Monday, September 24, 2012

Week 23

So I'm almost into month 6! Feeling like month 10!! This heat has had me so tired and uncomfortable big time! I was so spoiled by the timing of my pregnancy with Alana. She was born in June so I got to go the entire summer post baby! What a difference the summer makes when you are pregnant. I am feeling so sluggish lately. I don't want to do anything or be outside for more than a few minutes at a time! The heat this summer has really been crazy! Last week was the first day of Autumn and it's still in the high 90's. I'm so ready for this heat to be over!!

This week Jack is the size of a large Mango! Almost a whole foot long! I am betting that like with Alana she was so big, he is bigger than the normal baby right now. With Alana being almost 10 pounds, I'm sure Jack is on his way to being a bigger second child! I had a co-working bring in his 1 month old baby and she was only 7 something. She was so tiny and I've never seen Alana that small! It was so funny to think Alana was 7 something in my belly! As I assume Jack will be as well!

The nursery is coming along great. The hubby has been working hard on it. We painted some accent walls in the room a beautiful blue color (and by we, I mean Victor). I did supervise though. It's what I'm good at! Alana did come in and write Jack's name on the wall before we painted! She loves being a part of everything we are doing. She is really enjoying being able to feel him kick in my stomach, she keeps saying, "that's not very nice of him to do". Haha. She hugs and kisses my belly all the time and gives him good night kisses. I can only pray she loves him just as much when he comes out!

The room is pretty empty now all except the rocking chair and some blue baskets and a few tiny little outfits I've bought him. In the next few weeks, we'll shampoo the carpets, pull out the dresser and put up his crib. Lucky for us we have everything in really good shape from Alana. We moved her to a Big girl bed and dresser set last year so we have everything ready for Jack when we are ready to put it together!

Maternity clothes still suck! Although I did pick up a few more things at the 2nd hand maternity place in Orange. I love that place,  can always find something I need in there! It's in the high 90's most of the time, but I need work clothes too! It's annoying to have to have both! I will just pray that it's going to get cold at some point before January and I'll need more pants? Who knows with this crazy weather!
I'm eating pretty well. I want lots of junk food, trying to keep it to a minimum. Trying to eat lots of fruits and keep some good eating up in the meantime, only cause it's what Jack needs. Not what I want!!
I've gained some more weight so that's good. Haven't gained all that much but I'm sure I'll pack it on this winter :) Still trying to keep to my 6 miles a week with my neighbor! So far, pretty good! Can't wait until I can get back to running though. I do miss my running time! I know it's ways away, but it's something to look forward to!

Work has been pretty stressful and very busy lately, but the good news is that they are finally bringing someone in to help me! It will be a full time temp from now until I come back. It will make the world of difference to get someone in here so early to train them and let them take over some of this stuff! Can't wait!

My hands and feet are swelling sometimes. That's NO FUN! Other than being tired, swelling, sluggish and hungry, I'm pretty normal. HAHA. Did I mention the moodiness? That's fun too! If Victor can survive it for the next few months we'll all be just fine. I think Alana is also being really moody lately. Maybe I'm rubbing off on her? Hopefully not.  Such is life right now at almost the 3rd trimester mark!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Birthday fun for all

Friday was Victor's birthday and we made it a fun party to reveal the gender of the
baby! Everyone we invited showed up and we were so excited! It all started
Wednesday night when I started to make 3 gallons of my Grandma's spaghetti
sauce for dinner! Friday was a short day at work so I headed out to pick up
Alana, then head to the store and then home before anyone could get there!
My friend Jen, who is super creative and awesome made this cute board for everyone to cast their votes! The adorable mustaches and bows were hand made by Jen! Seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen! She made is so fun!! As you can tell the majority of our friends and family were team boy. Jen even went as far as making little buttons that said "Team Boy" and were blue and "Team Girl" and were pink. Sarah and I were the only "Team pink" bows on the board!

If you read my last post about the cake, then you know I had to make a special
stop at the bakery to pick up our Team Pink or Team Blue cake. While at the bakery the girl handed me my envelope back and as I stuck it in my purse I noticed there was a pink thumb print on it.... did she really just ruin the surprise for me?

Everyone gathered around the table for the big reveal!!

After we sang Happy Birthday to the Birthday boy he cut into the cake as everyone came in closer to see a peek of the blue or pink cake. It was NEITHER!! HAHA suckers! I tricked them all!! (Thanks Jared for the brillant idea) It was just a chocolate cake I picked up and stuck in a bakery box! I snuck away right before he cut into the cake so I could go get the "real" cake I had been hiding in the closet. Everyone was so confused at what a chocolate cake meant. Haha. It was pretty funny to hear everyone say "WHAT?!?!"

And now for the real cake!

This moment was so exciting for us! I got really nervous when Victor was about to cut into it. I know it's just the gender of the baby, but it turned into such a big event at that point I was really nervous! Everyone had sit through dinner just to be there for the cake! Also to hang out and enjoy our company I'm sure, but mostly for the big event!

The first slice into the cake and he pulled out the knife. I immediately saw blue, but the big icing balloon on the top of the cake was blue so I wasn't totally sure yet!

He cut again and pulled a piece out and we were 100% sure it was a blue cake!
I cried! I was in so much shock! Honestly my family only produces girls and there was a pink finger print on our envelope. It was a blue cake! We are having a boy!!!!!!!!!!

In some of the pictures, you can see every one's face and their reaction was just so happy and everyone was cheering and so excited for us. After all, they ALL (But Sarah and I) were hopping for a boy!

I love our reveal idea and was happy to have so many of our friends and family come to share the fun time with us! It meant a lot for everyone to share in our excitement! Best blue cake I've ever tasted!

The mustaches were a big hit all night! Everyone had to wear one at some point! The girls were so cute!

Mom and dad had to get in on the action. After all, I was just converted from team pink to team blue.

Hopefully Jack won't come out with a mustache but it's amazing to know a little man now grows inside me.
The craziest thing about knowing I am now having a boy is really the shock! Every person in my family has girls, both of my sisters, all of my cousins. There are no boys in my family and between that and just thinking I am having a girl, Victor and myself both really convinced ourselves we were having a girl. I am still feeling a little confused. Don't get me wrong, I have always wanted one girl and one boy so this really is the perfect scenario for me, but I'm just shocked a little scared. Raising a girl has been so easy and Alana is such a great child. I'm scared to death to think about what we are getting ourselves into! So excited and overwhelmed!! Can't wait to welcome Jack Wyatt into our family and meet the little guy!
Thank you to my awesome friends and family for all the help, setting up, cooking, cleaning and cleaning it all up afterwards! They helped make it so much easier for me and I appreciate it!