can you believe it’s September 1?  I am excited for:  cooler weather, changing leaves, and pumpkin recipes!

I have a date with Jillian later and I am not looking forward to it.

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Today is the opening game for the Miami Hurricanes.  We are pumped.  I’m praying for a good season, as the happiness if my marriage is directly related to UM’s record (kidding… kind of).


I have to go out of town next week for a work event – my first night away from Henry.  I’m getting really sad and anxious about it.  Do the mommas out there have any advice for me?  I’m sure Henry will be fine with his dad – I might have a breakdown, though.


Speaking of H, I wrote this entire post one-handed.  Sweet.


The winners of the Gympact for Android giveaway are…

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Coree, who likes strength training

Gia, who likes walking, the elliptical, and strength training

Jessi, who likes spinning

Meredith, who likes intervals on the treadmill

Melissa, who likes taking group classes

Carin, who likes aquatic fitness classes

Jennifer, who likes running and Zumba

Melissa, who likes swimming laps

Kristen ECM, who likes the elliptical

April, who likes “good long mindless elliptical with no strategy except to watch Teen Mom while listening to Nikki Minaj and reading about what Suri Cruise is wearing.”  (haha)


On the HTP Facebook page, I posted this photo of myself trying to do a heel click during my recent tri.  Heel click fail.  Do you have a standard race photo pose? 


Just for proof that I can, in fact, do epic mid-race heel clicks:


Life is too short not to heel click though it.


Happy Saturday!



  • JessicaE September 1, 2012, 11:48 am

    Try to focus on the UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP you will get!! Oh man.. I am EBF and when I get just a three hour stretch its like the heavens open up and angels sing. ;0)

    • Caitlin September 1, 2012, 11:49 am

      True…. 🙂

  • GDadHTP September 1, 2012, 11:49 am

    I can’t believe I didn’t win.

    • Caitlin September 1, 2012, 11:49 am

      haha its random, dad. 🙂

    • lindsay September 1, 2012, 7:48 pm

      I was thinking the same thing 🙁 haha!

  • Anne Weber-Falk September 1, 2012, 12:25 pm

    I still can’t do a heel click. dang i’m jealous

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 1, 2012, 12:28 pm

    I have to say that those heel clicks are pretty amazing. Plus, the action shots of you in mid-air is SWEET! I don’t think my body moves like that–and I’m scared to try. I’m pretty sure I’d land on my butt!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits September 1, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Rather than thinking of what you are missing, think about the gain for your boys–view it as a fun bonding experience for Christian and Henry! And, enjoy sleeping!

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 1, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Someone is one of my race pictures tried doing something cute/funny and really just looked like she was twitching. I stick to the “i’m running” pose.

  • Katherine September 1, 2012, 12:33 pm

    What a cute baby!

    Wanted to let you know about this upcoming green smoothie challenge

  • Stephanie K. September 1, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I like to refer to myself as a college football widow come fall.

  • Christy September 1, 2012, 12:54 pm

    I didn’t leave my son overnight til after he was 1, so I can’t imagine how hard it will be for you now. But like another poster said…look at it as a bonding moment for the boys. They need it. And what helped me was lots of text updates. Even if was as little as “he just drooled”. 🙂 Made me feel like I wasn’t missing everything.

  • Marlène September 1, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Poor Momma! In my (recent) experience, as baby gets older the thought of leaving him becomes more tolerable. So I TOTALLY empathize with how you’re feeling…

    But, the fact that he will be with his dad (vs. a babysitter) makes a HUGE difference. And you can Skype with them if you want. And you’ll feel like a total baddass pumping all that milk and bringing home a huge stash.

    Best of luck to you!!!

  • Beks September 1, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Mowing the lawn was my job growing up and we had a push mower. That sucker was HARD! And if the lawn got too tall, I had to use the electric, which my dad preferred I didn’t use. Looking back at those years, I can see why I was at my lowest weight.
    That’s an adorable pic of Henry. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 1, 2012, 1:27 pm

    I’m watching the Missouri game with my brother and sister in law tonight! Can’t wait for college football!

  • Abby September 1, 2012, 1:36 pm

    We are right in the middle of badger game day festivities here in Madison! Craziness everywhere! We just got back from a walk to soak it all in. Our 18 month old in her red flyer wagon, our 5 day old daughter in the baby carrier, and our chocolate lab. Who gets the most…”oh adorable” comments? Our dog!!

