Monthly Archives: May 2012

6 Months Old!

6 Months Old!

6 whole months?  How is that even possible?

Probably the biggest thing this month is that you are full fledged eating baby food and you LOVE it!  We’ve even made some progress with the green veggies and you do a pretty good job of eating them without making too many yucky faces.  You’re drinking 4 bottles a day and eating 2 meals of food.  I think you’ve pretty much figured out what the high chair means.  As soon as we put you in it and grab the jar of baby food and spoon, you start kicking your feet and making all kinds of sounds.  It’s so cute to watch how excited you get about meals!  Sometimes we mix your food with some multi-grain cereal, sometimes its just the food.  I’m not gonna lie…it’s kinda nice that you’re no longer drinking as much formula…baby food is much cheaper than your liquid gold formula!

You are a crazy sleeper!  You flip and flop all over your bed.  We never know where we’ll find you when we go to get you in the mornings or after a nap.  I think my favorite time of day with you is in the evenings after you’re out of the bathtub, all pj’d up, and ready for bed.  We gather all the bedtime essentials (nu-nu, monkey lovie, and blanket), rock, and sing songs until you’re sound asleep; I kiss you goodnight and you’re down for the night.  It’s such a sweet, calm, and peaceful way to end the day and I love it probably more than anything.

We’ve also graduated from the infant bathtub to a bath seat in the big bathtub.  I don’t know that its your favorite thing in the world, but it sure it easier than having you almost push yourself out of the other one.  Hopefully as you get stronger in the next few weeks and months, you’ll enjoy the bath seat.

you started making this face last week…we think it’s so you can chew on your bottom teeth.  I know we’ll all be relieved when those bottom teeth finally cut through.

You are rolling all over the place now!  It’s adorable!  You’ve become so much more observant and interactive in the last month.  And you’re definitely starting to realize when you’re being held by someone you don’t see very often.  You get a panicked look on your face and frantically start looking around for me or your daddy.  I know its sad for our family that doesn’t see you very often, but it makes me feel good…haha!  You also get really upset if we put you down and walk away from you…spoiled rotten!

You love riding in your strollers.  When we’re out shopping, you love to ride in the stroller and look all around at the lights and colors and when we go walking, you love relaxing in the jogging stroller.  No more being stuck in that carseat everywhere we go!

We discovered the other night that you hate the vacuum cleaner.  As soon as I turned it on, you stuck out your bottom lip and started crying…I guess the noise was scary to you.  I tried to finish vacuuming the living a few more times and each time got the same response.  Darn…I’ll have to finish vacuuming later!  You’ve also started screaming every time we put you in the carseat.  You don’t cry for more than a few seconds, but you definitely let us know that you are not happy with being placed in there.  I think we might be moving you out of the infant carseat/carrier in the next couple of days.  The only downside is that there’s no way to attach toys for you to play with on the big carseat and if you fall asleep in the car, we have to wake you up to get you out.  (You pretty much wake up as soon as the doors automatically unlock when we park the car though.)

you and daddy looking too cool in your sunglasses!

Parker, you are such a blessing to your daddy and me.  You have completely changed our lives and our family forever and we couldn’t be more thankful for you.  I love you so much!


Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

After hearing all of the reports about the solar eclipse that was going to take place on Sunday evening, we planned to eat an early supper and then loaded up to find a good spot to watch it.  Because it was happening as the sun was setting, we had to find a place where we could see the horizon, so we drove out to the very back edge of the neighborhood where it’s still pretty much open land (though not for much longer! ).  We pulled off the main road into the entrance of a future pocket of houses and watched as the sun and moon slowly crossed paths.  Unfortunately because of where we were and when it happened, we didn’t get to see the “ring of fire” like the western U.S. got to see, but it was still pretty cool.

Because the sun was so bright, it was difficult to see if anything was happening at first, so Matt took pictures every few minutes and “way under-exposed” them(his exact words to explain what he was doing).  If you look really closely in the bottom right corner of the sun, you can start to see the moon creeping in.

At this point, the sun started dipping down into a string of clouds and we thought the show was over…but luckily the clouds broke apart and the sun peaked back through for just a few more minutes before it set.

