Weeks 25 & 26: Anniversary Trip!

I absolutely love feeling baby girl kick inside of me. The most special thing to me is that these kicks are all mine. I’m the one able to feel her every second of the day. Whether I’m in a meeting or on the elliptical, she’s moving about. It’s special because it’s like a secret code between the two of us. It’s almost as if she knows what I’m thinking because she gives me a special nudge at certain moments when I forget that I’m pregnant. I imagine her saying “Hey! remember me down here!?” 🙂

Robert surprised me with a trip to Asheville for our first wedding anniversary right before my 26th week mark. We had a blast tooling around, going in the shops and enjoying each other. ❤ It was a perfect, short getaway that was far enough away from Greenville to give our minds a rest. There was no worrying about cleaning the house, preparing the baby’s room or worrying about our list of things to do before she gets here. I hit a big milestone on our trip to Asheville… my skinny jeans stopped fitting around my waist. It hit me hard! I made the decision to finally start shopping for maternity clothes that next weekend.

Throwback to our wedding day. <3

Throwback to our wedding day. ❤

Walking around Asheville

Walking around Asheville

25 week Bumpdate

25 week Bumpdate!

Week 26

Week 26 Bumpdate!

 

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Week 23 & 24: Staying Active

I was nervous at first to exert too much physical energy while pregnant. The doctor told me to keep exercising as I’ve done in the past, but to listen to my body. I’ve definitely toned it down a bit, but I still run and do my Body Combat classes at least a couple times a week. At the same time, though, if I get off of work and am yawning when I get in the car, I go home instead of making a pit stop at the gym. The weirdest thing is the way my abs tighten either during or after a workout even if I’m not specifically targeting my abs in a workout. The doctor said this was normal, though. 🙂

A few weekends ago was an active one for Baby Girl and me. At almost 23 weeks, we ran the Greenville News Downtown 5K Run with my dad. We finished in 29:45- nowhere near the women’s leader of 16:30, but we did our best! It’s definitely slower than I usually run a 5K, but I was proud of the way that my body carried us to the finish line. The next day, I played three sets of tennis with my mom and her tennis friends. It was noticeable that I didn’t go for shots that I normally stretch/sprint to reach.

I can tell that I get way more tired after workouts than normal. Maybe it’s because baby girl is working out inside as much as me!

Favorite things about my pregnancy during weeks 23 & 24:

  • Snagging a Kelty hiking backpack that fits a baby in the back of it
  • My mom and sister setting a date for the baby shower
  • Running the downtown 5K with my dad
  • Going furniture shopping with Robert and making more decisions on the baby’s nursery ❤

5k

Weeks 21 and 22: Crib’s Up!

Over these past couple of weeks, my food baby has developed into an actual pooch. Baby Girl is on the inside kicking like crazy to get out! Other than my stomach growing, physically, I feel perfectly normal. I have rare tiredness, no nausea and I haven’t really had any food cravings (except ice cream every night, but that’s normal for me). My clothes are starting to fit a little snugger, but I’m still able to wear my same work pants and tops every day-no maternity clothes yet!

Emotionally, I’m getting more and more excited for Baby Girl to get here. I’m finding out that I’m pretty obsessive about basically everything related to what she’ll need when she arrives (clothes, doctors, daycares, stressful strollers, etc.). Speaking of which, Robert and I discussed the pros and cons of different strollers for about three weeks straight. THREE WEEKS!  I think we’ve finally decided upon one, thank the Lord. Her nursery is another obsession. We’ve decided on the colors, bought the bare essentials (crib and glider), and started to make decisions on the layout of the room.

Robert put together Baby G’s crib and glider chair the other day (as I sat and snapped pics of him), and it made me even more excited for her arrival. There was something so special about watching him make sure that they were set up perfectly. He moved the crib and the chair three different times until I figured out the perfect spot for each of them. After everything was set, we spent an hour or so just sitting in her room talking about different ways to decorate and how we’ll have to transform the room as she grows up. These are some of my favorite moments.

