Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gender Reveal!!!

At our 12 week Drs appt we were told the plans for the next couple of doctors appointments and what to expect. She told me to expect a call to schedule our 20 week ultrasound and that would be about an hour long ultrasound to check on the status of how the baby is developing. I excitedly asked her if that is when we find out the gender (which I thought was an appropriate question) and she snapped back saying THAT IS NOT WHAT MEDICAL ULTRASOUNDS ARE FOR! 

We left that Doctors appointment pretty bummed.

I remembered a few co-workers who went to an outside company to get those 3D/4D images when they were expecting and I started googling a local company. I found My First Peek-A-Boo in Ventura and found out they schedule a gender reveal appointment as early as 14 weeks! 
Matt and I talked about it and decided to go for it! 

My graduation fell exactly when I was 15 weeks and we thought how perfect! All our friends and family would be at our house to celebrate my graduation, what a perfect time to tell everyone the gender all at once! Now I am TERRIBLE at keeping secrets so we scheduled the appt only a few days before my graduation so I didn't have to keep a secret for too long! Ok plans made, now time to find out!

Our prediction: based on all the old wives tales - face acne, super sick, headaches, blah blah everyone kept telling me GIRL! So much so that I started convincing myself and Matt that the baby was a girl. 

We got to the appointment, which My First Peek-A-Boo was so awesome! It was a giant projector almost like a movie theater with a seating area for anyone you brought and then the table to lay down on. Plus the girl was super sweet! We were soooo excited and nervous! We got to see our baby for a little bit and then the technician said oh! I think I can tell but let me get a few more angles to confirm - Matt and I had no idea what she saw lol 

A few minutes later she said YUP! Put a little arrow on the screen and started counting 1,2,3! 


The first thing out of my mouth was OMG I have a penis growing inside me! Hahahahah   We were both a little shocked! Super excited but it didn't sink in right away. She printed us a bunch of pictures (will share below) and off we went - still not really realizing what we just found out haha Oh and Matt got to mark one more boy gender reveal down for the  month of May!

When we got home we were laying down and Matt apparently was hit with realization and sits up and goes it's a boy! We are having a boy! And that was when it really sunk in for both of us! We are super excited for a little baby boy!!

How to tell the good news?! We went to party city and asked them if they can put a balloon inside another balloon. They said they normally don't do that but would try it for us. We did a few tests in the store and it totally worked when we popped the outer balloon, the inside balloon floated away and showed the it's a boy blue balloon. Cool! We got two balloons just in case one didn't work.

Graduation party and mostly everyone was there so time to share!! We brought out the two balloons and said we had an announcement and whoops, I guess 2 balloons makes people think we were having twins! No no! My moms face was like WHAAAT?! Hahaha we quickly clarified and said no no it's just a gender reveal! Hahaha unfortunately both balloons just popped and it didn't actually go off as planned but everyone was able to see that the inside balloon was blue! Yay!!!! 

Per the norm for us, things didn't go exactly as planned but that's ok! We got to share the excitement with everyone and then we got to play the ultrasound video so everyone can see him! 

Thanks to everyone reading these and going on our journey with us! 

We love you little baby boy!! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The announcement!!

Time for the fun post of sharing how we told family, friends and co-workers! 

As I mentioned in my previous post, Matt was the first person I told (about 10 seconds after me finding out haha)!

Now one of my co-workers, Debi, who I have worked with for the last 5 years and who knows me really well was the one that kept saying she thought I was pregnant and recommended I go take a test. When I walked into work that Monday morning after finding out I didn't say a word! Debi just looked at me and said, so did you find out Friday or Saturday?! Hahaha she totally knew!! So I was talking to her about it and out of nowhere my branch manager Rudy popped up with this look of OMG!! Hahahaha so Rudy and Debi technically found out immediately haha but then I kept the secret from the rest of work for a few more weeks...

Next up, the parents! We WANTED to tell them all at once but just due to varying schedules it wasn't possible but we decided to use the new house as the way to share the exciting news. 

My mom - So my mom came over the night we got the keys and we immediately started showing her around the house, walked her through the bedrooms and said this is the master, Matt's man cave room, the guest room... And then this is our favorite room... And my mom looked so confused and was like ok? And I said well it's going to be the baby room!! She wasn't getting it hahaha she was like oh cool for later on down the road... And I was like um yeah in about 7 months!! Lol she had to lean against the wall Hahahaha she was very excited and totally cried.

