Friday, December 31, 2010

Look at Me...I'm 4 months old!

4 months old 1

Sometimes it takes me a full day to figure out what to say in a blog post. I will write a sentence or two and then walk away and think of something else and write more. Today is one day that I'm happy I'm a slow thinker, while daddy and I were playing Scrabble you rolled over for us. I'm so happy daddy was there to see you roll for the first time. He is so very proud of you!

Your smile makes my day so much better. You laugh and it brings a joyful tear to my eye. My little Prince you are growing fast.

Showing off his long legs and pouty face.

4 months old 1


You laughed out loud for the first time on 12/26/2010
Your first tooth came through on 12/25/2010
You rolled tummy to back for the first time on 12/31/2010
You experienced your first Christmas and New Year's(well that will be tonight)
You flew on your first flight on 12/24/2010

I will update the blog with his height & weight after his Dr's appointment next Monday. Last time we weighed him on the Wii fit he weighed over 15lbs and when we
measured him he was around 25"


Parker had his 4 month checkup today and is weighing in at 16lbs 1oz and is 24.5" long.


Just saying Hi!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Morning (Week 16) POTW

I'm late posting this week..eeek! It's funny, I have actually been having blogger withdrawals. I'm so used to having some time to myself where I can sit and not only blog myself but read through other blogs. It has been so busy with the holidays, traveling and family that I have had no time to just sit and relax.

We flew to Boise, ID to spend the Christmas and New Year's holiday with my in-laws. While we didn't opening presents till Christmas afternoon, I still had to take my traditional Christmas morning picture with Vanessa and now joining the tradition, Parker Dean.

I chose this picture for the picture of the week because I thought it was absolutely beautiful. I can't believe that one, I'm 30 and two, I have two kids!?! Two gorgeous kids mind you but, I still remember waking up to my parents and sitting by our Christmas tree when I was little. It's still amazes me how fast time has gone.

Christmas 2010_17

The Paper Mama

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jolly Old St. Nick

We decided that we would take Parker to see Santa today. It was last minute decision so disregard Parker in his PJ's. Aside from having to wait over an hour to see him, we had fun. Oh, and does anyone else thinks $24.99 to pay for a crappy photo is worth it? I sure don't. Luckily, we carry our cameras with us at all times. My mom and I secretly took a few photos and they turned out adorable. I even was able to get my daughter and her friend to sit with Santa too!

Vanessa and her friend while we were waiting in line.


The long line...ugghhh


and finally Jolly Old St. Nick.....




Even though they are too old for Santa, she was being a good big sister....



I love my brother's sense of humor and I was happy to see him before we left town


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sophie has arrived!!

I ordered this last minute from amazon in hopes that we would receive it before we went out of town!

This is definitely on the top of my list for new momma must have: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether.

Random Giraffe facts!

You would have to run in order to keep up with a giraffe walking because every step a giraffe takes is 15 feet long .

Newborn giraffe calves begin their lives by falling 6 feet to the ground...


The mighty giraffe can drink 12 gallons in one setting....


The gestational period of a giraffe is 14 to 14.5 months....


A giraffe's tongue is 18 inches long....


Each time a giraffe picks up its neck it picks up 550 pounds....


A lion can die if kicked by a giraffe.

Monday, December 20, 2010

An Arizona Winter (Week 15) POTW

Date: December 19th, 2010
Location: Downtown Chandler, Arizona
Temperature: 74 degrees...perfect!

We were spending an early Christmas with my parents since we will be spending Christmas day with the in-laws. As we were headed to dinner we drove by this massive white Christmas tree. At least it was made to look like a Christmas tree. In actuality it was a giant pile of tumbleweed, painted white and shaped like a Christmas tree. I just had to get out and take pictures.

The picture of the week for this week is something you will only see for winter in the "Valley of the Sun."

The Paper Mama

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Ornament

I got this idea from another blog and now I can't find that blog to link back to them. So if you read my post and know the blog I'm talking about please leave a message so I can give them credit.

Anyhow, I LOVED the idea! Although in the other blog they used their little one's hands that is not possible with Parker. He still keeps his hands in a pretty tight fist and when something does get into his hand it goes to his the feet it is.

