Friday, June 18, 2010

First Bites

Parker had his first bites of cereal yesterday. He has been "sitting" at the table with the rest of us during meals, and he finally got to actively participate. Although it was so brand new yesterday, he actually did quite well this morning with eating. He opened his mouth for the spoon and swallowed a good amount, too.

Somehow I can't get the video up, but I can try later.

Nolan was very interested

First of many messy faces

Messy faces run in the family

I also got to have an adventure yesterday! I had my hair cut in April '09, December '09, and then nothing. You can imagine the disaster that was my hair. It was easy to put it in a ponytail everyday and forget about it. But, really, you can only feel so blah and unattractive for just so long. So, on a whim, I called our nearby salon and got an appointment at 8:00 last night. What a blast! The lady tood and hour and 45 minutes to massage, wash, cut and style my hair. It ended up shorter than I had planned, but hair always grows back. What do you think?

It is a high of 95 today, and at 10:00 it is already 90. We are headed to the pool to cool down. Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

4 Months

My how big we've grown! Parker was 4 months old yesterday! We went to the doctor for his check-up today. What a perfect, healthy little boy. His weight is 16lbs. 4oz. (75%) and is 26 inches long (86%). He has grown 4 inches and nearly doubled his birthweight! We will be starting cereal tomorrow! What a great guy!

He is really starting to be a fun little guy. He rolled for the first time today, loves holding toys and snuggling with his giraffe, laughs, talks, and smiles all day long. He is such a joy to have in our family.

Happy 4 months!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blessings Galore

We had a wonderful weekend. My brother Nate and his wife Alli came to visit! They were the first in my family besides my parents to get to meet Parker. We had a fabulous time. They arrived late Friday night and had to leave early Monday morning, but we packed in the good times.

Nate meeting Parker
The weather was really hot this weekend, so we tried to make the most of it. Saturday morning we went downtown. We visit City Garden again, and everyone had a blast. I think Nolan enjoyed it the most, though.

Then we went down to the river. The Mississippi was really high from all the rain we've been getting.
For the afternoon we stayed home and watched US vs. England in the World Cup. I think we all had a nap except, of course, Nolan.
Parker-like the outfit? Go Gophers!
Nate loves barbeque food. Seeing that St. Louis is known for barbeque, we decided to indulge Saturday night. Funny enough, Ted and I weren't sure where to go. After some good emailing and facebook suggestions, we heard that Pappy's Smokehouse is the only place to eat. But they were already sold out of chicken. So we went to The Plush Pig instead. Nate was satisified, the food was good, and they had a guy playing old-fashioned piano music that made Nolan dance. It wasn't Pappy's, but it was still good.
Sunday was Parker's baby blessing at church. That was the reason Nate and Alli came down to be with us and so Nate could do the blessing. Ted's entire family and his Grandmother were able to join us at church and for a brunch afterwards. It was a beautiful blessing and we are so glad to have had so much family with us for Parker's special day. My talented Mom made Parker's blessing outfit. Thanks Mom!

Nate and Alli with the boys

Wada and Nonna
Four generations
The Joneses
Janny, Josie, Steve, Jody, Parker, Hope, Ted, Nolan, Kristina and Jody
The Downings
We had a great weekend. Nate and Alli kicked our butts in Smear (a Minnesota card game), but we let them do that so they would want to come back and visit! We are sad it went too fast, but so grateful for the wonderful families we are a part of. Thanks everyone for thinking of us or being with us.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


We had quite a big even in our home this past week. Nolan had surgery. He has had 7 ear infections in 5 months, and the doctor said it was time to do something about it. On Tuesday, he had tubes put in his ears and his adenoid removed. Did you know there is only one? It is mistakenly called adenoids all the time. Anyways, we are really hoping it helps, but man, was he miserable. He is feeling much better now.

Other things have been happening around our home. Summer has hit with full force and we are doing our best to enjoy it. Sprinklers, pools, parks, and popsicles have been a constant in our days. I may even brave Tot Time at our community pool.

My great friend Kresta has two kids that Nolan loves playing with. We spend lots of time with them, and they LOVE Parker. And better yet, he loves them. They took turns holding him for about 20 minutes the other day. Parker just talked and smiled the whole time. So sweet.

Jackson, Addie and Parker

Downtown St. Louis has this great new park called City Garden. It is a summer paradise! Fountains, wading pools, waterfalls, and statues that the kids can play in. So much fun!

In other super exciting news, my sister Melissa had a new baby yesterday! Mason Henry Howell joins his big siblings Connor, Isabel and Lucas. Congrats Melissa, and welcome to the family Mason!
One of Ted's aunts posted this picture on facebook and I had to share it. It is Ted sitting on his great-grandmother's lap when he was about 4 or so. I think he looks EXACTLY like Nolan. I did give birth to him, but it does not seem that I contributed to his looks at all. Genetics is so interesting.