One Piece!?!

I’ve always loved bikini’s ever since my Dad threatened to ground me if I wore one. However, times have changed. I’m a Mom now. Should I ditch the bikinis and go with the…*shhhh* don’t want to say this too loud…ONE PIECE? I found this super cute suit at Macy’s this weekend and it reminds me of the old retro suites with a little Katie Perry vibe. The one I got is navy striped. I like it so far, but I can’t help but feel old in it. Does being a Mom mean you should wear a one piece?

15. Rando things on my mind…

  1. Last week we enjoyed Taste of Alpharetta with my Mom, Sis and the fam. Boy was it HOT though. Dan had him in the Bjorn, and after an hour or so of that, we took him out and he was dripping in sweat. We stripped him down to his cloth diaper, and he was a happy camper.
  2. I love my little boy…every single day, at least once, he looks at me with the cutest smile from ear to ear and squeals with laughter. I will never get tired of that…EVER!  A few weeks ago we decided he was too big for his “baby” tub, and now he sits up in a “big kid” tub. *sniff, sniff*  he’s just growing too stinkin’ fast!

  3. Mixbook.com is my new favorite place to be on the web. Before Parker came along I was a scrapbookaholic, and I thought digital scrapbooks where for armatures. Well, with Parker occupying so much of my time, it’s hard to do a “real” scrapbook because it involves so much more with printing photos, organizing the pages, buying “do-dads” for each page, cutting out words and phrases from magazines to make a “decoupage” type look to the page. That was all until I discovered how cool mixbook is. You can select background, pre-layout books, “theme” pages and “stickers”. It’s been fun creating a scrapbook for Parker’s first year.
  4. Parker’s “screaming” phase is over…Yay! He still gets excited and has a screech from time to time, but not near as much as it was a week or so ago, when I thought I was going to go def. Instead, he likes to motor-boat or blow with his mouth like he’s trying to whistle. I’m not sure if it soothes his teeth, or if he just likes making funny sounds with his mouth, but I’ll take it any day over screaming.
  5. I think we may be weaning Parker from breastfeeding pretty soon. It’s sad, but he just doesn’t seem interested in it anymore. He constantly pulls off, makes goo goo faces, slaps me a couple of times and then fusses to get off. At first I thought, oh…so he must just not be hungry, but then later on it was clear that he didn’t get what he needed. He would act SO uninterested, but then later would sucks down a bottle like it’s nobody’s business. I would much rather him get the milk that he needs, than him not get enough because I’m wanting to “strictly breastfeed” him. He’s fine with nursing in the morning, and a couple of times during the day, but it’s much more “work” for him than a bottle. He just much rather play than breastfeed. I’ve tried eliminating all the distractions, and it doesn’t seem to matter much. Oh well…my boy loves the bottle more than me… I’m crushed! I will continue to breastfeed in the morning and exclusively pump the rest of the day.  Hmm…we’ll see how long that lasts.
  6. I’m really starting to get annoyed by all the “spam” on facebook. I know, I know…you can just click on “friends” and then “status”, but that’s lame. Why can’t people just stop playing silly games and clogging up the home page? There’s just not enough “hide” to go around.  I need to take an FB break I think.  Hello Twitter… I love your simple facade.  Can I type with you?
  7. Does anyone else like Glee as much as I do?  Isn’t it awesome?  It was great tonight and I’m SO looking forward to Lady Gaga songs next week!
  8. I went to see my gal pal Danielle on Saturday.  She lives in beautiful home in Woodstock and Parker and I loved making the trip over there to hang out.   It was a nice country drive to her house and it reminded me how much I would love to live on a farm…but close to town where I can have my “shopping” fix too.  That’s another blog post though… We had a good time at her place and Parker as usual, loved the change of scenery and getting a chance to make goo goo at a pretty lady.
  9. I’m so proud of my brother Spence and his wife Lisa.  They were featured in their local newspaper in Wilmington, NC for their podcast they are doing on financial freedom called Rebound.  You should check it out.  You will be entertained and inspired.  Just got time to listen to one episode?  Check out Episode 24: Eating Healthy on a Budget. That’s one of my favorites.
  10. Parker out grew (like almost everything) his cloth-eez cloth diapers, so he got some new kissaluv cloth diapers. I think Parker is really diggin’ them.  They are going to save us a boatload of dough and I’m really diggin’ that.
  11. I’ve really been slacking on the working out lately. I’ve been taking the stroller out for the occasional jog, but the gym is a long lost friend. Tomorrow, it’s on.
  12. I entered Parker in the YoBaby cute baby contest.  We got a few great “animated” shots of him while eating.  You can go and vote for him here and here! The winner will enjoy a 2k savings bond for college and some green goodies.  How sweet is that?
  13. On Thursday Parker is getting his eight month pictures taken by this fabulous photographer who took his newborn shots. I can’t wait!
  14. We’re leaving in a few weeks to go on a little road trip. This will be our first trip to see the family. We’ll be heading out to see my grandparents at their farm in Lake Hartwell, my best friend and Dan’s Mom in Charleston, SC, my friend from college and Dan’s sister and family in Myrtle Beach, and my brother, his wife and kids, and my Dad and Step-Mom in Wilmington, NC. I can’t wait to see everyone and I know Parker will LOVE getting all the love and attention from family and friends.
  15. Parker isn’t crawling yet, BUT I’ll leave you with some pre-crawling exercises that he’s been practicing with Daddy lately:


