Forest and I agreed early on in our 2nd pregnancy that we were going to have another c-section for delivery instead of trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Well, I said I agreed but really I was praying about it all.the.time. I have a friend who had a successful VBAC just a few months before Sloane was born and she said she’d never have another c-section if she could avoid it. I felt like most of my doctors were gently encouraging me to go for a repeat c-section and I knew that both Forest and I agreed that having another c-section was more up our alley in terms of preparedness and knowing when to expect our girl to be here, especially with all of our family coming from out of town and needing someone to watch Peyton while we were in the hospital.
All of that to say, I wanted to do VBAC but after praying for so long about it and talking Forest’s ear off every day about making a decision, we scheduled a c-section for June 6 at 3:00 pm. Thankfully, I got a call a week prior asking if we wanted to move our time up to 7:00 am and I couldn’t say yes fast enough!
^Our last family picture before Sloane – from Peyton’s 2nd birthday 6/2/17
/We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am and they immediately had me change into a gown a/nd tried to get my IV in to get fluids started. We had the sweetest nurse who tried several times on both arms to get the IV in but it wasn’t working for her, the needle would go in the vein but the tube/catheter thing wouldn’t advance into the vein. After her 3rd or 4th try she called the anesthesiologist (who was so nice and explained everything and was a different guy from Peyton’s birth, thank goodness) so he could numb the area and start the IV without me feeling any pain. They picked such a weird location, on the side of my left wrist, but it finally went in and fluids were flowing.
This isn’t so much a letter as it is a list of things I love about you and don’t want to forget about at this age. You are a very special girl and I love you very much!
- You love reading books, walking, the blue slides at the park, Super Why on PBS, blueberries, bike rides, singing EIEIO, riding in the stroller, and ice cream.
Peyton turned 2 years old on June 2 and we celebrated at home with the cake of her request – pink cake and blue icing! She even blew out her own candles like a pro! The next weekend, while all the grandparents were here, we celebrated a second time with yummy cake after dinner.
Her gifts from dada and mama were a cute little table with umbrella and chairs and a Minnie umbrella. And she was showered with fun gifts and clothes from grandparents, aunts and uncles and extended family and friends.
This weekend, just a few days shy of 38 weeks, we got a little dressed up and headed out for a few maternity pictures. I recently photographed a family session at a nearby public gardens and I knew it would be the perfect spot for maternity pictures for baby #2.
Peyton and I made the easiest peanut butter cookies yesterday afternoon. My dad made them over the weekend for a cookout so
I the baby was obviously craving them and I’m telling you, they are SO easy! Which is the goal when baking with kids, right?!
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 cup peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients and spoon onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Times vary so check frequently (I had used 3 cookie sheets and the best ones were baked for 14 minutes but my dad said his didn’t need to bake as long so it depends on the oven!).
I haven’t posted a single update for this pregnancy and I feel really bad. Not necessarily for any of you readers but mostly for our little one! Who knows how long I’ll continue to blog but I don’t want this little baby to feel neglected when she reads through my blog to see several updates throughout Peyton’s pregnancy but only one – at 32 weeks! – of her pregnancy. So this might be a lengthy post but stick with it! If you’re interested. :)
I came home from Indiana with my mom’s sewing machine and a bolt of Winnie the Pooh fabric at the beginning of February. I spent a few hours one Saturday afternoon picking fabric to coordinate with the Winnie the Pooh fabric and started my journey to make a quilt for our baby girl coming in June.
I used this cute hipster baby quilt as my inspiration. I like the more modern look with the large rectangles of fabric and the simple stitching.