5 on Friday!

Happy Friday, y'all! It's February in the desert and we've been having ah-mazing weather. For us, this equals...

1. Afternoons chillin' in the backyard...

2. Mornings swingin' at the park...

3.  And having Boy's Club outside...

We are set to have our first rain in a long, long time starting tomorrow! Cloudy weather and cold temps are in the forecast for the weekend, which means we'll be spending lots of time...

4. Pajama reading in bed...

5. And eating yummy food!

So looking forward to a cozy couple days with my boys! Happy weekend! 


Breakfast - A Moment in Time

Our morning routine is pretty consistent these days. Parker wakes up around 7:30am and Max goes upstairs to get him and have some Daddy/Parker time. He brings Parker downstairs to our room and I nurse Parker in bed and we say bye to Daddy. After he finishes nursing, Parker and I play and read books in bed. He plays on the floor while I make the bed, then we head out to the kitchen in our pajamas. Parker plays or snacks in his high chair while I make breakfast. On this morning, he was munching on some cheerios while I prepared his yogurt, fruit and waffles. Looking over across the counter at him, I started thinking about what a normal morning it was, yet how it (and he) won't look like this for long. I just wanted to freeze the moment, so I grabbed the SLR and snapped away! 

I wanted to remember little man's big, expressive eyes, 

His little curl of hair behind his ear, 

The fact that he always eats with his left hand,

And just his all-around sweetness. Breakfast with my 11-month old. Love.


Parker Campbell, 11 Months

Height: 30 inches

Weight: 19+ lbs.

Hair: Getting longer! We sometimes have a little curl in the back!

Diapers: Huggies Little Movers Size 3

Clothes: 12-month

Health: We have a healthy little man! Parker has not yet even had a fever in all his eleven months!

Sleep: Parker is the most awesome little sleeper once again! Nighttime sleep is from 8:00ish to 7:30ish, plus Parker takes a morning and afternoon nap. He goes down to sleep without so much as a peep!     

Diet: We have pretty much eliminated purees; Parker simply prefers real foods! Breakfast is oatmeal or yogurt with toast or waffles and fruit. Lunch is usually leftovers, or else I’ll whip up something like grilled cheese with a veggie and fruit. Dinner for the most part is whatever Max and I are eating! Parker’s favorites right now are Cheesy Pasta with Broccoli and Chicken, Pineapple Ground Turkey Rice Bowls, and sneaking bites of mommy’s sandwiches. He also can’t get enough blackberries or sweet potatoes.

We do bust out the baby food packets when we go out for meals though. They are super handy and convenient plus Parker finally got the hang of slurping the food straight from the packets.

Parker is still nursing three or four times a day.

New Experiences: Swinging at the park, and giving and receiving valentines for his very first Valentine’s Day.

Likes: Parker enjoys books of all kinds, especially touch-and-feel books and flip-up books! He loves to turn the pages, and will want to flip through the same book over and over and over again! He seriously could turn pages all day long. Parker also loves knocking down towers of blocks, pressing any kind of button or switch, practicing to walk holding onto our hands and watching ceiling fans (especially the ginormous ones at Costco).

Firsts: We flew our very first Mommy & Parker only flights! Little man and I went to California and he was the best mini traveler!

Social: Parker continues to tilt his head back and forth when he’s happy or having fun. He is waving all the time now. We’ll be walking through Target or Safeway and little man will be sitting in the shopping cart waving at everyone he sees! It’s darling! He’s also started clapping. At dinner one night last week, he literally clapped after each and every bite!

Milestones: Scooting! Right after he turned 10 months, Parker finally started moving around on his tummy! He’s not exactly crawling, but he can definitely get across the room when he wants to!

