Moving Day!



And we’re off!  We’ll be driving through the night tonight so Parker can sleep during the long drive to Brooklyn.  We probably won’t have internet for a few days but keep a look out next week for some updates.  Next time I post it will be from our beautiful Brooklyn living room!







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…


8 Months Old

We’re a few days late with this post.  Oops!  Yesterday was spent recovering from our week long “vacation” of trying to find an apartment in Brooklyn (which was near impossible but found the gem.  Just sayin’).  You’ve become pretty attached this past month.  You notice when someone looks at you while you’re playing, your arms go up in the air and instantly want to get picked up.  All day long it’s “Dada da dadada da DA DA”, I see how it is 🙂  You’ve started taking steps while holding our hands and you are so proud of yourself.  You love to climb all over us when we play with you on the floor.  No teeth yet but I think they’ll be making an appearance soon (I know, I’ve been saying that for months)

Stats: 21.5 lbs 28 1/2 inches

Some of your firsts:

7 months 1 day: 1st time at an art gallery, 1st time walking Elmwood Village, 1st time to Delaware Park

7 months 5 days: 1st time watching a Bills game with Daddy

7 months 24 days: 1st trip to Brooklyn

7 months 28 days: 1st time waving to Mommy, 1st time flying a kite

7 months 30 days: 1st time eating meat

See Parker at (1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, 7 months)

Friends Forever

Brandon and Angie have pretty much been friends since before they were born (their moms met while they were pregnant with them).  They were born 2 weeks apart.

Angie and I found out we were pregnant at the same time with the same due date.      Baby Nathan and Baby Parker were born 3 days apart

Does it get any cuter than that?  I didn’t think so.

Play dates are rare since we don’t live in the same area but whenever they visit Buffalo we try to get together and I absolute LOVE seeing these two together!  Parker learns so much from watching someone else his size.  It’s so fun to watch them because they make the same noises…lately their new thing has been raspberries…and movements.  My favorite thing was watching them play with each other’s toes.

Baby Nathan’s daddy is also in medical school and the next step for both of us is another big move.  We hope they end up someplace close to us so we can have more play dates in the future!




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.