family of 5


Nothin' says lovin' like a bun in the oven...

I can not believe it!  But its true we’re expecting!  For years Shawn and I have gone back and fourth with the big decision of expanding our family or not.  For the most part having another child to raise wasn’t what scared us, despite being the hardest thing I have ever done, but the pregnancy did!  What we went through as a family during the pregnancy with the girls was the biggest struggle of our lives.  To think of planning to put ourselves through that again is why we have waited 6 years to finalize our decision.  One night we were sitting on the couch just Shawn and I unwinding after putting the kids to bed.  He looked at me and said “I want to have another baby”.  This time he said it differently than ever before.  The weird thing is I was thinking hard about the same thing only days before, but didn’t tell him the thoughts that kept consuming my day.  It was at that point we decided its now or never.  I’m not getting any younger and neither are the girls- I’ve always wanted my kids somewhat close in age. 
The pregnancy surprisingly happened very quickly.  I told Shawn that I was feeling different.  I could feel something going on during conception.  I thought I am crazy its just not possible.  I did some research and I guess it it possible.  I told Shawn the same week we conceived that I was pregnant.  Of course he laughed and thought there is no way.  Finally the day came, the first day of my missed period.  I am very regular so my feelings were even more concrete but the test would be the definitive answer.  This time Shawn wanted to see the test before I did.  After taking the test I set it on the counter and quickly covered it with the box so I couldn’t cheat and take a peak.  5 minutes later Shawn revealed what I knew to be true.  He turned to me holding the test pressing his lips together not knowing whether to cry or laugh.  He showed the test to me and it was positive.  First thing I said was “I knew it!”  We hugged each other and cried.  It was a very special moment that I will always remember.  The experience has been different planning to have a baby as compared to before being too young and a total surprise. 
Two of the four tests I took.  I guess Shawn really wanted to make sure.
About a week later we shared our news with the girls and close family.  With the girls we sat them down on the couch and explained they’re going to be a big sister.  They were so excited!  Adisyn, being the drama princess she is, closed her eyes and fell backwards as if she passed out.  Ava looked at me with a smile and said “good for you!”  LOL these kids are just the best!  They can not wait for the baby to come!  They don’t understand why it takes so long.  They want to take the baby to the park and go down the slide.  They also said they would help change diapers, even the poop-ey ones.  We’ll see how true that is!  Ava has been very protective of me.  Whenever Shawn and I are playing around being silly.  Ava will sternly look at Shawn pointing her finger saying “you don’t do that to my Mommy, she has a baby in her belly.”  Adisyn has been very sweet too.  She LOVES to give the baby kisses by kissing my belly.  They both ask how the baby is doing almost daily and are concerned even about the foods I’m eating.  They are going to the best big sisters and it just makes us so happy that their dreams are coming true to have another sibling.  They’ve been asking for years. 
The pictures we used to share the news with family:
collage of girls
I knew I did not want to ever deliver at Chandler Hospital ever again!!  I am still surprised how rude some of the nurses were to me.  Anyway, I wanted a very experienced doctor that came highly recommended.  I asked around work with some of my close friends.  Turns out they all go to the same doctor plus I happened to meet our doctors wife before.  I thought okay we’ll give it a shot.  I called to schedule an appointment and he prefers to not see expecting mothers until 10 weeks.  At first I was thinking are you kidding me!?  I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.  Then I was reminded from my pregnancy with the girls.  There really isn’t much to be done the first scary 10 weeks anyway.  The next 6 weeks dragged on forever! 
Finally the day came.  When we first found out we were pregnant I got very bloated quickly.  I panicked thinking oh no we are having twins again!  We were scheduled for ultrasound first and then consultation with the doctor afterwards.  Memory of the last experience with girls flooded my mind.  Oh the torture of making someone pregnant drink 32 ounces of water and not being able to go pee!  Awful.  I chugged the last few sips of my water just before we were called back.  I laid down and was surprised how different I felt.  With the girls laying down was a struggle, I was sweating and doing everything I could to not make a huge mess on that table.  This time it was fine.  A much easier experience.  We have seen ultrasounds before so we were both thinking pleases be one, please be one.  There he/she was on the screen in front of us.  I said with a sigh of relief “there’s only one!”  I then explained we have a set of twins already.  Then I hear Shawn ask “Are you sure there is only one?”  She laughed politely and said yes only one.  Phew what a relief.  And what was even better the baby is doing great.  We were laughing at how much our little nugget was moving around.  She could barely get a picture.  It was so cute! 
Meet DeLeon baby #3
img001 Meeting Dr. Huish was an amazing experience.  He is absolutely incredible!  We were escorted to his office which is where he meets all of his new patients.  I felt much more at ease, it felt more intimate.  Looking around his office peeking at the pictures of his family was comforting.  Let’s be honest sitting in a white sterile looking room on crunchy paper with the stirrups too close for comfort, is not a great feeling.  I was impressed already.  He finally walked in and was just the sweetest, kindest doctor I have ever met.  We talked for awhile in his office he answered all of our concerns and gave us hope this pregnancy will be different.  He told us that our baby is measuring further along than 10 weeks but explained the best way to determine due date is the first day of my last period.  So our due date is officially November 19, 2015.  However after much discussion we all decided another c section was the best option to minimize complications.  So we will be scheduled at 39 weeks to meet our newest baby!  That is if I can make it that long.  Since I have had pre term labor before we are at higher risk of pre term labor again :/  We do have the option of getting a weekly shot however its not always covered by insurance and is very expensive.  (insert sad face).  He did a very thorough examination even checking for any swelling in my legs and feet.  We left there feeling like we are in such good hands and it feels so good! 
(this is the longest post in Deleon Dialogue history)
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Gender:  ?
Size of Baby:  Large raspberry
Cravings:  salty foods and sour candy
Aversions:  sweets
What I miss:  a cold beer or margarita or wine
What I love:  the excitement of the girls
Thoughts:  Am I really pregnant?!
10 wks
Gender:  ?
Size of baby: A prune
Cravings:  Ice cream
Aversions:  Steak.  I haven’t had any to eat lately but the thought of it grosses me out!
What I miss:  still a cold a beer but also my patience.  I have had a very short fuse lately and have been moody.  Ugh, Sorry family!
What I love:  Seeing our baby for the first time at our 10 week appointment
Thoughts:  Relieved our baby is healthy at this point and everything, including me, looks perfect!  And that we found out for sure we are only expecting ONE!  I am so excited to experience this bond with just one baby. 

