Day in the Life

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5:10 AM – My first alarm goes off.


5:18 AM – My second alarm goes off and I get out of bed.


5:20 AM – I pump a bottle, eat a pre-run snack (banana with nut butter), and drink a coffee.  I get dressed and leave for my long run.


5:45 AM – I do what Training Buddy Brandi and I refer to as a “CAOD run,” which stands for crack ass of dawn run.  It’s dark when I leave but quickly gets light out.  I see a herd of deer crossing a street – pretty cool!  I was pretty grumpy when I left, but by the time I am done, I am so thankful that I got my booty out of bed for a CAOD run!  Always worth it.


6:45 AM – I come home and discover that everyone – the Husband, Claire, and Henry – is piled into the master bed and sleeping.  Hah!  But Henry wakes up when I open the door, so I let him watch an episode of Octonauts while I shower, pack his lunch for summer camp, do morning chores like feed the animals, and round-up a change of clothes for him after he goes swimming.


7:20 AM – I make Henry and myself breakfast.  I have three eggs, potatoes with mustard, and strawberries.  He has toast, watermelon, and eggs.  We hang out and talk until…


8:00 AM – Whoa!  The Husband is going to be late if I don’t wake him and Claire up.  I hate to interrupt their cuddles, but it’s time to go.


8:20 AM – After a diaper and outfit change, I plop Claire down in her high chair and she has breakfast (black beans and raspberries) while the Husband eats (and Henry has second breakfast).  I pump a bottle while they eat.


8:35 AM – The kids and I play with the Magnatiles and read a few books while the Husband cleans up the kitchen and gets ready for work.  At 8:50, Claire’s sitter arrives, and at 9:00, the Husband and Henry leave.


9:00 AM – I start doing some consulting work.  I take breaks for snacks and lunch.  And I also try to help by putting Claire down for a nap, but she refuses to sleep!


12:50 PM – I go pick up Henry from school.  We drive back home, I say goodbye to the sitter, and I attempt to put Claire down for a nap.  This time – she does.  Thank goodness.  While she naps, Henry and I sit on the couch and watch a funny cartoon movie about an eagle while eating pistachios and frozen cherries (which, by the way, are the most amazing snack).

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2:30 PM – Claire wakes up, Henry and I have more snacks, Claire has the boobies, and then we go shopping.  We hit up ALDI…

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Check out all the food I got for $45.  ALDI is my jam.  Blueberries were 99 cents!


And by the local running store, Omega Sports, so I could buy a new sports bra.  I asked on Instagram which Moving Comfort one was the best, and everyone really loved the Juno, so I got that!  It was pretty awesome because one of the employees played ball with Henry while I tried on the bra.  The kids would’ve eaten me alive in the dressing room if he hadn’t helped!   Hah.  Great customer service!

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4:30 PM – We meet the Husband at a local park.  Henry and Claire play while Kristien and I talk.

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5:30 PM – We head home and I cook us dinner while Kristien and Henry kick a ball and Claire discovers the pots and pans cabinet.


6:00 PM – We sit down to an awesome meal…  A bed of baby kale and arugula with peppers, carrots, cashews, and tofu, all stir-fried in coconut oil and spices.  Plus a bunch of cucumber slices.  And a baked sweet potato.  YUM.  However, I only get to eat half of it at first… Eating a meal with a baby and a toddler – even with another adult present – basically means you jump up every minute. 


Wondering how to cook tofu?  Here are some ways to make it amazing!


6:30 PM – Claire was getting fussy, so I went upstairs to put her down while the boys continued eating downstairs.  I wash her down (she had sweet potatoes and blueberries for dinner) and do the bedtime routine.  We’re done by 6:45 – she was sleepy!


7:00 PM – Microwave my dinner plate and finish eating.  Kiss Henry good night as the Husband takes him upstairs.  Write some of this post and do other blog work.


7:45 PM – Sit on the couch, read my Book a Week, and relax.  In bed at 9:30 PM, which is much better than I usually do.  Entourage reruns always suck me in!



  • Britt July 3, 2015, 8:16 am

    Wow your hubby helps out soooooo much. If mine did half of those things maybe we’d have another lol lucky girl you are mama

    • Caitlin July 3, 2015, 10:12 am

      Yes, he does! He helps with the kids a lot.

  • Liz July 3, 2015, 8:28 am

    I LOVE day in the life posts, thanks for sharing! It’s always interesting to see how other people do things. And good for you for getting an early morning run in. I always feel the most productive if I work out and shower before the kids wake up. That’s nuts that Claire only took one nap though!! My 8 month old still takes three, two long ones and a 45 min catnap, ugh. We are desperately trying to get him down to two so I have more flexibility to leave the house. The kid loves his sleep! That’s fun that Henry is doing a camp too, I can’t wait until my toddler is old enough for the preschools and camps around here (almost all start at 3 years).

