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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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!

 

 

 

Girls Night Out

For my last hurrah in Miami the girls and I went to our ol’ faithful, Blue Martini in Brickell where we sat at our usual table with our usual waitress and drank our usual drinks and we had SUCH a good time!  It might have been one of the best nights in Miami EVER..and that’s saying a lot since there were so many others.

Lets just say the night consisted of Stef and I singing on stage with a live band in front of 200+ people with Lauren as our trusty cheerleader/photographer.  Take a look at all of the awesomeness.  **Sorry about the terrible lighting**

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

Baby Shower

For the past few weeks Stef and I have been planning a baby shower for our friend Meagan from Dominica (it was a surprise or else you know I would have been posting about the details).  Meagan’s sister is in town visiting and we even got her in on the secret.  Her baby girl (her name is being kept a secret) is due in the beginning of October and she didn’t think she was going to be having a shower since she’s so far away from family (we’re in Miami, family is on LI BABY!)  Of course I snapped a few photos and made a little video to share with you.

Lauren greeting Meagan at the door.

Fantastic food spread (cupcakes, zucchini boats, spinach quiche, veggies).  Clothes line.  Mom chair (I knitted that blanket :)).  Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.  Baby gifts.  Stef’s diaper cake and a posing Miss Sophie.  Cupcakes made by moi.  Baby Banner.

Mama-to-be opening up her gifts including a Boppy Pillow, lay ‘n play mat, books from her mom/sister/friends, bottles/pacifiers, knitted blanket, bathtub, towels and washcloths, Moby Wrap.

Of course I couldn’t leave out the Parker-man.  He was the man of the hour.  Top left corner going clockwise…Meagan getting used to mom-duty, reading Parker a book.  Waking up from his nap and greeting the ladies.  Being the cutest centerpiece on the table.  Being held by our good friend Taylor.

We had such a good time planning this party!  It’s always a great time with these girls, especially this time spoiling Babygirl F.  Good job pulling this off, ladies!

Congratulations Meagan and Emmet!  We are so excited for you both.

Welcome Babies!

My lovely friend (and super-mom in Dominica) Chelsea from …yours truly welcomed her twin boys into the world yesterday morning!  Baby A weighing in at 4lb. 3oz. and Baby B weighing in at 3 lb. 15 oz.

Just want to let you know that we’re thinking of you, girl!  Hoping you have a fast recovery and those baby birds grow quickly and healthy, out of the NICU and home with their family asap!