Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ramblings about Nothing

I am quite bored of learning about transaction contexts in EJB so I have decided to take a break and write an article. I always find that I write more articles when I am studying since I use the time as a distraction. My wife has again gone downstairs to use the computer in the lobby so it is actually the perfect time to update the web site.

We found a store around the corner from our residence that is very similar to a Bargain Harolds or BiWay so we decided to take a look through it earlier this week. To be honest, we originally went in hoping to find something that could help us keep Parker in his stroller during our walks outside but we ended coming out with something completely different.

If you look back to the images from a couple of articles ago you will see a tee pee, and tent attached with a tunnel. When we say it we figured it would be great for the little guy to explore and play in. Parker really enjoys playing with his blocks inside the tent and tee pee, and regularly moves them from one area to the other. Parker does not frequent the tunnel to often as he is smart enough to realise that it is not the fastest way between the two spaces.

As I had just mentioned, Parker is not nearly as keen on staying strapped into his stroller as he used to be. It pretty much started when we decided to let him walk around outside by himself. Since then, he tries desperately to slide his arms under the straps so that he can stand up and get out of the stroller. Recently, I modified the straps on his stroller so that they fit his body better and made it more difficult to “Houdini” himself out. It still takes some work on our part to keep him in the stroller but with the modifications we do have more time to pull his arm back under the strap.

Another little difficulty that we have run into lately is that Parker's nap schedule has changed. Why? Because Parker said so. We still put Parker into his crib around one in the afternoon but now he plays in his crib until three before only sleeping for just over an hour. We don't really know what to do about it since communicating with Parker logically is a little difficult at the moment. So, we just let him goof around in his bed until he decided to go to sleep. The only good thing about it is that it gives us more time in the afternoon to relax.

This morning we also decided to take a walk to the Geox Outlet near us. For those of you who are unaware of Geox they are an Italian made shoe and Parker currently has a pair that we purchased in Canada before leaving for Italy. We originally set out to get Parker's foot measured to see what size shoe he should be wearing since when we purchased shoes for him in Canada he did not accompany us to the mall. When we got to the outlet it was quite empty and it allowed us to not have to look over our shoulders every second to make sure there was not someone about to cough or sneeze on Parker.

After having Parker's foot measured we found out that Parker has increased his shoes size by 2 since arriving here in Italy. Parker is now a size 23 using European sizes. With this new information we decided to have Parker try on a new pair of Geox shoes. These were a little bit different then the ones he currently has. For one, they are Velcro, and secondly the words GEOX light up on the side of the shoe whenever he takes a step.

Well, Parker loved them.. As soon as we put them on his feet he wanted to get out of his stroller and run around the store. So, that is what we did. Proud as a peacock, Parker run up and down the aisles of the shoe shore. We were worried that he was going to walk to play with the velcro, or the lights on the side of his shoe, but he did not. He just smiled, and walked around.

Tomorrow, Parker gets his monthly IgG infusion and my wife and I both give blood to cross reference a test they did on Parker a few weeks ago to obtain the particular mutation he has in the gene responsible for producing adenosine deaminase (ADA). We need the results of the test so that we can make sure that our next child does not have the same disease as Parker since there is a 25% chance that each child we have will be an ADA deficient SCID.

Also, Parker wanted me to wish his cousin Patrick a great first day of school. Parker knows that you are going to be the smartest person in your kindergarten class. Remember to have fun, Patrick!


Franni said...

Thanks Parker!
Patrick says thank you for the well wishes!
It sounds like you are enjoying your new shoes!! I am not sure if I want to get those for my guys, I don't think I can handle more running around and excitement. But, if I do, I will make sure that you get to play with your cousins when you get home. Maybe you will tire eachother out!
Hope u r having sweet dreams!
Love Auntie Franni, Uncle Pete, Patrick, Jonathan and William

Auntie Natalie said...

Parker Pants,

Congratulations on your new shoes! I hope that your cousin Patrick is settling into Kindergarten...school can be so much fun!

I love you oodles and oodles!

Auntie Natalie xoxoxoxo

nonna said...

Hey Parker,
I wish I could see you running around with your new shoes doing the Happy Dance.
One day soon you too will be starting school, Mommy and Daddy will be walking you on your first day.
We pray for your return everyday.

Stay strong Big Guy

love you tons
miss you even more

Nonno & Nonna

Uncle Mikey said...

Hey Guys,

We can't wait for Jacob and Parker to chase eachother around. The five boys are going to have so many exciting times growing up together...Nonna and Nonno will have their hands full on Boys night! The six of us can kick back and have a few drinks;)

Stay strong Parker and keep making friends. Love you and miss you tons and tons!

Uncle Mikey, Auntie Christini and Jacob.

Kari said...

Hi Parker!

I can't wait to see you running aropund in your new shoes - I like the light up ones too! I got some new shoes too, but I didn't like being in the shoe store & I let everone know it, too!

See you soon,

Love Mackenzie ( and Auntie Kari)