Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Month 12

This was a huge developmental month for Parker! He is changing quickly from baby to toddler.

He started taking steps June 8th. He took about 4 steps to Grandpa Barney. That evening he kept trying to take steps. Each day he would try a little bit. Some days he would try more than others. By his birthday he was walking a little more than half the time.

We started to switch him over to whole milk this month. He loves it! He had a funny look on his face the first time he tried it, but other than that I don't think he knows the difference. It was strange to throw away the last formula can.

He is trying to talk so much! Here are some of the words he says:

baba (bottle)
bi (bite of food)
bapa (grandpa)
Cha (Chase)
bu (book)
Parker (he puts the emphasis on ker part)

He has an amazing ability to mimic. He can mimic phrases and noises. For example, one day Chase was saying Dat ta da ta(he was proud about something). All of the sudden, we hear the same thing from Parker. Abe and I were blown away. It sounded just like Chase. He also hums songs that Chase sings. It is so cute!

We celebrated his birthday this month. We celebrated a little early. He loved the cake.It was so cute. He just waited for us to feed the cake to him with a fork. He didn't even tough the piece. He ate every bite :) He was not into opening gifts, but he had a brother and an aunt to help him out.

He loves bath time! He likes to stand up the whole time. He really likes to play with his brother. They can make quite the mess in the bathroom.

We took him to the Dr. He got the last of his shots until Kidergarten. He was healthy and got a great report from the Dr. The Dr. said he has beautiful skin and hair. We agree :)

Here are his stats:

Weight=24 lbs. 10 oz. (75th percentile)
Height=31.4 inches (90th percentile)

Friday, July 2, 2010

To my sweet boy...

Dear Parker,

Today is your first birthday! I honestly cannot believe how fast that year flew by. I can remember the days leading up to your birth and the moment you were born like it was yesterday. We were so excited to meet you.

The Lord has answered my prayers in so many ways regarding you. You are perfectly and wonderfully made. You are a strong, healthy boy! You are sweet and mellow (I prayed hard for that one) little guy. You and your brother love each other so much. He told us the other day that "Parker is my bestest friend." You came into our lives one year ago and fit perfectly into our family. We love you so much!

It has been such a blessing to see you interact with others. You love to laugh (Bridget and Chase get you to laugh a deep belly laugh)! You love to play. Some of your favorite activities are playing chase, sitting in a chair at the lego table, playing in cabinets you are not supposed to be in, and throwing balls.

It is so fun to come home or pick you up after I have been gone, and see the big smile on your face. You get so excited and it melts my heart!

When you were born, we thought you looked just like your brother. However, you have taken on your own distinct look. You look like a Parker :) There are quite a few resemblances to my side of the family. We love your big, blue eyes and blonde hair. Your little turned up nose is prime for pinching. Your big, toothy grin is too much. We think you are so stinkin' cute :)

We love you so much! Our hopes and prayers are that you will grow into a godly young man. We often feel so inadequate as parents, but the Lord can take the most feeble attempts at guiding and directing you and show Himself to be Great. We pray that you will Love God with all your heart at a young age.

I hear you crying now, and you want to get up. You are proof that is God is good!

Much love,


Thursday, July 1, 2010

P-Bob is...

ELEVEN months old. Our baby is almost one. He really is turning into quite the toddler. He motors around the house so fast. He walks around the furniture really well also. We think he is getting ready to walk.

He loves to play! Sitting in the stroller is no longer sufficient at the park. He wants down so he can play. It will be SO nice when he starts to walk, so that he can get down and not get dirty or scrape his knees.

He loves his brother! Chase can make him laugh the deep belly laughs. So cute!

He is teething still. It seems like he has been teething for 6 months straight. He really doesn't complain much at all, so I need to be grateful.

Here are some facts about Parker:

*He is eating pureed food and tiny bites of all sorts of food. He likes to feed himself. He is very good at picking up food.

*He is wearing size 3 diapers.

*He wears a size 5 shoe.

*He wears mostly 18 month-2T clothing. He has a few 12 month shorts and a few 3T shirts.

