Parker’s Updates (3 years 5 months)

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Sorry little man… It’s January 5th and I am just now getting around to this update. Things have been SO busy lately and their just aren’t enough hours in the day. I didn’t do a good job with your calendar the last month and since I am writing this in January I can’t remember what specific things happened this month. Here are a few of my favorite photos of you for the month though!

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Interview with Parker (3 Years 4 Months)

My good friend over at All Things Rothe recently suggested we do an interview with our littles to see what honest and completely hilarious answers they could come up with. You can check out her interview with her son Oakley here. I decided it was perfect timing to include Parker’s interview into his monthly update!

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1. What is something mommy always says to you? whine (as in stop whining!) although I wish he was talking about actual wine

2. What makes you happy? smiley face

3. What makes you sad? Ghosts

4. What makes you laugh? Caity

5. How old are you? Parker (I guess this is something we need to work on)

6. How old is Mommy? Boat

7. How old is Daddy? Parker (clearly we need to work on ages more)

8. What is your favorite thing to do? Cry (well yes if he does what he loves most of the day that would be crying/whining)

9. Who is your best friend? Cylis (his babysitters dog who he has never met)

10. What do you want to be when you grow up? A tickle monster

11. What are you really good at? Being good at the store

12. What are you not very good at? A the store

13. What did you do today? The barn (it was actually a grocery store)

14. What is your favorite food? Treats

15. What is your favorite song? Miles (Miles from Tomorrow Land)

16. What do you want for your birthday this year? Balloons

17. What is your favorite animal? Elephant

18. What is love? Animals

19. What does daddy do for work? Does working

20. Where do you live? Canada (with the American flag with a leaf on it;)

21. Where is your favorite place to go? Celebration park

Clearly we need to work on ages but other than that I was pretty impressed with the fact that he could answer most of the questions with accurate answers.

In other news, Parker has really seemed to develop a fear complex this month. My guess is it mostly has to do with the yet another life change in moving to Canada. He doesn’t like the dark and no longer wanted to sleep in his bed. He always was asking to sleep in our bed and cuddle, something he hasn’t done since he was about 6 months old. Since things have been changing so much recently his only constant is us and he knows that Caity sleeps in our bed too. So we let him sleep with us for a few nights. While we have a nice large king bed, it doesn’t seem so large with 2 kids and the occasional cat. We set up his cot in our room and stuck a deal with him. If he went to sleep in his room with the lights on we would open his door when we went to bed. Then if he woke up in the middle of the night he could come in and sleep on his cot. That has been working out much better. Now we are trying to get him asleep with the light off. Then we may consider removing the cot and just putting him back to bed when he wakes.

He most definitely is three ears old and as I type this I can hear him pushing his Daddy’s buttons in the other room. We were originally waiting until the new year to find a daycare for him but I think we are going to start him sooner. He is desperate to make some friends and I know he could use the opportunity to really let out some energy. They start school here at 4 so I also want to start getting him acclimated with a more structured day.

Potty training hasn’t really gone anywhere since last month. He did ask to poop on the potty recently (yes I know, something you all want to hear about). It doesn’t go anywhere after that and I haven’t really pushed the issue. I keep hearing other mommy friends talk about how stressful it is and since I don’t have to push it, even if he starts daycare, I am not going to push it. I do find he asks to go to the bathroom more when we are out. Probably because he gets distracted at home and doesn’t want to stop playing.

Parker 3 Years & 3 Months

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Raising a toddler sure isn’t easy…

I find myself going back and forth multiple times a day absolutely loving him and wanting to rip my hair out (still loving him of course). He loves to test boundaries, has so much energy, and desperately needs a daily nap for his brain to reset. I am finding if he doesn’t get interaction with other kids, time to run around and blow off some energy, and a decent nap the evenings are rough to put it mildly.

He certainly handled the transition to the hotel and then to our new house in Canada well. Better than I could have even asked for. When we arrived he was so excited to see his new room but instantly said, “oh know! My tent bed isn’t here.” We had to explain that all his stuff was on a truck and would be arriving tomorrow.

This past month we spent a week at the beach with my parents, sister, and her boyfriend. He had a blast playing in the sand and was fearless in the water. He tried out miniature golf which went better than expected. And we took him to his first water park. He LOVED going down the water slides in the tube with us. He had fun celebrating Caity’s 1st birthday, taking family photos, and also going to an air show with his daddy.

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Parker (3 Years & 2 Months)

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This has been a pretty busy month for Parker.

