3D Deliciousness

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Perfect for little baby bee feet :)

I’ve been out of school for nearly two weeks and I still feel as though there is more to be done between now and October 24th than I could ever actually accomplish! I am hoping this sense of being overwhelmed goes away soon.  (I have a feeling it will not!)  But, while moving an entire house and setting up a nursery/preparing for baby can be the very definition of crazy at times, I am so thrilled and blessed to be given such a wonderfully “crazy” task. Dustin and I are getting so excited and a little nervous, of course.  But we know that at the end of the day, the Lord never gives you more than you can handle and so we are resting on Him and His reassurance that we will make it!

Baby G
Baby G

This morning we had our 3D ultrasound.  It is our final “scheduled” ultrasound and so we asked Dustin’s step-mom to join us.  All of Baby Gurley’s grandmas have now met her in utero. Admittedly, we used these ultrasound visits as opportunities to get each of them even MORE excited for her arrival, and I think it worked!  I know our little girl is already so deeply loved by each of her grandparents, even before she takes her first breath of air.  Today’s ultrasound visit was especially amazing, however.  Truthfully, I had never been a fan of the 3D U/S images I had seen people put up on facebook and other social media outlets.  I thought they were a bit creepy.  BUT, it is a whole different story when the creepy 3D U/S pictures are of your OWN little baby! :)  We couldn’t have been happier with our images and the whole visit was just so sweet.  We even got to take home some video of her yawning and rubbing her little hand to her face.  Seeing her move while feeling her move also makes a lot more sense to me now. She has been getting SO active, and watching my tummy bounce and contort into various positions has been funny and interesting, to say the least! It was nice to watch her move in real time to understand specifically what her kicks/rolls/punches feel like.  I joke with Dustin every night that we have an Olympic athlete in training.  Sometimes she really “goes for the gold” with her kicks and punches and it takes my breath away! But, she has been doing that to me since day one. :)

Riley getting some Bump love
Riley getting some Bump love

Mom and I finally finished registering for baby girl and I am glad that task is behind us.  I didn’t think it would be quite so difficult, seeing as how three years ago I was registering for a wedding.  But  let it be known, this is completely different from registering for a wedding.  First, you don’t have a clue what you should register for in the first place. Second, who knows that what you do register for will even work for your baby?  Every time I scanned one of the Johnson & Johnson Bedtime bath lotions/moisture wash/shampoos (I simply LOVE that smell), I would think about the babies who suffer from eczema who can’t even use anything but fragrance/dye/chemical free.  Or when I register for breastpump accessories. What if I can’t breastfeed for some reason? Or bottles. Oh good Heavens, the number of bottles to choose from and the multitudes of opinions that accompany each of them. At the end of the day, I can rest easy in a few registry picks I am fairly certain we will need without question: blankets, onesies, and diapers.

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 We found our peds office!  Dustin and I went to the meet-and-greet after hearing wonderful things about their PA, and while we were there we found out one of their physicians in the practice was a favorite lecturer of mine last semester. We were sold at that point!  Yep, we are driving our kid to a peds office over 30 minutes away.  Yep, we might be crazy.  And yep, I know it will be worth it for her to receive excellent healthcare.

 Slowly but surely we are making our way to the finish line. And I can hardly wait to get my arms around her cute little self!  Eeeek I am so excited! :)


29 Weeks Stats

Baby is the size of: Small cabbage (And weighing in at 3lbs, 2 oz officially)

Favorite food this week: Dippin dots icecream in Banana Split. Dirt cake from Sheets gas station (who knew they even had this? but omg, so good).

Good news: Passed Glucola test! Woot!  Bring on the dessert.

Babymoon #3: Charleston, SC coming up in two days! YAY!

