Monday, December 31, 2007

Doctor update

I went to the doctor's today for my weekly appointment and she said my blood work looked great and the baby got an 8 out of 8 on his biophysical sonogram. I have to go for another sono this week and go back to her next week. I am a little less swollen in face and legs/ankles/feet, but my hands are swollen; I can't win. The little one's heartbeat was strong and sounded good. I am trying to get things together for my sub and myself mentally.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

We have an escapee...

So sitting around in a chair with my feet up is growing old already!! This morning my brother stopped by with his dog and he was outside doing something. Manny wanted to go out but I told him he couldn't because he didn't have shoes on. Well he went and got his snow boots and was standing at the I thought. I asked my mom where he was and she said by the door so I went to check and he was no where in sight....he was down the driveway in his snow boots and pj's playing in the snow with his shovel. So there I go running after him in my pj's and slippers....and he just kept going. Yeah, so much for bed rest!!!

Here Manny is walking back in with my brother
Here he is having a fit because I took his boots off and made him come inside..

Uncle Chris took him back outside after I dressed him, to play and go for a snowmobile ride

Friday, December 28, 2007

Bed rest

I went to the doctor Wednesday for my monthly appointment and she told me I have to be on bed rest. I have preeclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension. I only have 2 of the 4 signs, but it is enough for her to condemn me to the couch and bed. I did get permission to go to work next week for the 3 days to clean up my stuff, say good bye to the kids and get plans ready for a sub to take over. I am not mentally ready to stop working and laying on the couch and sitting in the chair these past 2 days has been rough. I do notice a difference already in the swelling of my ankles and feet though. I went and had a biophysical profile done on the baby this morning. I will have to have one of these done every week until I deliver, or she takes the baby. The lady doing the sonogram said he got an A+. His little diaphram was moving quite nicely, he's doing a good job practicing his breathing and she estimates him to arrive Feb 1 (14 days before my due date) because of the size he measures. She estimated him to be 5 lbs 4 oz or so. Now remember, they thought Manny was over 9 lbs and induced me only for him to be 7 lbs 15 oz, 4 days later. I take their measurements with a grain of salt.

What am I going to do all day? I need to find a hobby, quickly. It is hard to sit still all day right now, being home with a 2 year old. Daycare opens again next week and he will be back Mon.-Thurs. like has has been and still spending the day with Daddy on Fridays. I know not many people ready my blog, but for those of you who do, if you know someone who has been on bed rest before please ask them to visit my blog and leave me a comment with helpful hints. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas 2007

We had a beautiful two days! We spent Christmas Eve day with Manny's mom and sister and kids and the kids had a lot of fun together. Christmas Eve we went out to dinner with my grandmother, aunt, uncle, parents, brother and sister-in-law. After dinner (which I was glad to be over, only because it is stressful to be out at a really nice restaurant with a 2 year old. He was well behaved and not too noisy, but I still worry the entire time.) we went back to my moms and opened gifts with them.

Christmas morning we had to wake Manny up at 8 o'clock because Taina had already been patiently waiting. Manny didn't really know what to expect or what to do when he saw the presents under the tree. Santa had wrapped Taina's gifts in princess paper and Manny's in Diego, so when he realized the Diego gifts were for him he would carefully take one at a time, bring it to the table, open it, show everyone, take it all in and then go for the next present. He got so wrapped up in his gifts that we had to remind him he had more; I guess that means he really didn't need everything he got! Taina's favorite gift was her American girl doll from grandma and Pop-Pop. Everything seems to be Manny's favorite toy.

Christmas afternoon my mom's brothers and sisters and my grandmother all get together at my moms and we do a big dinner and then more gifts. Manny didn't get a lot to open at this point because there really is/was nothing he needed. I told people to get him savings bonds or money to put into his savings account; this wasn't fun for him though. He had 2 presents and the rest were cards..he kept asking "Can I open more presents?" He was so good about it though, even though he didn't have anymore. I was happy to see him being patient and calm, and not throwing a fit for more.

My uncle thought his gift was funny.....thank goodness he forgot to buy batteries for it!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

A look back at Manny

Being pregnant and very emotional I have been thinking and wondering whether our new little peanut will look like his brother. I took out old pictures today and wonder where all the time has gone! Manny is so big now, it is hard to remember him being this little. He is only 21 days old here and so sweet and innocent.
Will Baby Aviles (sorry I'm not giving his name away) have that same head of dark hair (when born...because Manny's is lighter now), will he have those same luscious lips, and soft

sweet smell? I can't wait to meet him, but I am not rushing it!

