Would I Do It Again?

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Would I run another marathon?  Marathons are a funny thing.  After I crossed the finish line at the Disney Marathon back in 2010, I declared, “I am never doing that again!”  I had never run that far before and found the experience of training and racing to be absolutely grueling.  Of course, it did not help that it was less than 20 degrees on race day (yes, in central Florida).  I was cold, miserable, and tired, and I could not imagine doing a marathon again.  I had finished in 4:52 – the race took me much longer than anticipated.

Wouldn’t you know it… 9 months later, I did another marathon.  This time, the weather was in my favor, and I knocked a half an hour off my finishing time.  I was super happy but still – when I crossed the finish line, I said, “I am REALLY never doing that again.”


But now… man!  I have the urge again!  I realize that it’s totally insane, and I’m not seriously considering it, given how much trouble I had training for a half marathon back in January…. but I did find myself Googling “North Carolina marathons” the other night.  I kind of think marathons are like childbirth – you have to forget the pain of the last one before you can consider doing it again.


Which leads me to…. Would I ever do drug-free childbirth again?  I get this question all the time, both in real life and on the blog. 


Drug-free childbirth was extremely important to me.  I planned and studied for it before months (we did Bradley Method classes – here’s my pre-birth and post-birth review).  I wanted to go drug-free because that was how I always imagined childbirth; I was also scared of unnecessary medical intervention.  When I was planning for a drug-free birth, lots of people said to me, “It doesn’t matter how the baby arrives; all that matters is that you both are healthy.”  And while I agree that all that ultimately matters is a healthy mom and baby, the way I gave birth mattered to me a lot. I think it’s short-sighted to insist that the atmosphere of the birth doesn’t have the potential to have a big impact on the mother.  No matter what the birth entails, it is awesome if it is an empowering, emotionally fulfilling experience for the woman (and I really do believe that you can get this in a variety of birth scenarios).


Anyway, I didn’t end up having a completely intervention-free labor (here’s Henry’s birth story – Part I and Part II), but I did have a drug-free birth, and I don’t regret anything.  I still shudder when I think about the three hours of pushing, but yes… I would do it again!  It took me a while to be able to say that with confidence. Labor was very long and (obviously) very painful, but I do think drug-free was the best way for me. Now that I know I can do it, I will try again with baby number two.  And like Henry’s birth, if I end up needing interventions, I’ll be okay with that because I will know the baby and I really need it.  Drug-free birth isn’t for everyone, and that’s totally cool, but I appreciate how more and more medical practitioners are empowering women to know that it’s an option to try for if they want to.  And I love to be an encouraging voice for other mommas-to-be who want to go drug-free!


Would we wait to find out our baby’s sex again?  YES, YES, and YES!  


I wrote an entire post about the subject, but this quote sums it up quite nicely:


Not knowing the sex of the baby was a HUGE motivator during labor.  Whenever I wanted to break down and quit (not that I could’ve…), I thought to myself, “Just a few more hours and you get to find out if it’s a boy or a girl!”  The excitement of not only meeting our baby but finding out something so basic about him or her was tremendously motivating.  And after three hours of pushing, I got to hear the sweetest, most amazing news ever:  the Husband shakily announced that it was a boy, and Henry began to wail.  I’m so glad we asked the midwife to let Kristien announce the sex because it made it even more special. My initial reaction was, “Oh, of course it is a boy!”  It just felt like the way it was supposed to be… I’m sure that no matter when you find out your baby’s sex, it is a special moment, but the rush of emotions that accompany delivery PLUS the joy of seeing your baby for the first time PLUS finding out the sex after 40 long weeks is overwhelming.


I try to convince everyone I know to wait to find out their baby’s gender. Smile It was really fun to find out after birth!


Would I breastfeed again?  This is another question that I get a lot.  Breastfeeding was quite a journey, and I ended up exclusively pumping for 6 our of 8 months. 


Breastfeeding really wore me down mentally, emotionally, and physically.  Pro-breastfeeding advocates hate to hear that, I know, but it was really hard for me.  I do believe it’s the best option, and I would never try to dissuade someone else from doing it, but the reality is that for some people, it’s really, really hard (and for lots of people, it’s really, really easy and wonderful!).  BUT – I would do it again.  Or at least I would try to do it as long as possible.  My plan is to try to make physical breastfeeding work for BabyHTP 2.0, but if I can’t, I’m prepared to pump again.  I know I won’t make it to 8 months next time if I’m exclusively pumping though… but that’s okay. 


