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.
This will be short because I think at this point I'm speechless. Our wedding day was even more perfect than I had ever imagined. I'm so thankful to all of our vendors for helping us have a truly dream-come-true day.
You can see from all of our photos just how much joy there was throughout the whole day. We had many aspects that were traditional, yet many components to our perfect day were unique. Overall, it was the small, intimate, romantic, and special wedding I had always dreamed of.
Thank you everyone for your prayers, support, and love! God Bless!
TL;DR - Seemstress lost my wedding dress 6 weeks before my wedding. Found one I like better. God is good.
So I’m 6 weeks out from marrying Jake. Today I went to my second fitting for my wedding dress. When I arrived at the alterer’s shop, she informed me that she had LOST MY DRESS! She said that it fell out of the back of her car. She has a hatch-back car and she thought she forgot to close it.
My mom and I immediately panic. I tried to keep it cool and have Faith that it’ll all work out. It was a sample of a style that they don’t make anymore. It was my dream dress. Now we only have 6 weeks until the wedding to find a new one. How were we going to find a dress as special and with so little time?!
Props to The Altar for stepping up. They sent me to their larger location and a wonderful girl named Victoria helped me find a dress that is EVEN BETTER! God must have just decided he’d rather I wear my ✨NEW✨ dress! Sometimes God closes a door only to open a much more sparkly and pretty door!
Now just pray that I can get this one fitted in time! 👰🏼🤵🏽💍💕
Chloe had a meeting with their wedding planner shortly after Jake and Chloe we engaged. Chloe and her family would call themselves "foodies" with an appreciation for fine, fresh, and flavorful food. After being slightly frustrated with the cookie cutter caterers and bored by their uninspired menus, Chloe asked her Wedding Planner, Isabelle Klein for help.
Isabelle mentioned that her brother was a chef in Southern California looking to move to Colorado to begin a catering business. He currently has two high-end restaurants. Cherishing the fresh bounty of the sea at Rowe Seafood and the distinct flavors of New Mexico at Panxa Cocina, Owner and Executive Chef Arthur Gonzalez brings inspired cuisine to Long Beach, CA, that hinges on sustainably sourced ingredients. “I try not to be a follower—I cook with my gut, a lot of feeling and intuition,” he explains. “I love seeing what my suppliers have every day, and coming up with new dishes utilizing some of the best ingredients in SoCal.”
Chloe and Chef Arthur spoke on the phone where Chloe explained some of her and Jake's favorite flavors and what they would like to see on their menu. After the discussion Chef Arthur put together several options of completely custom menus inspired by Chloe and Jake. Visit the menu page to see the final decision of what will be served at their wedding. It includes appetizers during their cocktail hour, seven courses of the main meal, and dessert.
Everybody has at least one thing about their body that they simply don't like. For me... I don't like my arms.
There are times when I'm really proud of my large shoulders and arms! When I'm lifting more weight than any other girl in the gym and when I'm leading a swim clinic as Chloe Sutton the Olympian, I appreciate my incredible body for all that it has allowed me to do! However, I just don't like the way my arms look in pictures.
When I first started going wedding dress shopping, I was looking for a long sleeve dress that would hide my shoulders. I also am the type of person who really appreciates simplicity. My Pinterest board was full of sleek and simple long sleeved dresses that would hide my shoulders, yet hug my curves.
My mom scheduled me for several really fancy wedding dress shops where I tried on dress after dress with long sleeves and sleek skirts while sipping champagne. I loved many of them, but they just didn't feel like wedding dresses. They were the type of dresses that I would wear to any formal dinner. On my wedding day, that's my one chance in life to go big.
One day, my mom and I decided to stop at a Bridal Consignment Shop with discounted dresses: The Alter. We were the only ones in the store and the shop owner, Mary, was helping me put on all the long sleeved dresses she had.
Eventually we ran out of long sleeves, but we were having too much fun! We decided that I would try some things that I would have never tried on before. We started getting goofy and trying on weird and silly dresses, when I tried on the most beautiful and expensive feeling strapless dress. The body hugged me in all the right places and I felt like a princess. I fell in love. The best part was that it was on sale for about 20% what it was worth and about 30% of my budget.
So, through my expeirence, my best advice for brides is:
Jake, if you're reading this - I picked a red potato sack for my dress! (shhh... nobody tell him)
In all seriousness, I can't wait for Jake to see me in it. :)
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!