Friday, 20 May 2016

Parker's Dedication

Last Sunday we finally got around to getting Parker dedicated at our church.  Our church is really big, so they do child dedications after the service so it was in a smaller room with just the families of the other children being dedicated.

We invited immediate family and my grandparents.  I think Parker really enjoyed his day and he always knows when it's all about him. (Oh wait a second, it's always all about him.)

The dedication was nice and Parker only got a little bit squirmy.  He wasn't a fan of when the minister put his hand on his back to pray, he was like what is this guy doing!

Then for the rest of the service we distracted him with Veggie Sticks, which kept him pretty quiet except when he started growling at Auntie Tal....


Monday, 9 May 2016

Mother's Day

Mother's Day isn't so much about appreciation at this point.  I mean I know that Parker appreciates me in the only way that he knows how.  He probably shows more appreciation right now than he will in 5 years.  These days I'm getting lots of hugs and kisses and it's great!
But I found this Mother's Day to be more about reflecting on motherhood.  Motherhood has changed me in ways that I never could have expected.  I knew I would love my kids, but until you have them you don't know how overwhelming and all consuming that love is.  

There are moments where Parker drives me absolutely bonkers.  (Like right now as he's getting into everything he shouldn't.)  But I love the kid to death.  I never get tired of his kisses.  And when he's in trouble it takes everything in me to not just snuggle him.  

I also appreciate my own mother so much more than I ever did before because I understand her now.  As a kid you have these expectations of what a mom should do.  And to a point those expectations are accurate, because now I know I would do anything for Parker.  But that doesn't mean it's easy.  It's hard work being a parent.  Kids are needy and want attention constantly.  They get into trouble and refuse to eat their dinner.  They wake up at 2am because they are teething and although you want to sleep sometimes you have to get up to comfort them.  They poop, a lot, and it's disgusting.  

But they are also energetic and filled with joy and giggles.  And they love you so unconditionally.  And so I do everything I can for that little tiny boy because he needs me and I need him.  
Happy Mother's Day baby boy, thanks for making me a mommy.
And a picture of Parker being silly, just because


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.