And we’re in the homestretch!  Part I and Part II leads us to…


2:30 PM – Another pump session.  Henry eats a bottle and gets a diaper change.  Sensing a theme here?!


3:05 PM – I attend a conference call and simultaneously make funny faces at Henry, who is practicing crawling again.  We play-play-play until 3:48.

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3:52 PM – I pump… again… and wash bottles and pump pieces.  I hang them up to dry on my Skip Hop drying rack, which I love.  While I am pumping, I discover that Henry really, really likes it when I roll my ‘R’ sounds, so I spend the entire time saying, “Henry and I are going to have a rrrrromantic evening and do the rrrrrumba and wear rrrrred!” over and over again. 


4:14 PM – Henry gets sleepy and goes to bed.  Time for chore overdrive again.


While he’s napping, I make myself a banana, strawberry, and peanut butter smoothie and do laundry. 


4:41 PM – Up already?!


5:05 PM – Bath time!  Henry gets a bath every other day or every two days.  I read a few articles during pregnancy that said babies are often ‘too clean’ and having a little bacteria on their bodies is good for building their immune system.  Fine by me – not like he’s playing in the dirt yet, and I think bath time is fun but a bit of a logistical nightmare. 

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5:15 PM – We put laundry away (dragging the clothes over his face and singing makes it a fun game).  I pump yet again.


5:46 PM – I listen to NPR while I cook dinner.  On days that I’m here and the Husband works, I try to have his dinner ready before he gets home (but sometimes fail).  I do cast iron tofu and steamed greens, and I add them to the Crock Pot veggies (recipe coming soon) that I prepared earlier.  I take a picture of my meal while the lighting is good, and then I stick it in the fridge for later.  Munch on some tortilla chips to hold me over!


6:05 PM – It’s getting close to Henry’s bedtime, but not close enough to begin to put him down.  He seems a bit fussy, so we do a short walk around the block to kill some time.


6:28 PM – Bedtime routine begins.  I change his diaper and put him into a long-sleeved onesie and a sleep sack (a wearable blanket).  We snuggle up in the glider and I put on Celine Dion.  I sing to him while he eats dinner – six ounces, a new record – and after about thirty minutes, he’s drowsy enough to lay down in the pack and play.

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6:58 PM – I gear up for my run.  I answer some emails and keep an eye on the monitor while I wait for Kristien to get home.  Once he does (at 7:14 PM),  I kiss him hello and…


7:16 PM – I set out on a 3 mile run in the dark.  I test out my new reflective vest and headlamp hat.  Will do a review very soon!  While running, I think about potential blog topics for next week.  Any requests?

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7:52 PM – I come back home and find the Husband trying to get Henry to go back to sleep.  He usually wakes up once or twice before really falling asleep.  I shower, pump, put on pajamas, and heat up dinner.


8:30 PM – We sit on the couch and eat dinner, talking about our days.  Nick comes home from kickball league and tells us all about it.


9:14 PM – I sit down to write this post because I want to start watching the Presidential Debate!  I can tell  you how the rest of the night will go:  use pieces of chocolate to eat peanut butter off a spoon (AMAZING), watch TV until 10:30 PM, pump and Dream Feed the baby, and crawl in bed by 11:15.


…And start it all over at 3:00 AM!  Smile



  • Brianne @ pootimestwo October 3, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Henry is getting too darn cute and starting to look more and more like you…his eyelashes are to die for too!

  • Brianne @ pootimestwo October 3, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Also, thanks for sharing this…I’m a SAHM of twins and looooove to be able to see how another mom’s day goes. It’s nice (and weird at the same time) that the internet allows us (moms) to communicate, give advice, and feel connected even though we will never really meet in person haha

    • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 4, 2012, 7:41 am

      I totally agree. I am a SAHM and I love seeing how other mommas structure their day. Or I guess I should say how their day plays out, ha. 🙂 Love connecting with other mommas this way via the internet, even when we don’t know each other in real life!!

