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6:30 AM


I wake up and consider getting out of bed. I check the monitor. Henry is still sleeping so I promptly decide NO. I used to feel really lazy if I didn’t maximize every waking moment of my life, but I’ve recently realized that being insanely busy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… So I go back to sleep for a half hour. Then I wake up and make coffee (Pumpkin Spice from Trader Joe’s – good even when the grounds sneak in!) and check my e-mails.


7:30 AM


Henry has been up for about a half hour, playing happily with his trains in his bed.  I like to give him some alone time in the morning – he doesn’t like people immediately in his face when he wakes up (me neither, Henry!).  Eventually, I go upstairs and get him up and changed.  We hang out for a bit and then come downstairs, and he plays with his train tracks while I do chores.  I pack his school lunch (toast, cheese, carrots, grapes, an apple), feed the dogs, and unload the dishwasher, all while making breakfast.  Supermom!


8:00 AM


Breakfast time.  I made the Sour Apple Chia Seed Pudding but with Gala Apples last night.  It’s good this way, but Granny Smith apples are better.


8:20 AM


I throw on my standard “taking Henry to school outfit,” which is a maxi dress (messy hair, don’t care!), and the Husband gets Henry ready to go.


8:30 AM

PicMonkey Collage

My phone rings – it’s my aunt. I automatically know why she’s calling me so early. She delivers the sad news – my 97 year old grandfather passed away last night. It was not a surprise but it still totally sucks… I know that long-term HTP readers were always rooting for my grandpa through his health ups and downs, so I just wanted to share that he passed peacefully at home, which is all anyone can hope for after a long and full life.  And I wanted to say that I will really miss him.


9:00 AM

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I drop Henry off at school and then sit in my car for a little bit.  I don’t really know what to do with myself so I decide to go shopping.  I have some toddler clothes to return, and I have an urge to buy Christmas jammies for the kids (OMG, I said KIDS!).  I am super disappointed that Carter’s isn’t open yet because retail therapy would really be nice.  Ugh.  So I turn around and go home.


9:40 AM


I eat breakfast #2 (eggs and pancakes) and throw myself into work.  I mostly do bookkeeping and contracting stuff.  I’m doing a slew of Operation Beautiful events in two weeks.  There’s a lot to organize when you’re going to five different colleges in five different states.  I also write two freelance articles.  One of them is about working out on your lunch break, so…


12:20 PM

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I leash up James and we go on a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood.  It’s super hot out!  Where did fall go?!  This is my workout for the day – I swam 750 yards yesterday and feel pretty sore from that.  Also, I’ve been having what I refer to as “Lightening Crotch;” this baby sits very low and likes to stiff-arm me in the crotch.  It’s not very comfortable!  Working out is not super appealing at this point in my pregnancy, although I know I should do it!  A walk is a perfect compromise.


12:50 PM


I drop James off at the house, jump in the car, and drive back to Henry’s school.  He had a great day!  We go directly to the grocery store, and I – for some insane reason – decide it’s a good idea to go through self-checkout with a toddler.  That is NEVER a wise move.  I wrangle him back into the car, and when we get home, he jumps out of his car seat and runs to his train tracks.


Okay, lots of readers have asked for details about his Thomas train tracks, so here is my spiel:  Thomas tracks are SUPER expensive, but I think it’s totally worth it because it is BY FAR Henry’s favorite toy of all time.  He plays with it every single day for at least an hour or two.  We have various different sets of tracks, bridges, tunnels, a station, and about 10 different trains, their coal cars, and other random items.  We also have some off-brand wooden tracks that work just as well as the real Thomas ones. We do not have a train table; I have a big white wicker box that the disassembled tracks go in and another box for the trains.  Henry sets up the tracks on the rug in our living room; a formation stays there for about 24-48 hours, I tear it down at bedtime, and we redo it in the morning.  I like not having a train table because we can make the tracks as big as we want and run it under chairs and the couch, which is fun!  I’ve seen some parents glue down the tracks, which I admit would be less messy… But it would also not be as fun or creative for Henry.  If you want Thomas stuff, I would recommend checking out Craigslist because plenty of parents sell off their sets when their kids get older… You can get hundreds of dollars worth of stuff for a lot less. 


