Facebook Fail

So this is a serious overlook on Facebook’s part. We all know there is a section in your personal information where you can edit and list your family members, whether they have Facebook accounts or not (for example: those who wouldn’t have an account would be your children). More recently, however, Facebook has added another family member to be added as “expected child” and with the due date. Here’s where it’s flawed. When the due date comes around, even if you have not had the baby, Facebook automatically posts to your page that you had the baby on that day!

I get a phone call last night from my grandparents congratulating me on having the baby (when in reality I have not yet) because family members have called them telling them that they saw on Facebook that I had the baby. I was so taken back and mortified by the whole thing because first of all, my computer is broken and I do not check my Facebook as often as I did before therefore I didn’t realize why that was posted to my page and I was fuming that my family thought it was ok that I didn’t call them if, in fact, I did have the baby and that they found out on Facebook (an issue all in itself).

June 11th has come and gone and still no baby. We’re still waiting for this baby’s arrival and if you’re someone that is part of our lives that we would communicate with BESIDES Facebook you can count on hearing about the baby some way NOT on Facebook…probably more normal like a phone call.

Expectant moms beware so you don’t get caught off guard like we did.

And if there is anyone who really wants to keep in touch with us, find a way to get our phone number and learn how to use a phone to communicate because there will be a major cleanup on our “friend list” real soon.

Our Week in iPhone Photos

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New favorite morning spot. Parker loves to fit his little body into whatever small space he can find.

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Helping Daddy put together his new kitchen.

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And after it was all put together he was very busy the next morning making “breakfast”.

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Claiming the armrest at story time.

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Our friends Katie, big brother Maddox, and baby Jaxon stopped by for lunch. We ate pizza and Parker practiced being a big brother by giving Jaxon lots of hugs and giving him his pacifier when he wanted it.

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Since when do we have the big kid at the park who likes to get pushed as high as he can go on the swings?

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Made a pit stop at the dog park. An absolute must on the walk home from the playground.

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Someone was sooo excited while on their way to Playtime! Brooklyn

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That someone also didn’t want to leave and every time Mommy said to get his shoes on he would throw himself back in the ball pit.

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Daddy taught Parker how to climb this ladder now he does it all my himself.

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Bath time! Rock ‘n Roll style.

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Poor baby woke up with a fever so slept most of the day.

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Waiting for the Dr.

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Parker napped for 3 hours this day so I took full advantage.

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I finished knitting Kieran’s hat. I’m fully aware that it’s June but I like my air conditioning.

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Waking up from naptime with some cool hair.

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Pretty sure I need a pedicure but who really knows since I haven’t been able to see my feet in 4 months.

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Grandma’s here! And will be here till after Kieran arrives. We’re sooo thankful for all of her help and Parker is loving having someone new around here.

Waiting Game

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With baby boy #2 coming in a few days I thought it would be a good idea to start up the blog again after yet another way too long hiatus. I expect that the coming weeks and months will be the most exhausting (our boys will be 17 months apart, both in diapers, Parker runs around everywhere yet still wants to be carried when he’s tired, nursing the baby, figuring out new nap routines…) but we cannot be more thrilled to welcome this baby boy into our little family and there is just something about Parker being a big brother that tugs at my heart strings.

As far as an update over the past 8 months goes, you’re getting the quick version.

Lets start with the whole reason we live in Brooklyn to begin with – medical school/rotations. Brandon has been working his butt off and has finished ob/gyn, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, is currently in the middle of surgery and has done really, really well in each of them – without a break in between. I really don’t know how he does it.

We’ve met some really great friends since we’ve moved here. They’ve really shown us the ropes as far as raising a family in a city/small space goes. How we all met was so random and where we’re from is so different yet we’re so similar and get along so well. It’s so nice to know that there are people close to us that we can trust Parker with. We just adore them. And Parker is particularly fond of little miss Elizabeth.

Parker update. He seriously has so much “cool” pouring out of him that he doesn’t know what to do with it. He’s funny (and boy does he know it!). It’s rare for anyone to get a laugh out of him but his smirks and giggles let us know of his approval. His language has just exploded recently and mimics everything we say. I was reminded of this when I dropped something in the kitchen the other day, said “oh shoot!” and heard a little “shoot!” come from the bedroom. We really have to watch what we say around him.

His new favorite things are: Elmo, “running” (he thinks he’s running if he yells when he walks), “jumping” (never gotten air, ever. But he thinks that the longer he bends down then the higher he jumps), carrying around his baby, saying “shhhh!” when he goes up to the bassinet, making different animal sounds like moo, bahh, grrrr, bowwow, meow, quack, neighhh. Included in his weekly schedule is story time at the library where he loves singing and picking out his own little chair. On Fridays we go to a playgroup at a nearby church where this past week he felt brave enough to go in the ballpit all by himself. He thinks he’s too big for the baby playground now and insists on climbing the chain ladder to go down the big kid slide by himself (daddy taught him that) and he also thinks he’s big enough to run on the basketball courts (while yelling “ba-ballll!!!”) with the teenagers to play with them. I can tell he’s really excited to be a brother. He may not not what it means entirely but he’s really interested in babies and he’s really just one of the sweetest kids I’ve ever known I know he’s going to be great.