Favorite new thing: Since we are now counting fetal kicks, I am hyper-aware of her movements but more specifically, her lack of movements. If we go more than an hour without feeling a kick (or even small movement) we have learned exactly what to do to get a little kick from her — a gentle push on the right side of my belly with my palm.  She does NOT like her space to be invaded! We get an immediate response from her (generally).  We tried rubbing, talking, lights, etc. – but this seems to work best. I am still super nervous at having to count kicks at all…

Favorite daddy-to-be moment: When I asked Dustin what his favorite part of my pregnancy has been so far he replied with “Two words: ICE. CREAM.” hah!

25 Weeks 4 Days

I can’t believe there are less than 15 weeks left before we get to meet our little girl.  It seems like yesterday we were at 15 weeks, with 25 weeks to go!


We have had one busy past few weeks – no doubt a contributing factor to the weeks just flying by. In addition to the baby countdown, I am counting down the days (8!!) left in my didactic year of school and I am still in shock at being so close to finished.  It WAS just yesterday that I was counting down the days until school started, right?? And just a few days ago that I got my white coat and had no idea what I was doing? I. Just. Can’t. Believe. It!  In a little over one month away I start my first of 12 clinical rotations and I am excited/nervous/terrified/eager all rolled into one.  My first rotation practice has no idea they are not only getting a student (always an adventure) but a 32-week, very pregnant student at that!  Lord help us!

We had a fantastic July 4th holiday weekend celebrating two sweet friends who got hitched and we spent a wee bit of time with the family.  We didn’t actually make it to an actual beach for July 4th weekend, which is unfortunate because these days it seems like all I want to do is stick my toes in some sand and prop my rather large self up near a big body of water. But I plan to make up for that very soon on my break between school and the start of rotations.

My oh-so-handsome husband and the father of my unborn child looking snazzy in his groomsman outfit and photobooth prop bowtie :)
At sunset after the Shrimparoo at the fishing club.
Playing around in Wings at the beach after getting ice cream from Island Delights. This is actually a still from a video the Tar Heel was taking, unbeknownst to me. Love these silly moments with my husby!


Me and baby girl enjoying a bit of froyo. At least there is a small bit of froyo under there somewhere…

This July 4th weekend was also special for us because my sweet brother-in-law proposed to his beautiful/amazing/wonderful girlfriend, whom I absolutely LOVE!  To say I am excited to call her my sister-in-law is a huge understatement.  She is the kind of girl I would want to be friends with even if she weren’t connected to the family in any way.  She has an amazing, Christ-filled heart and it truly shows in her sweet nature.  Everyone loves her to pieces. I am especially excited that she is going to be an Aunt to our sweet baby girl!!  :)

With Dustin’s dad and step-mom, celebrating the newly engaged couple! :)

Last week was a little bit more adventurous than I’d like an average week of pregnancy to be. Both the Tar Heel and I ended up in the ED with severe food poisoning.  I had my first trip to L&D as well and thankfully, baby girl was safe and sound and only showing minimal signs of irritability during the whole episode. We both got lots of fluid and rest and after countless trips to the restroom, we were eventually freed of the horrible grips of whatever bacteria made its unwelcome way into our digestive tracts. Turns out my ED physician at WakeMed was also a preceptor to CU PA students and when I told her I was only a couple weeks from starting rotations, she was happy to give me clinical teaching points as I was lying on the bed barely able to hold my head up. She was super nice and helpful, but I’m quite sure I was not nearly as receptive to her teaching as I could have been under other circumstances. Regardless, I am grateful for her help and grateful both Dustin and I are back on the mend. :)

Our first L&D room. Thank goodness our precious baby girl is strong and stayed IN where she belongs for a bit longer!
Mema came prepared to visit us when we were sick.:)

Here’s to staying healthy and always having something to look forward to… :)



It’s Official

The day I had prayed over so many times had finally arrived.  When my phone rang, I was getting out of the shower and had just missed the call but received a voicemail message.  It was our OB’s office calling to tell us the results of our Panorama genetic screening test were in.  Even as I began to listen to the voicemail “Hi Mrs. Gurley, this is Atrium OB. We are calling with good news from your test results…”  my heart beat faster with every passing second. Good news!  There’s good news!  I had lifted prayer after prayer that if it were the Lord’s will that our child be healthy, we asked with all of our being that He make it so.  Finally, a sigh of relief.  I knew the test results were good, which meant I only needed to call the office back for one additional (oh-so-exciting) piece of information – to find out the sex of baby Gurley!