  • Kristina October 3, 2012, 9:32 pm

    I want to know more about what you eat in relation to how you exercise. I’m a newbie jogger, and I’m still trying to figure out how to eat to support my exercise and healthy lifestyle. I’m also trying to lose weight. I’m still figuring out the fine line between eating more because I’m exercising more, and being hungry. What are the best foods to eat to recover after exercise? I hope this makes at least a little bit of sense. Btw, your meals always look so tasty!

  • Isabella October 3, 2012, 9:34 pm

    I loved seeing your day! You are a very dedicated mommy.

    Would you be interested in doing a letter to your teenage self post? I want to see what was going on in your brain then compared to my brain now!

  • Robin October 3, 2012, 9:53 pm

    I would like to see another guest post by your dad. I love what a great relationship you have! What’s he been up to since moving to be closer to you? What is his thoughts on being a new grandpa? How is it different than being a parent? This may go in the nosy category but he seems really interesting and I have enjoyed his previous posts.

  • Jen October 3, 2012, 9:54 pm

    A) Henry is adorable! B) It sounds like you’ve really got a good handle on managing your time as a new mom! C) As a Canadian, I’m really enjoying watching the Presidential debates (even though I don’t understand some of the stuff they’re talking about ‘cuz we don’t have that stuff in Canada)

  • shira October 3, 2012, 10:08 pm

    This was so fun to read! Great idea! I can’t believe how much work babies are–yikes! But Henry is super adorable, which must make it more fun.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 3, 2012, 10:13 pm

    Henry may be the cutest and most photogenic baby ever. He also always looks so happy!!

    Now get some rest because I’m tired for you! 😉

  • Laura October 3, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Whoo! You made me tired! Make props to you for getting that workout in!

  • Lindsay October 3, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Oh my goodness. That first picture of Henry just made my heart melt. Those cheeks. That forehead! Those EYELASHES!!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action October 3, 2012, 10:35 pm

    Oh my goodness! Your day really enforces to me that I am nowhere near ready to have a baby! I am amazed at you and all mommas for being able to do so much in a day and still have a smile on your face!!

  • Kristen L October 3, 2012, 10:39 pm

    These photos of Henry are so absolutely adorable! Love it!

    So nice to hear about your busy day as a SAHM. I really liked this series of posts today.

  • Jessica October 3, 2012, 10:43 pm

    AWESOME post! I am totally going to do one of these..except id have to admit to napping EVERY morning during my babes morning nap. hahah. whatever. anyway, maybe henry is going to bed too early if you feel he is waking up a few times before “really falling asleep?” could you do another mini nap then like 800 bedtime? dunno…my baby only now goes to bed at 730 bc he just phased out his “late nap” which usually ended at about 6 pushing bed time to 830… now last nap ends 430 or 5 making bedtime 730 now. anyway, great post!!! ps: you and henry are adorable. i was cracking up bc i am a sahm (not my autocrrect just made that say sham lol) and spend the whole day figuring out how to make zach laugh/amused. he has quite the discerning palate too and will let me know if I’m “not funny.” right now he is into the word “PEAS!” when i emphasize the p and say in a high pitched voice so I am saying “PEAS PLEAAASE” over and over again… rrrrrrrreaally.

  • RunEatRepeat October 3, 2012, 10:53 pm

    I’m exhausted just reading this. Scares me…

  • Bama, Bama + Ry Jewelry October 3, 2012, 11:31 pm

    Your boy literally took my breathe away in that first picture. Admittedly, babies affect me a lot more now than ever before…

    Potential topic idea for next week (and maybe you’ve blogged about it and I missed it): How Being a Mom in Real Life Differs From How You Thought Being a Mom Would Be Like (Pre-Henry)

  • am October 3, 2012, 11:42 pm

    I think Henry looks so much like you in th first picture – too cute!
    Btw, I was wondeing how you manage to pup around the clock with your BIL living with you guys..