    Good luck on your upcoming trip, it helped me for my husband to send some photos of what they were doing at home!

  • Amanda September 1, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Those pics of you heel-clicking make me think of leprechauns. 🙂

  • Jamie September 1, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Caitlin-you are a very talented heel-clicker. I even showed my husband and we are both very impressed. You got some serious height. I’m equally impressed with the one-handed post. Nice work. Good luck with your first night away from H. I have no advice at this point because I still have 5 weeks to go until I actually have my own little peanut (and SO excited).

    PS I’m excited for all those nice things september brings as well 🙂 Oh and I would add apple cider to the list. I love fresh orchard cider. YUM!!!

    • Caitlin September 1, 2012, 2:05 pm

      haha i had lots of heel clicking practice in college 🙂 congrats on your baby!!!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 1, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Most of my heel clicks end up a epic fail. 🙂

    I recently spent the first night away from my twins. They are 2 years old so you are way ahead of me! It was fine but I missed them. We did skype at bed time and first thing in the morning. Thank God for modern technology!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 1, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Nice! Love the heel clicks. I always do a pose after races (because I am a dancer), holding one leg near my ear.

    My husband loves college football… yes, I might be a lil sad sometimes. Hah 😉

  • bekah September 1, 2012, 2:25 pm

    The heel clicks are adorable. I just had my baby boy 6 weeks ago and ran 3 miles this am–felt great to run again, but definitely will take a while to get comfortable again. I think of you and stay motivated you. Thank you!

  • linda September 1, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Henry’s eyelashes kill me in that picture. So sweet!

  • Melissa September 1, 2012, 2:32 pm

    YAY! I won the GymPact giveaway! SO EXCITED!!! THANK YOU 😀

  • Marci September 1, 2012, 2:41 pm

    don’t be sad, go to bed early and sleep! except for waking to pump. take a tylenol pm and get some really good sleep!

  • Nic Dempsey September 1, 2012, 3:04 pm

    I don’t have kids but I’m a devoted aunt and godmother. So as the person that babysits small children overnight, my advice for what it’s worth! 1) It’s better to be away when they’re really small, because they won’t really notice now, in 2 years time when they are having major meltdowns about it, you’ll cope better (for him and you) because you’ve done it before. 2) Even though you’re travelling and working are tiring, the opportunity for sleep is really important (like you don’t know that!) and good for your mental health! 3)You’re working, you are providing for your child and doing what you love, that’s important and Henry benefits from both!4) Missing Henry is a good thing, it means you’re attached, but recognising that you can’t meet all his needs and he can’t meet all of yours is really healthy!
    Just repeat all of those things over and over again and ask your Husband to send you loads of photos!! I always send parents pictures because they tell me it helps, Good luck!

  • Carrie September 1, 2012, 3:08 pm

    My husband and I had a push mower like that in grad school–primarily because we didn’t have a lot extra cash it was way cheaper than a gas powered one. I didn’t mind using it at all. It made it feel like workout, and I thought it was better for the environment.

    Until the day I ran over a garter snake with it. Zoinks. Little dude apparently had some attitude and had reared his head cobra style, so I got him good. Have I mentioned my intense fear/dislike of snakes yet? Um, yeah. My husband was still asleep, so I went streaking into the house and dived in the bed, covering my head with the covers (sweat, grass clippings, and all) the whole time screaming, “Snake! Snake! Snake!” Our two dogs (150 pounds worth, total) thought I’d invented some great new game, so they piled on top of the bed with us, excitedly trying to get to me under the covers. My husband, still groggy, thought I was yelling, “Steak! Steak! Steak!” and was less than amused about the whole thing until I calmed down enough to explain. He had to go out and dispose of the evidence. I did finish mowing, but I never quite felt the same about it after that.

    • Caitlin September 1, 2012, 3:17 pm

      Oh my god. Lol

  • Carin September 1, 2012, 3:59 pm

    So excited to be a winner! Woohoo! Good incentive to get my a into g. Ta v much!

    That missed race click makes me laugh. It looks like you’re trying to start a conga line but the guys behind aren’t playing along!

