I’m Baaaack

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We’re back from our vacation!  Thank you for bearing with me while I published ‘flashback posts’ last week.  Since I started this blog in 2008, I have never taken a true long vacation sans blogging (I even blogged on my honeymoon!).  But this past week, I didn’t crack my laptop once.  Not a single time.  It was really nice to check out and focus on my family – but I did miss this space and you guys!  So I’m glad to be back.


We stayed at a beach house in the Wilmington, North Carolina area with our friends Kath, Matt, and Mazen.  The six of us (well, seven if you count my bump) had a really amazing time.  Henry really enjoyed having a toddler friend to play with, and our days were a nice balance of family fun and grown-up relaxation.  I’ll write a recap and post it later on Monday.  <3


Oh – one crazy thing.  My bump EXPLODED this week.  I noticeably increased in size from one Saturday to the next.  Everyone in the house had commented on it by the end of the week!  I guess Little One did some serious growing at the beach.

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And in other exciting baby news, we finalized our name selections.  We’re actually going into this birth with a firm boy’s name idea (last time, we were torn between Henry and Jack or Oliver, none of which we’re using again), and we’re using the same girl’s name as last time.  It feels more real now – can’t believe I’m 21 weeks!  Over halfway there.


So – how’s your Sunday going?  We got back from our trip yesterday, which was nice because we have all day to relax and pull ourselves back together.  We stocked the fridge with healthy food and did our chores.  We decided to swap chores – I did Kristien’s job (mowing the lawn) and he did mine (laundry). 

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Mowing our hills is no joke.  That plus a long walk with a series of lunges was the perfect lower-body workout.  I’m pooped!


And here’s my healthy lunch:


I made Breaded Baked Tofu – it’s gluten-free, thanks to the Rice Chex.



Have an awesome Sunday!



  • Lindsay July 20, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Our first time around we had a firm boys name and couldn’t decide on a girls name we narrowed it down to three but we waited until the birth to decide. This time around the boys name isn’t even a contender and we have a massive list for both boys and girls – I have a feeling once this baby arrives (any day now) we will either know right away what name is right or we will be spending hours deciding.

  • Priyanka July 20, 2014, 5:12 pm

    You look so radiant in that pic! I think having a name selected takes so much stress out! I have this weird thing that I want all my children to have names with the same alphabet. So when I was deciding on a name for Neil I had the added task of picking names for his future siblings. That is a lot of planning but I now have the names 🙂

    • Caitlin July 20, 2014, 6:07 pm

      I like this idea 🙂 Very duggarish 🙂

  • Bonnie July 20, 2014, 5:25 pm

    it’s funny… without the weekly updates, I forget you’re pregnant! (hint hint, more updates please… I mostly miss the pictures!)

    • Caitlin July 20, 2014, 6:06 pm

      I will try to do one soon! 🙂 Thanks for caring <3

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 20, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Glad to hear you guys had such a great vacation! I’m definitely in need of a getaway and counting down the days until I have one with some girls from CrossFit in September!

  • Casey July 20, 2014, 9:36 pm

    I made the tofu recipe for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for the post 🙂

  • Kerry July 21, 2014, 12:43 am

    Wow, you deserved a real vacation! I enjoyed reading some of the back posts, so thanks for keeping the blog going while you were gone. Good idea to return on a Saturday so you have all of Sunday to get back in the swing of things!

  • Kaleigh July 21, 2014, 9:18 am

    hah! I’ve recently stumbled across your blog and am so glad I’ve found it. I’m currently 21 weeks pregnant too for the first time (I think we have the same due date), and honest to goodness my choice names for a boy are Henry, Oliver or Jack. Now if you tell me that your girl name starts with a P or an A….I’ll be slightly suspicious ; )

    I’m so happy I’ve found your blog – I lived a well balanced, healthy life prior to getting pregnant – and then at around 6 weeks I felt blindsided by the fatigue and non-stop nausea. The fatigue has gone away, but the nausea is still here (with less force thankfully), so I feel like I am slowly getting back to what seems like a new normal in terms of what a “balanced” life looks like. It’s lovely to read a healthy living blog where the writer is pregnant right along with me… so thanks!

    • Caitlin July 21, 2014, 9:35 am

      Congrats on your pregnancy!! My definition of healthy living defintely shifts during pregnancy but that’s okay 🙂 We just gotta get through the next 9 months!

  • Janelle July 21, 2014, 11:41 am

    Such a cute bump pic!

  • Ashley July 21, 2014, 6:48 pm

    Dude, from week 21 to 22 the same thing happened to me. It was like BOOM THERE’S THE BABY. I wonder if it’s a second pregnancy thing?

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