Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baby Yancey... How We Found Out!

First of all I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all of the love & support Matt & I have received over the last couple of days!  We are over the moon excited & feel truly blessed to have as much support as we do!

I don't plan on bombarding the blog with only baby things from here on out but, I certainly want to document & share our journey along the way.  I do plan to keep a weekly "bumpdate" for keepsake purposes & to eventually turn into a book for Baby Yancey as well.  Today though, I want to share the very beginning of our journey... How we found out!  So, let's get started...

How we found out...  Sooo, yes we were trying and had been trying for several months.  It was getting hard being the bearer of bad news each month to Matt that "no, no baby this month".  So, when Memorial Day Weekend rolled around & I had to tell him again that it wasn't happening it was heart breaking.  So I thought.  Fast forward to the Wednesday after and let's just say what I thought was happening over the weekend wasn't actually happening.  I was extremely flustered this day, felt like I was having hot flashes & was just a mess.  My best friend talked me into taking a pregnancy test when I got home so, I did.  I prepared myself for the negative results while Matt played devil's advocate reassuring me that it could be positive!  Of course... the first test was positive & practically right away!  I was in complete shock... so was Matt!  I couldn't believe that it was actually true & I was looking at a positive pregnancy test!  I didn't believe it enough so, I took two more test!  HA!  I think it's safe to say we both felt excited, overwhelmed, a little scared.  Things were said like "We're having a baby!!!"  "Oh, we're having a baby?!?"  "Yeah, we're going to be parents!!"  Such a roller coaster of emotions all at once but, certainly one of the best moments of my life!

How we told our family...  The same evening we found out we rushed off to Buy Buy Baby & bought several cute bibs with fun sayings on them, put one in a gift bag & was off to track down my dad!  We chatted for a little bit & then surprised him with his gift.  He was extremely excited, couldn't believe it & was/is just over the moon as well!  He's already wanting to buy Baby Yancey a pony!  HA!  #firstgrandbabyperks  We did the same with Matt's parents but, a couple of weeks later - which was complete torture!  This will be lucky #7 for Matt's parents!  When we took our river trip to the Texas Hill Country we were able to tell my Aunt, Uncle & cousins who were all extremely excited!  Then, we told all of Matt's brothers & families as well as some extended family that weekend via phone calls - everyone was extremely happy for us & excited to welcome a new baby into each family!

& Friends...  Time & distance didn't allow me to tell my girlfriends so, this picture was sent to my girls... no caption needed.  Everyone freaked & was super excited for us!  It was also sent to our families when we called them... one of my uncles thought I was holding 3 paint brushes!  Haha!!  I mean, it's fitting considering how much renovating we've done but, it was hilarious... I died laughing!  (Love you Uncle Kev!)

A few questions answered...

How are you feeling?  Overall, I have felt pretty good!  In the beginning there was stomach cramps & back pain but, that has subsided.  Most recently it's the nose bleeds & head aches... who knew nose bleeds were part of pregnancy symptoms!?  I'm so thankful I haven't had any morning sickness or nausea.

Will you find out what you're having?  Yes!  We're definitely finding out!  I'm a planner and have plenty of things that need to be monogrammed... as if we won't know it's all the babies stuff!?

Have you had any cravings?  No major cravings but, my sweet tooth has kicked in for sure!

Do you have names picked out?  Sort of... we certainly have our list narrowed down for both boy & girl names but, we haven't decided 100% on one.

Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?  Honestly, Matt & I would both be 100% happy with either.  I think it's safe to say I would love to have that special bond with a daughter like my mom & I had & Matt would love to one day throw ball with a little boy... but, at the end of the day we would be happy to welcome either into our life as long as there are 10 fingers, 10 toes & a healthy baby.

If you've made it all the way through, congrats!  Thank you again for all of the love & support from everyone - we certainly feel it!!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Surprise! Baby Yancey... Coming February 2015!

Yes, it's true... Matt & I have been keeping a secret for the last 2 months!  It's been such a fun & exciting journey so far & I know it is only just beginning!  We are over the moon excited & feel extremely blessed that the the good Lord has chosen us as parents-to-be!  (& of course, Bingham as a big brother!!)

Baby Onesie - Zoey's Attic Etsy Shop
My Shirt - Joy & Crown


Friday, July 18, 2014

White Chocolate & Pearl Pretzel Sticks

Every Christmas season one of my favorite (and family & friends too) treats to make are white chocolate covered pretzels.  When thinking of "thank you" gifts for the bridal shower my girlfreinds & I hosted a little bit ago, we all decided white chocolate covered pretzel sticks would be the perfect salty-sweet treat!  Topped with pink pearls for some added sass and paired with pink & white M&M's to complete the package!

What you'll need:
Large pretzel sticks
1 brick of white chocolate almond bark
Wax paper

One - I started off by melting my almond bark in a glass bowl in the microwave in increments of 30 - 45 seconds.  Lay out wax paper onto the counter top or over cookie sheets.

Two - Once the chocolate is melted, begin dipping the pretzel sticks one by one, covering about 1/2 - 3/4 of the pretzel.  Lay out evenly on the wax paper to let dry.  I would dip about 10 - 15 sticks & then sprinkle the pearls over them.  Some will of course not stick & that's ok but, most will.

Three - Let the pretzels dry completely (time will differ depending on the temperature of your kitchen).  Once they are dried begin bagging the pretzel sticks, adding additional treats you wish & tie with a cute little bow.  Or the silver ties that came with the bags...

I printed this note in Word using one of Kevin & Amanda's free fonts!

These pretzel sticks are fun because of course you could make them for any holiday or special occasion!  Get creative & dye some of the almond bark different colors too!

Have you ever made pretzel sticks before?



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