We are going to have to get a bigger house in order to have enough room for all of this kids toys.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
P is going through a growth spurt. I bought him clothes less than a month ago and they were so big they were hanging off him. Now they are so small that the pants are like capris and his tummy peeks out from his shirt. The good news is that I hadn't taken the tags off 2 of the outfits so I was able to exchange them for a larger size. Carters is also having a 70% off sale so I got a few new things cheaper than I could have purchased used.
He's also drinking milk like crazy. He's gone through half a gallon since yesterday afternoon. In the past week has woken up several times in the middle of the night since he's so hungry.
It's a good thing he likes Ramen... its all we are going to be able to afford to feed him!! (Kidding!)
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I thought if I kept his trike in the box, he wouldn't realize what it was and I wouldn't need to hide it... I was wrong! He saw it and yelled CAR and BIKE over and over again and kept bringing me over to the box and tried to get me to open it. He even tried to ride the box. I tried to hide it, but it was too late. I ended up giving it to him today (see previous post) and he loves it!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Parker has been lots of fun these days. Lots of hard work, but lots of fun! We're finally figuring out this one nap thing. I need routine nearly as much as Parker does, so to have a schedule in place has been great. I'm looking forward to storytime resuming so we can incorporate that into our schedule, too!
Parker talks up a storm! Most of it is just babble, but he can repeat sounds pretty well. He is constantly asking "what's that?" and loves picture books. He LOVES to read and play with his stacking rings and cups. He seems to enjoy learning and I love teaching him. His also loves cars and sometimes I feel like I'm living in a parking garage. His favorite is his dump truck. He can fill his dump truck with EVEN MORE CARS and drive them all around at once.
His favorite number is 2. He can sort of count to 3 but he frequently stops and just says 2 over and over again because he loves to say 2. He is always asking me to count things!
He loves the playground and can get up on the equipment and go down slides by himself.
He FINALLY is not eating baby food! He regressed a little when he had all those teeth coming in, but he's totally on solids now. He loves pasta, peanut butter sandwiches, and crackers.
My biggest challenges with him right now are centered around the fact that he chooses to ignore anything I ask him to do. This results in me having to carry him across the street or in the parking lot because he won't hold my hand or even follow me. I also have to carry him up and down the stairs because he is so stubborn he won't do it himself. Mind you, he is capable of doing it, and loves going up and down the stairs when he's not supposed to. I know he understands me because he does the exact opposite of what I'm asking him to do. (ie, he runs away as fast as he can when I ask him to "come here"). It's exhausting and frustrating but I there are worse problems. I can't wait until I can start to reason with him and eventually implement rewards and consequences for behavior.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I had an AWESOME birthday. First of all, having your bday on Sunday rocks! I got a whole birthday weekend! We don't go out to eat on Sundays in observance of our Sabbath, so we went on Saturday. I got my birthday flowers a day early for the same reason. We went to Dave and Busters while Ashlee watched Parker. (Thanks Ashlee!!!) We really enjoyed having a date. Then today I got totally spoiled. My moms gift was such a great surprise! I had seen a sweater on a model in a catelog and thought it was so pretty... but couldn't find anything like it ANYWHERE. Finally I gave up. I hadn't mentioned it to anyone, so it was amazing when my I opened my moms gift and THERE WAS THE SWEATER!! Jon got me a jewelscent candle and now I'm addicted and want another one. I got some other really thoughtful gifts from friends and family, too. So spoiled!!!
