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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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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Maternity Clothing Must Haves

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Maternity JeansI know I already mentioned the Half and full panel maternity pants. Both these pairs are from Old Navy.

Sheer Open Cardigan I loved having this cardigan to throw over short sleeved tops. I liked that it was light weight and in a neutral color. Additionally. I appreciated the loose, boxy fit. Typically I am drawn to sweaters with more “layers” in the front to give them some interest. However, with my large belly I could not pull off that style anymore.

Basil Printblock Ballet Flats These flats have seriously been my jam lately. They are super comfy and are so easy to throw on with everything.

Printed Tops I seriously love this top so much. It’s nice to have some looser fitting, printed tops in your arsenal. I enjoy that this top is made of a silky material instead of cotton. It makes for a nice chase when I want to feel slightly more dressed up.

Scarves so I have been pairing scarves with my solid tees like its my job. I am obsessed with scarves. Also I have read a lot about how great they are as nursing covers once baby is born. Who doesn’t love something that can play double duty! I don’t have these four scarves but I am lusting after them- Mother’s Day is coming up, I qualify for that now, right?!

Since stylish maternity clothing can be so hard to find I have had the best luck at purchasing non-maternity pieces (except for jeans, obviously). I get most tees from Target (let’s be honest, I get most everything from Target). But, I have had great luck with Old Navy and Loft as well. Loft has had great pieces that are looser fitting, as well as ones with a bubble/draw-string bottom. This has been supremely helpful for an ever expanding belly.

Push Present Ideas

I am not usually a big believer in push presents, however I will say I think it’s a fun idea. While I don’t believe I need some expensive gift for carrying our child, I enjoy that someone thought it was worthwhile to reward moms who have, let’s be honest, not been exactly comfortable for 9 months.

I have put together a list of some push presents I would love to have.

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Elle bangle
How cute are these bangles? I love that these could be personalized with the baby’s initial or name.
J Crew Necklace
And oh yes, this is from the J Crew Factory. Gotta mix up the price points people. I love all of J Crew’s fun jewelry. I think one can never, ever, have too many statement necklaces.
Flower Arrangement
Flowers are always a good choice for your lady. Have you guys heard of Victory Blooms? I found her on Instagram and cannot get over how insanely talented she is. I would die if she was my local florist- her creations are that amazing. Seriously check her out @victoryblooms!
Nikon
I have wanted a good DSLR for so long. However, I still can’t decide which one so I keep putting it off. Cannon or Nikon- who can choose?!
Louis Vuitton Artsy
It’s ok to have a dream purchase on your wish list amiright?!
Stackable Diamond Rings
I love vintage diamond rings. My mom has a few bands that are just gorgeous. Over the years I would love to create an interesting stack. Maybe even with some mixed metals- rose gold would be very cool.

And people, just because this is a list of “push presents” doesn’t mean you can’t use it for Mother’s Day. That is right around the corner!

Did you get a push prezzie when you gave birth? If you did what was it- if not what would you ask for?

Pregnancy Must Haves

There are several things which I have found to be absolutely necessary at this point in pregnancy. Mind you my first and second trimesters were pretty lame. I was sick a lot and then I was moving so basically I wasn’t focused a lot on pregnancy bliss.

First trimester
Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwiches
McDonalds Fillet o’ Fish sandwich
A good tv series to keep you company while laying on the couch!

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Second Trimester
Half panel maternity pants from Old Navy
Hair ties to keep your old jeans still wearable (classy, I know- I’m still doing this with a couple of AE pairs. Seriously why doesn’t AE do maternity?!)

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Third trimester
Full panel maternity pants from Old Navy
A decent selection of maternity tops. I have opted for a lot of solid tops that I can pair with fun scarves. (Thanks to Crystal for this suggestion)
I am also preferring to wear more regular clothes in a bigger size rather than maternity. I have a few maternity pieces I like but I would prefer every top NOT have rouching on the sides. Clearly I am picky.
THE SNOOGLE- don’t even think about it, get one!
Snacks- I am hungry ALL THE TIME. Such a welcome change from the last two trimesters. I like to keep a water bottle in my car at all times and have some snack in my purse. You never know when you might get hungry.
Comfortable shoes. I basically needed all new flats because most of mine were old and gross. I took this opportunity to pick up a few really cute, comfy ones. As much as I love wearing heels still I find that sometimes my feet swell if I wear them long. Also more people are apt to tell you how preggo women shouldn’t wear heels. Annoying- and yes, I am aware my purse is too heavy.
It’s all bad for the baby. ::sigh::

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Sorry my second trimester must haves are lackluster. With the move it was just kind of a blur. So much travel and other things going on.

What are your pregnancy must haves? I am wondering if anything drastically new will pop up for me in the next 6 weeks. Only 6 weeks to go- ahhh!

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Easter

We traveled to Roanoke for Easter and it was really nice to get to spend time with mom and my brother Nick. It was also a lot of fun for us all to be staying at the same place. Since Nick is at college and now Brian and I live away its interesting for us all to be home. Brian and I both had fun catching up with friends and family. We stayed really busy and honestly spent most of Saturday apart.

Here’s a quick collage of my Easter.

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Clockwise from top left: Brian and I (please excuse my weird face in these) and my growing bump.
The Easter wreath I have been lusting after at Target, Threshold. I scored it at 50% off Monday.
My momma and I (and the bump). I could go on and on about how amazing she is. I am one luckyyyy lady.
The Easter basket we made for mom. She is always so great to send us cards, and other things and make every holiday awesome so this year we treated her.

How was your Easter?