I never thought I'd be starting a blog, but becoming parents quickly changes your views on a lot of things. Parker has thrown us for quite a ride in the first few days of his life and this seems like the most logical way to share our drama with the rest of the world. Here's to hoping that our life becomes more blah, blah, blah soon!
My parents babysat tonight while we went to a wedding shower in Wichita Falls. We had a great time catching up with our WF buddies, even though Parker has been "partying" all weekend and forsaking daytime naps. Here is the pic my mom sent tonight while in charge of Master P:
Her quote was, "I fought the law and the law won"... at 9:41pm.
I always think I'm going to take a picture while we're at the doctor's office and then I forget once we're there.
Things weren't off to a great start this morning when I had to wake up Parker to get ready to make the 20 minute drive to the doctor's office. He only took half of his bottle before I had to load him up in the car. I was trying to give him the rest of the bottle while we waited in the exam room. When the doctor came in, I stopped feeding him so I could shake the doctor's hand. At this point, Parker flipped out and went berserk. I guess it was the pause in eating combined with a shorted nap, but he would not calm down.
The doctor and I talked through his hysterics and she examined him while I held him bawling on y lap. He wad almost calmed down, and then she examined his boy parts and he flipped out all over again!
Good news is that he now weighs 15.5 pounds putting him in the 60th percentile for weight, he's 26 inches long (70th percentile), and he has a big head. At least his head is rounding out, but he still needs to sleep on his side to help the flat spot on the back of his head. All in all, a very good report!
We cried again when he got his shots, but stopped pretty quickly once he got some more to eat and realized we were going home. He's now catching up on his sleep - you can see the big bandaids on his thighs.
It's been way too hot to spend much time outside in the stroller, but mom needed something else for us to do this morning. P's New Balance tennis shoes now fit and we took the big boy stroller since the other one was in Benton's car. We were only out about 20 minutes, but Parker loved every sightseeing minute of it!
Last summer we went to Costa Rica before I got pregnant. While swimming in the Pacific Ocean, I told Benton how lucky we were to be able to take such an amazing vacation. I told him to remind me of that moment when I had a child and was debating whether or not I should work full time. Little did I know how much I would love my child and my job as a mother. I'll take Parker over Costa Rica anyway!
This license plate today reminded me how blessed I am!
Parker is four months old today and he has several new tricks up his sleeve in the last couple of weeks. First and foremost, he loves to stand up and talk as loud as possible. He cracks himself up when he squeals loudly and can hear his voice echo on our tile and hardwood floors. Its the sweetest thing to hear him in his crib in the mornings talking and giggling to himself. Always a great sign when your baby wakes up laughing instead of crying!
He is still a great sleeper, sleeping 11-12 hours each night. He's also close to being on a regular nap schedule. He wakes up between 7:30 and 8am and takes a nap from 9 - 10:30am most mornings. Then he also takes a good nap in the afternoons from 3 - 5pm. Bedtime is somewhere between 7:30 and 9pm, depending on where his feedings fall that day.
Parker is still gaining weight and has grown a full inch in the last two weeks, now allowing his feet to touch the ground in his exersaucer and jeep walker. He still a happy spitter and we can now add happy drooler to the list. Along with the chewing he does on his fingers, we've deduced that he is probably starting the teething process.
He also loves to watch TV. Not a great habit, I know, but it is nice to put him in his bouncer with the news on while I start dinner! More pictures to follow this week!
I haven't been as frequent with my posts as I'd like to be the last month and a half. I've got some pretty good excuses though...
In June we went to Napa for a Wichita Falls wedding, a week later we put our house on the market and went out of town three weekends in a row to avoid house showings, then we spent a week in Jackson Hole for vacation and another Wichita Falls wedding, and finally, we bought a new house and moved in last Wednesday.
Parker, Jack, and I have spent this week trying to find a new normal in the new house. Benton has been traveling for work since Monday and we are all ready for him to be home tonight! On weeks like this, our joke is that "I'm a single mother, I'm a single mother" sung to the tune of all the single ladies. I'm ready to have a spouse again and after four days alone, I think I'm ready to go back to working a couple of days next week!
No, not for me unfortunately, but for Parker. His toenails have grown at a glacial pace, so today was my first attempt at cutting his toenails with fingernail clippers. Luckily he cooperated and we were finished in about 30 seconds! Now his fingernails may be another story...