Breakfast With The Kids

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Good Morning!


Three Weird Facts About Me (why not?):


I cannot leave the house without sunglasses.  If I were trapped on a deserted island and could only bring a few things, sunglasses would be right up there with a knife and a fire starter.

I hate to drink anything without a straw.   A smoothie without a straw?  Heck no.

I think I may have mild ESP, but it’s only about bad stuff.  Like I’ll have a foreboding dream or wake-up in a bad mood and not realize what it means until it happens.  I need to fine tune it AND figure out how to use it to win the lottery.   Hah.




Henry is super into the USAT Triathlon magazine.  He loves to look through it, especially because there are always articles about kid triathletes.  <3


Oh, and I wanted to give you a brief Claire update!  She is 7 months and 20 days old now.


Getting her first two teeth!

Can use a walker to slowly move around the room.

Babbles all the time.  I’m pretty sure she makes a specific noise for blueberries and water.

Hair is turning a dark strawberry blonde.  <3

Can crawl really fast now – I have to watch her constantly.

Looooves her daddy.  When Kristien comes home from work, she barrels towards him for a hug.

Sleeping through the night and taking two naps during the day.

Weighs about 19 pounds.

LOVES FOOD.  There’s nothing she doesn’t like, even steamed spinach.


Here’s what she ate for breakfast – she ate the whole thing, save for a few pieces that ended up on the floor.  This is a bigger meal than Henry ate! 


He has 2.5 years on her but is only 11 pounds heavier!   It’s fun to have an enthusiastic eater because Henry wasn’t (and still isn’t).  He better start eating his veggies or she’s gonna catch up.  Hah.


Oh, what else?  On Monday, I decided to put tri training to the side for a bit and did boot camp.  It was a killer class to begin with, but after being out of class for a few weeks, it was doubly hard.  It was a lot of cardio sprints.  Whew. 


I’ve got a run on the books for later.  Can’t wait to hit that treadmill later – it’s way too hot to run outside.  AND my momma friends and I are going out to a swanky dinner later.  So I’ve got a lot to look forward to, if I can only get through my work first! 


Hope you have a productive day.


If you’ve got a Little One, I’d love to hear what they’re doing at this stage, too!



  • Katie D. July 22, 2015, 9:48 am

    I totally have “senses” (<— from Sisterland) too! No joke, sometimes about good things (I really wanted a donut, but had a feeling there might be some at work and there were) and sometimes about bad things (my dad's heart attack).

    Eleanor is almost 13 months and just started crawling up stairs and walking with assistance. She hates eating and has 12 teeth. She doesn't sleep through the night but after a year of crappy sleep, who cares? 😉

  • ellen July 22, 2015, 9:53 am

    My almost three year old is fully potty trained, except for nights!!! I am very excited about this milestone, but I will be honest I feel like I didn’t really train him he just figured it out himself. He is obsessed with bugs, robots and wants to go to the beach to make sand castles haha. He is in a fun stage now where he can tell me about what he did in school that day and sing me songs and tell me stories that he learned. I am also completely impressed with his memory. He remembers stuff from last summer! He is an ok eater…some days he loves food and other days not so much. His favorite food right now is yogurt and wheatgerm.

    My almost 4 month old is a delight! He is laughing a lot now and loves his brother. He tracks him wherever he goes. He can roll but doesn’t do it often he also moves him self around the room on his back by pushing with his foot…he is strong and getting so chubby. It is so fun to see his personality coming out and he is so different than his older brother which I love! They look the same but very different people which is cool to see.

    • Caitlin July 22, 2015, 10:01 am

      Aw this made me happy!

  • Stephanie July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

    So, I wonder if weight gain during pregnancy is any indicator of the kind of eater your child will be (whether the correlation is that the kid eats more bc mama ate more or mama ate more bc the kid has always been an enthusiastic eater, even in the womb, is another thought to ponder).
    I ask because my kids are like this as well. With my first pregnancy, I barely gained 30 lbs and it was all gone within 2 weeks of giving birth. That child has always been a light eater (never taking more than 28 oz of breastmilk/formula in a day her entire first year) and still continues to not care much about food at a little over 3 years old. I just had my second kid in March and gained 40+ lbs with that one (and am still hanging on to 10 of those pounds). She is a big eater and my breastmilk supply cannot keep up with her so we are having to supplement a few bottles a day. I feel like she is going to be a big eater like Claire. Obviously, it’s all anecdotal, but it’s an interesting coincidence nonetheless.

