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.

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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!

1st of Many 4ths

We had fun with our family yesterday, spending time with both sides of Brandon’s family.  To Grandmother’s house we go!  Parker had fun with Daddy playing kickball, playing with his cousins on the grass and Mama got to eat Grandma’s DELISHHHH blueberry pie.

 

 Can I just tell you how much Parker loves just hanging out with the guys?  He’s not even 6 months old and I can already tell he’s Mr. Adventure aka mini-daddy.

Figuring that Parker’s bedtime is around 9pm you’d think that he would be asleep during the fireworks.  You’d think that, but you’d be wrong.  He stayed up until the very last second to watch the fireworks but pulled “kid on NYE trying to stay up until the ball drops” and fell asleep right before the finale.  He was amazed at the ones he saw though.  Here he is with Aunt KK waiting for the show to begin.  You can tell from his eyes how hard he was fighting to stay awake past his bedtime…little punk.

 

 

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Photo Dump

Longest stretch in between posts ever.  I’m sorry for being a bad blogger but our days have been so packed that if I get on the computer once a day it’s amazing.  Here are some random photos from our first 10 days home in Buffalo.  Parker’s christening and his first playdate with his friend Nathan are exciting enough for their own posts.  Those are to come in the next few days.

My beautiful family sitting outside on the swing after Parker’s Christening.

Hanging out with Aunt Kelly and Aunt Lindsay.

Probably my new favorite pictures of Parker.  Here he is sitting on a grass like a big boy 🙂  Where did my little baby go?

Practicing blowing out candles on Aunt Lindsay’s 25th Birthday.

Playing with his blocks on the grass.

Brandon’s Father’s Day present from Parker.

Just chillin’ with Grandma and Grandpa…

…and Great-Grandma Jean and cousin Alex.

Loving when Aunt Kelly feeds and plays with him.

Sleeping on mama.

 

First Baseball Game

Parker went to his first baseball game yesterday!  Daddy was in all of his Braves-loving-glory and was BEYOND excited that his son was at a game with him.

We joined our friends for some tailgating before the game.  Parker sat with the ladies (as usual for this ladies’ man…I’m in for some trouble when he’s a teenager) while watching Daddy and the other boys throw the football back and forth.

Here is Parker and Daddy on the way into the game.  Parker was in high spirits at this point and Daddy was 10 years old again walking into a candy shop.

Forget about our wedding, or Parker’s birth for that matter.  This might have been the best day of Brandon’s life.

You can tell that at this point (about 6 minutes into the game) Parker was clearly not amused.  We have a sensitive little boy on our hands.  He DOES NOT like loud noises so when the crowd cheered, a screaming baby came afterwards.  Daddy says he can be as sensitive as he wants – as long as he doesn’t throw like a girl 🙂After a few cries I took Parker outside of the stadium and walked and held him the rest of the game until eventually he fell asleep so Brandon could enjoy his first Braves game.  Big time wife points for me ::wink:: ::wink::

I made it back in for the last 2 minutes of the game.  We had a really good time with our friends.  Brandon and Parker were able to see their favorite baseball team for the first time and I got to eat stadium food, some chicken tenders and cotton candy so I was a happy girl 🙂

Week Recap in Phone Photos, Easter & Sabres

 We try to get out of the house as much as possible although some days are easier than others.  It’s crunch time for Brandon who is taking the COMP in about 2 weeks so Parker and I went to the mall with Stef while trying out his new Ergo carrier (which is awesome by the way!!!) and trying on some comfy TOMS.  Black or Green. size 7. Mother’s Day May 8th. Just sayin.

Spent most of the day at home on Tuesday…here’s Parker hanging out on his new play mat while watching his fave girl Kelly Ripa in the morning and waking up from a nap to work on some tummy time.

We’re so lucky to live right by such a nice park.  Anything you could ever want to do at a park – baseball, soccer, kayaking, boxing, tennis, fishing, equestrian center, dog park, you name it, it’s there.  It’s super quiet during the week which gave Parker and I plenty of options as to which tree to lay under – we chose the perfect one where he looked up at the sky and eventually fell asleep.

Milk happy baby. Ran the track with my hubby and baby after a delicious dinner by moi. nom nom nom

Parker’s first hockey game.  Sabres vs. Flyers game 5.  LETS GO BUFFALO!  This is my child staring at the TV literally watching the puck across the screen.  He didn’t blink.  Didn’t move for a second.  Nothing could break his concentration.  I’m told its a “guy thing”…oh how bad I want a little girl one day!  I’m out numbered right now.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Went to Parker’s favorite place this morning – South Beach- for some breakfast with our roomies.  We wished we could spend Easter with our families at home but french toast and bottomless coffee with our little family really made my morning 🙂

Linking up with a good life.

What has changed?

There must be something in the (Dominican) water because I don’t think I have enough fingers and toes to count how many pregnant friends I have at the moment.  It’s truly amazing.

Of course I thought about it since the start of my pregnancy but wondering how my life was going to change was a recurring thought towards the end.  And since I’m already crazy anxious, you can just imagine how I must have felt.

So for all of my fellow anxiety-ridden preggos out there, here are a few ways that I’ve noticed that in 3 short months, my life has changed since becoming a mama…

  • I think this is obvious but I did not know what exhaustion was until my baby was born and was up every 20 minutes throughout the night.  And although I’m beyond exhausted, I still find the energy to go about my day and take care of my family.
  • Forget about me, every moment from the second Parker was born until forever and always will I be thinking and worrying about him and his well-being.
  • I feel like I have this super-mom power where my love is absolutely boundless and I have an inner strength that I never knew I had.
  • I have been forced to become a “morning person” and I love it.  There is so much more I can get done in the day.
  • I see my parents differently now and respect them in a whole new way.
  • Seeing Parker’s smile makes me so happy I could cry.
  • Showering has become a luxury.
  • I hold my body to the highest regard possible.  For 10 months it kept my precious baby safe and provided him with nourishment to help him grow strong enough to live outside of it.  It bounced back (not exactly but pretty close) to it’s pre-Parker shape WAY quicker than I had ever thought and for 3 months has been supplying Parker with enough milk to keep him healthy (and has helped make those chunky legs that I just want to sink my teeth into!)
  • I don’t care if I’ve turned into that mom that only talks about her kid.  Right now, to me, my family is the only thing that matters.
  • When I see myself, I see Parker.
  • I have realized that whatever I thought I gave up to have Parker doesn’t seem like a sacrifice anymore.  I would do it all over in a second.
  • Having Parker “better”ed our life.  His presence is captivating – unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
Savor every single moment!