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 8:12 am

      Haha I pump in our master bath.

  • Leslie October 3, 2012, 11:51 pm

    Not jealous of your day at all. Girl I don’t know how you survive. It must be hard to fit the pumping and then feeding in to your day. The time for all that goes into feeding your baby is mind boggling. I admire your commitment. My boys are grown now but I remember that time when my day was all baby lead. Henry is growing so fast and is just so stinking cute.
    I would also enjoy a dad HTP post. Would be cool to hear about his thoughts on how child rearing differs ftom when you were a baby.

  • Hayley October 3, 2012, 11:53 pm

    I love running at night and need to get some night gear like yours! Going to wait for your review first to see what you think of your headlamp hat

  • Sana October 4, 2012, 12:50 am

    Henry is so so beautiful 🙂 He is glowing and is a happy baby 🙂

  • Amber K October 4, 2012, 12:55 am

    Someday I hope to be a mom. And reading what a mom does day-to-day freaks me the EFF out. Because I have much more time to myself than I would as a mom. When my nieces/nephews stay the night I let my whole house turn upside down. I clean up everything after they leave.

    But when you’re the parent…they never leave… I am so screwed 😉

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 8:11 am

      Lol I know what you mean.

  • Jen October 4, 2012, 1:10 am

    LOVED this series of posts, Caitlin! I guess that makes me nosy (but only about people I care for/find interesting). 🙂 You’ll have to do another one when Henry is a bit older…which, at baby pace, would actually be very soon!

  • Lauren October 4, 2012, 2:46 am

    This was awesome, thanks so much! I also love Day in the life posts 🙂

  • Army Amy* October 4, 2012, 3:14 am

    Henry has the most beautifully shaped eyes! Adorable!*

  • the 3volution of j3nn October 4, 2012, 3:52 am

    These pics of Henry are fantastic! Such a handsome little man you baked. 🙂

    I really like these posts… do more of them! They’re a lot of fun.

  • Mel October 4, 2012, 4:18 am

    I missed parts I and II, but part III was awesome. Especially the singing Celine Dion bit. Glad to know that Henry has a sensitive side!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 4, 2012, 5:54 am

    That headlamp hat looks awesome! I need myself one of those.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 4, 2012, 6:07 am

    Kudos to you for getting in that run!! And the picture of Henry in the towel is adorable!

  • Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air October 4, 2012, 7:43 am

    I’m with you / I always wondered just what mommas did all day. Now I have a newfound appreciation for the craziness of their lives!!

  • Andrea October 4, 2012, 7:52 am

    I know you mentioned in one of the other parts of this three part post how when you used to read Mom blogs you would think it sounds so mundane. I’m glad you said that, because I am not a Mother but I do adore children, but these day in the life posts make me never want to be a SAHM! It sounds awful to me…I’m sure it’s different when you have your own though.

    On another note, Henry is so cute! That close up picture of his face is to die for!!!

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 8:10 am

      Hahah I totally know what you mean but trust me it’s

  • Anne October 4, 2012, 8:09 am

    This really makes me appreciate everything new moms go through, especially my momma who had to deal with twins! Thank you!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 4, 2012, 8:20 am

    OMG love that pic of Henry, he’s such a cutie!

  • eliza October 4, 2012, 8:33 am

    I would love another post on how to get your spouse/lover/boyfriend/girlfriend to work out!! My fiances work in an office and gets absolutely no movement during the day! I am scared for his future..

  • Anne October 4, 2012, 8:46 am

    Those 3 parts were very interesting and fun to read. Time to time, my “taste” in blogs are changing, and since I read more of yours, it’s my favorite now. You seems to work hard for whta you have, good for you.

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 9:58 am

      thank you so much.