    • Caitlin July 22, 2015, 10:03 am

      Haha that is interesting! I gained more with Claire so maybe there is something to this theory.

  • Brynn July 22, 2015, 10:09 am

    my nine month old just started wanting to walk everywhere. Granted we hold his hands, but man is he ready to move!

  • Amanda July 22, 2015, 10:13 am

    Cardio sprints are such a killer! I actually screamed in the middle of one during Max 30 the other day… and my puppy ran to me because she thought I was hurt. Too cute 😛

  • sara July 22, 2015, 10:16 am

    Hi! I’m due with my first baby in September! I have a question as far as eating goes for Claire, does she still have bottles of milk/formula during the day? I’m really interested in baby led weaning and just curious to know! I’m a little clueless! 😉

    • Caitlin July 22, 2015, 10:19 am

      Yup! Your baby will probably nurse or have bottles at least until 1 year, maybe beyond depending on what you decide to do. She nurses or has a bottle about 6 times a day still.

      • sara July 22, 2015, 10:27 am

        Wow! Thanks for the feedback! Love reading about your kids, thanks for sharing! I’ve been a long time reader since before you had kids! 🙂

        • Caitlin July 22, 2015, 10:35 am

          WOW 🙂 Thanks for reading for so long!!!

  • Kelly R July 22, 2015, 10:35 am

    My sister just had a baby in April so it’s so interesting reading these posts watching my baby niece grow as well! I swear, the way she is going, she is going to skip right past crawling and just walk.

    Also are those macadamia nuts?? That breakfast looks DELISH.

    • Caitlin July 22, 2015, 10:36 am

      Yes, M. nuts are my JAMMMM

  • Sagan July 22, 2015, 10:43 am

    I’m TOTALLY the same with sunglasses. I especially dislike being in a car – as the driver OR as the passenger – without sunglasses.

    I’m on the hunt for some pretty & thick straws for smoothies 🙂

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 22, 2015, 10:48 am

    That breakfast looks delicious! Happy Wednesday!

  • Elizabeth Beil July 22, 2015, 10:54 am

    I don’t have any little ones but I am the oldest and my younger sister was the eater and I was the picky eater growing up, at least this is what my mom has said! Now it is the complete opposite!

  • Tabatha July 22, 2015, 11:21 am

    I hate to drink anything without a straw too – it just seems wrong! My little one is 5 months and 11 days, and she’s just starting to roll over. She seems desperate to crawl but hasn’t figured out how to get her legs up underneath her yet!

  • Amy July 22, 2015, 11:35 am

    my daughter is one month old today! she’s sleeping better at night; last night she slept almost 6 hours straight! her eyes are open a lot more during the day now, and I’m loving seeing her sweet blue eyes!

  • Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood July 22, 2015, 11:58 am

    The other day I told my husband that I don’t trust people who don’t insist on straws,so I feel ya there!! My son was and is super into food from 6 months on. he eats SO MUCH it shocks me everytime. Because of that, I always know the second he’s getting a tooth or sick.

  • Regina July 22, 2015, 12:01 pm

    My oldest will be 3 next month, which in an of itself totally blows my mind. He’s absolutely hilarious lately and says the funniest things. Such as: *when looking at an ultrasound* “is the baby swimming?”, *at night when we put him in a diaper (he’s potty trained during the day)* “is daddy wearing a diaper too? Mommy you wear big boy undies?” *to his baby brother in the car* ” Andrew are you growing? I’m growing too!” And *to me in the kitchen this morning that left me in a babbling mess of waterworks* “I just keep getting bigger and bigger”. No truer words. He’s also started to tell us he misses us and will reply “I love you too!” Really enthusiastically when we tell him we love him and man, it melts me heart.

    Our youngest (middle? I’m 12.3 weeks preggo with #3) is 15.5 months old and is a walking machine. He’s darn fast. He’s an expert climber too but is thankfully more cautious than big brother. By that I only mean he’ll turn himself around to catapult himself off high structures feet first rather than head first. They’ve both given me a lot of gray hair 😉 He’s talking more and more and really come into his personality which is an equal mixture of hilarious and absolutely breathtakingly sweet. His newest obsession is spinning around in a circle yelling “woah, woah, woah!” And his laugh, it takes my breath away. I’m feeling especially overwhelmed with love for him as we meet with his urologist tomorrow to go over his latest ultrasound results and unfortunately, there’s a very likely chance my baby boy might have surgery in his near future. Nothing quite like that to put things in perspective, make you hold them a little tighter and appreciate even the food covered floors, constant tantrums and endless days and nights.

