Sunday, February 10, 2008

rewind: parker

(Prior updates)


Our little sweetie is 2 years old!!! Can't believe how fast it went! :) His birthday party is in a couple weeks so we will be officially celebrating then! He has his 2 year check-up next week; can't wait to see how much he's grown! He's doing great, really starting to chatter more and more and losing those last bits of babyness :( He and Cade are really starting to have fun together, complete with little conversations that only they can understand. ^_^


Just a little update on our little guy - he's doing great, really starting to build his vocabulary and even sometimes chattering a bit :) Can't believe he's almost 2!!! Lots of new pictures up! (Gotta start updating more frequently hah!)


Just a quick update - Parker's 1 year check-up went great, he is perfectly healthy and weighed in at 25 lbs (still a chunker in the 75th percentile, but an improvement from the 95th percentile at 9 months - yikes!) and was 29 5/8" long, right about the 50th percentile just like his big brother. He was a trooper with his shots ^_^


Our little sweetie is 1 year old!! He had a great birthday party last weekend; he was his usual happy, adorable self ^_^ We have pictures up (hey I was fast this time heh!) We had a relaxing day, just went out for dinner and of course gave him lots of birthday kisses. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. No matter how many 1st birthday parties you have, I guess you can never wrap your mind around how fast kids grow up. Hoping for another wonderful year!


Parker's pics are now up to date! (Yay!) 9, 10, and 11 months are now up =) We're less than a week away from Parker's little birthday bash! We were originally thinking of a frog theme (what is it with Parker and frogs? haha) but decided to do something more one-year-old-friendly and went with Sesame Street 1st Birthday. I'm sure he'll love the colors, and he loves Elmo! I can't believe our little baby is almost 1 already - the time goes by so fast *sniff* He is so unbelievably adorable, walking around like a pro (and he's even started clumsily attempting to run from Cade, usually falling in a heap of laughter on the floor), babbling like crazy, sharing his binkie with us (among other things) and yesterday he even said his first official yes-that-was-definitely-a-word kinda word. Cade and I like to play on my old work phone, pretending to talk to people, and Parker has been imitating us for the last few weeks, holding it up to his ear, tilting his head to the side, and sometimes even making the intonations of "hello?" (sounds like uh-uhhh?) But yesterday I handed him the phone and he put it to his ear and looked up at me and said perfectly "Hello?" It was soooo cute! And what a perfect first word for such an open, happy, bighearted little boy =) What a cutie!


Okay, I have FINALLY (*cough* *choke*) put up some new pics of our little chubs! 7 and 8 months are up, and 9 months should be up soon! Our little guy is doing great, cruising all over the place, babbling crazily and even eating table foods! He was perfectly healthy at his 9 month check-up, weighing in at 24lbs 2oz (ouch!) and measuring 28 1/2" long! I have a good excuse for not updating, really I do! (See Site Updates heh!) ^_^


FINALLY - an update!!! These boys are keeping me sooo busy, and now of course I'm a few months behind. Slowly but surely getting all the pics up... Parker has new 4, 5 and 6 month pics but there are some more to be added. He's doing great, sitting up on his own and talking away. Still not rolling, but what can we say? He's a pretty content little guy. He loves to lay on his tummy and sees no need to roll over (yet!) ^_~ His 6 month check-up is next Wed 2/7, can't wait to see how much he's grown!


Ack, long time no update -_- I'll be putting new 4 month pics up very soon. Parker had his 4 month check-up on 11/30 and he was a whopping 15 lbs, 13 oz and 24 1/4" long!! Our wee one is getting so big! He was such a good boy! He's really starting to interact with his world, batting at toys and he's even rolled over a few times. Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh was great - as soon as we put him on the floor when we arrived he started rolling over! Can't wait for his very first Christmas!


Welcome! Here's a little place devoted to our newest addition, baby Parker (a.k.a Fatty!).


Parker's 2 Month pictures are up and screaming cuteness! The little guy is doing so wonderfully - at his 2 month check-up he weighed in at 12 lbs 13 oz and was 22 1/4" long!! He gained as much weight in his first two months as his big brother - but Cade had the excuse of having some catching up to do! We're not sure who exactly Parker's trying to catch up to, but we think it might be Godzilla! He's in 3-6 month sizes now, and even some 6-9 month sleepers fit him! He's smiling all the time now, such a happy little guy. We don't even have to work at it like we did with Cade - all we have to do is smile at him and he smiles right back. Sometimes he even lets out a little giggle! The next few months will be so exciting - can't wait until the little chubs is crawling! ^_^


Finally - we have some new pictures up, both newborn and 1 month! Parker is doing great, looking more and more like Cade every day, and getting quite chunky! ^_^ Can you tell which baby is which? Click here for a picture of the clone babies! (Parker is on the left, Cade on the right.) What a pair of cuties we have! ^_^


Wow, can't believe our little guy is already 3 weeks old! Time just flies doesn't it? We made our big move to Binghamton one week ago, and we're just now getting the computer set up. We're still spending most of our free time unpacking and getting settled. The boys' surf-themed bedroom is looking incredible! Can't wait to get some pictures up! Parker was doing well at his appointment 2 weeks ago, he had dropped down to 7 lbs within the first couple days of birth, but was up to 7 lbs 7 oz after 10 days, which is great. His next appointment isn't until 9/28 for his 2 month check-up. Gosh, that doesn't seem that far away anymore *_*


We now have Parker's first pictures up! The little guy is doing great! His next doctor's appointment is this Tuesday! ^_^


Parker has arrived!!!

