Sunday, March 22, 2015

18 months.

.... or, a year and a HALF, as some people like to say.
dear carter,
well, mom is late again... but you are probably getting used to that by now, we are rarely on time for anything these days ;) my big 18 month old boy, i love you more than words can express. you are full of personality and keep our lives full of lots of fun and laughter.
health:
overall, you are a healthy boy! you are currently 26 pounds (50%) and 35 3/4 inches tall (off the charts- the height of an avg 29month old!)
 
after battling five ear infections, we decided it was time to get tubes put in when you were close to 16 months old (in december, right before Christmas). while that was definitely one of the hardest days for us, you recovered very quickly and it has been SO worth it. you've had a couple of colds since then, and you've actually gotten over them without it turning into an ear infection! at your check up appt with the ENT, Dr. A said that one tube is currently crusted over, but since the only way to fix it is another surgery, we are hoping that we won't have any more problems (you ped, Dr. B, said that since cold and flu season are over- we should hopefully be okay!)
routine and sleep:
you usually wake up around 8:00. we give you milk and a cup of cheerios for a few minutes before we give you breakfast (your favorites are eggs, yogurt, waffles and blueberry muffins). you typically eat a big breakfast, and then less and less throughout the day, but according to Dr. B, as long as you get one really good meal a day- we're doing good ;)

you are down to 1 nap a day, right after lunch (12:30ish)... the length of the nap differs- 2.5 hours is typical, but sometimes lately you have even gone 3.5 hours! momma loves those days.
{i love this picture because i think it gives me a preview of what he's going to look like as a teenager}
clothes and diapers:
you are wearing a mix of 18-24 month jeans and pants (though they are getting too short now), 24 month bottoms and 2T tops. and still in size 4 diapers... though we swapped to pampers cruisers- they fit a little bigger than the swaddlers did. and your foot is growing so quickly! you are currently in a size 7 shoe.
diet:
you are doing great with eating! your gagging issue has completely resolved itself, and you can even eat tortilla chips now (those were the worst for you to swallow before). getting you to try new foods is still a challenge some days, but you do eat a decent variety... and you love breakfast the most. some of your favorite foods are: string cheese, strawberries, mexican beans and rice, and baked spaghetti and peanut butter sandwiches.

you still eat pouches on the go and between meals (which makes me feel better to know you're getting your veggies in!)... we stopped the bottle completely the day after your ear tubes surgery, and now you're drinking organic whole milk at meal times and before bed.
our favorite baby items:
some of your favorite toys are your push lawn mower, little people firehouse, and blocks.

items that we use every day are camelback sippy cups, munchkin snack cups, the sleep sheep, and aden + anais swaddle blankets are your biggest attachment item since you never really cared for a paci or lovey.

we use our mountain buggy jogging stroller a LOT and we love to tag wagon rides on nice days outside! 
milestones and development:
you are very coordinated and physically able to do SO much! you can run (pretty fast!), kick and throw a ball and you love to "jump"!

likes:
you are very interactive with people and love to make them laugh. you love to be chased or hide and say "boo". you love being tickled and thrown into the air.  and you especially love miss kate, your babysitter.

dislikes:
being told "no". you have your own ideas and you don't like it when we stop you from doing something that you want to!

we love you, baby boy! thanks for making life so much FUN!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

the best kept secret.

my friend angela is super special to me. we became close about two years ago, when we bonded over being pregnant with our boys- who ended up being born on the exact same day (despite being due FOUR weeks apart!!) since then, we have talked pretty much daily- mostly about the kids- sharing the sweet moments and the frustrations of motherhood and i cannot tell you how much her friendship has meant to me over the past 18 months.
a little after our boys turned a year old, i was SO excited to find out that angela was expecting her third sweet baby and even more honored when she asked me to set up a gender reveal for her. ya'll, she had her doctor write it down in an envelope and carried it around in her purse for DAYS before seeing me- can you believe the self control?! 
anyways, i met her for dinner and took home the envelope asap. i told her that i was going to wait a while to open it because greg was heading into work and i wanted to share the excitement with someone. i lied. i just didn't want her to question anything i said or did in the next couple of days... see, she has two boys- jackson, who is four years old, and harris- carter's birthday buddy... sooo, basically we were all REALLY hoping for a baby girl. 
i called greg and ripped that sucker open the minute she pulled out of my driveway. i was so nervous, it literally felt like i was finding out if i was having a baby boy or girl myself! and i just about cried when that paper said "female"- which was weird, but definitely meant a baby GIRL!!! 
through helping make the box, buying pink balloons, and a gift full of pink sleepers, hairbows and sweet girlie goodness... and waiting a week plus for the reveal- i managed to not tell a soul, okay, maybe except greg and my mom. they don't count.
do you see that face?! pure joy. i love it.

they decided they wanted to open the box with only their family (with my family party-crashing to take pictures and video... carter sat in the stroller watching, but we swore him to secrecy). and the gorgeous location is actually the very spot where angela and jason got married.
how sweet, right?!
it truly was the best kept secret. her reaction was priceless and i am so, so happy for my sweet friend to finally get her baby girl. congratulations, payne family... your life is about to get a whole lot sweeter!
 now, i'm off to plan the cutest baby girl shower you've ever seen ;)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

being the mom of a toddler.

and just like that... 

