Week 28

I finally registered this week! I had my good friend Meredith, who just recently had twins, come with me to register since I had no clue what to get. She was great! She told me what people got her, things she used, things she never used, and things that we would need considering we travel so much. A lot of the wives at the track have been recommending different products that have made it easier for them. Our good friend, Wendy Venturini was also a big help! She gave me an awesome list of everything she used from feeding products to stroller suggestions. I genuinely appreciate all the suggestions, and highly recommend any of you first time mommies to talk to friends and family who know what works and what doesn’t. It will save you time, money, and a big headache!

My good friend Lauren, who I met when I had my photoshoot for the Face of Fitness competition, featured me on her Muscle Mom page on Facebook. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, take a look, and please take a second to like her page!
On Saturday, Denny ran the KBM 51 truck, and won the race! Not to mention it was my birthday, so it was a very special day for the both of us. :)
Sunday, was a different story. I hated how it ended for the entire 11 team. They have worked so hard all season long, and for it to end that way was just heartbreaking. You guys have been so amazing with how supportive you have been, and we will just have to go get em’ next year!
On a positive note, we started the nursery! We got the room painted, crib ordered, and we look at carpet/rug options next week! I cannot wait till it all comes together. It seems like it has taken us forever to get a move on it with traveling, work, and everything else, but I am happy to say it is coming along quite nicely. :)
I have had such a smooth pregnancy thus far, symptoms wise, until this past week that is. I have been experiencing really bad lower back pain. Officially it’s called posterior pelvic pain, but it is right on the tail end of my spinal bone. It really bothers me when standing up or sitting down, especially at work. So instead of using my normal chair at work, I have been using a yoga ball, aka a birthing ball. All my co-workers have been making fun of me for using it, but I can say it has helped tremendously! It has really relieved the pressure, and my back pain has almost disappeared.
I know I wanted to be creative for Halloween this year, but honestly it was a little harder than I thought. 1. Because I can’t really fit into any normal cute costumes, and 2. Denny doesn’t really like to dress up. So I found a happy medium for us both :) I found a costume I could fit into, and I got Denny something he didn’t have to do much with. So here you have it.. Batman and Robin!

Week 27

Welcome to the third trimester! Woweeee! 6 months down, and 3 more to go! I started off this week by spending some much needed time with my family in Kansas City. Since Denny had an early testing week, my family and I flew down early and stayed with my Aunt, Uncle, and Grandma in Blue Springs, MO. It was so good to see my Aunt and Uncle, but it was especially good to see my Grandma. She is 93 years old, and still loving life! Actually the last time I saw her, I was pregnant and didn’t even realize it! This time I actually had something to show for it!


While we were there we played cards, Rummikub, and went shopping. I think we shopped till we dropped! How cute are these boots I found at Forever 21 for only $39?!


I even tried on a couple dresses for the Banquet. I don’t want to try on too many, because I am still going to get a lot bigger, and don’t want to get ahead of myself. I will actually be 33 weeks pregnant by that time comes, so I definitely want a dress that can stretch, and also one I can easily move around in. So if you have any suggestions on places or sites where they sell formal maternity wear, please feel free to let me know  :)

This week, both sisters and I are celebrating a birthday! Dana, my half sister, is on the 23rd, mine is on the 27th, and Linsey’s is on the 30th. So since our family won’t get to see us on our birthdays, we celebrated a little earlier. I love the cake they got us!


My mom, sisters, and niece all got to come to the race with us on Sunday too. It was so nice to have Denny, his mom and my family all together. We don’t get many opportunities to all be in the same place at once, so the next time this happens will probably be when the baby comes! I do hate that Denny didn’t get the finish he wanted, but the next race is Martinsville, and it’s also my birthday weekend, so hopefully it’s a great weekend all around!

On Wednesday, I went to the doctor’s for a regular prenatal check up and also to take my glucose-screening test for gestational diabetes. When I got there, I drank a small sugary orange drink. It wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating. It was kind of like orange soda, but without the carbonation. I did my regular check up where they listen to baby’s heartbeat, measure the size of my belly, and answer any questions I might have. An hour later, they took my blood, to see how the sugar dissolved in my system. I won’t get the results for a few days, but I am hoping they are good! 

