All the FALL things

We had such a fun time picking apples and pumpkins this year.  When we find a place we like we tend to stick with them year after year so it’s no surprise that we decided on Battleview Orchards in Freehold, NJ for our apples and Cheesequake Farms in Old Bridge, NJ for our pumpkins.

Peyton had so much fun picking apples this year.  She was running up and down the rows of trees and begging for another bite of apple.  She wasn’t the biggest fan of picking the apples herself but she most definitely enjoyed eating them!  Sloane fell asleep facing forward in the carrier just as we were paying, I couldn’t believe it but I guess when you’re tired, you’re tired! Forest made homemade apple cider later in the week with the apples we picked and it was absolutely delicious.  He did a great job!

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Sloane | four months

Four months — sixteen weeks — one hundred and twelve days.  That’s how long we’ve been smoochin’ your cheeks!  And I’m so thankful that you are ours to smooch!

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  • Her hands!
  • Sitting (with support) so you can see everything
  • Naps in the swing
  • When Peyton sings to her
  • Funny noises
  • Talking/jabbering
  • Indie kisses on her toes


  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed


  • I’m still eating dairy free and the inconsolable crying/screaming has only happened once, just this week.
  • Sloane slept in her own room!  In the bassinet for a few weeks until Grandpa Johnson and Great-Grandpa delivered and assembled her crib!
  • Sleep has been mostly terrible still.  She slept great in the crib the first few nights but she still wakes up a lot during the night.  If I sit in her room, she’ll sleep for hours and within 10 minutes of me leaving the room she’s awake again.  It’s happened too many times to count…
  • And naps are 30-45 minutes unless I hold her or carry her in the wrap.  Which I’m trying so hard not to do… She’s good about putting herself to sleep when she’s tired and she falls asleep in the swing but never, never, never sleeps for long stretches of time.
  • We’re having Sloane wear bibs because there is so.much.drool!  I’m 95% sure she’s teething.  Excess drool + everything to the mouth = teething in my book.
  • She’s finally doing better with tummy time!  Since she holds her head up while we hold her she’s holding her head up while on her tummy for 5 minutes or so.  But once she’s done and her head hits the floor, she’s done.  Ha!
  • Playtime with Peyton has changed now that Sloane is more interested.  She’s still not reaching for toys but if she hits one while her arms are flying she’ll grab it.  But Sloane LOVES to watch Peyton.  She gives Peyton all the smiles and Peyton loves to sing to Sloane.
  • If Sloane is crying or fussy Peyton has started comforting her by saying “It’s ok Sloane-y.  Right here Sloane-y.”
  • Which reminds me that Peyton calls Sloane, Sloane-y.  And that’s the only person who I’ll allow to call her Sloane-y. :)
  • Sloane has the best laugh!  And getting her to belly laugh is the cutest!  Forest can really get her going!
  • Her eyes are still blue but they are lighter than when she was born.
  • And she’s starting to grow back some hair.  She lost all of it except a small patch on the back of her head and some is starting to grow back all over.
  • She found her loud yelling voice and likes to use it when she wants someone to pay attention to her.
  • She likes facing forward in the carrier.  Forest has even worn her facing out!  (I love it when he wears the babies!)
  • And she likes being in the exer-saucer/jumper.  Her core isn’t quite strong enough for her to sit on her own so we stick a blanket behind her for support.  I don’t think we’ll need it much longer!
  • Sloane is a rock star in the nursery at church.  She goes on Sunday mornings and Tuesday mornings while I’m at Bible study.
  • Sloane had her first bonfire on her 4 month birthday!
  • I packed away the 3-6 month clothes and she is officially only wearing 6-9 month clothes!  Well except for a few special 6 month clothes that I want to squeeze her into one more time.
  • I weighed Sloane at home 2 weeks ago and she was 16 pounds.  Her 4 month appointment is tomorrow so we’ll see how much she weighs and how tall she is.

You are absolutely precious, Sloane!  We love you so much!

September & Me | 2017


loving. When Peyton says “Okay?” such as “Me read book, Mommy.  Okay?” She has the whole head tilt thing down too!

needing. Caffeine.  Sleep.  Patience.  Selflessness.  –> Jesus!!!

wanting. Sloane to sleep through the night again!  Or at least sleep better than she has been.  Did the 4 month sleep regression start early with her?!

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End-of-Summer Vacation | Indiana 2017

This will mostly be pictures but we completely enjoyed our time in Indiana.  We treated it like a vacation even though we were staying with/visiting family.

Our mission was family time and fun and we absolutely accomplished both!

We went to the fly-in cruise-in, met our friend’s new baby, went to the zoo, celebrated an early birthday for my sister-in-law’s 30th, ate at our favorite restaurants, had a yummy cookout, and played at the park.

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Sloane’s Birth Story

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.

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