Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gender Reveal Party

We found out on Tuesday the gender but waited until Friday night to do the gender reveal party. We wanted to make sure everyone could come and Friday just seemed easier! So I got nagged for a few days but I held strong and didn't slip! My mom could hardly stand it but everyone survived the long anticipated wait for Friday night!

I wanted everyone to come to my house and we planned on doing it inside and outside. The weather decided otherwise so we had about 30 people crammed in our house! It works out though, as always! 

And my favorite picture from the evening....

We are so excited and overjoyed for this baby girl to join our family of four (my furry children partied hard with us also ...they were excited about baby girl!).


20 Weeks - Halfway there

Wow, I cannot believe I have hit the halfway point in this pregnancy! Sometimes it is still unreal that I am even pregnant. To me, I don't think it will be totally real until this little one's birthday! Reality will set in for sure then! 

Week 20 was an exciting week! We had our 20 week appointment and scheduled ultrasound on Tuesday, September 9 at 3:00. The husband worked from home that day and a snickers bar and Mt. Dew waiting for me when I got home. Needless to say, we had no trouble finding out the gender of our little wiggle worm.

How far along: 20 weeks
How big is baby?: Pomegranate
Weight gain: +-12 lbs so far
Symptoms: Fatigue, gas, bloating, cramping, tossing and turning during the night some, getting up 1-2 times to use the bathroom 
Sleeping: Still okay even though I can't get comfortable much anymore 
Food cravings: Bring on the carbs!!!
Food aversions: Chicken..plain ole baked or grilled chicken = YUCKO! , coffee hasn't tasted very good lately
Miss anything?: Still wine and sushi...I doubt that will ever change! Oh, and sleeping on my stomach  
Gender: It's a ......GIRL!
Wedding Rings on or off?: On.
Maternity Clothes?: Still just my Gap maternity pants. Nothing else maternity yet although I've scored a few things on ebay and PinkBlush for a little later on 
Movement: I think I've felt the baby kick. If I am laying still on the couch at night I can feel an occasional flutter or movement.
What I did/got for baby: This past weekend Mom and I and K went back to Baby Furniture Plus in Columbia. We met with their bedding genius and he helped us design my bedding. I also bought the crib and mattress. I also picked out the Nuni Car seat and stroller system that I want to use. It was a very successful weekend for baby girl!
What I’m looking forward to: My husband finishing up redoing the hardwood floors in the nursery and starting on priming and painting the room!
Best moment of the week: Finding out the gender and announcing it at our gender reveal party with close friends and family. It was so much fun!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Week 19 Pregnancy Update

I have had a busy week this week. Between work, church, and Junior League meetings to prepare for Holiday market, I haven't had much time for anything else. I have felt pretty good this week other than the normal fatigue that I have had all along. 

How far along: 19 weeks
How big is baby?: mango
Weight gain: won't know until I go to the dr. next week. Whose counting though?!
Symptoms: Fatigue, occasional nausea from a smell or food aversion 
Sleeping: occasional restless sleep, peeing 1-2 times almost every night
Food cravings: nothing different from carbs and cheese
Food aversions: Chicken..plain ole baked or grilled chicken = YUCKO!
Miss anything?: Still wine and sushi...I doubt that will ever change! Oh, and sleeping on my stomach  
Gender: Next week is the big week! 
Wedding Rings on or off?: On.
Maternity Clothes?: Still just my Gap maternity pants. Nothing else maternity yet although I've scored a few things on ebay and PinkBlush for a little later on 
Movement: Nothing different. Still not sure if what I am feeling is really the baby
What I did/got for baby: I did purchase a Kate Spade Stevie diaper bag over the Labor Day weekend. It was on major sale and I couldn't resist. It's black and white polka dot and has the perfect spot on the front for a blue or pink monogram. I also bought a yellow sleeper and a pink/blue cute little girlie outfit from the Polo Outlet. If I can't use it, I will give it to a friend! 
What I’m looking forward to: Gender and gender reveal gathering next week
Best moment of the week: Sleeping through the night last night without having to get up and go to the bathroom. Not sure how that happened!!

The babies were feeling photogenic this morning! (actually they weren't cooperating at all and this was the best they could do - ha)

This little rascal has no clue whats coming for her. We are actually a little concerned about how she will handle the changes in our house! She needs lots of love and attention. I know it will take some time but I am hoping my soon to be party of three will be best friends! 


Weeks 13-18

During weeks 12-18, I had my share of ups and downs. One minute I would feel fine, the next awful. There was never any pattern or reasoning to it. There was no specific time of day. Although, the awful nausea feeling would be especially prevalent as soon as I left my house to go somewhere. Convenient, huh? 

During week 17-18, I finally started feeling somewhat normal again. Well, not normal but as normal as I can feel right now. I accredit that to being in back in a routine with work and on a schedule. I never really felt that energy boost that everyone keeps talking about. I'm not convinced that I will ever get my energy back but my fingers and toes are still crossed. 

