Sunday, December 19, 2010
Once again, Mommy is tired...no surprise there! Here are the updates on our sweet boy:
- Judah was in the 40's (percentile-wise) for weight and off the charts for height at his 4 month appointment
- had his first Thanksgiving(s); maybe next year he'll get to enjoy some food!
- is now not only rolling from front to back but back to front
- is sitting up for little bits at a time
- met Santa for the first time
Friday, November 19, 2010
Mommy is pretty tired, so here are the highlights from the past month:
- Judah loves the Jumperoo
- loves playing with his feet...SO adorable!
- went on his first airplane ride (see Nashville post)
- celebrated his first Halloween (see Halloween post)
- went to his first OSU soccer game to watch his cousins play and hung out with his great aunt & uncle
- had his first major crackup session (hope you enjoy the video)
- met his grandma in person for the first time!
- weighed 13.5 lbs at his pre 4-month appt (not a routine visit, but little j is doing just fine)
- went to his first OSU volleyball game (tonight)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Judah had a great 1st Halloween! It began on the Friday before when his auntie April and cousins Erika & Laurel drove all the way down from Newberg to join us trick-or-treating in downtown Corvallis. Mostly the cousins did the trick-or-treating, but Judah did get a few pieces for mommy & daddy. Halloween continued on the actual day, which was also cousin Jacob's 14th birthday. We took Judah around the neighborhood to a few houses with his auntie Steph and Jacob & Ashley. Papa & Nana stayed at our place to hand out candy for the little time we were gone. There were some really decked out houses in the neighborhood, including one really awesome one, complete with moving skeleton pirates (and music, fog, lights, etc)! It will be so much fun when Judah is a little older and can enjoy these silly, scary decorations!
Friday, November 12, 2010
This fall, Sarah and I have been friends for 10 years! We originally met during orientation at Lipscomb University, well actually first her mom and my dad met. When our parents realized we were both from opposites corners of the country (Oregon & Pennsylvania) it seemed only natural that the two of us should meet, being that most of Lipscomb's student body was from Tennessee, or at least the South. Sarah and I emailed a couple times over the summer to get to know each other better and as fate would have it, we ended up in the same dorm, on the same floor. During the first week of school, the bond that we made would last a lifetime. It mostly consisted of me going over to her room everyday after class to watch soap operas...and I would cry and cry because I really didn't like it there and I missed home so much! Sarah was my shoulder to cry on during that first month of school (yep, I think I cried at least everyday for a month!) and I'm pretty sure without her I wouldn't have made it through those first few weeks away from home. But also, to backtrack a little, it was during the first week of school that we were at this function (I would hardly call it a party...not after being at a non-private, state university) where I insisted we go meet this group of boys (I was pretty boy crazy back in those days before Josh). In that group of boys was James. From that first introduction, James & Sarah would never be apart again...they dated all throughout college and married shortly after graduation. Even though I'm sure they would have met on their own terms later on at Lipscomb, I like to think that I'm the one responsible for introducing Sarah to her husband that first week of school :) Anyway, Sarah and my friendship continued over the ups and downs of freshman year and into sophomore when we studied abroad together in Vienna. We traveled all over Europe together with a few of our other Lipscomb friends and had the time of our lives! While there, we also experienced 9/11...a day we will never forget. After that semester abroad, and after experiencing being so far away from my family on that fateful day of 9/11, it was time for me to return to the great Northwest and I transferred to Oregon State. But Sarah & I remained in touch. I headed to Nashville during Spring break 2002 for a visit and Sarah came out to OR the following year during her Spring break (she first met Josh on that trip). In 2004 we both got married and were bridesmaids in each other's weddings (Josh & I made the trip out to PA for their wedding and Sarah & James came here for ours). Josh & James got to know each other better when the 4 of us met up for vacation in Vegas one spring. Then, Josh and I headed out to Nashville in 2006. In 2007 I made the trip alone after the birth of Sarah & James' first daughter, Marlie. The following year the family of 3 made their way out West. We were going to head back to Nashville the next year, but when we heard Sarah & James were expecting their second, we all decided we'd wait until 2010 so we could meet that little one too. Meanwhile, we learned that we were pregnant with Judah, so it made even more sense to postpone our trip. Which brings us to this fall!
