5 Weeks Down… 35 to go!

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Well, this week I discovered that there is an app for being pregnant! Crazy, right? The reason I came across the app is because I have been googling nonstop.  Apparently, if you google enough pregnancy questions, you are a great candidate for the BabyCenter “My Pregnancy” app.

This week has gone by slow. I want to fast forward and get out of the “danger zone” so to speak. By that I mean, I want to be out of the first trimester because I am anxious about the “security” of the pregnancy. There are all kinds of risks when you’re barely pregnant… like losing the baby… and I just want so badly to be on the other side of that.

It is actually (and sadly) hard for me to enjoy the whole experience right now. Especially since my boobs hurt really badly, I feel nauseous every day from around 4 to 5 pm (the same exact time I am supposed to have my shit together and coach soccer), and the worst f***ing thing of all… I can’t take baths.  One of the things that has consistently been a go-to relaxation technique for me – like, from the time I was a little girl – is to take a steaming hot bath. Well, now I can’t do that because it is dangerous for the baby. Oh, and by the way, have I mentioned that I can’t drink?

I know it seems like I am complaining right now, and I promise you that I’m not. I’m just ready to “be in the clear.” And the funny part is… as a parent, I don’t think I will ever feel that feeling again. I also want to share these feelings with somebody else… and I can’t. It’s still a big freaking secret. The only people who know are my best friend and Nick’s parents. Sharing the details of my day consists of talking to Nick about how badly my boobs hurt and how sick I feel, and then having him tell me to get out of the bath because its “too hot.” We also can’t agree on how to or where to make a nursery.

Point of the story… reality is setting in. I hope that I did not convey negativity in this post… just my fear and anxiety. It’s hard, and I just want to meet this little human growing inside my body (which is the size of a lentil today).

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First Time’s a Charm!

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Wow! To be honest… when I bought these pregnancy tests, I thought it was kind of silly and I knew Nick would laugh at my over-eagerness. I hadn’t even “missed” a period yet.  I knew we were spending the weekend a part, and I just wanted to be sure that I had nothing to worry about (aka should I drink or not) and geez, was that a funny thought… “worry.”

I woke up and immediately opened the box because I had read that the first “morning pee” contains the most pregnancy hormones. As I am holding my pee, I opened the EPT box (the purple one) and got the stick out. While I was peeing on it I thought, “this is ridiculous… everybody knows it takes 3-6 months to get pregnant.” But, I couldn’t help that I was getting my hopes up. When I was done, I put the stick down on the sink, and I immediately knew. It had started turning blue before I even let go of it.

At that point, Nick had walked into the bathroom, and he saw the look on my face. He said, “Oh my god, what?” and I said, “I think I’m pregnant!!!” Sure enough, when he looked at the stick, and I looked again, there was a clear blue cross.  What did I do next? Well, I turned on the shower, out of habit, because I had to go to work! We were IN SHOCK!!! There is no way that we could have possibly gotten pregnant on our first try! I told Nick to go get the other pregnancy test (the pink one) and to bring me a La Croix so that I could pee again. I downed it in the shower, got out, and dried my hair.

When I was dressed and ready to go to work I said, “Ok I think I can pee again.” Nick came into the bathroom and watched me pee on the First Response test (which you aren’t supposed to use unless you’ve already “missed” your period.  When I was done, we held the stick up to the light, and the two pink lines showed up IMMEDIATELY. Nick said, “holy shit, you must really be pregnant… like REALLY pregnant!” And we both started laughing. After we hugged and kissed and freaked out and hugged and kissed again, I had to go to work. I remember thinking, “being pregnant isn’t a reason to be late…. to work.”

So, here we are. Pregnant on our first try. I am so fucking elated I could burst. I’ve already googled just about everything there is to google, and downloaded a pregnancy app (duh). It is still sinking in. How could we be so lucky? Will we continue to be lucky? Will I carry this baby to term? Will it be healthy? Will I be a good mommy? Will Nick still love me when I’m fat? (he better, or else lol)

We are going to take a picture every week to keep track of this amazing miracle I am going to grow inside of me. I can’t wait to cherish every moment of this journey, and I hope I can find the words to describe how grateful I feel for this opportunity I’ve been given.

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Hillsborough Day – Occoneechee Mountain and Mystery Brewing

Occoneechee Mountain is a very popular hiking destination in the Triangle. While there are only a few miles of trails in this State Park, it has much to offer, including the mighty waters of the Eno and Occoneechee “Mountain” itself – which at 867 feet, boasts the title of the highest point in Orange County.

On this beautiful Saturday in August, we elected to make a full day out of hiking Occoneechee, by ending the hike at Mystery Brewery Company. We also had the fortune of having our dear friends Patrick and Marissa join us for the adventure.

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Riverwalk Overlooking the Eno. Near the Starting Point

We started the hike in downtown Hillsborough, beginning on the Riverwalk, a paved trail along the Eno River. About 500 feet before the Riverwalk trail hits Eno Mountain Road, it turns to a trail, which is currently marked as “closed”. Don’t worry – we had no issues bushwhacking it through. We took Eno Mountain Road across the Eno River, and quickly made a right onto a gravel trail which led us to Occoneechee Mountain State Park. There are several hiking options once at the park. We elected to start along the Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail, then take the Brown Elkin Knob Trail to the Cheshnut Oak Trail (with a pit stop atop Occoneechee Mountain), which hits the Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail to finish back to where we started. Basically, this enabled us to cover a lot of ground, and still see the top of top of Occconeechee Mountain, which we would have missed had we just done the Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail on its own. See the trail map below for specifics.