And with that, the eclipse in Houston was pretty much over.  I wish we had been able to see the whole thing, but what we saw was a pretty incredible sight!

Parker enjoyed his first solar eclipse!



About a month ago, we started introducing Parker to solids.  We started with rice cereal mixed with a little bit of formula and he seemed to be ok with it…like he was just tolerating it, but didn’t really love it.  After a few weeks of that, I decided to mix the cereal with a little bit of pears and after a few meals, he was a huge fan!  Since then, we’ve developed a strong love for pears, prunes, sweet potatoes, and bananas.  Sometimes I mix it with cereal, sometimes he just eats it plain out of the jar.  He eats pretty close to 2 jars of food a day, sometimes with cereal added, plus his 4 5 oz. bottles – he’s definitely a growin’ boy!

First time for Daddy to do the feeding!

Trying peas for the first time…not a fan…at all!

He ended up only eating a few bites of peas and then we moved on to sweet potatoes for supper last night.  After the peas, he was a little skeptical of what was on the spoon, but managed to finish most of the jar.  We’ll keep trying the peas ;).

A New Friend!

A New Friend!

Parker has a new friend!  Brandon and Brittnie welcomed baby Clara Anne this past week and we’re all so excited to finally have a little girl in our group!

Congratulations Brittnie & Brandon!  Can’t wait for these kiddos to be the best of friends!

5 Months!

5 Months!

I know I say this all the time, but I really can’t believe its already been 5 whole months!  Time is literally FLYING by and I wish every single day that I could make it slow down.

Here’s our favorite little guy at 5 months…

always so happy!

EVERYTHING goes in your mouth…immediately.  I’m pretty sure you’re working on some bottom teeth…

You love to sit in the bumbo while we eat supper at night.

You know how to roll both directions!  You seem to prefer your tummy these days because if we lay you down on your back, its not very long before you’ve turned to your side or flopped over onto your tummy.

We don’t go back to see Dr. Dickerson until you turn 6 months, but we weighed you the other night and think you are pretty close to about 17.5 lbs!  You are wearing some 6 month clothes, but mostly 9 months and we’re about to finish up our last few size 2 diapers and will be moving into the size 3’s this week!  I cannot believe how quickly you are growing!

You’ve been eating cereal for a few weeks now and we’ve started mixing it with pears instead of formula and you seem to like it much more.  Gigi feeds it to you most mornings and we’ll probably start feeding it to you at night also.  You’re still drinking the fancy formula, but you’re doing really well on it, so we’ll stick to it.  You are still eating 5 oz. every 3-4 hours and that seems to keep you pretty content.  Sleep is still pretty consistent for you.  You go to bed between 8:30-9:00 every night.  You take a bath (which you still LOVE), play on the floor in your room for a while, and then we have some sweet Mommy & Parker time singing songs and rocking until you’re asleep.  Daddy feeds you again around 11 and you sleep until about 5:30 or 6:00 most mornings.  You are definitely a sleepy head…Gigi says you usually don’t wake up for the day until 9 or 10!

I know as soon as I say this, something will change, but I FINALLY (I know, 5 months in) feel like we’re in a really good routine and we’ve finally got the hang of this.  I felt like this right before I went back to work and then that changed everything, but now I feel good about things again.  I can’t wait for summer to be here so I can spend my days with this sweet little angel!

Landscaping 2012

Landscaping 2012

It seems as though major landscaping projects have become the norm for us the last few years.  Last year, we did flower beds and planter boxes in the back yard and this year we tackled the beds in the front.  Ever since we bought the house 4 years ago, we’ve hated the front flower beds.  The bushes were too big and blocked so much of the house and they grew so fast, that one of us was out trimming them at least once a week…it was awful.  About a month ago, we were doing yard work and after trimming the bushes, Matt decided that we were done with that task forever and cut all of them out!  I was so excited, I could hardly believe it was finally happening.

this was what we had after he trimmed them…they pretty much blocked the entire front of the house & made the porch look tiny.

finally…a blank slate!

total transformation!  We’ve got purple fountain grass, encore azaleas, 2 kinds of hosta, giant blue iris, hydrangeas, & Hawaiian Ti. We just love it!