It’s Pajama Time

in Baby Meals, Solids

Apparently, we are the kind of people who go to the grocery store in our pajamas.

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At least Henry looks cute in his footed onesie!  I just look like a trainwreck momma.

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We were publicly embarrassing ourselves for a good cause – fresh fruit!  And Nutella. One of the hotels that I stayed in last week had Nutella at the breakfast bar, and I’ve been craving it ever since.

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James tagged along for the errand.  We also planned to go into the pet store for dog and cat food, but alas – not everything is open so early in the morning.  At least he got to go on a car ride.  <— Although I have recently let go of my Mommy Guilt issues (more on that later), I still suffer from Furmom Guilt to the tenth power – I think it has something to do with those damn puppy eyes.  I feel so bad that he’s always trapped in the house with Henry and me, so I take him everywhere I can.

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Maggie… I don’t worry about Maggie.  She’s thoroughly entertained by the sheer act of moving from the couch to her food bowls twice a day.


Bet you can guess what I had for breakfast!  Nutella toast and blueberries.


Lots of people have asked for an update on Henry’s eating habits since the Starting Solids post.  I’m planning to write more about this month on his 9-month update (which was yesterday, but I’m waiting for an opportunity to be out of pajamas for our pictures!), but I do want to start posting more pictures of Henry’s meals.  When Henry was little, I loved to look at what older babies ate.   We loosely follow a baby led weaning style of eating.  I say “loosely” because he eats some purees and occasionally, I put food in his mouth (BLW generally discourages this).  We kind of do a little of everything, but I really like BLW because 1) it’s easier for Henry to feed himself; 2) he doesn’t understand spoons at all and just grabs it from me and flings it across the room.  So BLW works for us… otherwise, meals would be really frustrating. I think he enjoys having control over his meals.


Henry’s breakfast:



I thought this was going to be too much food, but he inhaled it.  Who doesn’t like pancakes?!


I hope you have a fabulous day!

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On the HTP Facebook page, we’re crafting Workout Haikus and confessing our silliest great fears (mine is being stuck on a desert island without sunglasses).  Come join in!



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 13, 2013, 9:31 am

    I love grocery shopping early in the morning, my store is usually almost empty! 🙂

  • sara @ fitcupcaker March 13, 2013, 9:36 am

    I would def go to the grocery in ny pj’s! I usually need to end up going by Sunday but I hate it because its so busy! I try to go early in the am or really late when nobody is there! I kind of have grocery cart rage sometimes!

  • Amanda March 13, 2013, 9:42 am

    Just curious – I know you said that Henry has a dairy allergy/sensitivity, but is there a reason that he is eating gluten free?

    • Caitlin March 13, 2013, 9:50 am

      We’re probably not going to give him gluten for several years, until he tests non-sensitive to it.

      • Sarah March 13, 2013, 10:24 pm

        Doing that is actually a way to make it MOrE likely to attain an insensitivity- not a good idea. Im an RN- thats my 2 cents.

  • Emily March 13, 2013, 9:47 am

    But, you have cute shoes on! You can’t be a trainwreck momma if you have cute shoes on 😉

    Furmom guilt is very really though. Every day when we leave for work and we leave our dog, he shoots us the most pathetic/sad/angry eyes every and makes you want to cry. I’m terrified for when we have kids that our first baby will never forgive us lol

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health March 13, 2013, 10:01 am

    Nutella is sooooo good! If you put it with a little peanut butter also, it’s delicious 🙂

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 13, 2013, 10:02 am

    I’m embarrassed to admit how quickly we went through a jar of Nutella in this house from BJs. It’s addictive stuff!

  • Allison March 13, 2013, 10:02 am

    Nothing wrong with going out in your pajamas!

  • Janelle March 13, 2013, 10:10 am

    Does Henry have teeth? My little guy is the same age as Henry and, because he doesn’t have teeth, I worry about giving him solid food that he woud have to chew.

    • Caitlin March 13, 2013, 10:23 am

      He has two but they are newer! You should read about BLW if you are interested. Teeth aren’t required. 🙂

      • Janelle March 13, 2013, 6:38 pm

        Thanks, Caitlin. BLW makes sense, I just get nervous! I’m gonna give it a whirl though.

        By the way, I visited Charlotte this weekend and was secretly hoping to would run into you and Henry strolling down the street. haha. Obviously, that didn’t happen:( Just thought you should know that I love your blog and look forward to reading it everyday. I often refer to “Henry” when talking with my husband. He thinks I’m crazy when I remind him that he’s the “HTP blog baby”, or, in his words, “my imaginary friends”. Anyway, thanks for posting!