1:40 PM

crockpot veggies

I take a break from trains to put some veggies in the crockpot.  I do potatoes, frozen kale, celery, carrots, and onions with some oil and a cup of water.  I also start to clean the kitchen.  Then I play trains for another 15 minutes or so.


2:30 PM


I change Henry into pajamas, wash his face and hands, and read him a book.  Then he goes down for a nap – he goes down pretty late on school days because he’s too amped up from all the activity.  I come downstairs and make myself a lunch/large snack/something.  I eat Greek yogurt, oats, a banana, and sunflower seeds.  And I do some more work at the computer while I eat.


4:00 PM


I have a grilled cheese and fruit.  Have you tried Cabot’s Alpine cheddar?!  OMG.  So good.


4:10 PM


Work “break.”  My floors are overdue for a cleaning, so I vacuum and mop.  I have been using this cleaning solution, which I dilute into a squirt bottle.  I like it – it cleans well and leaves a nice smell.  I also do some laundry.


4:40 PM

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I take a shower, get dressed, and wake up Henry.  Around 5:15, we head to the park for some quality outdoors time with my friend Brandi and her two kiddos.  We swing, go down the slide, and make sandcastle birthday cakes until the sun begins to set.


6:20 PM


We come home and I make some cast iron tofu to go with the veggies I put in the crockpot earlier.  I put mustard on top and call it a meal.  It’s actually pretty good!  Henry and I sit down to eat around 6:40 (the Husband is still at work).  After we eat, I clean up the kitchen and unload the dishwasher while Henry puts away the silverware (he’s actually pretty good at it if I supervise the process!).


7:15 PM

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Bedtime routine starts for Henry.  He takes a bath and plays with bath crayons (which are awesome, by the way). Then we do teeth, pajamas, book, and cuddles.  I kind of drag out the routine on purpose… I don’t know how it will change when Baby #2 arrives, but I’m guessing it will be more hectic.  Our current one-kid-life is starting to feel luxurious.  Actually, I heard someone call one-kid-parenting “spa parenting,” which I think is probably accurate in comparison to how I suspect two will be!  Hah.  I kiss him goodnight at 8 PM.


8:00 PM 

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I find a chocolate bar, a jar of peanut butter, and a spoon, and I make myself comfy on the couch to watch TV.  The Husband comes home shortly after (yay!), and we catch up while watching Naked and Afraid.  I’m in bed by 10:30 – just the way I like it.



  • Jen Clark October 9, 2014, 9:04 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. Grandpas sure are special to their granddaughters. I was close to my grandpa so I know it is hard when they pass away, even after a long life!

  • Shari October 9, 2014, 9:21 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. It sounds like he had a long, wonderful life, and I hope you’re able to find comfort in that – and in all the memories you share.

  • Amanda @ Living on Grace October 9, 2014, 9:33 am

    love how much henry loves his trains 🙂
    we live in a really small, 1-story house, and we’ve learned that if we try to wake up before the kids to be productive, they ALWAYS wake up, no matter how early we get up. it’s sort of annoying, but very nice that we don’t feel guilty about setting an alarm!

  • Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change October 9, 2014, 9:38 am

    So sorry about your grandpa – they are truly the best and I am sure you will cherish your memories of him for the rest of your life. Henry is a lucky little man to have been held and loved by him.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 9, 2014, 10:12 am

    Send love to you and your family! XOXO
    Bath crayons!?!? I wish I had had those!

  • Beks October 9, 2014, 10:29 am

    I’m sorry to hear about you grandfather. That sucks, but at least it was peaceful.

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 9, 2014, 10:51 am

    you gotta end with chocolate, always 😉 What a long and busy day! I love your long maxi style dress!

