Sittin’, Sippin’, Slappin’

Parker Jane continues to amaze us every day. She’s getting so big and so much older (5 1/2 months!). This month has been one of major accomplishments in her development. In a matter of one week, Parker Jane started to sit up, drink from a sippy cup, babble consonants at unpredictable volumes, and slap her hands as if she were beating on a drum. She also discovered her feet and the wonder of toes.

Also another first recently… as I was reading Goodnight Moon to PJ, she would grab the pages as I turned them and move them back and forth. When we were done with the story, I turned back to the beginning and let PJ play with the pages again. She actually started turning the pages of the book on her own! Well, I did help her out by getting her hand on a singular page, but she would take it and turn it, and reach out for the next page! She’ll be a bookworm just like I was.

Babies constantly change and grow by nature, but in the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that Parker Jane has entered a new phase of baby-hood. I often catch glimpses of what she’ll look like as a little girl months and months from now. Her personality seems to burst from her, and it is genuinely good-natured. She’s just so happy to look back at another smiling face. A reward in itself.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out our Flikr page; we uploaded new photos today. We’ll be on vacation for a couple of weeks but will be back with lots of new photos at the end of the month. Thanks for staying “tuned in” to our blog. Our only excuse for not posting more is that we that we have a five-month old to keep busy. Here is a video treat for our faithful viewers:

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Written by Erin on August 11, 2007.

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The Last 22 Days

Much has happened since Parker Jane’s eleventh week. Well, duh.. she’s now a bonafied three month old!

My first mother’s day gifts from Parker Jane were two hearty belly laughs. She was actually laughing at her aunt Tamlyn, but I was there to hear it. She laughed for the first time officially the night before at her grandma Carrie. I’ve gotten a couple of chuckles since then, so I think she must save the big ones for special moments. She smiles up a storm, though, and is starting to make very clear “oooh” and “aaah” sounds, like she’s starting to figure out how her mouth works. While visiting her grandma and grandpa in Escondido, Parker Jane got to play in her “Mega Saucer”. The Mega Saucer is beyond description, so we have to include a photo here. I only know that the Mega Saucer warrants one to use a monster-truck rally voice when saying “MEGA SAUCER!”


MEGA SAUCER! + Parker Jane = Classic Photograph

A couple of weeks back, we made the first of many road trips up to the bay area. Parker Jane is a travelling champ. As long as she has a full belly and her toy keys, she’s good to go. Our five day visit was spent mostly with Grammy Kathy in San Jose. One particular day saw the gathering of five generations on Rick’s side of the family. From Great Great Grandma Josephine all the way down to Parker Jane, a very special (and rare) moment was shared by all.


Middle: Great Great Grandma Josephine (100) – Left to Right: Great Grandma Zoccoli (80), Grammy Kathy (59), Papa (30), Parker Jane (3 months)

While in the bay area, we threw a party in PJ’s honor and invited friends and family to meet her. Parker Jane met her thirteen month old second-cousin Mya, who demonstrated lighting fast crawling skills and has four teeth! Luckly, PJ’s too young to know jealousy… or is she? Also present was 6 month old Mather, daughter of my old college friends Emily and Daniel. I’m amazed that in only 3 more months, Parker Jane will be blowing raspberries and grabbing smaller babies’ pacifiers like Mattie does. All in good-natured innocence… or is it? Our friends Zack and Sara brought their 2 year old son Isaac, who, in the presence of three younger ladies, kept his cool and his distance. I’m convinced that there is currently an influx of baby girls, so the few baby boys will have good odds in about 16 years or so. Rick and I stopped short of proposing an arranged marriage between the two youngsters… or did we?


Left: Parker Jane and Mya – Right: Mather, caught in the act!

After the fantastic party, we escaped to Santa Cruz for a day. Parker Jane’s first trip to the beach was a success; complete with bathing suit, shades, and toes in the sand. What more could a baby ask for? She was a big girl and didn’t even cry when her daddy dipped her feet in the surf. Brrr!


Beach Bums!

On Tuesday, May 29th, Parker Jane completed her first solo roll-over, (belly to back) much to our delight. She has a roll-over limit however, as she got really cranky after the sixth or seventh one. We eagerly await her next trick. At least that’s our excuse for staring at her constantly.