We took a long trip home to NJ where he got to spend a lot of time with Chief, Bam, AhAh, and Nick. Chief took him on long rides in the orchard and Bam played hookie to take a trip to Rices. We spent the days playing and relaxing and the evenings with some of my friends and family. Parker and Grace (my cousins daughter) had a play date which was pretty hilarious to watch.

Then we took a trip to Canada to look for a new home. Parker did really well in the car and was very friendly to everyone we met. We visited a few playgrounds and he tried to meet some of the kids but most seemed to only speak French. We’ll have to work on that as soon as we get there. He loved riding on Rob and my backs around the city visiting the canal. It was his first official trip out of the country, something I didn’t do until I was 21 years old.

We finished off in Disney where Parker got to meet Mickey and all of his friends. We went to several character meals where they came around for photos and to sign books. I think his favorite was Jake. He was pretty timid at first with all of the characters but in most cases warmed up quick enough for a photo. His favorite were the roller coasters. He couldn’t get enough of them and was so upset when we went on ones he was too small for. He LOVED taking the train and slept all by himself in the bed through the whole night.

He certainly has him moments and some of the things he does right now are a little concerning. It’s hard to know what is typical of a 3 year old and what might be a little more. He has started almost growling at people and kids at times. He also tries to kick Caity a lot when they are on the bed or floor playing. Sometimes he freaks out for no reason at all and he completely ignores the word no. I have noticed that his worse times are when he is tired or there is a lot of outside stimulation. Right now we are trying to take it one step at a time and try to remind ourselves that he is three and not meant to sit still, be quiet, and understand consequences.

One super exciting this about this month is that he started potty training himself while we were in Disney. It was totally unexpected. It started with Rob asking him to try and go on the potty. He did. From there he went every time we asked him to try and even told us ahead of time. We still have a long way to go but most of his diapers have been dry over the past week.

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Parker (3 years 1 month)

I can’t bring myself to stop these monthly updates. He seems to be growing and experiencing new things each day and I just love looking back over the last 3 years. As Caity is loosing her baby features I find myself looking back at Parker in disbelief of how fast he has grown.

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There are several things I noticed over the last month that was new for Parker.

Thanks to a complete douche bag in our apartment complex Parker has developed a sense of fear. They did some after market modifications to their car making it unbearably loud, especially in a parking garage. For whatever reason he feels the need to reeve up his engine. The noise is so loud, loud enough to damage Caity’s hearing in my opinion. Luckily he seems to have moved out but the damage is already done. For some reason the noise reminded Parker of a dragon so every time we head to our car he says he doesn’t want to be scared of the dragon. We started saying, “don’t worry buddy I got you”. Now every time he leaves he says, “I don’t want to be scared of the dragon, you got me Daddy”. It’s adorable but heartbreaking at the same time.

Within the last few weeks Parker has really started to sing along to his movies and shows. His memorization is actually quite good. He can almost repeat the entire Finding Nemo movie. His favorite part is when Dori is speaking humpback whale and loves mimicking her right in the middle of a busy store causing everyone to look at us thinking, “what the hell?”. He has also started to dance along to music which Caity gets a kick out of.

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Although we have had some pretty hot days, we have tried to go to the park as much as possible so Parker can exhaust some energy. I love out local playground. You can see the planes coming in, it’s right next to a metro line, and there is both a playground and water play area. All of Parker’s favorites in one place.

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During the 4th weekend we went to Kings Dominion and a local fair where Parker had the chance to go on some rides. He LOVES it, especially roller coasters. I am even more excited now for our trip to Disney this summer. Between his new love for fast rides and all of the Disney characters he now knows it is going to be a blast.

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More and more Parker is finding ways to challenge his boundaries and test Rob and I. Lately he doesn’t listen when I ask him to stop, usually when he is getting too rough around Caity. He has started imitating some scenes from movies that out of context are at best awkward and worst completely embarrassing. He also has started acting out when we are giving attention to Caity. I knew this was normal with a second child but surprised it took 10 months to start. With all the changes that have happened over the last few months and the ones that are yet to come we are trying to take things one day at a time.

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We’ve been in NJ for the last two weeks and Parker has been able to do some really fun things. Chief, AhAh, and Nick took him to the local airport where there is a cafe right on the runway so you can watch the planes go out and come back in. Then he spent the afternoon playing in the pool and eating yummy watermelon.

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On that Sunday we attended the Day Out with Thomas event. There was tons of fun activities for kids to do, a nice gift shop, and then a 30 minute train ride on Thomas. Parker was so excited and talked about his ride for the next week straight.