Here Manny is 2 months old and it is the day he was baptized. Yes, he had a little tux on. I can't wait to put it on peanut and have him baptized. Manny's hair started to have a wavy curl to it by now.

He's 2 days shy of 3months old here...he has always been such a happy, smiley baby!!!

Here is my little movie star. His hair was not easy to control.

Here Manny is taking a bath...I couldn't resist showing you this one. He had so much hair that it was easy to put it in a ponytail or curl it up like this. Last picture I promise. I have so many I could post for days...wish I had know about posting back then, I would have uploaded every picture of the thousand I have!!

Friday, December 14, 2007


At the tree lighting ceremony a couple of weekends ago the kids got to sit on Santa's lap and get a goody bag from him. Then we went inside the firehouse and had hot chocolate and cookies and cupcakes.

Last year Manny was so scared of Santa that he'd cry and go the opposite direction. I was afraid this year it would be worse...but I was wrong. We first saw Santa at Adam's and he sat next to him but didn't really say anything, just sat there looking at him. Then he was first in line at the tree lighting ceremony to sit on his lap.

He doesn't say anything to Santa as he sits on his lap, he just kinda sits there and looks at him. At home it's a different story. I like PBS because there are no commercials, but on Disney and any other channel everything he sees, he wants. "Mommy I want that!" Mommy I want that!" and so on and so on with every commercial. It doesn't matter what it is, he wants it. So I started to say "That would be nice" after each thing he "wants". He now says, "I want that be nice!" I just yes everything he says. The kid doesn't need anything; we could open a toy store with everything we have. Of course none of the cars or trucks have tires on them. He has this obsession with taking off every tire, no matter how hard it is and he chews on them and calls it his "gum". Now he's never had gum so I don't know where that assimilation came from.

He surprises me everyday though with what he knows. He saw a trumpet on one of my mother's carolers and told me, "That's a trumpet." His new phrase is also, "I LOVE my mommy, I LOVE my mommy..........." I love you too love bug!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Our first snowstorm

We received our first real snowstorm today. They closed schools everywhere before it even started doing anything. I had plans to run to Walmart before the snow came and I never made it out early enough. The snow started at 9am and it's still snowing at 7:30 tonight. There is probably 9-10 inches out there. I took the kids out to play late this afternoon and they had a blast. Manny is at a fun age and is really enjoying everything this time of year. I have Santa pictures to post too...

They helped shovel the driveway, or should I say made more a mess that then had to be re- shoveled. Manny thought he'd be able to ride his bikes in the snow; that didn't work either.

I am hoping for no school again tomorrow. I love snow days and especially as I slow down here in my pregnancy, it is nice. I have 9 more weeks and am started to feel "huge". The kids are crazy in school with the holidays and the snow, so I'd rather not deal with them. The other part of me would rather have the "snow days" in the spring, that way it's less days I don't get paid for while on my maternity leave. Either way I guess I win.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sweet things

I am home "sick" today with Manny. I decided to keep him with me today to monitor his breathing. He has a cough and last night was really rough with breathing and wheezing. We had serious issues with this last winter so I didn't want to let it get away from us. I took him to the doctor and she said his lungs are clear, thank goodness. She gave me a new inhaler because the old one didn't seem to work. She also gave me prednazone for those emergencies when I can't get to her right away. I am glad he is not at that horrible point right now. I'll put him back on his allergy medicine and hopefully see improvement.

Yesterday was our anniversary and Manny (big) managed to spoil me yet again. We went out to dinner Sunday night because he works late all week. He started off the night by giving me diamond hoop earrings. They are absolutely beautiful!!! These are practical everyday small hoop ones and I love them! Then yesterday at work I get a delivery from edible arrangements...yummy!! I love the fruit, especially the white chocolate covered strawberries that re requests especially for me. To top it off he comes home last night from work with another gift....a Coach bag. He said he heard me mention the other day that I needed a new I would have settled for a Marshall's or Target special....but I am in love with my Coach bag!!! I love my husband and I love times like these when he spoils me. I did feel guilty though and told him he should have saved the bag for x-mas.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Handy Manny

Daddy got Manny a tool set. Manny was so excited by it that he told me he is a builder. The chainsaw is his favorite tool.

I am so excited and proud of Manny. He has been "potty trained" at daycare for some time now. He uses the potty all by himself (he'll yell "Shell I done" just to let her know) and pulls up his own pull up and pants. (His pants are always on backwards, he likes the tag in the front and many times inside out.) He remains dry all day and in the same pull up all day. The minute we get home that all ends. He can sit in a wet or poopy diaper forever at home and run away from me changing him. Tonight he told me he had to go potty, climbed up on the toilet all by himself and wet potty. I am so proud of him for doing it finally at home, even if it was just one time.

