Tea for Two!

Peyton Elizabeth is so excited to share that this September she is going to be a Big Sister! Finally, someone to have tea parties with all the time!

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Just look at this sweet smile. When I ask her where’s the baby she is already pointing to my belly and beaming with joy. I am so excited to see what a great big sister she is going to turn into.

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We don’t find out if it is a boy or girl until later in the month. I am so excited I can hardly sit still.

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And now we have time for some out takes. It has been extremely windy here for the last few weeks. I finally was fed up with waiting and decided to try my best at making this photo happen. You can see the cherry blossoms swirling around like a snow storm.

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The two blue balloons were the first to go- shortly after the below photo the pink ones popped as well. Peyton just kept yelling “oh no! my balloons!!!” It was quite precious.

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Get Your Coffee Ready For Fall

Oh what is this? Just #coffee with homemade #pumpkinspice creamer.

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Recipe Below

Ingredients:

14 Oz Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

4oz Pumpkin Puree

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk

Directions:

Whisk 4 oz cream, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. Heat only until heated through, either in the microwave in 30 second segments, or on the stove top.

Pour sweetened condensed milk, remaining cream (10 oz), and pumpkin mixture into an airtight container to store. Shake or stir until mix thoroughly.

Add it to your coffee and enjoy the taste of fall.

(adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/236748/homemade-coffee-creamer-pumpkin-spice/)

Two Year Anniversary: DC Style!

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It’s hard to believe that just two years ago we were getting married. What a whirlwind it has been since then – two different houses and a whole new part of the state, and a fun little girl who is 15 months old! It definitely hasn’t been boring being married to my love.

Brian planned a great evening out for us and my sweet friend offered to watch the baby. Dates nights have been few and far between now that we don’t live near family. I am so thankful for a great friend to watch my sweet girl.

We checked into the W Hotel in DC (we stayed at the W in Boston on our honeymoon). I was debating on what to wear since we don’t get a lot of occasions to dress up. I tried a few options and then pulled out the dress we got married in. We had a pretty casual ceremony in downtown Roanoke. I thought it would be so fun to wear the same dress and I think it looked pretty great!

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We headed out to dinner then decided to take a little walk around before coming back to the W for drinks on the rooftop. It was such a great view of the White House and the Monuments. I don’t think I will ever stop being a tourist in DC, I get so giddy everytime we are in the city. Sadly all of my pictures from the roof are terrible iPhone shots, so I will spare you.

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After drinks, since we are old people, we headed out for dessert and coffee at Old Ebbitt Grill. I was excited when they brought out my amazing peach cobbler with a personalized message on the plate. IMG_2204

After that we drove out and picked up our little girl. She is a horrible sleeper and I didn’t want to subject anyone to her multiple wakeups in the middle of the night. Clearly she thought it was really fun to be in the big bed at 1 in the morning!IMG_2207

The next morning we had breakfast at Founding Farmers. It was seriously incredible. If you go I highly recommend adding a red velvet pancake to your order. Trust me, it did not disappoint.

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It was such a perfect weekend and I am so glad that Brian took time to plan it out and make it fun. Date nights are definitely a necessity and it’s a bonus when you can do it in such a fun city!

What was your favorite Anniversary and what did you do?

And She’s Off!

After weeks of getting up on her knees and looking like she was going to move at any moment she has finally started crawling. While I am so excited and proud of her I know this is going to be a whole new chapter in baby proofing. Pass the outlet covers please.

And there she goes! #crawling #peytonelizabeth #toomanytoys

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Saint Patrick’s Day Photo Shoot

I love doing holiday themed photo shoots for Peyton. I think its a fun way to document her first year in addition to her monthly pictures. Grammy was sweet enough to buy her a couple St. Patty’s Day outfits. She was stylish in green from day to night. DSC_0079 DSC_0081 - Version 2 DSC_0082 - Version 2 DSC_0084 - Version 2 DSC_0086 - Version 2 DSC_0105 - Version 2Are you dying over those gold jellies? I certainly am. Finding shoes to stay on my girl’s tiny feet has certainly been a feat. They are currently sold out on the website my local store has a pretty good suggestion. Speaking of shoes for P, I have a fun post coming on our favorite shoes – baby mocs!

Did you all do anything fun with your babes to celebrate the holiday? I would love to see pictures!

Peyton Elizabeth’s Arrival

I started writing this account 7 days after Peyton was born apparently at 4am. I wish I had gotten farther to write down everything from not just the birth but the next 48 hours in the NICU as well. Although, maybe there is a reason I didn’t get the feelings of those stressful stressful hours down.

While I was pregnant I scoured the internet for every birth story I could possibly find. I read all different kinds, medicated, nondedicated, home births, water births, vaginal and c-section deliveries. I felt like the best way for me to be prepared was to read as many women’s accounts as I could. I also read Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth. While I was very sure these would not be the sort of birth experience I was going to have I was interested in hearing as many stories as possible.

