Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Smiles and big boy bed...

Carter is really starting to smile now. Every morning I can make him smile quite a few times. I didn't know that someone just smiling at me could melt my heart so much and even make me cry! Seeing my baby boy smile is by far one of my favorite moments of my life.

When I say "big boy bed," I am referring to his crib in his room. He has been sleeping in the pack n play in our bedroom. Two nights ago, we decided to give it a try. He had the best night ever! He slept 6 1/2 hours and then another 3. I had to wake him up in the morning. The second night he slept 5 hours and then another 4. Today we even decided to try putting him in his crib for naps. The best part was that we laid him down awake and he fell asleep on his own. That is a really big deal to me because I want a baby that can sleep on his own and not need to be rocked to sleep! I am so proud of my boy and even a little proud of myself for getting him out of our room so early!

Some of you may be bored with this information but the point of my blog is to "scrapbook" our lives. For this mommy, these have been very exciting moments in Carter's life. :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Carter's buddy Jameson...Jameson is four months old

First bath at home...he loved it!

Carter's friend Ellie

All 3 babies

Friday, March 19, 2010

3 weeks...and the joys of mommyhood

Carter is three weeks old today. I know that is still so little but I seriously can't believe he is already three weeks old. The last three weeks have gone by so fast. He is still just as sweet as ever but is also showing us his little temper tantrums when he is hungry. I didn't know three week old babies could throw such a fit but boy can he ever! He screams and turns bright red with his fists in the air. Sometimes it breaks my heart and sometimes I just can't help but laugh. It's so cute! I hope this isn't a glimpse into what is to come with tantrums. He is still having some good nights where he lets mommy sleep for 5-6 hours and other nights he doesn't even make it two hours. I am still trying to figure him out. Mornings are usually a pretty good time for him. He likes to lay in his boppy on the couch and look up at the sky out our big front window. It is really cute how he just stares at the sky. My favorite moment this week was one evening when I was reading him a story in our new glider. I had him facing out so that he could look at the book but he decided he would rather watch his mommy's face. He turned himself around and stared up at my face the entire time I was reading. He stares so intensely too. I just fall in love with him even more in those precious moments. I feel like we are starting to see some of his personality. This may sound silly but I feel like he is really going to be a "people" person. He really looks at people and focuses on them when they talk to him. During one of our lactation appointments Carter and I were just talking while we waited for the doctor to come in. Our lactation lady was in there with us and couldn't believe how much Carter was connecting to me while I was talking to him. She said not all babies focus on people like that. I know I am probably bragging but I really love this little guy and I think he is pretty special. I still loving being at home with him and cannot imagine going back to work in May. That will break my heart! Praise the Lord I have the opportunity to just go back part time! The days that Jay is at work sometimes get long. I really don't want to be that wife where as soon as the husband walks in the door I throw the baby at him. But...there are some evenings at 7 that I have had that thought. I'm sure only fellow moms can relate. Evenings seem to be when Carter needs mommy the most but it is also when mommy wants to make dinner for daddy. ;) He is such a sweet boy though and we couldn't be prouder parents. I will post some new pics soon too!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Things we have learned about Carter...

He turned two weeks yesterday and here are some of the little things that we know about him...
-He now weighs 8 lbs. 4 oz.
-Most nights he sleeps 4-5 hours
-He still has some bad nights
-He does like to be held and rocked to sleep, a habit we will need to break soon!
-He smiles in his sleep a lot!
-He has beautiful eyes that I think are going to be blue like his daddy
-He has long beautiful fingers like his daddy
-He loves to pee on us...yes we just aren't always fast enough
-He hates getting into his car seat but he falls asleep instantly once he is in it
-He hates getting dressed and undressed
-He really listens when we talk to him
-He likes having stories read to him
-He had his first bath yesterday at home and loved it!
-He always thinks he needs to eat right when mommy and daddy's food is hot and ready
-He is great at breast feeding but always falls asleep
-He loves to grab onto our fingers and has a strong grip
-He holds his head up really well already!

We love our little Carter man and can't imagine our lives without him! Being a parent is an amazing gift from God and I will thank him for it everyday. Even the bad days. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Welcome Baby Carter!

Finally meeting mommy

My favorite picture!!

Getting his footprints done

Love his eyes!

Thank you Doctor West!

A very tired mommy but oh so happy!!

Our family

A very proud daddy!

Already sucking his thumb

Changing his first diaper

Carter's new friend Ellie...just five days apart.

Our favorite nurse...although we had a lot of great ones!

Getting ready to go home...

...and apparently he doesn't want to go home.

Meeting Max and Emma

He looks like he is giggling