As of yesterday, I am 32 weeks pregnant.  Where does the time go?  I had this long, long list of “goals” for the three months before I was due, and it seems like the days slip by so quickly now – there’s no way that I’ll be able to get it all done in time.


But there’s one thing I know for sure – eventually, everything that matters gets done.  Maybe I won’t be able to turn our playroom into a Montessori-inspired playspace (yes, that’s actually on my list), but if it doesn’t happen… the world isn’t going to end. 


Here’s one thing that DOES need to happen, if only for my mental sanity:


The nursery went from perfectly cleaned to a dumping ground for baby things that I’ve been slowly pulling out of storage.  It needs to be organized.  And I’d like it to happen sooner rather than later (you never know!).


I am getting better (a lot better) at healthy eating.  I had a diet backslide over the last year… The pregnancy, the lack of training for anything specific (races keep me on track, nutritionally), the busyness of life with a toddler… Eating healthy fell to the wayside.  I kept telling myself, “You’ll clean up your diet when the baby comes!” but then I realized that attitude is pretty damn ridiculous.  Nothing gets ‘cleaned up’ with a newborn in the house!  So I’ve been trying to eat healthier NOW – basic portion control of treats, more vegetables, more prepared meals v. peanut butter sandwiches.


I tried Sunday Meal Prep, but it didn’t fit well into my life.  Instead, my secret for success has been to make everything times four.  I don’t mind eating leftovers at all, and now we always have several Pyrex containers full of meals in the fridge. 


Delicata Squash Honey Mustard Quinoa <— New obsession.


From Around the Web…


The Best Possible Day – Just a really beautiful and heartfelt peace about the end of life.


42 Awesome Running Tattoos and 38 Amazing Race Tattoos – I love ink so I loved these slideshows!  I have two tattoos but neither is running-related.  I think the only time I would get a sports-related tat is if I did an Ironman (which I will never do so the point is moot).


Mark Bustos’ Instagram Account – I know I’ve mentioned this before, but seriously – this Instagram is my favorite. Mark cuts homeless people’s hair on the street.  The photos and stories are beautiful. 


My Pregnancy Modifications for Crossfit – Obviously, I am no Crossfitter, but I thought this list of pregnancy modifications from Tina at Carrots ‘N Cake would be helpful for any moms-to-be who love to lift!


How to Eat Intuitively – This guide to mindful eating by Anne the RD has a ton of awesome suggestions.


Why Don’t the Men I Date Ever Truly Love Me – This kind of reminds me of the ‘Cool Girl’ speech from Gone Girl.  A good read for all women, even those in happy relationships.


Read anything cool around the web lately?



  • Christina October 7, 2014, 9:34 am

    Oh my goodness. The Ask Polly article. Thank you for posting it. I really needed to read that today.

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 7, 2014, 10:23 am

    Just ease back into it- take small steps to eating better rather than putting the pressure on yourself! look at that BABY BUMP!! you look great!

  • Chelsea @ TableForOne October 7, 2014, 10:33 am

    You are looking so cute! I am a big fan of cooking big batches of food and just eating those for leftovers. I only cook a few meals a week for the two of us at home and we just eat leftovers for the other few nights.

  • Rosey Rebecca October 7, 2014, 10:49 am

    I 100% agree that the real important things always have a way of sorting themselves out. It’s important not to put pressure on yourself to do everything perfectly all the time. I think you’re doing a great job!

  • Anne @fANNEtasticfood October 7, 2014, 11:17 am

    Thank you for the link love, my friend. 🙂

  • homemadehay October 7, 2014, 11:26 am

    I want a Montessori-inspired play space too! I love that playhouse inside the crib… where did you get it?

    • Caitlin October 7, 2014, 1:40 pm

      It’s melissa and Doug sky rise playhouse 🙂

  • Julie October 7, 2014, 11:55 am

    Loved the Best Possible Day article! Made me cry at work tho… ugh. 🙁

  • Amelia@i_heart_kale October 7, 2014, 1:19 pm

    So true! If it’s important enough, it will get checked off the list. Can this apply to after the baby arrives too? 🙂 I keep thinking about our due date (day after Thanksgiving) and wonder whether or not it will be accurate. So much in the fact that I’m not planning to grocery shop for thanksgiving dinner until the day before. Either that, or maybe I should make everything ahead and freeze? That way it’s ready to eat if I don’t go into labor and if I do, we have food waiting when we come home.
    Loved your post on different stations for baby when you come home from the hospital. I’m picking up baskets for it today. This first time mama will take all the advice if can get!
    Side question: it’s probably somewhere in your archives, but how long did you stay in the hospital post labor? We are following the Bradley method and I would love to be discharged as quickly as possible. Sure hospitals are safe for having the baby, but are just breeding grounds for bacteria and infection, especially more during cold and flu season.

    • Caitlin October 7, 2014, 1:40 pm

      I think you should get Chinese and call it a day 🙂

      We were forced to stay for 48 hours because we had group b. I would’ve left 24 hours later if it had been up to me. Congrats!!!

  • Aine @ Awkward Irish Girl Blogs October 7, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Haha, I adore looking at other people’s tattoo ideas but I’d never get one myself – I’m too scared! Thanks for the links 🙂

  • Alan October 7, 2014, 6:50 pm

    A few things:
    Thanks for posting that NYT article. How eye-opening, yet how devastating. Life is fragile and what a wonderful thing for this teacher to go out doing what she loved doing.

    Also–you complain that you don’t know how are getting things done? That house (in the pictures at least) is 10 billion times neater and spic-and-span than my house ever could be!! Whatever you are doing, with a young boy to booth–it sure is working. Hope the last 2 months go healthy and well for you all. Thanks for posting all this stuff

    • Caitlin October 8, 2014, 7:46 am

      Haha I do live to clean – maybe that’s why I can’t get anything else done. Just don’t look in my closet…

  • Caitlin October 7, 2014, 9:15 pm

    Left over club! Woop!

    I make lunch for the week for the husband and myself (try to do the same thing to save money and labor) and we eat the same thing all week- some people can’t understand how we do that, but I really don’t mind the same lunch daily. I also only cook dinner every other night and make enough for 4 and we eat the same thing 2 nights in a row. I schedule this around busy nights and it’s pretty great to only have to do an abundance of dishes every two nights.

  • Maureen October 7, 2014, 9:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing the NY Times piece! Beautiful

  • Alice October 8, 2014, 1:01 am

    I love Those tree on the nursery wall! What brand are they?

    • Caitlin October 8, 2014, 7:45 am

      My mother in law painted them on, but you can find similar ones on Etsy!

  • aimee October 8, 2014, 5:41 am

    Woo-Hoo Montessori!

    But maybe I’m biased since I’m a Montessori teacher 🙂

  • Katie Levans October 8, 2014, 10:16 am

    That Dear Polly piece is superb.

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