an introduction to our nation’s pasttime

thursday, september 27 was a banner day in the short history of Parker Jane. yes, on this Indian summer night, Parker Jane, myself, mama and friends Burnie and Lisa, attended the Los Angeles Dodgers/Colorado Rockies 7:05pm baseball game.

a nice walk from the “free” parking by Elysian Park saw Parker Jane light-up and wriggle around in her front-carry Sunggli at the sounds, bright lights and crowds of people she was slowly approaching. we made our way into the stadium, collected our Fan Appreciation Fleece Dodger Blankets, and weaved our way to a section of seats directly behind homeplate, second deck. Parker Jane was released from her Snuggli confines to settle in my lap, facing the field.

for a good three innings, Parker Jane sat (trading off between mine and Erin’s laps) watching the game, not a peep from her mouth.

during the fourth inning Parker Jane ate, and entertained, and ate some more, and entertained a whole lot more.

in the fifth inning the Dodgers scored two runs; shouts and applause erupted from the home crowd. the sudden volume increase took Parker Jane by surprise and she began to cry. Erin, holding her at the time, rocked her a bit to calm her. however, the giant flashing light of the Jumbortron telling us all to “Make Some Noise” would see to it that a bit of rocking was not enough at this time. So, Erin got up and walked with Parker Jane to the concessions area.

in five to seven minutes time the two were back and Parker Jane was all smiles. the sixth inning went quick.

during the seventh inning stretch, Erin and i both held Parker Jane up and out in front of us as we sang “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” Parker Jane smiled and laughed nearly the entire time. very soon after, Erin pulled out a fleece wrap and Parker Jane welcomed the prospect.

by the end of the seventh inning, Parker Jane was asleep.

and so she remained, through the eighth inning. and the ninth inning. and as we exited the stadium recounting the pathetic 10-2 Dodger loss we had just witnessed. and on the walk to the car. and all the way home.

at 11:30pm, Parker Jane was laid down into her crib, still wearing her pink and grey Dodgers t-shirt.

corbalfamily films presents: the wave

* to all family and friends who care so deeply, please allow me to ease your minds with the knowledge that while Parker Jane did sport a Dodgers t-shirt, she is not a Dodger fan. at the moment she has no team affiliation. except for the Oakland Athletics, which she will surely and eventually choose as her team, when she is old enough to understand choosing a team.

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Written by Rick on October 3, 2007.

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

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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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parker jane comes home (yesterday)

sunday morning – Parker Jane is born at 9:15 am, to blazing trumpets, ticker tape fanfare and a choir of fat baby angels singing “the heart of rock n’ roll” by Huey Lewis and The News.

sunday through tuesday morning – poking, proding, examining, crying, laughing, sleeping (the baby only), wonderful family, hospital food, changing diapers, making/fielding calls to/from amazing friends and family, lots of staring and a killer KCET documentary on the Apollo 8 space mission.

tuesday afternoon – word comes that Parker Jane’s Bilirubin levels are very high and her degree of Jaundice (yellowing) requires “photo therapy.” Parker Jane is taken to the NICU and placed under a set of ultraviolet lights-Rick and Erin sit in the hospital room, sad that they will not be bringing their daughter home.

tuesday evening – Rick and Erin say goodbye to a sunbathing Parker Jane and return home for the last night of uneventful sleep (for a long, long, long time).

wednesday morning – new breast pump shields at Target, then off to the hospital to hopefully bring Parker Jane home. test is taken, results come back, Parker Jane is coming home-insert fat baby angels singing “when the lights go down on the city” by Journey.

wednesday evening through right this minute – settling in, feeding, changing diapers, feeding, a little crying, sleeping, “she is so beautiful,” feeding, peeing, sleeping, confused cats, cuteness, changing diapers, “this is awesome,” super cuteness, LOST (episode sucked by the way), a little crying, Annie stares at Parker Jane for ten minutes (uninterrupted), feeding, sleeping “in the daylight [outside] her hair looks red,” peeing, feeding, sleeping, peeing, feeding, sleeping, peeing, feeding, sleeping, peeing, feeding, sleeping…

and so it is, the beginning of a new series of madcap adventures for the corbalfamily. stay tuned, you won’t be disappointed.

now, for those who crave more visuals of the little one, a video:

blink n’ suck

* the only reason Parker Jane is feeding from a bottle is because she hadn’t fully taken to the breast yet and she needed something in her tummy. i assure you, the corbalfamily is a 100% breastfed family (rick especially).

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Written by Rick on March 1, 2007.

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

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cff Presents…

Corbalfamily Films Presents: Lickin’ – 007 meets Fancy Feast in this international tale of mystery, mayhem and intrigue.

Starring: Annie Corbal and Jude Corbal

Lickin’

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Written by Rick on November 30, 2006.

Categories: Annie, General, Jude, Video.

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“Bean’s” Heartbeat

“Bean’s” heartbeat – September 13, 2006 – 4 months

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Written by Rick on October 7, 2006.

Categories: Bean, Erin, Video.

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