  • Lindsey @ SimplyLindsey October 9, 2014, 10:59 am

    So sorry to hear about your grandpa! I lost my grandfather last December and it was very difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Henry’s lunchbox is SO cute! I loveee Chocolove chocolate! My fave is the Raspberries in Dark Chocolate. 🙂

  • Mary October 9, 2014, 11:01 am

    That picture of Henry hiding underneath your maxi dress is adorable!
    Sorry to hear about your Grandfather. It’s never easy, even if you know it’s coming.

  • Stacy October 9, 2014, 11:08 am

    Sorry about your grandpa 🙁 You certainly have a very busy and productive day! I feel lazy now!

  • Reenie October 9, 2014, 11:23 am

    So sorry to hear of your Gpa passing.

  • elisabeth October 9, 2014, 1:02 pm

    So sorry to hear about Grandpa, but it sounds like he lived a long, full life!

  • Kat October 9, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Ugh I have been getting lightening for about 2 months now (I’m 38 weeks) and that sh#(*)& hurts! Why are you punching your mama in the sensitive parts baby?? So I feel your pain.

  • Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 9, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I LOOOOVE the taste and texture of raw oats! YUM. So good with yogurt. And I am eyeing that grilled cheese. I have been loving those for afternoon snacks lately.

  • Catie October 9, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. My grandfather recently passed away at the age of 100 (and my daughter was born on his birthday!) and I know how special it is to have had a long lived set of grandparents to love. A granddaughter/grandfather relationship is a very special one.

    Ah yes, lightening crotch, that was one of the least favorite things of my third trimester…

  • Danielle October 9, 2014, 1:53 pm

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather xoxo

  • Jill October 9, 2014, 3:25 pm

    You are a brave lady, taking your kiddo grocery shopping! I always plan for groceries on my lunch hour (we have two fridges at work so I’m able to store the perishables until it’s home time!) because I find it easier on my own.

    I lol’d at ‘supermom!;. I also feel that way sometimes after accomplishing what, in hindsight, is an easy task. “The kids are in bed! Both kids! Sleeping! I’m amaaaaaaaaazing!”

    So sorry about your grandfather. What a lovely picture of you with him – the bottom right of that trio – gorgeous! (Hope that’s not inappropriate to say while discussing a death in your family…but you look so good!) Best wishes to your family. Even when someone’s passing is expected, loss is still hard.


  • MeaganS October 9, 2014, 3:43 pm

    I loved this!! I have two little boys (2.5 and 1) and imagine your entire day but with a baby on your hip. We’ve found that a second time is MUCH more work that expected (but, it doesn’t help right now that they are so close in age). Anyways, thanks for sharing and I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather.

  • Amber October 9, 2014, 4:03 pm

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather! Such a blessing he lived a long and full life but always hard to say goodbye to someone we love. I am so lucky to have four grandparents still alive and I even had a great-grandmother until four years ago. Grandparents are so special. Thinking of you. XO

  • Janelle October 9, 2014, 4:10 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about your day. You’re such a loving mama, and I can’t wait to hear about life with two.

    I’m sorry about your grandpa’s passing; peace be with you.

  • Amber K October 9, 2014, 5:52 pm

    I’m glad he got to live such a long life, but I’m so sorry for your loss. 🙁

  • Kathy October 9, 2014, 7:26 pm

    “strong armed in the crotch”! That baby is gonna be grounded before he or she is even born!
    That chocolate bar looks goooood

  • Carol B October 9, 2014, 8:41 pm

    Sorry to hear about your Grandpa.

  • lynne October 9, 2014, 9:30 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    Sure sounds like a busy day! I was wondering if you really feel comfortable doing all the traveling by plane that you are doing given your advanced state of pregnancy? I’m kind of surprised the airlines let you fly. I can’t imagine with the amount of (or lack of) space on airlines these days that you feel comfy. Thoughts?

    • Caitlin October 9, 2014, 10:00 pm

      I am definitely worried about being uncomfortable but not worried about going into labor!