  • Sagan July 3, 2015, 10:10 am

    Fun insight into your day! Thanks for sharing.

    Also I have never thought to eat pistachios with frozen cherries but that sounds kind of like the perfect summer snack…

  • Kim July 3, 2015, 10:13 am

    Thanks for such a great post! You are such a inspiration to me as a mommy of two! I currently work from home 20 hours a week. I am curious do you have a steady babysitter with set hours per week? How do you handle scheduling that? I’m struggling to find a balance between working, dealing with the kids, and knowing I need help. Do you feel that having a sitter has made the balance more manageable? Interested to hear your thoughts! Thanks so much Caitlyn …you are amazing!

    • Caitlin July 3, 2015, 10:36 am

      Yes, I took on this other work project that is short-term but about 20 hours a week so I hired a college girl to come while Henry is at camp and watch Claire. I wouldn’t be able to work so much without her. I made the mistake when I had Henry of thinking that I could just work during his naps but now I know that it’s impossible! There are so many other things to do around the house during naptime… You really need childcare to work more than 10 – 12 hours a week, I think.

      • Adrianne July 13, 2015, 1:10 pm

        I was going to ask the same question! I work in an office full time currently, but am due with our first in November and would love to work from home after maternity leave ends. Hubs and I have been discussing how to handle it, as being a SAHM is out of the question currently. It’s nice to think I can work and take care of the baby, but I think that’s a bit delusional 😛 I’m glad to hear it’s working for you to have a babysitter at the house while you work! I really hate the idea of sending an infant to daycare, if I can avoid it.

        • Caitlin July 13, 2015, 3:23 pm

          Look into nanny sharing or hiring someone to stay at home with her. Can you ask your boss is you can work half from home and half in the office?

          • Adrianne July 15, 2015, 3:29 pm

            That’s my plan! I signed up for (which is probably way early – so many promotional emails!) so I can keep an eye out for sitters in the area with some credibility. My boss and I have discussed a part work from home/part work in office arrangement (no details yet, just the possibility) for when I go back to work, especially since I think I’m going to need to go back a couple weeks earlier than I would have otherwise wanted to. Baby just *had* to be due right before the busiest time of year for my very small office! lol. I’m hoping the arrangement pans out!

  • Sarah July 3, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Love hearing other moms’ schedules! I’m on baby #2 and trying to be better about having a milk stash in the freezer and to get out without baby! Do you only pump in the mornings? I just started pumping this week and my plan was just in the morning once. He typically only nurses from one side so I’ve been trying to only nurse from one side the last feeding of the night and morning and pump from the other first thing. Would love any pumping tips. You may have answered this on a previous post!

    And go Canes!

    • Caitlin July 3, 2015, 3:41 pm

      Go canes!

      I have a two week freezer stash but haven’t really tried to get it bigger. I kind of gave up on it, actually… I pump randomly throughout the day when 1) I need someone else to watch her (childcare at gym or the babysitter) or 2) we’re headed out and I don’t want to breastfeed. Definitely try throwing in one extra pump session before bed OR pump first thing in the morning and give him a bottle off that. I usually get two bottles worth if I pump first thing (one to her and one to the freezer).

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 3, 2015, 1:07 pm

    I love how happy Claire looks in the swing! What a fun day!

  • Amanda July 3, 2015, 2:31 pm

    You just inspired me to get more done today… with a better attitude. 🙂

  • Denise July 3, 2015, 9:49 pm

    Wow – what a full day!

    What consulting work do you do? You mention projects sometimes but I don’t think I’ve ever seen what they are.

    • Caitlin July 4, 2015, 6:57 pm

      Mostly writing and social media consulting. Most of my writing right now is uncredited because I write copy for websites, like Tom’s of Maine or Pampers.

  • Leanne July 3, 2015, 9:51 pm

    That picture of Claire on the swing with Henry is so sweet… what a happy girl!

    I’m about to have my first baby any day now and that picture just melted my heart.

    I don’t read your blog as much as I used to but it’s so neat to have seen you go from a young married woman with a health blog to that + an published author, to all that + a mom (& so much else.. your accomplishments are much more then all that!)… 🙂

    • Caitlin July 4, 2015, 6:57 pm

      Thank you and congrats on your baby!

  • Amanda July 4, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Claire is just the cutest! And I love Entourage – just watched in its entirety for the first time.

  • shewhodaresruns July 5, 2015, 5:43 am

    That’s one hell of a day. I have 3 girls, work and run: and I’m for bed by 9pm!

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