Meet SARAH YERKEY, an i play.er on our sales team! You may recognize her as the face and voice behind our i play. and green sprouts videos, or, locally, you may know her as Asheville’s first Mardis Gras Queen. Sarah, pictured below with her hubby, Scott, (Asheville’s first Mardi Gras King), has a little girl on the way in February or possibly even sooner.
When is your due date? Are you having a boy or a girl? My due date is February 4th however, because I have placenta previa, my little girl may have to arrive a little sooner than expected via a planned cesarean. This was such a scary thought to me at first. Now that the idea has had time to settle I am more excited than ever to possibly meet her a little early!
Are you ready to share the name? No – we really want to see little peanut’s face before we name her for life. My husband, Scott, and I come from very different genetic backgrounds and she could look like anyone in our long line! Some names may be better suited for a little girl with a head full of dark hair and others for a fairer little lady. We did do a lot of name research though. We looked at old family names and top 10, 20, even 100 lists dating back to the 1900s to see if anything caught our ears. We ended up narrowing our list based on our love for the names and testing them out by saying them over and over again – after all that’s what we’ll be doing when she arrives!
Have you had any strange food cravings in your pregnancy? Sweet potatoes and orange juice (maybe not at the same time, but, now that I write it, a smoothie with the two blended together sounds fantastic!) I also got really into sweets, which is not the healthiest thing I could have picked up. I never really cared for them before, but during my second trimester, I couldn’t get enough!
What are you most excited about with your new arrival? Meeting the product of my husband and myself. Seeing how she will grow from our love and what kind of personality she will have, in addition to what she takes from Scott and I.
What are you most nervous about? Breastfeeding
What have you been most surprised by in your pregnancy? I’m most surprised by how much I have grown (and not just in my belly!) This little girl and all of the surprises and challenges that she has already brought have led to personal growth for me. I have learned to let go of the feeling that I have to control everything. I have learned that having children is a natural, organic process and that I don’t have to read every book written to be a “good mom.” I have learned to take everything that comes at me slowly and one day at a time.
What foods/dishes would you most appreciate from your friends and family to get you through the first few weeks of having a newborn?
Frittata’s (those can freeze! )
Smoothies made of Greek yogurt, fruits and veggies
Herbal teas for postpartum aid
Soups – it will be winter after all
Kale salads (no cheeses please)
One-dish easy to re-heat casseroles full of root veggies and healthy protein
Same as lunch is good by me!
What are your top three must-have recommendations for other moms, from i play. and green sprouts?
What kind of baby shower did you have? What theme, etc.? In my hometown I had a very cute, non-pink, animal themed shower. Here in Asheville, I had a co-ed, welcome to the world, onesie decorating party. It was nice to share both showers with my husband, family and dear friends.
Aside from iplay. and green sprouts, which you obviously love, what was the favorite gift you received at your shower? The rocking chair that my husband was rocked in when he was a baby.
Let’s talk about *you* for a minute! If you could have anything for Christmas, what would it be? A day or two off with Scott to just focus on us and pamper ourselves.
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ENTER TO WIN
Want to try Sarah’s favorite green sprouts Sili Paw Teether with your little one? Here’s how to enter ~
1. Like, share, and leave a comment letting us know you’ve entered to win the Sili Paw Teethers on our Facebook post here.
2. Bonus Entry (for those that do and don’t have Facebook): Leave a comment here for Sarah on the blog–it can be anything! You can share your pregnancy cravings, the story of how you picked your baby name, offer well wishes, tips and advice for a first-time mom, a link to a healthy easy-freeze recipe, a question, or a response to one of her Q&As.
Winner will be announced here and on Facebook around 5 pm EST, today, Thursday, December 13th!