Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Two Months Old

Parker Holt, you are two months old! 

You went from this newborn baby...
 
To this one month old...

To this two month old...






My two favorites this month with your precious smile!

As of April 24th, you weigh 9 pounds - 15 ounces and are 22 1/2 " long.  We found that out at your 2 month well visit today.  You Dr. appointment went really well and he said you look fantastic.  You will go back on June 26th for your 4 month check-up and shots.  You were a champ with your shots.  You did cry, but you were just  fine afterwards and took a good nap.  Mommy on the other hand had a hard time watching you get your shots.  I know they are for your own good, but hard to see you hurting.     

You are now wearing size 1 diapers.  Sadly, you have outgrown your newborn clothing and are wearing mostly size 0-3 months or 3 month clothing these days.  Very soon, Mommy will be packing up our favorite newborn onesies, outfits and pajamas that you wore in a storage tub.  We will keep adding special and favorite clothing items to that tub as the months roll on and you outgrow more stuff.  We have been excited to dress you in some new duds though as you have gotten bigger.

You are now eating about every 3-4 hours and sometimes go longer if you sleep through a feeding time.  While it has improved some, Mommy is still having issues with milk production so we are still supplementing with a bit of formula after I finish feeding you.  We are doing what we need to do to make sure you are well fed and are growing and developing like you should be.  While the times are never the same, you usually eat early in the morning, mid-morning, around lunch time, late afternoon, evening, around bedtime and the middle of the night.   Again, depending on how you are sleeping, it amounts to about 6-8 feeding times in a 24 hour period.     

You have been sleeping a lot better.  You are still in Mommy and Daddy's bedroom in the pack and play, but we plan to move you into your crib at the beginning of May.  I plan to have a box of kleenex ready - this will be hard for Mommy (and Daddy too) to have you so far away.  You sleep on Mommy's side of the bed, so I can just reach over and pat you or look up to see if you are resting well.  It will be an adjustment for all of us, but hopefully it will go well.  You are sleeping more at night - for 3-4 hour stretches and then you wake up hungry.  You are sleeping a little bit more during the day too, but also like to be awake and a part of the action.  Last night was the very first time that we laid you down and you slept for more than 3-4 hours.  Daddy put you down about 10:30pm and you didn't wake up until 5am.  We hope there's more where that came from!




You still could care less about the pacifier - which is fine with us.  We've tried giving it to you a handful of times to calm you down and you just don't care much for it and are fine not using it. 

This past month, we started venturing out with you with us.  For the first six weeks of your life we kept you at home except for Dr. appointments, Mommy's breastfeeding support group and our trip to Arkansas.  Mommy and Daddy took turns leaving the house so one of us was always home with you.  You've now been to several different stores and restaurants with us and you and I have had some shopping fun with just the two of us.  Overall, you've done really well when out and about.  We've had a couple of minor issues here and there, but nothing too bad.

You experienced your first tornado warning this month - even though you didn't realize it.  For one, you are way to young to know what is going on and secondly, you slept on Mommy the entire time.  On April 3rd , we were under a tornado warning and ended up in our bedroom closet under a mattress.  It was pretty scary!  I was holding you in the Baby Bjorn, Calvin was in my lap and Daddy was over all of us with the mattress on him.  Daddy prayed for us and God blessed us by keeping us safe and protected from the storm.

Somethings that you LOVE...

You love looking at ceiling fans.  They are very mesmerizing and calming to you.

You love taking baths until it's time to get out.  You are just so content and relaxed in the warm, sudsy water.  Your sweet Daddy puts your towel in the dryer and runs to get it when it's time to get you out of the warm water so you don't get too much cold on your little body.

You love playing on your activity mat and looking around (as you will see in the pictures below).  Mommy will lay you on that for a few minutes each day and interact with you and/or get a couple of things done around the house while you play and "talk".

You love when Mommy reads to you.  You seem to really be listening and like when I show you the pictures.  Again, you are much to young to know what all is going on, but you like to hearing my voice reading and seeing the bright colored pictures on the pages.

The two things you love the most right now is the Baby Bjorn and your changing table. 

You love being in the Baby Bjorn (thank you Aunt Carla).  Mommy will put you in it here at home if she needs her hands free to tend to some household tasks and more often than not, you fall asleep while I'm carrying you in it.  You've also been in it at a few stores and just look around as you are along for the shopping ride!  I've gotten lots of compliments in public as to how cute you look in it.  I couldn't agree more.

