3.24.2017

birth story. prescott gregory.

one week ago was little scotti's first birthday. i'm not sure where the last 53 weeks went, but they went! everyone tells you it goes fast & it does, but with baby #2 it goes by twice as fast. i was just able to re-read georgina's birth story {here} and i got so emotional. #momlife. i shared her birth story right around her first birthday so i figured today was the perfect day to share prescott's birth story! hope you enjoy.

to begin the story we need to go back to January 2016, three months before he was born. this is when i was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. at first i though, no big deal. chad, my husband, is type one diabetic so we eat a low carb, limited sugar diet anyway; i don't buy lots of snack food or desserts because it's way to tempting for him to binge, especially after years of denying yourself. so i really thought there wouldn't need to be too much adjusting to my diet. however after a few days of constantly testing my blood, recording my blood sugar levels, and reporting back to my doctor/dietitian/and assigned nurse who would monitor me for the duration of my pregnancy I realized what a bitch this whole gestational diabetes was going to be :( in addition to watching everything i ate, i now had to go to the hospital and do non-stress tests twice a week & meet with the above team of doctors/nurses/dietitian. thankfully i was able to schedule those testes/appointments on the days my daughter was at daycare! after three weeks of all the above listed steps I was unable to get my fasting/overnight blood levels within the accepted window of where they should be . . . so we moved onto medication. thankfully i only needed it before bed & in the end it helped regulate my sugar levels enough that i never needed a prescription for insulin. seriously after just those three months i have a totally new respect for my husband who has to live with this disease for the rest of his life {love you babe!}

alright now we can fast forward to March 2016 aka due date month! as my due date approached there was lots of talk about having the baby early, which is common for women with gestational diabetes. with gestational diabetes the big worry is the baby can become too big! at this point i also needed to decide if i wanted to be induced to try and have a vbac or schedule a c-section. i had had a c-section with georgina due to some complications with her heart rate/oxygen levels during labor but after talking with my doctor my chances of needing another c-section was only 50%, this was based on my age/previous complications with birth/weight/size of my stomach and where i was measuring on the growth chart . . . etc. after much discussion and weighing the risks of needing a c-section but not scheduling it I decided to proceed with a scheduled c-section. with no family close by, read 900 miles away, it was a nice peace of mind to be able to plan what to do with georgi & our dog while i was in the hospital. it also felt "safe" to have a c-section. it put my anxious mind at ease because it's what i knew as far as labor went & it also eliminated the worst scenario; going into labor and trying to have a vbac birth but in the end still needing a c-section.

as soon as I had made a final decision and signed the paper work for scheduling a c-section my doctor called down to the labor & deliver wing of the hospital to figure out a day. it's pretty surreal to pick a birthday for your child. for us the operating room schedule & georgi's daycare schedule dictated the date. it happened to work out that March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, was the only available day for the week leading up to my due date that lined up with georgi's day care schedule. i thought it was a lucky sign so we snatch the day up before it got booked by another couple!

the morning of March 17th we woke up, got georgi off to daycare, which is at the hospital ironically, and then we went to check into L&D. my surgery wasn't scheduled until 1 pm which meant there was time to just relax, watch some TV, talk nervously, text with family that were back in the midwest, and get me all hooked up to my necessary IVs. it also gave me time to take another shower at the hospital, which was necessary because they try and keep the operating room as sterile as possible. it was all so calm and peaceful, which was a stark contrast to my experience with georgina. since it wasn't the middle of the night and i wasn't actually in any pain/contractions.  a few hours passed and as we approached one o'clock a bunch of nurses & the doctor who would be performing the surgery came into my room and walked me verbally through what would happen in the next hour. at this point chad was getting in his scrubs and they were monitoring me & the baby to be sure we were ready to go. roughly around 1 p.m. my nurse & i walked down to the operating room and got me all set up to meet with anesthesiologist. just like last time chad needed to wait i my room until i was all set up and ready for surgery.