Every night during bedtime he plays the same questioning game. "Mommy, where's Daddy?" I answer him. "Where's Pop-Pop?" Answer. "Where's Gamma?" Answer. "Where's Daddy?" on and so forth through all of them over and over. Finally I've had enough and I tell him I am leaving if he doesn't stop it and go to sleep. Well tonight he says to me, " Ha! Ha! I locked the door, you can't leave!" It was so cute the way he said it because he seriously thought I was locked in and he was controlling me. I had to laugh at him.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I want to win a sling

The Domestic Diva is giving away a sling and I want to win it so I can wear the new baby!! I think, or shall I say I know that I am going to have my hands full with Manny (he'll be 2 months shy of 3) and a newborn and Taina. If I can wear this baby it would be awesome!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Baby update

I had another sonogram today because the last grouch didn't get a clear picture of the heart, so today's sonogram was especially for that. The woman today was so sweet and friendly, she actually did my first one at 6 weeks. She showed me everything and gave us some pictures. Manny (big) came with me and of course when she showed him the proof that it is a boy he had to have her print a picture of it. She was pushing down trying to get a good picture of the heart and the baby started kicking or pushing back at her. I started laughing because I knew what he was doing and she laughed too because she felt it. She said he is measuring bigger than 26 weeks 4 days, actually 27 weeks 6 days. That pushes up my due date to February 5, instead of the 15th. This is not going to work in my schedule. I plan on working up until the 14th so that I can have every extra day to spend with the baby...being that I won't be paid. Also my social studies classes are having special culture classes with a dance instructor coming in to teach them different dances. They they put on a performance for the parents after the 5th day. I can't miss that!! We figured it is at the end of my pregnancy and something easy for me to work with my last couple of days. We'll see, he'll come when he's ready. With Little Manny they thought he was big, over 9 lbs so my doctor induced me. When he was born, 3 days later he was 7 lbs. 15 oz.. I am thinking the same may happen for this little guy. I can't wait to see what he looks like, will he resemble his brother? Will he have all that hair too? Can he please have my green eyes? And like to sleep? I don't think that is too much to ask!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween 2007

The kids had a great time trick or treating last night. Manny got the hang of it pretty quickly and said his version of trick or treat at each house. I wish I had it on tape for you all to hear because it is so cute. He also got very excited at the first house who gave him a lollipop. He ran back to me to show me his p-pop and smile from ear to ear. At Uncle Chris and Aunt Jenn's house he got to take the candy he wanted and I think he took a handful of 6 lollipops. Of course the night couldn't end without a spill. He was running to keep up with Taina and fell, hence the scrape over his right eye. I think he was more worried about the candy that fell out of his bag than being scraped up.

Friday, October 19, 2007

It's a boy (we are a little more sure this time)

Well I had another sonogram tonight and we saw that it is a boy. A friend of the family is a sono tech and she had a slow night going at the hospital so she took me in so we could see what the little munchkin is...and I am actually okay with a boy. The boys can share a bedroom and be the best of friends. You'll all have to wait to see what his name is though...that's our secret!! I am so curious if he will look like Manny (little) or be built like him. If he has less energy that would be okay with me!! I'll have my two football players.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pumpkin Picking 2007

We went pumpkin picking at the Hoyt's today. The kids had such a great time. This was Manny's first time picking pumpkins and he only wanted the "baby pumpkins". The gords became bats for Manny as he tried to hit his golf balls with them.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A few pics of Manny

Manny fell asleep waiting for Mommy and Taina to get ready to go shopping. He must have been tired because he never falls asleep on his own, at least not with me!

I found this costume in a tub of clothes I had saved of Taina's. Taina wore this when she was 3 1/2 and it was big on her. I couldn't get Manny to put it on and once I convinced him to show mommy how it fit I couldn't get it off. I think he looks soooo cute!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

At the house

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Such a big boy!

