Valentine’s Day Weekend

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Did you have a good weekend?  We certainly did.  I feel like we jammed a lot in – you’ll see!


First of all, I had three awesome workouts. 

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I was feeling pretty sluggish during the week because Claire reverted back to waking up every 2 – 3 hours.  It was painful.  Must have been a growth spurt because she quickly went back to her ‘normal’ of 4 – 5 hour stretches at night.  So I revved things up over the weekend – mostly because I decided to take Claire to the gym’s childcare for the first time!  She did reeeeally well.  Henry was always great at childcare, and I think it’s partially because I started early with him, too, so I wanted to get her in there ASAP. 


I’m SO HAPPY that we’ve reached this stage with Claire because it frees me up to do so many more things for workouts – I did yoga on Friday, an awesome speedwork session on the treadmill + weightlifting on Saturday, and a combo of the stairclimber and walking on Sunday.  BLISS!

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The weekend was packed with other fun activities – we had a Valentine’s Day dinner party on Saturday night with two of our couple friends.  It was way nicer than fighting the restaurant crowds.


I wish I had gotten a group shot – we all decided to dress up for dinner instead of being lazy in sweatpants (which is how our friends’ dinner parties usually go!).


It was fun to get out of my Mom Uniform and wear high heels for once!  <—I so rarely wear high heels; these heels are TWELVE YEARS OLD.  And just as uncomfortable as they were in college – hah!


What else?  Oh, we tried to go for a family walk around at the park on Sunday, but the temperatures suddenly dropped 20 or so degrees – it was freezing.  We called it quits shortly after getting out of the car, which sadly resulted in a toddler meltdown. 

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I think Henry is half snowsuit/half human because he is never, ever cold.


And I bought a new rug for our living room.  You like?  It’s a bit busy but the room kind of needed something.


So, that was our weekend!  A little of that, a little of this.  Full but fun. 




  • Katie February 16, 2015, 8:14 am

    I like the busy rug! Maybe not forever, but its a cute way to mix it up! Way to go on the workouts!!

  • Rebecca @ Bring Back Delicious February 16, 2015, 8:42 am

    Whenever our little one doesn’t sleep well, it really wrecks havoc. It’s amazing how just one bad night can hurt the whole day (workout, diet, frustration-levels, etc). I’m glad your latest stint was short lived!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H February 16, 2015, 9:00 am

    valentine’s day in really is the way to go!

  • Anne Weber-Falk February 16, 2015, 9:19 am

    Looks like a fine weekend indeed. We had fun too. Ran around doing errands and then cooked for PADS on Sunday. We also took in a show at our local theater. Married Alive. I’m surprised you can still wear shoes from college days. My feet grew about a half size after each child. I was a shoe size 8 1/2 after high school and now I’m a size 9 1/2.

  • Lia February 16, 2015, 11:01 am

    Hi there! Have you ever tried The Bar Method? I use the dvd’s and there amazing! I’ve been doing that for about 2 years and it’s the first time that i feel my body changing from within and getting strong!! It’s a great exercise

  • Logan February 16, 2015, 11:10 am

    You are so so so lucky to be able to get good workouts in. I know life as a work from home mom is not easy…but you do have a flexible schedule, which is wonderful. I work full time out of the house and if I want to workout, I have to get up at 4:30am to squeeze in a 45 minute workout. I know that I have chosen this life, but at this point in my career am “stuck” where it would make no sense to give it up to have any sort of financially stable life especially since I live in a very high cost area. Does it make me horrible to admit that I’m really jealous when I read your blog posts about things like this?

    • Caitlin February 16, 2015, 11:47 am

      No… I think it makes you human. It’s so hard to work FT away from home with kids. On so many levels. It’s so draining. I’m sorry – I hope you get President’s Day off!!!

  • Kim L. February 16, 2015, 11:39 am

    You look awesome in your ‘dressed up’ selfie! And I like the rug- it gives the room character : ) P.S. Claire’s hair is adorable!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul February 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

    Omg strawberry fingers! I love that picture! haha

  • Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy February 16, 2015, 12:03 pm

    I need to join a gym that has childcare! I’m just scared Wyatt will freak out if I leave the room. It must be so nice to have that break to work out 🙂

    • Caitlin February 16, 2015, 1:11 pm

      Henry freaks occasionally but he calms down pretty fast!