    I hated leaving the kids for the first time and still do – it’s really hard not to worry, even though you KNOW they’re ok! I even hated leaving my 2 year old when I went into hospital to deliver #2. I know that on some level it’s a control thing, even though I know they’re fine without me and that it’s really healthy to have time apart. It makes them less clingy and gives them “Dad time”, with memories and experiences I’m not part of. It’s good for me to be “me”, too, not just “Mum”. It’s definitely hard, but I really think it’s healthy!

  • Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire September 1, 2012, 4:25 pm

    As a former musical theatre kid, I will tell you that your heel click is actually called a bell kick. 🙂 #themoreyouknow I love that you have a signature finish line pose!

  • Kendra September 1, 2012, 4:27 pm

    While you are away you can do Face Time or Skype with K and H. Or what hubby did when I had my first biz trip away from my baby was to send me a “good morning” picture and a “good night” picture each day I was away. He also sent a couple of videos. It was so sweet! Leaving will be hard to leave, while you’re away you will do better than you thought, and man, oh man, will coming home be better than it ever was before! 😉

    I hope UM wins for you! I’m currently watching the Rocky Mountain Showdown which is the biggest college rivalry in Colorado. CU vs. CSU and I’m a CSU alum so, go RAMS!! Love me some football!

  • Amanda September 1, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Cute pictures! Leaving Henry will be really hard no matter how you approach it, it’s just the way it is! Although, like you said, once you are gone for a bit you will feel much better about it, I promise 🙂

  • Gia September 1, 2012, 6:29 pm

    Yeah!! So excited to have won!!! Though I like April’s answer better than mine! 🙂
    That pic of baby Henry is just the cutest too!!

  • Bama, Bama + Ry Jewelry September 1, 2012, 7:59 pm

    That picture of Henry made my heart flutter. He will be just fine with Daddy, but Mommy won’t be fine. It’s normal. <3

  • alex m September 1, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Those are pretty good heel click! Very impressive. I’ll have to do that at my next race

  • Verlin September 1, 2012, 10:02 pm

    The Henry picture is absolutely adorable. You will be sad leading up to your night away, but once you’re gone, you’ll be FINE! I once cried all the way to the airport, but the minute I walked into the terminal, I was completely fine. I don’t even need to tell you that Henry will be fine, because he will. My husband, 13-year old son and I just came back from dropping my oldest off at his dorm for his first year of university, and I have to say that leaving a baby the first time is MUCH worse than that, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you are stressed – it’s an instinct, especially if you are nursing. Motherly lecture over! The fact that you heel-click at races pretty much sums up your healthy attitude – good for you.

    • Caitlin September 1, 2012, 10:23 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 1, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Awww I think it’s probably pretty normal to feel a bit anxious about leaving Henry. Especially since he’s SO FREAKING CUTE! 😉

  • Simply Life September 2, 2012, 6:56 am

    I’m so impressed with the heel clicking photos!! Wow! I just try to look like I’m not dying when those photos are taken! 🙂

  • Tammy Root September 2, 2012, 8:08 am

    Hey Caitlin — I sent you an email yesterday with some practical advice for leaving Henry. 🙂 Hope you got it. If you didn’t let me know and I will resend. Have a great day!

    P.S. Yesterday I pumped at 5am (had to leave at 6am for the airport) and wasn’t able to pump again until 3pm. I thought my boobs were going to explode — literally. Ugh.

  • Tiffany September 2, 2012, 8:06 pm

    The first time i was ever away from my daughter was when she was 2 weeks old – i hemorrhaged and was rushed to the hospital and didn’t see her for 4 days. i cried about 4 times cause all i wanted was to see my baby. anyways, my advice would to be take a day where the husband watches Henry completely and you get out and walking around or go see a movie, i almost 100% (about 99.99999999999999999%) assure you, when you come back the baby will be alive (Hubby maybe unresponsive besides to beer and sleepy) you’ll then have the confidence in your hubby to go on this trip.

    Leaving your child is ALWAYS a hard thing to do and it NEVER gets easier, but hes only a text message or phone call away if you really get worried.

    • Caitlin September 2, 2012, 9:07 pm

      bawhaha 🙂

  • Jessi September 3, 2012, 12:21 pm

    YAY I WON!? I never win anything!! Will GymPact contact us about it?This is definitely a sign for me to get my butt back in gear!

    And as someone said above, Skype with the Husband and Henry!! It might be so cute to see how he reacts to you on the computer screen [Henry, not the Husband ;)]

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