as soon as i walked into the operating room all the nurses & doctors went around the room and introduced themselves to me to make sure i felt safe and secure. ironically as soon as the anesthesiologist introduced herself, i turned to her, and said, "i went to grade school with you!" turns out we're from the same small town in indiana and had both moved 900 miles away from home! it was a bizarre coincident which made the sterile operating room much more like home.  soon i was "numb" from the waist down. just like with georgina as soon as i was numbed my adrenaline started pumping and i began to shake . . . aka they strapped my arms down to the table. soon chad was brought in and he immediately started stroking my hair which helped calm me down. the surgery moved along efficiently and before i knew it i felt a huge amount of pressure as they prepared to take scotti out of me. as soon as they lifted him out it felt like a big gush of wind had been pushed right through me. they held him up over the curtain and the first thought i had was, "he has soooo much DARK hair!" the nurses took him over to be weighed and measured; and of course being a boy he immediately pee'd on the them :) after wrapping him up they handed little prescott over to chad. he was so calm and peaceful which is still how he is, love our little prescott gregory. now for a few never before published pictures! for more current pictures check out his instagram account allthingsprescott




so guys there you have it. hope you enjoyed. not super exciting but that's exactly how you want a birth to be! the most exciting part should be the baby, right?!?!?!?

we'll "see" you guys next week. have a great weekend!

x&o.

cake & valley (and little scotti!)






3.18.2017

hood. cake & valley.


happy weekend-ing friends!!!! just a quick little pop in today. here's another monochromatic look to enjoy, this time in neutral hues. basically a no fail look :) head to toe color is pretty easy to pull off & pull together. you likely have a few pieces in your closet in the same color family as each other, most likely it will be in the color that looks best on you! grab a few of those pieces, play around trying them on together, get good proportions  and . . . viola . . . an quick flawlessly chic look!

x&o.

cake & valley.




skirt: TJMaxx {similar here, black lace here}; sweater: old navy {similar here & here}; bag: express {similar here}, necklace: j.crew {similar here}; shoes: zara {similar here}, sunglasses: prada.

3.16.2017

hood. cake & valley.


another new, yet old, post! kind of hard to wrap your head around huh :)  clearly this is an old look because most of Midwest & all of the east coast is covered in snow from either lake effect or storm Stella. and valley's chic monochromatic blue look would have us freezing our butts off, but we're surviving, just barley . . . . when is spring arriving?!?! as girls who grew up just 90 miles from Chicago we know not to expect actual spring to arrive until at least April; but after a few "teaser" days where the temperatures were warm enough to get our hopes up we're already itching to get out our spring rain coats out of storage & pack up our parkas.

x&o.

cake & valley.





skirt: F21; top: F21; shoes: j.crew {similar here}; bag: j.crew {similar here}; earrings: lulu frost x j.crew {similar here}

3.10.2017

#TBT. cake & valley.


well guys we did it; and by did it, we mean successfully posted two days in a row. we're your basic high achievers over here :)

no but in reality it feels great to feel the love from you all. really. thank you.

now onto the post. isn't cake's tote so fun. it's the perfect pop to a basic b+w look. it adds a little color & a little spunk to what could be a rather bland look. it's also fends off any & all evil spirits >:)

you guys have a great weekend.
we'll see ya next week. promise.

x&o.

cake & valley.




top: F2, current & available style here; jacket: old navy; jeans: j.brand, booties: old navy, bag: fendi, newer & sweeter style here; sunglasses: versace, necklaces: F21, similar here, here & here.

3.09.2017

#TBT. cake & valley.

373 days later & we're finally back. ha! 

we bet you're wondering what has kept us away from the blog for so long . . . .  well, here's a running list for you to browse:
  • a new baby
  • wedding planning
  • moving (x2)
  • travel season
  • postpartum depression
  • living 900 miles apart from your twin sister/bff/blogging partner in crime
just a few minor life adjustments :) however we really really really miss having a space to look back on and recall all those minor life adjustments.  so, one of our new years resolutions was to start blogging again. as of now we only have old posts to pull from, and by old we mean looks we photographed & edited but never posted here. we'll start with those and then work on sharing some more details on our life changes. if you're interested in those types of posts stick around, if not check back on us around june! by then we should have had some time together and have been able to pull together some new & current content!


without making you wait any longer see below for an old look styled by the one & only valley :)
happy #tbt-ing.

x&o.

cake & valley.




sweatshirt: F21, similar here & here; jeans: paige; booties: old navy; sunglasses: ray-ban; necklace: boutique buy, fun alternative here; clutch: TJMaxx, similar here.