Saturday, August 25, 2012

Six Months

Parker Holt, you are six months old! Without our permission you have turned half a year old.

You went from this newborn babe in the hospital...
 To this one month old...
 To this two month old...
 To this three month old...
 To this four month old....
 To this five month old...
To this six month old...
You will have your six month check-up on Tuesday so we will know at that time how much you weigh and how long you are.  Based on a Mommy estimation, you are probably between 16-17 pounds and between 26-27" long, but we will see what Dr. Rester says on Tuesday.

You have been wearing size 2 diapers, but once we finish this package, we are bumping you up to size 3 diapers.  The size 2 diapers are starting to get a bit snug. You are wearing mostly 6 month clothing and working your way into 6-9 month clothing. There are a handful of 3-6 month items that still fit, but very few.

You eat about 5 times a day...about every 3 1/2 hours.  Due to various reasons, our breastfeeding days our over.  It makes Mommy very sad, but I'm glad we had the experience for almost 6 months.  You are on formula only now, but something new this week is we started giving you rice cereal (pictures below) homemade by Mommy.  (We also got your first meal on video too) You've eaten it a few times and we are planning on trying sweet potatoes and squash in the coming days - also made by Mommy.  I sure hope you like them. I have plans to make you avacado, peas, bananas and apples next week.  Right now you are eating food once a day, but we will move to twice a day in a week or so as we introduce you to all kinds of fruits and vegetables.

You continue to sleep well at night. You are still sleeping in the pack and play in Mommy and Daddy's room, but we are working on you sleeping in your crib at night.  Last week, you took all of your naps in your crib (pictures below) - such a big boy!  We are definitely working on the transition.  You tend to take several shorts naps through the day rather than one or two long naps.  Every once in a while, you might take a long morning or afternoon nap.        

You have two teeth popping through on the bottom.  You've done pretty well overall with them coming in, but you've had your uncomfortable moments as well so we've kept the baby Orajel and teething rings at the ready.  Because of your teething though, most everything goes in your mouth.  If there aren't "chew things" nearby your fingers or feet are always available.   

You rolled over from your back to tummy on August 18th so now you can roll both ways.  You can pretty much maneuver yourself into any position you want to. You are ALL over the place.  We'd better watch out when you start crawling.  You are on the brink of sitting up by yourself.  Scratch that, you CAN sit up by yourself, but just for a few minutes at a time and then you tip over.  We usually say "timber" whenever you fall over.  However, you are getting to where you can sit up for several minutes at a time.  We know it's just a matter of time before you can sit up without any help or without falling over.  We are anxious to see you sitting in the grocery cart. 

You are so observant and curious.  No matter where we are, here at home or elsewhere, you are taking it all in.  Because of that you are twisting and turning to see everything in sight.  I think it's impossible for you to be still when being held or when laying on the floor.  You are really into grabbing and touching everything.  You also love to bang your hands on stuff.  You are quite the wiggle worm and so very active.  You are "talking" more and more every day.  You are SO FUN!  We are having a blast watching all you are doing these days.

You still love your exersaucer and play in it several times a day!

Playing in your pajamas - such a fun morning... 

 Parker's first nap in his crib.  Is there anything more precious than a sleeping baby? I think not. 

 The making of rice cereal...
It's chow time for the first time...
 All tuckered out after playtime...
We had a Sunday School pool party a couple of Saturdays ago so you decided to sport your adorable octopus outfit.  
 
This is Mommy at this exact time last year - 14 weeks pregnant with you.  At that time you were the size of a lemon and now look at you.  Amazing...God sure is good!
Parker Boy, we adore you so much and love you even more than that.  Your Daddy and I thoroughly enjoy watching you grow and change every day.  It seems like this past month you have reached many milestones and changed in your development so much.  I said it above and I'll say it again, you are lots o' fun.  Being your Mommy and Daddy is the best.