He decided to beat his induction date and make his appearance on Saturday 7/30. I woke at 6am to my water breaking, and within 15 minutes started having contractions 2-3 minutes apart and pretty painful. We arrived at the hospital at 7:40am and I was 3 cm dilated and 90% effaced. It went very fast (and was nice once I got the epidural!) and at 12:20pm I was completely dilated, and at 1pm I started pushing. Parker was born at 2:30pm. He's so adorable and looks just like Cade did! We're both tired and sore, but doing great! Will post some pictures as soon as we have a free second! ^_^


Great appointment this morning (our very last one)! Blood pressure was 102/58, I lost 2 lbs (woohoo!), nonstress test was good, and I'm still 1 cm dilated and now 50 - 75% effaced. The doctor stripped my membranes to try to get things going, and we scheduled an induction for next Monday 8/1!! He might still arrive before then, but if not, only 6 more days to go and little baby Parker will be here!! We're so excited and can't wait to meet him!


A busy day today ... after much deliberation, we decided to cancel the c-section and go ahead and try for a VBAC. So it's back to the waiting game! We had our ultrasound this morning, Parker was measuring 3 days ahead still - he weighs 7 lbs, 9 oz!! He's so squished in there! At that rate he'll weigh around 8 - 8 1/2 lbs at birth. Almost twice what his big brother weighed! He then spent most of the nonstress test sleeping while I had tons of contractions; finally after I had some hershey kisses he woke up and gave us some good reactions. Then had our second internal exam - we're now 1 cm dilated! Really hoping we keep progressing and go into labor on our own very soon!


Just got a call from my doctor's office and we have the c-section scheduled - the date is 7/27 at 7:30am! Still hoping he'll make his appearance before that, but if not - only 12 more days until we meet our little guy!! ^_^


Today Parker is officially considered full term!! We're so happy to have made it this far! Yesterday's appointment was good - everything normal and Parker looked great on the nonstress test. Matt and I also decided to go ahead and schedule a repeat c-section for the week of 7/25. I would still like to try for a VBAC if I go into labor before then, but with us moving to Binghamton on 8/13, we don't want to end up having a baby on 8/7 and then moving only a couple days after being discharged from the hospital. So I've got my fingers crossed that Parker decides to come out and play soon, but if not we'll be meeting him in 2 weeks or less anyways! We don't have the section scheduled yet, we're just waiting for the office to call us back with the date. Next week is Parker's very last ultrasound, and possibly our very last doctor's appointment! Wow how time flies! ^_^


Yet another perfect/boring appointment this morning - blood pressure was great, nonstress test great, fluid level perfect ... had our first internal exam and was kind of disappointed to learn that not much is going on right now. The doctor said maybe a little effacement (although Matt thinks he said that to make me feel better haha!) but no dilation yet. Parker's head is very low and easy to reach, so maybe that's a good sign. Talked about what happens if and when we get to my due date with no sign of baby, since we don't want to go too far beyond my due date because of the blood pressure issue. We agreed we would try induction as long as we don't use any cervadil/cytotec or other cervical ripener which can increase the chances of uterine rupture. So we scheduled our last two weekly appointments, with the last one being on the due date 8/4, and if Parker hasn't arrived by then we'll be scheduling the induction within a few days of that. We also scheduled our next growth scan so we can see how fat he's gotten - he was looking pretty squished on the fluid check! Come out soon Parker!!! ^_^


Another uneventful appointment today ... didn't gain any weight, fluid level was good, blood pressure was good, and Parker did great on the nonstress test - he was very active this morning. Next appointment we have our Group B Strep test and our first internal exam to see if anything's gearing up to go!


Great appointment this morning - blood pressure was back down to 100/60, I only gained 1 lb, nonstress test was perfect, and our ultrasound went great. Parker is measuring 3 days ahead now, weighing in at 5 lbs 4 oz! He is also head down now!! Just hoping he stays that way! ^_^


New ultrasound picture of Parker's little face is up! Not much new going on. Our appointment this morning went well, blood pressure was a little up but still very good, Parker's nonstress test was great, fluid levels looked good. He's still breech *_* If he hasn't turned head down by our 36 week check-up then we'll schedule a repeat c-section. So hoping he flips in time for his growth scan next week!