My 16 weeks dr. appointment went well and my husband accomponied me. He got to hear the little heartbeat for the first time. It was so neat. The heartbeat was between 150-155, so my husband is convinced we have a little princess. I, on the other hand, feel sure that trains, planes, and trucks are in our near future! 

These pas several weeks:

How far along: 18 weeks
How big is baby?: sweet potato
Weight gain: I am not totally sure at this point but I am thinking 6-7 lbs.
Symptoms: Nausea, fatigue, name it, i've probably experienced it! It could always be worse though. 
Sleeping: I am now waking up 1-2 nights to pee. Occasionally, I will sleep through the night and it is glorious! I am moving from one side to the other several times during the night also.
Food cravings: Carbs, Carbs, Carbs! Bread, pasta, and cheese!
Food aversions: Still chicken--unless it is fried on a sandwich from Chick-Fil-A!
Miss anything?: Sushi and wine for sure. 
Gender: Still don't know. I think boy, husband thinks girl. We will soon find out which gender will take over our house!
Wedding Rings on or off?: On.
Maternity Clothes?: Mainly just pants because they are so much more comfortable. I found Gap Maternity dress pants that are ankle length! I fell in love with them and now own 4 pairs. No one would ever know they were maternity and they are so gosh darn comfy. They may even pass the inspection for my normal wardrobe after baby if they still fit! No shame in my game!
Movement: don't know for sure if I have felt the baby move. I have felt different little twinges and gas like bubbles but I can't pinpoint what exactly it is. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will feel one that I will know for sure is the baby moving!
What I did/got for baby: My mom bought a garnet USC gown with a small Carolina logo on it. She had to buy something! Couldn't stand it any longer. Other than that, we still haven't done much shopping. Oh, but it is coming! 
What I’m looking forward to: I am looking forward to finding out the gender of our sweet precious child! I think I will be so excited and so nervous! I don't know why I will be nervous, but I think I will. I am also looking forward to a gender reveal get together with my family and a few close friends.
Best moment of the weeks: Hearing the heartbeat with my husband there! 


Weeks 8-12

Well, it’s official! I went to the Dr. on June 18 to confirm my pregnancy and I was 8 weeks! The husband and I are due with Baby Y on January 28, 2015. It’s all still a little surreal to me still although I have the sickness, tiredness, ultrasound pictures, and extreme food aversions ( chicken is gross and so is Mexican food!)

My energy has not yet come back yet which has prevented me from doing much exercise. I’ve been running 3/4 miles 2-4 times a week and when I don’t run I walk/jog with the dogs about 30 minutes each time. They are loving it! If they only knew what is happening!

I am going to do this fun survey and combine weeks 8-12!

How far along: 12 weeks (although I’m including the whole beginning of the pregnancy!)
How big is baby?: Plum
Weight gain: I am not totally sure but I think 4 lbs.
Symptoms: I have experienced nausea since about week 8. I also have been super tired.
Sleeping: I have been sleeping so good. I think lately has been some of the best sleep I’ve ever gotten!
Food cravings: Mac and cheese , anything cold….watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese
Food aversions: Chicken..plain ole baked or grilled chicken = YUCKO!
Miss anything?: My glass of moscato d’asti at night on my patio
Gender: ?
Wedding Rings on or off?: On.
Maternity Clothes?: No maternity clothing yet! I will put it off as long as I can but I know I am going to have to get pants for work. I have a good many loose fitting tops that may carry me for the next little while. I dread the lovely maternity clothes shopping time!
Movement: When I had my 12 week ultrasound, the tech said the baby was moving around quite a bit (which might be why my Dr. couldn’t find the heartbeat…talk about a freak out moment). I have not been able to feel any movement just yet.
What I did/got for baby: One pair of neutral canvas baby Tom’s and that’s it!
What I’m looking forward to: I am looking forward to hopefully regaining some of my energy so I can add a few miles to my runs. I am also looking forward to going back to work after summer break and telling my co-workers and friends! I am just now feeling comfortable with telling everyone so that’s on the agenda for the next week or so! Also, finishing up our kitchen renovation so that we can move on to the nursery!!
Best moment: Being able to see the baby on the ultrasound a lot clearer than the 8 week ultrasound. I could actually see a head and a definitive body forming! It was so cool!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Race4Taylor 10k Recap

On May 17, I headed to West Florence High School (with my husband!!!!) to run in one of the biggest races in Florence. 

This is a race that is put on in honor of Taylor Elmore, son of Belinda and Greg Elmore, who was killed in car accident at 17 years of age. We did not know Greg and Belinda and Taylor very well at the time of the accident, but since then have gotten to know their family through friends and the running community. 

This year was no different than any of the other years this race has been held. It was an absolutely wonderful day celebrating the life of Taylor! 

