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Mini Matto 2.0

17 Feb


Yup, that’s right, Mini Matto 2.0 has been cooking and is due to arrive August 23rd – although truth-be-told I would be completely fine with a 10 day early arrival like Parker! Hopefully, you’ll now forgive me for why I’ve been such a bad blogger. You see besides the all the busy-ness that surrounds the holiday season and planning/executing Parker’s 1st Birthday and working, I’ve also been dealing with first trimester tiredness and sickness. Any spare time I used to have (behind baby and work) would go to blogging and taking/uploading pictures but laying on the couch eating toast and trying not to vomit took up that space instead – my apologies. Thankfully I’m starting to see the light at the end of that tunnel. I will also say I’m thankful that honestly, overall, this 1st trimester was better compared to my 1st trimester with Parker. I was really nervous going into it not knowing how in the world I was supposed to take care of Parker while feeling like crap, but thankfully as long as I ate every 2-3 hours then the worst of my sickness wouldn’t come until evening after Parker was in bed and Eric was home to help.

But the dress is back! I debated whether to wear the same dress or not but I thought it would be fun to really be able to compare this pregnancy to Parker’s. The only difference is all my backgrounds may not be the same like before. I’m trying to make the picture taking as easy and low stress as possible so I actually keep up with it (and setting up the camera outside, at the right time of day with lighting and weather was problematic at times). Also, with Parker it’s much easier if I just take it in the house – plus it’s freezing cold right now and will be stifling hot during my third trimester so I’d rather stay indoors! I’ll have to do another post with a rundown of all my pics from my pregnancy with Parker but right now I do feel like I’m showing about a week or two earlier than I did with him. So not a huge difference – but definitely some. I gained a total of 36 pounds with Parker so I’m interested to see what this one brings. One difference is my pre-pregnancy weight this time was 10 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight with Parker so I’m not sure if that will make a difference in how much I gain in the end or not. So far I’ve gained like 6 pounds. Thankfully I really enjoyed being pregnant last time – so lets bring on the pounds!


So first, to clear the air, this baby was planned. Yes, we are those crazy people that actually decided to willingly do “2 under 2” because we’d much rather keep on rolling with the baby stage while we’re used to it instead of shelving it for awhile and coming back to it later. I would also like to use all my expensive baby items before they are outdated and/or recalled – haha. We also lucked out with Parker being a fabulous sleeper and overall good baby so I figured we better hurry and have number 2 in case he becomes a terror as a toddler and we change our minds. Of course I say my prayers daily that #2 is exactly like Parker and of course I also realize there is a fat chance of this and that we are probably going to get pay back for having an easy baby the first time – but I figure a little prayer never hurts.

I found out I was pregnant on December 17th, a few days before we left to go up to my parents for Christmas. I took the test while Eric was at work and immediately started scheming how I should tell him. I made this DIY Advent Calendar and so I thought it would be fun to put the test in one of the bags for him to open. The paper sacks I used on the advent calendar were all different sizes and it just so happened that the only bag left that the test would fit in was December 24th, Christmas Eve. We would get back to our house from my parents on Christmas Eve afternoon so I figured he would open it then before we left to go to spend Christmas Eve night with his extended family. So I took the test and put it in the bag. That night after Eric and I were already in bed my mind started racing and I started overanalyzing and basically became a crazy, worried pregnant lady. I all of the sudden got very nervous about holding onto this secret for almost a week. I couldn’t help but think, “what if something happened to Eric and he died never knowing he was going to be a dad again” and even “what if the world actually ends on the 21st?” So instead of completely hyperventilating I hopped out of bed and ran into the living room and took the test out of the bag and ran back into the room and woke Eric up and told him I had something to show him and I had to show him RIGHT. NOW. At this point it was still pitch black so I reached over to turn on my bedside light and handed him the test. I don’t even think he completely saw it before he goes “somehow, I knew that is what you were waking me up to show me.” So I very romantically told him I was afraid he was going to die and I would feel like a bad wife for not giving him the news to which he responded, “why do I have to be the one to die? Why couldn’t you be the one to die?” To which I responded, “Um, obviously if I died you would still more than likely find out that I was with child so it doesn’t matter if I’m the one to die.” After that sweet conversation we talked a litle bit about life with 2 (We need a bigger house! I need a mini van!) and went to sleep and kept our secret hidden all holiday season – which included me pouring a bottle of sparkling white grape juice into an empty wine bottle to fool all those we were celebrating New Year’s Eve with!