Matt's Mom- That same night we went out to Matt's moms house as she just had back surgery so she couldn't come to our house. We took a bunch of pics of the new house and we ended up showing her on the computer a virtual tour of the house and did the same thing! We were able to tell her, her husband, Matt's brother and his grandma all at the same time since they were all home. They were all very excited and Dillon (bro-in-law) immediately recommended Optimus Prime be the name Hahahaha sorry Dillon not gunna happen Hahahaha 

Matt's Dad - on Sunday when he got back in town we invited him over and did the same tour/announcement to him. He seemed more in shock than anything hahaha I don't think he was expecting that news at all hahahah but he is excited and happy for us! (He just already has 5 grand babies and 2 great-grand babies so I think he was like omg another one!? Haha) 

Bestie Molly - so Molly just got engaged a week before we found out so I was waiting to tell her as I didn't want to take away from her excitement of her new news. But... We planned a wine and plan night!! Eek! How do I tell her all of a sudden I can't drink wine with her?! So I ended up ordering her an adorable wine glass from etsy that says "only the best friends get promoted to Aunt"! When she came over that next Tuesday for our wine night I told her I got her a new wine glass for our house... And gave it to her! She was excited and shocked and even yelled out a "HOLY SHIT!" Which is hilarious given Molly never cusses Hahahaha 

Work - due to having some pretty obvious morning sickness quite a few of my coworkers already figured out the news so at week 9 I bought a box of donuts and put a sign on it and left it in the break room πŸ’• 

Rest of friends and family - we tried to tell as many of our close friends and family personally so that they didn't find out from a generic post on Facebook. 

Planning the Facebook/ Instagram announcement - we emailed Brian from We Run Social right away and asked him if he could make us a baby onesie for our announcement as We Run Social and running together has really been a huge part of our life! He said he would check into it and see what he could do! He obviously delivered because we were sooo excited to share our adorable announcement. We did make a few alternate announcements though as we weren't sure if the onesie would come in time. And a huge thanks to Brian for doing that for us!! 

Here is the different pics we made! 

Hehe well thanks for listening and sharing in our exciting journey! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tiredness, sickness, tests & finally RELIEF!

3/8/16 - I got a call from the Doctor that my glucose test didn't come back with the results they want so they ordered me to do a 3 hour glucose fasted test. That was TERRIBLE! First, they told me I had to stop eating at 9pm and show up at the lab at 8am... I ate my last meal around 7 and was feeling sick all night so I ended up fasting for wayyy too long and then when I got to the lab there was a long wait. By the time the whole thing was over it was almost 15 hours of not eating! My stomach was soooo not happy with me! And fruit punch flavored whatever that stuff is on an empty stomach was πŸ˜–! Anywho... Very appreciative to my mom who took me and stayed with me the whole time to help keep me preoccupied! Thankfully I got the call tonight saying these results came back looking great! Whew! 

First kinda Nerve-racking thing over with! 

Made sure to bring my adult coloring book while we were sitting there haha

Yay! All good!!

3/9/16 - 4/10/16 I don't want to blog too much about the not fun parts of pregnancy as I don't want to really remember it too much but I did want to share that "morning" sickness totally kicked my butt. Thankfully I only ended up actually calling out sick from work twice but to be honest the last couple months were harsh. From constant nausea to actually getting sick from random smells to overwhelming exhaustion. I did find some relief from those ginger mints at Trader Joes and as long as I ate super small meals very frequently it helped me! I joked around with Matt that I have a two bite fine line of starving to too full and sick haha. He was so wonderful with making me breakfast EVERY MORNING so that I woke up and immediately ate! I can't thank him enough! He also picked up all my slack with household chores and there is no way I would have got through these last couple months without him! I hope he knows how much I really appreciate all his help! 

3/22/16 - 4/12/16 We also had a little scare with the genetic testing but we finally got the call that even though I have the gene for Cystic Fibrosis, Matt does not!! Amen!! That was beyond nerve-racking waiting for the blood tests! 

3/22/16 - we finally had our first ultra sound appointment!! Doctor said everything looks healthy, we got to hear a wonderful strong heartbeat! We got to see our little peanut! So crazy that there is really a little person inside me!!!

