Good morning! How’s it going?


Things are great – but busy – over here. Over the past two weeks, I’ve had a lot going on, and I kind of feel like a headless chicken, running around frantically to get it all done.  I’ve been up to my eyeballs in writing deadlines, which is a good thing.  But still – whew.


One thing that’s been going REALLY well lately is meals.  We’ve decided to start sitting at the table for all our meals, and Henry really loves it (instead of the high chair in the kitchen – man, am I really thankful I did not spring for a $$$ highchair).  Sometimes, my meals don’t line up with Henry’s, but I sit at the table with him anyway and peel potatoes for dinner or do the bills.



Oh, yogurt messes.  I’m so glad that you’re back in my life full force!


So, although I feel frantic during the day, I’m trying to carve out time to relax at night. I have a bunch of half-finished DIY projects around the house, but that doesn’t seem too appealing, so I have been opting to space out in front of the TV.  I’m OBSESSED with Downton Abbey.

I did read a book that shall not be named on an airplane on Friday… I hate to talk badly about books so I won’t reveal the title. But when I got to the paragraph where the doctor told the pregnant lady that it “may take two or three pushes to get the baby out,” and then the lady delivered her baby in three pushes, I laughed so hard that I cried and then I stopped reading entirely. I know it’s possible to do it in three, but no doctor would say that to a first time mom before she starts! Hell, I pushed hundreds of times before Henry was born. Clearly, this book was written by a guy.


Henry is doing lots of quality reading! Here are his favorite books of the moment:


And last, but not least, here’s my weekly recap of Last Week’s Workouts.  It was a stepback week, which was nice considering I was so busy with work.


Monday: 1000 yard swim

Tuesday: 2100 yard swim + 30 minute run

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 1 hour bike + 2300 yard swim

Friday: 1 hour 15 minute run

Saturday: 30 minute bike

Sunday: 2:30 bike, 20 minute run


Totals: 5400 yards of swimming, 13ish miles of running, 4 hours of biking


So – how’s it all going for you? Reading anything fun lately? Watching any good TV? Completing some epic workouts? Pushing any babies out?



  • Heatherjg September 17, 2013, 11:37 am

    I am currently reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, & Redempition By Laura Hillenbrand. It is good.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 17, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Great job on the week of training! My training is going well keeping on top of it. I am currently reading Born to Run – it has taken me a while to get into it but so far I like it!

  • Maria September 17, 2013, 12:16 pm

    I would love to read a post on what meals you make for Henry! My daughter is almost 13 months old and I struggle with what to make her.I am a bumbling fool in the kitchen and have the worst time putting meals together-for her or me and my husband.

    • Caitlin September 17, 2013, 12:20 pm

      I will try to do some photos!

      • Maria September 17, 2013, 1:46 pm


  • duffy September 17, 2013, 12:19 pm

    Downton Abbey is coming back on? I feel like I should know these things, but then when you don’t regularly watch PBS to see the schedule, you miss out! Thanks for reminding me!

    So, not to burst your bubble, but I only pushed 8 times for my first kid. The baby was locked and loaded, though, and I had done a ton of prenatal yoga to be ready for it. I wasn’t about to f#*% around.

    • Caitlin September 17, 2013, 12:20 pm

      I haaaaaaaaaaaate you. :p

      • duffy September 17, 2013, 1:06 pm

        I know. I do have to credit you with the Shot Blok tip, though. I hormph-gormphed my way through a pack of those and then, wham. Hello, Baby.

        • Grace September 17, 2013, 1:20 pm

          Yeah, I only had to push for less than 30 minutes, but I was in labor for almost 60 hours leading up to it – each labor is so different! And OMG, yes, prenatal yoga was so important. I don’t think I could have managed a natural labor without it. And who knows, if you’d gotten the episiotomy right away you may have had Henry in three pushes! 😉

          And I’m so excited about Downton Abbey! I didn’t know that season 4 was coming up. Woohoo!

      • Tammy Root September 17, 2013, 4:49 pm

        Yeah Caitlin, I hate to say this but I pushed for 5 minutes and out she came. I was as shocked as the OB and nurse!

        • Caitlin September 17, 2013, 8:27 pm

          I hate you all! 🙂

          • Talia September 18, 2013, 9:18 am

            3 pushes, 5 minutes, but I went into preterm labor at 26 weeks and contracted every 2-3 minutes until I delivered at 35, so yea….