Dear Parker,
You are one month away from turning one year old! Sweet man, you are so much fun! Mealtime with you is a hoot! You are very into feeding yourself (which makes a hot mess of the entire kitchen) and get very excited about your food (you loooove to eat). You continue to be curious about everything. On our neighborhood walks you just look around and take everything in (you are especially interested in street signs and will turn backwards to continue to look at them). You have been extra interested in the aquarium this month and like to stand on the couch and move from side to side “chasing” the fish. In the bath, you are fascinated by the faucet and put your little index finger right up to it after the water stops to explore. When the faucet is on, you prefer to stick your whole face under the running water, being the little fish that you are (you actually just want to spend your bath time kicking and splashing on your tummy which makes it very difficult to bathe you!). Little man, it was just you and mommy for about a week and a half this month when daddy left on business travel. We kept busy with our weekly music class, trips to Tiny Tot Time at the library, Boys Club and lunch dates (we have officially stopped Mommy & Me Yoga because you are a wiggle worm now and prefer to move about!). We Facetimed with daddy while he was gone and you were so excited to greet daddy at the airport when we picked him up! You love rough housing with your daddy and you give him your best giggles. You continue to be the sweetest little baby and I love our snuggle time in the mornings when we read and play in bed. Parker, we are so lucky to have you as our son! You are your own little person and watching you learn and grow is the most amazing thing.

Love, Your Proud Parents


Valentine's Day Recap!

Parker woke up extra early on Valentine's Day morning (obviously super excited about the day, just like his mamma!). I always bring him down to my bed to nurse him and then we usually play in bed and read books. He was a sleepy head though, and took a little snooze first! 

After he woke up, it was time for books (Valentine and love themed ones, of course!). Where Is Love, Biscuit? has been a favorite lately with it's fun touch-and-feel pages.

Then it was breakfast for little man. Once he went down for his real morning nap, I whipped up a yummy Valentine's breakfast of french toast and berry butter (thank you, Pioneer Woman!).

I had actually made the berry butter the night before. The Pioneer Woman rolls hers into logs and cuts them into discs, but I just spread mine into silicone heart ice cube trays, which worked perfectly!

Once little man was up from his morning nap, it was time to head to Musicology where we sing, dance and play instruments.

Clearly, the shakers are delicious there.

Back at home, lunch for Parker was grilled cheese, raspberries and steamed carrots.

After lunch, Parker took his afternoon nap and them it was time to read our valentines!

We ended the afternoon with some reading outside and a walk around the neighborhood (notice the outfit change, Parker's first set of clothes did not hold up to those raspberries!).

A nakey dinner rounded out the evening, then it was off to bed for Mr. P :) 

We so missed dadda (who had been away on business travel) but even so, my heart is so full! It was a perfect day with my littlest valentine! 

Happy Valentine's Day from Parker!

It's little man's very first Valentine's Day! He'll be spending the day reading Valentine books, eating heart shaped food, attending a special Beetles "All You Need is Love" themed music class, and of course opening up valentines!

Max and I had so much fun snapping these photos of our little man in the backyard a couple weeks ago. He's such a happy little guy!

And, I can't resist a baby in a bow tie!

Here's some "behind the scenes" of Max sharing an orange that he'd plucked off a nearby tree with sweet Parker:

My favorite hands in the whole world!

And a couple Mommy & Me shots...

Happy Love Day!!


February the Month of Love, Part 2

Happy Valentine's Eve! Here's how I continued celebrating my favorite holiday over the past week...

Day 7: Sunny-Side Up Breakfasting

Day 8: Chocolate Pancake Munching

Day 9: Making Parker's First Valentines

Day 10: Afternoon Snacking (cucumber + cream cheese + dill and carrots) 

 Day 11: Cookie Baking with Sprinkles

Day 11: Play-date Lunching (Skinny Chicken Burger recipe at bottom of post!) 

Day 13: Special Delivery from Husby! 

I'm such a lucky lady!! 

Skinny Chicken Burgers 
1 lb ground chicken 
1/2 c. frozen chopped  spinach (thawed, drained and squeezed dry)
2 Tb. rolled oats
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Divide mixture into four equal portions and shape into (heart shaped!) patties. 

2. Cook in a cooking-spray coated pan on medium heat  3 min. on each side (or until done).

Serve on a wheat bun with: 

Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup mayo
3 Tb sun dried tomatoes
1 Tb lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt 

1. Puree ingredients in blender or food process until desired consistency is reached. 
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