  • Jennifer October 4, 2012, 8:53 am

    I loved your Day in the Life posts! I am curious about how you feel about running in the dark. I am a runner and get kinda scared running alone in the dark. How do you get out of your head enough to not be nervous? One morning I went running in our neighborhood at 5:30am. I noticed a car driving towards me that was starting to slow down AND pull over… I FREAKED! I immediately turned around and started running the other way only to figure out that it was the newspaper delivery person. Lol! Can you say WIMP?

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 9:58 am

      omg how scary! i live in a really safe neighborhood and mostly stick to major, busy roads at night. maybe carry some sort of spray device?

  • Brendali Caban October 4, 2012, 8:56 am

    I was a SAHM for 7 months, I loved every poop explosion, every bottle and booby feeding session, every minute I had to be attached to my little man…I miss it so much, working away from him SUCKS but I love reading other SAHM’s days. It makes me happy and nostalgic!

    ON THAT NOTE….Henry is just stinking BEAUTIFUL! Those eyes and those eyelashes are just tooooo much! I cant even stand it. That picture of him on his belly? Ugh. Frame it, please!!!

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 4, 2012, 8:57 am

    Love the reflective vest, very nice! I rather new to your blog and can’t get over how busy you are with a child, sheesh! My ‘day in the life’ would be one post only – get up, eat, do yoga, eat, work, eat, hang out, go to bed. All that pumping, scheduling, organizing, how do Mom’s do it all?! Super powers, I’m sure of it!

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 9:57 am

      hahah enjoy it while you can!!!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots October 4, 2012, 9:13 am

    I give you so much credit! You are a busy lady, i dont know that I could do it!

  • Regina October 4, 2012, 9:22 am

    Ha! For dessert sometimes I do the same, small bowl of chocolate chips, spoon of peanut butter, awesome.

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats October 4, 2012, 9:24 am

    This sounds exhausting! But definitely worth it because Henry is adorable 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt October 4, 2012, 9:25 am

    Crazyness!!!! The life of a mother is busy busy busy! Much harder than a working a full time job if you ask me. You are incredible though! You still seem to get SO much done, while keeping Henry happy! Especially the fact that you went out for a run in the dark after your super long day! You go girl….not sure I’d be able to do that!

  • Gia October 4, 2012, 9:38 am

    Oh my goodness!!! I feel like Henry gets cuter in every new picture that you post!! My husband and I were oohing and aahing over these photos 🙂
    I loved these “day in the life” posts – I’m definitely nosy about what other people do during the day, and at almost 35 weeks pregnant, it was a good look into what my days will be like soon! I think I’m as ready as I can be! 😉 Though I don’t know about going to bed at 11:15…I think I might make it up until 9 or 10!

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human October 4, 2012, 9:44 am

    I’m so impressed that you have the motivation to head out on your run that late at night after dealing with a baby all day! Sometimes it’s hard for me to find afternoon motivation because I’m definitely a morning workout person, and I don’t even have kids!

  • Mandy October 4, 2012, 9:52 am

    Henry is adorable! I loved reading all three of your day in the life posts. I’m exhausted just ‘following’ you.

  • Katie October 4, 2012, 10:09 am

    I would love to know how you and your husband are keeping the romance alive 😉 or hear things from his perspective.

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 10:14 am

      Haha do you mean sex?

      • Amanda K. October 4, 2012, 1:22 pm


  • Alexa October 4, 2012, 10:12 am

    Post Topic Request: Why you’re choosing to be gluten free. As a celiac sufferer I always wonder why others do it who aren’t diagnosed (and maybe you are and I don’t know it).

  • Terese October 4, 2012, 10:18 am

    That photo of Henry in his towel is GORGEOUS! What a handsome little man.

  • Liza October 4, 2012, 10:18 am

    That first picture of Henry is to die forrrrrrrr!!! He is so perfect!

  • Joanna October 4, 2012, 10:22 am

    Sounds so similar to my day! Thanks for this post. Question: do you wash your pump parts after every pump? I find this so tiring and was wondering if there was a short-cut. It’s hard when my 5-week old is crying and I’m trying to constantly wash pump parts (I also exclusively pump). I basically wash with soap and water after each use, and then sanitize in the evening with the microsteam bags. Thanks Caitlin!