5th anniversary


The big 5!  Shawn and I decided for our anniversary to go up north alone.  We originally planned to head back to Williams, AZ, which we hope to go back sometime, but instead wanted something more laid back.  It was nice to spend the weekend alone.  Even though my heart literally ached for our babies a little time out for just us is always necessary.  We headed up Friday after dropping the girls off at school.  The drive up was nice and very green.  We didn’t do much; napped, watched movies, sat outside enjoying the mountain air and some fishing of course.
We caught a total of 6 fish!  It made the trip so much more fun!  Abby enjoyed the lake also.
IMG_5870 Saturday morning we were in the mood to go out to eat.  We discovered Sweetheart Cafe.  Dee-licious!  We surprised ourselves that we’ve never been of all times spent in Show Low. 
Huge portions.
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We saw lots of wild life…
IMG_5875Driving through the neighborhood we spotted several javelinas.  Notice they are eating piles of food?!  We weren’t sure if this food was intended for these mean and nasty animals but they definitely indulged.
Shawn also spotted deer in the backyard.  They hung out for awhile and it was really neat to watch them. 
We got several pictures and a video from Nana and Papa which made my heart complete for a few minutes then I missed them like crazy again.
Side note:  Shawn posted the sweetest message for me that I will include here to never forget those words.  They brought tears to my eyes.  He’s simply amazing!
To my wife,
Today marks 5 years of marriage to you.  On that day I made the best decision in my life by making you my wife.  You ground me and drive me to be successful in all aspects of life.  You’ve made me a father, a husband and a better man.  All the happiness in my life I owe to you.  The love I have for you is much more than just a feeling.  It’s who I am, It’s part of my soul.  Happy Anniversary, Shannon!  I love you!



The girls have been asking almost. every. day.  when their birthday will be here.  Finally the week came.  I made a cake and we had pizza for dinner at their request.  These girls amaze me everyday.  So I’m a bit biased but they are awesome!!!


We gave them headphones for their pad, which they love, but we felt bad after realizing it was more of a gift for us!  So on their Birthday Shawn stopped by the store and got them some “Dad” Barbie's.  One of them was wearing a tuxedo and they promptly held a wedding. 

My dearest Ava.  She is such a sweet girl!  More often than not she is always thinking of others, mainly her sister, before herself.  She gives the best hugs and foot massages.  She has been more picky than usual about what food she is eating.  We’ve been in a bad habit of making two or sometimes even three dinners to satisfy everyone.  Ava always has such great smiles for the camera and her laugh is contagious. 

My dearest Adisyn.  Like many years in the past Adisyn is our firecracker.  She has a mind of her own and is not afraid to voice it.  She is all GIRL!  Although she does like sports.  Her favorite thing to do is dress up.  She says the funniest things and sometimes completely shocks us. 

Both our girls are incredible and we are so lucky to  call them ours! 

Party Day

The girls requested a Frozen theme for their party.  Shocking, I know!  This party was different than past because they wanted to invite friends from school.  If effort to keep it more low key and somehow entertain the kiddos we decided to have the party at the park two houses down from ours.  The girls had 7 friends that was able to come.  It was fun to see them with their friends.  Before their guests arrived we got some baseball practice in. 







IMG_5834 The boys were chasing the girls

IMG_5836 As Ava says its “pinana” time

IMG_5837 Ava was in a terrible mood and refused to wear her frozen shirt.  Guess they are at an age where they want to wear what they want to wear. 


IMG_5839 Sam was looking very dapper






Their party was overall a success although there were moments, for Shawn and I, of utter chaos!  The girls have thoroughly enjoyed their gifts.

We enjoyed the evening outside the weather was perfect.




IMG_5868 Happy 6th Birthday, my angels.  You are so loved!



Our festivities began with our neighborhood egg hunt on Saturday.


Ava was a bit shy at first but was quickly persuaded to snatch up some eggs. 

IMG_2023 We convinced them to take a photo with the Easter Bunny.  This was the best we could get.

IMG_2026 Once we left we headed home to decorate eggs.  Next year I will definitely be buying eggs from Costco.  Two dozen was not enough for us!


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IMG_2032 On Easter Sunday the girls were so excited to see what the Easter Bunny left for them and to hunt for more eggs.  As years past we had to golden eggs with money inside.  That’s by far their favorite egg to find but the hardest. 



Then it was off to Grandma’s house. 






We all had a great time!  Then it was time for Nana and Papa’s house.  The kids braved the freezing pool.  I forgot their bathing suits but shorts was enough for them. 

IMG_2064 We are so lucky to spend this time with family and watching the pure joy on our kids’ faces. 

Happy Easter!


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