February 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday: Volume 68

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes about man voice, last minute travel, and recording your own audiobook in a bad accent

Last weekend was so wonderful.  I really appreciate all the tips on car rides with a baby!  We survived the trip and even found out that the mall halfway between us has private nursing/diaper changing rooms!  That will forever be a rest stop for us now!  It was so good getting to spend time with my parents and two of my girlfriends.  I just love seeing my mom and dad with baby o, and he just adores them! 

I got together with a friend and her baby this week!  Our sweet boys were born 15 days apart.  Thomas and I met her and her husband when we were pregnant and took a childbirth class at the hospital.  I loved having the chance to hang out with another new mommy and to see Oliver fascinated by looking at another baby.  And yes, I know Thomas and I produced a giant...

I really appreciated reading this article written by a man who identifies as gay.  He wrote about how just because people don't believe in gay marriage it doesn't mean they are homophobic.  It was refreshing to hear his perspective because it seems like more and more these days opposition to gay marriage is equated with being anti-gay.  Here are two quotes that seem to summarize his points: 

"Disagreement is not the same thing as discrimination. Our language ought to reflect that distinction."

"If it’s true that my gayness is not the most fundamental aspect of my identity as Brandon, then it seems to me that someone could ideologically disapprove of my sexual expression while simultaneously loving and affirming my larger identity. This is what Pope Francis was getting at when he asked, “When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?” The Pope probably won’t be officiating gay marriages any time soon. But because he differentiates between a person’s sexual identity and her larger identity as a human being, he is able to affirm the latter without offering definitive commentary on the former."

I kind of dropped the ball on the 7 posts in 7 days yesterday, so maybe I need to write two posts to make up for it?  I was busy hanging out with my sweetie pie during the day, and I just didn't feel like writing anything last night.  At least I posted Oliver's birth story this week!

There's nothing sweeter than a man with his baby! I just love seeing these two together. <3

I'm starting my first real job on Monday.  It's so strange to think of myself as an occupational therapist now after years and years of being a student.  I am so excited and nervous and filled with a million different emotions right now!  I would really appreciate prayers for a smooth transition, to make it through the day without crying about leaving Oliver, and for Oliver to do well without me.  Thank you to all those who offered me encouragement on that last post.  Your kind words meant so more than you know! 

My plans for the weekend consist of relaxing with my main men and doing some house hunting (eek!).

And here's a picture of that chunkster, just because...


  1. Many blessings for you as you have your first day as a working mom. It's tough, especially at the beginning. It sound like you have the best arrangement and person to take care for Oliver though. Prayers help so much!

  2. Wow! Love seeing him compared to another baby, lets you see more of his size. Big healthy boy! He is so precious!

  3. Oh your parents! So much love going on there, Caitlin!
    And how fun that you met some friends at childbirth class. We met some friends when we took one with Madison, and would you believe their daughter and Madison are still friends...17 years later?!
    Good luck on Monday morning! You will be great!
    I will think of you Sunday night as you prepare to start a new phase of life. : )
    Love your little man, my friend!

  4. Will be praying for you on Monday, Caitlin! Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. He's adorable! And I'll be praying Caitlin! Keep us posted! And happy house hunting! Look for something with a pretty tree in the front or back yard. Something to watch the seasons with year after year. :)

  6. Love your pictures :) I can't remember if I already asked you this, but what type of camera do you use? Your little guy is just so adorable, what great hair. And the pic of him next to your friend's baby made me giggle :)

  7. Those pictures of Oliver are so sweet. I especially love #7. I loved your birth story (and read it at work so I couldn't comment hehe)
    I'll be praying for you on Monday!

  8. I've been thinking of you and praying for your transition back to work! :) Love looking at the photos of Oliver - what a cutie!!! :)

  9. Hi Caitlin... it's Thursday night. I'm thinking how very happy you must be that tomorrow is Friday! I prayed for you all week. Hang in their friend xoxoxo

  10. You've transitioned into motherhood beautifully and Oliver is gorgeous:)

  11. Ahhhhh Oliver is so handsome. Prayers for starting work! You're going to be just great. Thanks for the links too!

  12. Great post Caitlin. I found you through the Catholic Bloggers page over on Facebook. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.