*He loves to talk and babble.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

10 Months!!

It is May so our little Parker is TEN months!! Here is his update:

*He got his firt haircut. Just a trim performed by New Grandma and Grandma Barney (Great-Grandma Berger and my mom)
*He celebrated his first Easter.
*He got both of his top teeth.
*He crawls very fast
*He had a very bad cold this month :(
*He measures 30.5 inches and weighs about 23 pounds.
*He is wear 12-24 month clothes.
*He is wearing a shirt that Chase wore when he was 23 months :
*He is totally weaned and loves every bottle he receives!!
*He moves himself around furniture.
*He can open cabinets and pulls everything out.
*He had his first really high fever.
*He started eating chicken nuggets and picking up things off of his high chair to eat.
*He loves blankets. If we lay a blanket over he will crawl over to it and lay his head down on it over and over again. So cute!
*He is still not a huge fan of the carseat!
*He loves to swing at the park.
*He is saying "dada, mama, and da (dog)." He seems to be trying to say other things, but those are consistent.
*He will play patty cake
*He will play with toys and just crawl around for quite a while. He seems very content to play by himself.
*Still a great napper. Morning and afternoon naps.
*Starting to have some separation anxiety when we leave him in the nursery.
*He loves all the men in his life. Daddy, Chase, his grandpas, cousins, and uncles. He often reaches for them and loves to be held by them.
*When he sees Abe he starts crawling towards him and says "dada" repeatedly :)
*If I go out without the boys, when I get home he gets so excited and stays very close to me.
*He loves playing in the bath with Chase.
*If he hears the word bath he starts crawling into our room and to the bathtub.

3.5 Years Old!

Chase turned 3.5 over the weekend! I really can't believe that we have a 3.5 year old. It is so hard for me to think that he is not a toddler anymore. He is definitely a little boy! In many ways, Chase has been a difficult child. However, he has started to change and has become so much easier to handle. I am so grateful that the Lord has heard our prayers and that Chase is changing. Consistency and firmness mingled with love has been the key! He is a special kid and I am so grateful for him!

He has matured so much in the past 6 months. Some of his big changes since his b-day:

*He is potty trained during the day.
*He is super helpful around the house. He is actually able to help clean up and complete small tasks.
*He can run his own bath water and get in by himself.
*He is really learning how to be kind and think of others. LOVE this!
*He got a new bike with training wheels. He hopped on and just took off!
*He loves to play at the park and can play independently.
*He loves his cousins and Bridget. He is really starting to enjoy playing with other kids.
*He loves animals and learning about them.
*He loves books and reading time.
*He can buckle and un-buckle his own carseat. Good and bad!!
*He is starting to talk and think a lot about God, his relationship with Him, and characters from the Bible.
*Learning about asking forgiveness of God and others.
*He has started to pray outloud. (Love these times! The prayers of little ones are so precious)
*He is so sweet with his brother. He loves to make Parker laugh.
*Chase is my optimist! He will often say to me "we are going to have a GREAT day!"
*He loves to laugh. His laugh is contagious.
*He loves kisses and hugs.
*He still is madly in love with his Daddy.
*Wrestling sessions are quite extreme these days.
*He can't wait to play "tee baseball" next year.
*His appetite has been HUGE lately. I prepare food ALL day long.
*He is about 41.5 inches and 35 pounds.
*He still takes a nap every day. He is an awesome sleeper and goes down SO easily.

I wish I was better about writing down the precious little things that he says. Here are some recent little funnies:

*While I was humming a song he said, "Mommy why are your singing that song in your nose?"
*If he gets hurt he will say, "time-out, time-out...that is the knee (or head or whatever body part was injured)"
*The other day after a bout of naughtiness he spontaneously asked forgivness for being naughty. So grateful for his tender heart.
*He calls the movie Tarzan-"Carzan"
*He loves to watch the show-Get Smart. He started saying, "sorry about that, Chief." He is definitely a Green in that he loves to quote movies and tv shows :)
*He talks about getting "may-weed" someday (getting married). We like to ask him who he is going to marry. He usually says, "Katie." Then we have to explain to him that he can't marry his cousin :)
*He has many of his stuffed animals in his bed and he has named them: Loki, Soda, Buster, The Chief, Max, Mr. Bunny, Sausage Sandwich, and Curious George.

9 Months!

This was a month full of developmental milestones for Mr. P. More teeth, more movement, more talking. He is growing up before our eyes. Here are the changes for this month:

*Started wrestling with Daddy and Chase.
*Started crawling up on all fours.
*Got his bottom left tooth.
*Started pulling himself up on the couch.
*Started screeching and squealing quite a bit.
*He takes almost all formula except for a morning nursing session.
*He pretty much sleeps through the night every night (amazing!!!)
*He still wears size 3 diapers.
*He is eating 3 meals a day plus some snacking from our food.
*He is a pretty solid nap taker. Morning and afternoon. They are fairly long naps-about 1.5-2 hours. Very nice!!
*He is quite active, but is still willing to be held quite a bit. He still sits in a stroller and is pretty content.
*He LOVES his brother! He thinks Chase is great and gets very happy when Chase pays attention to him. Brotherly love!

One of my favorite times of the day is when we go to get him up in the mornings or after a nap. He is usually standing up and he gets the biggest grin on his face. Love it! He is a special guy!