Favorite things about my pregnancy during weeks 21 and 22:

  • Feeling Baby Girl kick and flip
  • My mom and sister setting a date for the baby shower
  • Finding a sale at Carter’s and buying Baby Girl’s first chambray top ❤
Crib and glider that Robert put together :-)

Crib and glider that Robert put together 🙂

The Big Reveal– It’s a GIRL!

When we found out that we were having a baby, Robert and I made the decision that we wanted to know the sex of the baby before he or she was born. We wanted to be able to better prepare for his or her arrival and take some of the guessing out of this new major life event.

My sister started bugging me around my twelfth week of pregnancy asking when we were going to find out the baby’s sex. I told her that my doctor recommended we wait until week twenty to find out the sex and to complete an anatomy scan (which was true). I was set to reach week 19 on the Sunday before Christmas, but told our families that we couldn’t find out the sex of the baby until early January (a white lie). So that we could surprise them on Christmas Day, I actually ended up scheduling my sex reveal ultrasound the week before Christmas.

Robert and I were so anxious waiting for the appointment all day. When I showed up to the doctor’s office, Robert had already been walking around the parking lot by himself for about 10 minutes. He said he couldn’t sit still!

Walking into the appointment, we both were convinced that we were having a boy. I’d had two dreams about people physically writing out “It’s a BOY” on paper, and Robert had a gut instinct that it was a boy as well. Needless to say, when the nurse asked us what we thought we were having, we without a hesitation both said “Boy.”

During the ultrasound, the baby was folded completely in half. The nurse asked me to hop up and jump around so that the baby would turn. I asked her, “If the baby doesn’t, move, are we going to have to wait to find out his or her sex?” She replied, “Nope, I’ve already seen it, I’m just trying to get a better picture .” So, of course we were convinced that the “it” she was referring to meant that we were having a boy. Once I jumped and the baby moved around a bit, the nurse froze the screen and said “Ok– it’s time”. She wrote, “It’s…A….Girl!” Once we saw the G come up on the screen, we both screamed! We were blown away and SO excited.

It was my idea to wait until Christmas to tell our families, but Robert wanted to scream it from the rooftops once we left the dang appointment! Instead, we held it in as far as we (I) could and ended up deciding to tell our families on the Tuesday before Christmas. That day, my handyman husband drilled holes in pink Wilson golf balls and hung pretty ribbon through them to make ornaments. I wrapped them in sparkly boxes and we took them over to my family’s house. Before we ate dinner with my family, Robert brought the boxes in and I told them that we’d found out the sex of the baby (which created the first set of screams). We told them that they’d have to open up the boxes to find out! Once they opened up the boxes and saw the pink ornaments, there was jumping and screaming and crying! I swear our neighbors probably thought someone died. We told Robert’s family the next day and they were all so very excited for our Baby Girl! golf ball

The rest of the Christmas week/weekend was filled with family, friends, sharing ultrasound pictures, relaxing, laughing and eating. By the end of the weekend, I’d finally popped a bit.

Here’s my 20-week selfie before a workout class (kinda) with my sister and mom:

baby bump

The Game of Life

Wow! I cannot believe it’s been a full year since I last wrote a post. A friend at work recently told me that Robert and I hit all of the major milestones in the “Game of Life” this year. If you’ve played the Life board game before, you know that each player drives his or her play car through major life changes and the richest person at the end of the game wins. After looking back at 2014, it most certainly was the “richest” one of our lives, and I’m not referring to money.

We checked off major life events in the whirlwind year of 2014. Robert and I got married, honeymooned in Aruba, and I traveled to France for work in February. In March, I bought my first brand new car. In May, we drove to Ohio to celebrate the beautiful marriage of two of our best friends at their wedding in Cleveland. Over the summer, we took trips to Charleston for the 4th and to Arizona to see Robert’s brother. In October, we moved into our new house. In November, I traveled for the first time to China for work, and we spent November and December with family and friends for the holidays.

