Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ben's Birthday

Yesterday we celebrated Ben's 2nd birthday!!! I can't believe we made it haha.
All day I was just remembering all about his birth. It seriously blows my mind that 2 years has past since then. He has grown into such a cute little man and he is learning so much.

Here's just some things about him:

*He has dirty blonde hair that is getting way too long. We'll be cutting it probably this week. That will be a whole new blog post in of itself.
*I have no idea how much he weighs or how tall he is. But he looks pretty average to me.
*He can say a lot of words. He can basically repeat anything you can say, so watch yourself! He can't put together sentences though. The most words he can put together is probably 3.
*We are slowly potty training him. He does really well and tells us when he's peeing or pooping, but we just don't make it in time for the potty.
*He LOVES his sweets and junk food. He's a pretty picky eater.
*His favourite toys to play with are cars, trucks, and dinosaurs.
*He loves other kids and does pretty well with them
*He sleeps anywhere from 12-14 hours a night (uninterrupted) and takes 2 hour naps.
*His favourite activity is probably swimming in the ocean
*He can fold his arms for prayers
*He is very ticklish
*He doesn't like wearing clothes and absolutely hates wearing shoes. This will definitely be a problem when we move back. He is going to freeze!
*He is doing better at being quiet during the first hour of church. He absolutely loves nursery. He doesn't even look back to say goodbye when we drop him off haha.
*He does not like to sit still. We can't watch a movie, go to dinner, or sit with friends without him going crazy and running all over the place.
*When he knows he's done something wrong he will say sorry, cry, then go in for a hug. It's pretty cute.
*He loves to watch cartoons. We actually had to cut him off because he was getting too obsessed

Im sure theres more stuff about him but this list is getting too long

So for his birthday we just invited some of his friends over and I made some yummy snacks!
The kids were so happy and screaming with laughter. Ben loves his friends and he had the best time!
When it was time to blow out his candles, he was actually afraid of the fire and Maikal had to blow them out.

Sunday, February 16, 2014
20 Weeks

Well I'm halfway done with this pregnancy!
I'm not going to felt like it took forever to get here.
But I remember this happening with Ben too.
And once I hit the 20 week mark last time, things really started to speed up!
I'm sure the same thing is going to happen this time.
And maybe...just MAYBE....I'll be pregnant only for another 16 weeks like with Ben ;)

At 20 weeks:

Baby Aurora is really starting to get active. I felt her first movements at 19 weeks. It is so nice feeling the movement of a baby again. I would describe it as one of the coolest feelings in the world!

I've gained about 9 pounds. Not sure if that's good or bad so far. All I know is that I don't want to gain that extra 20 pounds again....brutal. So I'm still doing Zumba and Weight classes. Feels good!

I am definitely bigger than last time. My belly is much more round and out! It's probably due to the extra 10 pounds I had on there from Ben haha.

All of the nausea, cravings, tiredness, throwing up, etc....all ended when I hit 13 weeks.

I desperately need to go shopping for maternity clothes. Nothing is fitting!

Ben still doesn't really know what's going on. I try to explain that there is a baby in my tummy, but he just looks down then just suddenly starts giving me raspberries. Which is pretty cute lol.

I'm going in for my second ultrasound this week. This one will be the one where i need to have a full bladder. Which if i remember correctly...was a terrible feeling! But this ultrasound will let us know if she has any problems with her body, down syndrome, etc. I'm sure everything is fine, but there's always that worry that something is wrong!
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The Gender Reveal

So as you can tell by these photo's....we are having a GIRL!!!!

I've seen this kind of reveal all over pinterest and I really wanted to do this! My cousin Laura just happen to come at the perfect week when I was pregnant because I was far enough along to find out the gender. She's the one who put the balloons in the box and took these lovely photo's! All we had to do was wait for nice weather....which took 7 days.....the anticipation was killing me inside. I tried not to think about that envelope on my dresser with 'girl' or 'boy' in there. It was a lot of will power!

I was honestly SO shocked that it was a girl. I was completely surprised when I saw those pink balloons come out! I totally thought we were having another boy. There were so many emotions coming through my mind. I was excited, nervous, anxious, and worried. I have no idea how to raise a girl! I only know about boys! So this experience will really be different I think. But on a HUGE plus side, the shopping for baby girl's clothes will be SO MUCH MORE FUN! They just have a much bigger selection with more styles!

But now I can have best of both worlds! And if we feel like 2 kids is enough, then I won't feel like we missed out on raising either gender! And I know I said I wasn't going to share the name in my last post, but we've changed our minds. We are so set on this name. I am absolutely in love with this name. I love  it because I know ZERO other girls with this name, which rarely happens nowadays. And it's so unique. You may hate it, you may love it. I had to think about it for a while just because i thought it was so weird. But we've decided on the name Aurora! And I think Rory or Rora would be such a cute nickname for that :) She's going to be our own little princess!

Here are some 'extra' photo's of the reveal.

In the picture above, Maikal was deciding what look would be the most authentic looking haha.
He was pretty sure he knew the gender. When at the ultrasound, he decided to look at the screen and see if he could figure it out on his own. And he was right!
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