The timing of this pregnancy worked out to where I would be 11 weeks, 2 days at Parker’s 1st Birthday Party. Since all our closest friends and family would be attending we decided that would be a fun time to share our news. I definitely didn’t want to overshadow Parker’s day and be talking about #2 the entire party so we decided to wait until the end and have the last present Parker open be a gift from Eric and I and inside would be a shirt that says, “I’m the Big Brother.” The only downside with waiting until the end was that a few people did have to leave early – since obviously they didn’t know there was going to be a special surprise – so I felt bad that they were going to miss out. We had told Eric’s sister and her husband earlier in the week and so they were able to record the surprise for us and you can see the video below! I made sure to tell everyone before we opened it that it was a special gift from Eric and I to hopefully grab everyone’s attention in case they weren’t really paying attention (I mean watching other people open presents isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world – especially when Parker could really care less about what was going on). Needless to say everyone was surprised. In the video there is a good shot of Eric’s parents reaction. So much fun! Also, there is a mention of a vacation in the video. Eric’s mom was worried we would have to back out of our vacation this coming July to a beach in South Carolina but luckily we can still go – I’ll just be the 36 week preggo beach whale, don’t mind me!

And now here I am today – 13 weeks, 3 days and crossing my fingers for this morning sickness phase to officially end. Last week I had my second appointment with my OB. All went awesome!


Which timeout for a minute before I get back to my last appointment: at my first 9 week appointment I brought Parker (Eric wasn’t able to make it so it was just the two of us) and he was completely fine, even when I was sitting on the table waiting for the doc to come in, but out of nowhere he completely flipped out when the doctor had me lay down. He was in his stroller next to me – I could even hold his hand and the kid had cheerios – but he did not care. He did not like whatever it was the doc was doing to me and he was so scared and wouldn’t stop crying. I, of course, was slightly embarassed – like my OB must be thinking “you really want 2, eh?” – and I didn’t know what to do since Parker had never done anything like this before so I honestly didn’t know how to make it better except to pick him up but that obviously wasn’t an option. I was also a little sad because my OB then felt rushed and so I could barely see what was going on with the ultrasound and couldn’t hear the heartbeat at all over Parker’s cries so the moment I had built up of Parker and I looking lovingly at his little sister or brother was less than stellar to say the least! The sibling jealously begins! Luckily I did get a few picture print outs but for my 13 week appointment you can bet I left Parker with the grandparents!

So back to my 13 week appointment. I didn’t get another ultrasound (don’t get another one of those until around 20 weeks) but I did get to listen to the heartbeat and once he found it, it was an immediate relief for me to hear. The beginning stages of pregnancy are so nerve racking until you can rely on their little kicks to know everything is going ok. My OB even said, “Wow, this is one of the strongest heartbeats I’ve ever heard this early in a pregnancy – this is just great!” Which of course made me feel really good and reassured that everything is going as it should in there. Eric and I have decided (well actually I have decided and Eric is going along with it if it’s really what I want) to not find out the gender this pregnancy until delivery. Since this could be our last (we are going to have 2 before making the decision whether we want to go for 3) we may not have another chance to finding out this way and I really want to experience what it feels like to find out at birth. With our first pregnancy and everything seeming so overwhelming and new and surreal and unpredictable I just had to fill myself with all the knowledge and pre-planning I could with what was going on and that included knowing what we were having. The second time around I feel more at ease and am able to better wrap my head around what’s to come and so knowing the gender just isn’t something I feel the need to know. I also honestly would be equally as happy with a boy or a girl. Also, with Parker I had strong “boy feelings” and so I thought for sure I would have strong feelings one way or the other this time too, which would maybe make me want to find out early to prove myself right (or wrong) but I just really have no idea. All the major baby items we bought with Parker are gender neutral and with an August baby it’s going to be so hot the baby will only be in onesies anyway and Parker has plenty of gender neutral ones to get us through the beginning if it’s a girl so I’m not really worried about that stuff either. The only downside we’ve come across with not finding out early is then needing to be prepared with a boy and a girl name and so far that part is not going smoothly – haha. We have a middle name for a boy we like and a first name for a girl – so I guess we are getting there – but it’s definitely much harder than Parker!