Had our appointment yesterday morning, blood pressure was great again (100/60), we gained 3 lbs in 8 days!! O_O Parker was a little difficult again for the nonstress test, it took us 10 minutes to get a steady heartbeat and then he was in a rather quiet mood for the first 15 minutes. Luckily for him the nurses kind of forgot about us and after 40 minutes we had a few good accelerations. He also had a very bad case of hiccups for the last 10 minutes or so - it was so cute, we could hear them on the nonstress machine and he was shaking my whole belly. We finally made it to my fluid check appointment (40 minutes late) where we saw Parker yawn twice (hiccups will do that to you!) and found out that the little stinker is now breech! His head is under my ribs and his bum in my pelvis. I think he flipped the day before because I felt really bad pain for a few hours, and it usually hurts whenever he changes position. It's still early, so hopefully he flips back to head down at some point in the next few weeks. Our next growth ultrasound is scheduled for 6/23 when I'm 34 weeks - we are now taking bets on how big he is heh! Matt is guessing 6 lbs even, and I'm guessing 6 lbs, 5 oz or more, but hopefully we're both wrong because that would be one big boy! =) Hopefully we get a good picture of him this time. This new ultrasound place is terrible with pictures.


Another uneventful check-up this morning...blood pressure was a whopping 102/60 and baby measured fine. The nonstress test was a bit of an annoyance, Parker refused to sit still and his heartbeat kept popping in and out on the machine. He was moving around like crazy, kicking the monitor off and trying to get away I guess! A few more weeks and he won't have much room to hide! Amniotic fluid level looked good, so crossing our fingers for another boring appointment next week! ^_^


We had our check-up this morning, blood pressure still good, and our first NST went great - Parker was very active and got lots of accelerations. He kept kicking the NST monitor off and I had to keep pressing it back down because it would lose his heartbeat. Already a little stinker! We then had our ultrasound to check for growth - everything looked great, he is still head-down and very low, and had his legs folded in front of his face and his feet next to his head, all curled up in a ball. Very cute! He measured a full week ahead, weighing in at 3 lbs, 9 oz!! His thigh-bone length and of course, head circumference, were measuring the furthest ahead - looks like another long-legged, big-headed cutie pie for us! ^_^


Had our appointment this morning, blood pressure was great once again, we're measuring right along, and we found out that I passed my glucose test with flying colors! Passing is levels of 135 or less, and mine was 111 (for comparison, my levels were 147 when I failed the 1-hour test with Cade)! So everything's looking really good, we're really starting to get excited about the prospect of a pre-eclampsia free pregnancy and a full-term little one! Next week we start our weekly check-ups, nonstress tests and amniotic fluid level checks. We're also getting our monthly ultrasound to check for growth next week - can't wait to see how big our little guy has gotten! =)


Well, we got the results back from the 24 hour holter monitoring and the echocardiogram and the doctor said everything looked hopefully tomorrow morning's glucose test turns out just as good! We'll be spending the day at the zoo with Cade, so that should put it out of my mind for a little while at least =)


We ordered Parker's going home outfit this past weekend, and it should arrive today! It's so cute! You can see a picture here. My cardiology appointment last week was good, doctor didn't think I had any problems, but tomorrow I'm doing a 24-hour holter monitoring and then Friday an echocardiogram just to be safe. Then Saturday morning I'll be taking my 1-hour glucose test. This week is just fun, fun, fun isn't it? ^_~


We had our prenatal check-up this morning. My blood pressure was very good (the lowest yet in fact!) and we're measuring right around 27 weeks. Everything's looking good! We got our prescription for the 1-hour glucose test (oh yay) so I'm planning on taking it next weekend. I failed it with Cade (but then passed the 3-hour) so hoping I pass it the first time! We go back for another check-up in 2 weeks, and we'll get an ultrasound again shortly after that, and then probably start weekly appointments pretty soon after this next appointment.


We had our third ultrasound this morning! Parker is looking very cute and getting big - he's measuring 1 lb, 13 oz and we're right where we should be for our due date! He's already in the head-down position - his big brother was also in a head-down position at his 28-week ultrasound, so seems like neither boy has inherited their dad's penchant for procrastination ^_~ We saw so many beautiful shots of his profile and face on the screen, the pictures the tech printed for us don't do him justice! He looks almost exactly like Cade, so cute and button-nosed, with that perfectly round head. It's so fun to think about what he'll look like...maybe just like Cade but darker-haired and brown-eyed. Can't believe we have less than 15 weeks to find out! =)


Still working on the website...hopefully we'll be up and running soon with working links and everything! We had our appointment yesterday, blood pressure was good and we're measuring right where we should be. We have another ultrasound scheduled for one week from tomorrow just to check up on his growth - can't wait to see our little guy again! I'm thinking I've got a giant in there - we can already see him from the outside, bumping around and poking his back and bum up at us heh! We also just bought Parker's nursery bedding. We're doing a beach/surfer theme - perfect for our August baby!


Here we are! Welcome! The website is still a work in progress; we hope Parker loves the little frog theme! ^_^