As for me, I’m just anxiously awaiting this little boy’s arrival. Everyone asks if I’m ready, I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. This past week has made me pretty emotional thinking about how the days pretty much consisted of just Parker and I and I’m really going to miss some of those times. You think becoming a mom won’t change you too much but it does. I’ve learned a lot about myself and our family over the past 17 months and I know it’s just going to get that much better with the two of them.

The Next Step

For a while now, 2 1/2 years to be exact, we have been moving around and haven’t lived near many family and friends so I initially started this blog to keep those people updated on our life and it eventually turned into a digital baby book for Parker.  Since we’ve lived at home for the last 3 months while we’ve been waiting for rotations to start, a.k.a. Medical School Limbo, it’s been tough to write on the blog since everyone already knows what’s going on – my lame excuse for my sporadic postings.  Well, we’re making our big move this weekend to Brooklyn which means lots and lots of updates coming up!

Yea.  This is my kid and he has the most beautiful soul (and eyes, and nose, and lips, and chin).  You can also bet your bottom dollar that we have this photo blown up for one of our brand spankin’ new walls.

Brandon made the trip downstate this past weekend on a 9 (err, more like 12) hour train ride.  His orientation was today, first OB/GYN rotation tonight from 8pm-8am.  This is his only week of overnights for this rotation and it’s kind of nice that he’s doing it while Parker and I are still at home.  # 28,957 why my husband is so awesome: he volunteered to be the leader of his team for the entire 6 weeks rotation, which requires some extra work, just to ensure that he has off this weekend to help my anxiety-ridden bum move all of our stuff into our apartment.  Ugh I love him!

Note: this photo was taken during a little 2 week stunt Parker likes to call “Operation – I will not sleep in my own crib throughout the night and I will be awake all night until Mommy and Daddy let me sleep with them and then I can sleep while they stay awake all night”.  Globs of concealer under my puffy eyes say it all.

Seriously, there is way too much coolness pouring out of this little 8 month old body.  Some of Parker’s new tricks include: clapping, waving, cruising around his whole crib, babbling as if he’s actually saying something really important, impersonating Mr. Rogers.

We have had so much luck furnishing our apartment!  I can’t wait to post pictures of our DIY projects when they are all set up.  Coming soon…

 

My Anniversary Gift

It was the most flawless day spent with my husband and baby at Niagara on the Lake.  A quaint little town in Canada, about 45 minutes from us.  Each and every house is beautiful, the hotels are immaculate, the main street is lined with charming little boutiques and ice cream shops.  This picture was taken during our lunch on a hill with Fort Niagara in the background.  It reminds me of Dominica.

“One more night, gimme just one more night…”

So does that song.  Rossies, you know what I mean.

Parker couldn’t have been in a better mood.  He napped the entire car ride across the border each way.  He hung out in his stroller all day while Daddy and I window shopped.  Brandon was also in need of a new wedding ring since the original one that was bought in Dominica was not cutting it anymore.  I guess he was tired of the tape that was keeping it on his finger.  He bought a beautiful celtic ring and if you know my husband then you know that it fits him perfectly.  The only upset we had all day was that I forgot a spoon to feed Parker his fruits and veggies.  He ate the food right off my finger and didn’t say boo.  Have I said how much I love this kid?!

Thank you Brandon and Parker for such an incredible day.  We’ve had a lot on our plates lately (um…moving to Brooklyn in 2 weeks and still need an apartment!!!) and I’ve been super stressed.  Just getting to have the day to relax with our little family really rejuvenated me.  I love you both so much!

Art Gallery

We don’t have much more time here in Buffalo before leaving for rotations and since it was a bit cooler and rainy we decided to check off an indoor activity on our summer bucket list.  After Parker’s morning nap, we spent our afternoon at the Albright Knox Art Gallery; near Delaware Park and Elmwood Village in Buffalo.

Parker was completely wide-eyed looking at all the different paintings.  We would walk him right up to the pictures and he would study all of the bright colors.  He’s been really into babbling and changing his voice lately and he also discovered that it would echo against the spacious walls throughout the gallery.

Parker’s favorite exhibit were the ink bubbles.  He went to each frame and examined each one very carefully..then of course, wanted to touch them.

By the time we left the art gallery the rain seemed to clear up.  Parker was napping in his stroller so Brandon and I walked around Delaware Park…a beautiful park in Buffalo that Brandon and I used to go to during our pre-Parker days.  Who would have thought that the next time we’d be there we would be pushing our baby around with us.  We ended our afternoon with a stroll down Elmwood for some coffee, for me a chai latte and Brandon a black coffee and of course we shared a huge chocolate chip cookie, while sweet Parker held my hand 🙂  Perfection.