Thursday, March 26, 2015

Parker's first birthday - take one!

Wow, guys. This week. Oh, we have just had the BEST time!!  This post is going to be 90% pictures, just to warn you. ;)

Jon took off on Parker's birthday so we could really live up the celebration. ;) We went into his room when Parker woke up and started singing happy birthday to him. He totally freaked out and started crying (ha!) but once we had picked him up out of his crib and convinced a certain older brother to sing a little quieter, he got excited. ;) We got him up and dressed and then (per big brother's request) it was time to open presents!!

Jon and I had stayed up late on our anniversary the day before getting this little area all set up and the car put together. :)

 I LOVE his face when he walked in and saw his presents!! 

 Yay for a fun new toy!! He loves his car. LOVES it. He plays with it all day!

This face. Love it. He was SO excited all day long!

 Such a fun birthday morning!!! The kids played with the new toys while I made our traditional blueberry muffins for breakfast.

And then it was time to head to the aquarium! We had a such a great time just our little family of four there!

Love these. :)

Nathan and Jon got to "pet" a stingray - Nathan was so cute. He would reach for it and then change his mind and decide not to do it, but then he got super brave and touched him and was so proud of himself. ;)

This little wished his arms were a bit longer. ;)

Sweet brothers. :)

Next up, we headed to lunch and this guy cheesed through the entire thing at Chick-fil-a. Ha! It was SO cute. And he was so happy to be there!

Nathan insisted that he needed to get a blue balloon for Parker for his birthday so he went and asked the workers and then brought two over for them. Parker adores his brother. Can you tell? ;) Nathan loves to tell me that he and Parker are "best buds" and I just am so thankful for that!

We went home for naps and then went over to Gammy and Pops' house for our dinner celebration. They had the house decked out! It was so cute!!

Someone got spoiled rotten with tons of fun new toys (including this awesome tent!) and got to eat his favorite meal - chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese! Gammy even had strawberries for him. ;)

Then it was time for cake. Oh how I love his sweet face here when we started singing!!

"Is it really for me, Dad?"

I wasn't too worried about him loving the cake. And he loved it. ;)

Success. :)

I just cannot believe my sweet Parker Bear is one year old! We packed everything up and drove home and on the drive, the clock turned to 8:26 - exactly the minute that he was born - and I just couldn't stop the tears. I am so incredibly thankful that my babies are healthy and growing and happy but oh how I just wish time would slow down a little bit!! Happy birthday to my precious baby boy. :)

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Birthday, Parker!

My precious boy,

Today is your first birthday. You are one year old and I just cannot believe how fast it went! The years just keep going by faster and faster and I am desperately trying to get them to slow down!

I feel like it was just last week that I was in labor. Such a long, long labor and nothing to show for it! You were so content to just hang out in there. And while your brother's birth was frightening and scary, yours was so calm and peaceful. I remember walking into the operating room and getting up on the bed and just starting to cry because I was just so so excited to finally meet you!

I still remember seeing you in my doctor's hands over the sheet and then the moment they put your warm little body on my chest. Your little face was so perfect. Your cheeks were so soft and sweet! And you were crying until I started talking to you and then you stopped crying right away and just looked straight into my eyes. It was the most amazing thing ever, sweet Parker Bear. Oh how I treasure that moment!!

I remember how anxious I was to get you home so that you could meet your big brother. I think I was asking when I could leave the moment that we got to the recovery room. ;) Nathan was SO excited to meet you. Yet another moment that I will treasure forever!

Those first few days were filled with so many kisses and hugs and snuggles and more kisses that I was just sure you would get completely fed up and stifled but even now you love to be snuggled and loved on - especially by me, Dad and Nathan.

It has been so amazing seeing your little personality develop over this year and oh my goodness, you have a HUGE personality! You are such a little ham and you absolutely live to make us laugh. The look on your face when you know you're doing something funny is just one of my favorite things ever. You have the cutest little cheesy grin too and it just makes everyone around you smile.


I wondered if you were going to be as chatty as your brother and if it's possible, I think you might be even more talkative. You love to talk, love to yell, love to just make noise! You will sit in the back of the car and just yell "AHHHH!" at the top of your lungs over and over - not mad or upset, but just to be loud. And you babble all day long. You can say Mama, Dada, "Nennon" (Nathan), "Loldy" (Kody), "Baba" (Nathan ruined us all when it comes to what we call pacifiers) and "Hi." Anytime you see someone you know, especially on Skype or FaceTime, you immediately start grinning and waving and saying, "Hi! Hi! HIII!" over and over. It's so cute.

You are just the joy of your brother's heart. You are his favorite person to hang out with and the first person he asks for in the morning. When you're awake, he wants to be right with you and even when you are busily destroying everything Nathan has built or created, he still can't stand to be away from you. And you love your brother. You two are inseparable and I pray constantly that this amazing bond you have will continue throughout your lives!!

You are hands down a mama's boy and this mama has absolutely no problem with that! I love that you want me to hold you and carry you around and be close to you. Sweetheart, we longed so much for you that any moment that I get to spend cuddling you is just one more precious moment for me to hang on to!! I often remember the days before God blessed us with you and how my arms just ached to hold a baby and I'm so thankful that Jesus gave me you - my sweet, precious boy who loves to be held.

You are so prayed for, love. Daddy and I pray for you and your brother more than anyone else in this whole world. We pray so many things for you but mostly we pray that you grow to be a man who loves Jesus and loves others and isn't afraid to stand up for what is right.

You are my baby. My boy. My son. Your silliness makes me laugh and your tears make me cry. You are loved more than you can ever comprehend, more than you will ever know, more than I can ever put into words. Sweet Parker Bear, you have added so much to our family! You have made Daddy and me parents to children and Nathan a big brother - you have completely changed us all and only for the better.

You are loved. You are treasured. You are cherished. So much.

Happy first birthday, my precious son! We love you so much!

Mama and Daddy

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