  • Elle February 16, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I love the “busy rug”, it ties the room together. Your little ones are soo cute.

  • Casey February 16, 2015, 12:43 pm

    Love the rug! And of course the cute kiddos and fur babies 🙂

  • Brynn February 16, 2015, 1:21 pm

    I laughed as soon as I saw the Later Gator shirt….I have a son who’s nearly the same age as Henry and I’ve noticed so many times where my guy has the same clothes as Henry. I ordered that Later Gator shirt about 12 minutes ago – ha! (But this time I got a toddler size and a baby size for our 5 month old boy….because matching!!).

    • Caitlin February 16, 2015, 1:49 pm

      I love carters!!!

  • Carolina John February 16, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I guess the really scary part is that you’ve been out of college for 12 years already? ha!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 16, 2015, 6:11 pm

    yes, I LOVE getting dressed up every once in a while! Not my regular kind of thing but I love it for special occasions. Good job on the workouts!

  • Marlow February 16, 2015, 6:43 pm

    Do you and your husband do any sort of sleep training with your kids – whe. I read that your little one typically sleeps 4-5 hours I nearly cried! I am 15 days in with my first child and I feel like I am losing it! Some nights he’ll have a 3-4 hour stretch, then he’ll have two nights where he only goes for an hour – and that’s an hour slept on my chest! Did sweet Claire start sleeping longer the older she got? A friend recommended Moms on Call to me and I’ve started reading it but am just not sure. Being a mom is hard….being a first time mom feels super hard! Any advice would be lovely – I’ve loved your other posts with Newborn suggestions!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2015, 7:04 pm

      Oh Hun. I feel so bad for you. Claire is, in part, just a good sleeper. Henry was NOT but I learned a lot from him. I eventually did a CIO method with him at 5 months and I plan to so it again with Claire. Here’s a link:

      But there are some things I do with Claire that I didn’t do with Henry right away and I think it helps a lot –

      Pacifiers. Controversial but it works for us.
      Dream feeding – makes a HUGE difference. Google it!
      White noise is a must.

      But at 15 days, you’re going to be in newborn hell. Claire was pretty much like your baby at 15 days too. It’s totally normal and any 15 day old that does it differently is sent from heaven, hah. Claire hadn’t even gotten back to birth weight yet at that point. Just try to survive. Pass the baby to someone else so you can sleep. Use the swing too. Swings usually really help!

      But it will just get better by the 4-6 week mark. I know that seems soooo far away but it will.

      • Marlow February 18, 2015, 5:35 pm

        Thanks for the info! It’s funny last night he did sleep for 4 hours…but in the swing! I’ve been so hesitant to put him in it in the middle of the night but last night hubby took over and let me sleep. 4 glorious hours later he brought him to me to eat and said he had been sleeping the entire time!! I felt so much more normal today. I think the part that is hardest for me right now is just feeling like I don’t understand what he needs. And…feeling like a milk jug 95% of the time!!

        • Caitlin February 18, 2015, 7:12 pm

          That is so frustrating. It really is so hard. Has anyone shown you this video?

          It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO true. I can clearly hear Claire say “Neh” when she’s hungry! It’s nutty.

          • Caitlin February 18, 2015, 7:20 pm

            also the swing is my favorite. <3

  • Nicole February 16, 2015, 7:52 pm

    We took a family walk around that park on Sunday. My plan was to go multiple laps around the water but I felt badly about it being so cold and keeping my mini dachsund out that long. We made it one lap around and got back in the car. 16 weeks pregnant and the only exercise I can do is walk – it’s too cold lately for outdoor walks!

  • Jenn February 17, 2015, 4:57 pm

    I love the rug! Where did you find it?

    • Caitlin February 17, 2015, 8:37 pm

      Home goods!

  • Jolene ( February 24, 2015, 6:59 pm

    We had a great valentines weekend!! My sweetie and I got hitched on Friday the 13th in secret!! We then took off to Mexico, and only then did our family found out that our trip was actually our honeymoon!! Haha! It was fantastic!

    • Caitlin February 25, 2015, 11:00 am

      YAY i love it. congrats!

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