Ok now all the fun pictures!!

This was my every day view while at work 

Sitting here waiting for the doctor! So excited to see our little peanut!!

AHHH!!!! We got to hear the heartbeat and see a crystal clear picture of our baby!! πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ

First picture of our baby!!!! We confirmed due date is November 1st! 

I was desperate to find whatever will get rid of the nausea 

Thankfully one of the few things that both tasted good and stayed down was actually my Herbalife shakes!!

Ok thanks for reading and sharing in our excitement!! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Whoa Baby

2/26/16 - well tonight was interesting! Matt and I had been joking for a few days now that he thought I was pregnant. I wasn't my normal self and hadn't started my time of the month yet. One of my coworkers mentioned just go pee on a stick! So I got home from work today and TOTALLY EXPECTING IT TO SAY NOT PREGNANT decided to sure lets just pee on the stick and move on. I don't know why I did but I did. And sure enough the words "Pregnant" appeared!!! I screamed out for Matt to come in there quick! And wow was I a flood of emotions! Matt was so excited and immediately was hugging and kissing me and telling me how happy and excited and nervous and everything! I was in shock. It took me a while to process. He said he just knew for the last week. I was in shock. Can you tell I am in shock? Don't get me wrong I'm beyond excited but you have to understand our whirlwind with pregnancy... Let me explain...

I was a micro-preemie myself with various health issues all growing up. When I was 10 or so I had little cysts that lined my Fallopian tubes and thankfully whatever medicine I was given shrunk them or something. Anywho at that stage I was told by the OBGYN that because of my micro preemie stature and complications that I couldn't get pregnant and if I did it would be very dangerous for me and the baby. At that moment I accepted that news and grew up thinking ok since I can't have kids I don't want them. I told everyone and anyone that asked that I don't want kids. Why want something you can't have right? Well Matt and I became best friends and started dating (and by dating I mean went to the bowling alley once and he got me the cutest dolphin earrings haha) in 7th/8th grade and I always talked about not wanting kids so he knew and accepted that wayyyy early on and was constantly agreeing with me that he didn't want kids either. Ok fast forward like 11 years and we are now a year into our marriage of course everyone and their brother is asking when we are going to have kids... It always was the usual response are you kidding?? No way!! Not us!! But behind closed doors it was discussed A LOT! Over the next 2 years we talked about how amazing it would be to create a little person, create one of us (oh God that's a scary thought!), see our parents be the amazing grandparents we know they will be, we would joke about how wrapped his dad would be and how excited our moms would be, and let's not even mention how excited our grandparents would be! But we would quickly stop the conversation and say oh well. It's not worth the risks. One night Matt said, hey why don't you go to the doctor and get checked out and see if that is still true? With all the changes in medicine and what not maybe it's not true. Boy am I glad he said that! I literally called and made an appointment the next day. Unfortunately when you aren't pregnant your urgency isn't too present so I had to wait a month for that appointment! During that month our minds were on a roller coaster! We talked about what would happen if they confirm I can't! What would happen if they confirmed I could! Oh my goodness!! The day finally arrived and at the amazing recommendation of a few friends and family I didn't say a word about my previous diagnosis or even mention I was a preemie, I just went in and said hi we are thinking of starting a family and wanted to get checked out and see if I'm ok to! The lady was super nice, congratulated us and checked me out. At the end she said you are perfectly healthy and I don't see why you would have any cause of concern... I then explained to her my history and micro preemie status and she said wow! No, if you wouldn't have told me I would have never known you were a preemie!! I don't know why you were given that information because that wouldn't hinder you at all! If anything because I'm so petite, a c-section might be necessary but that's the only real potential problem. WHAT THE WHAT!? 

Ok so fast forward back to today... About 5 months after that appointment. In 5 months our lives went from constant talk of no babies to OMG we can get pregnant, let's try to get pregnant, omg we are pregnant! Ok now do you understand my shock?? Haha 

When the initial emotions kinda settled down, I thought of writing this blog to keep track of my pregnancy, my thoughts and wishes for this amazing baby that I'm growing inside me! Of course no one can see this until way later but it will be fun to look back on.