  • Eli's Mom September 17, 2013, 12:35 pm

    I haven’t been reading much but I just finished “Orange is the New Black.” Initially, I thought I wouldn’t like it (based on the first episode). But then I gave it a chance… well, what can I say, it turned out to be one of the best series that I have seen in awhile… and talk about ending a season… wow! 🙂 Re. training, I am just training for a 10-miler… that’s about it. 😀

    • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 18, 2013, 12:37 pm

      I love Orange is the New Black… I think I’m kinda close to the end of the season, but haven’t finished yet! It’s soooo good though.

  • Kelley September 17, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Sandra Boynton is the BEST. All of her books make me laugh.

  • Breanne September 17, 2013, 12:42 pm

    I’ve just started watching Game of Thrones and devoured season 1 last weekend. My most productive weekend? No, but I have a ton of extra work coming up so I’m taking the chance now to REEEEEELAX.

  • Lauri September 17, 2013, 1:01 pm

    I haven’t had time for reading lately because I somehow got hooked on Pretty Little liars and have watched THREE seasons on netflix in the past few weeks. I am not almost through the shortened season 4 that aired this summer. It’s terrible but I’m sucked in and now I NEED to know what happens!!

    Trainign for my first half marathon and ran 11.25 miles on Saturday. Rocked it!

  • Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties September 17, 2013, 1:10 pm

    Currently reading “48 days to the work you love”… i love motivational books! and this one is good. also, I am most definitely NOT pushing any babies out at the moment… or anytime soon! 😉

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 17, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Way to go on last week’s workouts!

    One of my favorite shows right now is The Newsroom (on HBO). The second season finale just aired last weekend — such a great show!

  • Claire Zulkey September 17, 2013, 1:13 pm

    I wonder if Paul will catch up to Henry and tolerate sitting at the table like a little person for an extended period of time. He doesn’t have a lot of patience in the high chair.

    I just started reading “The Sunshine When She’s Gone” which you may find of interest since it’s about a couple with a new baby and how they’re driven bonkers by it.

  • Jen September 17, 2013, 1:52 pm

    It only took me 3 pushes with my first kid. I know, I know, I lucked out I think. But you should have seen the look on my doc’s face and her nurse. I think they were amazed at how fast it was happening. I don’t know what that says about my lady business, but we’ll just call it luck. 🙂 My baby was 9 pounds. Maybe the force is strong in him? lol We bought our high chair second hand and it lasted a good year. We are in the booster too and loving it! I need to watch a little more closely now so he doesn’t wiggle himself into trouble, but he’s loving being with everyone and sitting at the table. Good idea to do the bills there! Keep up the awesome training. You are doing great!

  • Cecilia @ MommiesRun September 17, 2013, 1:56 pm

    I haven’t read a book in so long! I’m the worst. But my girls current favorite book is Princess Manners 😉

  • Amanda September 17, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Omg that birth description reminded me of two guys at work recapping the birth of their children “She just pushed for half an hour and the baby came out.” Verbatim. I could have screamed. She just pushed??? Neanderthals.

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 17, 2013, 2:28 pm

    Great week of training! Sometimes stepback weeks are just what the doctor ordered.

  • Liza September 17, 2013, 3:59 pm

    I love Downton Abbey! I’m reading Mindy Kaling’s book right now. Great job fitting everything in last week!

  • Jill S September 17, 2013, 4:22 pm

    I love The Going to Bed Book! My parents read it to me every night when I was younger and now 25+ years later I am pretty sure I can still recite it from memory! Our other Sandra Boynton favorite was Barnyard Dance.

  • Rebecca September 17, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Tonight’s the summer finale of Covert Affairs on USA and I’ll definitely be watching it.
    I forgot Downton comes back soon. I know people who were upset over the ending of last season, but like. There are reasons. Some of them having to do with actors. Stop.

    I’ve been rereading Harry Potter. I finished Goblet of Fire yesterday. Library doesn’t have the next one, so I’ll wait a while and see. Probably going to start The Fault in Our Stars again, since I’m freaking out over the movie currently filming. 🙂
    I’m also reading five books for this class I’m taking and four of them are about the internet/media and our brains. They’re very interesting, though one is way harder to read than the rest… And then there’s Screwtape Letters, which is probably my favorite one of the five.

  • Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road September 17, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Haha, I only pushed three times 😉 It was a total lucked-out scenario, even the doctor was surprised. I also love movies where the mom is going into labor, but she’s hardly sweating at all and still has her hair and make up on all perfect. I always yell at the screen in those scenes, “You’re not even trying to look like you’re in labor!”

