While I usually document Day in the Life posts on weekdays, I thought it would be fun to show a lazy Sunday… I know I won’t have the luxury of lazy Sundays for a while very soon!  It’s funny – when I was about to pop with Henry, Kristien and I went nuts doing as many ‘grown-up’ activities as possible (eating out, going to the movies).  This time around, we’re content to do almost nothing and love every second of it!


7:00 AM


I wake up, do some laundry, make coffee, and pull myself together before getting Henry out of his room.  One thing I love about my toddler is that he will play in his room for 15 – 20 minutes after waking up – long gone are those baby days where they just sit up and start screaming.  I’m not looking forward to that again. It’s so jarring!


7:30 AM


We play trains, read books, and do chores upstairs while the Husband enjoys his sleep-in day.  Mostly, the chores involve moving stuff around the nursery so I can put a mattress on the floor.  When my mom stays with us after the birth, she will probably sleep in there (baby will be with me and the Husband will likely spend most nights in the guest room so he can actually be functional for work – he can’t immediately take off work this time around because of the upcoming holidays).  Henry tests out the baby swing – do you spy him in the picture above?  Haha!


8:30 AM


Breakfast time for everyone!  I have toaster waffles, eggs, and fruit.


9:15 AM


I install the infant carseat in my car and proceed to have a freak out because THERE ARE TWO CARSEATS IN MY CAR.


10:30 AM

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After surviving an epic toddler meltdown over absolutely everything, the family goes to the gym.  I intend to do 30 minutes on the treadmill but can only walk for 20.  My inner thighs are mysteriously killing me…


11:00 AM

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They are giving away chair massages!  I sign up for a 5 minute one that turns into a 20 minute one because the massage lady wants to talk to me about delivery.  She is a labor guru who has delivered four children, all drug-free via the Bradley Method, and her longest delivery was just under 4 hours.  Her shortest was 20 minutes.  She has tons of totally fun and interesting advice – such as believing in silent births (she sucked a wet washcloth instead of yelling/moaning) and says she would do Kegels in between pushing contractions to keep the baby from slipping back in.  I kid you not.  This woman was all sorts of epic!  It was a fun conversation.


12:15 PM


I eat a brown rice, corn, spinach, and black bean stir fry while we have Family Movie Time (we watch Madagascar) and I simultaneously read Time magazine.   Oh, by the way, I did *not* photograph all my food today, mostly because I eat non-stop at this point and the photos would be overwhelming.  For example, while my stir-fry was cooking, I ate pumpkin pie ice cream straight from the container. Yummmmm.

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2:00 PM

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Henry goes down for his nap, and so does everyone else.  Can you see James’s ear in the picture above?  Too cute.  Before we fall asleep, Kristien and I take bets on when I will go into labor (he says 39 weeks, 5 days, and I say on my due date).  I wake up after an hour and discover that Kristien had moved to the guest room because I was snoring “like a tractor.”  Whoops.


3:30 PM


Food prep time!  I make a bunch of veggies and potatoes for the upcoming week.  I spend all this time slicing Brussels sprouts off the stalk before realizing that you can just cook the whole thing – damn.


3:30 PM


I start the always fun process of deciding what to do with our health insurance for next year.  Yuck!


4:30 PM


Henry wakes up from his nap, and we spend a lot of time just hanging out with him and playing games.  We blow up balloons, which provide an incredible amount of entertainment.  Hah!  After a bit, my sister-in-law comes over for dinner.  We all talk and eat, and then eventually, I start Henry’s bedtime routine around 6:45.  He’s in bed by 7:30, but I lay with him in the dark for another 1/2 hour just talking (yes, I can still curl up into a tiny toddler bed!).


8:00 PM

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Sophie, Kristien, and I watch a few hours of TV, including an awesome episode of The Walking Dead.  So good!


10:45 PM


I get into bed, although I don’t fall asleep until close to midnight.  I think I have to stop watching The Walking Dead on Sunday nights – it starts too late and fires me up so much!


How was your Sunday?



  • Katie sB November 17, 2014, 11:37 am

    My Sunday was stressssssful. My in laws have been here for almost a week and I can’t wait for them to leave today. Although I love them, it has been a little bit of a long visit because I’ve been sick.

  • Joy November 17, 2014, 11:44 am

    Ha! I hear ya. My husband and I absolutely LOVE The Walking Dead but we record it and watch it early on Monday night so that we can watch something funny after the show or do other stuff before bed. When we’d watch it on Sunday night right before bed, we both would get weird/frightening dreams.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork November 17, 2014, 11:55 am

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday (minus the meltdown). We also cannot watch WD right before bed because it’s too stressful. We’ll usually watch it a few days later during dinner time-that way there’s still time to chill out before heading to bed. Can’t wait to see this week’s episode!

  • Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun) November 17, 2014, 12:11 pm

    What an awesome Sunday! I love Henry’s age.. (my little guy is 2) and the fact they will play on their own and actually sit and cuddle/watch (parts of) a movie!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 17, 2014, 12:19 pm

    All those brussels sprouts! Yum!

    And I am in love with your nursery! How beautiful!

    I want the lady you had give you a massage be my L&D doctor one day! haha

    And random but I’d love if you shared this post on my new Weekend Snapshots link up. The link-up just went live today!


  • Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey November 17, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Looks like a nice Sunday!

    Our Sunday was filled with church, football, and board games with friends! 🙂

  • Casey @ Camo Tails November 17, 2014, 1:35 pm

    I have had the SAME exact thought about watching the Walking Dead on Sunday nights. I can never seem to get to bed easily afterwards.

    I try to watch a calming, mindless show once it’s over, or read a book, to decompress, but nothing works. It’s so worth it though – there’s no effing way I could wait until the next day to watch it. OR watch it alone. Too scary!

  • Jenn November 17, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Long time reader here. I noticed your comment about Kristien not being able to take paternity leave right away. Is he no longer working at the clinic with his dad? Sorry if I missed something along the way. Also, what happened to your brother-in-law that was living with you?

    • Caitlin November 17, 2014, 2:21 pm

      Oh no we still have the clinic 🙂 when I say paternity leave I just mean when we close the office. Hah. Self-imposed leave! I changed the wording so it made more sense… Anyway, since we always close over the holidays and the baby is due December 1, that means we can’t close the entire month of December. My mom should be a big help in those initial weeks. We are super grateful!!!

      My BIL moved out foooorever ago. Like a year and a half ago? He’s happy and thriving on his own! 🙂

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama} November 17, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Sounds like a great Sunday to me. Kudos to you for getting some food prep done! I have tried and tried to get in the habit, but it’s the last thing I feel like doing on Sunday. UGH. Love your nursery, too. Super cute.

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 17, 2014, 2:58 pm

    That’s hilarious about the massage lady. My nail lady always gives massages and I secretly hope she gets distracted and never stops haha.

  • Gwen November 17, 2014, 4:04 pm

    I don’t know how ANYONE can watch Walking Dead on Sunday night. I cannot watch it before bed and it HAS to be during the daylight. We caught up on two episodes yesterday afternoon and I STILL had nightmares. But the intro to last night’s looked pretty good – can’t wait to catch up (next weekend!). <3

  • Sagan November 17, 2014, 7:12 pm

    Sounds like a lovely Sunday! Henry’s room = too cute.

    Mostly I’m taking advantage of working from home and STAYING INSIDE since the snow has started. Even though winter has got to a late start around here, I’m still not ready for it. Definitely enjoying the indoor activities right now 🙂

  • Kathy November 17, 2014, 11:16 pm

    Isn’t it adorable how husbands lie and tell us we snore?? I happen to know for a fact that I sleep in total silence with a smile on my face and my hair fanned out around me like Sleeping Beauty ; )

    • Caitlin November 18, 2014, 8:32 am

      hahah this comment.

  • aimee November 18, 2014, 7:03 am

    I love that Henry is using a real cup!

    Sounds like a great day, toddler meltdown and all.

  • Lynne November 18, 2014, 9:16 am

    Wow, you’ve already decorated for Christmas? How industrious of you!

    Re the balloons and Henry — don’t they just pop right away? 🙂

    • Caitlin November 18, 2014, 9:29 am

      Hahah he’s pretty good about not popping them! Which impresses me because he’s pretty destructive normally.

      I can’t take Christmas credit. Kristien said he had to do it last weekend or he may not be able to do it at all (depending on when I went into labor). He said the neighbors looked at him like he was nuts when he hung up the outside lights. Hah!

  • Ali November 18, 2014, 2:35 pm

    I would rethink the mattress on the floor situation! I was really trying to save money as a (relatively) poor student and not buy a bed frame… I put my mattress on the floor thinking it would be totally fine but had horrible back pain after just 2 nights… I wouldn’t ask someone to sleep like that for several weeks while helping with a new born. You can get a cheap unfinished wood frame for relatively cheap and sell it after your mom leaves if you don’t want yet another bed. Of course, sounds like you have easy access to a good massage so maybe it’s less of a problem!

  • lori November 18, 2014, 6:07 pm

    A word to the wise on those predictions – Don’t get it in your head that baby will be early or even on time. I remember when I took The Bradley Method classes a few years ago that the average first time (I know this is your 2nd..bare with me…) pregnancy goes 41 weeks and 1 day. So with my first, I totally psyched myself out that baby would be “late” so that I wouldn’t get anxious and I just let Mother Nature do her thing. Well, he ended up coming 2 days early! Fantastic! So with my second, this past Aug, I thought he’d be early too. And then my due date came and went. I tried to go with the flow but I’m not gonna lie, I started to let it get to me. Even with a midwife, because I was delivering at a hospital, I had to do a non-stress test at 41 weeks, and was told I should come back twice over the Labor Day wknd for 2 more! Yuck!! I was getting nervous that I was getting close to induction territory and all I wanted was another smooth natural birth! Thank goodness I never had to go back for another NST because baby came on his own 2 days later, on my 9th day “overdue”. My advice, expect baby to be late and you’ll be overjoyed if it’s not (sorry to call it an “it”. I was team green as well and sometimes I just ended up calling it “it”!). It might get hard toward the end there, physically and mentally, (2nd time was harder for me with a toddler and all) but hang in there!!

  • Danielle November 19, 2014, 1:10 pm

    Love your holiday decorations and love the day in the life posts!!

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