Overall it was a nice relaxing week. The next few weeks are going to get even crazier, so I was happy to get away to spend some time with my family. 

Until next time!




Week 26

My final week in my second trimester! Can’t believe how fast it has flown by! And this week didn’t slow down one bit!

We started off Week 26 with the Nationwide race at Charlotte. This race was special because Denny got to drive the Dollar General 18 car in a special pink paint scheme for breast cancer awareness. Denny wore a bright pink fire suit, which I will say looked mighty handsome on him, and I wore my shirt, Mary Lou and I designed for Toyota, and a pink blazer (see pic below). It was so fun to see all the fans and everyone there support such an amazing cause.
On sunday, Denny had his annual Fan Club Event. It was so great to see some familiar faces, and also meet some new ones! I got to meet a lot of you who I had never met before, and let me say it was such a pleasure talking to each and every one of you! I have been overwhelmed with all the love and support from Denny’s fans, and couldn’t thank you guys enough! A lot of you gave Denny and I gifts for the baby, which we are truly grateful. From the hand-knitted baby blankets, to the homemade scrapbook, to the VT onesies, each gift has a special place in our heart; especially because they are from you. So thank you.
We had to run out of his fan club event pretty quick because we had a Maternity Ward Hospital Tour right after. We got to tour the facility along with other expectant couples of where to go and what to do when the time comes to deliver. We go to see the rooms, tour the nursery, and even see our dining options for after delivery. I highly recommend touring your hospital if you are expecting, just so you can get a feel for what the hospital provides, and so you can be more comfortable on the day of. I am one of those people who likes to be prepared, and especially for that of an upcoming baby!
To end the week, Denny and I had our first 3D/4D Ultrasound, and it was truly amazing. My insurance only covers the first confirmatory ultrasound and the anatomy scan ultrasound, so this was an elective ultrasound we wanted to have to see the progress of the baby, and also get some great pictures. :) I couldn’t believe how big she has gotten since last time! If you don’t know the difference between 2D and 3D, 2D is what most Ob’s use to look at to see baby’s bone growth and development, and 3D looks at the surface image to show baby’s facial features and muscle growth. We were told that she already has a head full of hair, dimples, and frown lines (all from her mother). And we even got a shot of her picking her nose (just like her daddy:) )
I highly recommend the 3D/4D ultrasound, even though it isn’t necessary, it is a great way to see your baby for you and your spouse, and it’s an experience that you will remember forever. You can even invite friends and family to the session, or if they aren’t nearby, they can watch a live stream online of the ultrasound! Our session lasted about an hour, and we even got a DVD of the entire ultrasound to take home. We will be going back in a month or so to see how far she has come along since then.
Well it was definitely a busy week, and only going to get busier with me starting my third trimester and the Chase coming to a close! Stay tuned for next week’s blog as I start my third trimester! 

Week 25

I hate that I missed the race at Talladega this past weekend, but instead I went to our friend’s wedding in Sea Island, GA! My girlfriends and I drove down there, and we had such a blast! It was absolutely beautiful! With work, the pregnancy, and flying to races on the weekend, I never really get to have a “day off.” So it was nice to spend some time with my friends, and enjoy the beautiful weather! I hated having to come home because it was 90 degrees in GA, and in the 50 degree bracket in Charlotte! Can you say burr?? The wedding and the bride were absolutely gorgeous! We are so happy for our friends Todd and Amy! They make a wonderful couple!


And of course I was excited because our hotel not only had a complimentary breakfast, but they had an automatic pancake maker! How cool is this thing? Wonder if we can get one in the house!

On Twitter I asked for any suggestions on Halloween costumes! Which means my birthday is just around the corner as well! I really want to do something funny for Halloween, and if you have any suggestions please let me know! Here are some funny ones I found on the internet:
Speaking of funny, I was looking back at some photos and videos on my phone from the very beginning of my pregnancy. Here’s one of me telling my best friend since Kindergarten that I am pregnant. Let me set the stage… It was her birthday (btw fun fact, she is a triplet, and going to school to be a labor and delivery nurse), so I had gotten my very first ultrasound done that morning. I thought what’s a better present than telling her the news that I’m pregnant! But we did it in a funny way.. my sister gave her the ultrasound picture (I’m holding the camera) in hopes that she would think it was Linsey who was pregnant. She was definitely excited to say the least! But after we told her to look closer at the picture, she realized what was happening, and her reaction was priceless! Take a look to see :)

Week 24

On Thursday, I went to a prego party! Ever since I found out I was pregnant it seemed like everyone I knew was finding out they were expecting too! So I thought it would be fun to get all the girls I knew who were pregnant together for dinner so we could just hang out and chat about what else, but being pregnant!