Me and Mom

Charlie ran the 5k! He finished with a time of 28:41, the fastest he has ever run! Whoop Whoop! (and he did some training too!) I was a proud runner wife!

So, this race was just ok for me as far as feel. I started out way too fast as usual and then fizzled out at the end. I hate 5k's and 10k's that start together! I always try to start out at 5k pace and it never ends up good.

I ended up running a 47:58 (7:44 pace). I was just ok with this, not pleased. It was good enough for 1st place in the 20-29 AG and I also got an award for "beating the pirate" that was on the course. 

Lisa and I with our awards!

This race will likely be my last race in my 20's. I wanted to run another race before I turn 30 in July but I don't think its going to happen. I began my running career when I was 25 so I have been in this one age category the whole time! I am a bit nervous about moving up!!! Girls in their 30's are seriously fit and competitive!!! I'm ready though, bring it on!! 


Our Third Wedding Anniversary Weekend

The weekend of Memorial Day (May 23-26) we headed to the Outer Banks to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. We had booked 3 nights at the Cape Hatteras Bed & Breakfast in Hatteras. 

The bed and breakfast was absolutely fabulous! It had a mini hotel feel with all of the rooms opening to the outside but still had the bed & breakfast feel as well. Perfect for us!

We arrived on Friday afternoon with just enough time to check-in, eat dinner at Diamond Shoals, and take an evening walk on the beach.

Saturday morning after breakfast we headed out on the road bikes to the end of Hatteras, jumped on a ferry over to Oakracoke Island, and then back over to Hatteras. The bike ride took almost all day because the ferry took way longer than we had anticipated. We ended up riding about 40 miles on the bike total. After we got back we got ready and headed to dinner at Rusty's Surf and Turf.

View from the back of the ferry

 Oakracoke Island

Some of the best shrimp and oysters ever!

Sunday we decided to be lazy all day and were literally beach bums! It was an absolutely beautiful day in Hatteras! Sunday night we ate dinner at The Sandbar & Grille. 

Monday we got up and went for a run before having our last breakfast and packing up. I think breakfast was my favorite part of the whole weekend. Virginia, the owner, knows how to cook up some amazing stuff!

We had a wonderful weekend and I still cant believe it has been three years!! We are looking forward to so many more.

The dogs stayed at Gma and Gpa Y's while we were gone and here is a little peek into how their weekend was...

Its official: they both LOVE the country!!


Exciting news

On the eve of our 3rd anniversary, the husband and I began talking about having children. I was having issues with my birth control and I really just wanted to get off of it. I knew it would make me feel better. I also knew that after I accomplished my half-ironman race that I wanted to take a step back from training with the hopes of beginning our family. 

I most definitely want to go back to running and triathlon and it's not that I have completely stopped. I have slowed my intensity and length of training to give my body a rest. 

The week after my big race I decided to finish my birth control pack and not begin the next month. I felt like we were still in the talking stages of having a baby but if it happened it would be the right time.

Our anniversary trip to the Outer Banks came up May 23-26, 2014. I was supposed to start my period that weekend. I knew something was up. The next week came and still nothing. I decided to order a few pregnancy tests with my normal monthly order from I took one that next Thursday afternoon after the box was delivered and then took a second one the next morning.

I cannot believe I am getting ready to type this and I am still in some sort of shock and disbelief. They both read PREGNANT. The first read 3 weeks and the second read 3+ weeks. WOW, that was fast! I cannot believe how fast it happened. We were not trying and not planning, we just weren't preventing either.

It seemed like it took forever for Charlie to get home from work that afternoon. All I could do was giggle. I was so nervous to tell him (I think he already had an inkling anyways). We laughed, hugged, and then just kind stared at each other. Then we ordered pizza from Marco's to celebrate! 

It is June 11 today and I am still waiting to go to my confirmation appointment. I am having such a hard time lying to people and trying to cover this up. I cannot wait to tell my parents and sister. My appointment is next Wednesday, June 18th where I am guestimating they will tell me I am 7 weeks along. We leave to go on vacation next Saturday the 21st so I have no choice but to tell my family then. I would never ever be able to pull off a whole week at the beach with no drinking over on them. They would know immediately!

We are excited, thrilled, scared, nervous, anxious, and amazed to be expecting our first child (well 3rd if you count dog children!)

I have been feeling pretty tired, a little nauseous, and having period-like symptoms off and on throughout each day. Some days are better than others. I haven't been exercising because of work schedule and I just can't make myself get up at 5am anymore. Hopefully I will get that motivation back soon. I am done with work after next Monday so I will have plenty of time to begin running and swimming again. Hopefully a weights class and yoga also.

So Cheers!! (with a glass of sparking juice) to a new member of the Yarb's family! I can't wait to post more! I am hoping to begin belly pics as well to document but those wont start until I get official word from the doctor!