Sunday, February 17, 2013

PARKER is 2!

Dear Parker,
You're 2 years old now!  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like just yesterday that I had you all to myself when you were snug in your first home, under my heart.  I watched the video of you being born today, and I cried like a baby as the moment got closer and closer.  I waited to hear your first cry and blocked everyone else out until I heard you.  You can see my lips silently mouthing, "Please cry.. Please cry.. Please cry.." over and over again.  Then, you let out a big cry and I knew everything was perfect because you had made your grand entrance into not only the world but our family.

Speaking of family, just like that, our family of three became a family of four.  Your brother was only 15 months old at the time, so he had no idea how amazing this gift of a brother would truly end up being.  Now, two years later, you're 2 and Connar's 3, and y'all are the best of play like it and fight like it.

You're our Bug/Buggy, one of the loves of your daddy and my lives, and you ooze with love.  I love how you grab my head and press your face against mine or when you turn my head because you insist on kissing me square on the cheek.  And the way you say, "Mom-Me!" just melts my heart!  Watching you learn a new word or skill every day is thrilling, and I'm so blessed that I'm able to stay home with you and see it all firsthand.  Your daddy and I thank God for trusting us to raise you in our family.

Just like I tell you every night...
I love you to infinity and beyond.
- Mommy


After the boys went to bed the night before Parker's birthday, I set up all the decorations and even put balloons around his door.  It's always fun to see their reaction when they wake up and see all this colorful, fun stuff for a party that was not there when they went to bed the night before.  :)

Parker sat at the table admiring the Toy Story decorations while he had his morning milk.  :)

They were dying for me to take the balloons off Parker's door!

The big brother took his little brother on a special birthday bike ride around the house!

It was finally time for Parker's Skype birthday party!  We set up the iPad so people in Houston could see him, and he went about unwrapping them all.  He had been eyeing those presents for hours!   I was so impressed by his attention span, because just two months ago, he wasn't the least bit interested in opening any Christmas gifts.

I love the birthday card my mom made for Parker!

They had a cookie cake on their end and...

... we had cupcakes on ours.  Yummy!

P's Uncle Ryan had the honors of blowing out the two candles on the cookie cake there.  :)

Parker was overwhelmed by all the people singing to him that he started crying and hid his face.  Cue the big brother!

It will be a sad, sad day when I take a picture of his hands and no longer see a dimple on each knuckle....

I took the boys outside to ride their bikes, and Parker couldn't wait to get off his bike and play in the dirt with the rocks and sticks.  He was totally in his element.  We even had to take a big rock inside with us, because he just couldn't part with it.  How could I not let him on his birthday?!

Mommy loves you, Parker Reid.  You are so very special to our family.

**Here's a FUN FACT about Parker!**
Most people have no idea why Talton and I call Parker "Bug" (seriously, maybe one or two people know).  Sure, it's a cute term of endearment, but it also has meaning for us.  While he's our second child, he's also our last child.  I wanted a nickname that reflected that, so I did some research when he was a newborn and learned that the last car on a train is referred to as a "buggy".  Ever since then, the name has stuck.  He's my "Bug", "Parker Bug", and sometimes even my "Buggy".  :)


  1. Kristi, you're such a good mom... I would have loved to have woken up to party when I was 2! ... and your apartment is so pretty! I think it's probably the LEAST Korean of any Korean apartment I've ever seen! Lucky, lucky!

  2. Hey! Not sure how you found my blog either but I'm glad you did. I love reading about other Korean experiences...and then I see this first post of your blog about a TOY STORY party. My boy just turned 3 on the 10th and we are having his Toy Story party next weekend. I look forward to getting to know you more through your posts!

  3. Happy birthday Parker Bug.... I love you to infinity and beyond!!!