    Good thing your busy week lined up with a forgiving training week; it must be crazy trying to fit it all in. Good luck with the rest of your training!

  • Jack September 17, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Great article. I especially enjoyed the comment about the birth of a baby with 3 pushes. When I was in medical school as a senior student we delivered babies and the only time 3 pushes would work was when a women came with her 5th or 6th pregnancy and she came to the floor with the baby crowning by the time we could get her to the bed and said Push then out came the baby.

  • Amber K September 17, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Just fluff reading for me lately. That book sounds awful!

  • Axel (@ Iron Rogue) September 17, 2013, 8:59 pm

    Sandra Boynton books are the best! Special mention goes to Guess How Much I Love You, which features a lovely affectionate interaction between Little Nut Brown Hare and his father (figure) Big Nut Brown Hare; most kids books feature Mommy exclusively. This evening before dinner, Shark Boy (nearly 4 years old, my eldest) and I re-enacted the entire book.

    Personally, I’m trying to work my way through 1Q84, but I don’t like my chances…

  • Luv What You Do September 17, 2013, 10:42 pm

    I’m obsessed with Downton too!!!

  • Jill - A Little Baby Bean September 17, 2013, 11:51 pm

    LOVE Sandra Boynton! Some of the only books that will hold my 9 month old’s attention these days……..

  • claire September 18, 2013, 3:19 am

    I’m interested that you took last week as a step back given you’ve had a couple of weeks where you modified your program down due to travel, illness etc. My understanding of step backs is they give you a mental and physical break from heavy training, so if you’ve already reduced for other reasons, it would be worth using this week as a normal training week so as to ensure you get enough preparation under your belt. I’m a marathoner rather than a triathlete though, so maybe tri training is different. I’d be interested in your coach’s take on this. Thanks

    • Caitlin September 18, 2013, 12:34 pm

      It’s not ideal… I’m just trying to get back on the plan.

  • Whitney Vineyard September 18, 2013, 5:56 am

    I’m reading Ann Brashares- The Last Summer of You and Me, and so far it’s really good! I loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, so I’m excited to read what this author puts out there for grown-ups. I’m only one chapter in, but so far it’s great.

  • Heather September 18, 2013, 10:01 am

    I agree that it is doubtful any doctor would actually tell someone it is only going to take 2-3 pushes!

    However, I am another one of the lucky ladies that pushed her first out in about 3-4 contractions (not sure how many actual pushes).

    But, I paid my dues with the second. 😉 We all went in (midwives, hubby, me), thinking she would basically fall out since my first go was so fast and I was going epidural free. After over two hours of pushing and multiple positions, I opted for a last minute epidural to see if it would help (because of being able to relax) my posterior baby turn, it did and two pushes later she was out!

  • mama September 18, 2013, 2:49 pm

    love Love LOVE Downton Abbey!!!! Cant wait til January 5th for the next season!!!

  • Sarah September 18, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I know you are talking about what your little is reading, but based on your recommendation I’m reading Divergent and OMG. I can’t put it down! I didn’t know I could read an almost 500 page book so fast. Thanks for the rec! I can’t wait to read the next in the series!!

  • Lindsay September 18, 2013, 3:08 pm

    I had epidurals with both my girls and it only took a few pushes. Best experiences of my life! 🙂

  • Ali September 18, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I really like the picture about how one hour is 4% of your day and yes, me too, I waste at least 8% on the internet messing around or instragramming (Sp?). Anyways, way to keep it into perspective!

  • Amy @ Healthy and Fit for Real September 20, 2013, 11:28 am

    I just finished up season 2 of Downton and looking forward to starting season 3! Also watched Orange is the New Black on Neflix and would highly recommend.

  • Caitlin September 20, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern not too long ago. I was blown away by it!! The imagery was astounding, and while I had a feeling I knew how it would end, it happened in an entirely creative way.

    Also finished Jurassic Park and now I’m excited to watch the movie and compare. The book certainly holds up. Crichton is a master.

  • Lauren @ Peaks and Passports September 23, 2013, 3:57 pm

    I’ve been on a big reading kick recently – loved Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Alchemist, really liked The Bungalow by Sarah Jio, and was totally disturbed/disappointed by Still Missing by Chevy Stevens… well-written but so depressing and twisted that I almost quit halfway through. I definitely recommend the other three though!

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