Let’s see… what else? Parker Jane’s hair is really filling out and getting longer. We think she may be pre-teething since she drools constantly and tries to stick her entire fist in her mouth. Oh, and Rick and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by, and with Parker Jane in the picture it seems like it’s going so much faster. We’ll try better to keep up on the blogging, even if it’s just a little blog every couple of days. We’ve got to teach this baby how to type.


Left: Peanut – Right: Five Years of Love…and Laundry

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Written by Erin on June 3, 2007.

Categories: Erin, Family, Friends, General, Parker Jane, Rick, Video.

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Everything that Parker Jane is

At eleven weeks, Parker Jane is full-face smiles and half-laughs, loud burps and noisy poops, cobra poses, tummy scoots, and awesome neck control.

Parker Jane is smelly feet and toe jam, standing up straight and toe taps, indigestion pain and real tears, and a belly button shaped like a mouth with a tongue sticking out.

And don’t forget that *hic*….*hic*….*hic*…*hic*……….*hic!*

Parker Jane is soft auburn hair and deep blue eyes, sound sleeping and picky eating, waterfall cheeks, elf ears, and long fingers with a firm grip.

At eleven weeks, Parker Jane is wide-eyed wonder and sweet innocence, false sneezes and surprise spit-up, piggy noises and silly goose-ness, and getting more incredible by the day.

Did I mention she has a belly button shaped like a mouth with a tounge sticking out?

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Written by Erin on May 12, 2007.

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PJ parties down (if sleeping and looking incredibly cute equals partying down)

Friends and family gathered at our house on Sunday to meet Parker Jane, and to celebrate Rick’s 30th birthday. A beautiful day set the stage for fantastic homemade food, laughs, picture taking, staring at PJ and a Hot Wheels PiƱata (which was awesome). Thanks to all who attended, love to those who weren’t able to.

Parker Jane is already a month old! Only 29 years, 11 months, and a day younger than her pops.


*not pictured: Auntie Kristen, soon to be Uncle Chris and Honorary Grandpa Tony

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Written by Erin on March 27, 2007.

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Grandma and Grandpa visit

Last weekend was spent watching a lot of BabyVision with Grandma Carrie, Grandpa Tom, and Auntie Tamlyn. Parker Jane entertained all with her thousands of cute expressions. BV never gets old… plus, no repeats!

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Written by Erin on March 13, 2007.

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Two weeks until the marathon

Never in my life has time had such significance as it does now. Events, appointments, birthdays, movie release dates… I am accutely aware whether they fall before or after March 4. In my mind, though, each day from February 28th till about March 8th or so seems like it could be my due date. Anything happening after March 10th, I think, “oh we’ll definitely have the baby by then”. Anything happening up until February 27th, I think, “nah, that’s way too soon”. Not to say that we’re not ready now because I think we really are: technically because today we figured out how to work the car seat; and emotionally because we both find ourselves saying loudly to my belly, “hurry up and come out! we want to meet you!”. I think we’ve finally gotten to the point where we’ve prepared as much as we could have, and anything else we do in the next two weeks is extra credit.

A big event that is actually happening on March 4th is the Los Angeles Marathon. Oddly enough, our childbirth educator has been using the scenario of running a marathon as a metaphor for labor and giving birth. We checked the course route today to make sure it doesn’t go by the hospital (it doesn’t). A couple of hours before the marathon starts, the course is opened for bicyclists to enjoy. Before getting pregnant, I mountain biked quite a bit, and rode in two 50 mile rides with my dad in Mexico. A part of my brain still linked to my pre-pregnant body thinks a 26 mile ride through LA would be no sweat and a lot of fun, but my current uber-pregnant body is the wiser, and constantly amazes me with exasperating limitations (putting on socks) and unbelievable discoveries (losing a bellybutton). As much as I’ve enjoyed my pregnancy, I really can’t wait to get my body and all that I’ve been forbidden back. It will be sooooo nice to go out for a bike ride and come home and enjoy a cold beer. And sushi. Tick-tock.

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Written by Erin on February 18, 2007.

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