Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Little Brother? Little Sister? Gender Reveal!

I can honestly say that finding out we were having another baby boy has been one of the most shocking moments of my life! The last time I was taken off guard like that was the day Fred proposed, I totally did not see it coming! Just like I didnt see this boy coming either! 

All these months I was 99% sure we were having a girl. I felt it in my bones supposedly! With Luke I knew it was a boy and I had had such an easy chill pregnancy and this time it was completely different, I was so sick from day one, I'm carrying higher and I've just been a mess! I had a read a while ago that women who experience severe morning sickness or symptoms are more likely to have girls from the extra hormones messing with the body so that little tid bit of information convinced me that I was having a girl! BOY was I wrong!

So with Luke we did a gender reveal cake read amore about it here! This time we decided to do balloons in a box. Again we didn't find out during the ultrasound we asked the technician to put the results in an envelope for us. The day before Luke's party I went to Party City and asked a manager if they would be able to fill the box with pink balloons if it said girl or blue balloons for boy, he knew exactly what I was talking about and said no worries we've done this before we can get it done. Well I'm so glad my friend Selina came with me on the day to take the box because the surprise was almost ruined!

There must have been some kind of misunderstanding with the girl I spoke to because she got it all wrong! While I waited in the car Selina went in to pick up the box we had dropped off earlier and apparently they had blown up pink and blue balloons but had not stuffed them in the box! Selina had to reexplain what we wanted exactly and then we left again. I was worried that they still didn't know what they were doing and I also didn't want the surprise for Selina to be ruined when she went in again to pick up the box so I called the manager I had spoken to the day before and finally sorted things out! I also kindly asked that there be no pink or blue balloons in sight when we got there so the surprise wouldnt be ruined! And then they finally got it right and we were on our way home with our stuffed box!

When we opened the box I lost it! It was exactly what I wanted all along, another baby boy, a brother for Luke! When I first started praying for another baby I had prayed specifically for a boy. Once I got pregnant and I supposedly knew it was a girl I felt guilty I had prayed for a boy but I thought to myself, the Lord knows exactly what I need and maybe I need a little girl in my life so I'll be happy with my little girl and I prepared my heart and mind for little pink dresses and bows! I disregarded that prayer and just trusted that the Lord knew what he was doing giving me a girl and then....

SUPRISE!!! I got my BOY!!!!

I just feel spoiled and blessed and humbled all at the same time that the Lord would not only bless us with a healthy baby right away but that on top of that he would give me exactly what I wanted a little boy! I don't deserve his grace, he is too good to me! But why should I be surprised that he is good and answers prayers? Through my pain and suffering he has not let me down and through this joyful chapter of my life he is good to me! Thankful for the works the Lord is doing in my life and for they boys he's provided! Praise be to God!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Luke's First Birthday Party!

Luke's first birthday bash was a success! We did a "Little Man" theme! I  thought it was appropriate since when he was a baby people have called him little man, with all that hair and that little baby mustache he is definitely a little man in the making. Luke even wore a bow tie to celebrate the occasion! To make the party fit our budget we made most of the decorations out of materials we already had, we made a piñata, goodie bags, cupcakes, banners, it was a lot of work but I'm into all that stuff so it was super fun making everything! And the chalkboard art credit goes to my very talented handsome hubby! Oh and he made most of the piñata too I just decorated it! And to make the day more eventful Luke found out he was having a baby brother! Such a fun day, so blessed we got to celebrate with family and wonderful friends!

The dessert table!
Smash Cake! Got it at Kroger they did such a great job!
More goodies!
Luke's accomplishments in a year!
Cute and simple!
The goodie bags made out of brown paper bags from the dollar tree and
decorated with bow ties and ties made from scrapbook paper!
The backyard chalkboards, can you tell we are obsessed with chalkboards?
Mommy and the birthday boy!
Backyard fun!
Displaying Luke's  monthly pictures

The Yummy Food! Menu: Hot Dogs, Chili, Mac & Cheese, Veggies,
Watermelon, Chocolate covered strawberries and an assortment of chips
Luke giving my the baby a hug!
Getting ready to hit the Piñata!

Dale, dale, dale no pierdas el tiro... That's all I remember!
  (Mexican piñata song)

And it breaks!

We're more intrigued by grass than the candy on the ground!
About to find out if Luke is having a little brother or little sister!
With auntie Sel! She helped out so much!
Ready for some cake!
"mommy.., why are all these people singing?"
Decided to go in for a bite! This guy... Cracks me up!
Had to cut him off after that bite!
With his best bud Isaiah!
And finally the gifts! What a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Luke's almost ONE!

I've been an emotional wreck as Luke's first birthday has been approaching, blame it on my prego hormones but what mommy doesn't get chocked up at the though: Where did my little baby go? I see him feeding himself grown up human food and then taking his zippy cup with both his hands and taking a big drink then he looks at me with that big boy smile and his one big tooth poking out... I just think WOW!

It feels like just yesterday that we brought him home all swaddled up, wrinkly and red and I was breastfeeding him every 2 hours and look at him now! I have a baby thats resembling more a toddler everyday! It amazes me how much he has changed in one year and I can't even begin to imagine how much he'll grow and learn this next coming year.

Now I really understand what people mean when they say, "They grow up so fast."

As I reminisce on this past year I think of how many times Luke has surprised me with that sweet brave adventurous personality! So many times I have thought, "oh he's too little," "oh he'll cry," "he wont like that" and he proves me wrong over and over again!

From the first time we took him too the beach I thought he was going to cry the first time he felt the sand or the cold water and this guy absolutely loved it and literally squealed from joy as he played in it! He loves every dog, every animal, (except cats, ok I'm still training him on that one) anything he can get his hands on this guy loves! At Disneyland I thought he would be scared of the characters dressed in costumes but if this guy could take one home he totally would! He would actually cry when we were taking too long to get to them! He didn't cry on any rides even on on Pirates of the Caribbean, I was prepared for a melt down after the drop or during the loud booming sounds but this guy was just brave as can be and amazed at everything!

It feels strange to say that I look up to and admire Luke but I truly do! I look at his little character and his personality and I just know that the Lord is preparing him to be an awesome big brother! I never met a baby so fun, joyful and a baby that just enjoys life! He's so independent its a little scary but so admirable! I can picture him telling his little brother or sister "It's ok don't be scared, I'll help you." Since I found out I was pregnant I've been telling Luke that the Lord chose him to be a big brother because He knew he would be a great one and the qualities he was blessed with just show it!

How this little person melts my heart over and over again is beyond me.

This year has not been easy, if anything every little thing is twice as hard, going out, getting in the car, getting out, grocery shopping, the mall, having dinner... I mean pretty much my whole life! But I would do it all over again because even though it's twice as hard my life with this little guy is also a hundred times better, happier, funnier and messier, and I love it!

I'm so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to conceive, birth and raise this precious life! My gift from the Lord! Thank you for Lord for  choosing me as his mommy and blessing him with his first year of life!