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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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…

 

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!

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!