Friday, March 12, 2010

8 Months

Well, March 2nd has come and gone, and that means it is time for another monthly update. The past months brought about so many changes in our little man. He is so interactive with us. He LOVES Chase. If anyone can get Parker to laugh, it is Chase. They love to take baths together. I am beginning to see little glimpses of what it will be like when they can be playmates. Can't wait! Hopefully, there will more playing than fighting :)

Here are some of Parker's new tricks:
*He army crawls everywhere! He can crawl a little bit, but prefers the army crawl.
*He sits up very well.
*He can go from sitting to his tummy and from crawling to sitting up.
*He can wave bye-bye
*He will rock on all fours when we ask him to. We say "rocky rock" and he goes for it.
*He splashes in the bath tub when we ask him to.
*He is still learning boundaries and the word "no."
*He got his first tooth this month.
*He has started to flirt with strangers. He was flirting with TWO women in a restaurant. With his big blue eyes, this could be just the beginning :)
*He loves praise! He gets so excited when we cheer for him or praise him for obeying.
*We had to lower the crib because he started pulling himself up.
*I think he probably weighs about 20 pounds and he measured 28.5 inches.
*He is wearing size 3 diapers.
*He is still eating 3 times a day. He is now getting some formula bottle and nursing.
*He is taking 2 naps a day. Usually one longer one and a shorter one.
*He is waking up to eat one time per night, but wakes up crying at other points. He puts himself back to sleep though.
*He constantly begs for food from us. We pretty much always share. :)

If Parker is fed and well rested, he is so easy. He loves to observe and watch his brother and Bridget. I am hoping the Lord answered my prayers and gave us a mellower baby :) We really see his little mind developing and it is exciting to see how much he really understands. We are so grateful for our precious Parker!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

7 Months!

February is here, but January was a big month for Mr. P!

He had his 6 month appt. on 1/4. He was a trooper. He checked out to be very healthy. His Dr. thinks he is a pretty special guy :) He received 5 immunizations. He didn't care for that very much, but calmed down in about 5 minutes. He is still on the larger side, but he seems to be thinning out. His next appointment is not until he turns one. It is nice to be done with shots for a long time.

As far as his development, he is really starting to move. Gone are the days of sitting still in our laps or leaving him in the middle of the floor with a toy. He is rolling everywhere. He rolled back to tummy for the first time this month. He is starting to scoot and army crawl as well. He got faster and scooted more frequently as the month progressed. Parker scooted much sooner than Chase. He also started rocking on all fours at the end of the month. I think he is trying to keep up with his big brother :) He loves to hold things and bite them. Towards the end of the month he started to sit up really well. We put pillows around him because he still tips over, but he is getting pretty stable. This is nice because it keeps him off the back of his head. He is starting to be less clingy with me. He is getting better with other family members and friends holding him.

This month he started eating solids 3 meals a day. He LOVES food! We introduced peas, green beans, peaches, pears, bananas, avocado, and apple sauce. The only thing he turned down was the apples sauce. He just refused it! He majorly begs while we are eating. We do share with him. This is really the only thing he gets vocal about. He definitely lets us know he wants to share :) He is still nursing about 6 times per day. He also started drinking water from a sippy cup. He also sat in a high chair at a restaurant for the first time this month. He loved it and was pretty content.

On most days, he will take 2 naps. Sometimes he will take 3. His naps are usually only 30-60 minutes. Occasionally, he will take a 1.5-2 hours. He goes to bed usually at 6 PM. He wakes up twice a night to eat. He eats and falls right to sleep. He has started to wake up between 6 and 7. It is inching closer to 6. That is a little brutal.

Quick info:

*He is wearing size 3 diapers
*Mostly 12-18 month clothes
*Eating solids 3 time/day and nursing 6-8 times/day
*Weight=17lbs, 15.2 oz. (49th percentile)
*Height=27 3/4 inches (82nd percentile)
*Head=27 1/4 inches

Welcome 2010 and a Half Birthday for Parker!

Parker is a half a year old already!! I say this so often, but time is just flying by! The holidays have come and gone. We had such a wonderful time celebrating and reflecting on the birth of our Saviour. He is the greatest Gift that we could ever be given.

It was so nice to be able to have Abe home for 10 days in a row. His vacation started off very busy with a trip to Chico to celebrate with the Greens and Bertaina family. It is always fun to see all the cousins together. This will be a very rare occasion with the cousins spread all over the country and even one living in Italy.

