Archive | December, 2012

10 Month Update

30 Dec


On December 1st Parker turned 10 months old! November was a fun month as we had my birthday to celebrate, his Aunt Jill’s birthday to celebrate, along with his first Thanksgiving.


One of his milestones I already blogged separately about – walking with his push toy.  He also added “kisses on command” to his repertoire. They are sloppy and open-mouthed, but yet you still can’t help to ask for them over and over. He also keeps his eyes open which is creepy and hilarious. I told him just to keep it up – he doesn’t need to find a girlfriend any time soon and kissing like this is definitely going to keep him single. Another new talent is giving a high five. If someone holds up their hand and asks him to give them a “high five” he will clap his hand on yours, which is pretty cute.


This boy is also obsessed with climbing. He has no fear. Stairs are his best friend – which is funny that he is so good at them because the only stairs we have at our house are our basement ones and since they are steep and not carpeted we never let him climb them so there have only been a couple times where he was around stairs and he couldn’t get enough. If Eric or I are on the floor he also prefers to crawl over our legs or body instead of around. If a toy or something is wedged up by the couch he will try and step on it so he can climb on the couch. I definitely have to keep my eyes open and ears alert at all times – which makes working from home rather difficult – but we manage.



A downer of a milestone is that we had our first cold. Luckily it wasn’t too bad. He had a stuffy nose that turned runny and a cough but he never actually acted sick (still ate and slept fine) or like anything was bothering him. So overall, not that bad of an experience, but you still feel bad when they are under the weather.


I mentioned last month how Parker loves electronics and on my iPhone and iPad I have several videos of Parker and he gets bouncing up and down excited when I show them to him. I feel like he realizes it’s himself – either that or he at least recognizes that it’s another baby, which is something else he gets excited about now when we’re out and about. He loves babbling to other babies he sees in public.


Before going down for a nap I always change his diaper and then we sit in the rocker and I read the same book (which is seen in a couple of the pictures in this post, like the one above). I love this book because besides the message – I love you because you’re you – it is a cardboard book which means Parker helps turning the pages without ripping them, yet it is still a decent length and is bigger than most cardboard books. He gets a huge grin when I start and sits peacefully through the whole thing and at the end I sit it to the side and rock him the rest of the way to sleep. I tried changing up the book once and it just threw everything off – so we keep with it!



As you can tell, he is a wild man – loves splashing, jumping and anything that gives him “butterflies.” He loves to be thrown in the air, flown all over the house, held upside-down, etc. Adrenaline junkie to say the least.



The one thing that was really helpful during Parker’s cold was the fact that he LOVES medicine. He gets really excited and a big smile when I bring the dispensor full of medicine. It’s like candy to him. He drinks it down easily and happily, which makes life a lot easier let me tell you – especially since this past month (which I’ll write more about in his 11 month post) he had an ear infection and fever that meant a rotation of tylenol and ibuprofen for several days in a row as well as amoxicillian in the morning and night. I can’t even imagine what kind of stress that would have caused if he would have fought me over taking it.


I always struggle coming up with dislikes because he just really is easy going. However he still doesn’t like diaper changes – or maybe it’s just the being forced to lay on his back on the changing table – either way that is still a fight pretty much every single time. I do have a handful of “toys” (i.e. comb, brush, wipes) that he doesn’t normally get that I’ll give him to help distract and that usually helps for a bit and sometimes singing to him works too, but overall he just does not like to be contained.



Having his first cold came with using what I call the “snot sucker,” although I believe the proper term is nasal syringe. It would take both Eric and I to hold him still so we could get the job done. We do have a Nose Frida, which when used works more efficiently than the regular bulb ones, however the Nose Frida doesn’t really fit up in his nose and so it was much harder to get him still long enough to use that so we stuck with the old school one.



Below are his stats:


Weight: 20 lbs (last month: 19lbs, 15 oz)

Height: 29″ long (last month: 28″)

Head: 18.25″ (last month: 18″)

Growing, growing, growing. I pretty much don’t buy any clothes under 12 months. All PJ’s are at least 18 months. Shoes are size 2 or 3 depending on brand. Still in size 3 diapers.


