Sunday, January 25, 2009

Visiting Dresden

Parker and I made a brief visit to Dresden this week while I went to a basketball game in Detroit, so here are some photos of him hanging around Nana and Papa's house.

Trying to put my boots on, which he does quite often. When he finally gets both feet into them, he just sort of stands there and wiggles around a bit, then says, "Help!" so I can pull him out. Then he tries to stand in them again.

Sporting his new sweater from Great Grandma and also pushing a toy vacuum around! He has a crazy obsession with vacuums, so this toy was a huge hit. We tell him our vacuum is called Mr. Hoover, and for some reason in Parker-speak that translates into "Odo". So if he knows the vacuum is in a certain closet, he'll wait outside the door going, "Odo! Odo!" and then he's psyched when we actually get it out. We might just have the cleanest carpets in Amherstview.

Eating breakfast in his Prison Break pajamas! He is pleased that the fork will aid in transporting food from his plate to his mouth.

Mmmm..... grapes.... Fork be damned!

Drinking milk like it's the elixir of life.

Straws are fun!

Parker does a weird thing where he grabs his throat a lot. We thought he had tonsillitis or something, so we had him checked out at the doctor a few months ago. They said he had an ear infection and prescribed some Amoxicillin, and I assumed if there was anything wrong with his throat, the antibiotics would fix that as well. It's a few months later and he's still grabbing his throat randomly. We went back and had the doctor swab his throat for a test but it came back negative. Any ideas, anyone? Maybe it's just a weird habit?


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Official Weigh In

Also, Parker is now 35 inches tall and 29 pounds!  We thought he was heavier than that (he definitely FEELS heavier) but that's what the scale said so we'll go with it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Reading Some Books And Looking Outside

It's WAY too cold to play outside! So we have to look longingly out the window instead.

This photo reminds me of that scene at the end of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind when the skinny leader alien comes out and does the music note hand signs. Except Parker isn't an alien. And doesn't do music note hand signs.

This book has little flip-out parts that he really likes.

Parker Has The Soul!

Parker has the soul! Here he is enjoying Patti LaBelle's version of the ABCs, gospel-style. He really gets into it at the end!

Random Photos

Parker has been acting a bit strange lately, but we think it's because his brain is developing. He's been a bit huggy and clingy and his sleep wasn't the best last week, but his language skills have really taken off for some reason. We were at the doctor's office the other day and were waiting in a tiny room FOREVER, and Parker grabbed my hand and said, "Walk, Daddy!" and pulled me to the door. Then he said, "Door, Daddy! Hooooome, Daddy!" It was really surprising and super cute, but unfortunately we had to stay a bit longer. One of his other new words is Playtrium! Ha! Only it sounds like "Pay-trummmmm!" On to the photos:

Sorry, but this photo just makes me laugh.

Playing with a belt before bath time. He now knows how to say pants and belt! Yay!

I'm not sure why he was so giddy but he had a full running start from the doorway towards me while yelling, "YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!"

Sporting a new haircut but it's already growing back!

We got this Spongebob thing at Swiss Chalet the other day and it's the best thing ever. It's a cube with different photos on it, and it folds and keeps folding into a million different photos and patterns without ever stopping. Parker played with it for about 15 minutes before he finally popped one of the boxes open so now it's a bit deformed but it's still pretty cool.

Getting ready to go get the mail in his little snowpants! For some reason he always thought my sunglasses were funny, but now he's starting to put them on his own face (after months of resisting) instead of mine. And for some reason he also puts them on his neck and holds them there thinking that's how they're supposed to go. When ever he does it he stands there holding them, as if to say, "What? What is it? Is something wrong with my sunglasses? Is there a smudge on the lens?" not realizing that he's wearing them completely incorrectly.

Making sure his zipper is done up tight while wearing his sunglasses on his neck. It's cold out!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Rocking Out

Here's a video of Parker rocking out so hard to "Vaseline" by Stone Temple Pilots. He has always really liked music and busts a move when ever he hears something he likes. Even when he was smaller, he invented a dance for louder music where he sort of walks around and stomps his feet while taking big steps (which he does in this video). And to softer songs, he'll shake his bum and wave his arms and bob his head around a lot. He's a big fan of The Rentals "Last Little Life" EP and always breaks out a huge smile when I play it for him!

A Few Brockville Christmas Photos

Here are a few photos from Christmas in Brockville:

Parker eagerly awaiting his presents.

Once we showed him how to rip the paper open he kind of got the hang of it.
A book! Yesssss!


Pointing at Kellen and saying, "Baby!" to let us know there was a baby in the room.

Inspecting the baby a bit closer.

Cousin Kellen!

Climbing stairs for the first time ever?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Lost Cloverfield Footage?

Here's Parker running through the leftover Christmas debris, Cloverfield style. If you listen closely you can hear him going, "Happy! Happy! Happy!" as he navigates through the wreckage that used to be our living room/dining room.