Carson: 11 months old

Parents always say time flies and boy is that the truth! Carson is 11 months old and I have no idea how time has passed so quickly. She is learning so much right now -- her brain is a little sponge!

  • She weighs about 21.5 pounds and is 29.5" long 
  • Size 3 diapers
  • She shows a lot of interest in table food now and does pretty well with small bites of just about anything. She doesn't love picking up slimy foods herself (ie: bananas). 
  • Still breastfeeding 8, 12, 4 and 8 though I do think she is starting to wean herself -- sometimes she's not very interested.
  • This month she started walking! She gets more brave every day -- still plenty of falls but Sean and I were happy to witness her first steps!
  • She loves to wave and is really good at it. She also loves bath time and being tossed in the air. 
  • She will say "dada" "mama" and recently picked up "uh oh" -- she will mimic a couple of animal sounds if she feels like it.
  • She has two teeth, bottom front. 
  • She's doing great at PlayLearn and I love getting to spend every afternoon with her at home.
  • She is still a great sleeper, typically sleeping from about 8:30pm to 7:30am. She usually naps 2x/day at noon and 4pm, but that 4pm one is kind of hit or miss, depending on how her first nap was.

Carson Ruby -- 

How is it already time to plan your first birthday?! My love for you is so strong that it almost feels like an ache sometimes. I'm incredibly thankful for your happy, healthy self but sometimes wish time would slow down just a tad. You're growing so big! Your daddy and I enjoy playing and cuddling with you so much -- we both get excited when you wake up because you're so much fun to be around...sometimes we race to see who will pick you up out of your crib. You are the most precious gift -- how special it is to be your mom. Sometimes I feel totally inadequate but am quickly reminded that's ok and God chose me specifically to be your mommy. Thanks for your forgiving heart and many tangible reminders of your love for me. We love you more than you know. 



Carson: 10 months old

Little miss is 10 months old and sweet as can be! She's a lot of fun to be around (most of the time!) and has added such a fun element of joy to our lives. 

  • She weighs about 20.5 pounds and is 28.5" long - she must be well proportioned because she's definitely not petite, but doesn't strike me as chunky, either.
  • Size 3 diapers
  • She eats solids 3x/day, usually oatmeal or yogurt at breakfast, babyfood at lunch and combo of table food and baby food at dinner. She's really good at feeding herself small bites of pretty much anything we eat now. 
  • Still breastfeeding 8, 12, 4 and 8. 
  • She's starting to get into everything -- now that she can easily pull to stand she's reaching new levels (literally) and I have to keep a close eye. 
  • She loves to wave and is really good at it. She also gives pretty good kisses by licking your face.
  • She can walk assisted by either our hands or a walker toy. I cried when we bought that toy and she took off as soon as I opened it!
  • She has two teeth, bottom front. 
  • She's doing great at PlayLearn and I love getting to spend every afternoon with her at home.
  • She is still a great sleeper, typically sleeping from about 8:30pm to 7:30am. She usually naps 2x/day at noon and 4pm, but that 4pm one is kind of hit or miss, depending on how her first nap was.
She pretty much always wants whatever I have. This time I think it was a Sonic drink.

Happy to be 10 months old!

Coming to get her after she wakes up is my favorite part of the day. She wakes up so happy and always greets me with a big smile.

Carson Ruby -- 

You are going to be a really fun little girl -- I just know it! Your personality is starting to peek through and I am so eager to know what your voice sounds like. You are kind and share well. You smile and wave at everyone and don't know a stranger (literally...you wanted a male Hobby Lobby worker to hold you today). You laugh is the best sound I have ever heard and you hugs are so very special. I am incredibly thankful for your easy going personality so far and for your good health, both gifts from God! Your daddy and I are praying for you a lot and feel very honored to be your parents. Please always think we are this cool, ok? We love you, sweet girl...more than you will ever know. 



Carson: 9 Months

At 9 months old, we are starting to get little glimpse of a toddler peeking through. Carson is starting to get an opinion on things and move around all of the time. She really does have the sweetest disposition and is a very happy baby. 

  • She weighs about 19.5 pounds and is 28" long (75% for both)
  • Just bumped up to size 3 diapers
  • She eats solids 2x/day, usually oatmeal with some type of veggie/fruit. She really didn't like the food I was making her -- we think because of texture and not taste. I still make some things but do a lot of Ellas or Gerber organic baby food. I tried to start a 3rd solid meal, but she's not interested yet so we will try again in a couple of weeks.
  • Still breastfeeding 8, 12, 4 and 8. I'm already sad this will come to an end in a few months!
  • She crawls all over the place, waves, still likes to clap and just started saying "dada"
  • She has pulled to stand up a couple of times, but not consistently yet
  • She just started getting her first tooth on her 9 mos birthday
  • She's doing great at PlayLearn and I love getting to spend every afternoon with her at home.
  • She is still a great sleeper, typically sleeping from about 8:30pm to 7:30am

Carson Ruby, 

Being your mom is one of my biggest joys. You are sweet to everyone around you and we get comments nearly every day on how happy you are. The way you clap for me when I walk into a room, smile through the window in the car and lay your head on my shoulder for cuddles make me feel like a million bucks. Your daddy and I are praying a lot for you -- that you would grow up to love Jesus, find your worth in His eyes and be kind to those around you. I am pretty astonished at how quickly time is passing by, sometimes feeling sad at the stages already passed, but I know the days/weeks/years to come will be full of love and laughter for our family. You are so very special, Carson, and I love you more than words can describe. 



