Our gender reveal party was so fun and so meaningful to both Jake and me. We had it on June 13th at noon in our living room.
We set up a Zoom call and invited all of our family and friends. We're not sure how many people showed up, but it was more than could fit on 2 screens.
Many people even made us some special signs! Chuck had a sign that said "Team Boy" and Ella had a sign that said "Team Girl". A few of my young swimmer shad "Congratulations Jake and Chloe" signs. SO MANY people were there and we felt so much love and support. It was incredible to see everyone and to know that they supported us.
I set up a background of balloons and streamers that I found on Etsy. Jake got me his air compressor so that I could easily and quickly blow up all of the balloons. The backdrop was gorgeous and it really made us feel special.
We welcomed everyone as they arrived. Then, I had prepared a fun little quiz while we waited a few more minutes to show up.
With each milestone it becomes more real. We still have a long way to go, but this process is so special regardless of the pandemic. I'm thankful for every step and that I'm blessed enough to have been chosen to be this little precious baby boy's mom.
My anxiety had been rising in the week leading up to this appointment. I have been following message boards with other women due in October and occasionally (yet a disproportionately large amount) women would get bad news at their 20 week ultrasound. Many women would find soft markers for different chromosomal abnormalities or serious genetic defects and deformations. Some even learned that their baby's heart was just no longer beating. I knew the numbers were on our side, but my anxiety likes to lock on to the 'what-ifs' when I'm feeling vulnerable. Having such a tiny and precious life inside of me is definitely a vulnerable feeling.
I called my doctors office the day before my appointment to check and see if I could have a support person (JAKE) come to the appointment with me. So far, Jake hadn't been able to come to any of my prenatal appointments. To our great luck, they changed the rule THAT DAY and Jake was going to be allowed to view the ultrasound!!! Almost all of my anxiety dissipated when I knew I would have Jake there to hold my hand. I immediately felt 10 inches taller and so much stronger. Walking in to the appointment, masks on, hand in hand, felt SO GOOD!
Our Ultrasound tech was named Deb and she was fantastic! She was fun, funny, and explained everything we were looking at. She told us as she was measuring the head, organs, analyzing the heart, and she even told us as things looked good. When she got to the 'potty shot' to determine gender, she told us to look away since we had planned a gender reveal party for our friends and family. On the way out we got a card, stapled shut, that had the gender inside. 6y
After the Ultrasound I met with my doctor and she confirmed that the baby looked perfect. No abnormalities or concerns at all.
Now we just have to wait until Saturday to find out the gender!
Below is a few of the photos and videos we were able to get from the Ultrasound.
I had my 16 week appointment today! It was just a checkup and we listened to the baby's heartbeat with the doppler. 158 BPM and also some surprise kicks! Jake is excited that we might have a little soccer player on our hands!
It's so crazy to think that that's a person inside of me!
I can't wait to begin to feel some kicks. It's so nerve wracking always wondering if our baby is ok in there! Today was some good reassurance that all is well.
My first trimester was surprisingly easy. I anticipated being horribly sick due to many horror stories from friends, family, movies and all the books I was reading. I'm so glad that my experience so far has been relatively mild.
I have had a little bit of morning sickness, but mostly just food aversions and a lack of an appetite. I also had a couple of weeks where I was pretty fatigued. My most noticeable symptom has been the amount I'm now capable of sleeping! I can sleep forever if I want to. I fall asleep on the couch around 8 most nights.
My second appointment was in April. I just had a check up and we listened to the baby's heart rate with a doppler. I was glad to hear a strong heartbeat and know that Baby Mackey is still thriving in there!
As I write this I am 15 weeks and 5 days. I'm only barely starting to show. I mostly just look like I've put on some quarantine weight. I'm anxiously awaiting having an actual baby bump and feeling my first kicks.
My next appointment Is March 14th. I assume it will be similar to the last. Check up and listen to the heart rate to make sure baby is still doing well.
My next exciting appointment is June 10th! At that appointment I will get to have another ultrasound and find out the gender. I'm planning on having the doctor write it on a paper and then finding out with family and friends during a virtual gender reveal party!
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, my OBGYN office decided to not allow any visitors to any of their appointments. That meant that I would be flying solo (plus Baby Mackey) to our first appointment. Luckily they let me film the ultrasound to show Jake.
Below is the video I filmed on March 18, 2020. The baby is measuring almost exactly on my calculations and it has a strong heartbeat. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
I had chosen my doctor in preparation for Jake and I to begin trying to conceive. I had my first appointment with her to make sure I was "good to go". She told me to go for it, but that it could take some time and to be patient.
After we settled into our home, we decided to begin trying. Our plan was that it would probably take a few months, so we could continue skiing through the spring. To our great joy and surprise, the first time was the charm.
Jake was in Germany working on the new Gigafactory in Berlin when I got two lines on a pregnancy test in early February. I wanted to wait until Jake got home to tell him in some elaborate way, but my reputation as the worst secret keeper was upheld when Jake guessed mere hours after my positive test.
A few days later I told my parents and brother. That weekend I got to tell Jake's dad and brother in person as well as Jake's sisters and mom.
Being pregnant in a pandemic is a crazy experience. There isn't much data on infection in early pregnancy. I'm also listed as "immunocompromised" since I am pregnant therefore more susceptible to catching the Coronavirus. We have tried to be overly cautious and so far we are all healthy and strong!
