Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

2011 was a fabulous year for us--it was our first full year as parents, we celebrated Parker's first birthday, took a fun family vacay, and finished the basement to name a few things. It's hard to believe that our first full year of parents is coming to a close in a few hours. So much joy and happiness has filled our lives this year thanks to Parker. My life has always been filled with happiness but Parker brings something special to the mix. 2012 has some big shoes to fill but I have a feeling that it's going to be just as amazing as 2011. Cheers!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Back Home!

We're back from Ohio. Three days + seven stops = a lot of fun with a lot of exhaustion! It was so perfect to be able to visit with our families but it's nice to be back in the comfort of our home. I'll have pictures from our travels up soon!

Christmas Day was fab.

You probably notice that the bottom part of our tree is not completely decorated. That would be due to a toddler who is fascinated by pulling everything off of it. Unbreakable ornaments donned the bottom part though they were probably scattered around the house already!

We all got great gifts and spent the day at home playing with them. Parker loves when I vacuum. Sometimes when she's fussy she points to the vacuum and calms down as soon as I turn it on. Obviously we had to get her a vacuum of her own. I almost died when I found a wooden makeup set so that was a must have too, among many other things!

Miss Parker loves brushing her hair :)

Parker loved opening the gifts to see what was inside. Sydney helped too.

Parker's "oh I'm so surprised!" look

I wanted a zebra body pillow and I got a zebra body pillow. Parker loves cuddling up on it as much as I do.

Now onto my favorite holiday of all--New Year's Eve!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!!

What a wonderful day it has been. Good gifts, good food, and great family. I hope everyone is feeling as blessed this holiday season as we are :)

Now off to prepare for the tour de Ohio. I think that I see a Yukon purchase in the near future with all the stuff that we must pack for two adults, one dog, and a baby. It's a crazy amount of stuff!

I have many pictures from Christmas to update...soon enough. For now I leave you with one of Parker's new skills. Getting into the fridge, finding the cheese she's not allowed to eat, opening the package, and devouring it. We had to let her have the cheese after all that effort.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

After a delicious homemade meal of lobster bisque, crab cakes and shrimp scampi I suppose it's about time to start wrapping the first of MANY gifts. I'll need Elf, Christmas Vacation, and/or Home Alone 2 to help me out.

Merry Christmas All!

Monday, December 19, 2011

14 Months

14 Months! How can that be?

Parker has picked up a lot of neat tricks this month. She points with accuracy to her belly, ears, eyes, and mouth. She has a book that has different pictures in it and when it gets to “socks” she raises her socked foot up (compliments of my mom’s teaching). She understands a lot of what we say. I ask her for her paci in the morning when she wakes up and she gives it to me. I tell her it’s time to get her shoes on and she grabs them. I ask her if she wants to read a book and she will go and get one.

We’re finally down to one nap. It took two Saturdays of the 4pm nap turning into going to bed for the night for us to finally realize that maybe Parker didn’t need that late afternoon siesta. She takes one nap at school so it made sense for us to mirror their schedule. She will nap for about 2 ½ hours and sleeps (though not through the night) for about 11 hours. We still snuggle up all night long!

Parker imitates much of what we do. She loves our cell phones and holds them to her ear and talks into them. Kris gives me belly farts since it makes Parker giggle and she now does it to me. She tries to put her clothes on, and by try I mean that she’ll get her socks and lay them on her feet and wiggle them around in hopes that will work (too precious) and she brings her shirt above her head and around the back of her neck. Parker understands signs the first few times we introduce a new one and either signs back, repeats what we say, or does both—as she loves to do with “all done.” She loves pulling things out of whatever—the cabinets, the clothes hamper—and putting them back.

This girl can pack away the food. We give her a ton of food and she keeps wanting more, though she is getting a bit pickier now. I used to be able to give her food plain—like broccoli, chicken and beans—but now she won’t have it so I have to sneak it in which is fun because it makes for some creative meals, like food processing chicken, beans, and cheese and putting it in a whole wheat tortilla to make quesadillas. Or making Mexican pizza with homemade whole wheat pizza dough, salsa, kale, chicken, beans, corn, and a bit of cheese. Parker still likes to try to steal the food from her friends at school during lunchtime.

Speaking of school Parker is loving it now that she’s in the toddler room. When I drop her off we hug, kiss, I tell her I love her to the moon and back, and then she runs off to play with her friends. It is seriously the cutest thing.

A few more other cute our hallway I have a whole wall of pictures of us and Parker. She points to the pictures and says "day-dee" (baby). We wonder if she knows that the pictures are of her or if she thinks it's another baby. Parker also has very recently become more independent. Usually she likes to be held first thing in the morning for a while but now she gets up and does her thing. But if we are doing anything remotely exciting she must be in our arms observing all the action. Parker also started dancing this month. It is adorable. I would post a video but as soon as I get the video camera out she stops what she's doing and runs to the me to grab the camera...

And last but not least, nursing is a thing of the past. My supply dropped when I cut out night nursing, as I suspected it would, and Parker was not a fan of that. I thought that I would be depressed when it was over but honestly I think it was time. If this happened a few months ago I would have been devastated but I made it past my goal of a year so I'm proud of that! The first couple of days Parker signed to nurse and it was hard to tell her no, but she doesnt' ask for it anymore. So while she's still drinking frozen breastmilk we finally introduced cow's milk this month. I was worried about how she would like it but she loves it.

Many great things this month!