Since we are all so close in age and due around the same time it was so easy to talk and get to know everyone, and share what our experiences were. For a lot of us it’s our first pregnancy, and it is a very new, exciting, but scary time for all of us, so it was nice to know we aren’t going through it alone.

We talked about everything: from weight gain, to cravings, to weird bodily functions. Some of the girls I had never met before, but felt like I already knew them because we had such similar experiences thus far. Overall, we had a great time, and I look forward to the next time we get together in a month or so to see how far everyone has come along.


On Saturday, my sister, mom, and my friend Savannah went crib shopping. We checked out a couple places: Baby Furniture Plus and Shower Me With Love in Charlotte. There were so many cribs to choose from! I was glad to finally look at some in person, versus online, so I could see which types I like better than others. I have finally come to a conclusion on one thing… the theme!

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I call it “classic glam.” I love the simplicity of theses rooms, but it also has that certain flair meant for a special girl.

On Monday, while DH did his usual Football thing, I stayed at home and watched my belly move for about an hour. Oh the simple things in life. J For the past month or so, I have been feeling her kick quite often, everyday in fact. And I definitely don’t take it for granted. But I haven’t seen her kick until this week. I literally watched my stomach move for about an hour due to her wiggles and movements. It was way cool! I am still so in awe, because I still can’t believe there is a living human being inside of me!

I am really enjoying writing this blog, and reading from all of your comments and input! Last week I asked for you guys to vote for our Breast Cancer T-shirt, and I loved reading all your comments. I really do read them all, and I am so happy to hear all the love and support. I have chose Amber Schoenfelder as the winner of the random reader giveaway, so congratulations to her! I really hope our shirt wins, because it is for a cause close to my heart, and I am sure many of yours too.

Thanks again for reading! Until next time..


Week 23

Another exciting week again!!! To start out with Week 23, I have got in serious planning mode when it comes to the nursery. I put some floor plans together, and finally got a design I think I like. :) I can’t decide on a theme though. Do I want stripes? What colors do I want? Modern or Classic? One thing about being pregnant is that you become so indecisive. It seems like once I really like one thing, I am sick of it the next moment! I really just want something that is neutral, simple, and yet still something unique.

I finally figured out what I crave the most… breakfast food! I love everything about it. I called my girlfriends late the other week, and asked to see if they wanted IHOP, and since then I have gotten pickup IHOP twice this past week!!! I love their chocolate chip pancakes, hash browns and eggs; I also dip the sausage, bacon, and ham in the syrup. It is truly delicious.


I officially caved and got my first pair of maternity jeans, and yes the kind with the elastic top. I have a pair from ASOS that have the side stretch, which I really like because I don’t feel as constricted, but I really like the new pair I got. They keep me all tucked in, and I don’t have to worry about if my belly is showing or not. I really like Citizens of Humanity jeans, and Pea in the Pod has a good line. It might be a little pricey, but I swear by Citizens. I loved Citizens before I got pregnant, and love them more even now. I highly recommend investing in a good pair of jeans, because you can wear them over and over and they still look just as good when you first bought them.

I also had my monthly doctor’s visit this week. They listened to the heartbeat, checked my belly size, and gave me a flu shot :( I hate anything with needles! Being pregnant you have to have to take a lot of tests, get a lot of shots, and give a lot of blood. I cringe at anything with a needle :/ The nurses all make fun of me cause I have to turn away, they all say.. “This is nothing compared to birth honey!” True!

On Sunday, as most of you know.. Denny called his shot, and won the race at Loudon! I know his tweet had a lot of stir behind it, but honestly I didn’t think anything of it. That’s one thing I love about Denny is when the going gets tough he bounces right back, and I knew he was just trying to uplift his team and fans with that tweet. I can’t tell you how impressed I have been with him these last couple weeks. I knew the race at Chicago was tough, and definitely a hard one to swallow, but I was so proud how he handled himself. Something is different about him this year than in previous years. His entire attitude is different than before, and I think there are a few factors that play into that.

