Hi everyone! My name is Sara Konye, and I’m so excited to be featured on The Bundle of Joy blog! Let’s get started with some of the essential facts about me: I am 31 years old, and live in San Jose, California with my husband John and our two year-old daughter Dylan, and we are expecting another baby in the fall! My due date is actually just a couple weeks before Caroline’s! It has been so awesome reading her pregnancy updates since we are so close on that journey! Every time I read one I’m like “Yes! I am going through the same exact thing!” It’s so fun to relate on that level.
I am a California girl - born and raised in Santa Cruz, California with my parents and younger sister, Natalie. My grandma Frances, affectionately known as “Frank” was also a huge part of my upbringing and still is today (at 93!). My parents are divorced and while I’m not close with my dad, I am super close to my mom, grandma and sister, who now lives in Ventura, California with her boyfriend who I also adore.
I work in Corporate Communications at Intuit (the makers of QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint) and love my job! On the surface you may think financial software, but I have seen how our products actually change people’s lives and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that. I have been with the company for over five years and hope to be there for a long long time!
The first thing to know about my personality is that I’m SUPER easy-going, calm, and most things don’t phase me. I’m also naturally optimistic and my attitude towards pretty much everything in life is best summed up in the phrase, it will all work out.
Ok, now that we have the basics out of the way, we can go a little deeper. A big part of my life growing up was competitive swimming. I swam through middle school, high school and college, and even coached a bit after college as well. I have the sport to thank for many life lessons as well as life long friends. I also probably wouldn’t have met my husband if I hadn’t swam in college, so there’s that too!
I moved to San Jose in 2005 to attend (and swim at) San Jose State University and that’s where I met my husband John in 2007. He was on the football team and since student-athletes tend to only hang out with other student-athletes, we ran into each other a few weekends in a row and quickly became friends. At first I was convinced we were just friends, until suddenly I wasn’t, and well, here we are! We dated for three years before he popped the question, waited another two years to get married in 2012 (so we could save up for a wedding venue that was a bit out of our reach but we fell in love with), and as of today we’ve been together for almost 11 years, married for almost 6! As I type that out, it’s sort of hard to believe… part of me feels like we’ve been together forever and I barely remember life before us, but part of me feels like those 11 years have flown by! I guess maybe you always feel a little bit of both.
In June 2016, our lives forever changed when our daughter Dylan was born. I don’t know what else to say other than she’s amazing and I love her so much it hurts sometimes! Fast forward to today and she’s a spunky, sassy, silly two year-old.
My pregnancy with Dylan was great. I had it pretty easy with no miserable side effects and truly loved being pregnant. We had tried to get pregnant for 8 months (which I fully realize to some who have struggled with getting pregnant that may sound quick) and by the time we did I just felt so lucky, fortunate and excited. I also had an awesome labor and delivery experience. I will always look back on that as such a special time.
Life has gotten much crazier since then, but mostly for the better. Being a mom has been amazing on so many levels, but let’s be real… sometimes I’m so physically and mentally exhausted that I just want to curl up in my bed for an undefined amount of time. But it always seems like in a matter of moments something awesome happens and I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to be a mom and to have an awesome partner-in-crime husband and dad by my side.
When Dylan was an infant, I feel like our biggest challenges were feeding and sleep/schedule related. I definitely stressed over those things in the moment, but it all worked out and I wish I would have relaxed a little, but that’s easier said than done as a new parent.
The joys and challenges have changed over the months, and right now we’re getting excited about new words or the fact that she can jump, while also struggling with how to deal with meltdowns and tantrums. One minute we’re all laughing and smiling, the next we have a screaming toddler and two stressed parents. It’s a balance!
My second pregnancy has been very different. Even in terms of getting pregnant, unlike the first time, it happened right away and we were a little shocked when we found out! We had some disconcerting things happen in the very beginning of the pregnancy and on top of that I just felt worse in terms of nausea, fatigue, etc. during the first trimester. Of course having a toddler to take care of also makes it harder. But now that I’m almost half way, I’m feeling much better all around. I’ve also gotten back into working out (Crossfit) which I couldn’t do during the first trimester, so I’m feeling more like myself! One big difference between my two pregnancies is the first time I was completely consumed by it, and this time I have literally had moments where I’ve forgotten I’m pregnant! It’s also flying by because our lives are busier now than before.
We will find out the gender of the baby on May 14 which we’re excited about… but definitely less excited than the first pregnancy… not in a negative way, I just think we’re less consumed by it this time. I will admit the first time around I really wanted a girl, so now I feel like I’ll be happy either way!
We’re equally nervous and excited to be growing our family. But staying true to my beliefs, I do know that at the end of the day, it will all work out. Some days will be perfect, and some days will be messy, but as long as I’m navigating through the chaos with my little tribe, that’s all that matters.
Thanks for getting to know me a bit, and I look forward to sharing more with this community in the future!