    • Caitlin October 4, 2012, 10:29 am

      No I just rinse w hot water sometimes. Or you can just put it all in the fridge and it will halt bacteria growth. So I hear.

      • Joanna October 4, 2012, 11:01 am

        Thanks! The fridge thing makes sense actually…that’ll be a good trick especially when I go back to work. 🙂

        • Marissa C October 4, 2012, 4:21 pm

          I actually have been doing the fridge trick for 8 months of pumping at work. Hell no was I going to be washing 3 sets of pump parts a day!

  • Justy2003 October 4, 2012, 10:33 am

    I know you’ve already gotten tons of these comments, but Henry is SO stinkin’ cute! I LOVE the one of him wrapped in a towel…adorable! What a cutie you have!

  • Andie October 4, 2012, 11:06 am

    All I leave this post series with is this: You are such a warm and giving mom. Someday Henry will look back on this and know how much you loved him 🙂

  • Janelle October 4, 2012, 11:55 am

    That top picture of Henry is so cute, it just kills me… makes me want to have a baby ASAP. Thankfully, the post also included the nitty-gritty of being a mom, which helps temper my ovaries. 😉

  • Tina October 4, 2012, 12:25 pm

    I totally get the desire to avoid squeaky clean kid syndrome, but I gotta tell you: the evening bath has done wonders for totally peace-ing out our kid. He tends to get overstimulated and overtired easily which makes for nightmarish bedtimes and nighttime sleep. We do a “bath” before bed every day. We don’t always wash him–probably only do that every other day at most and wash his hair 1-2x a week because it’s too drying–but the water really calms him. And now that he’s older, it’s the only contained play area he enjoys. Sometimes I’ll use a little lavender oil for fragrance–instant sleepy kid!

  • Jolene ( October 4, 2012, 1:06 pm

    OMG – that first picture of Henry is the cutest baby picture ever!!!!!! LOVE it!

  • Amanda K. October 4, 2012, 1:22 pm

    love this. for a new mom, it’s hard to figure out where the days begin and end, right?

  • Life's a Bowl October 4, 2012, 1:59 pm

    This was seriously such an awesome series!!! Part 3 was my favorite, not sure exactly why but it was 😛 You’re a super hero mom!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery October 4, 2012, 3:01 pm

    If you are still taking requests for blog posts, might I suggest a post about dealing with depression? I know that you have talked about your struggles before and mentioned at one point that you were going to go back to therapy before Henry was born. I’d love to hear how you are able to keep yourself from sinking back into that place…I know for me it’s helpful to hear how others are able to focus on the good and the positive and creating a life worth living.

  • Ashlee October 4, 2012, 7:32 pm

    Henry has the longest eyelashes!! So cute

  • Kelly October 4, 2012, 7:48 pm

    Great post Caitlin! I am a SAHM to a 5 month old boy and my days feel a lot like yours…crazy. My boy only takes 30 minute naps so I know a thing or two about speed-cleaning or speed-eating during those short breaks.

  • Ange October 4, 2012, 7:57 pm

    You.are.amazing. I hope u know what a great mom you are…even though im sure you rarely have time to think about it!
    I love his expression in the first pic! I agree he is starting to look a lot like you. 🙂

  • Julia October 4, 2012, 8:31 pm

    would you ever post about the cost of having a baby and what your insurance covered vs didn’t cover?

    • Hannah October 6, 2012, 3:59 pm

      I second this! Although it is really personal it might be nice for those who are in the dark!

  • Kristyn October 5, 2012, 5:25 am

    Henry is growing up so fast! What a gorgeous baby. 🙂 So happy for you all! How has living in Charlotte been? We have been looking into the town of Davidson as a potential move down the road. Love reading the blog…always have and always will! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 5, 2012, 8:05 am

      Davidson is too. Cute. You would love it.

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