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Good morning. It’s rainy and cool this morning. It feels like the world is in transition, you know?


I’ve been thinking a lot about transitions lately. You see, we are going through several big transitions.  The first was that I finally got Henry to give up the bottles and switch entirely to cups.  I am so thrilled (bottles are a pain to wash and transport around all the time).  My doctor told me at our one year appointment that we should start to wean him away from bottles, and I gave it a half-hearted attempt, which failed miserably. So many readers suggested that I just wait… Once again, I’m so glad I listened to you. Smile 


I waited until 15 months, when Henry was down to just three bottles a day max.  And then, I simply stopped offering them.  There were a few ‘Where’s my baba?!’ moments but overall, it went well.  Distraction was key – he probably did more cool and exciting things in that two-day window than he has, ever.


And it’s weird because now (a few weeks later), he just seems like such a big boy. I study his face when we’re playing and all signs of baby are gone. He really is a kid now. It makes me happy and sad all at once.  Again – transitions.


He just figured out how to jump in puddles. Official big kid.  Watch out.  He’s also starting to string together two words (mostly “no” and then whatever he doesn’t want to do!).


One type of transition that I’m not getting experience with so far this week is TRIATHLON TRANSITIONS.  Ugh.  I’m still stuck with this cough and have really dialed it back in an attempt to get well, so I’ve been sticking to one sport a day at a reduced intensity and volume.  Its become such a weird balance between “take tons of time totally off to heal up” and “every day you take off, you’re losing really important fitness.” If this was any other race… any other point in my training plan…. But it’s not. It’s CRUNCH TIME.  I feel normal minus this nagging cough, so it’s very frustrating not to be able to go all out SO close to my race.  Coach Marni says that I’m doing the best thing possible by tapering off but not quitting completely – I just wish I was 100%.  No, 105%!


Another transition… Went to IKEA yesterday and bought Henry’s future big boy mattress. He won’t be out of his crib for a long time, but we have overnight guests coming next month and need another bed. Might as well buy the mattress now instead of wasting money on an air mattress.

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IKEA on a Wednesday night is where it’s at.  There was no one else there! I left without feeling overwhelmed and angry at the world.  A miracle.

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And last, but certainly not least, with this breakfast, my fridge has transitioned from “kind of empty” to “totally out of food.”



It’s time to go to the grocery store! All I’ve got left is ketchup and frozen fruit.


Thought of the Day:


“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs



  • K September 26, 2013, 8:03 am

    I had to giggle at the description of a typical Ikea trip – “overwhelmed and angry at the world.” I feel the same way, especially because our closest one requires a weekend trip, so it’s ALWAYS jam packed. I would add “broke” to the description as well. You just buy a few (dozen) small things and….

  • Meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles September 26, 2013, 8:06 am

    Love this quote!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 26, 2013, 8:14 am

    Love that Steve Jobs quote. I can’t believe how big Henry is getting! I agree with you, bed shopping on a Wednesday night at IKEA sounds like my kind of evening. Having said that, I typically need a whole afternoon there because I always get stuck in the kitchen section!

  • Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change September 26, 2013, 8:27 am

    I wish our Ikea in Minnesota was closer to my home – 2.5 hours seems a little far to drive just to go walk around! There is that point in time where toddlers seem more child than baby. I remember that point with my niece and it was hard to think we would never be going back to that! But looking at her now, at 5, is such an amazing pleasure. She is so smart and loves talking! Henry is quite a cutie and I’m excited to keep on watching him on your blog!

  • Cori September 26, 2013, 8:32 am

    We had a similar thing with our bed looking kind for empty. I’m not a huge pillow person so that was out. We needed up just getting a nice bright cozy blanket and folding it at the foot of the bed and getting one large pillow for the center. It looks good! Also, for the low bed thing I bet some in-wall shelving or something would make the low bed look really nice.

  • Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad September 26, 2013, 9:42 am

    We are dealing with empty fridge syndrome too. I’m making us suffer through it until I get to the store this weekend. It’s amazing the random meals you come up with when you have no food!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 26, 2013, 9:45 am

    Wow I really need to learn to go to Ikea at better times! I have the same problem when I leave there I am always so frustrated and angry HAHA

    Your breakfast looks delicious 🙂 Makes me wish I had picked something else!

  • Amy S. September 26, 2013, 9:48 am

    Have you thought about allergies causing your cough? I had a horrible, TB-sounding, plague-like cough during the spring but no other symptoms. Went to the doctor and he said it was allergies. Switched my allergy medicine and used an inhaler for a couple of weeks and it was gone. Just a thought. I know how frustrating it can be and draining even though there is nothing else but the cough.

  • Katie @ Live Half Full September 26, 2013, 10:59 am

    Leaving Ikea happy IS a miracle!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 26, 2013, 11:50 am

    I can’t believe he’s so old already! And kudos to making it out of IKEA alive! I went a couple weeks ago to get a bunch of furniture and despite going alone and in the middle of the day, I was overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted by the end of it!

  • Christine September 26, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Henry is so cute!! What kind of shoes is he wearing in the puddle picture??

    • Caitlin September 26, 2013, 12:21 pm

      They are stride rite waterpoof shoes 🙂

  • Janelle September 26, 2013, 12:46 pm

    H is so adorable. That is all I have to say. 🙂

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut September 26, 2013, 7:36 pm

    He’s getting so big! And I know how you feel about getting sick/injured during training…going through that now a bit with half-marathon training. Rest is good though, right?? 🙂

  • Amber K September 26, 2013, 9:23 pm

    I have never been to an IKEA that wasn’t packed. Probably because I’ve only ever been on the worst days to go…the weekend.

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama September 28, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Oh My! I just love watching Henry grow up! He is so adorable! It is so amazing to watch them grow and “transition” – seems like everyday they are doing something new! 😉

  • Jen September 29, 2013, 11:19 pm

    This was a great post! I’ve been reading and commenting here and there since 2010 and I just want to say that I’m glad you are going for the 1/2 IRONMAN. It is great to watch your training log increase and your confidence do the same. You are such an inspiration to humans and especially to moms right now. It’s awesome to see you doing it all, girl. This is the time to be sick and not on race day. Try to think of it that way?? Maybe? I know that feeling, though…Hope you are feeling better soon. I love the ikea pics!

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