My symptoms have been mild. I felt totally normal until about week 8 when I started feeling very fatigued and slightly nauseous. I can sleep endlessly and I gag at certain smells, but I'm grateful for the miracle inside me! I am happy and feeling great!
I am so proud and excited to announce that Jake and I are pregnant! We are expecting our new addition in October 2020!
Ever since I was very young I have known two things for sure. The first thing was that I was going to be an Olympic swimmer someday. The second thing was that I was going to be a great mom.
I have always dreamed of this moment. I have never felt more excited about anything in my life. Along with the joy, I also feel incredibly vulnerable with how delicate and precious this life is. I will do anything to protect it, and yet I also know that it is God's child and it is entirely in His hands.
Becoming pregnant has been a revealing encounter of where fear meets faith for me. Every day that passes my faith grows stronger. Please be praying for our baby! We can't wait to meet our precious miracle.
There have been many times in my life where I truly thought that life couldn't get any better. As I stand now at the end of a decade, I look back at the "2010s" in awe.
I started 2010 a National Champion, Pan Pacific Champion, and won the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. I was 5th in the world in my event at 18 and already an Olympian.
Then, I made the 2012 Olympic Team (somehow) and I got to compete in London. On top of that I was all over magazines and TV commercials as a sponsored athlete with Chocolate Milk and Tyr.
In 2015, I retired, moved to Colorado,and bought my first house. It was a year of transition which brought with it so much excitement. I began working more with Fitter and Faster which allowed me to find new passions I never knew I had. I also started attending Deer Creek Camp and leading their X-Stream Swim Camp.
In 2017 I began to work full time with Fitter and Faster. I was leading more swim camps than ever. I traveled the country (I've now been to all 50 states) meeting swimmers of all ages and abilities and seeing passions of others spark everywhere I went. Towards the end of the year, I met my soulmate Jake.
In 2018 I was promoted to Vice President of Fitter and Faster and I really began to take a leadership role. I was proud of myself in a brand new way.
There were so many times in my life where I thought "How could anything ever top this?"...
NONE OF IT was as great as 2019!
This year I got engaged in February to my best friend and love of my life. We had our dream wedding in September. Two days later we moved to Reno for my husband's dream job. We bought our dream house (with my dream kitchen), dream couch, and our dream car. I have my dream job where we almost doubled our revenue from last year.
This year has been the best year of my life and I have so many people to thank. First is God from whom all blessings flow. A close second would be Jake for choosing me, marrying me, and loving me so well. Then my parents (Wendy & David) for always supporting me and for giving us our dream wedding. Finally David Arluck for believing in me and helping me find my calling outside of the pool.
All of these 'ups' didn't come without 'downs'. You'll notice there are years I didn't mention. Years of constant disappointment and struggling with loneliness and anxiety. Sometimes it was hard to believe I could ever be happy or loved. Fortunately, I serve a God who whispers in my ear to get up every time I fall and I stayed a warrior in prayer telling God exactly what I wanted out of life. Matthew 7:7 says "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you."
My prayer for 2020 is to recognize how truly blessed I am! I am going to enter into the new decade with gratitude in my heart for all that I have been given. I also pray to not get comfortable. I pray for God to help me find even more ways to grow and use me for his purpose in 2020. Even though 2019 was an amazing year, I truly believe we're just getting started.
Cheers and Happy New Year Everyone!
God's timing is pretty incredible. Today marks two years since the first day we met. Today we also are moving into our dream home together.
We were married on September 15th and two days after the wedding, Jake and I decided for him to accept his dream position at Tesla doing Internal Advisory for Construction Audit. The next week was spent preparing the house that I had just moved into for sale.
Jake left for Reno and I stayed back to sell the house and pack up all the stuff. By God's grace the house sold within a few hours of putting it on the market. Tesla also handled packing and loading all of our belongings.
I was planning on staying in Denver until sometime in November, but since everything happened so fast, we decided that I needed to join Jake as soon as possible.
Jake flew back to Denver and met me so that we could go on our honeymoon in Hawaii. We spent 10 days in paradise enjoying being newly weds! We went snorkeling, paddle boarding, hiking, and we did a lot of relaxing.
We flew home on a red-eye, landed in Denver, picked up a trailer, loaded all of our stuff (including a cat, dog, and a bucket of fish), and we began our drive to Reno just a few hours later.
We stayed in a small one-bedroom apartment while we hunted for houses and we were able to find our dream house the very first weekend we were in town after just one day of looking at homes. We closed on the house in just 3 weeks.
That brings us to today. I am sitting here as the movers bring all of our joint belongings into the home we purchased together. Today is also our two year anniversary of knowing each other. Exactly two years ago we met up for a drink and pretty immediately fell in love.
God's timing is incredible.
Jake and I have an exciting announcement! We are moving to Reno, NV!
On Monday Jake will be starting a new job working for Tesla at their Gigafactory. We have been praying together for a long time for God to show us where he wants us to make an impact as a couple and God has answered all our prayers in a big way. We can’t wait to explore this new city together and see what God has planned for us in Reno. We are so crazy excited and thankful for this opportunity.
If anyone has any advice for a new church home, where we should live, or anything about the Sparks/Reno area, we’d love to hear it! Tell us about restaurants or other fun things we can do!
The next few months will be crazy for us with selling our house and making the move, so we are asking for prayers of strength, patience, and peace as we make this transition.
My name is Chloe Sutton and I am the bride to be! I am an Olympic swimmer, Christ-follower, and the VP of Fitter and Faster. Here is where I will blog about the wedding planning process!