Onto something lighter and non-baby related… Would I buy an expensive blender again?  We had a super cheap blender than was over a decade old, and a few years ago, I decided to spring for a refurbished Vitamix.  It was SUCH a good decision!  Vitamixes come with an insane warranty (I think mine is 10 years), and they blend so much better than the cheapy blenders. If you have the money to spare on a nice appliance that you’ll use regularly…  I think it’s worth it.

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And lastly…. Would I adopt Pippa again?


Oh my goodness!  Yes!  We LOVE Pippa so much.  It’s always scary to add a new pet to the family – it’s a lot of responsibility and it can throw the dynamic off.  And although we carefully weighed whether we were ready to adopt another pet before bringing her home, I was still anxious because the addition of Pippa meant that the adults were officially outnumbered by furbabies.  Two pets to three seems like a big jump!


I always said I was not a cat person, but you know what? I am definitely a Pippa person.  She is so beautiful and sweet and fits in with our family so well.  The dogs have warmed up to her, and I frequently find her snuggling up to James (!!) in his dog bed.   I love taking care of Pippa, and I am so glad that we could give her a warm, loving, and busy forever home.  And I think she likes me the most, which is pretty cool. Winking smile


So – what about you? What would you do again, and what would you not do again?



  • Danielle May 7, 2013, 10:33 am

    YES. There’s no space for regrets in a full life 🙂 thanks for sharing your specific insight, Caitlin!

  • Laine May 7, 2013, 10:34 am

    I was never a cat person, until I found my cat. Then I became a “my cat” person, and now I love all cats.

    • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 10:35 am


    • Kelly May 7, 2013, 10:56 am

      This is funny. I was not a “cat person” either until my little Maizi showed up on our doorstep, tiny as can be and only about a month old. I took her to the no-kill shelter (I hate to think about it to this day), but I am so grateful they had a two-week waiting list. We took her home and I never again contemplated taking her to the shelter. I now have another cat, and although, I still love my dog, I feel like I’ve slid more to the cat side of the scale than the dog side. I NEVER thought that would happen. All it takes is the love of one special cat and you’re hooked forever. Bless their sweet hearts. Love them!

  • Katy Widrick May 7, 2013, 10:35 am

    I would, given the same circumstances that surrounded the birth of my daughter, go drug-free again. It was absolutely incredible, but everything came together to make it possible — I didn’t need interventions to start labor, I was able to arrive at the hospital at 5cm, I had a great doula and support from my husband, etc. If that wasn’t the case for baby #2, I’d be OK with whatever happened. (And they don’t lie when they say that time is a great healer – in the days after giving birth, I said NO WAY EVER AGAIN WHAT WAS I THINKING??? but now I’m back to wanting to do it again.)

    • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 10:48 am

      Would you hypnobabies again?

      • Amanda May 7, 2013, 2:32 pm

        I totally would! I arrived at the hospital at nearly 8 cm at Noon/1 p.m. Baby was born at 550.

  • April May 7, 2013, 10:47 am

    Great post! I love reflecting on things that we thought were scary and ended up being an excellent decision after all.

    One thing I would totally do again is driving across the country to attend grad school. It was a very big decision, slightly scary, and taught me a lot about myself (both the trip and grad school).

  • Kendra May 7, 2013, 10:53 am

    We have a couple of things in common. I also did the Bradley Method with my first and I exclusively pumped. So I totally know where you are coming from on both fronts. I now have a 4 month old baby girl and my experience has been completely different with both labor and breastfeeding. I did end up getting the epidural with my second and I know it was because I was mentally not in the state of mind I needed to be in for the “drug-free experience.” I don’t regret it though, I still had a wonderful labor and delivery.

    As for the breastfeeding… I gave it another shot with my girl and it was still every bit hard, physically and emotionally, but I knew more this time around and I felt more prepared for the hardships. I made it over the rough patches and I now nurse in the evenings and weekends and I pump throughout the week as I am a full-time working mama.