carter is 16 months old and there is no denying that i now have a toddler instead of a baby... nana made a comment that he really wasn't a baby for long. and it's so true... my mister independent grew up and lost his baby look SO fast... but i've got to say, as much as i did enjoy the floppy, squishy baby stage, it doesn't have anything on this.
{partying hard on new years eve}
carter is very busy. he has been walking circles around me since right after his birthday, and being a mom is SO much fun right now. he is completely aware of what's going on around him, and he understands a lot of what i am saying... he says a handful of words- "mama" and "bud" {the cat} and "yeah", "ball" and "dada" {which totally counts as a word} and several B words- like "bird" and "balloon" and "button"- though they all sound quite similar ;) he has also said "hey", "bye bye" and "night night"- though just once or twice.
"babyproofing" is becoming more necessary every day. this little guy keeps me on my toes, and has a knack for getting into a cabinet and find the exact thing that he shouldn't. greg is in the middle of building baby gates for our stairs, and several cabinet doors have those annoying baby {and mama} proof locks on them.
carter loves to read and he will turn the pages or try to push the buttons/pull the tabs down on the peek-a-boo style books. and he is very opinionated on his preferences for which bedtime stories he gets each night {little blue truck, dear zoo and curious george are his most recent faves}

he is very interactive. he loves any type of peekaboo or hide and go seek games and sliding at the park is his favorite. he also waves, gives fives and blows kisses {which melts my heart every time} and he loves to make people laugh.
{enjoying his spaghetti with his "aunt" erin}
he is very coordinated, using dishes and learning how to use utensils and feed himself. which is equal parts fun and frustrating, and usually ends in a rather large mess. getting him to eat his veggies is still a challenge and i'm hoping that gets better with time. right now he especially LOVES peanut butter sandwiches and baked spaghetti.

maybe i will feel a little more nostalgic with future kiddos, but now i just love watching carter learn how to do new things.

it really is amazing what their little brains soak up on the daily. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

#intentional

so, i've noticed a trend of people picking one word to sum up their resolutions for the year... and i like it. i like that it is easy to keep one word in mind as you go about your days and months, making you more likely to be successful in accomplishing your goals for the year.

that being said, i have been searching for my word for 2015.

my "resolutions" are pretty typical...

1. live a healthier life- eat less, move more {and hopefully weigh less as well}. i want to learn more about the food i'm eating and make better choices for myself and my family, in addition to exercising on the regular and getting more quality sleep.

2. organize and declutter- greg and i have been married for going on five years, and i have no idea how we have accumulated SO much stuff. it's getting overwhelming. i have more {old and separated} bottles of nail polish, umbrellas and scarves than anyone would ever need... and there's just no need for me to have 45 pairs of "work socks" that i don't EVER wear anymore. and now with carter's toys taking over the house, i need organization in my life... so my plan is to move room by room and declutter and organize each space of our home.

3. to be present- spent quality time with my friends and family. i want to reach out to friends and build relationships. also, admittedly, i'm addicted to my phone. i'd like to spend a lot more "unplugged" time with my family, making memories and having fun with my little boy who is definitely NOT getting any younger.
so, basically, i knew what i was striving for... but the word wasn't coming to me.

until, i got on instagram the other day... and a friend, mary ashley, posted about being intentional- and it just spoke to me. THAT is the word i have been searching for.

oh, and just for a quick update- i feel like i have been doing really well at living a healthier life. i've worked out almost every day {missed one}, eaten well, and had NOTHING except water to drink and zero sweets in the new year. now, if you know my love for sweet tea and a snickers bar, this is HUGE.

operation get organized is also off to a good start. greg and i cleaned out our dresser and chest of drawers, resulting in donated a whole trash bag of clothes to goodwill... and i also threw away a whole trash bag of unhealthy, expired or stale food from our pantry/fridge/freezer.

i've gotta say- there's nothing i love more than a bag of stuff going OUT of my house... does anyone else feel that way?

cheers to a productive, INTENTIONAL, and very happy new year ;) 

Monday, December 29, 2014

christmas with carter.

this christmas was SO much fun... carter is still too young to understand- but he's old enough to get really excited about the presents.

the hubs got me a new camera, so i got to test it out on my little boy opening all of his gifts :) 

carter even posed by the tree for me! {which we left naked so we wouldn't have to constantly pick up the ornaments that carter had "rearranged" all over the house}
 
we did our Christmas a little early since we would be out of town on Christmas day, and we let carter open his wrapped gifts from us tuesday evening after his nap.
 he has been really good about leaving the presents alone under the tree for the past couple of weeks {minus swiping a couple of bows}, so when i put all of his on the fireplace he was pretty excited to unwrap them.
 first present: a personalized reindeer plate and bowl.
he loved the giraffe lunchbox and cup!
 daddy helping him unwrap his robe and slippers.
he may or may not have liked the boxes and wrapping paper better than the actual gifts ;)
 ... but the firetruck was a big hit, too! he loves to push any kind of vehicle around and say "vroom vroom!"
the little people firehouse is so cute! but i think we may have to superglue the top pieces together because he keeps pulling them off and scattering them all over.
 then the next morning was our CHRISTMAS! after waking a couple of times that morning and falling back asleep, carter slept in until 10:30! when he finally got up, greg walked him down the stairs to see what santa brought. he was pointing at everything as he saw it :)
 he went for the catepillar dump truck first {i think that made daddy happy}, but he loved everything and took time looking at each present!
 then he went for the kitchen and checked everything out- opening all the doors {finding lots of food, plates, cups and silverware}

 bud even had to come check out what was going on :)
 once he figured out that you can actually PUSH the shopping cart, he was pretty thrilled with it, too... and took his new reindeer on a ride ;)
 THEN he discovered the kitchen even had a phone and decided to call mimi :)
 checking out the contents of his stocking- a snowman sippy, bouncy ball, crayons, egg shakers, socks, converses, bath water fizzies that turn the water colors, hape car {great diaper bag toy!}
 i think it's safe to say he had a very merry christmas "morning"... he was such a happy boy and is still loving playing with all of his new toys!

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