Pitter Pattern

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And just like that, in a flash, the holidays are over.  Back to normal.


And by ‘normal,’ I mean… well, you know.


Do you have an established morning routine?  I was thinking this morning how much I love our current little routine.  Of course, it seems to change every other month as Henry grows, but we have a really nice little pattern in the mornings.


I hear Henry moving around on the monitor (or sometimes, I wake up immediately before he does – I swear we are psychically connected like that), and I quickly change into sweat pants and head into the kitchen to heat up a bottle and get my coffee.  I troop upstairs just as he’s starting to really want out of his crib, we say hello (“Did you have a nice sleepy?”), and I change his diaper and outfit.  We sit in his beautiful little nursery, and he has his bottle.  Then, he plays with his toys and eats his books while I pump and either check e-mails on my phone, listen to NPR, or brainstorm future nursery ideas (this is my new hobby even though I am so not ready for #2 anytime soon).  We come downstairs and feed the dogs and cat.  It’s so nice and simple!   Now that Henry is sleeping through the night, I don’t even mind being the one to deal with the morning stuff.  And that’s saying something! Winking smile


Eventually, I get to eat, too!


Stovetop banana oatmeal:


1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 cup water

1/2 banana

Toppings: chia seeds, coconut, brown sugar, cashews


It sure is gross outside today.  Here’s to hoping there is a little sun later.


Thought of the Day:


“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” – Tom Peters



  • Ashley January 2, 2013, 9:25 am

    That happens to me often too — waking up just in time! I’ll wake up in the wee hours and think “Hmm wonder when Clementine is going to need to eat?” and then boom, she starts squirming. Must be mommy-ESP 🙂

  • Abby January 2, 2013, 9:32 am

    I love having a routine in the morning with my little ones too! Coffee is always involved, and I have that same wake up a couple minutes before the baby wakes up too. It’s a wonderful way to wake up.
    Thanks for sharing Caitlin and happy new year!

  • Vanessa January 2, 2013, 9:38 am

    It’s totally Mommy ESP! My friends all make fun of me for saying so, but I am totally psychically-linked with my daughter. I’ve noticed that while she’s sleeping (still in our room), if I’m awake in the middle of the night, having one of those brain-racing anxiety moments, she’ll start squirming and making little unhappy sleeping sounds. It’s a good reminder for me to keep my thoughts positive.

    Check out the recent article in Scientific American—our babies’ cells migrate, in-utero, into various spots in our bodies where they remain, post birth (including in our brains!). So cool.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 2, 2013, 10:05 am

    love the idea of mommy ESP!

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker January 2, 2013, 10:14 am

    That’s hilarious. On my off days I try to stick to a routine with the dogs, blogging a little, making breakfast and hitting up the gym! Your babe is adorable and oatmeal looks great!

  • Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews January 2, 2013, 11:36 am

    Love the tongue on the window! Cute

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 2, 2013, 11:51 am

    I love routines and currently enjoy mine even though I don’t have a little baby to share it with! I always miss the comfort of a morning routine when I’m away from it for a while.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 2, 2013, 12:36 pm

    What a cutie!!!!

  • Jessie January 2, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Long time reader here…just want to ask a question, hopefully this doesn’t offend you, but where is the Hus doing his part? I read on your blog recently he went on a 4 day vacation without you?
    Best of luck with the bebe!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2013, 1:05 pm

      Oh that doesn’t offend me! I am so proud of him, I love to talk about it 🙂 he is obviously the breadwinner\works a lot but he takes over usually two or three mornings a week. He also does all child care for half days on mon and fri. And he does a lot if evening and weekend shifts. Honestly I wonder how he does it all!!! Kristien works so ridiculously hard at work and is such an involved dad… I wish every woman had such a loving husband. 🙂 he’s the best.

  • Joanna January 2, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Speaking of pumping….I saw on twitter that you were going to wean soon. I’m an exclusive pumper and planning to wean soon as well. Think you’ll post about that? I’m interested to hear how it goes, I don’t really know any other exclusive pumpers, and the weaning process sounds like it could potentially be difficult. Thanks Caitlin!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2013, 4:31 pm

      I keep thinking I am going to quit and then I back out of quitting. As of right now I am going to keep going. I ordered a container of formula and was shocked to realize how expensive it was per serving. I think I will continue to pump until he is depending more on solids and then I will switch to formula. Well that’s the plan. Honestly at this point I could wake up tomorrow and quit.

      • Joanna January 2, 2013, 8:20 pm

        That’s so funny, I change my mind about it every day too. It’s a tough decision! So emotional too. Damn. But yeah, that’s a good idea to see how it goes with solids….my boy is 5 months so hoping to get started soon. Good luck and thanks a bunch for your response!

  • Ashley January 2, 2013, 10:05 pm

    This post made me REALLY happy… more people, including myself need to be reminded that it’s the little things in life that bring joy…. that first cup of coffee, moments with your child, the simple beauty of having food to put in your belly and your pets’ tummy too… this is the stuff of life <3

    Aso… that photo of Henry licking the glass…. I die…. 😉 CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amina @ Furiously Writing January 3, 2013, 6:41 am

    My morning routine is very similar to yours. When I pick up my son, Babyface, I also belt out the Good Morning! song from Singing in the Rain.

    Yesterday I made old fashioned oats (with peanut butter) in the rice cooker and it turned out great! Might be something you could try so your breakfast would be ready, hot, and waiting when you get down from Henry’s room.

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