Introducing Poppy James Dawson

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Hi Guys!!! Sorry for the semi-radio silence the last 2ish weeks! We brought a new member to the fam/team and it's been a whirlwind. Meet Poppy James Dawson - born at 6lbs, 3 ounces and she's 100% perfection and we are OBSESSED.


Before we get into her birth story - I just want to say thank you to everyone who emailed, texted, DM'ed tweeted etc with words of congratulations. We're so over the moon and also deliriously tired and feel so lucky that Poppy is coming into such an incredible family here with the What's Gaby Cooking community! It's been a looooong journey but here's what happened!

At my 30 week appointment (we didn't do an ultrasound because no need that week) things were looking GREAT. My OB felt her in my tummy and was confident that she was head down, butt up and just chilling. I left my appt, went home, ate some Butterscotch Chocolate Caramel Balls and went on my merry way

At my 37 week appointment we did an ultrasound and MUCH to our surprise... we discovered she was Frank Breech. That means she was head up, feet up with her cute little toes touching her forehead. My OB and the ultrasound tech measured my amniotic fluid and said, we could try and flip her the next week. I never had much of a birth plan, I think babies will come into this world however the heck they want, so I said ok... let's try and flip her next week. Back home I went to some more Butterscotch Chocolate Caramel Balls.

The following week I went in early in the week and my amniotic fluid levels were FINE. Not great but that's to be expected as you near the end of a pregnancy. My OB scheduled me to do the flip later that week with 1 more ultrasound to double check that my amniotic fluid levels were up to snuff for the actual flip. Low and behold... when I went in for that ultrasound my amniotic fluid levels had dropped even more and my OB (who I love very much) looked at me and said.... meet me at the hospital this afternoon... C-Section coming your way.

We had discussed the possibility of having a C-Section before if she didn't flip. It was never my first choice because the recovery time from the incision is longer and we all know I'm not very good at sitting still for any extended period of time... but there we were! Everything I had envisioned went right out the window. No laboring at home, no painful drive over the canyon to the hospital, etc. I mean... my hospital bag became mostly WORTHLESS because it was mostly things you need to recover from a vaginal birth. BUT to be honest, nothing mattered. I just wanted this baby to come out as safely as possible.

So, 2 weeks before Poppy was actually due, we rolled right into the hospital, delivered via C-section and Poppy James Dawson was born. Typically the doctors make you stay in the hospital for 3 nights with a C-Section but I'm happy to report we waltzed out of there after 2 nights so we could get home and settle into life with a newborn.

So now, here we are! A little party of 3! Healthy and happy and working on fattening up little baby Poppy. I was up and moving within 3 days and already back on the neighborhood walks daily. (moving is the BEST way to get that incision to heal so that's what we're doing!) Poppy is very excited to be part of the WGC world and I cannot wait to introduce her to avocados and all the other delicious things in the future!!

Also how do new moms manage to return phone calls, answer text messages and/or do laundry? THERE IS NO TIME!!


  1. I think this calls for a Flourless Chocolate Cake! Congratulations on the arrival of your gorgeous Poppy!
    Enjoy every minute! Before you know it she'll be 32 😉
    Much good health and happiness to you all!

  2. Congratulations! My sister and I met you on your book tour in Portland a couple summers ago. We had her daughters, my nieces with her. We continue to follow your website and meal plans and we’re both so excited for you when we saw your journey and then expecting. Congrats now on baby Poppy! She’s precious!

  3. So very happy for you. Took me a while to read this post but I am happy I know the story. I am glad Poppy is healthy! Keep moving!! So good for you. And sleep when she sleeps if you can.

  4. Congratulations on bringing Poppy James Dawson into the world!!!
    Welcome Poppy.
    Her nickname should be Pajamas (get it, get it?).
    Just a thought.
    Congrats to all 3: mama, papa and little Poppy.

  5. Congrats on your perfect little girl. My daughter, and first baby, was partial frank breech and couldn’t be flipped. So scheduled a c-section. A week before that scheduled date I went into labor! Still needed a c-section just more of an emergency one than planned. She came out with one leg up by her ear. Haha
    Keep walking and loving that sweet girl. In the end it doesn’t matter how they make their entrance just as long as they are healthy doing it.
    So happy for you and Thomas.

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