Monday, January 08, 2007

Pull the Goalie

I know I have said it before, that I do not like having a couple of days between articles but I have to say it does give me more to write about.

I am currently in a hockey pool and doing quite well ( I made it through the first week), so I thought I would begin with a little hockey analogy today. In my opinion, when it comes to Parker's feedings no one can feed him faster than myself. I don't know what it is but when we are short on time and the food needs to get in Parker's belly I am definitely the guy to call on, much like a good goalie on a hockey team. Now, I am starting to think back to a hockey game in which Patrick Roy was playing in, while still in Montreal. Actually, it was his last game playing for the Canadians. There was a new coach and a new general manager and during this game the Montreal Canadians were playing terribly. It did not matter how well Patrick Roy was playing there were only so many shots that he could stop and as a result, the other team had started running up the score. I mention this because two nights ago Parker decided he wanted to be difficult and try and hit every spoonful of food that I brought to his mouth. I am usually extremely good at dodging the swipes but that night they were coming at me faster and at a greater frequency than I had ever experienced before. First one, then a second, then a third. The spoon and food was flying everywhere. It had finally reached seven spoons hits and quite the mess as a result that I decided to do what Patrick Roy did that night. He pulled himself from the game and told the coach to put in another goalie. Now, I was much nicer than Patrick was. For one, I did not demand a trade. My wife did oblige and as I made my way to my office I rejoiced in knowing that the goalie that had replaced me was getting shell-shocked as well!

Moving away from hockey but staying on the topic of food, I am happy to report that Parker has started having homogenised milk the past couple of days. Yesterday, we mixed 5 ounces of 3.5% milk with 4 ounces of formula for his afternoon bottle. This morning, when I fed him I did something similar and for lunch we will do the same. Tomorrow, we will do it for all three bottle he gets. We have decided that we are no longer buying formula and that 3.5% homogenised milk will be phasing out his Nestle Good Start. Which I might add is a very good formula. Parker did try a few different kinds when he was underweight and this is the one that got him to the 90th percentile for weight.

Parker's first birthday is a week today. We are hosting a very small party for the little guy to celebrate his first year. Everyone is very excited. I am making a Pablo cake for him. I purchased the food colouring this morning from a cook store in Oshawa. I am pretty sure that the little guy is going to make quite the mess out of it. Well, he will get his own section of the cake to rip apart. If you checked out the link about you will notice that Pablo has a beanie that is made from a cup cake, so Parker can have the beanie to eat.

For those of you that know my wife, you will agree that she does enjoy talking. Well, Parker has definitely inherited that trait from my wife. We do not understand much of what he is saying and to be honest, I am not sure if he does either. I say this because Parker and I were in my bedroom playing near the ottoman while my wife readied her self in the bathroom. I was on my knees in front of him as he stood holding onto the ottoman with one hand. Parker stared at me, then put his hand on my shoulder and very clearly and confidently said, "Mama". Now, I know I have gained a little weight since Parker was born and maybe I look like I have breasts but I am pretty sure that I have been letting Parker know that I am daddy. Regardless, I picked him up and repeatedly told him that he is Parker, I am daddy and the woman laughing in the bathroom is his mommy.

As I mentioned, I am in a hockey pool and out of 80 people who signed up, I am one of 35 people who made it through the first weekend. Let's hope that I have another great hockey story to share after next weekend. Check back later as I hope to have some images to go with this article.


nonna said...

Hey Parker,

We are sooo excited about your party, I can hardly wait to see the cake your Daddy is going to make for you.
On the other hand I am sorry to report that Nonno & Nonna got knock out of the Hockey Pool the very first game.
Oh well I still have the party to look forward to.

Stay strong big Guy!

Love you tons

Nonno & Nonna

coolauntiekatie said...

Hiya Parkerbear!

I just got the Birthday card you sent me! Thanks Parkerbear!!! It's a very fun card. Speaking of Birthdays, Uncle Michael and I can't wait to see you at your party. Birthdays are very fun, and I just know that it will be one of your most favourite times of the year!! See ya Saturday!!

Love ya lots and lots,
Auntie Kate xo

Natalie said...

Hi Parker Pants,

Wow...I love looking at your birthday cake! I cannot wait to see it in person! You are going to have so much fun eating your own little cupcake!

Wish your Daddy luck for me in his hockey pool...I hope that he has the Leafs going all the way to the Stanley Cup! I know that he must! Go Leafs Go!!

Love you lots and lots!

Auntie Natalie xoxoxo