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

Saturday, September 22, 2012

IT'S A.........................



Adrian will be getting a baby brother in February!!!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Adrian's big boy haircut!

Adrian got his big boy haircut yesterday and he did so good!  It helps that there were buttons to push and a tv to watch while he got it done too.  Our little boy is growing up so fast and will be 2 in 2 days!! And this haircut just makes him look even more grown up...Not going to lie, I shed a few tears yesterday as his beautiful little curls were cut off by the trimmer...it was just a moment where I saw him being transformed before my eyes from my little baby to my little toddler and I couldn't help but just want to hold onto his "babyness" just a little longer.  I'm glad we had it done though and he is as handsome as can be and is ready for his 2nd birthday party tomorrow :)

 This (below) is the point when tears started to come from my eyes...no turning back from here!

 Such a big boy!  And so good!
 hehehehe tickle, tickle, tickle

 Proud moment for Dadda! :)

 All done and SO handsome!!!! Such a great little kid!
 All that hair...gone...
 What do little boys get for being good?  A balloon of course!!

 And a sucker too!  Love this little guy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ultrasound: Baby Pena #2s debut!

Just want to say before I get started that you will not see any gender pictures here, so don't get your hopes up lol

Anyway, the ultrasound went great and baby is perfect as can be!  Such a relief to not get scary news like we did with Adrian!  Although I haven't felt a lot of movement like I did with Adrian, this baby was on the move!!  I think the pressing of the ultrasound wand made baby pissed off because he/she was moving everywhere, flipping in circles and kept turning his/her back towards the screen LOL  oh and then the kicks too like stop it, leave me alone! I was sleeping just fine in here! haha

Measurements were all great and the estimated due date the computer projected was Feb 5th, so looks like we were almost on the money with the date...but of course they are still estimated dates and doesn't mean baby couldn't come sooner or later.  Heart, stomach, bladder & umbilical cord all look good, so we couldn't be more pleased :)  Baby's estimated weight right now is 362 grams which is almost 13 ounces, not quite a lb yet :)  Also, baby was head down at the moment (good baby, stay that way) but with all the flipping that we saw on the ultrasound that could change several times I'm sure between now and birth day!  I'll be praying toward the end that baby stays head down and that we don't have to try crazy acrobatics to flip him/her LOL

When it came time for the gender determination, we closed our eyes while the tech fought with the baby to get a picture...he said that it was not hard to see what baby was (I took that as girl, manny took that as boy lol), but getting the picture was difficult because baby would not stay still and kept flipping away from him LOL  He finally got the picture though and put in into a paper bag for me which I put in a box in the car trunk 1) so that it wouldn't get smooshed, and 2) so that Manny wouldn't be tempted to peek in the bag while I was driving haha

I was so anxious for the ultrasound itself because I just wanted to hear everything is okay and now that we've heard that our baby is perfect and healthy, I am SO SO SO excited to find out "mystery baby's" (as the tech referred to him/her) gender!  I wonder if these next 2.5 days will fly by or go really slow now? :)

So as the title of this post says, making his/her debut, I introduce our little baby Pena #2 :)

Baby's profile
 Baby's face
 Baby's leg
 Baby's arm & top of head
 Baby's spine
 Another profile pic (though not as good as the first)
Come back this weekend for the gender reveal! :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

20 weeks down, 20 weeks to go!!

How far along? 20 weeks today!!

Maternity clothes? I bought my first ever maternity pants (2 pairs) the other day. They're pretty comfortable, and I saw it as a necessity to get them because unfortunately I can't live in capris and dresses this entire pregnancy :). They are pretty stylish too as far as maternity pants go, so that's a plus :)

Stretch marks? No new ones that I know of

Sleep: Alright...I wake up too much at night that I still feel tired in the morning. Right now it is 4am and I've been trying to get back to sleep for an hour...since that didn't seem to be happening, I decided I'd update this :) (I think I'm just really excited about Wednesday and Adrian's party)

Best moment this week: So far: Manny feeling the baby kick for the first time last night :) I loved seeing the smile on his face and I think it became just a little more real to him. Best moment to come will have to be the ultrasound! It's funny because people have commented that I have a lot of strong will for not wanting to know at the ultrasound what gender baby is and choosing to wait until Saturday to find out with everyone else. The way I see it is that the most important thing to me is making sure that the baby is growing healthy & strong. That is my #1 priority...I've waited this long not knowing the gender that 3 days won't kill me, but knowing that baby is healthy has been my concern the entire time, so I am extremely anxious to confirm that everything is great!

Movement: I've FINALLY been feeling movement every day for the past week I'd say. It is so sporadic that I can't anticipate when it might happen, and its not for long that he/she kicks, so I try to enjoy it while it lasts. Adrian was like an acrobat at this point constantly flipping, kicking, and moving around. I knew that I'd have my hands full with him, so this gives me hope that this one will be very mellow and laid back ;)

Cravings: My cravings are highly influenced by talk of or seeing pictures of certain foods...for instance, last night someone pinned something about cookies and cream popcorn (yuck) but I instantly started craving cookies & cream ice cream (it was delicious by the way lol) other than that, I'm eating normal :)

Gender: 6 days and we will know for sure! I'm so looking forward to it! Here's our guess game if you want to play along. http://www.expectnet.com/games/BabyPena2

Labor Signs: None, and lets keep it that way for 20 more weeks!

Belly Button in or out? Still in

Rings on or off? Still on

What I miss: My energy...most days I feel too tired to do much, but on Saturday I'd have to say I had a burst if energy & the downstairs benefited greatly and looks wonderful! Haha

What I am looking forward to: Definitely, without a doubt, the ultrasound on Wednesday. Seeing the baby and confirming everything is great will be such a relief for me. Also, I am SO looking forward to celebrating Adrian's 2nd birthday! I can't believe that in less than a week he will be 2 already! He is our world and such a sweet, loving, stubborn, crazy, caring, and perfect little man and we are so blessed to have such a wonderful kid in our lives :)

Weekly Wisdom: Patience is key in any aspect if your life, and trusting that God's plan is greater than anything you may plan for yourself is essential. I strive to have more patience with my son, and I continue to try and have more patience when it comes to the anticipation of many expectations that pregnancy brings up. I love my family, I love my life, and I am thankful every day for having one more day to spend time with those I love. I think that having children makes you more thankful in life, even when they drive you crazy, there is nothing like the feeling of infinite love you can only experience by having a child.  We watched a movie this weekend called "The Backup Plan," and a quote that I thought was so funny but so true was this:  The male main character asks a dad at a playground, "What's it like, the whole kid thing?" Playground dad responds, "It's awful, awful, awful. Then a small moment happens, that's so magical that makes it all worthwhile."  Now while I wouldn't exactly describe the harder times as awful, I'd descibe them as trying, tough and honestly just living real life moments, but it's so true that there will be moments (sometimes several in a day) that you forget everything hard that has happened, your heart melts and it's almost as if life is renewed in your heart.  It's hard to put into words, but to some up the feeling of having children in your life in one word: Wonderful!

Milestone: We are halfway there! Woo hoo! I swear that this pregnancy has flown by 10Xs faster than last time! February is quickly approaching! I'm glad we finally will know the gender so I can begin to get everything in order & ready for baby to come (now if only my bank account would allow me to buy everything at once LOL)!

20 Weeks!!
Updates and pictures SOON to follow (maybe Saturday, definitely Sunday) regarding Adrian's Birthday party & baby gender reveal!!  Stay tuned!! ;)