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I’ve had a weird time recovering from my Olympic triathlon.  It’s been well over a week and I still don’t feel recovered.  I know I was undertrained – but this is ridiculous.  I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of strength training but am so sore.  Since the race, I did 1/2 a bootcamp class (didn’t want to push it), another strength class, and a 3 mile run – and I felt destroyed by all the workouts!  Whew.  I need more time off (I’m not complaining, hah!).


So I’m thinking my poor recovery is mostly due to a combination of things – mostly lack of sleep and lack of hydration.  I’ve been getting in bed early and clocking a decent total, but Claire is teething and waking up a lot.  And I know I haven’t been drinking enough.  Today, the water game is ON.


Pride Parade

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I took the kiddos to Sunday’s Pride Parade.  The idea of someone being LGTBQ goes over Henry’s head – he’s too young to understand it – so I explained that it was a parade about loving each other and celebrating how we are all different.  The book NutureShock, especially the chapter on how white parents talk about race, has really shaped my ideas about addressing such issues with the kids (the upshot is it’s better to talk about it head-on instead of hoping they learn tolerance by osmosis, such as by being in a diverse school). 

The parade was fabulous. Lots of support from local businesses and churches.  I left feeling very positive and hopeful – the South can be very conservative, of course, so it was wonderful to see such a welcoming parade in Uptown Charlotte. 

The only downside was, after the parade was over, a man in an elevator shouted out a hateful slur as I exited (I had a rainbow flag with me).  It takes a special kind of coward to say something hateful as the elevator door closes.  It upset me so much!   


I guess I just have to focus on teaching my kids the principles I want them to embody…




Claire said her first word – MAMA!  I didn’t count Mama/Dada as words with Henry because I felt like they were more sounds than actual words, but Claire definitely uses Mama as a way to call for me. It’s is so adorable.  I love it.  I guess the months and months of brainwashing her – I really did whisper “Mama, mama, mama, mama” every time I picked her up – paid off! 


And this morning, she CLAPPED for the first time.  So fun.  Off to go update her baby book (I’ve done a much better job being on top of the baby book entries this time around – I played catch-up with Henry’s book and realized it’s way better to just keep it out on the coffee table and write down things as you go instead of thinking back and trying to remember milestones).




Are you thinking about fall shopping yet? I am!  Every summer, I buy a new pair of sandals and wear them to death, and each fall, I get a new pair of jeans and a pair of ballet flats.  I just bought these jeans from LOFT – they’re running a 40% off sale right now!


And that means I’m officially on the hunt for new ballet flats.  I think the pointy toe look is in? Maybe I’ll drag the kiddos to the shoe store later…


What are you up to?



  • Kate August 18, 2015, 9:03 am

    How special Mama was here first word! I bet Henry will be next!

  • Katie August 18, 2015, 9:28 am

    I love that you took your kids to Pride! I think starting dialogue when they’re super little is really wonderful. I’ll have to keep that book in mind for when I have future-babies (as a straight white lady, I want to make sure I actively bring race and LGBTQ issues into the conversation when they’re young). And congrats on Claire saying “Mama”! 🙂

  • Carly August 18, 2015, 9:53 am

    Awesome that your kids got to go to the Pride parade! I’m a little jealous-we haven’t taken my son yet, and he has two mommies!

    In my experience, kids tend to roll with people being different a lot better than adults do. Our friends’ kids think it’s totally normal that our son has two moms. No one blinks an eye at it, and yes, we’re in NJ and not the south, but it’s still nice to see.

    (One funny story-we were at my sister-in-laws house, and her dog was under the table. My son was yelling “DOGGY” but it sounded a bit like “daddy”, and his older cousin exclaimed “BABY ____, YOU DON’T HAVE A DADDY.” Not in a malicious way, just in a “no, I’m your big cousin and I will teach you” sort of way. it was cute.)

  • Nicole August 18, 2015, 9:54 am

    Have you tried foam rolling? Anytime I have lingering soreness, foam rolling always seems to help. That and heat!

  • Rachel August 18, 2015, 10:04 am

    I have a two month old daughter and my husband cracks me up by introducing himself to her a few times a day – as in “Hi I’m Dada, you might remember me from changing your diaper this morning.” We are a long way from first words, but she just started smiling, which is pretty thrilling.

  • Ali August 18, 2015, 10:05 am

    Kudos to you for taking the kids to the parade and taking an active approach on addressing topics such as race. It can only help to make the world a better place!

  • Laura @ Semi-Vegetarian.com August 18, 2015, 10:22 am

    Cute jeans! Also, so sweet about Claire’s first word! What was Henry’s first word? My son’s first word was “apple”.

    • Caitlin August 18, 2015, 11:07 am

      Dog 🙂

  • Amanda August 18, 2015, 10:52 am

    I’m so sorry that someone said something hurtful to you! What a cowardly thing to do. As 50% of a mixed race couple, I’m really interested in the book you mentioned- I’ll have to check it out!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 18, 2015, 10:56 am

    I am definitely thinking about new clothes! Since I teach, I do the whole “back-to-school” shopping thing still 🙂

  • Julie August 18, 2015, 11:14 am

    Caitlin, I LOVE that you took the kids to the Gay Pride parade & how you explained it to Henry. God bless you! (I’m not gay – just a fellow supporter.) And what an exciting week you’ve had w/ Claire! So fun!

  • Delaney August 18, 2015, 11:48 am

    So I have been following your blog for years and this post made my heart happy! I loved seeing that pic of Henry holding the pride flag : )

    GO MOM!

    • Angela August 18, 2015, 12:51 pm

      This comment perfectly summed up what I wanted to say – ditto! 🙂

  • Joanna August 18, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Ugg teething is the worst! We are going through MOLARS!! I need sleep or coffee.

    And I agree, so much easier to keep the baby book out on the table so you can update it. I also use a calender that we have on the wall to write down random things my daughter does so i can remember. it is so hard though! days go so fast!

  • Amanda August 18, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Cute! Mama is music to our ears, huh? You’ve got to get D’Orsay flats! Beautiful, flattering, and in style. I wear them with casual clothes to dress it up and wear them to work (where I also drop and do planks in them). The perfect shoe of the moment.

  • Melissa August 18, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Have you tried using the WaterMinder app? It’s $1.99 for the iPhone and it alerts you every hour that you need to drink some water! I love that it’s visual and that you can customize it for your own water bottle sizes and your daily goal. It’s been keeping me hydrated! 🙂

  • Victoria August 18, 2015, 2:21 pm

    I find that after some time off, even if it’s just a couple of days, my first 2-4 workouts feel TERRIBLE because all my muscles and ligaments have stiffened up. I just slog through them and wait for the magic to return.

    So, get up and do it.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 18, 2015, 2:25 pm

    I would love to go to a pride parade one day!

  • Anne @fANNEtasticfood August 18, 2015, 2:48 pm

    I love that you took the kids to the Pride parade! Props to you for encouraging them to embrace others’ differences in a kind way.

  • Heather August 18, 2015, 2:50 pm

    The mobile version of your site isn’t loading your new posts pask IKEA! I was worried something bad happened. Glad to see you are all safe 🙂

  • Jen August 18, 2015, 8:13 pm

    How terrible that the man made such a cowardly remark. It would hagr upset me too!

    Question: what kid of stroller is that? Does it have one of those kick stands for the older kid to stand on? Looking for something like that.


    • Caitlin August 19, 2015, 7:09 am

      It’s a city mini with a glider board attached. 🙂

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