While also at the race I did a giveaway for a Toyota breast cancer T-shirt that Mary Lou (Denny’s Mom) and I designed. I have been tweeting and facebooking to VOTE VOTE VOTE! The winner’s design will get printed and sold and the proceeds will go to the charity Carolina Breast Friends, so we really want ours to win! I want to do another special giveaway for those of you who read my pregnancy blog, so please vote and leave a comment saying you voted, and I will pick a winner randomly!



Thanks so much guys for reading, until next time!



Week 22

This week I got my first set of baby clothes! Before I was dead set on not buying anything for the baby because we didn’t know the sex, and also because I know when we have our shower that we are going to get a ton of stuff. But I just couldn’t help myself! What’s a girl to do when Baby Gap is having 40% off sale?? But I was good and didn’t go overboard. Just a few essential staple pieces she will need for her wardrobe :) I mean how sweet is this little dress?


All the little pieces are so cute and tiny; it is so weird to think we are going to be in charge of someone so little! Are we sure we are ready for this?! I sure hope so; someone up there must think we are! ;)

Being 22 weeks, it really hit me that we only have 4 months left until she arrives! Which really means only 3 months to do the nursery (cause God knows I am not going to want to deal with it the last month). I kind of went into a panic mode, cause we haven’t done a thing! We have a house that isn’t really suitable for a newborn (tile floors, sharp corners, etc.) So I have been doing major research on cribs, furniture, carpeting, colors, themes, etc. all for the nursery this week! It is a little overwhelming with everything that is going on, but I am sure it will all come together.

Also, I am starting looking at places to register. There are so many things a baby needs it seems! I went into Buy Buy Baby the other day, and it looked like a giant baby just threw up in there! I mean they had everything from strollers to bottles to toilet targets?! I mean who knew a kid would need a target to pee on, but if you need one, they have it! I also found our daughter her first car.. I’m sure dad will approve!


If you have any suggestions on brands for bottles, strollers, cribs, anything a baby needs, please feel free to let me know! I am learning as I go, and would love to hear your input :)

I also took my first prenatal yoga class yesterday, and I had such a good time! I had a couple of my girlfriends go with me (one who is pregnant, the other is not). It was funny because we went around the room, and the instructor asked each of us our name, what we we’re having and how far along we were. When it got to my friend Brittney, her reply was.. “Hi my name is Brittney, and I am having… my period.” Haha, that’s why I love her! She is such a good sport to come and tag along for support! The yoga was so calm and relaxing, and I hear is a great way to prepare for giving birth. I definitely recommend it for anyone expecting! 

Pregnancy has finally made a comfortable home with me, and it has definitely been a great experience thus far. I can’t wait to see what is to come!



Week 21

This week, the baby’s kicks have been more consistent, and I can definitely differentiate her kicks from something else that might be going on with my body. Sometimes at night, I will just put my hand on my stomach and fall asleep to her kicking. It may seem corny, but I somewhat feel it bonds us in a sense.

I have a few pregnancy apps on my phone, which tell me the developments of the baby each week. One I really like tells me the size of my baby by comparing it to a fruit. This week the baby is the size of a cantaloupe! It’s insane to me how big she is getting each and every week. If I hadn’t popped before, I have definitely popped now!


Since the Richmond race was Saturday night, it was nice to relax at home on Sunday–even though I barely relaxed! It seems if I am not working, or at a race, I am busy running errands, doing laundry, or catching up on stuff at the house. I thought I could handle it all, but it is starting to take a toll on my body. I find myself getting tired a lot, and with my body getting bigger, I can tell my mobility is not like what it used to be.

Another thing that happened this week was I got sick again. :( I thought the morning sickness had subsided, but it came back this week. I think what triggered it though is I had taken my prenatal and iron supplements an hour or two after I had eaten lunch, so my food wasn’t digested fully, and taking vitamins on an empty stomach is never a good thing. Hopefully it was just this one time, and it doesn’t come back again… ever.