September, though, took the cake. My sister and Sam got ENGAGED, Robert turned 30 and we traveled to Boston (and saw Jeter’s last MLB series) to celebrate, we found a house that we loved and signed a contract, and the most exciting of all… we found out that WE’RE HAVING A BABY GIRL.

We are so excited to welcome Baby Girl into our lives. We talk about her all of the time. We talk TO her all of the time. We laugh at her punching and kicking me from the inside. We’ve already began to plan out her nursery. I’ve already bought her five pairs of pants and one pair of jeggings. We simply cannot wait for her arrival in May.

2015 will bring tons of changes for our little family. With Baby Girl’s arrival and Merrick and Sam’s wedding on the horizon, I know it’s going to be one for the books.

I can’t wait for all of the love to come in 2015.

 

 

The Little Things

2013 was the fastest year of my life. To sum it up, it was filled with tons of love, laughter, travel, huge life changes, and absolute fun. In 2013, Robert proposed, my family and I planned a wedding, Robert and I saw 7 friends/family members tie the knot, I held my good friend’s new-born son, Robert and I traveled up and down the east coast (NYC, Florida, Hendo, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Charleston), I started a new job, and Robert and I moved to Greenville, S.C.

2013 has been a very “UP” year for us. Although we faced a few road blocks, Robert and I finally ended up in the same city toward the end of the year. FINALLY! No more long distance relationship. No more weekend road trips. No more sitting in traffic on I-85 on Friday afternoons.

We’re finally able to experience some normalcy. We’re finding the fun in discovering roles within our household. We’re loving the fact that we get to physically talk face-to-face about our work days. We went to the gym together tonight, played a new sport (racquetball), and we both left beaming from ear to ear.  We’re re-learning Greenville through fresh eyes (new bars to explore, new churches to test out, new restaurants to try).   We’re decorating our apartment with our own sense of style and color. And mostly, we’re taking pleasure in the little things.

I’m very thankful for everything that 2013 threw my way.

That said, here’s my message to 2014: BRING IT ON. Bring on more love. Bring on our WEDDING. Bring on the morning when my mom, sister and I will get ready together. Bring on the moment when Robert sees me for the first time at the end of the aisle. Bring on the long aisle that my dad will escort me down. Bring on the moment when Robert and I promise ourselves to each other in front of those who love us. Bring on the singing and dancing and laughter that will inevitably ensue during our reception.

Bring on more trips around the world. Bring on more date nights with my (soon-to-be) husband. Bring on more golf days with my family. Bring on more trips to the beach. Bring on more hikes. Bring on more exercise.  Bring on hard work. Bring on celebrations of our families’ and friends’ birthdays, matrimony ceremonies and engagements.

And finally, bring on more little things. 🙂

Windy City

Tuesday, we celebrated Lauren and Brandon at our favorite “goodbye spot,” Fado. The two are heading to Chicago to start a new chapter of their lives together. I am so excited for their upcoming adventure: living in downtown Chi-city, making new friends, exploring a huge city. At the same time, though, I’m sad to think about the physical distance that will come between us. Instead of about a step and a half away from my room, now Laur will be a plane ride away.

It’s so weird seeing all of their boxes packed, all of the trash that the two deemed not worthy to bring on the trip, and Lauren’s room clear of clutter! 🙂

So, last night I said “see ya later” to Branny. He’ll move their things up on Friday and starts a brand new job in the city on Monday! I don’t have to face goodbyes with Laur yet as I have about two more weeks left until she makes the trek north. For this, I am grateful.

As one of our friends put it at their happy hour, it seems like summer camp is ending. Atlanta’s been our playground for almost 4 years. But the groups of friends that we’ve gathered over the past 4 years are moving on to new things. Friday and Saturday night plans of dancing all over Buckhead are a thing of the past. Some of our friends have (adorable) babies, most are in serious relationships or engaged and a few have ventured out for new jobs. Most are looking to head out the city- not because they dislike it- but because they’re searching for a different pace of life.

It’s an interesting life change that I was never sure that we’d get to. As we all move on though, we’ll always have the memories that we’ve shared in the A.