    Claire is seriously precious! And looking at your spotless Highchair really makes me want to make a trip to ikea ASAP.

  • Katie July 22, 2015, 12:20 pm

    Claire is so beautiful & Henry so handsome <3 love these types of random posts!

  • Michaela July 22, 2015, 12:42 pm

    My little girl is 5 weeks old. She is getting pretty good at lifting her head and she is such a squirmer. She’s constantly kicking her arms and legs. In the last week or two it has been quite the challenge to get her to take naps during the day. She’ll wake up after only 45 minutes and proceed to wail because she’s not well rested. On the plus side, nights are her best time, waking up only once or twice to nurse and immediately falling back asleep. If you have any advice, I would appreciate it! Thanks!

    • Stacey July 23, 2015, 11:46 am

      My little girl is the same way! She’ll be 6-months old next Wednesday and has always been a terrible napper. I hated it when people would say, sleep when she sleeps…. SHE NEVER SLEPT! haha. However, like yours she slept great at night. At about 4 1/2-mo she started sleeping 11-12 hours at night. Her naps are still horrendous (a couple good 1-2 hour ones now), but I know we are just going to have to do a little CIO and sleep train her. I’m waiting until she’s more ready to go down to 2-naps a day so we can teach her this is nap time, every day, same time, usually same place.
      Hope it gets better for you, but if not, there’s always training. Or a car 🙂

  • Sara July 22, 2015, 12:44 pm

    My two-year-old loved to eat when he was Claire’s age…now he’s just so picky. We try everything. 🙁 So hard. One week something he likes will the next week be on his no list. Oh well. We keep trying! He just got his first stitches the other week too and got them out Monday. That’s about all that is up with mine!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 22, 2015, 1:36 pm

    Yes to straws! I even drink hot coffee with a straw 😉

  • Kelsey Yoki July 22, 2015, 2:16 pm

    Totally getting like this with sunglasses – and I’m okay with that! We can all benefit from wearing them more. =) Your littles are so cute, and I can’t wait to see Claire grow up more! I find have slight ESP/spot on intuition…and I love it. My mom, sister and I are all very intuitive and I sometimes feel it is so crazy!

  • Allison July 22, 2015, 2:31 pm

    Our youngest just turned 13 months. She is crawling, cruising, and talking up a storm! I feel liked daily she is adding new words and it’s so cool! She is a good eater too, everything except peas and blueberries (maybe it’s the shape?!). Your Claire is a cutie! I have enjoyed following along with your pregnancy and baby updates, as I am in a similar lifestage:)

  • Julie July 22, 2015, 2:59 pm

    My boy is 8 months old and still has no teeth! I keep thinking it will happen, but drool has been a constant since 4 months, and besides him biting me once in a while (ouch), I don’t see any signs. He can pick up food (with half of his hand) but doesn’t put it in his mouth, so I still have to feed him for now. He also will eat pretty much anything, which is a huge plus. He takes sips of water from a sippy cup — we got him a regular one rather than a silicone baby one and it worked fine.

    Also, not really crawling yet, and he’ll only pull up to stand if it’s on me. I know it will be time to lower the crib soon…

    • Julie July 22, 2015, 3:35 pm

      My just-turned-one year old has 8 teeth, looooves to read books with me, and just started taking a few steps on his own here and there. He is a big eater like Claire and recently started sleeping through the night after we followed the Happy Sleeper method. He can say 5 words (mama, dada, no, book, up) and is super silly and affectionate (he loves to give his stuffed animals big hugs and kisses). Such a fun age! I can’t wait to hopefully give him a sibling sometime down the line, the thought of him as a big brother literally makes my heart burst! I can’t imagine how insanely fun and sweet it must be to see Henry and Claire together!

  • Lekki Wood July 22, 2015, 3:09 pm

    I don’t know if mine counts as a Little One – he is 2.5. He has just started to tell us what has happened during his day which is so cute… but the funny thing is, the teachers say he makes a lot of it up!! He told us that he and his friend got put in time out for screaming at daycare. I asked his teacher about it (because I was curious, not because I was annoyed) and she said “No! They all scream all the time, we could never have a time out for that”.

    We are also trying potty training, but it is going disastrously. If anyone has any tips I would love them (the 3-day thing is not an option for us).

