Sloane | eight months

Eight months old is such a fun age with this little girl!

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Sloane | five months

We blinked and you’re five months old, sugar bear!  You’re a great baby and we love everything about you!

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  • Her hands!
  • Sitting (with support) so she can see everything
  • Naps in the swing + looooong naps in your crib
  • When Peyton sings to her
  • Funny noises
  • Talking/jabbering


  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed
  • New people talking to her


  • Rolled over belly to back
  • Apple picking
  • Trip to the pumpkin patch
  • Vacation to Rachele’s in VA
  • Halloween (She was Pooh & Peyton was Piglet)
  • Taste of baby cereal


  • I’m still eating dairy free and the inconsolable crying/screaming has only happened a few times and it was during our trip to visit Rachele (I think she was done being in the car).
  • 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.  Forest (what a great man he is) makes a pallet with couch cushions on the floor in her room because I will inevitably end up in her room around 2:00 am.
  • She’s napping 30-45 minutes at a time in the swing every 2 hours.  And recently started falling asleep on her own, in her crib for a 1-3 hour afternoon nap.  It’s been heavenly!
  • Sloane rolled over (belly to back) for the first (and second) time the day before Halloween.  She’s only rolled over a handful of times since then but we’re getting somewhere.
  • Playtime with Peyton is still hit or miss.  Peyton is still learning to be gentle and to share her toys but it’s progress and I can see them being good friends as they can play more together.
  • Sloane is extra giggly when she’s starting to get sleepy.  The smallest noise or sound will send her into a fit of giggles.
  • Sloane is all about blowing raspberries still!  And screeching.  And attempting both at the same time.  
  • And she still likes being in the exer-saucer/jumper.  She’s still figuring out her arms but she likes to throw them all over the place and hit the piano or other things attached.
  • We got to celebrate Sloane’s first Halloween!  You can read about all the fall things we did in this post.  We had a 3-6 month Winne the Pooh onesie that we squeeeeeeezed Sloane into and I made a Piglet costume for Peyton.  
  • Which reminds me that Sloane had her first trips to apple picking and pumpkin picking.  Which you can also read about in this post.
  • We traveled to Rachele’s house in VA for a long weekend getaway.  She enjoyed a visit to Bold Rock Brewery, a long walk to the park and watching us skip rocks, And Sloane slept all.night.long the three nights we were there.  There must be something 
  • And our little girl tried baby cereal for the first time on her 5 month birthday!  More of it was on her chin than in her belly by the time we were done but we’ll keep trying!

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



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!

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!


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/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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Sloane | three months

Sloane, your presence has graced the Earth for T H R E E whole months already and we are so glad you are here!

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  • People talking to her
  • Letting her own voice be heard
  • Her hands!!
  • Being held while she sleeps (her longest naps are while I’m holding her…)


  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed


  • She is grabbing everything now – her shirt, the paci clip, my shirt, her lovie if it’s in her lap.  She doesn’t know that she’s grabbing things yet but that will come soon.
  • She found her hands!  And she sometimes prefers them over the paci.
  • She’s kicking and moving all over, especially when she’s excited or hungry.  And it’s less flailing and more controlled movements/flapping.
  • She slept through the night for the first time (8/17/17) and she’s made it a habit!  She’s now sleeping through the night from 10:30 to 7:00!
  • Sloane is only napping 30-45 minutes when she isn’t being held so I’m trying to help teach her to sleep longer on her own.
  • We made another trip back to Indiana this month so Sloane is officially a road trip professional!
  • She likes to watch Peyton and Indie as they move around the room.  Although Peyton is generally thisclose to Sloane most of the time.  And she’s more aware of toys hanging around her.
  • Her smiles are THE BEST!  And she’s thankfully very generous with them.
  • She’s recently become less of a cuddle bug and usually prefers trying to sit up and look around.
  • Tummy time is no fun – she refuses to do anything (lift her head, try to roll over, etc) except kick her legs and grunt with her face on the floor.  I try putting a light-up or talking toy in front of her to encourage her to lift her head – she’ll attempt it 1 out of 10 tries.  We’ll keep working on it!
  • While we were in Indiana on vacation she was exceptionally fussy several days and there was even screaming a few times.  We aren’t sure if it’s because she was out of her element at home or since she’s recognizing faces and is more aware of her surroundings that she got overwhelmed or if it was something I was eating but I decided to cut dairy out of my diet to see if it helps.  It’s almost been a solid week of no dairy for me and there hasn’t been any screaming and she hasn’t been fussy unless she’s hungry or tired.  But now I don’t know if it’s because we’re home and she’s comfortable again or if it’s the dairy-free diet so I’ll give it a few more days and reintroduce the dairy to see what happens…
  • A few first for this month – sleeping through the night, beach day, trip to the zoo (Fort Wayne, IN), parade (Labor Day parade in Uplande, IN),

Whew… We love you so much Sloane!  You’re growing so fast and you are an absolute joy!

Until next time — Cindy

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