Friday, March 29, 2013

Funny Face

In the last week, Parker has started doing THE cutest face - as if he could get any cuter.  It's really hard to capture how hilarious and adorable it is with the camera (much better in person) plus he does it so spontaneously throughout the day. 

He will either look at you and spring this face on you in which you are do the same face to him in return...or John or I will call Parker's name and when he looks at us, we make the face to him and he will respond to us with the same face.  What a fun game.   

The components of "the face" are him almost gritting his teeth, grinning as wide as he can - a super cheesy smile, almost squinting his eyes and sticking his nose up in the air.  I hope with all my might that he will keep doing this for a long time.  It is pure joy! 





I hope to capture a really good shot of this where he's facing me - then it will promptly be blown up to a bigger size and framed.  This funny face adds so much cheer to our days.

Have a great Easter weekend - which also brings the start of baseball season - hooray! We are ready. We will look forward to going to church and celebrating Easter as a family on Sunday morning - He Is Risen!... and then we will be diving into our hot dogs and nachos Sunday evening for the Rangers first game of the season. Life is good!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lucky

We sure are LUCKY to have such a happy, sweet, energetic, fun, smart, adorable, playful, curious and funny little boy.
 
And speaking of lucky, with St. Patrick's Day being yesterday, I thought it would be neat to do another photo comparisson of Parker - one of my favorite things to show his growth. 

Last year, Parker was only three weeks old and still so tiny.
Fast forward to a walking, almost thirteen month old that is a big bunch of cuteness and so very active.  He wore his Snoopy "Lucky Dog" shirt to church yesterday.
I am still just amazed at how much he can change in a year.  Get used to the "photo comparisson" game because I just love it!

Because of our current struggles and eating issues with Parker, anytime he does take a bite from us or put something in his own mouth, we clap and say "Yay Parker"...pretty much anything to give him praise and encourage more eating.  He gets such a kick out of the big deal we make, especially clapping.  So much so that he makes the cutest smiling faces and gets excited himself.  Unfortunately, he still doesn't eat too well, but anytime he does we are quick to applaud him and he gets super excited.
 
Lucky are we!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Big Boy

It's still so hard to believe that we are starting the second year of Parker's life.  He'll be 13 months old next week and still changing daily and constantly doing new things.

I entitled this "Big Boy" because these pictures represent ways that Parker is transitioning into a little boy. 

Parker is starting to wear more shirts and pants rather than just onesies or onesies with pants.  He still wears a good amount of onesies, especially if we are staying at home all day, but he's starting to transition into more top and bottom outfits.  They make him look more grown up.  These pictures were taken on the Tuesday and Wednesday after his birthday.  As you can see, he enjoyed playing with his birthday balloons after the big day.   
Parker's also starting to have favorite shows and characters that he likes. One of which is a cute cartoon called "Bubble Guppies" (which he is watching below). He got a DVD of episodes for his birthday. Either on TV or if we are in a store, some of the characters he recognizes and "names" are "Dora", "Elmo", the "Bubble Guppies" and "Max and Ruby" to name a few. Just yesterday at Wal-Mart he pointed to a Sesame Street toy and said "Melmo".
Yesterday was a BIG day because Parker got to ride in his car seat facing forward for the first time and he LOVED it!  His feet were starting to press against the back of the seat when facing backward, since his legs are so long, so we decided it was time to make the flip.  John got the seats installed facing forward over the weekend, but yesterday was the first day he got to ride in it.  We went to buy groceries and do a little shopping yesterday and everywhere we went he was in awe and looked around all over.  He was so amazed - as if his little brain was saying "WOW".  I tried talking to him and interacting with him as I usually do in the car and it was like he didn't even hear me.  He was in another world and had so much fun.  
And last, but not least, Parker is officially a walker!  About two weeks ago, he started talking a few steps and would fall down, get back up and take a few more and then fall down again.  Then he got to where he could take more steps at one time, but was still pretty wobbly.  As of today, he still has moments where he has to check his balance and might fall down from time to time, but for the most part he walks all over the house...and boy can he move - man, he is fast!  Again, he loves it so much.  I think he feels such freedom to be able to stand up and walk anywhere he wants to in the house and he does.  We thought keeping up with a crawler was a lot of work. 
Something new Parker is doing, just over the past couple of days, is he will hold up an item or point to something and want you to tell him what it is and describe it a bit.  He'll hold up some of his animals and want to hear the name and what sound they make...or he might hold up a shape block and want to know the color and shape...or he'll point to things in books and want a name and description.  Last night, he emptied his entire toy basket in the living room wanting me to tell him about everything in it.  It's so neat to see him interested in learning about new things.

He's getting really good too at remembering things we have told him or shown him.  He has a chunky wooden puzzle with different trucks and one of them is a firetruck and everytime I say, "Parker, where is the firetruck?", he will go to his puzzle and pick up that piece.  I can also ask him, "Parker where are the snakes? (or flamingos...or penguins...etc) and he'll find his book with those animals and point to them.  We get such a kick out of him knowing and remembering what we have tried to teach him. 

Always something new and fun with our little Big Boy!

Until we meet again...
Riley