Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pregnancy - The First 16 Weeks

Since we announced our news, here's what I've been doing and feeling the last 16 weeks. Well, really I haven't known for 16 weeks, but found out around 6-7 weeks. I'll spare the personal details about that one, but kind of started to think something was up when I was feeling a little queasy and tired all the time. This was in July, so I wasn't even working and taking naps! And, I don't really take naps. Plus, I started feeling kind of sluggish all around and even when I was running. I never really got an energy boost. But I just kind of chalked that up to the extremely hot temperatures in July. We were going to be heading to the lake for the weekend, and I decided to find out once and for all what was going on. I bought a pregnancy test. When I was complaining about not feeling right, Tony was just like, I'm sure it's nothing, it'll go away, etc. I'd say maybe I'm pregnant...he'd say no, I doubt it. So I didn't tell him that I bought a test. Plus I kind of thought it wouldn't be positive anyways. Well, I was surely wrong on that one! It's a good thing I bought two tests because Tony needed double proof! So, we called the doctor's office and made an appointment for a few weeks later. I didn't feel too different besides being really tired, which was not too fun at the beginning of the school year. I started taking a B vitamin which helped my stomach too. I was also hungry all the time! I continued running, just at a slightly slower pace, and we started running in the morning before work to try to get the coolest part of the day.

Once we found out from the pregnancy test, we had to figure out when we'd be able to tell my parents. It was August and we weren't supposed to see them for another month. I was able to hold off for about a week, then I had a breakdown because I couldn't keep a secret any more. So, we drove to Houston for the weekend and told my parents we were just coming to hang out. They had no clue. They thought we felt bad for them because they were all alone that weekend with nothing going on. We told them right before dinner that we had something to tell them. My Mom says "You got a new car!" Haha, nope, we're having a baby! They were so excited. My Mom cried and my Dad was giving us big hugs. It was really cute (and a huge weight lifted!)

During the 10th week, Tony and I went to our first doctor's appointment and got the confirmation that there was in fact a baby. We got a few ultrasound pictures, got to hear the heartbeat, and saw it all moving around and waving it's arms at us. It was crazy to think that all of that was going on inside my body and I couldn't even tell!

In my 13th week, I really started to loose the tiredness and have only taken a nap a few days here and there. I bought a heart rate monitor for running even though I've read mixed reviews about how that's basically the old school of thought and exercise should be based more on effort than a specific heart rate. So, I try to keep my heart rate between 150 and 160, which is enough to keep me moving at a pace that's comfortably challenging. My pace had slowed during the 13th & 14th weeks even more, but this 15th and into the 16th week has been much better because the temperature has dropped to fall-like so we get 50s in the morning. It's a lot easier to keep my heart rate down. I have had some weekend breakdowns about running because Tony and I are still going out together. We've just come up with a better plan to make the run good for him too. So I'm starting to feel better, not so guilty, about that. I've had to give up my 100 mile months. I'm doing about 15-20 miles per week plus my one day of pilates. I think I can handle a little more since the weather is so nice now, but we'll see. We are going to run two races in October as well...I won't really be "racing", but I'm still doing it.

My stomach started to pooch a little bit during this time. Just enough to make my pants not fit. This week it's really started to grow. I woke up on Tuesday thinking, I don't think my stomach looked like this when I went to bed. Haha. I also had a 2nd doctors appointment at 14 weeks. It was a short, quick one that Tony didn't even need to go to. We go on November 1st to hopefully find out it it's a boy or a girl! Everything has been going well so far, and I'm continuing to feel pretty good. I'll try to update every few weeks as things start to change more and more.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Car

About 2 weeks ago I decided to put Beth's car up for sale on Craigslist. We had started the car shopping process and knew we'd be buying a new car in the next few months. Her car was the one her parents bought her before college. It had almost 150,000 miles on it and was 10 years old. I didn't really think there'd be much interest for a car like that. Man was I wrong. Within 8 hours the car was sold for basically what I was asking for it. Next thing you know, we were car shopping for real. We had kind of decided we were going to buy a certain car and were even planning on going to Dallas to find one. Then we had a complete change and decided we wanted a GMC Acadia. We had one as a rental car a few years ago and ever since then I liked them a lot. Plus with our most recent news, it's time for a somewhat "family" car. Ha ha.