We had a lovely Christmas Eve that we spent at home and finished off the evening with a Christmas Eve service at our church. We let Chase open up a gift (new pajamas)that evening. The next morning we opened gifts as a family (Parker was asleep for most of it). We opened gifts and then proceeded to play with all the new toys. Later that day we headed over to Grandpa and Grandma Green's house to celebrate as a family. Everyone was able to be there and we had a great time watching the kids open gifts and eating good food.

On the 26th, we headed to the Bay Area to celebrate with the Barney family. Parker got to meet his great aunts and great uncle along with my cousins. We had a great time!

Later on the next week we headed over to Aunt Betty and Uncle John's house to visit with the Kosmans and the O'Connors. It is always fun to visit with Dee and Joy and their kids. The kids seem to be inches taller everytime we see them!

As far as Parker's development this month, the biggest change was that he started to show a HUGE interest in food. He watched us eat and begged with his big, blue eyes. It is very hard to resist his begging. I was wanting to put off starting solids as long as possible because it was always such a battle with Chase. Chase had little to no interest in solids, and it was such a bother to get him to eat. However, when Parker started to get vocal with his begging I took that as a sign that his was ready. On December 20th, we started rice cereal. He LOVED every bite. He didn't even flinch or struggle with eating from a spoon. I was shocked! It was so fun to watch. Abe and I were laughing because enjoyed the food so much. Needless to say, we kept on feeding him the cereal and started sweet potatoes (puree and puffs) about a week later. He is eating solids twice a day.

Parker is taking 3 naps per day. He goes to bed around 6 and is now waking up around 7 AM. He wakes up about 2 times per night to eat and falls back to sleep. He usually wakes up around midnight and between 3 and 5 AM.

While Abe was on vacation, Parker went to my grandparents' house for an overnight (aka the Baby Spa). Grandma and Grandpa Green watched Chase overnight as well, so we could have a movie/dinner date. It is such a blessing to have so much support and help from family!! After I picked Parker up, I noticed that he was rolling around on the floor everywhere (tummy to back). Up until this point it was very rare to see him roll, but it just clicked one day. I also noticed him starting to scoot toward toys. It is amazing how quickly they will learn new skill.

Quick facts:

*Wearing size 3 diapers
*Wearing mostly 12-18 month clothes
*Eating solids 2 times/day and nursing 6-8 times/day
*Takes 3 naps per day and wakes twice/night
*Rolling frequently


5 Month Update

This month has been an interesting month in Parker's development. He was very sick the whole month of November. After some encouragment from my Grandma and parents, I called the Dr. again regarding Parker's congestion and cough. He was not getting better, and he sounded terrible. I was able to get him and appointment and brought him in. The Dr. first started talking to me about milk allergies and told me that I may need to cut dairy out of my diet. She then listened to his breathing and his lungs. She said forget what I said about allergies because he has Bronchialitis. She had us do a breathing treatment that lasted about 20 minutes. He did such an amazing job and sat in my lap without making a peep. The Dr. came back in to see if the treatment helped. It did help clear him up which confirmed her diagnosis. The next week he seemed to continue to improve. We are so grateful to have our little man feeling better. He didn't look or sound well for so long that almost forgot what normal was for him.

After his breathing treatment, we noticed considerable increases in his noise making. He started talking and babbling much more. He still doesn't talk as much as most babies, but that is ok. He is still serious and sober, but Chase is always able to make him laugh. They love each other very much.

He is VERY attached to me. He has started to cry when other people try to hold him. This is something new because Chase was not clingy as a baby. We have a special bond, and I am enjoying the baby snuggles while they last. All too soon, he will be more interested in playing than sitting in my lap.

He has started something new. We let him play with a protein bar while he was in his carseat one day. I needed to eat it, so I went to give him a different toy and take the protein bar away. He did not like that at all! He was very upset and started to cry. This was the first time that I saw him really have an opinion about something like that. It was almost comical :)

He is sleeping pretty well. We pretty much let him play for about 1.5-2 hours and then put him down for a nap. He still goes to bed between 6 and 7 PM. He is wakes up 2-3 times per night to eat. He sleeps until 8 or 9 in the morning. This is so nice. Chase and I are able to get up and get ready. We are then ready for Mr. P to wake up and play.

We celebrated his first Thanksgiving with lots of family. Everyone came to our house and brought the food. We had a nice day that included lots of snuggling with the newest addition to the family. We are looking forward to celebrating his first Christmas as well. The holidays are so fun!

Here are some quick bits of info about P for this month:

*He moved up to size 3 diapers
*He is still wearing 9 month clothes with a few 12 month and 12-18 months clothes
*He weighed 17 lbs. at his last appt on 11/22
*He wakes up at least 2 time per night and sometimes 3 to eat
*He is still eating 8-10 times per day