Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Big Reveal

Yesterday we went to the doctor for the big ultrasound.  Mama, Joe, Daniel, David, Mary Blanche and I all went.  Man, I remember why I try not to take them to my appointments!  Ha!  They actually did a lot better than I thought they would.  

Outside the doctor's office before we went in.  Not the best family picture, but its the best we could get.  Ha!
Waiting for the doctor!
This girl was such a mess.  As always. During the ultrasound she kept walking back and forth between me and the ultrasound screen pointing at my belly and saying baby and pointing at the screen and saying baby.  (she has been pulling my shirt out all morning and looking down and asking for "baby??"  Ha!  She just doesn't quite get it. But, she understands a lot more then I thought she would.
This is after the doctor told us that IT'S A BOY!!  Daniel was so very excited!  He really wanted another baby brother.  And he loved watching the screen.  He listened to everything the doctor said.  Every time you ask David if he wants a baby sister or brother he says,  "Sissy is the baby and she is a girl!"  He is having a hard time admitting that there is going to be another baby!  Ha!  I think this is his way of saying that Sissy is enough.  He doesn't need another one.  He cracks me up!

Baby Boy's name Is Joseph Derek Hooker.  We are going to call him Derek.  Had to have another D name.  Baby Brother can't be left out!  Joseph is Joe's first name.  Derek is Joe's 1st cousin and Best friend's name.  We are excited to have Baby Derek!

And now for the Gender Reveal pictures.  :)  I was up late Sunday night trying to figure out what in the world we were going to do to let everyone know if this sweet baby is a baby sister or a baby brother.  I am usually much more prepared for these things, but I was having a hard time making up my mind.  I didn't even know what the kiddos were going to wear!  So not like me.  I shopped in their closets Monday morning and was happy with what I came up with.  Thankfully!  I ended up putting 2 or 3 ideas together for the picture and this is what I came up with.

The story behind the picture:  
We decided to take pictures the morning of my appointment.  My appointment wasn't until 3 pm.  And I knew the likelihood of getting good pictures after we got home was not good.  It was a beautiful morning, so I got them ready and Joe did the picture taking.  He is much better at that than I am.  
 Miss Priss primping before we took pictures.  She loves to brush her hair!
Daniel is not a big fan of hair spray, but he loves his hair "spicey!"  Ha!

Okay, I know that most of you think I pinched this sweet girl to make her cry.  :)  When actually this was just a very convenient time for her to throw a 2 year old fit.  Ha!  I tried getting her to hold the chalk board where I had written BOY, but she kept turning it so you couldn't read it.  
 This was the best we could get.  But, the chalk board has a ribbon at the top.  As much as she loves necklaces, I just knew she would love wearing the chalk board.  

Boy was I wrong!!  Ha!  But being the mean mama I am, I thought it would be hilarious to have her crying in the pictures.  So instead of taking the sign off her and consoling her I told Joe to keep taking pictures.  The more pictures, the madder she got!  Poor baby girl.  

Memama trying to make this mess of a girl happy again.  We took the girl pictures next and she got her balloons back and that helped.  But it was so close to nap and lunch time that not a lot made her happy.  
These boys did some great picture taking though!

The girl pictures turned out pretty cute, too.  But nothing was as good as Mary Blanche screaming in the Boy pictures! 

We are all very thankful and excited about Baby Derek!  We are also very thankful that the ultrasound went great!  I was 19 weeks 4 days and the doctor couldn't get a good look at his brain and heart.  He is not concerned about anything, Baby Derek just isn't quite big enough for him to see yet.  He has to be 20 weeks.  So, we go back in 2 weeks for another ultrasound.  I am definitely not complaining.  :)  But everything he could see looked great and he said he has no concerns.  We are most thankful for that!!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mary Blanche's Sweet and Sassy 2nd

We finally had a party to celebrate our girl's 2nd birthday Sunday.  Her birthday is actually December 21st, but we have an anniversary (this year was 10 years), 2 kids birthdays, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day all in 5 days.  So, we try to split up the fun so each kiddo feels special.

When thinking about her party this year I knew she would have the most fun at something girly and fun!  For once I did not turn to pinterest for her party theme!  :)  It is an original.  There are great and not so great things about that.  I contacted a seller on etsy that had an invitation that would almost work and asked her is she could add some things to it, and this is what she came up with.  I love it!  Only problem was I had them printed at walmart.  They were supposed to be in the mail no later than January 2nd.  I got them the 7th.  Oh well.  Thank goodness for texting.  Everyone had a heads up.

All of the sweet was on this table!  (And all of the little girls enjoying each other!)  We had cupcakes, zebra cakes, m&ms, skittles, kisses, hugs, starbursts, and ring pops.  :)
I have so many great friends with sweet little girls that I decided to have a girls only party this year.  It was a blast!  The best part was watching all of the girls play together!
This is Mary Blanche's "Happy Birthday to me" as she says.  :)
She is really into dress up right now.  So she LOVED getting to dress up at her party!  
I am so so thankful that MB has so many such sweet friends!
Everyone had fun in the photo booth!
Looks like everyone is trying to blow her candle out for her, but she did it all by herself!
Such a big girl!
Girl loves cupcakes!
I think they all enjoyed their cupcakes.  :)
Everyone knows my girl so good!  She got tons of dress up clothes and princess dolls.  She is still in heaven today!  We have played baby and dress up all day!
My favorite picture of the birthday girl.  ha!  
Thank you so much to everyone who made her party special!