        • Caitlin March 13, 2013, 9:08 pm

          🙂 yay e-friends!

  • Ashley March 13, 2013, 10:36 am

    I am childless (so no excuses to use) and I regularly go to the grocery store in my pajamas! I like to knock my grocery shopping out at odd hours (re: very early) so as not to deal with the crowds.

    I do suffer from furmom guilt as well though, the boy and I have been working LOTS lately and I feel like our kitties are suffering, when we come home they are SO DESPERATE for attention. I wish I could bring them to work with me!

  • Katie March 13, 2013, 10:36 am

    Can’t wait for the food post – I was just going to request one! Roman eats like a trucker, and still wants giant bottles. He’s getting 35 oz per day in formula plus food, and his pediatrician said he should be at 27 oz per day plus food……the past 3 days we’ve cut out one bottle so he’s down to 28 oz of formula, and he inhales his food……he ate an entire banana in one sitting and still wanted more, I couldn’t believe it! I guess he inheirted his love of food from me 🙂

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 13, 2013, 10:49 am

    I think you more look like you’re in sweats rather than pajamas- and it is perfectly acceptable to go to the grocery store in sweats 🙂

    I’m just impressed you left the house that early! If I don’t have to, I will do anything to stay in the house the entire day.

  • Stephanie @ Food Fit 4 Real March 13, 2013, 11:11 am

    Starting solid foods was like entering the great unknown for me, I was always unsure of what was appropriate for their age. Fun fact: my daughter needed a splat mat for every meal because she threw EVERYTHING off her high chair and onto the floor. If I put food on the tray, she would just wipe her hand across the tray until ALL the food was on the floor. We quickly had to switch to suction bowls on her tray, which seemed to work. My son was the complete opposite, a very neat eater who wanted me to wipe his hand after every bite. I am glad they at ages where they can feed themselves and not make too big of a mess anymore.

  • dotsie March 13, 2013, 11:13 am

    Can you please, please please write about your Furmom Guilt Issues? I actually e-mailed Tina@Carrots and Cake about this topic! How do you balance it all?!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 13, 2013, 11:14 am

    There’s a small grocery store right behind my apartment building here in Chicago, and you can’t even imagine the things I’ve worn to run down there and grab something. The good thing about winter though is that I can throw my knee-length puffy coat on top of whatever I’m wearing so people have no idea…

  • Laura @ RunningJunkie123 March 13, 2013, 11:14 am

    I always go to the store in my pajamas! It’s the only way to shop! Well, that or my workout clothes!

  • michelle March 13, 2013, 11:16 am

    Your post totally made me nostalgic for Harris Teeter. I lived in NC for almost 10 years, and I now live in Ohio. No grocery store has ever been able to live up to my old Harris Teeter 🙁

  • emily March 13, 2013, 12:10 pm

    You have shiny flats on so you automatically look cute! 🙂
    I cast my vote for more baby food posts.

  • Katie March 13, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Are you eating dairy again (Nutella)?

    • Caitlin March 13, 2013, 12:49 pm

      yup! done with breastfeeding.

      • Katie March 13, 2013, 5:39 pm

        Must be excited to return to greek yogurt. that is what i would miss the most.

  • Nadine March 13, 2013, 12:49 pm

    I think dogs are just happy to be with you.

    • Caitlin March 13, 2013, 12:56 pm


  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 13, 2013, 12:51 pm

    Ain’t no shame… slap on a pair of yoga pants and a cute top, boom it’s an outfit 😉

  • Britt March 13, 2013, 2:03 pm

    I think You guys should’ve got dressed. Jeans instead of sweat pants… Shirt and pants for babe

    • Margaret March 13, 2013, 4:06 pm

      seriously? because….?

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats March 13, 2013, 2:29 pm

    My greatest fear is going a day without Chapstick. I’m cringing just thinking about it!

  • Vicki March 13, 2013, 2:33 pm

    carrot syrup – I need to hear more about that! We are loosely following BLW too, and we love it!

    try putting banana slices on the Nutella on toast – so delicious! Nutella is one of my most favorite things in the world.

