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Well, well, well.


I made an epic scheduling error yesterday.  I thought I was doing a presentation at Anderson University in South Carolina.  After driving 2.5 hours, I realized that the event is actually tonight.  Whoops.


Luckily, DadHTP had come with me so I wasn’t all alone on the long (and frustrating) drive back.  So guess what I’m doing this afternoon?  You guessed it!  Driving back to Anderson.


I have somehow roped my dad into going BACK to Anderson with me tonight.  10 hours of driving in two days is not my idea of a good time, but at least I’m not doing it solo.


By the time I got home last night, I barely had enough energy to eat dinner.  I fell asleep early.  I woke up around 6 AM because I heard Henry on the monitor, and when I checked on him, he was just sitting up in the dark staring at the crib slates.  Not moving or talking.  Just sitting there.  I watched him for 15 minutes and eventually freaked myself out so bad that I went and got him.  I think he was just sleeping sitting up…


For lunch, the family headed to Whole Foods.



This may have been my first attempt to feed Henry real food in public.  Predictably, he ended up just smashing the carrots and potatoes into his jacket.



So we just switched to a bottle.


Time for me to hit the road.  I can’t believe I was so silly with my calendar…. You can bet that I’ll NEVER make this mistake again!


Psst – I’ve heard that there are some mysterious pop-ups happening on the blog when you click on comments. I’m trying to resolve this issue – please bear with me! So sorry for the inconvenience.



  • Lisa February 6, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Henry is so sweet! Aw. Luckily, you won’t be making the drive alone, I’m actually weird and love driving. I’d rather drive 10 hours than fly for 2…flying just makes me so anxious!

  • Sana February 6, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Yikes. Blame it on the iphone?

  • Amanda K. February 6, 2013, 2:39 pm

    maybe you should switch back to a paper calendar 🙂

    • Vikki February 7, 2013, 9:07 am

      I wish there was a like button for this comment.

  • Nina February 6, 2013, 2:42 pm

    That one picture of Henry is hilarious! Sorry to hear about your scheduling error yesterday.

  • Beth @ Running with the Sunrise February 6, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Ah, Anderson…it’s only exciting if you live in Clemson (which I did) and need to go to a Target or want to eat something than bar food. Drive safely today and good luck with your presentation!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 6, 2013, 3:06 pm

    That’s so nice of DadHTP to do the drive with you (and do it again). Mistakes happen, remember that and don’t be too hard on yourself!

  • Erica February 6, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Raw carrots??? I hope not!

    • Caitlin February 6, 2013, 3:13 pm

      Of course not.

    • April February 6, 2013, 3:35 pm

      Erica, please use common sense. How would a baby smash RAW carrots into their jacket? Also, if you use your eyesight you can clearly see the child holding a cooked carrot which looks exactly like the obviously cooked carrot in the Whole Foods box.

      • Alli February 6, 2013, 3:56 pm

        But with supervision, what’s wrong with raw carrots? I gave my baby raw carrots when he was teething. It sure helped! They were big so there was no way he could choke on it.

        • April February 6, 2013, 7:13 pm

          I don’t have an issue with raw carrots personally. They are quite hard so it’s not as if he was going to bite a chunk off and choke and obviously his parents are right there supervising. However, Erica clearly DOES have an issue with raw carrots so I was simply responding to her questioning Caitlin on it when the carrot is very obviously cooked. 🙂

  • Katie H. February 6, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Does Whole Foods have a cafe? I just started shopping there, and am excited to explore the many possibilities 🙂

  • Rebecca February 6, 2013, 3:51 pm

    I’ve gotten used to driving alone. I drive home from school (2.5+ hours, depending on traffic) around once a month (this semester it’ll be twice in March–no other scheduled breaks. Sad.) and every drive so far this school year has been made solo. I get sleepy on long car rides, so it’s interesting, but I make it work.

    The only ads I get usually pop up under your first photo or so and are Amazon-related. They’ve got a little X button, though, so t’s not super-annoying. I think I might have accidentally downloaded something that made that happen. Heh. Oops.

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker February 6, 2013, 4:19 pm

    I love to eat at whole foods…. Such a great selection!

  • Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant February 6, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Loving the heart shaped icons!

  • Jill Will Run February 6, 2013, 4:40 pm

    I’ve been telecommuting for 7.5 years now. My employer is in a different time zone. Two months ago I made the first error of scheduling a meeting at my time, not their time… and then I decided to run an errand at that exact moment. Sheesh… I blame my new mom brain! 🙂

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action February 6, 2013, 4:50 pm

    Aww- that must’ve been so frustrating! Glad to hear you had some company for those long hours on the road.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 6, 2013, 7:47 pm

    Oh gosh, that’s one of those things that are so frustrating because you can’t control it once it’s happened! But hey, if that’s the worst thing that’s happened this year, then it’s been a pretty good year, right?

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 6, 2013, 8:34 pm

    It sucks when that sort of thing happens. At least you get company!

  • Kerri February 6, 2013, 10:35 pm

    I don’t think your new blog header is working in Chrome. Just thought you should know!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2013, 7:10 am

      Hmm it’s working in my chrome. What does it look like for you?

      • Allie February 7, 2013, 7:37 am

        It’s working ok for me in Chrome, too.

  • Emily February 6, 2013, 11:30 pm

    Ack, I do this kind of thing all the time. Glad it turned out OK!

  • Angela February 6, 2013, 11:35 pm

    10 hours of driving is rough… I guess it’s better going a day early rather than a day late?! Perspective… learned that from you haha

  • Vanessa February 7, 2013, 3:04 am

    So glad to hear I’m not the only one to do things like that! Before I had a baby, I never kept a calendar–I managed to always remember all my appointments, and (for some reason) considered it good exercise for my brain. Post baby, it took me a few months, and SEVERAL mixed up and/or completely missed appointments to finally give in and use a calendar.

    Seems like once you have a baby, something like 70% of your brain is completely occupied all the time with thinking about your child! It’s hard to pack everything else into the remaining 30%! Hang in there.

  • Rachel February 7, 2013, 6:54 pm

    Hi. I’ve been having troubles clicking on some of the links on your website. It’s been happening for a couple of days. For instance this is the only comment section that worked for me. The other posts (I think there are currently two or three more recent posts) when I click on the “add more comments” button I get sent to an ad. It also happens if I try to go back to older posts where there is only a short blurb and a “read more” or “continue reading” link. I also get sent to an ad. There are not always the same ad. Has anyone else reported similar problems or is something going on with my computer or browser (I used Safari).

    • Caitlin February 7, 2013, 8:02 pm

      Yes. I’m trying to sort it out! I am so sorry.

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