I went to the dollar store and picked up a giant ornament. We tried smaller but Parker's feet are rather huge and his foot wouldn't fit. I had some non-toxic craft paint, brushed it on his foot and after two tries was able to get a good...non-smeared...foot print. I quickly sprinkled some glitter and heat sealed it with my hot-fix tool.

We I had a lot of fun doing with this project. Parker? Well....he wanted to figure out a way to get his foot out of my hand and into his mouth.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Re-kindling Magic (Week 14) POTW

We took Parker out to see Christmas lights the other night. His little eyes got about as big as I have ever seen them and he looked at us and just smiled. He was mesmerized. All the music and the moving characters. It was magic in his eyes and I realized that he was re-kindling something in me that I had long forgotten.

I couldn't think of a better picture to conclude this week

The Paper Mama

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Baby leggings Tutorial

What baby needs pants when you have baby leggings!!!!!

Baby leggings are huge for babies right now and if you're anything like me and don't want to spend $12.00 for them. Here is a simple tutorial to make them. It's quick and is easy in terms of sewing skill level.

I have searched and tried a lot of different tutorials but I have to say my favorite tutorial is from Little Birdie Secrets.

I like that you don't have any seam lines when you are finished.


I did make a few changes to that tutorial but it's only because I don't hand sew...ever! I'm really am horrible at it plus a machine is so much faster.

Baby Leggings

I bought these pair of knee high socks at the dollar store.

I cut about 12" of length or you can use a regular babyleg as your measuring tool (You will pretty much just be cutting off the foot of the sock at the ankle.)

Make sure you leave a little extra length for the seam.

*** For a No Sew version, you can let the cut edge roll and you would be finished at this point. ***

Next, turn the legging inside out and make a 1/4" seam and and sew. You can use a straight stitch or zig-zag stitch. I used a zig-zag stitch.

Make sure you don't accidentally catch the other side since you are sewing a small opening. I keep my finger in between. Also, don't stretch/pull while sewing or you will make too big of an opening.

Repeat the process on the other legging, turn right side out and.....that's it!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Discoveries (Week 13) POTW

This week Parker discovered his tongue, now he wants to lick everything he can get near his mouth. I ran across this gorgeous large scale rick-rack and I decided to make him a teething/sensory blanket using the rick-rack. It took a few shots but I finally captured the picture I wanted.

Ni Hao Y'all

Thursday, December 2, 2010

3 months old and counting.....

I'm taking part of a photo challenge being hosted by The Paper Mama

The Paper Mama

This month was another exciting month, life is so good. I'm so happy and so proud to be mommy to this little guy. I'm excited about what is ahead but also sad because I know how fast it goes by. He grows so much every day. Right now he is going through the 3 month growth spurt but it hasn't been as bad as what some of my friends went through with their little ones. He is just sleeping and eating a lot more. He holds his head up very well, and when on his tummy he can scoot himself around. He is trying to roll but hasn't quite figured that one out. He hits around the toys on his floor mat and grabs for them. He knows his feet exist and is trying to grab them.

We have started to get a good idea of some of the things he loves and those he doesn't like so much.

What Parker loves:

His baths or showers
To cuddle with his mama
His kick piano....was suppose to be a Christmas present but we couldn't wait
His changing table..I think he likes being naked
His hands
Victoria Secret Supermodels....yes one of the only times he watched the TV for more than a few seconds is during the recent fashion show they had on TV
His exersaucer
Getting daddy ready for work
Seeing his sister after school

What Parker dislikes:

His car seat
Tummy time
His reflux medicine

So many firsts this month, the biggest is how much he talks now. If you will listen he will chat your ear off and he is so smiley all the time. He does the silent laughing but only belly laughs out loud in his sleep.

1st movie-Tangled 11/25/2010
1st play-The Nutcracker 11/26/2010
1st Thanksgiving 11/25/2010
1st fancy restaurant- Olive Garden 11/26/2010
1st hike 11/20/2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the award goes to.......


I'm very proud of myself. It's not easy to put yourself out there in front of strangers and breastfeed a baby whose loudly smacking or dribbling milk all over the place. Especially at your daughters orthodontist office where the only people in the waiting room are the fathers of other kids and your baby decides that breastfeeding is now also fun not only nutritional....eek!

I breastfeed for my baby and set aside all my discomforts to give him the best nutrition I can.
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