      My midwife says she recommends that women stop flying during their 35th week, and some airlines stop you at 37 weeks but others let you fly up until 39 weeks with a doctor’s note. I found a bunch of calculators online that actually made me feel a lot better about the risk of labor – the odds of me going into labor by my last event is anywhere from 0.02% – 1.5%, depending on the calculator. My midwife said the fact that my pregnancy is complication-free and I went full-term with Henry bodes well for me, too. So I’m not worried about going into labor during one of my events, but if I was a statistical outlier and did, there are hospital everywhere! 🙂 We’d be super disappointed if my husband missed the birth, obviously…

      I guess the upshot is that I know I will be tired and uncomfortable but I think it’s “safe.” I wouldn’t travel on a plane right now for leisure just because I think it’s going to suck. But it’s work and I’m self-employed and I won’t be able to travel for speaking events when the baby is little. That’s reality, I guess!

      Here’s one of the calculators (kind of cool!):

  • Catie October 9, 2014, 9:43 pm

    HI I know that you’ve talked about this before but I don’t know where to find it. What do you use to clean your floors? I know that product but what kind of mop? Or swiffer?

  • Ashley October 10, 2014, 9:31 am

    Lol @ lightening crotch! You know in Kill Bill when she’s trying to break the wood inches in front of her? I always said my second baby was doing that on my vagina.

    Spa parenting sounds about right, haha. You are smart to enjoy bedtime now, I wish I had more. These days at least 1 girl is screaming at some point during the proccess no matter what I do :-/

  • Casey October 10, 2014, 9:32 am

    I love this post. A long life that ends at home seems to be the best way to leave this world, I’m sure he’ll miss you too. May he R.I.P.

  • Laura@SneakersandSpatulas October 10, 2014, 9:48 am

    So sorry about your grandpa! You’re lucky you go to have him in your life for so long, I lost mine when I was only 14 and wish we’d had more time together.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork October 10, 2014, 2:51 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather! I hope your family is doing well.
    Good to know about the train tracks–will add a mental note (which I’m sure will be lost) should I have a son in the future. I remember my brother loved playing with them as well. They lived on our giant dining room table.
    I love that “spa parenting.” That cracks me up! So what about us people without kids? Spa living?

    • Caitlin October 13, 2014, 7:29 am

      YES 🙂 Hah!

  • megan October 10, 2014, 8:20 pm

    Someone else who watches Naked and Afraid! It’s addicting right?

  • Jacquelynn October 11, 2014, 10:23 pm

    What kind of coffee creamer do you use? I have found I am addicted to creamer in my coffee while I’m pregnant!

    • Caitlin October 13, 2014, 7:28 am

      So Delicious coconut creamer!

  • Marijke Van Dornick October 12, 2014, 3:16 am

    I discovered your blog earlier this year, as one of the Best Healthy Living Blogs on the net and I immediately agreed! Your posts are always enjoyable, interesting and thought-provoking. As someone struggling to live a more healthy lifestyle, I draw inspiration from your posts and recipes (just about to try the Sour Apple Chia Seed Pudding!).

    What I really wanted to say, though, is that I’m sorry for the loss of your grandfather. My thoughts are with you. Mari x

    • Caitlin October 13, 2014, 7:28 am

      Thank you!

  • Liz November 4, 2014, 7:16 pm

    I am super late to read this post but, first, so sorry to hear about your grandpa, and second, LOL on the lightning crotch!!

    I am almost 24 weeks with my first baby and have an anterior placenta so I didn’t feel a lot of movement early on. But at my 20 week appointment my doctor told me the baby was breech and sure enough, that evening I started getting kicked in the crotch! I was in a movie and I kept jumping like a freaking maniac. It was so weird! The baby is still small enough that it doesn’t really hurt, but it certainly is not comfortable. Sometimes I feel like a foot is going to pop out!! I’m scared about it happening when she gets bigger…

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