I mentioned in his 9 month post how my milk was starting to dry up and so he was getting half formula, half my milk. Well near the beginning of November my milk completely dried up and so now he is all formula. I’ll admit, I was a little sad since I was hoping to make it to a year, but luckily he had zero issues transferring to formula which made the process a lot easier. And now that it’s done I can also say I’m really loving not to have to pump multiple times a day! I still would if I could (and will again for any future babies) but the freedom is oh-so-nice.  As for solid food there hasn’t been much change since he still only has the one bottom lower tooth. People say he will still eat just fine and that he’ll gum it, but I admit I’m a wuss and get too nervous about choking so I stick to foods that I know he can mush up easily – like bananas, avocados, puffs, yogurt melts, eggs, etc. He still eats baby food too. I also still haven’t found anything he refuses so that’s a plus! He just likes food! I also dilute juice (we’ve tried apple and pear so far) in some water and he is a fan. However, I learned quick that apple juice makes for multiple not-nice diapers so I’m careful with that now!


And finally, diaper count and an outtake. The outtake is another example of non-toys I dug out of my stash to make him smile and sit still. I don’t think we’ve ever used the giant grill baster when cooking, but at least it’s getting some action now. The black and white photo makes me laugh only because I think it looks like he’s about to start “Tebowing.”





If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

22 Dec












Last weekend we had our annual cookie baking extravaganza. Last year we decided to switch from cooking at Eric’s Aunt’s home to using a church kitchen. You see, this isn’t your average run-of-the-mill cookie baking – you may as well call us Betty Crocker. There is a system. Aunt Mary is the Head Elf who makes all the dough a day or two prior and is in charge of the oven and making sure we have no burnt cookies. Mammaw is on sugar cookie decorating duty. Eric’s mom is on detail duty (adding eyes and noses to the mice and swirled chocolate on toffee cookies) as well as keeping up with the cookie count, Jill keeps us organized and makes sure all dough balls are created equal before being baked – she has a keen eye for diameter, that girl. Myself, Casey and Eric’s dad fill in where needed and Eric always pops in halfway through to screw up our cookie count by “taste testing” and eating the supposed “broken” ones and just generally making a mess before he is kicked out. Last year we made 1,343 cookies. I unfortunately didn’t see the final count this year since we had to leave to see Santa but I’m pretty sure we were on par with last year. We also add a new cookie every year. It’s a crazy day, but it’s tradition and you can’t mess with tradition.

Parker’s First Snow

21 Dec


At first he was not happy with the outfit. As soon as he tried to stand he lost his balance and fell backwards and then squirmed around Steve Urkel style as if to say, “help, I can’t get up!” Once he finally got his bearings and rolled over he couldn’t crawl at all. Part of it was the wood floors fault, but he was so angry. I, of course, was laughing because he looked like Ralphie from A Christmas Story. I was finally a good mom and saved him from his misery and took him outside. As you can see from the photos below he was in a better mood once he could watch the dogs chase each other in the snow.







He basically just sat there because he still couldn’t really move. After 5 minutes we were both over it and came inside to heat up. Hopefully more successful ones he’s older…or maybe we just need to get a sled to pull him around. I’m sure he would like that!

Dear Santa…

19 Dec





This past weekend we were invited to a Pancake Breakfast by one of our friends so our boys could see Santa! Her little guy is 4.5 months and both he and Parker did great – no tears! Parker just stared at him at first, but then I broke out “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to get him to smile. Then just yesterday I was out shopping and there wasn’t a line for the Santa at the mall so I figured “when in Rome” and let Parker see Santa again. He happened to be in the same sweater and the background was a little more holiday-ish compared to other one and Parker has just been so nice I figured he deserved to see him twice! Once again he just stared at Santa until the photographer shook some jingle bells and then once again “Itsy Bitsy Spider” got a smile out of him. I hope it’s this easy in future years! Something tells me he is going to get everything on his list and more!


Merry & Bright

17 Dec





Did a little Christmas photo shoot at our house with Parker last week. He’s started this new nose crinkle sometimes when he smiles that is so cute and funny. No Grinch or Scrooge in this house! I can’t wait for Christmas morning!!


5 Dec

I shared this on Thanksgiving but wanted to follow up with some more pictures of our day.

E & P sitting between both of Eric’s grandpas.

Every year Eric’s grandpa plays God Bless America on his harmonica while everyone sings (there is usually a crowd of anywhere from 50-80 people depending on the year)

Happy after his fill of mashed potatoes and corn!


Post turkey play

What I’m thankful for 🙂

Hope everyone else had a Happy Turkey day too!!