Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy 3 Month Birthday!!



All videos are iPhone quality, sorry!

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3 Month Photos





  • First airplane ride
At the ripe old age of 3 months Parker went on his first flight!  Kyle and I were both a little nervous about the flight, especially since we had a layover.  We both did a lot of research online for tips and advice on flying with a little one.  Luckily Parker was a perfect little angel!  It was such a relief.  Parker ate and slept through every flight.  I think the sound of the plane put him to sleep so it worked out perfectly!!  We are going to California at the end of August so hopefully he will do just as good!!

Late night flight home from Utah!
  • Teething
I know this kid is only 3 months old but he is for sure teething.  We have some serious drool pools, nomming on hands and night waking going on over here.  He has several teething toys/rings but isn’t really sure what to do with them yet so unless I hold them in his mouth they aren’t getting used quite yet.  I’m sure he will figure it out soon enough!
  • Wakeful nights
So….my sleeping through the night streak has come to an end!!  What a sad day that was!  It is my own fault….I think.  I am the mean Mommy that insisted on transitioning from inclined sleeping to flat sleeping and ever since then he has not slept through the night.  Parker is now use to sleeping flat but between teething and a growing spurt he is STILL not sleeping through the night.  I know that I was lucky that he slept through the night before so now I am paying for it. ;)    
  • First belly laugh
July 5th was the day!!  We were in Utah and I was getting Parker ready for bed.  I leaned over and gave him a funny/noise kiss on his neck and he let out a super loud belly laugh!!  I called Kyle over and he started making faces and noises at him and he did it again!  I am such a sap…I got all watery eyed!  Parker now laughs a good belly laugh several times a day.  I LOVE it!
  • Rolling from belly to back
Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’!  Parker is a pro at rolling tummy to back.  Tummy time barely exists anymore because as soon as I place him on his belly he flips right over to his back.  We repeat this cycle several times a day since I want him to do actual tummy time to strengthen his neck.  I think I’m losing this battle. =)

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  • Likes tummy time now
Like I said above, tummy time barely exists anymore.  On the rare occasion that he does stay on his tummy he is enjoying it.  He now can hold his head up really well when lying on his tummy so he can actually see what’s going on.  I place a little mirror in front of him and he loves to just look at himself. 
  • Gags himself daily
This is both funny and scary to watch.  His hands are always in his mouth now but all of a sudden I will hear gagging noises.  I look over and such enough he is full on gagging.  By the time I sprint over to him his hands are out of his mouth and he is just staring at me like some crazy lady.  The look on his face cracks me up every time.  I’m sure he will eventually realize that he is the one doing it but until then he will continue to freak me out several times a day.
  • Discovered his feet
Oh to be a baby! A couple weeks ago Parker found his feet and he loves them.  Just this week toes now go into the mouth.  Lovely.  A good amount of time every day is spent just checking his feet out and he is especially interested in them if I put socks on him.  Fun times! =)
  • Loves staring at the TV
Call me a bad Mommy if you wish but Parker loves watching TV! It’s not like he is sitting in front of the TV staring at it all day, don’t judge me! ;) His play mat is in the middle of the family room and no matter what position I put him in he ends up facing the TV.  All of those bright flashing colors are entertaining I guess!
  • Sleeping flat
Woohoo! Parker is no longer sleeping in his Rock N Play.  This is a huge deal for us.  I can tell that he still isn’t super fond on sleeping flat but he will just have to get use to it.  ;)
  • Blows bubbles
See for yourself.  Sorry for the side angle.

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In our free time I love to do random photo shoots of Parker.  He is awesome and doesn't mind at all!  Here are a few of my favorites!  His expressions say it all....




Stop changing so much little man!!! ;)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our 4th Anniversary!!


Four years ago today Kyle and I were getting married!! Ahhh!! It’s crazy how time flies.  I have been saying that a lot as of late.  It’s been an A-MAZING 4 years (11 years total of being together!). So many great memories have been made.  I can't wait to see what is in store for us for the next 80+ years! ;)

I am one lucky girl! My days are full of smiles, laughing, love and happiness.  I am so thankful for Kyle and all he does for Parker and I.  He is one amazing husband, that's for sure!  I couldn’t ask for more!  Since this is our first anniversary as Daddy and Mommy went kept it low key and just went out for an early dinner.  We went to one of our favorites here in town, Stoney River.  Never disappoints.  

4 years ago...
 
One of the best days of my life!

P.S. For those wondering....I did get a card this year. ;)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy 4th of July from UTAH!




4th of July is my favorite holiday, don’t ask why.  Every single year Kyle asks “Val, your favorite holiday is coming up!” He then says “Why is it your favorite holiday again!?” I always say the same thing, “I like sparklers!” Haha, that isn’t really the reason, I just don’t have a good reason so naturally I say what any 3 year old kid would say, haha.

Last minute, Kyle and I decided that we wanted to go to Utah for the 4th of July.  It made me sad to think that our families wouldn’t see Parker as a baby.  He is just so cute and fun that I had to share with everyone! ;) We made an extra long weekend out of it and had a blast.  

Like always, when we go to Utah we spend all of our time with family, which we LOVE! Living away from all of our family makes us really miss everyone so when we are there we like to get together with everyone as much as possible.  

On July 4th Kyle’s parents had everyone over for a BBQ.  It was awesome! We got to see everyone and introduce Parker, eat tons of food and watch AMAZING fireworks.  Seriously, if it is up to me we will be going to Utah for every 4th of July.  ;) 

Photo recap:

July 4th
 Kyle's cousin Cody with baby Camden, Kyle and Parker!  These two little munchkins (the babies, not the Daddy's, haha) are only 1 month apart!  If you had to guess you would probably say that Parker was older, but he isn't!  Camden is 1 month older!  We can't wait to get these two together again for Christmas!

 We put on a little firework show of our own!  4th of July isn't complete without fireworks! ;)

 Lizzie holding Parker!  She was so sweet with him! She didn't like if he cried at all so she was always trying to bring him things to make him happy, haha.  Sweet girl!

 Grandma and Parker!  Poor Parker just wanted a lick of Lizzie's sucker!


Pizza Night with the Anthony's!
We also got to visit with the Anthony's when we were in Utah!  Britton, Courtney and Kaden live in Utah but Donnell, Colton, Grandpa and Grandpa drove over from Idaho!  I am so glad that Grandpa and Grandma got to meet Parker! 

 Me and Kaden, Courtney and Parker! 
Another cousin! Baby Kaden is a month younger than Parker and is such a doll! 

 Grandpa and Grandma Anthony with Parker.

The three of us with Grandpa and Grandma Anthony.

Babies!!!


Cousins! Lizzie, Nathan, Parker and Kaden

Grandma Anthony hanging out with Parker.
Grandma Howell with Parker.

Mommy and Parker.

Aunt Donnell's Birthday Lunch in Salt Lake
Lunch at The Lion House Pantry




Grandpa and Grandma Anthony 


Random Happenings...
Lunch time!  Parker and I with Kirsten and Camden!
 
Spending time with Grandma Howell

Uncle Jason with Parker.

Nathan lookin' cute!

Kaden's Blessing
We were so lucky to be able to attend baby Kaden's blessing at church.  It was so special! Thank you Britton and Courtney for letting us be a part of Kaden's special day!
 
Our last day...
Three generations!

Leaving for the airport.

Another awesome Utah trip.  We had a blast and it was great seeing everyone.  See everyone during Christmas!! =)