Thursday, September 4, 2014

Oh Hello!

Summer kept us a little busy! Pregnancy, selling our home, buying a new one, summer camps for Jackson (golf, theater, swim lessons and soccer), and Riley becoming more verbal and social make for no blog posts! Now that Jackson is in Kindergarten (!), maybe I will have some more "free time" before Baby Brother arrives! Please forgive my absence...and enjoy this photo dump of summer pictures! 
xoxo,
Amber

 Baby Brother is growing!

Fun in the sun at the SR Swim and Racquet Club!

Jackson is 5 1/2! Mommy and Son date at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

One of the perks of having open houses...you drive around for hours. 

Princess Belle! Ri is really into princesses and all things girly.

Crushing on Brayden. 

First pedicure! Riley turned 2 1/2 so naturally a pedi to celebrate!

"Like my puh-ple toes and flower?"

Xander came to Barre3 and celebrated a pre-season Chargers win!


Lots of fun summer times with Kendall!

Gram and Grandpa visited for a weekend!

Playing duck, duck, goose!

Loving the summer strolls at Lake Miramar!

Guest Barre3 Master Trainer Candace visited the studio! Always great workouts from her in person and on line!

Back to school shopping and In and Out = Perfect Day!

The kids look forward to weekly "Taco Tuesdays" at our house. They are such good helpers, too!

Jackson learned to use my spiralizer! Fun making zoodles!

I'm the Queen of Freaky accidents. I stabbed my eyeball with a hard plastic straw in the middle of the night as I reached for my water...deep cornea abrasion is still healing. 

Saying good bye to our favorite Chargers Cheerleader and Barre3 childcare girl, Jelly!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It's a...

GIRL!  BOY!!!

We were tickled pink, as they say...for about 24 hours...


Sierra and I had a day date on Sunday, June 1st, to see who was taking up space in my womb.  I was 14 weeks to the day. We both thought boy because I've been correct with my Mommy Instincts for the previous kids...but when I started to show I had my doubts because my belly was high like it was with Riley. All my pants still fit. With Jackson, I had to do the rubberband trick at week 12 I think! 

We went to a 3D/4D ultrasound place that we have used in the past, and we sat quietly as the technician confirmed that we were looking at a girl! We were really shocked to see a baby girl in my womb! It was so quiet I think maybe the tech was thinking we wanted one over another...but we both wanted a healthy baby. I immediately began thinking about the sister relationship Riley and this baby would have. I have two sisters so I know how good that can be...and challenging. Ha! Sierra confessed he wanted a girl again...because they are easier. Ummmm...just wait until about age 12, my love! We left a little confused and just shocked. I texted friends saying we were shocked it was a girl. Now, in case you have forgotten, we were totally surprised with Riley until she was born...so we have never seen what a girl looks like on an ultrasound in terms of genitalia. 

We met my brother and his wife for lunch after calling my mom with the news. We shared with them that another niece was on her way! Then it was time to buy some balloons for the kids...and gifts from the new baby.



I loved the box idea with balloons but thought that might be too cumbersome and tall for kids to open. So we put a pink balloon inside each of these bags I crafted. 


Holding a "Little Sister" sleeper. The balloons were a  hit (not the color, but the balloons). 



Jackson pretty much had this face for several minutes. He wanted a brother. He didn't cry...but later he said he was happy to have another sister. He's a great big brother and we were really pumping him up saying things like, "you're so special because you are the only boy!" We promised him a boy dog someday. 



Riley was happy just to know there is a baby coming. And the balloons were exciting.


There's a smile!


Baby  gave Jackson a new TMNT, Rafael. 


And Riley has a new writing tool. 




My favorite. Hi little girl BOY! We love you!

SO the next day, Jackson came to me in the morning as I was looking at the ultrasound pictures. He said, "I really thought it was a boy." I said, "Me, too." I was really confused about the "girl parts" she saw and didn't see the three white lines that everyone on Babycenter Boards saw (ha, ha). I frantically started texting moms asking them what the lines looked like, Googled...drove myself crazy. 

All day I kept thinking I should call my doctor just to confirm the gender. I had taken a blood test at week 10 to rule out chromosome abnormalities (all is good), and something new with this pregnancy is that they can tell the gender as well from taking my blood. We wanted to see the baby reveal the parts, so we declined when the doctor called to say everything was good and did we want to know the gender (several weeks ago). At my last appointment I was going to ask for the results in an envelope but forgot...I joked that the heartbeat sounded like a boy for sure. My doctor asked, "Are you looking for a reaction? Because I don't know either." But he had a smirk...

Knowing that they had the blood test results, I gave my doctors (I see a group of five) a call...and I ended up leaving a message because it was time to get Jackson from school. When I came back to the car, I had a message from the doctor...99.9% accuracy...XY...It's A BOY

I think I may have laughed for over an hour as I made the calls and texts to now say we were having a BOY. The best call of all was the first one I made, to Sierra, who was at work. He said, "HUH? HUH? WOW! WOW! WOW! I'm stoked!" And then we had to put our thinking caps on about how to tell the kids...

Take Two! 


It seemed redundant and confusing to put the balloons in a bag again! So instead we had them close their eyes and share the news that sometimes people make mistakes...and a little BROTHER was on his way. 




I will be returning the little sister sleeper soon....and the $50 in bows I purchased will be re-gifted...this Baby Boy already has a memorable story before his birth day! Better get that baby book started now! 




P.S. A few days later, we ended up going back to get a redo ultrasound. The senior technician apologized over and over again about the mistake. She said the tech should never have said she was certain, especially so early, and especially with the cord between the legs. It makes for a good story, I suppose. And I cried when I saw baby brother and his boy parts...and the kids enjoyed "meeting" their little brother, too. He was waving at them and moving all around which they thought was hilarious. They kept waving to the screen. :)


How did we miss his tie?


And yes, Jackson can still get a boy dog...when he's 10! 



Mama has already started shopping for you, Little Bro!