Thanks for sticking around and hope to have more updates soon!


P’s New Feat!

28 Nov

We bought Parker a walking push toy a couple of months ago but all he did at the time was play with the musical panel on the front. He would try to pull up on it but would put too much weight in his arms and the toy would fling forward like an impromptu ab roller. Well a few weeks ago he figured out how to push it while walking on his knees and then last week he finally figured out how to balance himself and is able to push it around while walking! It is so funny. He doesn’t really bend his knees so we joke he looks like an old man pushing his walker. It is now one of his favorite activities – except when he comes in contact with a wall because we are still working on turns. He has one direction down and that is straight!

ps. I know, I know I owe everyone a 9 month post seeing that he will be 10 months on Saturday! Pictures are all sitting there in a draft patiently waiting to be written about and I just haven’t given myself time. It’s coming, I promise!

Sitting Pretty

26 Jul







It’s official! We have a sitter on our hands! I’m so proud of my lil man! We’ve been practicing a lot lately because with his professional 6 month shoot in just a week and a half I really wanted him to hit this milestone before then. Parker also has been in this funk where he is bored on his back and gets uncomfortable when he’s on his belly for more than a minute so I think seeing the world from this viewpoint will make him a happier camper. He still has a bit of the weeble wobbles and I don’t leave more than an arms reach space between us, but it’s a start! I took a quick video too so you can see him in action….sorry for the shakiness…part way through I thought he was going to tip over and had to lurch forward! Parker also vocalizes his excitement on this new accomplishment!

2 Month Update

3 Apr



Oh baby, two months! And what a month we had. The biggest change from month one has been watching his personality unfold and realize the world around him. We got out of the house several times each week (thank you unusually warm weather!) and would go for walks, shopping or to daddy’s baseball games.



To explain a couple of the dislikes. Parker loves car rides….except there have been several times when I hit red lights and he’ll wake up and start crying until I start moving again. Also Parker may not have personally told me he dislikes baby acne and cradle cap, but I’m sure he would if he could!

20120403-224331.jpg His “real” smiles became more prevalent each day and now he smiles several times a day. This past week he also discovered his voice can be used for more than crying! He will hold his own little conversations with me and he gets so excited and animated when he does this I really wish I knew what he thinks he is saying!



His sleeping is getting better and better, the month started out with 4-5 hours being his long stretch during the night and we’re now up to 6-7 hours! And he’ll even eat after that stretch and go back to sleep for another 2-3 hours. I’ve never felt overly behind on sleep and I’m so appreciative of that because I’m someone who doesn’t run well when I’m short on my z’s.

Parker once again got a clean bill of health at the doctor. His stats are below and he’s definitely a growing boy!
Weight: 11 lbs, 13 oz; 40th percentile (up from 9 lbs, 2 oz at 1 month)
Length: 25 inches; 98th percentile (up from 21.5″ at 1 month)
Head: 15.75″; 75th percentile (up from 15″ at 1 month)


I was so nervous for his shots but he ended up crying when we undressed him because he was cold and I think he was so distracted from crying about that he didn’t really pay attention to the shots. We’re giving him infants Tylenol to ward off any potential fever from the shots and so far so good. He has had a couple cranky spells this evening, but overall he’s doing better than I thought.


Since birth Parker has favored laying on the right side of his head and because of that his head is a bit flat on that side. The doc said it’s common and nothing to be too concerned about but we do need to keep an eye on it as he grows to make sure favoring that side doesn’t cause a kink in his neck that prevents him from looking forward easily.