So I find the exact car we were looking for in Bentonville, AR. I got the price we wanted (actually a little better) and it was a deal. Throw in the fact that Beth's sister Stacy is somewhat of a celebrity in NW Arkansas and she went with us to pick up the car. It made the transaction pretty hilarious as the salesmen were fawning over Stacy the entire time. And when she was in the room while we were signing our paperwork, the guy was so flustered he could hardly get out a coherent word. And when Stacy left the room, he said something like, "she's a famous golfer!" Beth and I both just kind of laughed and just said "I guess so." Anyway, here's a few pics of the new car:




Saturday, September 25, 2010

Our Exciting News


We are going to be having a little addition to the family! This picture was from the first doctors appointment at 10 weeks, but I'm now 15 weeks along. The due date is March 18th. I've been feeling great and it hasn't been too different so far. We are going to find out if it's a boy or a girl on November 1st. We don't care either way, and we don't have names picked out for either one...haven't even talked about it yet! We'll just take a healthy baby. That's all we want. Just wanted to share the news and our first baby picture!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dallas/Canton Trip

A few weekends ago since it was Labor Day weekend and 3 days, we decided that on Saturday we would drive to Dallas and then Sunday drive to Canton for the First Monday Trade Days. We got up and went running on Saturday morning. It was a great run because it was only 52 degrees when we started! We got ready and took the 3 hour trip to Dallas. When we got to Dallas, we went to a few car dealerships, to test drive some cars and see what they had to offer because we want to replace the Rodeo in the next few months. We only had time to go to two places, but we think we have a better idea of what we want now. So we're glad we went. We then checked into our hotel, and went to Eatzi's to get a sandwhich. They closed the Eatzi's in Houston for some reason, but it is awesome. If you're ever in Dallas, you should go. It's a little grocery store/restaurant with a lot of prepared foods, salad & sandwhich bars, as well as hot meals. The food is such good quality and delicious.

After going to Eatzi's we went to a bar to watch the first OU game of the season. It was Pay-Per-View, so we had to go to a place that we knew would have it. It was called Lakewood's 1st and 10. It was packed with all kinds of football fans, but ended up being mostly OU fans once the game started. Tony was loving it because football season had officially begun!

Then to end our restaurant tour, we went to Chuy's! One of the best mexican places in Texas. We are so happy they have one in Dallas because it's not that far from Tulsa. We had chips, salsa, queso, fajitas, and I think Tony had some kind of enchilada thing. We left absolutely stuffed and ready for bed!

Sunday morning we drove to Canton, TX (about an 1 or so from Dallas). We went to Canton to check out the First Monday/Trade Days extravaganza. We went last year over the same weekend. We spent all morning at the outdoor market checking out all the goods, but the two things we wanted to go back and buy didn't work out. The one thing was completely gone and the other booth's credit card machine was broken! So we kind of struck out there, but we went to Paul Michael (a favorite from the Nutcracker Market I go to with my Mom). We got a big mirror for our bedroom and a few other decorating things. Here are some pictures from Canton & our purchases.



Apple decorations for a basket on the kitchen table

The new mirror

Overall, it was a fun trip and great way to spend the weekend. The drive back to Tulsa was a little tricky with the big mirror in the box taking up the whole car, but we made it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This Week

Beth's parents are in town this weekend and hanging out with us. They are actually only in Tulsa for a few days until we head to Rogers, Arkansas tomorrow. Beth's sister Stacy is playing in the P&G NW Arkansas LPGA tournament that starts on Friday. This is the fourth year for the tournament and third year in a row for Beth and I to go. It's a lot of fun. The weather is usually great, the golf course is really nice, and you can't beat watching the best women golfers(including Beth's sister) in the world for 3 days.

Tomorrow we'll head over after work and a bunch of us are going out to dinner. Stacy plays at 12:59 p.m. on Friday. Saturday we'll watch Stacy play in the morning and then watch the OU/Florida St. football game in the afternoon. Not a bad Saturday if I do say so myself.

That's about it for now. Hopefully we can get a few pics up from our trip to Canton last weekend. We had a lot of fun and even bought a few things.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Gift from Australia

We received a piece of paper in the mail a few weeks ago that we soon realized was a ticket from our driving adventures in Australia this summer. We were driving back to Sydney from the Blue Mountains and had to take this cross-city tunnel that goes under the city. There was no place to pay unless you had an electronic pass. We didn't know this, so we were kind of out of luck at that point. I mean, we were in a tunnel! Couldn't exactly turn around or anything. So needless to say, we were not that surprised to get this ticket. The normal cost would have been $5, but we ended up having to pay $14. But with the exchange rate, it was only around $12. We had to laugh though that it caught up with us. We paid the ticket online, so we will be able to go back to Australia at some point and not have to worry about getting arrested for an outstanding ticket. (I don't know if they do that or not, just being dramatic!)

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