  • Stacey March 13, 2013, 4:17 pm

    I don’t get the Nutella obsession… probably because I haven’t tried it, but seeing how the first ingredient is sugar that’s enough to turn me away.
    What I do get is the furmom guilt. We took in another family member’s dog and ours has been an only ‘child’ for 8 years now. He used to look at us like when is he leaving?! After 3 months they are finally friends and play together non-stop, but I still feel like I totally wrecked his life. I just try to remind myself he had (and still has) a very good life and it will not kill him to share!

    • Dennis Murray March 14, 2013, 7:40 am

      Agreed…2 tablespoons of Nutella is 21 grams of sugar! That’s 5 teaspoons of sugar.

      That’s the same as pair of Reeses Peanut butter cups.

  • Michelle March 13, 2013, 4:28 pm

    I hate the feeling of FurMom Guilt…as soon as I pick up my purse, my pup knows that he’s about to be left alone for a few hours. If only he could come to work with me!

  • mollie March 13, 2013, 5:46 pm

    james’ ears crack me up!! he is such a Bat Dog.
    we have two cats and a new (to us) dog. when all three of them train their sad eyes on me when i leave the house, it is killer!

  • Paige March 13, 2013, 7:07 pm

    Your train wreck mom comment hurt my feelings…is that really what people think of me when my day is too crazy to be dressed nice at the store?

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs March 13, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Nutella is the bomb. There is, nor will there ever be, shame in eating Nutella 😉

  • Tor March 13, 2013, 11:17 pm

    Why are you feeding your son gluten free…. I’m a future dietitian and you are setting him up for even worse problems. It is recommended you feed babies gluten and wheat to prevent the chance of developing sensitivities and celiac disease. There is nothing wrong with a little wheat in the diet, as long as it isn’t from processed sources. Unless he has a KNOWN issue that has been tested for, it is silly to restrict things from the diet. The only thing I can agree to is vegetarianism (I am also a vegetarian), but my children will eventually have the choice to eat meat when they choose to do so.

    • Caitlin March 14, 2013, 7:16 am

      Thanks for the info!

  • Tor March 14, 2013, 12:35 am

    Just commented earlier about not giving your baby wheat or gluten… Just came across this article you should read.

    • Grace March 14, 2013, 9:30 am

      This is so true! You’re setting up Henry for having food health issues in the future by avoiding so many major food groups at such a young age. Here’s another article about the issue:

      The reason peanut allergies are so rare in Israel is that one of the most popular baby snacks in Israel contains peanuts. There is definitive proof that introducing potential allergens before a year DECREASES the risk for allergies later in life.

      Not to mention the fact that carbohydrates are absolutely essential for brain development in babies – the infant brain has TWICE the glucose needs of an adult to properly develop and function. Fats are also essential for proper brain development in infants. By eliminating so many major food groups (meat, dairy and wheat) from his diet at such a young age I would be very cautious to make sure that he’s getting the proper nutrition he needs, especially now that you’ve weaned him from breastmilk. It’s one thing for an adult to play around with trendy diets, but I would be very cautious with having so many incredibly strict restrictions for a baby without any real, serious medical reasons.

      • Caitlin March 14, 2013, 10:05 am

        I’m really not going to get into this because, to be honest, this is a decision made with the assistance of Henry’s doctor, and you guys don’t know the entire story on why we are choosing to do this (nor do I feel like getting into it on the blog). I appreciate the advice and feedback, but not every decision is up for discussion, and this is one of them. I’ve said all that I’m going to say on the topic. Suffice it to say that I and the husband have done a ton of research in conjunction with Henry’s doctor’s advice. Please do not think that I make medical decisions for my son lightly. Thanks for reading, and I’m sure you all can understand where I am coming from.

        • Grace March 14, 2013, 11:22 am

          You hadn’t mentioned before that Henry had any health issues; I certainly don’t question your doctor’s dietary restrictions relating to serisou health problems and I wouldn’t have commented if I had known, I apologize. I can certainly understand you wanting to keep his medical issues private, and I hope that he is doing well.

          • Caitlin March 14, 2013, 11:35 am

            He is 🙂 thanks so much again for your comment (i know it was coming from a good place) and for reading!

  • Steph March 16, 2013, 10:09 am

    I don’t understand why people are so upset about not feeding your baby gluten…it’s really not that healthy for anyone. And this is coming from a person with a graduate degree in holistic health (from a Higher Learning Commission accredited college, not a hokey place) with an emphasis on whole foods nutrition. I do not have children, but when I do I will not be giving them gluten.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf March 17, 2013, 7:40 am

    I take my dog for a car ride on almost a daily basis whenever I pop out because she looks so sad when I go to leave – you’re not alone!

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