    Motherhood is not a ‘one-size fits all’ and all I can do is what is best for me and my family no matter what the decision is. And like so many of us, I was the perfect parent… until I became one!

    • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 10:54 am

      hahah samesies.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 7, 2013, 10:54 am

    I ran my first marathon this past October (Chicago!) and I would DEFINITELY do it again! I had a great experience!

  • dotsie May 7, 2013, 11:11 am

    <3 I loved reading the part about adopting Pippa again <3 I am such an animal lover!

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin May 7, 2013, 11:12 am

    A funny thing I get asked a lot by people is whether I would join a sorority again if I were to re-do my college experience (since I recently graduated). If I were to go back to college right now, I would say no, but I also wouldn’t change doing this in the past because it led to many of my friends!

  • Grace May 7, 2013, 11:20 am

    I had an intense natural birth experience (almost 60 hours of labor, both med- and intervention-free). Although I’m really glad that I had no complications (and of course I’m most grateful that my daughter was born perfectly healthy), as my daughter gets older I realize that the birth experience is like a wedding – something to plan for and look forward to, but kind of superficial in comparison to what really counts, what’s really important – the marriage. Like a marriage, it doesn’t matter if you have a huge 500+ person gala-like event or a quickie date at the courthouse, it had little bearing or impact on the happiness and experiences of decades of loving and living together as a couple.

    The birth experience is remarkable, emotional and powerful – no matter what the circumstances. But in comparison to the hard, nitty-gritty work of parenting for the rest of your life, it’s just a day. Who your child becomes as a person is a testament to how you model yourself for them, what you teach them and all the choices you make along the way, not if you could push for X number of hours or give birth at home in a tub or whatever. The same with breastfeeding or formula – yes, there are small scientifically measurable benefits to a year of breast milk. But really, who cares in the long run? In twenty years the adult your child has become won’t be based on whether you were up in the middle of the night with your breast or a bottle – the acts of love and sacrifice are what really count.

    • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 11:32 am

      I like this comment 🙂 thank you for the insight!

    • Kelli May 7, 2013, 11:48 am

      Great comment and so so true !

    • Kendra May 7, 2013, 12:00 pm

      Very well said!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 7, 2013, 11:24 am

    Hmmm, well I felt so great when I ran my half marathon, but I don’t think I’m ever going to do one again! I fell out of my running habit and I’m just really enjoying other activities. And my hips did not care for double digit running haha.

    I am desperately trying to convince my boyfriend to adopt another pet to take us from 1 to 2 furbabies. I’m convinced our pooch needs a bff… a cuddle buddy! He won’t allow it… yet 🙂

  • Jennifer May 7, 2013, 11:29 am

    I actually want to go the way of some of your decisions in the future. For baby #2, I want to wait to find out the gender and try (again) to have a drug-free birth. With #1 I was induced and I am pretty sure that was what undid my natural birthing plan. Great post!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 7, 2013, 11:50 am

    This is a fun post!

    I definitely don’t regret anything I’ve done, as even the bad choices taught me something and made me the person I am today.
    However, my favourite one is definitely- would I got backpacking by myself for 2 months after University? Absolutely! People thought I was crazy for going by myself, but I learnt so much about myself, met amazing people, and had a fantastic time that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

  • Claire Zulkey May 7, 2013, 12:06 pm

    I am going to try running a half marathon again (this one in New Orleans in October). The first one I ran was such an unhappy experience that I just want to try to enjoy it. That was my only goal. PRs are pretty irrelevant to me.

    Would I do a drug-full birth again? Yes. I didn’t really have an option (I got induced due to preeclampsia) but man, that epidural felt great. My only wish actually is that I had waited a little before getting it because I hadn’t experienced the pain of contractions first so when they did “break through” I was like, what the hell is this. I had so little control over my labor though and didn’t know what was going on that I don’t regret it and I know now you really can’t control that much.

    Would I only formula-feed again? Definitely. More power to the breast feeding mamas out there but I felt crazy and stretched-thin enough as it was with just the baby. Being the sole feeder of him would have probably pushed me over the edge.

