16 months

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I haven’t done a Carter update since his first birthday, so I thought it was time for a new one. These photos are from our Maternity photos that we got a few weeks ago.

Teeth- Has 12 (4 on top, 4 on the bottom, and 4 molars), just waiting for his k9’s to come in. In December he got 3 molars at the same time.

Size/Clothes- He’s still in 12 month clothes and 18 month Sleepers. He weights 21.5lbs and is 31 inches long! (as of his 15 month wellness check)

Sleeping- No problems! Amen!! Although now that I’m blogging about it I hope it doesn’t change.
We did some “sleep training” at 12-1/2 months. He cried once in the middle of the night for an hr, and that was it. He can now put himself down for naps, and for bed. He takes 1, 2hr nap during the day. Goes to bed at 7pm, and sleeps till 630-730am.

Food- He’s “Mr. Independent” as long as it can be stabbed onto a fork he’ll do it himself. So now, Im trying to find foods that he can stab.

Mobility- He’s not walking yet, but he is using his walker tons and loves to hold our hands and walk. So we’ll see how much longer before we have a walker.

Loves- Playing, music, books, blocks, the Tupperware drawer. OH, and throwing everything on the floor from his highchair.

Not a fan- of having to come inside from playing outside, even when he’s cold because he’s been outside for too long. I can’t wait for this summer and him playing in the backyard.

What I want to Remember- These days of cuddles, and the comfort that he finds in us. One day (soon and yet not too soon) he’s going to ask us to step back and let him do it on his own. But for now, I want to remember the dependance that he has on/for us, and that we have the ability to give him guidance, reassurance, safety and security.

I also want to remember how much of a little character he is. He’s so easy going, does have his grumpy/fussy moments but they don’t last too long. He loves to make faces and different noises. He flirts all the time with everyone and is quite a “ham”.

What I’m looking forward to
How he’s going to be as a big brother. Right now he really has no idea that there is a baby on the way. He just loves to pull up my shirt and find my bellybutton. I honestly think that all the “gentle” teaching we have been doing with him and Izzie since he was mobile will come in handy. I really think he’s going to hit baby in the face- lol.

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I’ve officially left my 20’s and now have entered my 30’s. I remember when I thought that 30 was old… I don’t feel old. I woke up this morning feeling the same that I did the day before. I don’t feel any different, although maybe today I should start using anti-ageing face wash instead of my anti-acne face wash.

When I think about 30 I really am everywhere that I wanted to be. I’m married to an amazing man who is always by my side. We bought a house this year, we have a sweet sweet son and baby #2 is due next month. I have a career that I love – although at times I think, “why did I pick a shift working career?”.
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me, for us and for this life I have.

So to celebrate my 30th, I wanted to write 30 things that I’ve learned about life and myself.

1) I’m a dreamer, have always been one, will always be one – sorry Brent

2) I like to plan ahead. Way in advance, sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes its not.

3) That being a good wife is much more than “yes dear”, its about spending quality time, communicating, laughing together, and to just “be” together.

4) Being a mom is hard work, I’m loving it, but it can having its struggles and long days. The hugs, and kisses I get in return are worth much more than words.

5) I don’t like the rain. I wish we lived somewhere warm with less rain, one day I’ll get over it, maybe I wont.

6) I love being pregnant- although it can be uncomfortable at times. There is something about growing a baby, bringing life into this world that I love. I also will always remember that this is a blessing and not all women who want to carry a baby are able to.

7) Being an adult is serious business, there are lots of decisions in life- I just wish I wasn’t so indecisive.

8) Being a home owner comes with lots of work, its like having another job. Lots of maintenance needs to be done. (I can’t wait for our garden this summer!)

9) Tulips are my favourite flower.

10) I love coffee, but only with flavoured creamers. The actual taste of coffee I’m not a fan of.

11) I’ve learned that spending a lot of money on items isn’t worth it. I’d rather spend money on things that create/make memories over items. It’s important to live below your means.

12) Sleeping in is something I’ll never take for granted again. Before kids sleeping in was amazing, something I would try to do, now its a luxury, and it doesn’t happen often.

