Friday, July 31, 2009

Growing Up So Fast

I thought I was going to have a little petite child. HE CAME OUT 8lbs 4oz.
I thought he was going to be short (like both mom and dad). HE CAME OUT NORMAL LENGTH

Today's doctor's appointment went well. He is healthy and on level.

He is now

14 lbs 4 oz (that is 4lbs in 2 months)
25 inches tall


The doctor told me I can start him on cereal whenever I want.

These babies sure do grow up quick.

Friday, July 24, 2009

4 Months

Parker became 4 months old on Thursday the 22nd of July.



The last months has been a fun filled one he has learned and grown a lot.

He has gotten really good at sharing his smile with others.

He has gotten really good with his hands. He now holds his own toys. He has even grabbed at my face.

He loves to put everything in his mouth (toys, blankets, hands, and toes).

He still doesn't sleep well during the day, but he is sleeping ok at night. He usually only wakes once each night, and once his belly is full he goes right back to sleep. Also I'm not sure if it is the heat, or just him growing, but he no longer needs to be swaddled to sleep.



We gave him his gift 2 weeks early when we bought him his own bedroom (I don't know if this was more for him or us). We also upgraded from his bassinet to a crib. It was a little rough the first night until I got used to listening a little closer for his cry.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

HOME-It's About Time!!!!

After a few months of looking and waiting as of July 9th we are officially home owners.





We have found a cute 4 bedroom, 1 3/4 bathroom rambler. It is about 3 times larger than our apartment, and takes much more time to clean. I used to be able to vacuum my apartment in 7 min. It now take double that for just the basement.

We will be making the place feel more like ours with some small improvement over the next little while.



We feel truly blessed we were able to buy a house and celebrated with a Cold Duck.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A New Trick In The Bag

Today during "tummny time" Parker add a trick to the bag of things he can do.

HE ROLLED OVER
(more like fell over)

I was so surprised I actually startled Parker. We put him back on his tummy and he did it again.

I'm excited I just hope we get in a bigger place before he starts steam rolling all around.

video

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Product Review - magicJack

At the beginning of this year we found ourselves needing to ditch our old dial-up Internet service for high speed Internet. Along with this change we decided we either needed to ditch our land line phone service or find an alternative. I really didn't want to not have a land line, because my cell phone is a pay as you go, and although I don't talk on the phone a lot a saw this getting more expensive than my minimum $20/3 months I'm required to spend to keep my phone in service. We saw an add for the magicJack and thought what the heck. Here is what we have learned and experienced with the magicJack in the last 6 months.

What is magicJack?
Magic Jack is an Internet based phone service.

How does it work?
First the little magicJack box is plugged into a USB port of any computer that has high speed Internet. Next a phone is plugged into the phone jack on the magicJack. Soon the magicJack is loaded and you are able to get a phone number and start making calls.

Where can you get a magicJack?
We bought ours at Radio Shack, but I've seen them at Office Depot, and heard Best Buy sells them. I also believe you can request one from the magicJack website.

How much does it cost?
We bought ours for $39.95 plus tax. This was the cost for the little box which also includes 1 year of service. Additional years of service can be purchased for $19.95. Although I've seen adds were you can buy 5 years of service for $59.99.

PROS:
  • Cost: You can't beat$19.99 for a full year of service.
  • Portability: Your phone number can go anywhere your computer can. So if move you don't have to change numbers.
  • No long distance charges: Within the US there is no additional charge to calls made to the US or Canada.
  • You can store phone numbers on the magicJack interface: This is especially nice because you will have the phone numbers as long as you have the magicJack.
  • You are notified via email when someone leaves a message. This can be nice if you are away from your magicJack, but have access to your email.
CONS:
  • Reliability: Many times the magicJack is plugged in and the computer is on, but for so reason the caller doesn't get through.
  • Quality: Many times the call breaks up. I've also had many times when I answer and they can hear me, but I can't hear them.
  • Quantity: You only have one jack per magicJack so unless you have a cordless phone system with more than one hand set you only have one phone. (We recently bought a multi-handset cordless phone set, but are waiting until we move out of our 1 bedroom apartment before testing it)
  • Caller-ID: I'm not sure if the caller ID box on a phone would work with it hooked up to the magicJack, but the system for caller ID on the computer only shows you the number that is calling you, so if the name and number isn't stored in your contacts you only get the number that is calling you and not the name. Also along these sames lines, when you call someone your name doesn't show up on their caller ID. I believe all the recipient sees is the number and something like out-of-area.
  • You have to get a new number: Although once you get the magicJack number you won't ever have to change it, currently you aren't able to switch over your existing number to the magicJack number. Supposedly this is something they are working on. . .
  • Energy: I'm assuming the magicJack system uses a lot more energy than a regular telephone, because for it to work it must be connected to a computer that is connected to the Internet. This means you have to pay for the energy for the computer to be constantly running. The computer will not hibernate as long as the magicJack is connected.
Conclusion:

If you are considering giving up your land line, but are still a little apprehensive I recommend the magicJack.

If you are one of the select few people out there without a cell phone I would definitely NOT recommend the magicJack. It is too unreliable to be able to count on it in a time of emergency.

I'm glad we bought it, and it has already paid for itself in the money we've saved by not having to pay a monthly phone bill.