    Would I go back to work again after Baby #2? Probably. I feel sad leaving the kid behind but I also know that I wouldn’t do well being a full time SAHM, plus my job is interesting, stimulating and gives me great benefits. My ideal situation would be maybe to work 3-4 days a week but I don’t know how realistic that would be. We’ll see. I am trying to remind myself daily that nobody has got it completely figured out and that there is always something you could be doing differently.

  • Ali May 7, 2013, 12:09 pm

    “I think it’s short-sighted to insist that the atmosphere of the birth doesn’t have the potential to have a big impact on the mother. ”
    I have actually never heard it put this way! I absolutely agree with you, but I think I’ve always heard more arguments about drug free birth that it has huge potential to make a big impact on the CHILD. My chiropractor talks a lot about how the birthing experience has lifelong implications on the child-everything from actual chiropractic issues to other health impacts not physiologic related. How you birth is traumatic to the little kids!

  • Carolina John May 7, 2013, 12:27 pm

    yes do another marathon. I would certainly do another ironman, and wish I could step up and do one every year. This year is beach 2 battleship full iron, but in 2014 kelley and I are both looking at doing the Asheville Marathon (it’s all on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate so it’s pretty flat) and the Umstead Trail marathon. they are on back to back days. You’re welcome to stay with us if you want to run umstead. You would also love the Tobacco Road marathon, it’s all flat, in Raleigh, and mostly on trails. open door that weekend too.

    Maybe this craving means you secretly really want to step it up a notch and look into the Marathon Maniacs? worth a google search to see how you can join the insane asylum.

  • Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 7, 2013, 12:33 pm

    I think waiting to find out the gender is one of the last few true surprises left one earth!! I always have a moment of: Why the hell am I running this marathon? But then as I’m aching in bed the next day, I’m googling races and new training books…

  • Tara May 7, 2013, 12:52 pm

    I haven’t ran a marathon yet but I think if I do it I will do it in 5+ years. I’m currently training for my first 1/2 marathon and that seems intense enough on its own! The craziest thing I have done was Tough Mudder, and as my group went past the finish line we all swore to never do it again. Little did we know that we’re planning our next one already!

  • Jade May 7, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Right after having my dude, I was induced and no pain meds – I will always question the second baby (when we decide to have one) if I have to get induced it will be very very hard to say no to the drugs. I heard prior that being induced is like labor on steroids and I believe it!

  • Carol May 7, 2013, 1:18 pm

    I have a four year old son who was born with a rare birth defect and we were completely unaware of this birth defect. I had an emergency c-section, and he has had 2 surgeries to help correct this defect, and countless other experiences that made me feel completely and utterly unprepared as a mom. But, he is a strong-willed stubborn little boy and I think all that he has been through makes him who he is. He is bubbly, sweet, well-behaved, and as adventurous as any other kid his age. I don’t even process the circumstances of his birth, and while I have often felt scared and alone because of what we have been through so far, I really would not change a single thing. I would do it all again, it has taught me so much, and I know that he was born to my husband and me because I feel that we have approached our journey with just the right mix of fear and fearlessness.

    • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 1:58 pm


  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) May 7, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I grew up with both cats and dogs, always thinking of myself as a dog person…then after our last dog passed away I realized how much I have been needing the break. It was always so frustrating to arrange for care for all our animals if we wanted to go somewhere. Right now we’re down to a small tortoise (who lives outside during the summer) and two cats. I’m happy and while I know that my kids would love another dog I am in no hurry to get furry, again! No, seriously, we have 7 children with several having special needs (Spina Bifida, PTSD/Anxiety, FASE, etc) and that is all the busyness I need in life!

  • Pippa@popovertopippas May 7, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Every time I see the name “Pippa” on your blog, I get a little thrown off:) And on another note, I had no idea that it was possible to purchase a refurnished vita-mix, that’s amazing!