Other than that, not much has happened during week 21. Kind of been a normal but busy week as usual. This week starts the mark of the Chase at Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited Denny is starting from the top spot! I know he will do great this time around. He just has a different mindset this Chase than the years before. Keep your fingers crossed, and hope to see the 11 many times in Victory Lane these last ten races!

Until next time…


Week 20

What another amazing week it has been thus far! We started off the beginning of Week 20, by visiting our good friends at the hospital, Jeff and Meredith, who just had their twins–a boy and a girl! Just a couple nights before I had seen Meredith at our Gender Reveal (see pic below), and now she is a mom to not just one baby…but two!! My friend joked how there were actually five people in this picture. So crazy to think that! 


At the hospital, we got to visit both babies. Denny and I both got to hold the girl, and she was absolutely beautiful, just like her mother. It was so surreal and emotional, knowing that this will be us in just a short amount of time. Meredith and Jeff are going to be great parents, and we look forward to raising our children together.

Later that night, Denny actually got to feel her kick! It was cool because he finally got to feel what I have been feeling for a couple weeks now, and I’m glad he could share in that. She has become the little kicker lately, and she is bound to be a dancer like her mom. :)

On Friday, I had my routine prenatal exam. Every four weeks I have a routine check up, until I get to my third trimester, which then I will go every couple weeks. At the appointment, they check baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler and see if I have any questions or concerns. This time they gave me a pamphlet for the hospital, and information on any classes we wanted to take. I’ve already signed Denny up for his first “Dad’s 411” class. He isn’t too thrilled, but I think it will be good for him. :)

As most of you know, Denny got his fourth win of the season this past weekend, and also solidified his spot in the Chase!!! I couldn’t believe it, back-to-back wins! My friends from home, Savannah and Taylor, got to come with us this weekend, and not only did they get to go to their first ever Cup race, but also Victory Lane! Not a lot of my friends have gone to a race, let alone get to go to Victory Lane, so I was happy they got to experience in that.


I can’t believe it’s already the halfway point in my pregnancy! It has gone by so fast already, and I’m sure will go by much faster within the coming months.

Thanks for reading! Until next week…



Week 19

What a week it has been thus far! And a great one at that! Where should I begin?!

I started Week 19 off with my first ever prenatal massage. It was absolutely delightful! My arms, legs, and feet have been so sore, from working almost 3 weeks straight, so it was nice to take an hour just to relax. I highly recommend a prenatal massage for anyone who is pregnant. I got mine from Edamame Spa at Destination Maternity where they specifically specialize in prenatal massage, and only use products that are safe for you and baby. I am definitely going back!

On Saturday, I flew straight to Bristol for the Cup race. It was so nice to be back at the track, for so many reasons! Before intros started, I knew Denny had chosen the “Wobble” as his intro song. I honestly didn’t know he knew how to “Wobble,” until he went out there and did his thing. I was so proud of him! I know it is not in his personality to just go out there, and bust a move like that; but I was so impressed by his courage, and overall willingness to go out there and have fun! If you missed it, here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYBcNnKvqUc

The end of the night was just as exciting, when Denny won the race!!!! I usually can predict when Denny will win, and it usually happens before or during the race. I just get one of those gut feelings that I can’t explain. But I didn’t have any of that until I heard Denny’s determination in his voice over the scanner that night. When he gets like that, he cannot be stopped! We were having such bad luck in the beginning of the race with the pit stop and the fan breaking in the car, but it seemed the more things that went wrong, the faster his car went! But overall, it was just such a fun and exciting race, and I was so happy to be there to experience it with him and his team!

On Sunday, we had our big Gender Reveal Party! We decided to have all our friends and family come to Red Rocks for a nice dinner, and we would reveal our baby’s gender through a cake my friend had made for us. I had an absolute blast! It was so much fun to see everyone there, and get to tell them all at once what we were having. All his friends were placing bets on girl or boy, so they definitely got into it! When it came time to cut the cake, everyone was screaming, “Please be Blue!” or “Come on Pink!” As we slowly lifted up the slice of cake, the entire place erupted in roars of applauds and pictures. It’s a girl!!!!! :)

ImageIt was so exciting; I wanted to do it again! We were so delighted everyone could be there. The room was filled with so much love and joy for the two of us, and we couldn’t have asked for more :)

Thanks for reading! Until next week…