What you love more than anything (besides your Mommy and Daddy of course, haha) is your changing table.  As strange as it sounds, we have NO idea what it is about it, but it's a magic place.  You are never fussy and never cry or get upset when you are on it.  In fact, you can be crying or upset and we can lay you on that and you are perfectly fine and at peace.  You would lay there all day if you could. I am sure of it.  Sometimes you get upset when we take you off of it.  A lot of times Mommy will read you books or do tummy time on the changing table because you are so happy there.  As a result, it's really easy to change your diapers because you are in your happy place!  You really love your room in general and are so calm in there, but you LOVE the changing table. 

You still enjoy swinging for the most part and it helps Mommy and Daddy too sometimes.  Sometimes you swing while we eat or work on a few things.  You spend time in there sometimes while Mommy takes a shower. 

We are trying to work on tummy time more and more and sometimes you are okay with it and sometimes you want nothing to do with it, but we need to get those neck muscles good and strong.   

Your eyes are so big, blue and bright - it's our favorite thing about you.  Well that and your smile.  You grin and giggle a little bit and are starting to make more noises.  Your personality is really starting to come out and we have so much fun playing and interacting with you.                 

Here are some pictures from the last month...

Seymore the Seahorse - Daddy named him and he helps you go to sleep by playing sweet music















Calvin ~ your brother and protective guard dog.
Parker's first Josh Hamilton shirt!
Oh how we love you sweet baby boy!   You are so much fun and such a joy.  We enjoy you so much and love being your Mommy and Daddy.  We look forward to the months ahead.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Monday, April 16, 2012

Will You Marry Me? ~ 10 Years Later

10 years ago today (April 16, 2002) we had the joy of saying "We're ENGAGED"!

Oh happy day! I remember that day well and it holds a special place in our hearts. One thing we've always done from the beginning of our relationship, and still to this day, is celebrate all of the special and memorable moments in our life together. So today we are celebrating the fact that 10 years ago I said "Yes" when John asked me to marry him and thus began our journey to become husband and wife about 10 months later. We were engaged only 3 months after we met, but when you know, you know...and here we are married now for 9 years and know that the best is yet to come! In about 10 months we will be celebrating a decade of marriage. I can’t wait.

Thank you for asking me to marry you John. As I tell you often, I love being Mrs. Ussery!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Weekend

We had a great weekend!

Friday afternoon was the start of baseball season for the Rangers and they were victorious. We watched the game with Parker and I in the living room and John in his office. This was Parker's first time to sport one of his many Texas Rangers onesies. Parker has this same onesie for the Razorbacks as a gift from Grandma and Grandad. Friday night, we ran a few shopping errands and picked up BBQ for dinner on our way home. This was our first time out as a family of three to take Parker anywhere. For the past 6 weeks, we have been taking turns doing the shopping and running errands so as not to get Parker out and expose him to any yuckiness and germs for the first few weeks of his life.

Saturday, John did a lot of work outside in the yard and I tended to various household duties while taking care of the P-man inside. Saturday night, John grilled hot dogs and we had hot dogs, nachos and dessert pizza for dinner while we watched the Rangers and played cards. We took turns holding Parker and he also spent some time in his swing. Such a fun night - good family time!

Sunday was Easter of course - Parker's first Easter. It was also our first Sunday back to church. We took Parker into church with us and he did good, but his eating time fell during the service so he and I missed the last half. After I fed him, I walked around with him in the foyer area and listened to the service over the speakers because he was making lots of little noises. Such a cutie. After the church service, we ran by our Sunday school class for "show and tell" to let them see Parker. After that, we made our way to the nursery to get Parker set up in their system, learn how to check in and out and take the tour. Our church has an amazing nursery and a great system for doing things. We don't plan to leave him in there just yet, but we wanted to check it out and have him ready to go when we decide to.

After church, we came home and did a few things around the house and ate lunch. We changed Parker into his "First Easter" onesie from Mamaw. After lunch we all took a nap - it was wonderful. Parker had fallen asleep, so John, I and Calvin took a little nap as well. Somewhere in there we exchanged Easter gifts from each other and gave Parker his Easter basket. We opted to go out for dinner instead of eating at home this year. Parker did really well - his first time in a restaurant. The Rangers were the Sunday night game on ESPN so we came home to watch them win again. I also read Parker a book from his Easter basket.

Not to rush time, but next year's Easter will be even more fun. Parker will be over a year old and we can do a few more fun Easter activities with him.

And now what you really came for, some pictures!























God sure blessed us with a sweet and handsome boy. We are in love and overjoyed!

Until we meet again...
Riley