  • mollie May 7, 2013, 2:08 pm

    my husband and i had the opposite situations of yours- we started with two cats, and just added a dog in january. we’ve had the cats for a little over 5 years, so it was such a good ecosystem and i was terrified to disrupt it. we are both cat lovers and both of our parents and all of our siblings have cats, so we never considered getting a dog….but i started to get the itch last year. we met wally in january, fostered him for a few weeks, and then adopted him forever! now i CANNOT imagine not having him, and i’m so glad we waited to find him- he is the absolute perfect fit for our family! i love him to death, and i’m saying that after finding out this morning that he ate two rubber stamps and a bag of hershey kisses, so it’s really saying something 😉

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers May 7, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I would definitely marry young again (love that man!), would adopt my two kitties again, and would plan a family again. Of course, the little bundle of joy isn’t here just yet, but I like having him/her on my mind and in my bump.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 7, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Such a fun post! And seriously after running my first 1/2 marathon last month, I found myself saying that I wasn’t sure I’d get that itch to run a FULL marathon but less than a month later and I had it. I’ll DEFINITELY run a 1/2 marathon again but it’s still debatable if I’ll run a full ever…

  • Amanda May 7, 2013, 3:12 pm

    It’s fun to reflect on things and wonder if you would do them the same if you had the chance in the future.

    Since I typically don’t hold regrets, I would definitely do things the same again regarding my unmedicated, hypnobabies, hospital, birth experience. Additionally, I would choose to only have my doula, partner and medical team in the room again – none of that family business. Although, I did feel like a ROCK STAR after delivering my son and it would have been really amazing to have shared that with the ones I love so much – mom, sisters, etc. It was exactly as I imagined it would be, except with baby getting hung up on my pelvic bone after the head was born. A dramatic entry for baby and mama, but still 9s on Apgar 😉 I would do it again, and hope someday I get that chance.

    Two things I would do differently in my life (and I’m only 31!), even though I am perfectly OK with the way these things went/are going: 1) I would have gotten married many years ago, and not spent the years with my partner as an unmarried couple. We have been together for nearly 13 years and have an 11 mo old now. We plan to spend the rest of our lives together, and I just think I’m older, wiser and growing more traditional in my thinking (had a baby! you know it changes everything). Not that a wedding wouldn’t be special now, but life has moved forward and, it’s hard for me to imagine a kind of wedding I would have had years ago, now. Of course our wedding day will be perfect for where we are in life when it happens. 2) I would definitely have spent less of my college days PARTYING, and more involvement with my fitness and just generally enjoying more of my days instead of middle of the nights. What’s the saying? Nothing good ever happens after Midnight.

  • Amanda May 7, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Oh, and breastfeeding! I would do it again, but I wouldn’t be afraid to supplement with Baby’s Only MUCH sooner! Haha. First-time moms fear so many things. I wondered after I started giving him top-off bottles before bed at about 10 mo old, why I hadn’t done it sooner and gotten much more sleep?! My boy was truly hungry in the night. He needed more calories in the day.

  • Katie May 7, 2013, 3:36 pm

    I loved this post! I miss your daily musings, but am glad to have a little look back on all that you have accomplished and shared with us!

  • Christina W. May 7, 2013, 3:55 pm

    My husband and I are doing our first marathon in October in Greensboro, NC. It’s a trail race! Consider checking out Triple Lakes Trail marathon.

  • Jasmine, bama + ry May 7, 2013, 5:03 pm

    So……. Did you get the certified standard or certified “next generation” Vitamix? I have been seriously considering getting one and had no clue there were reconditioned ones. I am very excited.

    • Caitlin May 7, 2013, 10:15 pm

      Whatever was cheapest!

  • Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos May 7, 2013, 5:19 pm

    Great post! I had a drug-free birth and I would absolutely do it again. It hurt, it was intense, but I viewed it as a challenge to prepare for and overcome and was extremely proud of myself afterwards. Having a baby is ALWAYS going to be a crazy and amazing experience, no matter how you do it, but I feel like I did was best for me given my circumstances and personality. I was shell-shocked for about a week, but after that I knew that I would do it the same way again.

    Somehow I doubt I’d feel the same way about running a marathon though 😉

  • Ja @Ja on the RUN May 7, 2013, 7:21 pm

    Awww Love this post! 🙂
    I can totally relate when you you’re doing a race after crossing the finish line. And after few days, I would find myself registering for another one again. LOL!

  • Lyn May 7, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I’m so excited to see you comment on your marathon experiences and whether you’d do it again… I just finished my 4th half marathon (in Pittsburgh!) and now I really want to do the marathon next year… but I’m scared! Scared of the training, scared I can’t do it, scared I might die trying (literally, I have this fear). But a huge part of me just wants to do it once as a big life goal/life accomplishment. How do you know if/when you’re ready??

