Sweet Pea

Never in my life would I imagine feeling the overwhelming love that I feel now.

I’ve been blessed in such a tremendous way to be the mother to now TWO precious Daughters of God.

After waiting for what seemed like forever, 40 weeks and 5 days to be exact, the day finally arrived where Sweet Pea came into this world.

After thinking the day would never come, we decided to take a weekend trip up to my parents house and relax. And of coarse when one finally let’s go and realizes it’s probably not going to happen when wanted….It happens.

So at 6:50 A.M. when my water broke we knew that our plans were going out the window and we were going to have this baby…Even if it wasn’t in the place we had originally planned.

It was a fairly difficult labor, but luckily it onlyΒ lasted 10 hours with about 15 minutes of pushing. (Boo was 20 hours of labor and 1 1/2 hours pushing…)

After a few hours of my labor not progressing, they decided to put my on pitocin to see if that would get things moving along. After a few doses of pitocin, we soon realized my body, and Sweet Pea, wanted nothing to do with the medicine. My blood pressure was dropping all the time, and my heart rate was fluctuating uncontrollably. Nothing about me was stabilizing. Then Sweet Pea’s heart rate started to drop, so we decided it was best to turn off the medicine to see what happened.

Within minutes my body kicked in, everything stabilized, and I began to progress perfectly.

Only thing was now the epidural wasn’t working.

I applaud any mom willing to do the birth the natural way. As for me, I would prefer no pain whatsoever.

But my body had a different plan for me, and rejected practically every form of medicine. So with each contraction becoming closer together, I would try and breath my way through it…Only instead I would cry through each one. I’ll never forget that pain…

And if I do remind me before I think of having more kids…

Then the time came to push, which went rather quick. When she came out the umbilical cord was wrapped around her and her neck several times and she was blue. They took her away quickly, and for a few minutes I was freaking out. But soon enough she was in my arms, nice and pink! πŸ™‚

I’ll never forget seeing Boo ‘s face when she came into see Sweet Pea. Having our little family together felt so complete and wonderful. I truly am the luckiest wife and mama out there!

Over the past few days our little family’s life has changed dramatically. We all have lost sleep and are going stir crazy, but never before in my life have I felt this happy. The spirit in our home is so strong and happy I truly feel blessed.

Boo is adjusting as expected. She loves her baby sister so much, but I can tell it’s difficult for her. We’ve been told to leave her alone and go away, followed by a door slam, for the past couple of days. I know it will get better, and I look forward to the day when I can hear them laughing together.

For now I am perfectly fine watching Boo give Sweet Pea multiples love hugs and kisses!

Dear Sweet Pea,

I am so glad to finally be holding you in my arms! You are precious in every way, and I can tell you will have a very sweet and loving personality. Thanks for making our family complete and bringing lots of love into our little family.

I Love You! xoxo-


Thank You for all your sweet comments, tweets, etc. on Sweet Pea! I have the greatest and most supporting readers!

( Also a special thanks to certain readers out there who helped me pick the name Sweet Pea for our little gals blog name!)

Be back soon with some food!! πŸ™‚

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  1. She’s a beauty! Baby Boo will be her perfect big sister!

  2. kristina rose says:

    You have such a beautiful family and I’m so happy for you!! Sweet Pea is just gorgeous!!! Congrats!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations! Such a cute little sweetheart and the blog name is chosen perfectly! Wish you all the best!

  4. Christine says:

    You truly are blessed! Your family is beautiful πŸ™‚ Congratulations πŸ™‚

  5. Congrats!! So happy for you and your beautiful family! I know Boo will get used to having her around, it is a big adjustment! She will be a great big sister!

    Rest up love and congrats again! <3

  6. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family!


  7. she’s precious!! what a beautiful little family!

  8. Love all the beautiful photos of the girls together! Congrats to your adorable family!

  9. She is absolutely beautiful. Congrats on your blessing!

  10. Julia Miranda says:

    Adorable pictures as always! Welcome to the world Sweet Pea!

  11. Congrats to you and your family!!! What beautiful girls. As a mother of 3 boys, I CAN say that it will get better, and you WILL hear them laughing together soon enough! The first couple months of having your second child seems the hardest juggling the two, but before you know it, piece of pie! God Bless:)

  12. Awww…your baby is beautiful just like her mommy! Blessings to you and your family!

  13. Congratulations!!! Such a beautiful new baby. I hope you are able to get some rest. πŸ™‚

  14. She’s gorgeous! Congrats again. πŸ™‚

  15. oh how exciting!! congrats!! what a beautiful family you have!!!
    the pictures of the two girls together are precious!! so cue

  16. Ahhh Congrats Ari!! I”ve been thinking of you ever since I saw the update on twitter a few days ago. Absolutely beautiful.

  17. MAJOR congratulations!!!!!! You’re a true inspiration and I admire your positivity through it all. Blessings to you and your family.

  18. Yay!! Congratulations!! I’ve been waiting for this special day. Your post was so touching & the pics of Baby Boo with her new little sister nearly brought me to tears. Truly precious! I’m still debating on whether or not to go ahead with trying for baby #2 and your experience is giving me a little extra push in a positive direction. Altho, my epidural didn’t work either & with a 24 hr labor, 2 and 1/2 hrs of pushing, the memory of that pain is indeed what has prevented me from trying! But the reward is SO big…can’t wait to read more from you. Much love!

  19. Congratulations! So exciting. 2 beautiful, healthy little girls. Happiness to you!

  20. She looks like such a sweetie! Congrats Ari. You’re family is so so blessed πŸ™‚

  21. You have a beautiful family! Congratulations on the arrival of Sweet Pea!
    P.S. You take AMAZING photos!!!!

  22. ahhh… congrats to you and your family! your baby girls are both so beautiful. i just started reading your blog and am loving all the healthy recipes!

  23. I just discover you website about a week ago and I love all your ideas and recipes. Congrats to you and your family on the arrival of Sweet pea. Both of your baby girls are so adorable!!! πŸ™‚

  24. Awww, congratulations! What a little sweetie <3

  25. Congratulations, she is BEAUTIFUL!!! Two girls will be SO fun for you!!!

  26. Congrats on a beautiful baby girl! Thanks for sharing your story. So happy for you!

  27. Oh my goodness, she’s so beautiful! It almost makes me want to say, “I want one!,” but I’ve only been married for one month..and I think we need to wait :).

  28. I just teared up at the photos of Boo with her little sister! So amazing. I am glad to hear you all are doing well. Enjoy the new addition! She is as beautiful as her big sister and her mama!

  29. Bonnie T. says:

    Oh my goodness, she is so lovely!! What a cutie! Congratulations!! πŸ™‚

  30. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says:

    CONGRATS!!! On your newest addition to your family! You have one of the cutest families I have ever seen πŸ™‚

  31. she’s precious!! congratulations!

  32. What a darling! Congrats to your beautiful family on this sweet little girl!


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