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Trail Map – Full Map Here

If you haven’t been to Occonneechee yet, you should. The elevation changes make it a truly unique hike in the Triangle, and the view atop Occonneechee isn’t to be missed. If you want to skip the Riverwalk part of the hike, you can make it much shorted, by just starting in the Parking area at the south area of the park.

We exited the park in the same area we started and headed back towards town via Eno Mountain Road, turning on Dimmocks Mill Road, and then Nash Street where Mystery Brewing Company’s “public house” is (you’ll pass the brewery itself on Dimmocks Mill Road, but its not open to the public).

This was probably the 4th time I’d been to Mystery Brewing Company, and each time I’ve been I’ve liked it more than the last. I was unimpressed several years ago when their offerings where limited, and mostly Belgians. They have since grown their offerings, with over a dozen options of continuously changing options available, of all types of beers (though Belgians are still their primary focus). At any given time they have a “Core Four” of four seasonally rotating drafts available, and “Novellas” which continually rotate and are often more experimental in nature. Also a couple of guest taps to boot.

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Mystery Brewing Company’s Draft Offerings

Sarah and I started with a couple of “Cour Four” beers – the Lockwood’s Retreat (IPA), and Evangeline (Summer Saison). Both were quite tasty, but especially the Evangeline – their Saison’s have never let us down. As one of their guest taps they had Wicked Weed’s Pernicious IPA, which we simply couldn’t pass up for our next beer. Patrick was a little more adventurous and tried a Novella – the “Karass”, a Lime Basil Wit. It didn’t hit the mark for any of us, but I do like that they experiment, and I have no doubt someone enjoyed it immensely.

To finish out the hike, we left Mystery Brewing and headed north on Nash until we hit King Street, which we took into town, admiring the historic houses (some dating back to the 18th century) along the way. If you still have time to kill I recommend grabbing some food (and maybe even another beer or two) at The Wooden Nickel, a quaint little beer bar that is my favorite in all of the Triangle. I’ll save a post for that on another day so I have an excuse to go back there!

Hike Info:

  • MapMyFitness Link
  • Starting Point: Parking Deck next to Weaver Street Market (228 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278)
  • End Point: Same
  • Length: 6.5 Miles
  • Approximate Hiking Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes (excluding beer break)

Brewery Info: Mystery Brewing Company (230 S Nash St, Hillsborough, NC 27278)

  • Number of Beers: 14+ – (4 rotating seasonals, 8+ constantly rotating experimental beers, ,2 guest taps)
  • Favorites: Any Saison
  • Prices: Decent ($5 for a pint, $3.50 for a 10 ounce pour).
  • Food: Meat and cheese plates
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Mystery Patio and Euchre Domination

Cox Mountain + Fanny’s Ford Loop – Eno River State Park

If you are only going to do one hike on the Eno River, this should be it. IMG_2957
It’s a great 4.5 mile loop showcasing some gorgeous river views, steep ridges, and the famous suspension bridge. From the Few’s Ford parking lot, start on Cox Mountain Trail, following signs to the footbridge. After crossing, take a right towards Fanny’s Ford Trail, and follow that until you hit Cox Mountain Trail, taking a right to make a full loop. You could skip the Fanny’s Ford portion to shorten the trip down by a mile, but I wouldn’t recommend it, as these are my favorite river views in the park. Definitely pack some water as the later portion of the Cox Mountain Trail passes over a surprisingly tall ridge. This is a popular trail, so expect to see people, especially the closer you are to the parking lot.

Hike Info:

  • MapMyFitness Link
  • Starting Point: Few’s Ford Picnic Area (6101 Cole Mill Road Durham, NC)
  • End Point: Same
  • Length: 4.5 Miles
  • Approximate Hiking Time: 1.5 Hours
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Trail Map
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Starting Point

Gibb’s Hundred Brewery

After a lovely visit with my Grammie in Greensboro, Sarah and I decided to check out a relatively new brewery in town we had heard about. While I have been to Greensboro many times in order to visit family, I hadn’t spent much time downtown. Gibbs Hundred opened up last year in what appears to be a quite historic part of the town, with lots of redevelopment in progress.

We didn’t stay too long at the brewery, just long enough to get a feel of the place and sample a flight. All of the beers were decent, I liked the ESB the best, and Sarah particularly enjoyed the Milk Stout. Disappointed that they didn’t have any IPA offerings at the moment, we also split one of the guest taps (Wicked Weed’s Pernicious IPA).

It seems like they are slowly building up their beer offerings and we will most definitely be back to check it out!

Brewery Info: Gibb’s Hundred Brewery (117 W Lewis St Greensboro, North Carolina, 27406)

  • Number of Beers: 5 (The GPA, ESB, and Milk Stout seem like they will be available year round).
  • Favorites: ESB, Milk Stout
  • Prices: Average
  • Food: Some packaged snacks

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