  • Amber K May 7, 2013, 9:04 pm

    I could 100% NEVER wait to find out the baby’s sex. I want to be able to refer to my child by their name as soon as humanly possible. I’ve had names picked out for years and I can’t wait to be able to refer to my own child by one of them.

  • Jacquelynn May 7, 2013, 10:57 pm

    I love this post! It’s funny how we change our minds on things after life settles down 🙂

  • Rachel May 7, 2013, 11:09 pm

    People always say they aren’t a cat person and then they get a cat and fall in love! I’ve heard the same story countless times 😉 I’m so glad you decided to chance it and bring Pippa into your home. Maybe it’s like not being a kid person until you have one of your own (how I feel)?

  • Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages May 7, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Oh my god I had no idea you could buy a refurbished Vitamix. I think I’m in trouble!

  • Katie May 8, 2013, 12:02 am

    Here’s the thing: you can’t ever find out the gender of your unborn child, as gender is a social construct. It may feel like nitpicking, but to me sex and gender are important distinctions!

    • Caitlin May 8, 2013, 9:27 am

      oh it is to me too. i used sex every time except once, when i said gender! whoops.

  • Katy May 8, 2013, 12:17 am

    Wait, are you pregnant?! Now, I’ve gotta go back & catch up! Baby 2.0…

    • Caitlin May 8, 2013, 9:27 am


    • Hope May 13, 2013, 10:28 am

      Ha, I thought I missed something, too!!

  • Allison May 8, 2013, 1:20 am

    I would run another marathon! You’re absolutely right — you have to wait just long enough to forget the pain of the last one. My last marathon was in October (it was only my 2nd), but it was not my favorite. I thought for sure I’d be taking a HUGE break, maybe only just sticking to halves. And then I got restless. And now I’m signed up for marathon #3!! 🙂

  • danielle May 8, 2013, 6:56 am

    Since my second baby is nw 2 months old ill comment from that perspective!
    Drug free birth…first kiddo was c section bc he was breech. Seco d time around I was much more proactive in trying to prevent breech position. Either by luck or my prep it worked. I did deliver vaginally was hoped to go drug free but felt I really needed the epi. Still loved the experience and would do it again and even try for drug free.

    Breastfeeding. First baby I BFd for 2 months then exclusivy pumped for 10 more after returning to work. This time BF is much better/easier (thank god!!!!!!) but ill still need to go back to work. Ill pump as long as I can mentally manage it this time. With a newborn and a toddler I know it won’t be easy so ill justdo what I can and am open to formula if needed.
    Forcme, the second child really gave me perspective and has allowed me to relax my rules/pressure.

    • Alexa May 9, 2013, 2:44 pm

      How does one prevent breech?! I’d love to know. My son flipped breech during labor.

  • Jamie May 8, 2013, 8:26 am

    Funny you should mention running a marathon. I ran one marathon when I was 21 (the Disney World Marathon like you). It was very hot and my time was much slower than I thougt it would be (5:25). Instead of being happy I ran a marathon at all, for years I was embarrassed by that time. I am turning 30 in five months and I am contemplating running a marathon my birthday weekend. So I WOULD run another marathon but I WOULDN’T get as hung up on what my time is and just be happy I did my best. 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction.com May 8, 2013, 9:00 am

    Good for you! I am totally thinking of doing a marathon..with 2 half’s under my belt I really want to give it a go!!!

  • Ashley May 8, 2013, 9:51 am

    We didn’t find out the sex, and my husband was the one who told me once she was born, because of your blog! And you’re right, it was so incredible. Any babies in the future we’re going to be surprised.

    He didn’t actually get the be the one to tell me, because I saw her teeny tiny vagin-y while they were showing him, right before he said “It’s a Clementine!” but still, it was pretty sweet for him to be the one to share the news. Totally the way to go!

    • Caitlin May 8, 2013, 1:34 pm


  • Sara May 8, 2013, 10:17 am

    We have three cats and two dogs. It feels like a lot since we’re welcoming a baby any day now. I’m not sure I’d have as many cats as we do, but we love them all! 🙂 It’s just a lot of work!

