Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Parker @ 15 Months

It's about time for a Parker update I think!  So much has changed in the past few months.  We have a real toddler on our hands.

Weight: 15lbs 2 oz.  I was really disappointed in this, but he has gained almost a pound in 2 months, which isn't much, but he's also very active and burning a lot of calories.

Daycare: Parker was at one daycare for a few months and right now is in a 3 week transition period of being bounced around until the new one starts.  He did well at daycare and never cried when I left him.  I think he's doing pretty well going to different places as well, but he definitely misses his mommy and is needy when I pick him up.  He likes to play with other kids though and I'm always told that he's easy going, which is nice to hear.

Eating: He will eat anything, if he's in the mood.  Sometimes we can't feed him enough and sometimes he refuses to eat.  One night he loves perogies and the next night he refuses to touch them.  Sometimes he likes to be spoon fed, but if he's not in the mood and wants to feed himself he refuses it.  It's hard to keep up...

Sleeping:  He seems to be sleeping through the night on a regular basis again.  I try to give him a snack later in the evening and that seems to be working well.  Some nights he refuses to eat his dinner so then I think he was waking up hungry in the night.

Parker started walking about a month ago.  He had taken a few steps here and there and then one night just walked across the room.  It was probably a week or so after that that he really started going and he hasn't stopped since.  He can get from place to place pretty quickly now and as long as he has something nearby that he can pull himself up to a stand on he will choose to walk over crawl.

He says "What's That" all day every day.  It's kind of a whisper and hard to decipher, but I say what's that to him all the time and now he points at everything and says "What's that".  Luckily he doesn't actually expect a response. Not many other words coming out of him though.

He's so busy.  He's constantly on the move and doesn't sit still for diaper changes.  He runs around the house and chases the cat (luckily she tolerates him well).  He is trying to climb over the couch and has absolutely no fear of anything, which always makes me a bit nervous!

He's at a fun and busy and exhausting age.  Sometimes it's frustrating because although we tell him no, he doesn't listen.  And I think he knows what it means, he just can't help himself from getting into trouble.  If there is trouble to be found, he will find it.  But he's also a lot of fun.  He gives kisses and hugs, he waves and says bye, he runs everywhere, he loves the cat and he's just the cutest little creature that I've ever laid eyes on.  We love him so much! 


Monday, 28 March 2016

The Hardest Part of a Blog Post is the Pictures

I honestly think that I would blog more if it wasn't for having to upload pictures.  I love a good post with some good pictures but the whole getting the pictures from my camera to my computer, sorting through them and uploading them into a post is such a chore.  And so instead of doing all that I just don't blog at all.

Let me tell you about being a working mom.  I know I'm not the first to do it and I won't be the last, but it's hard.  It's not really as hard as I thought....we are adapting to it, we're getting through the day.  But it's definitely been a change.

Before I go to bed I need to make sure that everything is ready for the next day, my clothes are ready, Parker's bag is ready, my lunch is ready and I've showered.  I mean, I don't have to do all of this.  But if I want to sleep until 6am then I do.  And I need my sleep to be able to function.  (Someone should tell Parker that at 2am).

Due to my hour commute I'm pretty crammed for time.  I have to drop Parker off before 7 to get to work for 8 so that I can leave right at 4 to be home for him at 5.  No working overtime. Unless of course I have arranged for Ryan to pick him up.  Which sometimes is a blessing, but sometimes when I'm in the middle of something leaving at 4 is tough.  

That's been the toughest part.  There used to be so much flexibility.  I could work the hours I wanted, I could grocery shop when I wanted or stop at the mall on my way home. 

I understand now why people with kids get annoyed when people without kids say that they are busy.  And I only have one kid and he doesn't play sports yet, so I don't even know what busy is!  People without kids are busy too.  But it's a different kind of busy.  Their busy is by choice, it's all things they've chosen to add into their day, whereas once you have kids the busy is all of the things that you have to do for them, and of course love to do for them, but you can't just stop.

And then at the end of the day when all of that stuff is done and I have a tiny little person crawling all over me and clinging to my legs, blogging doesn't happen.  But I want it to.  I want to remember these moments and what life is like at that stage.  So I'm going to try harder.  I promise.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

If I Fits I Sits

Yes I am still alive.  This working for a living thing is no joke.  I know moms do it all the time and moms do it with more than one kid, but I now have so much respect for them!  Life is busy!  But that's a different topic for a different day.  (If I ever get time to blog about it.)

Have you seen the cat video "If I fits, I sits"?  I don't actually spend my time watching cat videos on a regular basis, but that one is great.  And I've decided that Parker must have a bit of cat in him.

This kid cracks me up.  Yesterday he cleared off an open shelf, crawled in and sat down.  He didn't last long enough for me to take a picture.  The one I find the funniest is when he crawls into the oven drawer.  He has also crawled into his toy bin and sat in it while playing.

Whaever keeps him entertained....


Sunday, 21 February 2016

Light on Light off

Clearly an old picture with a 3 month old photobomber in the bottom corner
When we set up the nursery, I was thinking like a parent, and well Ryan was thinking that our child would be perfect and would never do anything unexpected or bad.  (Ha!  I just found the toilet paper roll in the toilet....again...)

So when we put the crib next the light switch, I said, the baby will eventually learn how to flip the light switch and then we might have trouble getting it to sleep.  But the only place to put the crib in our small nursery, was next to the light switch.  Trust me, we tried every possible set up and it didn't work any other way.

So we made it almost 13 months, but I just went into Parker's room while he was napping an the lights were on.  At least he still fell asleep....