Each day I look at Manny and see him growing in so many ways. He loves going to "school" and has to bring his backpack, just like Taina and I. He was excited to show me his apple painting the other day, because they are learning the letter "a" this week. We go through a bunch of words that start with "a" and his response every time is apple. His vocabulary is growing as well. He surprises me sometimes with what comes out of his mouth. Yesterday I pulled out onto the highway and he yells "Slow it down, no go fast!" I turned and looked at him. He was looking out the window, down at the ground and I said, "What did you just say?" He said, "Slow it down." Okay, where did that one come from?? And I wasn't even going fast!! He has a terrible ear infection this week. It helps that he has the tubes because it drains, but he doesn't like me wiping it because it hurts him. When I try to clean it he tells me "Donna do it ready" in other words, don't touch it, it was done at some point today. On the other hand he still is a baby, and will always be my baby. He wants me to carry him at times and he loves to cuddle and read before bed. I love this time with him and hope it continues as he gets older *not the carrying part...that is extremely hard right now* Mommy loves you so much my love bug!!

Friday, September 28, 2007


Well we had a sonogram done today and we found out we are having another little boy. The lady is not 100% sure, she didn't even sound 70% sure. She was not nice and didn't show me anything. Now if this had been my first sonogram ever I would think no differently, but being that I had a ton with Manny, I know they go through each and every body part, listen to the heartbeat, etc. I am very disappointed by my results, not the boy, but the grouchy, nastiness of the woman. I am asking for another sonogram at my next appointment. I have a really good doctor, so I hope she'll send me. I was secretly hoping for a girl though, but a boy is very practical. I have everything I need and the two boys can share a room, everything just makes sense. I know there is a reason for everything, maybe God feels Taina will be enough for me to handle, and I shouldn't have to have the attitude and everything with another girl. Whatever the reason, I just want a healthy baby. Oh yeah....and a calmer one than Manny. He is so energetic and loud, I need a quiet, laid back, sleeper.....please!!!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Grandma's big helper

Manny was enjoying his ride from Grandma...until the weeds started itching his back. He is asking her for help in this picture, to get out.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Well school has begun and I am exhausted already. The first week back is always the hardest. Trying to get back into the routine and having to have everybody out of the house so early is like working a job in itself. Then I go to work and relax (ha). My class this year seems to be great so far. The boys are so chatty, more so than the girls. I am sort of excited to only have to work until February, the stinky part is having to come back at some point before the school year is over. I would love to stay home the remainder of the year like I did with Manny, but with the new house being built we won't be able to afford it. I am hoping to stay out at least 12 weeks. I couldn't imagine bringing a 6 week old to daycare. I love Michelle, but a newborn belong at home with mommy. I've already let everyone in the family know that if Manny needs to stay home a day because of illness, they will all have to chip in. I need to save every last day I have (34 to be exact) for the little one. I can only use 30 of those days on a "maternity" leave and maybe the 4 before I give birth. My due date is February 15, I would love to be able to work up to the 14th (then it's a 4 day weekend at school). We will see what the future holds. For now I am taking it one day at a time and waiting anxiously for my ultrasound at the end of the month. I can't wait to see what I am having (they better be able to you'd better behave).

Friday, August 31, 2007

Taina cheering

Taina had her first game to cheer at tonight. The girls got to cheer with the high school cheerleaders at the HS football game. They all looked so cute and did a great job. Sunday they have their first Mighty Mites game with a half time dance and all.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Manny's backpack

A short time ago I won a blog giveaway over at Fina' Drea's and got to choose a toddler size backpack for Manny. It came in the mail today and he was so excited that he won something. I don't think he knows what win means, but I told him he won this and he told Pop-pop "I won, I won!!" It has all of his matchbox cars in it already. Thanks Drea and Four Peas!!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Playskool Giveaway

Andrea over at Fina' Drea
is having an awesome giveaway with Playskool.
One lucky winner will win a variety of products. My favorite
is the insulated flip top cup because Manny can drink like a "big boy".
Check out Drea's website to enter and win.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Myrtle Beach

What a good big sister watching after her brother.

Family photo at Barefoot Landing

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Four Peas Giveaway!

Four Peas is giving away a cool toddler size bookbag. Manny loves to carry his toys and I always have snacks and diapers. A back pack that he could wear would be great!!! Check out the contest on My favorite bag is the funky monkey because monkeys seem to be Manny's new favorite animal.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Caught red handed

This afternoon I am in the family room and hear Manny in the kitchen yelling "Help Mommy, help!" So I go out and see him climbed up in the cabinet, stuck. I of course think it's the funniest thing and tell him to hold on so I can run and get my camera. I run back into the kitchen ready to take a picture and he tells me "Hurt mommy, hands hurt, no picture." I am hysterically laughing because he has done all of this just to get the Twizzlers.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Ulster County Fair

We took the kids to the Ulster County Fair today and it was HOT, but a lot of fun. They were so well behaved and really enjoyed themselves!