15 Weeks, 5 Days

I cannot believe we are already only a few days away from being 16 weeks along with our sweet little Baby Bee.  Ever since we found out we were expecting, we’ve been calling Baby Gurley our little Baby Bee.  We buy lots of bee things around here because it reminds us of a special time in our life – when the Tar Heel was a SCAD Bee down in Savannah!  Now we can hardly wait to add one more very special Bee to our family this fall :)

We started a garden, the perfect spot for our baby Bee spinning flag!

And as of almost two weeks ago, we now know what our little Baby Bee will “bee”!  We are so excited.  When we went for my 12 week visit and ultrasound, we were presented with the option of doing some testing for chromosomal changes that may indicate serious disorders or syndromes.  I had really wrestled with this, and after speaking to a few friends, had pretty much decided we wouldn’t do any testing.  We figured no matter the outcome of the tests, we wouldn’t change anything.  One of the major perks of being pregnant in PA school is having access to some incredible medical resources.  One of my mentors at school happens to have practiced women’s health for 20+ years. When I mentioned to her we decided against testing, she kindly asked if I cared to know what she often told patients with regard to testing. Of course I was interested to find out. She told me that for many years she carried the same belief that I had – regardless of testing, it wouldn’t change the outcome (with regards to aborting). And that was ok for a while, until she began to see the many couples who opted not to test who ended up having a child with needs who could have benefited greatly from being born in a hospital with every resource available, a decision the parents could have made with the knowledge gained from prenatal testing.  And for those children, every prolonged second of care in transport can significantly impact their quality of life down the road.  I share all of this for anyone who may come across the blog who is trying to make the same decision we were.  Of course, this is not a blanket statement for everyone and each mother-to-be should have a very candid discussion with their partner and physician before making this decision.  But for us, the option to test made a lot of sense, so we went for it.

The test we chose to go with is called Panorama and is a simple blood test (not invasive). The test separates my DNA, the baby’s DNA, and Dustin’s DNA (by a cheek swab) in order to analyze for chromosomal abnormalities.  This test is over 99% accurate for detecting changes of chromosomes 13, 18, and 21.   As an added bonus, it also looks for the X and Y chromosomes which determine the baby’s sex. So, two weeks ago this Friday we got a great test report AND found out what our sweet Baby Bee will “bee”!!  Isn’t medicine amazing?

For now, what our little Baby Bee will “bee” is our little secret. We are keeping it a secret for another little secret we have :) Gosh, secrets are fun when you’re the one who knows them!!!!!!

Here’s some pregnancy stats so far:

Weeks of morning sickness:11.5 (thank goodness we got through that!)

Baby is the size of: Avocado!

Favorite food this week: Watermelon and Chocolate Milk

Babymoon: Ocracoke Island in April!

Maternity Clothes: Still sporting my dresses, tops, and some work pants. Just purchased first pair of maternity jeans!

Thing I miss the most from pre-pregnancy: My beloved Diet Pepsi

Thing I love most about pregnancy: Of course I look forward to seeing our little Bee on U/S, but there’s nothing like waking up each day remembering that our bundle of love is growing stronger each day inside my belly. I am still in awe at the whole process. More superficially, the thicker locks are nice. :)

ART|Fashion

Today, the Tar Heel and I took full advantage of our blessed opportunity to live in Savannah.  It wasn’t until today that we really realized how amazing it is to be here in Savannah–and not just from the aesthetic perspective of living in a place so breathtaking that you have to remind yourself that the beauty surrounding you is not just a dream.  But in the rare sort of way that only few places in the world will ever have the means and opportunity to provide. We had the absolute honor of attending one of SCAD Fashion 2011‘s events (which was held free and open to the public);  A Conversation with André Leon Talley, Manolo Blahnik and Eric Wilson of the New York Times.

Being a self-proclaimed Shoe Girl, you can imagine my supreme joy when I found out that Mr. Blahnik would be SCAD Fashion 2011‘s special guest and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, which coincidentally meant he would be in my town for one weekend.  For one weekend I would live in the same place as this world-renown shoe designer (shoe artist is more appropriate), not to mention my favorite shoe designer of shoes I may never be able to afford but absolutely adore and admire for their artistic beauty as much as their fashion ‘statement’.  To say I was excited would be an understatement when the Tar Heel and I casually walked past a poster at Lucas Theatre, announcing  a public forum event featuring Manolo Blahnik, hosted by SCAD.  Knowing my deep disappointment at not being able to come by tickets to the paramount event of SCAD Fashion week, the SCAD Fashion show, the Tar Heel was determined to make sure I was in the front row of the forum with my beloved Blahnik.

When the Tar Heel sets his mind to something, absolutely nothing can change it, and such was true today at the forum as we sat a mere four to five feet from Manolo Blahnik, front and center in the first row of the Lucas Theatre.  Manolo spoke about his experience in getting started in the shoe design industry, some fifty years ago, and of his experience with maintaining his desire to design a shoe for the “Audrey Hepburn” woman.  Mr. Blahnik was incredibly humorous, and even more humble of his success.  My favorite part was when the moderator, Eric Wilson of the New York Times, asked Mr. Blahnik in what moment he realized he had truly “made it” as a designer and Manolo, in true perfectionist fashion, replied that he didn’t think he had made it yet, because he is always trying to make something better.

A man after my own heart, that one.

Some shots from the day, courtesy of my amazingly talented and wonderful husband, Dustin Gurley.

Shoe check.

Eric Wilson of the New York Times, the famed Manolo Blahnik, and André Leon Talley, Vogue Contributor and SCAD Board of Trustees member

Discussing an original Manolo Blahnik sketch.

The fascinating Mr. Manolo Blahnik.


Visiting the gallery after the forum.

Manolos from the set of Sex and the City featuring the iconic ‘Something Blue’ shoes.


More Manolo’s

Is it any coincidence that the shoe in the wall of Manolo Blahnik boxes is Red? I think not.  Every girl deserves a good pair of RED heels.