    And I’m open to an epidural or not. I plan to see how it goes. Take everything a step at a time. Interestingly, in my area (I live in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area) the rate of epidurals in this area is 98 percent! That number really surprised me. I expected it to be high–but not that high!

  • Reenie May 8, 2013, 10:42 am

    Ahhhh Sweet James & Pippa…. we need a pic of that!! 🙂

  • Ellen May 8, 2013, 11:35 am

    I would absolutely do the Peace Corps again. I had an amazing experience in Guatemala. Loved my site, , met my husband there and became bilingual in Spanish.

    I would NOT schedule a c-section again because baby was breech. I had a scheduled c-section date two weeks prior to delivery. Dr.s told me that it was a smalll chance he would every switch because he was breech pretty much all pregnancy. My mind was mentally prepared for August 7th to be his birthday. I went in wholly expecting to have c-section two hours later and found out he was head down. I was so upset and then my dr said that she would recommend me being induced. 14 hours later after long labor ended up having an emergency c-section any way!!! If had not had that date in my head I think I would have just gone with the flow, waited into I went into labor naturally and had him they way he was supposed to come out.

    That being said if its medically necessary I would have a c-section again. I recovered well and my baby was healthy and happy.

    I will breast feed again if I am able. I loved it and still love it although now its just mornings and nights.

  • Luv What You Do May 8, 2013, 10:28 pm

    I was already planning marathon number 2 before I finished marathon number one. I am definitely ready to do that again!

  • Keri May 9, 2013, 2:56 pm

    I will never run another marathon again, but I hope to run many more half-marathons!

    Also, did you find it difficult to prepare for Henry without knowing the sex?

    • Caitlin May 10, 2013, 12:09 pm

      nope… i did a gender neutral room and bought gender neutral clothes and stuff – no big deal!

  • Tricia May 9, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Um…”I will try again with baby number 2″… Does this mean there is a baby #2 ON THE WAY?

    • Caitlin May 10, 2013, 12:08 pm

      no 🙂

  • jane May 9, 2013, 10:45 pm

    Love this post. Well, I WOULD adopt my 6 dogs again. Yes, SIX! It’s mostly hubby’s fault, but I’m glad he talked me in to all six of them. They’re awesome, even though 2 of them are waiting for us at the rainbow bridge and we really miss them. We are still enjoying the four that we have left even though they fart…a lot! Gotta love a bouvier.

    Can’t say for sure if I’ll run another marathon. Sorta want to, but not sure my legs and hips and brain are ready.

  • meredith May 10, 2013, 7:41 pm

    I would totally breastfeed again, even though that first month is grueling and the commitment is huge…So true how after labor we swear we couldn’t go through that pain again yet as time passes, you kinda (well maybe) forget how bad it was…I have yet to run a full marathon and stick to running the half, always claiming I will NEVER do a full – but hey, I guess one never knows…I did have a baby and nurse him for 16 months. If I can do that, I can do anything! lol. Maybe….

  • Brynn May 14, 2013, 12:37 pm

    “I think it’s short-sighted to insist that the atmosphere of the birth doesn’t have the potential to have a big impact on the mother”

    Thank you so much for this sentence. I really love and appreciate how you talk openly about your choices and experiences, but don’t push them on anyone. With both my babies, I had an epidural. I wanted to wait until I was 5 cm, which I did. It allowed me to rest/take a nap before the pushing started. I pushed 8 times with my first and 3 times with my second before they came out. The epidural allowed me to be rested and ready to nurse every two hours. I wouldn’t do it any other way.

  • Jennifer May 15, 2013, 3:44 pm

    I know this is just the first topic you talked about in your post. But right now I can’t imagine running a marathon yet. I am just starting to run, and I am in my mid 40’s. My first goal is going to be to just run a whole 5K. I hope to do that by the end of fall. I’ve got a long way to go, but I am determined to get there.
    Also I think it awesome that you did a drug free child birth, and waited to find out the sex of the child. Not many people do this in the world today. I love that more and more people are starting to again. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

  • Ashley May 19, 2013, 10:29 pm

    I would wait to find out the gender for my next baby, and I would NOT let people tell me I had too low of a supply to breastfeed!

    I tried so hard for a drug-free birth but it was shot to hell immediately. I admire you for doing it!

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