Thursday, August 30, 2012

9 Months!

Parker hit the big 9 month mark today!  He is continuing to develop well and is learning new things every day.  He has popped 4 more teeth since his 8 month update.  I am starting to miss his toothless grin a bit... 

We went into his doctor's appointment yesterday hoping he had gained a decent amount of weight.  Unfortunately his percentile dropped again (just a bit though.)  His official stats were:

Weight: 17 lbs. 3 oz. (6%)
Length: 29" (75%)
Head Circumference: 18 1/4" (80%)

We knew going into the appointment that we may have to get some blood tests done if he didn't increase his weight enough.  So, he had his very first blood draw done.  It was so hard to see his elbow getting poked.  He was a little scared and I am sure it hurt a little.  Mama shed a lot of tears with him.  He was quite the trooper, all things considered.  They are testing for kidney function, Celiac disease and a few other things.  His low weight is most likely a result of CONSTANT motion, but they are taking some precautionary steps to make sure nothing is wrong.  We had some extra cuddles before packing up to go home.  He took a snooze on the ride home and stayed pretty mellow for the rest of the night.
That's it for now.  I will try to take some fun pictures this weekend.  See you all soon!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

I LOVE the State Fair! I was so excited to go this year...then we all got sick a few days before the only day we could go. I was so bummed! We didn't go last year because of my gestational diabetes (it woulda tortured me, all that fried greasy goodness!) Parker and I seemed to recover pretty quickly, but Jimmy was still under the weather when the day finally came. He decided to tough it out and we got to go for a couple hours. We pretty much go for the food, but I think it will be fun in a couple years when Parker is a bit bigger. I think he was in a bit of sensory overload and it was a challenge getting him to take a nap, but we still had a lot of fun. I can't wait for next year!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Best Birthday Card Ever!

The Country Grandpa

Jimmy grew up in the city and I grew up in the "country." I use quotes because country can be subjective. Parker will most likely consider it the country when he gets older. After church today Parker and I went for a visit to the "country." There are lots of trees to play in, a huge yard, swing set and sandbox, and a creek that runs through the back of their land. My dad recently built a new bridge and Parker got to be the first to "walk" across! My nephew got the honors the last time my dad built a bridge. I am so glad I brought my phone for the ride because I got some really great pictures! I hope the place where I grew up will bring Parker some great memories too!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Puppies, playing, and protruding teeth!

Last weekend we went to visit some good family friends.  I have known the Weber's since I was a little girl and it is always fun to hang out with them.  They have 2 dogs and it was so fun to see Parker playing with them.  He has been around dogs a little, but this is the first time I have seen him with them.  I was having a blast!
Parker Meets Brooks
Parker loves Brooks
Another fun thing P has discovered lately is spinning around on his butt.  I took this video about a week ago.  He spun around a few times before I got the camera out!  He kept turning in full circles with his legs and then stopping in the same place.  Jimmy had never seen him do this before either so it was a bit amusing.  Now he has been doing it all week when he is on hard surfaces.  Such a silly guy!

We have also been able to spend more time outside since the temps have been dropping.  As I shared a couple weeks ago, he doesn't stay on the blanket anymore.  It was rocks then, now it's grass that he prefers to eat.  Usually gets a couple handfuls worth, then figures out it isn't a good idea...

Just a couple more pics to share before I hit the hay!  We have started trying drinking with straws!  Another skill that Parker has a lot to work on, but fun none the less.
 Lastly, we have been closely watching Parker's other lower tooth, but it was being very stubborn.  So, we were quite surprised when he popped a top tooth last weekend!  Now he has matching upper and lower incisors!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Beautiful Minnesota Day!

Days like today are what I LOVE about MN! After 39 straight days of 80+ weather (many of which were 90+) this weekend was in the 70's! Plus the humidity dropped today so it was pretty much perfect!

I finally got around to hanging Parker's swing from our tree today too! It doesn't swing totally straight because we don't have any straight limbs, but it is good enough for us! We are going to have so much fun!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Garage Sale Deals!

I love going to garage sales, but it can be harder to get out with a baby. I found time on my lunch break at work today. Boy, did I score! I got stuff between 12 months and 2T. Here is the breakdown of my haul:

15 shirts/onsies
5 pants
4 shorts
2 sweatshirts
3 two-piece pajamas (2 brand new Carter's sets)
1 Footy pajamas
2 bibs

I got all of that for only $13.75! I have to relish in the deals while I can, it will only get harder to find used stuff in good shape!