The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.

-Ellen Goodman

Monday, September 29, 2008

Four Months Old

Parker's Stats at 4 months:

Weight: 16 lbs. (93rd %ile)
Height: 26 inches (93rd %ile)
Head: 43 (96th %ile)

Her big brother weighed 19 lbs. at 4 months but she may catch him soon!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Day At The Zoo

We decided to take advantage of the great weather and take a trip to the zoo last Sunday.  It was such a beautiful day.  Parker was pretty wide-eyed when we set off for the desert dome.  Eli and Marshall went into the Kingdom of 
the Night while Parker and I waited in the lobby.
We set off to see the gorillas and Parker started to
 get a little sleepy.  When she starts to pull the woobie over her eyes you
 know she's ready for a snooze.
Eli took a ride on the carousel and stopped to climb on a web.  He practiced his Spider-Man skills of course.
We stopped to check out the polar bears and 
then trekked our way up to see the rhinos and elephants.  This was the first time we actually walked the whole zoo and didn't ride the train.
And I even made it into one of the pictures!
Parker definitely had a great time napping.  It was a great day!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Camping at Pawnee Lake

We didn't have great weather on Friday night or Sunday morning, but Saturday was beautiful!  Parker spent a majority of the weekend doing this...
She slept through the night on Friday and woke up happy Saturday morning.  She was her cheery little self for the morning and fell asleep at about 10:00 am.  Marshall and Eli went fishing so I read my book for a while.  I figured Parker would wake up by lunchtime for sure. Here she is at 12:30 pm...
So I continued reading my book and doing various things around the campsite thinking at any moment she would wake up.  Didn't happen.  Here's a different vantage point, but she's still zonked out in the stroller.
I couldn't believe how long she slept.  It was the perfect temperature outside though.  About 75 degrees and just the slightest breeze.  Great weather for sleeping outside.  Eventually Parker did decide to wake up.  
She just loves lounging in the stroller and watching her big brother be silly.  She's really found her voice and tries to talk back to him.  He loves to make her smile.
Marshall and Eli had a great time fishing.  He got a few shoulder rides.  I know next year Eli will probably be too big for shoulder rides and Parker definitely won't be taking long naps in the stroller.  She'll be on the move!

Friday, September 5, 2008


We're ready for Halloween at the Smith house.  Parker is going to be a pea pod and Eli is going to be Batman.  He's been Spider-man and Superman already so Batman seemed like the next logical choice really.  It's been difficult trying to get him out of the costume, but at least we'll get our money's worth!  Parker wasn't thrilled with her costume, but when it's chilly on Halloween I think she'll be fine.  She laughed at herself in it when we put her in front of the mirror.