    My really LO is due October. She is kicking up a storm and making these weird vibration movements. I am not too sure if that is normal or what to make of that :-/

    • Caitlin July 23, 2015, 8:59 am

      Henry does that too! Totally makes stuff up. Haha

  • Lindsay July 22, 2015, 4:51 pm

    My son is 4 and my daughter is 10 months. She just started to climb stairs this week. Caroline is a much bigger eater than Patrick just like your two. I actually told him yesterday “caroline eats peas and broccoli and you hardly ever eat veggies, it’s going to be so sad when she gets bigger than you.” HA! 🙂

  • Janelle July 22, 2015, 7:11 pm

    Your children are adorable and I really enjoy your blog…like, it’s the first thing I check when I find time to do things for myself. Sooo, thank you. Your randomness makes me feel human and I adore your mothering style. You inspire me to keep working out and eating healthy and I don’t even know you…cray, cray. Thank you:)

    • Caitlin July 23, 2015, 8:58 am

      Thank you for such a sweet comment!!

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me July 22, 2015, 7:53 pm

    That dark strawberry blonde hair… it is positively beautiful on little Claire! I cannot believe it’s been 7 months already!

  • Katie July 22, 2015, 8:15 pm

    How fun! Love the roundup type posts like this.

    My little one is preparing to make an appearance! I’m due 2 weeks from Friday 🙂 Hoping for a healthy baby!

  • Catherine July 22, 2015, 9:09 pm

    Your kiddos’ eating habits remind me of my own two kids! I have a daughter who turned 3 last month and a son who will be 2 in October… he has outweighed her for almost a year now. 😀 She is 28 lbs and he is 33 lbs. They’re so different in every sense, but I think that’s what makes them get along so well. It’s so fun to raise siblings! Right now we are getting them prepared for their new baby sister who is due August 11. Can’t wait to see how they both do with the new addition since my daughter was only 16 months old when we brought her little brother home. I don’t think she really “got it” but she definitely does now.

  • Dottie (@crazyfitmommy) July 23, 2015, 3:51 am

    It’s crazy how fast babies grow up! My littlest is about 2 1/2 months younger than Claire, so hearing about how much she’s able to do is an extra reminder of how fast my baby will become a toddler.
    My 5 month old is perfecting the army crawl, and he’s also getting up on all fours and trying really hard to crawl properly. He babbles a ton, and I’m just starting to try to give him real food. I’m hoping to use a mix of purees and baby led weaning, so I’m hoping he’s a good eater.
    My almost 2 year old is talking really clearly now, jumping really high, learning to play baseball and basketball, and he’s so loving towards the baby it absolutely makes my heart melt. It’s so amazing (even if it’s a little sad) to see them grow up!

  • Laurel @ blondeandabrit July 23, 2015, 8:33 am

    Your talk of tri training is tempting me…luckily the hot Florida weather is keeping that temptation at bay!

  • Ashley July 23, 2015, 10:06 am

    My kiddos are of a similar age to yours, and it’s so funny how much is similar! My second is a super eater and super sleeper — my first was neither of those things! I think that my older daughter (almost 3) actually only has about 8lbs on the baby (almost 11 months)! The little one has 2 teeth with 2 more coming in, clearly says “nana” when she’s hungry (but hates bananas? That is the ONLY thing she wont eat), also says “mama” and prefers me to anyone else but gives her daddy kisses like it’s her job. So fun to hear about other kiddos!

  • Tricia July 23, 2015, 5:55 pm

    Nolan – 20 months – crazy toddler antics. Doing everything he’s not supposed to with a big smile. Eats well. Working on his first two year old molar. Sleeps extremely well all night and one long nap. Cole, on the other hand, is 5 months. Recently he was diagnosed with silent reflux. Reluctantly we started medication and felt SO BAD for waiting when it seriously helped within 24 hours. He’s not a good sleeper but I think it’s due to the reflux. He already has 2 teeth and is working on 2 more. He’s trying very very hard to crawl.

  • Amanda K. July 24, 2015, 11:07 am

    i am TOTALLY with you on the sunglasses! i will run around the house looking for my sunglasses and make us late rather than go without.
    do you have blue eyes? i read somewhere that blue eyes are more sensitive, so that might be why protection is more important…

    i have a little guy who’s two months old 🙂 here’s his update!

    • Caitlin July 24, 2015, 11:24 am

      No they are greenish brown 🙂

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