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Anna & Co. ~ 32 Weeks

Last month (in the sweltering heat!) we had maternity pictures made for little Anna.  These were done by Swanky 5 Studios and I just love them!  They're also going to do Anna's newborn pictures and I can't wait because they always seem to do something unique :)


Ben Goes to School!

We're so proud of Ben!  His first day of preschool went GREAT!!  Daddy took him and he was a happy camper thanks to a special treat of Apple Jacks for the morning snack.  He told Daddy, "Bye bye" and his teacher Mrs. Juanita said he didn't shed a tear ALL DAY!  What a relief that was for Mama :)

We've been "practicing" for preschool (i.e. being away from Mama, Daddy or Grandmama for a little bit) by way of the church nursery, and honestly it wasn't going well at all.  So, I was glued to my phone just waiting for "the call" to come get him due to excessive crying.  Well, that didn't happen ~ WHEW!  I was so anxious for him, I even dreamed about it the night before and had a belly ache when I woke up, ha ha ha!!!

My sweet little baby, all grown up....*sniff sniff*....


Stillllll Partying!

I was thinking that being two years old calls for two posts with the birthday festivities :)  So, here are a few pictures from when we celebrated at home.  

First thing on the day of his birthday:  "Why are you singing 'Happy Birthday', Mommy?"  (I think I'll take one of these every year...Click here to see him back on his first birthday!)

Somebody's excited about Elmo cupcakes!!

This was Ben's reaction when we tried to get him to put down the ball and bat to open the next gift...ha ha ha!!!


Can't wait to blow the candles out (again!!)

Playing with the Pirate Ship water table we got him - splashing Mommy and Daddy seems to be the best part!!

Ben with Great Grandmother Nana...

Giving big brother Mason some spanks with the help of Uncle Tom!


Our Happy Little Fella!!


Anna's 3D Ultrasound

A few weeks ago, we excitedly went in for Anna's 3D/4D ultrasound.  I was SO hoping she'd be more cooperative than Ben was for his (remember he kept his arm over his face almost the entire time, or turned toward my back!).  Wellllllll......believe it or not, she was actually WORSE!  Boy, did I think the pictures from Ben's ultasound were "iffy"...wait 'til you see these, ha!!  That's OK, though...we did get one or two good looks at her face from the side or top, and I thought she really looked like Ben in the womb!!

The ultrasound tech said we had a few things working against was that she had her face pressed really hard up against me - so that made a lot of her face pics look distorted, especially her nose.  Her nose and mouth also looked strange in a lot of the images because the umbilical cord was right over them.  Apparently, they can "look through" parts like the cord sometimes, but it might look odd (which it did).  Also, since she was so pressed up against me, there wasn't much amniotic fluid,which is a must to get a good ultrasound pictures.  Maybe the waves have to have that to go through to make a good image?  Oh well...given those things, maybe we didn't do so badly after all!

We did get to see her moving around in general, which was amazing, of course.  At one point, we saw her open and close her mouth so clearly, and another time, we could see little fingers in front of her face!  Here are some pictures....

This one is of her face slightly from the side (the brown picture) and the 2D black and white picture is her profile.

Here's her face again, looking down with her hand over part of it - you can tell the hand by all the fingers showing.  It was so neat to watch her waving those sweet little hands around!

 Another face and hand picture, but I especially loved this one because it looks like she's sleepy, rubbing her eyes.  Check out those FAT CHEEKS!!

And, finally, we made SURE to verify for the third time that she was "still" a she...IT'S (still) A GIRL!! :)