Peyton’s Birth Story

Saturday morning I was woken up by a sharp tightening of my belly. I never felt any Braxton hicks contractions my initial thought was is this what they feel like? That thought was quickly interrupted by the next sensation. I got up and went to the bathroom noticed I was leaking fluid. I assumed my water had broken. It wasn’t a dramatic gush like they show in the movies; and I didn’t feel a pop like other women had told me I would. It was a crazy thought that today could be the day we meet our little girl. The time was 5:15am.

At my check up a few days prior I was 3cm dilated. I wasn’t sure how much farther,if any I might be at this point. I was going to stick with my original plan of laboring at home as long as possible. My doctors advice did stick in my head though- she said make sure not to wait too long because she didn’t want me having the baby on the side of the road. Apparently they had just had a woman do that.

Brian was fast asleep and I didn’t want to wake him until I knew it was time to go. I started packing the diaper bag for Peyton. Had I listened to my friend Stacy this week everything would have been packed. Of course, I thought there was no way I would need it this weekend.

Around 6am I called my mom to inform her my water had broken. Of course I completely woke her up and I think she was in disbelief too. I was very specific in my call to her that before leaving Roanoke she must stop at Babies R Us and buy the travel system. You see, I changed my mind that week about which travel system I wanted. Of course the day before we had ordered it from BRU since they didn’t have the color I wanted in stock (gender neutral grey thankyouverymuch). It obviously wasn’t going to be here in time for little miss to leave the hospital.

After getting Peyton packed I headed to my bathroom to get my toiletries together. At that point Brian woke up and said “what are you doing babe” to which I replied, “my water broke.” Of course he shot up out of bed and was all like what what. I told him it was totes OK and that I was going to get some breakfast and then take a shower and pack us up because my contractions weren’t regular. I went downstairs and started to eat a bowl of cereal and could only get half down. I was terrified of getting to the hospital and being in labor for hours and not being allowed to eat. So basically I forced myself to eat the half of the bowl.

When I got in the shower things started to pick up a little bit. I started having more contractions. I had only had a couple up until this point so have two while I was in the shower definitely meant things were happening. I only made it through half of my makeup when I decided, hell with this, and I had Brian call my doctor. He said to head on to the hospital so that’s what we did.

On the way out of our townhouse community I literally thought I was going to crawl out of my skin going over the speed bumps. Then I felt like I was going to throw up while sitting at a stop light. My contractions were coming much faster and much more regularly. We made it to the hospital and they brought me a wheel chair. I knew there was NO way I could sit down through these contractions so I opted to walk to the 3rd floor for labor and delivery while Brian parked the car.

Once I got to L&D the ladies asked me the routine questions and as soon as I told them my contractions weren’t super regular I could see in their faces that they were all “first time mom and this isn’t the real deal.” I did remind them that I was 3cm dialated on Wednesday but I could still tell they didn’t seem to believe me. Anyhow they put me in a room and told me to put on a lovely hospital gown.

I asked the nurse who took me to my room what her name was because she didn’t introduce herself and she said, “Chris, but I won’t be with you for delivery, I’m just getting you set up in your room.” Haha or so she thought.

Anyways by the time Brian got to the room about 4 minutes later I had put on and taken off again the stupid hospital gown. Seriously, they are the worst. I had 4 contractions and was pacing around the room naked. I have no modesty. I politely and sternly told Bri that he needed to go get someone to come check me NOW. When my pal Chris returned she informed me, quite surprised herself, that I was 7cm.

She kind of frantically called the doctor and he arrived a few minutes later. I had not met this doctor because I had switched practices at 31 weeks. I met every other doctor at the practice except for him. Of course when he walked in I said that I was excited to meet him and that he got to see my vagina on the first visit. He chuckled and said that was kind of the name of the game.

He asked me about epidurals and I immediately had a contraction and said bring it to me. I was unaware how quickly my labor was progressing – I was still afraid that I would be in labor for hours and then miss out on my window to get the drugs.

The anesthesiologist came in to administer my epidural and I was scared. However, it was not nearly as bad as I had imagined. I did sqeeze poor Chris’ arm to death while he was inserting the needle. I guess that’s what she gets for being beside me and not putting Brian there. Anyways she didn’t seem to mind and just told me she was thankful I wasn’t biting her. Apparently that happened to her before? Crazy.

Anyways the epidural was way better than I imagined. If you touched my thighs I could feel it, and I could feel pressure from the contractions, I just couldn’t feel the pain. It was quite lovely. About 10-15 minutes after my epidural was in and effective I informed Chris that I was feeling A LOT of pressure. She didn’t seem fazed and came around to check me. However, once she checked she quickly realized, holy hell I was 10cm. She kind of said it with some disbelief. Apparently they put in a catheter when you have an epidural? Yea, we didn’t have time for that. She quickly called the doctor and he came back in.

While I was pushing I looked at Chris and said “told you you were stuck with me” as she was holding my left leg up in the air. Also interesting to note my mother called right about the time Peyton was crowning. Of course I told Brian to answer it and I think she was pretty much in shock when Brian told her that I was pushing at that exact moment.

27 minutes of pushing and Peyton Elizabeth was born.
4 pounds 8 oz and 18.5 inches long.
She was born at 36 weeks and 3 days.

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