Just a couple weeks ago Judah took his first plane ride across the country to Nashville! He was the perfect baby on our trip, on the way home a sweet old woman (with her southern drawl) said, "He is such a good baby. You must be a wonderful mother." What mom doesn't want to hear those words!? We had a great time on our trip. Shortly after we landed, Josh & James headed out to a Predators (NHL) game and Sarah & I headed home with the kiddos and enjoyed some broccoli cheese soup Sarah made (both our husbands hate broccoli...they really are two of a kind!). The following night Sarah, her sister Erika, and I got to have a nice dinner out while the boys were in charge of the kids. The remainder of our short trip was pretty relaxed as we watched football and just enjoyed each other's families. Marlie who's 3 kept asking to hold Judah because, "He's just so adorable," she would say. Marlie also put on a number of concerts for us, to the tune of Glee's version of Journey...priceless. She also read us many stories from her little pink Bible, mostly action packed tales about Jesus and a panda bear (haha!). Between taking care of Judah and being entertained by Marlie, poor sweet, little Lyla didn't get too much of our attention...but we were SO happy to meet her for the first time and look forward to seeing how much she's grown and changed when the Prices make their way to Oregon next year! I should also add that Sarah & James are excellent photographers and took some great pictures of us while we were there (including the new picture at the top of our blog).
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Well, a LOT has happened since the last post! First off, Judah's 2 month appointment went great. He was in the 90th percentile for length and about 50th for weight...long and lean! Although, I am happy to report this little guy is quickly filling out, getting some deliciously chunky rolls on his legs along with a little belly :) Also at his appointment he had his first round of shots. I wrestled with the idea of an alternative schedule for quite sometime, but after reading all that I could and seeking friends' advice, I settled for the CDC schedule. Judah did so good! He initially cried but it lasted maybe 30 seconds and his only side affect was a fever that night. SO thankful for such a positive experience with that.
The second big piece of news is that I'm officially a stay-at-home mom! Long story short, we came up empty-handed in our childcare search (places were full, would only do part-time, etc). I was very disappointed to have to leave my job but obviously thrilled to not have to be away from my little man 40+ hours/week. There is more to say on that....but will have to save it for another post.
So, in the past month Judah has continued to "talk" and is sometimes very vocal which we love! The sounds he makes and the way he moves his mouth to make them are both hilarious and adorable. A few weeks ago he started rolling over (tummy to back) but that seemed to have lasted 2-3 weeks and is now much less frequent. He can sit up in his bumbo (thanks for the loan, Cloutiers!) which is very cute, but cannot sit up at all on his own (Baby Center told me today that he should be able to do this for short periods without slumping forward or immediately toppling to the side...this is not the case??). He LOVES to stand and I'm pretty sure we'll be setting up the jumperoo very soon because we know he will enjoy putting those legs to some use! We've had "playdates" with his friends Eva, the Cloutiers, and mostly Koa & Khalil (Judah is 1 month and 2 months the senior of these baby boys). He also got to spend time with his cousins, Erika & Laurel, last weekend. We look forward to the birth of his newest cousin and playmate, Levi, in December! Judah also attended his first Beaver game (quite the adventure) and went on his first roadtrip to Seattle so mommy and daddy could go to a wedding.
Well, that's all for now! We will soon be embarking on Judah's first plane ride and the details of that trip will be sure to grace the pages of this blog in the near future :)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Another month has flown by! Judah's personality is starting to come out and we LOVE all the smiles and his "talking" to us...brings a tear to my eye almost every time because it's just SO precious! We had hoped to bring him to his first Beaver game yesterday, but it was much too rainy for a baby...hopefully there will be a game this season with baby-friendly elements :) In the meantime, Nana & Papa and Auntie Steph & cousins have been willing and ready to babysit (Auntie & cousins watched him yesterday). Cloth diapering has been going well up until this past week when Judah got a nasty infection...we're hoping to switch back as soon as it's completely cleared up. Judah has his 2 month checkup this week. Can't wait to see how much he weighs and how long he's gotten. NOT looking forward to the first round of shots, though. I've been dreading this day before we were even pregnant with him!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Finally getting a chance to share the good news...although anyone who reads this blog probably already knows :) Judah Joseph Parker came into the world exactly 1 month ago today!