I had a really nice bday dinner tonight. The sister missionaries here are so sweet. They came to visit me once (unplanned visit) and I think I scared them. It was 4pm when they came and I was still in my pajamas and no makeup and my house was a total mess. It had been a really bad RA day and I hadn't been avle to do anything. They could tell I needed help so they cleaned my house and have been coming 1-2 times a month since then to help me. They came over for dinner tonight and helped me cook. They also gave me a thoughtful little birthday gift. I love having them over! Then my dear visiting teacher/favorite person ever Ashlee came with a crockpot cake. Random but so delicious!!! Our home teacher/other favorite person ever Bryan also stopped by for some desert. We have been blessed with some great friends here and I had such a special day. The party is continuing into next week, too, when my sweet neighbor/friend is bringing me lunch from Pei Wei! (She offered to take me out, but Parker is too unruley for restaurants right now so we will enjoy our lunch date at home).
I am so blessed!! Thank you everyone for making this a great day.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
P used to spoil me with 2 long naps a day. Now I am lucky if I can get him to take 1 45-minute nap. He is still only sleeping 9-10 hours a night, so I have NO IDEA where he is getting all of his energy!
So, now I have almost 4 extra hours of awake time a day and I'm not quite sure what to do with it. He won't sit still at all or play on his own, and he gets bored at home. He is also doing stuff like jumping off the sofa, eating boxes of kleenex, etc so it is a lot of work!!
We upgraded our gym membership to include daycare, so that's been a huge help. He gets to play with other kids while I hide in the locker room and read magazines. (Haha!!)
Any ideas on what I could do? We already hit as many storytimes as humanly possible and go to the life and science museum almost weekly. We also hit the park a few times a week and have some playdates. Aaaah! I am tired and miss naps!!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
In the past TWO WEEKS he has learned how to say "hi, bye, thank you, what's that?, wow" and probably a few others that I can't remember. He still uses "ma, da, car, ball" consistantly.
This just proves to me the power of a mother's intuition. The pediatrician said he was fine. I knew he wasn't so I got him evaluated by a speech pathologist, who said that his verbal comprehension was well below his other developmental skills and she said it was probably due to his chronic ear infections. I am SO GLAD that I followed my gut and got his ears fixed.
PS- did you know that every state offers evaluations to parents at no cost? They look at verbal, gross and fine motor, and cognitive skills. If you are worried that your baby is behind in any of those departments, your pediatrician can provide you with the information you need to get your child evaluated. I am really thankful for those services, and now Parker is doing so much better!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I was on a walmart commercial. It was super last minute- I was called at 6am!! I had auditioned for the commerical but was the back up to the back up... and even then I still had a 50% chance they would use a different mom. It was a fun experience and I liked that someone did my makeup. I am glad I was picked!
My sister Julia made Parker a beautiful paper doll set for his birthday. She used a Cricut and a lamanating machine and some velcro. It turned out awesome! Parker loves playing with the prince doll and the dragon. Parker is so lucky to have aunts that love him. We sure love all of his aunties! (And uncles!)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
...and a few days.
-4 teeth (still!!)
-he eats a toddler sized meal PLUS a giant bowl of rice/puree at most meals
-we are down to 2 bottles a day!! (First thing in the morning/bedtime)
-still 2 naps a day... praise be! He sleeps at night 8pm-6am.
- he is talking a little more consistantly. He says ball, car, momma, daddy. If he wants something, he will grab our hand and walk us to whatever he wants (ie, the door if he wants to go outside or the fridge if he wants milk)
-ear tubes go in NEXT MONDAY
-he loves to run, jump, and climb. A little too much. Yesterday I caught him MID FLIGHT after he launched himself off the top of the stairs.
-he is in constant motion... ask anyone at our storytime!
We aren't planning on making him a big brother anytime soon. I wish people would stop asking me when were having the next one. Its a really sore subject because id love another baby and a sibling for Parker. But now is not the time. So if you ask, I might just start crying and that's just awkward for everyone involved. Save us all the trouble and leave it alone ;-)
Nothing in this world is free. This is especially true for moms. If you want something, you're going to pay for it. For example, the current going rate for a hot shower is one dumped out sock drawer and pen ink on the comforter courtosey of the toddler you left unattended while you washed your face. The cost of loading the dishes while your toddler finishes breakfast? See for yourself!