13) I’m learning how to spend less time on the internet, this includes my phone. There is so much in life that Im sure we’re all missing by always being connected. I want to enjoy the little things, spending time outside with the family and friends, creating memories.

14) Perspective is important. When you want to complain, just really look at your perspective of the situation. Im sure you’ll change your mind. I’m still working on this one.

15) Go with your gut feelings.

16) You will always be a student. Life is full of opportunities to learn, also share with others what you have learned, past mistakes, regrets, and anything helpful.

17) Your metabolism does and will slow down, treat your body with respect.

18) People cannot read my mind, I’ve been working on this. Actually saying how I’m feeling or what I’m wanting.

19) Knowing and understanding love languages are important. I wonder what Carters  and Baby #2 will be.

20) Don’t spend too much time worrying, you’ll lose sleep, and as I already mentioned sleep is important.

21) I’ve learned to be grateful for what I have- kind of goes with the whole perspective. Don’t compare your self to others, once again not worth it. Everyones roads are different.

22) I love sweets, but not the pastry kind. The chocolate, ice cream, cookies, brownies kind. They are so bad, yet so good!

23) Your never too old or have too many to make a new friend. You never know the impact that someone may have on your life, they may be around for just a season, or a lifetime.

24) Enjoy Snow days, we don’t get them often. So when we actually get one, enjoy it and spend the day outside!

25) Busy is overrated!! It really is, the fact that Carter goes down for the night at 7pm keeps me at home (not that its a bad thing) but it allows me to unwind and not make plans. One little activity a day is ok, more than 2 is not.

26) Its important to keep your word. If you say your going to do something, do it.

27) It’s also ok to say No.

28) Family is important, as you grow you learn this more.

29) You are never to old for Disney movies! And now that I have kids, we get to watch them all over again!

30) Be kind to everyone and smile.

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So for today, I’m going to celebrate the 30 years that I have had. Spend time with Brent and Carter and create more memories. Although I can’t have any wine, I will enjoy my Sanpellegrino and ice cream this evening!

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Lets Celebrate

With Carter turning one we wanted to celebrate!!

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And then we also did our own little cake smash on our patio.

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nd then there was round 2 of birthday cake the South Babies 1st Birthday Party (I wont upload photos of my friends kiddies) so here is one of Carter.

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nd then finally today, we had the family celebration. IMG_1626 IMG_1627 IMG_1628

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365

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365 days ago our lives changed, this little baby that I carried inside of me for 9 months, and after 54 hrs of labor made his appearance, and our lives have never been the same.

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Our hearts have been so full of joy, and unconditional love over this past year, and for the rest of our lives.

There of course has been its struggles, all mostly with sleep… err lack of sleep. But because of the lack of sleep I’ve spent those moments watching Carter grow and turn into the little silly, happy, boy that he’s become.
Some little milestones.
Now 20.8 pounds, and 29.8 inches.  Birth weight- 7lbs 8oz, and 19.5 inches.
4 airplane rides
4 haircuts- needing a 5th one.
6.5 teeth (soo close, another day or two and it will be here- I already thought it was)
Hazel eyes
No nights away from mommy, yet….
Says “mum, mum, mum”  did say “dada”
Medium gdiapers, size 4 disposables
Fits in 12 month clothes, and 18 month sleepers
Really starting to love books and being read to.
Strawberry blonde hair.
Sat on his own at 7 months
Started to crawl at 10 months
Standing, not on his own yet, can pull himself up.
Walking, Im guessing around the 14/15 month mark.
Claps for “yay”
Shakes his head
Gives Eskimo kisses
Smiles and laughs a lot.
LOVES the water.
Sticks out his tongue when asked to “show me your tongue”
Full of love!

Happy 1st Birthday Carter!!! Can’t wait to see all that you do this next year. 

 

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Eleven

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There has been such a huge change in the last 4 week, my little baby carter is now a little boy. So much more “toddler” like. Its wonderful and yet overwhelming at the same time.

This last month we also had a wonderful time out in Ontario and went and visited Grandma and Grandpa’s farm. (Its an apple farm)

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Teeth- Carter did get this 5th tooth this last month, he now has 3 on the bottom and 2 on top.

Size/Clothes- He’s still in 12 month clothes but with sleepers he’s now in 18 month. He weights 21.7lbs and is 31 inches long! (Last month he weighted 20.8lbs)

Sleeping- Has gotten so much better over the last week, (while we were in Ontario it wasn’t great at all, except for the one 9hr stretch he gave us). But now he’s only waking up once a night (betwn midnight and 2am) and sleeps in his own room, and wakes up between 6-7am.

Food- Has also been such a big change, he’ll eat almost anything we eat now!! All of a sudden on the farm he stopped being picky and started to eat soups, cheese, rice, anything that we made for lunches/dinners he would eat. Its been so wonderful. And, although he still doesn’t really feed himself much he does take almost anything off of a spoon.

Mobility- We have a full blown crawler!! He also pulls himself up, furniture walks, and is trying to stand on his own but isn’t quite there yet.

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Loves- Emptying baskets/boxes/drawers ect. Enjoys emptying our clean folded laundry, his toy truck thats full of mega blocks, and hitting Tupperware together.

Not a fan- I can’t really think of anything, he’s just such a happy baby.

What I want to Remember- How he loves to explore, try new things, and has no fear (right now, which is also a bad thing too). I want to remember how he sees the world, and all the cuddles he gives us, right now.

What I’m looking forward to
His first birthday party!!! He’s actually have two, one with the family and one with the babies from our South Birthing Program group. (I’ve mentioned these wonderful mama’s and their babies before) and we’ve stayed friends over this past year (we even have a date to the pumpkin patch this month!) and a perfect way to celebrate our babies is to have a big one year birthday party!!

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Ten

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This month we celebrated the big 10 months in Tofino, we hung out on the beach.

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Teeth– He now has 4 teeth and I can just start to see another bottom one that will be coming up soon. 

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Size/Clothes– He’s still in 12 month clothes including sleepers.

Sleeping– There has been no change to his sleeping, two naps during the day, and wakes one to two times during the night. Hopefully soon it will be less and less feedings in the night.

Food– When it comes to food, he’s still picky!! He’s starting to get better with the baby led feeding, but he loves food on a spoon. He just started to get into pasta (spaghetti, or bow tie noodles). Loves yogurt, hit and miss with cheese, loves fruit, really no change here this month.

Mobility– He can now get onto all 4’s and does a little bit of rocking, he attempted to move while on his hands and knees but lost his balance and landed on his tummy. But its coming! 

Loves– the mirror!! Whenever he’s a little grumpy boy I just bring him over to the mirror and I can get him smiling and giggling. He also loves his roughhousing with Brent; the laughs that I hear from him/them, oh I just love that sound. He’s also learned how to clap this last month, and he loves it, maybe its the praise he gets from us, but the smile that comes with his clapping is adorable! 

Not a fan– Of food, but really it’s come full circle, Brent and I were both picky kids, what else can we expect?!?

What I want to Remember
How he fits in my arms, how I just love when he rests his head on my shoulders, how he plays with my necklace for comfort. All these little things that make him “my baby” but yet he’s growing up so fast. 

What I’m looking forward to
Moving into our HOUSE!! The house were Carter is going to grow up in, where lots of memories will be made, where he will get his own room (which may be harder for me than him) where he’ll have a fenced backyard for him and Izzie to play in. Oh the possibilities! I can’t wait. 

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Happy 3 Years!

August 19th, its OUR day, the day our two lives became one. The day we said “I do”, the day we celebrated with family and friends and danced the night away. That was 3 years ago, and I’m more in love with my husband, best friend, and father of our son than I was 3 years ago.

In the last 3 years we got a puppy together, had a baby, learned about being a parent, sold our condo, bought a house, moved once into a temporary place until we got out house, and done a few little mini vacations, and I couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone else. I love having you by my side and here is to many many more years!

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