Parker wears a lot of 3 month clothes because he is so dang long! He is still pretty narrow though with not a lot of extra chub. His hair, as you can see, is still as thick as ever although if you look at the roots you can tell its growing in lighter brown. I’m still interested to see if he’ll go blonde or stay brunette like dad. His eyes are most definitely staying blue!


And now our monthly update on diaper count. We are up to a total of 587 diapers!


People always comment how photogenic Parker is…well let me tell you that in order to get the pictures just for this post I had to take 200 shots! Baby photography is not as easy as it may look. But taking that many pictures did provide me with another round of great outtakes to conclude this post. Enjoy!

Chillin’ like a villain:


“Socked” monkey:



And I think we’re done for the day:


Good night!

Newborn Photos

11 Mar

I realized after I posted the sneak peek I never shared any of the rest! Below are our favorites. All photos taken by Jennifer Soots photography and you can read her blog post recapping the shoot with Parker here.























Look What I Can Do!

8 Mar

This week Parker started smiling with intention. Now he has to be completely satisfied (full tummy/clean diaper), but as long as he’s content then I can usually get a smile out of him by putting my face close to his and talking in an annoyingly high voice. But hey whatever I have to do to get smiles like this, I’m all for it!







One Month Old!

1 Mar



Ah, one month old! Can’t believe it! Today after his doctor appointment we had a fun little photo shoot. Even with getting a shot, he was luckily awake and in a good mood for mom! I knew I wanted to take monthly photos of his first year to record his growth and so I thought it would also be fun to include tidbits about his accomplishments and personality. And a la my monthly bump shots I had to include a mini chalkboard as well. ­čÖé



Here are the stats from the doc today:
Weight: 9 lbs, 2 oz – 25th percentile (up from 7 lbs, 13 oz at 2wks)
Length: 21.5″ – 50th percentile (same as 1 wk)
Head: 15″ – 75th percentile (up from 13.75″ at 1wk)


Now the length measurement is a little wonky in my opinion. He was born at supposedly 20″ and when we went to our one week appointment they swore he was 21.5″ and said they must have measured him wrong at birth because there was no way he grew an inch and a half in one week. But now today they said he measures again at 21.5″ but I know he has grown in length because some of his newborn onesies are starting to get too short. So who knows what’s going on! I also find it funny that his head is coming in at the 75th percentile because I feel like he has a small head and other people have made that comment too.


But overall Park had a clean bill of health and the doc doesn’t have any concerns with his progress. He also received a shot today and I really thought I would handle it fine, but no, my eyes completely got misty when I saw his little face turn beet red and scream without breathing for a couple seconds. As soon as I could pick him up I did and my sad tears turned to happy tears as he immediately stopped crying once in my arms. That made me feel much better! I told Eric he has to come with me next month though because he gets more than one shot and I don’t want to handle it alone again!


Parker is still eating exclusively breastmilk. He eats 8-9 times a day. He usually eats every 2-3hrs during the daytime and he’ll go 4-5 hours at night (yay!). A week ago I started also pumping some bottles for him to try once or twice a day since that is how he’ll be eating when I go back to work. He struggles a little bit in the beginning with a bottle, but really has transitioned well with going back and forth between breast and bottle.


He is still mainly in newborn size clothing and diapers, although just this week I found some 0-3 month size pajamas that he can wear. He needs to hurry and chunk up for mom! Especially those chicken legs!


Eric and I really can’t complain. I mean Parker has his moments like all babies, but we were lucky with a pretty calm baby who naps well during the day and goes back to sleep quick at night after eating. And most of all I’m so glad he was sick free during his first month. With a February birth I was really nervous about that, but luckily this winter has been mild. I know the streak of health won’t last forever, but am just glad I’ve been able to get motherhood a bit under my belt before dealing with that!


I use an app called “Baby Connect” where I track all feedings, diaper changes, etc and I thought it would be fun each month to also update everyone how many diapers we’ve used. Here is our count for February:


Parker, we’ve had so much fun getting to know you this first month and I hope you can say the same thing about us! Thanks for being awesome….let’s keep it going for month two!


And a fun outtake: