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Who’s the man?  Dad’s the man!


Oh yeah.  GDadHTP successfully got Henry to finally take a morning nap.  Whether it’s being out of a schedule, teething, gas, or who-knows-what, naps have been hard to come by in the past few days!  Sorry to be repetitive with my constant blogging of ‘I wish he would sleep,’ but I know other parents can relate to how all-consuming the Nap Wars can be for moms and dads.  Anyway, it never huts to hand the little one to someone else to give it a shot.  DadHTP was pretty chuffed with himself for getting Henry to finally (FINALLY) crash.


Lunch included a bunch of IKEA dark chocolate (SO GOOD) and this mix:


Brown rice, eggs, spinach.  Easy peasy.


Accent Vlog


I had a few people comment on my voice in this video of Henry, so I thought I’d repost this funny accent vlog that I made about two years ago.  The concept is that the blogger says certain key phrases to reveal their accent.  Now, I was born and raised in Miami, Florida – so I have a bit of a weird Southern/Spanish influence – and I’m married to a Brit – so I say things like ‘chuffed’ for proud and ‘holiday’ instead of vacation.

Excuse the crazy hotel lighting–I was on a business trip


Here are the directions, if you want to do the accent vlog, too! 


Say these Words: 

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught


And answer these questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

What do you call gym shoes?

What do you say to address a group of people?

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

What do you call your grandparents?

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 25, 2012, 2:01 pm

    Yay GDadHTP! Good work.

    These accent things are always kind of fun. Though I do say “CAR-MEL” not car-a-mel. 😉

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 25, 2012, 2:03 pm

    Too cute! I’m from KY but I never…ever use the word Y’all! I always joke that I’m a “mixed breed” bc my dad was from KY but my mom is from Ohio. I live in NYC and am dating a Brit…go figure! I have purposely tried NOT to pick up the bf’s lingo, but sometimes the phrase “I’m not too keen…” pops out of my mouth. And ohhh the coupon debate is pretty big: COO-pon vs. Q-pon. I say the latter!

  • Sarah September 25, 2012, 2:03 pm

    That is hilarious! I’m sure some things I say or how I pronounce them scream where I’m from but there are a lot of things people here (in Kentucky) say that I absolutely hate, which is why those questions made me laugh 🙂

  • Katie September 25, 2012, 2:05 pm

    Do you ever think about what Henry’s accent will turn out like having one American and one British parent?! 🙂 I was just thinking about that and pondering.

  • Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer September 25, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Hilarious! I need to do this!

  • Marci September 25, 2012, 2:14 pm

    I think it’s so awesome and cute that your dad is so involved and hands on. I loved the pic of him reading Baby Whisperer. The sleep thing is so frustrating and hard to figure out. Takes lots of patience and a little magic!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 25, 2012, 2:25 pm

    I am SO DOING THIS on my blog! Haha I love it! I’ve lived in Kansas City (zero accent), Charleston (HUGE accent), and Chicago (some accent), so it’s interesting to see how people speak all over. The only thing I took with me from Charleston was saying “y’all” when speaking informally.

  • Breanne September 25, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Love the accent vlog! I’m definitely a “carmel” girl. Reading some of those words I knew other pronunciations… like I wasn’t surprised you said r-OW-te over r-OO-t (I say the latter), but some of the words I couldn’t even come up with alternate pronunciations! How else does one pronounce BOTH?

    I’m not sure what I most often say to address a group… probably “guys” or “y’all” (and I’m born and raised in California).

    • Rebecca September 25, 2012, 3:20 pm

      On “both”–when I was little, I was convinced that there was an “l” in the word. That was before I learned to spell. I’m pretty sure I pronounced it “bolth” until I was, like, seven. Somehow that pronunciation had been stuck in my head versus the actual one. I know better now, of course, but … fun little childhood memory. 🙂

      • Kath September 25, 2012, 5:18 pm

        My boyfriend is 22 and from saint louis…still says “bolth”

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human September 25, 2012, 2:36 pm

    That look’s like so much fun! Although I don’t even need to bother. It’s painfully obvious where I’m from as soon as I open my mouth.

  • Sara September 25, 2012, 2:37 pm

    That was very interesting experiment! I just read an article in the back-issue of the New Yorker on forensic linguistic — apparently, they can solve crimes based on analyzing language in testimony, correspondence etc. One of the most interesting examples was that what we call a “tree belt” (the grassy patch between the street and the sidewalk that is public property) is called “the devil’s strip” only in Akron, Ohio — they were able to narrow down a list of suspects and catch a killer based solely on his use of this phrase, which eliminate the other suspects from different parts of the country!

  • KSW September 25, 2012, 2:47 pm

    My mom and her whole family is Irish and my dad’s family is in Scotland and England.

    We visit often and watch Coronation Street everynight (in Canada) and my fave pronounciations are (Can VS Brit):

    Aluminum vs Alumin-I-um
    Stop pressuring me vs Stop pressur-IZ-ing me


  • Cindy September 25, 2012, 3:00 pm

    I’m Canadian and I say Eh! Most Canadians I know do to. I think as a nation most of us would like to stop but it is an addiction that is impossible to break. Luckily we are becoming more and more multi-cultural so we can swear in a number of languages. Bonus!!
    Hopefully the next generation will not have to suffer with being ridiculous inserting Eh into every sentence!

    • Melissa September 25, 2012, 4:45 pm

      I’m in Minnesota, and I’m pretty sure I say “eh” too. It’s hard to be objective about my own speech.

  • Reenie September 25, 2012, 3:05 pm

    Woot Woot ~ ~ way to go GDadHTP!!! You da MAN!! HA!! =)

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life September 25, 2012, 3:25 pm

    GDadHTP rocks!!! Way to go! I love how proud he looks in that pic. 😉 I’m also loving this accent experiement. Born and raised in Colorado I never think I have an accent at all but some guy from New Jersey once told me I say “water” funny. I told him it’s because I actually say, “wa-ter” instead of “whaa-dder” like him. Ha!

    So I understand ‘chuffed’ and ‘holiday’ but where do you get the word you use for hair ties from??? I’ve seen you use it a few times and I’ve never heard anyone else call it that, EVER! What is it again… fubby?

    • Caitlin September 25, 2012, 3:28 pm

      I don’t know where I picked it up!!

    • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 25, 2012, 3:38 pm

      I live in southeast PA and I think people from Jersey pronounce water funny too haha.

  • Rebecca September 25, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Oh, accents. 🙂 I’m Minnesotan, so my “o”s definitely get drawn out sometimes. It’s fun to annoy people by drawing them out on purpose if I know it bothers them.
    My dad pronounces “almond” with an “h”–“ahmond,” kind of like “salmon.” It’s weird, and he claims it’s because he’s a Californian, but I don’t know anyone else from CA who pronounces it that way…

    • Jessica September 25, 2012, 4:54 pm

      I’m from CA and when I first read “ahmond”, I thought “that’s weird, I don’t say it like that”, and then I said it out loud and realized I totally DO say it like that! Haha =)

  • jen September 25, 2012, 3:41 pm

    i love how much you see your dad!

    looked over that list of words and realized that i say about 1/2 of them completely different than how they are spelled…oh texas.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian September 25, 2012, 3:52 pm

    I LOVE accents! Love em! Everyone says my father has a thick Hungarian accent. They say he sounds like Bela Lugosi (original Dracula). I don’t hear it 🙂 But I love hearing other accents and regional terms. I swoon. Though there are some accents that just make me cringe/want to bust out a vocal translator.

    Yay for DadHTP for saving the day! I wonder what his secret is 😉

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 25, 2012, 4:51 pm

    Wahoo! Glad DadHTP got Henry to sleep 🙂

  • Kath September 25, 2012, 5:21 pm

    Ive lived in georgia, indiana, and kansas and a lot of people comment on my pronunciation of milk, illinois, and pillow. I say them all with an “el” sound instead of an “ill” sound. Whoo knows where I picked that up from :).

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 25, 2012, 5:53 pm

    I feel like I should do this sometime – Canadian accent FTW. 🙂

  • Amanda September 25, 2012, 5:55 pm

    I’m from Western New York, and we’re pretty well known for having a very nasally accent. I’ve let it go a little since going to college and hearing other accents, but every time I say my city’s name (Raaaaachester), it sneaks in! Those long a’s are killer.

    • Carrie September 25, 2012, 11:59 pm

      I’m from western NY too and definitely have nasally A’s. I’m more toward Niagara Falls.

      Soda= pop for us. 🙂 or at least most people I know in this area.

  • brooke @ sweats & sweets September 25, 2012, 5:56 pm

    LOVED THIS! I am so doing the accent vlog on my little ole’ blog. I honestly am surprised by the “what do you call it when it the rain falls while the sun is shining?” I love your answer, mine isn’t as nice…we call it the devil beating his wife. I know its horrible! North Georigans are crazy let me tell ya!

  • RunEatRepeat September 25, 2012, 5:58 pm

    I loved when those vlogs were going around blogland! It’s weird to finally hear people’s voices after reading their words in your head movies for so long. I like your voice, it’s strong but still feminine.