Some of the initial reactions:
Like I said Matt was so incredible! Immediately showing me so much love and excitement and calling me an incredible baby maker haha he kept telling brΓ»lΓ©e and pebbles are you girls ready for a human sister or brother?! Momma is making a baby!! Haha he had a little pep talk with brΓ»lΓ©e about how she needs to start being nicer to momma and be a good big sister. We immediately started planning how to tell our family and friends! Oh I can't wait for that part!! I had big cute hopes for how I would tell Matt the day it came and well that flew right out the window haha so I want to make sure the announcement to our parents goes perfect!! We started asking each other if we thought or wanted deep down a boy or girl. We both don't really care either way as long as healthy but Matt is thinking team boy and I'm thinking team girl haha we shall see!! 

Ok well enough rambling from day 1. Here are some pictures from tonight caz if you know me at all you know this next 9 months will be full of photos!!! 

Umm does that say what I think it says?!

We are sooo excited!!

Umm should I pee on like 10 more to make sure?!

Ahh this is really happening! and I wouldn't want to go through this with anyone else!! Matt is going to be such an amazing dad! OMG he is going to be a dad! Eep!!!! πŸ’•

3/2/16 - I had my first prenatal lab work done today! I met with the nurse today and confirmed I'm due approximately November 1!!! So I am 5 weeks and 2 days pregnant! Yay!!! I had to answer a zillion family health questions, was given a packet of information on the first trimester, was told to drink plenty of water and continue my exercising. My treadclimber will be getting plenty of use! Then she sent me down to the lab where I got to drink the oh so delicious (NOT) stuff for the 1 hour glucose test. 
Mmmm... Lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ then of course while I was waiting my hour I got to read all the info they gave me and download the What to Expect App! 
Awww little Baby Tarry is the size of an orange seed! 🍊

Ok time was up! Finally!! Then I went and got all the blood tests drawn. The nurse kept saying aww the first of many mommy sacrifices hahaha oh and did I mention I seriously had to pee like 10x in the 1 hour time span haha apparently that's normal when you are pregnant! Haha

Man I felt drained! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ (too cheesy? Hahahaha) 

Ok that was all the excitement for today. Hubby and I are super excited to tell our parents this weekend! We have some totally adorable ways we plan on doing it! I'll share once we pull it off! πŸ˜πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ 

Oh and as of today only real symptoms are just peeing all the time and slightly sore boobs 😳 After dinner last night at Don Cucos I felt a little nauseous but I immediately started chewing gum and felt better. If there is a way to avoid the morning sickness part that would be awesome! 😜 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Half marathons... Not all it's cracked up to be...

Wait wait before all my running friends freak out let me explain... 

As of yesterday I have completed my 5th half marathon and all 5 of them give me a major sense of pride and accomplishment but for ME, each one was harder and harder to finish and took longer and longer to finish. Why am I writing this? Because I want to let you all know some of the real feelings for me and I'm sure other social media newbie runners. 

With all the social media posts and people talking about FOMO (fear of missing out) and the constant hype around race registrations I'm here to tell you... It's ok to not sign up for all the races and all the medals and especially all the Halfs. There is NOTHING WRONG with doing a 5k or 10k. Crossing any finish line should be celebrated! Accomplish any distance and any time! 

Don't feel that your running accomplishments don't count or don't mean as much because you ONLY did 1 race or only did a 10k. Stop comparing yourself to others. And that advice is totally for me too! 

For me, many training runs haven't happened (yes totally stupid and totally my fault) but the more and more races I did and still crossed the finish line the more I felt well I know I COULD finish so it's ok. It's NOT ok! If you are going to take the big leap to do any race that is considered longer for YOU ( for some that could be jumping from a 5k to a 10k, others to a half, some a full) you have to train! But again, because of all the hype around the races and all the encouragement saying oh it's ok, you'll do great! I still went for it. 

With all these recent realizations and especially after how I felt both physically and emotionally after yesterday's half I have now decided that  
I will not do any more half marathons until I have been able to spend the proper time to train and be able to run the majority of the half so I can not just complete it but running in a race should be fun and not about stressing out over being ahead of the balloon ladies or getting injured. 

That's all I wanted to say. This post doesn't apply to everyone but I know there is probably a few people out there feeling the pressure of signing up for a  big race prior to actually being ready.