Until we meet again...
Riley    

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Go Team USA

I took these pictures on the Friday of the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics (July 27th) .  I thought it would be fun for Parker to sport a patriotic outfit in support of Team USA.  We have really enjoyed watching the Olympics and hate to see them end.  Parker's had fun watching them too.  So far the swimming and gymnastics have grabbed his attention the most.  Perhaps I will take a picture of Parker when the next Olympics happen in 2014 and compare these pictures - how cool that will be.  The Winter Olympics 2014 are in Sochi, Russia.  Something pretty neat about that is I looked up the dates and they end on what will be his 2nd birthday. Wow - hard to imagine that!      
Saturday night, the three of us went for a family night out.  We went to dinner,  did some shopping at Target and ending the evening with yummy ice cream.  It was a fun date night out with Parker as our chaperone. He played with some toys in his carrier while we ate, but slept through the ice cream. John had fun pushing him around in Target while I got the things we needed.  Calvin was kind enough to keep an eye on the house while we were gone.   
In "looking back/looking ahead" news...6 months from today we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary.  We are so excited to reach and celebrate that milestone.  We plan to take a trip next spring to celebrate, but we are still narrowing down the location ideas and starting to do some planning and saving.  Ten years ago we were celebrating 6 months of marriage with a trip to Branson, Missouri.  We planned a little weekend getaway to mark the halfway point of our first year of marriage.  We had a really great time like we always do when we travel and it's fun to go back and look at our pictures and play "remember when..." regarding that weekend trip.  

Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Five Months

Parker Holt, you are five months old!

You went from this newborn babe...
 To this one month old...
 To this two month old...
 To this three month old...
 To this four month old...
To this five month old...
 
 


Based on an at home estimation/experiment, you weigh roughly 14 pounds and  6 ounces and are 26 1/2" long.  You don't have a doctor's appointment this month, but will have your 6-month check-up on August 28th.  We will get more accurate measurements then.

You are still wearing size 2 diapers and 3-6 month or 6 month clothing, mostly 6 months.  It won't be long before you are in the next size of diapers and clothes.  You are a growing boy indeed. 

You eat about 5-6 times a day, every 3-4 hours ~ breastfeeding and formula.  We haven't started you on food yet, but we plan to in the coming weeks.  Mommy is hoping to make as much of your food as possible.  We will see how that works out.  No teeth yet, but we expect them anytime.  You chew constantly on things and drool quite a bit. Your hair is really starting to grow.  It looks like you are going to be a little blondie like Mommy, but you have hints of red in some light like Daddy.    

You still sleep really well through the night and take about a 30 minute nap in between each feeding.  Sometimes it's right after you eat and sometimes it's an hour or two after you have eaten.  You still sleep in the pack and play in Mommy and Daddy's room.  Our goal is to have you in your crib by the end of the summer, which is right around the time you'll be 6 months old.         

You are a very active, wiggly baby.  When laying on the floor, you are rolling from side to side, grabbing items around you, playing with your feet, looking all around and using your body to move into various positions.  You have yet to roll from your back to tummy, but you are so very close - inches away.  We have a little play area set up in the living room for you to have fun.  We call it our little playground complete with a quilt, pillow and lots of toys.  We spend a lot of time there playing with you.  You are really into small toys right now.  You love grabbing them and chewing on them.   Your favorites are ones that crinkle or rattle.  You have some squishy blocks that you are in love with and we take one with us wherever we go.  You are interested in so many things.  I love seeing your focus and curiosity.  You like to touch and grab pretty much everything you can get your hands on.  Sometimes you just like to touch things to feel the texture, but most of the time you like to grab hold of all sorts of things.  You really like to look in the mirror at yourself - you smile and get so excited .   

Your most favorite thing right now is the exersaucer.  You spend a lot of time in there throughout the day.  We get such a kick out of watching you in it and seeing how curious you are and watching you smile as you play.  You have spent some time in your jumperoo too, but I think you need to get a little bit longer/bigger before you enjoy it fully. 

You are becoming very vocal.  You "talk" and make all sorts of different sounds - cracks us up.  Your legs are very strong and you like to stand up on our legs or on the floor with us holding your hands.   

You took another trip to Grandma and Grandad's in mid-July.  We took you to meet your cousins Jacob and Issac for the first time.  Boy did they love you!  The three of you had so much fun together.  They were very sweet with you and helped take care of you. Mamaw came to visit us in late June, right after you turned 4 months old.  She got to go with us to your 4-month check-up.  She had a wonderful time with you reading, feeding, playing, dressing...even diapering.  We had some fun shopping as well. She was a big help for Mommy and Daddy.

While it was fairly low key, you celebrated your first Independence Day.  We had a relaxing day at home and a yummy meal for dinner.   

Here are some pictures from the last month...

Parker, we love and adore you so so much!  We continue to be amazed and enthralled in your ever-changing growth, development and personality.  You are such a bright spot in our life and bring us constant joy and happiness.  You are almost half a year old and we can't believe it!

Until we meet again...
Riley