So, I dialed the number to Dustin’s office as fast as I could. He picked up quickly (thank the Lord) and I blurt out “The test results are back and they’re good and we need to call to find out what we’re having!”  He stammers out a “Ok…. great! Let’s call now!”  so I conferenced him in on the call to the office and we waited with bated breath as it rang, we stumbled through the phone tree, made the selection, and we finally heard our nurse answer the phone. I can remember it very well — Cathy, our fantastic OB nurse, said she was so happy our test results finally arrived (it was one day later than expected and 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon) and that they were all normal – and she  asked again if we still wanted to know what we were having. “YES!” I shrieked/squealed.

That’s when she said…

“It’s a little girl! You’re having a girl.”

My shimmering wedding shoes with Baby Girl’s first pair of shimmer shoes!

And the tears came pouring down.  I couldn’t help it. I didn’t know why, but in that moment all I could think of was the happiness swelling in my heart and the knowledge that in a few short months, I’d be giving birth to my best friend.

Of course, Cathy starts crying and she courteously exits the call. I think I just sat there crying with Dustin asking me “Are you ok? Are you sure you’re happy?” and of course I was. I was also probably a hormonal mess; but I couldn’t vocalize my happiness through the tears so I’m sure he had to ask twice whether I was happy or not given the amount of tears.  Finally I was able to tell him yes, yes I was SO happy. And I also admitted what I hadn’t wanted to admit to myself all along: I wanted a girl.  I wanted a little girl with every fiber of my being.  I just couldn’t bring myself to admit that I could be selfish enough to ask God to give us not only a healthy baby, but the baby GIRL I’ve been dreaming of for so long.

Drake and Dustin showing off the reveal box they painted for me with Adam’s help! So cute.

Whether I was selfish or not, I do know hearing the words “It’s a girl!” were the best words I’d heard since “Will you marry me?”. Truthfully, it was one of the happiest days of my life.  We have had a great time telling our friends and families that a whole new world of “pink” is fast approaching.  Our little girl is the first girl born to our families since 10 years ago this fall when our sweet niece was born. That’s four boys born since 2003 between both our families and we are excited our little girl is breaking the streak.  She is going to be so spoiled, sassy, and a handful just like her mom was. But I pray she also has the kindest of hearts and a beautiful, humble nature like her dad. I think every day of all the things I want to teach her, and the person I hope she becomes.  But above all, I want her to KNOW the indescribable love of her Father God.  We fully recognize that our Father is giving her to us on loan — she is not truly ours at all, she is HIS beautiful child.  And by knowing Him, she will know True Love beyond compare.  I just cannot wait for her to get here.

We released four pink balloons to the heavens and left one tied that says “Baby Girl”. Such a fun day!
Captain Dustin taking the Live Well out for the first drive of the season and for Baby Gurley’s first boat ride ever ;)
Mema tied two of our extra balloons to the beach house mailbox following the reveal. :)
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The start of our “Ba-bee” girl collection. We just can’t say no to anything bee related for her! And can you believe the bee on the tooshy? Oh. My. Word!

Counting down the days to October 24 to meet our little Gurley Girl… :)

20 Weeks and 5 days stats

Baby is the size of: Banana!

Favorite food this week: Cheeseburgers (odd, since I never liked/ate cheeseburgers before pregnancy unless I had to.)

Babymoon #2: Baltimore, MD to see my Amster! May 30-June 1

Baby’s first kick: felt on Tuesday, June 4. Feeling kicks nightly now just as I am falling asleep! :)

Maternity clothes: Always on, all the time. I try putting on pre-pregnancy tunic tops and am always surprised at the fact my belly doesn’t fit in them anymore. We are growing for sure!

Wedding rings on or off:  ON! For now… getting tighter on those super hot days!