We are currently co-sleeping with Parker. We originally had Parker sleeping in the bassinet that came with the pack n' play, but he outgrew that and we had to find other options for him. Our bed is a queen bed, but Parker rolls all over in his sleep and I was never getting any sleep. So we took off one side of the crib, which is what you do when it's used as the day bed. We put the mattress back up to it's highest setting and it went perfectly flush against our mattress.
We recently purchased the changing table at a consignment shop. We paid a whole .25 cents after the trade we received from selling all the clothes that didn't fit Parker anymore. We were using his dresser as the changing table. We'd just put the pad on top and change him, but as Parker got bigger it didn't work as well. The pad moved around too much on the dresser.
Oh, and yes we need more pictures on the far wall...I never realized how bare it looked until I took this picture.
My sewing has taken up a portion of the kitchen/dining area. My workspace started in our bedroom, after Parker was born we made a few changes and put the sewing area in his room. That didn't work out too well, so it we moved it out to the main room. We don't use the table for eating since you can only sit on one side of the table as there is no room to pull out the other chairs.
The table, shown in the background, is the best part of my workspace. It is very heavy and sturdy. The table I was using for sewing on originally, was wobbly and that does not work with sewing/embroidering. When I would serge, the table would bounce all over the place and cause the threads to "jump" off their designated paths. Unfortunately, this table only fits in this spot in our condo.
I have a love/hate relationship with this table. When we bought the table they had already put it together. That was great because I wasn't looking forward to assembling it. We were loading up the chairs when the seat of one of the chairs came loose and smashed my foot. It was very very painful, a trip to the ER to make sure nothing in my foot was broken and a few weeks later I lost my toenail. My husband noticed that when they had put the chair together they skipped putting in some of the screws to expedite the process.
Why is it that the best photo shoots are ones that you don't plan?
We decided to go to Fountain Hills for the Veteran's Day Celebration as well as the craft fair. I love this place. I remember visiting here when I was younger, having a picnic and flying kites on a warm, windy day.
Parker is not so keen to being held for pictures. I remember reading of a pose to use with uncooperative little ones. I love the red and how great the photos came out.
I also love candid shots, these are some of my favorites.
When I was younger, these were the best hills to rolls down...minus the duck poop.
I had to also share some photos that my mom took at the same time...I love her camera!
First of all, Happy Veteran's Day to everyone! It's amazing how there are so many men/women in our country that volunteer to defend our freedoms. I'm also thankful to the families of these service men/women, I couldn't imagine being without my hubby for more than a night and there are so many families that will go up to a year without seeing their spouse.
I'm not sure why mustache shirts and mustache parties are the thing to have and do, but I love it! When you add mustaches to all things baby/toddler, it makes it even better. Had I thought about it before I made Parker's first birthday plans, I really think I would have changed his theme....next birthday maybe.
I have been wanting to make Parker a 'stache diaper for a few months now, but I've been seriously so busy that it's hard to work it in. I finally decided this morning that I would make Parker this long awaited diaper.
I recently designed a pattern for a nice fitting bib, and I decided to make him a bib to match the diaper instead of a shirt. I'm liking this matching bib/diaper idea. This bib will get a lot more use since he won't out grow it as fast as he does his matching shirts.
I love the comment Parker received, "Little man, your mustache fell off." It was cute.
Parker watching the fountain during the Veteran's Day celebration at Fountain Hills Park.
I cannot believe I haven't posted yet about the zombie walk we did this year. This was my first time participating in a Zombie walk. I had the best time and haven't had this much fun during Halloween in years! If all I do for Halloween every year is dress up...or dress up my kids and hubby as zombies I'd be happy. I loved walking around screaming about my zombie baby trying to eat me(it was funnier in person as I was wearing Parker in a carrier on my back.) Parker was getting a kick out of daddy grunting, "brains," as we hobbled through downtown Phoenix.
I don't know what it is, but Halloween just isn't what it used to be. Going door to door for candy feels so...blah. I know that I'm getting older, but I figured that having kids would somehow rejuvenate the holiday for me.
We actually started off our event with daddy accidentally locking Parker in the car. My poor husband was so upset and stressed out. He eventually dialed 911 and let them know he locked his 14 month old in the car. Within a few minutes the police arrived and opened the car for us.
Picture with the officer that help to unlock our car.
Parker chillin' in the carrier. Having a carrier was a life saver, there were so many people that I don't think a stroller would have worked very well.
The Ghostbusters lead the zombie walk around downtown Phoenix.
Gorgeous historical house built in the late 1900's was the starting point of the walk.
All the different organizations here to "protect" citizens from the zombies.
Parker stretching his legs by dancing to Michael Jackson.
This group of zombies was hilarious. They would "overtake" an unsuspecting onlooker.
Hopefully, next year Parker will still not be afraid of the zombie walk. I'd love to make this a fun tradition.
We've survived another month! I will tell you Parker has learned a new skill that keeps me at my wits end....screaming. Nothing could have ever prepared me for the level of shrill this little guy's voice can reach. If someone is casting a movie that needs a toddler who can scream, this is your guy.
I'm not sure why, or what started Parker screaming. My daughter never screamed like this, she was such a quiet child. My only recourse is to ignore Parker while he is screaming as I absolutely don't want this behavior to continue.
14 month stats
weight: down a couple pounds to 20lbs...probably due to all the walking he does now. height: no change since last month. clothing: no change since last month.
Instead of people telling me how big Parker is, now everyone thinks Parker is a 9 month old. He is a pretty small guy. All that major growing he did as a baby has come to a halt.
Parker this month:
-extremely stubborn. -learned screaming, unfortunately. -will eat off the table with no hands, must get this from watching the kitties eat. -loves to share his snacks and is insistent that he feed the snacks to you.
Parker is still nursing though he is slowly weaning himself, he only eats about 3 times during the day and a couple times throughout the night. I was a little worried last month about how I was going to wean him because he seemed to still want to nurse more than eat solids. This month he has made some great progress with weaning all on his own.
-loves to eat yogurt, cereal and his veggie puffs and that's about it. Occasionally he will eat peas, meats and toast.
Though Parker has his off times, he is so loving. He will sit and cuddle with me during the day. He always wants me to read him books. Parker gives the best hugs and kisses. When you walk through the door and he hasn't seen you for awhile, he runs to you smiling. It just melts your heart when he does this.
-has the cutest laugh. -loves, loves, loves to be outdoors. He would stay outdoors all day long if I let him. -loves to show you his tongue.
There are so many times I just sit and watch Parker play and I so wish I could know what he was thinking. He gets so intense when he is playing with his toys.
Parker is so enthralled by the world around him, he points to everything in amazement. I think this has a lot to do with why he likes to be outdoors so much. There is a lot more interesting things to look at outside.