My birth story (the condensed version):The weekend Judah was born Josh and I finally felt "ready." There were still a few loose ends to tie up, but we felt like they could wait. So, we spent the weekend doing lots of walking to get things going. Saturday & Sunday afternoons I felt exceptionally exhausted, so on Sunday afternoon I laid down on the couch to try to nap (I can pretty much count on one hand the number of times I actually had a chance to nap during my pregnancy). After a while of restlessness, I told Josh I was going to try laying on my other side and try to sleep. Well, as soon as I was upright and before I had a chance to lay down on my other side, I felt a trickle and knew immediately that my water was breaking (I NEVER thought I would be one of the 10% whose water breaks...haha). It was 3:45. Since I had tested positive for Strep B, it meant I would have to get to the hospital fairly quickly if my water broke to get started on antibiotics. I had hoped to do most of my laboring at home, so I was pretty bummed that I would have to be at the hospital for such a long time. Anyway, before calling the doctor like I was supposed to I decided to straighten up the house and get some laundry going. About an hour later we called the doctor and she said to head to the hospital. The doctor on call was unfortunately one of my least favorites, but I felt okay about it and knew everything would be fine. After throwing in some late additions to our hospital bags, we were on our way! The weird thing about broken water is that it continues to come out...so every so often it feels like you're peeing yourself. Haha, I brought a couple towels to sit on for the ride to the hospital just in case. On our way we stopped to return a movie so we wouldn't have to pay any extra :) Once we got to the hospital we got checked in super quickly because we had pre-registered. It was pretty slow (baby-wise) when we got there, so we got placed in the best room in the house with the most beautiful view. Score. We started getting settled and waited awhile before we started letting everyone know what was going on. Shortly after, my mom and dad arrived. Josh and I began making laps walking back and forth in the labor and delivery wing to try to get things going. I had Josh ask if there were any stairs I could climb, but they said no :( By 7:00 or 7:30 PM contractions were becoming pretty steady. I was determined to have a natural birth and labored from 7ish PM to 11AM. I squeezed Josh’s hand through every contraction and my mom rubbed my back because my back labor was so extreme. My dad sat in the corner and prayed between dozing in and out of sleep. He often gave me my water in between contractions, too. Everyone had miraculously fallen into a specific role to help me and I really couldn't have done it without them. It was SO intense but never once did I ask for pain medication. I threw up almost the entire time, even through contractions. A couple times I told Josh, “I don’t know how much longer I can do this,” but he always reassured me that I was doing an amazing job. And he was amazing as well. Things were progressing perfectly, but unfortunately, everything stopped abruptly at 11AM. The nurse thought it was because my body was so exhausted. By this time, there had been a shift change and MY doctor was the doctor on call! She and the nurse suggested I take pitocin to get things moving again, which I resisted with everything I could. I tried to get things going again on my own but it just wasn’t working. So, finally around 1PM, fearing I would end up having to have a c-section, I said okay to the pitocin and things got going again. And they got going fast! Not long after it came time to push I gave it everything I had. After 36 minutes there Judah was at 3:26 PM! The most amazing moment of mine and Josh's life!
Well, that was the mostly condensed version I guess...there's so much I left out, but it's really hard to put into words such a miraculous event. I guess the biggest thing I left out was how amazing it was that each person who was supposed to be there, was. It was like God hand-picked each and everyone of them to make things easier for me. Every nurse, every doctor, they were exactly who they needed to be - and I'm so thankful to all of them!
The last few weeks have been a blur...it's amazing how long one can survive on only a couple hours of sleep! Nothing can prepare you for the demanding schedule of taking care of a newborn! It makes me appreciate all the mothers out there even more than I did before :) I love this little guy so much, though, and it makes all the sweat and tears (and poop and pee and spit-up) worth it. Josh and I are so thankful for such a wonderful, healthy, and handsome liitle boy!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Only 10 weeks and counting until this little boy arrives...so hard to believe. It's crazy how quickly this pregnancy has flown by. I know these next few weeks will be the hardest, but I think I'm ready! Of course there is a TON to do and there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day, but somehow, it will all get done. If I could do it all over again, I would cherish each day a little more than I have, but I am truly thankful every single day for this amazing miracle that is taking place inside my body. I cannot wait to meet this little man...and I cannot wait to experience this new chapter of life with my amazing, wonderful husband who I love SO much. Stay tuned for the greatest adventure of our lives!