"Every good and perfect gift is from above" ~ James 1:17

Thursday, August 30, 2012

17 Weeks and counting!

How far along? 17 weeks and 3 days Total weight gain/loss: According to my scale, 7.8 lbs

Maternity clothes? Not yet, but some of my capris are getting tight, so much so that I'm down to 2 that I wear because I don't think I'll stretch them out yet and 2 pairs of shorts. I've been wearing dresses more often these days too haha I will try and go as long as possible to avoid maternity clothes shopping just because I know I will need a nice winter wardrobe, so I'll save the spending for that.

Stretch marks? No new ones that I know of

Sleep: Okay...I've been having some strange dreams lately, so that wakes me up and I can't seem to sleep for an hr or so after waking...I haven't had to make the frequent trips to the restroom though, so that's nice haha

Best moment this week: Scheduling the ultrasound appointment! Woo hoo! We get to see baby #2 on Sept. 19th, but are waiting to reveal the gender (ourselves included) until Adrian's party on the 22nd :) So no bugging me on the 19th because I will not know! ;)

Movement: I think I lied last time about movement (not on purpose, maybe just wishful thinking). I don't think I've felt anything definite that I can say, "oh yeah that's the baby and not gas" LOL. Kind of a bummer because I thought I'd feel something by now :( Just makes the wait between appts seem much longer.

Cravings: Pizza, but I haven't indulged in my craving because I know its not healthy & I'm sure Manny would not appreciate me buying pizza several times a week haha. Yesterday and today though I am craving some Olive Garden salad! Just the salad haha. I may make a trip to sweet tomatoes today for lunch ;)

Gender: 23 days until the big reveal!! By the way, if you haven't already, visit my guessing game page and add your entry of your guesses: http://www.expectnet.com/games/BabyPena2

Labor Signs: None, and lets keep it that way for 23 more weeks! Belly Button in or out? Still in Rings on or off? Still on

What I miss: Not being hungry all the time LOL. After doing anything around the house (dishes, picking up, laundry, etc) I have to sit down and eat something and relax for a bit because I just get run down so easily now

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender!! I have things I want to do for baby but I NEED to know boy or girl! Haha, those 3 days between the ultrasound & party will be torture! (but I think very worth the surprise) Before that though, I just look forward to hearing baby's little heartbeat at my appt on the 11th :)

Weekly Wisdom: You can't expect your pregnancy to be similar to the last. Just because you experience something in the first, doesn't mean it'll happen the same with the next. This whole not being able to feel the baby thing has really taken a toll on me because I expected to feel by now, with certainty, the baby's kicks & movements. I know that it was a rarity to feel Adrian so soon, but that's honestly just his personality...he is an active little guy now and was when he was growing inside me as well. Which gives me hope that this next little one will be more calm and laid back after birth as well. But my growing waistline and one time hearing the heartbeat, doesn't give me the comfort that everything is alright like the flutters and kicks do. I feel like by this time with Adrian I had bonded more with him as well because the kicks were more frequent and I felt kind of his way of saying "here I am mommy, I'm just fine and growing healthy and strong." All I can do is pray that everything is going well, that the ultrasound will be just perfect without concerns and that eventually baby will big enough that there won't be a doubt in my mind that baby is moving & doing well. (so please just keep us in your prayers for health and for patience for me) :)

Milestone: According to my pregnancy journal book, today is my 102nd day of pregnancy with 164 days left to go! Our baby is adding to his or her list of reflex behaviors including blinking, sucking and swallowing right now. By birth our baby will display 70 different reflex behaviors! :) Grow baby grow!

17 WEEKS :)

Goofy big brother!
Adrian says this picture is "cute"

Thursday, August 9, 2012

45 days and our baby boy will be 2!

How does time fly so fast?  I remember being in school or work, and some days would just seem to drag on so slowly.  Now it seems, every time I blink another month has gone by and now my baby will be 2 next month!  Not to mention, Manny and I will be celebrating 6 years together in less than 2 weeks!! When you learn from the troubling times and give thanks for the blessings you have received, you can enjoy life to the fullest extent and I think that makes the time fly so much faster.  When you're having fun, you never want it to end, but when you're not having fun, you can't wait for it to be over.  What joy and love these two have brought into my life, and I wish time could just move a little slower at times because it all seems to be moving so fast and I want to soak up everything I can.