    Here is mine:


  • Sarah September 25, 2012, 8:21 pm

    I’m from Connecticut and I saw y’all all the time. I don’t even know where I picked it up.

  • Heather September 25, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I did this a couple years ago when it was first circulating, and it was my very first vlog! People made fun of my southern accent for sure.

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction September 25, 2012, 10:09 pm

    This looks like fun, I might do it!!! I’m from Boston therefore R’s are non-existant!

  • Kristy September 25, 2012, 11:39 pm

    I too was born & raised in South Miami (still live here) and I don’t hear an accent at all! Ha! How long ago did you leave South Florida?

    • Caitlin September 26, 2012, 9:01 am

      10 years!

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife September 26, 2012, 1:11 am

    No, you and your dad aren’t related at all . . .

    Someone asked about Henry’s accent. Well if my two different friends (totally different people) who have British parents but were raised in either Ithaca or Myrtle Beach are any indication, he will speak very properly. He won’t have a British accent, but you will definitely notice a difference.

    Where is your husband’s vlog, but the way? Didn’t you promise one?

  • Christie September 26, 2012, 1:20 am

    Oh man- I remember seeing many accent vlogs a while back. I thought about doing one, but am so self-concious of my thick Michigan accent, especially after living in the south the past 5 years. I never realized how nasal-y I sound, but when I hear my own voice (on voicemails and such) I am always somewhat shocked by how I sound. Isn’t that weird? That we can be shocked by how we sound? A vlog would probably be quite entertaining for others… maybe I should do it afterall!

  • Kath September 26, 2012, 2:48 am

    Karen got Maze to sleep tonight too!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 26, 2012, 6:01 am

    This is awesome! I am going to have to do it too. I always get commends on my accent.

  • Sara September 26, 2012, 8:23 am

    LOVE the first pic and title of the post…lmbo…I love that your family is so involved and close. Congrats on baby success! and I hope you are getting better sleep!
    Have a great rest of the week

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because September 26, 2012, 8:23 am

    Holler atcha No Meat Athlete shirt!

  • Joanna September 26, 2012, 9:07 am

    Best pic of your dad ever.

  • Kelly September 26, 2012, 10:01 am

    1) I remember when you originally did the accent vlog – I can’t believe I’ve been reading for over 2 years!!

    2) WOW, I totally see a resemblance of you and Dad HTP in his grin in that pic!!!

  • Lisa in IL September 26, 2012, 10:42 am

    My son is 26 years old, the most he slept as an infant was 20 minute stretches during the day & 2 hours at night. He now goes to bed at 8 pm every night & gets himself up at 4:30 every morning. He also takes an hour nap every afternoon when he gets home from work and before he goes to the gym. There is hope Caitlin!

  • Liz September 26, 2012, 6:45 pm

    I’m British and lived in America (New Mexico) for a semester and found my accent became more “stereotypically” British when I was in the USA than when I was at home. I did love all the “your accent is so cute comments” but didn’t know if I was conforming to what people expected of me rather than my actual voice. Anyway that’s my take on accents. PS there was a guy at UNM with me who was from Oregon and his accent was my favourite however it is was a very unscientific survery (80%ish of students were from NM, AZ, Utah, Colorado and Cslifornia)

  • Tahlia September 26, 2012, 7:47 pm

    I’m from Australia and we have different accents between our states and territories… Mostly unnoticeable but certain words are pronounced differently. I love accents and have previously dated guys just because I loved their Irish, american or Canadian accents haha

  • K September 26, 2012, 10:57 pm

    You look so much like your dad! You have the same smile. 🙂

  • Emily B September 27, 2012, 2:37 am

    I’m from AUS and I’ve always found it funny how Americans pronounce tomato: tomayto, we see tomarto. And how Americans say fall instead of Autumn. And has anyone noticed how Americans use the letter Z so much in their vocab: realize, instead of realise; organize instead of organise; catastrophize instead of catastrophise:P The way Yanks say “mOm” makes more sense but it does make the word sound a lot deeper – Aussies say: mUm.

  • Brenna September 27, 2012, 10:36 pm

    As an Australian, I LOVE these posts…

    American accents, pretty much all of them, are totally hilarious! (I mean that in the nicest way possible).

    We get heaps of British/Irish/Scottish people here, but very very few Americans, and all the tv shows have that generic mid-west thing going on which is nowhere near as fun to listen to…

    Obviously I say pretty much everything on the list differently…kind of an intercontinental hazard!

    Not much of a commenter, but love love love your blog 🙂

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