iLove, Babies and Mother’s Day

So, Dan got me something iLove for Mom’s day…an iPad!  No, that’s not the Bostonian way of saying  iPod.  It’s this super sweet mini computer that has all the great apps and games that an iphone has, but bigger, better and WAY cooler.  Parker loves it too.  His favorite apps are iFish pond and Virtuoseo HD (piano).  He bats at the screen and loves this new toy!  The gift came as SUCH a surprise.  I didn’t even ask for one.  All I wanted for Mother’s day was to see Babies at the theater, and have some family time.  I got all of that already…and it’s only SATURDAY!  I have such a fantastic husband!

The movie Babies was very entertaining.  It was a great movie that showed how diverse the first year of a baby’s life can be in different parts of the world. Heck, even in different parts of the US.   The baby in San Fran was doing things just as odd and unique as the one in Namibia.  Some highlights?

The Namibian baby tries to eat dirt…Mommy is unphased.  The Namibian Mom nurses two babies at one time.  One, a toddler and the other a three month old.  Amazing!  I just nurse ONE seven month old, and it still gets me in a tizzy sometimes!

The Baby from Tokyo was cracking us up… she was playing  with a wooden toy and got so frustrated that she would throw herself on the floor and and slam her legs on the ground.  You could tell that she was an attention getter.  Adorable none the less.

The San Fran baby girl was cute as a button.  She peeled a banana one tiny piece at a time, carefully handing each piece to her Mom.  She then proceeded to bite the bottom of the banana and when she realized she had the hard piece in her mouth, she spit it out and handed that to her Mom and said “NO”.  So sweet.

The Mongolian baby boy thought a roll of paper was tasty.  There was an entire shoot of him unrolling the towels and eating it.  He was also VERY friendly with the farm animals.  There were lots of shots of him terrorizing the animals and they didn’t mind one bit.

Overall the movie was great, but I wish they had either narration or subtitles of some sort.  I was wondering during the movie, how old the babies were when they rolled over, crawled, and walked.  I also sort-of wish that they would’ve picked some different places than they did. The Middle East, South America and India would’ve had some interesting babies…  maybe they could do a Babies part II?

On this first Mother’s day, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the Moms reading.  To the first time Moms, single Moms, Moms of multiple children and those with husbands serving our country, my hat is off to you! I never knew how challenging, rewarding, exciting and life changing it would be.  This Mother’s day, I have a new found respect for all of you. You guys rock!

Park it Parker

What a fun day and lots of firsts. We visited Webb Bridge Park today. We went there for the first time last week during Mom’s group, but because of naps and feedings, we weren’t able to stay long and explore the park much. We picked up some yummy sandwiches at Wildflour and had a picnic. We later showed Parker the swings, slides, sandbox and seesaw, all of which were firsts for him. It was such a nice little park and not over crowded either. Dan and I had such a great time playing with our cutie pie, bursts of happiness and all!
No Ma, I’m not choking on the puff you gave me…See, I haven’t even swallowed it yet!

Here’s me hanging out with DaDa

Ooooh, I love this swng!

Weeeeee!

Wow, what’s this cool blue thing?

Is this suppose to be fun?

Oh,  DaDa built me a little sand castle and mommy covered my toes.

Dada, this is my shovel.  Can I please put it in my mouth?