I am excited for Adrian's birthday though and looking forward to him getting a "big boy" haircut for his bday.  Manny has been dying to get Adrian a short haircut instead of just a trim...there's something about cutting his hair too much that has made me feel like he'd be growing up too fast.  I think I'm okay with it now though much more so than 6 months ago haha  We have decided that his birthday will be Thomas the Train themed because he LOVES Thomas & choo choos.  It'll be fun to watch him actually open presents this time, and hopefully singing the birthday song won't frighten him this time since we plan on doing the party at the park so everyone won't be so crowded around him :)

He is such an awesome kid and his energy is picking up speed every day it seems!  I am definately a mom to a BOY! LOL  Yesterday he decided it would be fun to jump off the couch into Manny's lap, and he wouldn't take no for an answer!  I'm so afraid what that means for when he's a teenager if he's already doing daredevil stuff now! yikes!  He has such a great personality and is quite the talker...he picks up on just about any word now, and although he doesn't speak much Spanish, he definitely understands it and takes great direction.  He always wants to help and like putting stuff in the trash or putting shoes away.  He also thinks that he needs to be very independent and tries to put on his own pants, shirt and shoes (he's put on his sandals successfully a couple times now), but then he'll get super mad when he can't get it on fast enough and will conceed and ask for help (or sometimes demand help) haha.  One pet peeve that I have with him right now is that since he hears me call Manny by his name, he thinks that thats okay for him to call him Manny too...I have noticed recently that he will do it if Manny doesn't give him attention fast enough, which is kind of funny.  Manny isn't hurt by it, so thats good, but there's something about Adrian calling him that, that makes me a little sad and I just don't like it at all.   Anyway, I could go on and on about how great Adrian is, and I feel like the luckiest mom in the world...he is a handful at times and terrible 2s are not the most fun stage to go through, but nothing makes me happier than cuddling, hugging, and kissing my little man and waking up to his happy face in the morning. 

Nothing is more fulfilling in life than to be a parent...it's hands-down, the best "job" I have done or will ever do in my life.

Fourteen weeks!

How far along? 14 weeks, 3 days today

Total weight gain/loss:  5 lbs, but that's been consistent for the past month

Maternity clothes? Not yet, I did wear a pair of capri pants on tuesday that I wore throughout my pregnancy last time (and stretched out in the process)...the legs were still pretty baggy, but they fit in the stomach again lol

Stretch marks? No new ones

Sleep: Pretty good...since I got over the sinus infection, I have actually been sleeping much better and only get up once during the night

Best moment this week: Well last week I'm pretty sure I felt movement from little one, but havent felt any more movement in the past couple of days...it's still early though, but makes me anxious to hear the heartbeat next Tuesday

Movement: Just a little bit, but nothing consistent

Cravings: Fruits...I've been eating a lot of peaches and apples. 

Gender: 6 more weeks until we find out...so exciting!!!

Labor Signs: None, and lets keep it that way for 26 more weeks!

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but getting closer to the surface

Rings on or off? Still on, but they have felt a little tighter in the mornings

What I miss: Not having excess saliva all the time...its so annoying and discusting to be swallowing every 2 minutes :(

What I am looking forward to: I am looking forward to listening to the heartbeat next week to subside my anxiety that everything is okay...it's just so hard when you can't feel them move all the time yet.  I am also looking forward to our family vacation/anniversary trip next week to San Diego...I am excited to see how Adrian reacts to all the fish & things at Sea World (besides just being excited myself to see everything).

Weekly Wisdom: Each and every baby is a miracle and a blessing, and I am so blessed to have the chance to raise 2 beautiful children.  I continuously pray for those families that are struggling to get pregnant because I know how much they want it and how much joy and happiness a baby can bring to their lives.  I sometimes feel a little guilt at how easily pregnancy has happened for Manny & I, and how a couple I know has been trying for almost 2 years now and I could see some disappointment in her eyes when she found out I was pregnant again.  I know everything is in God's timing, but sometimes it seems unfair...I am not saying that I'm enjoying my pregnancy any less, but I so desperately want others to be able to experience what I have been fortunately able to, twice now.  I truly live a blessed life and I don't take it for granted.

Milestones:  14 weeks...a little movement...over the sinus infection, and the nausea for the most part (minus the excess saliva).  I think I'm getting some energy back too which is great because Adrian needs me to be more energetic haha...but then we walk outside and the heat just sucks any extra energy I may have had haha...I love the summer, but it's brutal when you're pregnant (I'm just glad I'm not at the ending of my pregnancy this time again).

Here's 14 weeks!  Strange thing is, I look bigger in the 13 week picture I took of myself haha

Me & little man...he thought he needed no PJs, but needed 1 shoe on lol