Carson: Month 8

 We are 2/3 of a year into this parenting gig and it just keeps getting better! It is so fun to watch Carson's little brain work and figure out new skills and tricks! Here is what she's up to at 8 months:

  • She weighs about 18 pounds and is approx 29" long (big girl!)
  • Still in size 2 diapers 
  • She eats most of the foods we have tried, but isn't a big fan of peas or green beans (we'll keep trying!). I have made most of her food, but sometimes we use Ella's brand if we're on the go. 
  • Still breastfeeding 8, 12, 4 and 8. So thankful for my flexible work schedule, which has helped me continue to breastfeed. 
  • She claps, calls me mama (mostly when she wants to be picked up), can sit up on your own and just today took your first little crawl (though she doesn't quite know she could really take off!)
  • She will start at PlayLearn 5 days a week now, but thankfully I still get to pick her up by 2:30 so we have the afternoons together. 

Carson Ruby -- 

What a delight it is to be your mom! I love everything about you -- the way you reach for me to pick you up, the way you sleep with your bottom in the air, how you share your toys with me. Just a glimpse of your smile warms your daddy and my hearts like nothing else we have experienced before. So far your personality seems to include persistence, joy, determination and thoughtfulness. Oh how I pray God uses those characteristics in mighty ways as you grow up. You are an awesome baby - you sleep well, show lots of affection through kisses (licking my face) and snuggles, play contently and are eager to learn. We love you, sweet girl!



Carson: Months 6 and 7

It's hard to blog when you're busy living life -- I've just been out of the habit of writing things down and need to start up again! 

Here's what Carson has been up to the past couple of months: 

At your 6 month check up you were about 16 pounds (45%) and 27.5 in long (90%). 
You are still in size 2 diapers and wear mostly 6 month clothes, but will need to transition to 9 month soon. 
We started baby food at 6.5 months -- baby oatmeal first and you've also had squash and sweet potatoes. You tried peas, but weren't a fan. We have pureed your food so far. 
Right around 7 months you dropped one of your feedings, so you eat every 4 hours now (still breastfeeding). You take a 6-7 oz bottle if I'm away. 
You started sitting up on your 6 month birthday and now push up on all fours, but haven't quite figured out you can move forward to crawl yet. 
Still no teeth, but I keep thinking that will happen any day now considering how much you love to chew on everything within reach.
We are working on waving, clapping and saying "mama" or "dada" -- no luck yet. :) 

Carson Ruby, 
You are really awesome. Your dad and I loving watching your little brain work and try to "connect the dots." You are curious and joyful -- your personality shaping by the day. I want you to know I pray for you often, sometimes just that you sleep safely through the night and sometimes for your future spouse. God picked you to be my daughter and me to be your mother -- we will both be shaped by one another and oh how I pray that we have a close relationship...that you will feel comfortable sharing your dreams and heartbreaks with me as you grow. I love you more than words can explain, dear daughter. 

Love, Mom


Carson: five months old

Happy five months, sweet girl! You are a joy to be around and we get comments all the time about how happy you are. It's really fun to see you learn new things and really starting to take in your environment. 
 Here is what Carson is up to at five months:
Weight: about 15.5 pounds
Length: 27.5 in
Wearing mostly 3-6 month and 6 month clothing now and size 2 diapers. It's starting to get pretty chilly here, so I have packed up most of her summer clothes. 
Still eats every 3 hours during the day, the last of which is at 8pm and still sleeping great!
Naps 3x/day -- she decided she no longer needs an evening nap, but when it's bedtime we all know it! ;)
She still does most of the same "tricks" -- rolling over, blowing raspberries, giggles. She is definitely learning more every day, though and is quite fascinated by hands and beards.
She really is a happy baby, but when she is done with something, she very clearly communicates that! 
She is wonderful in the car right now -- we took a trip to Kansas City and she happily played/slept the whole trip (special thanks to my mom who traveled with me there and watched Carson while I went to a wedding!).
She had her first illness - a stomach bug of some sort and that was so sad and not much fun for any of us...she was a trooper, though.

She found her feet, too, and thinks they are pretty cool.

Carson Ruby, 
You are delightful. Truly! We definitely have a "opportunities of growth" as we continue to get to know one another, but my goodness you are such a good baby. This month I have seen a new level of joy and passion from you, both qualities I pray become engrained in your character and that God would use for good in the future of your influence. Your smile lights up your daddy's and my hearts like nothing else and thankfully you give them liberally. We love you so dearly, little girl and hope you feel safe and secure in our home and arms. 

Love, mom 


Carson: four months old

Hard to believe we are 1/3 of the way to Carson's first birthday! During my pregnancy and early in Carson's life I always felt so eager for the next milestone {some, like smiling, were SO needed for this mama}...but now that she's meeting new milestones so quickly I just want press pause. I feel like we just barely enjoy one before she learns a new "trick." 

Here is what she's up to at 4 months:
She weighs 14 pounds 11oz (75%)
She is  25.75 inches long (95%)
She wears mostly 3 month clothes and size 1 diapers still, though we are ordering size 2 diapers this weekend (Sean finds great deals on diapers through Amazon). Depending on the brand, she can do some 3-6 size clothes, too.
She eats every three hours during the day, the last of which is at 8pm. Still sleeping through the night.
She doesn't need the swaddle anymore. I do still put a blanket around her legs, just because I think she feels cold to me otherwise, but she usually has kicked it off by morning.
She takes 3 naps, each about an hour long, throughout the day and usually wants a catnap around 6:30pm.
She learned to blow raspberries {a nicer way to say she spits more, ha}, grabs items with her hands and giggles regularly.
She rolls over to her belly all of the time and can roll back, but doesn't often yet. 
She has started sucking her thumb some, usually if it's right at eating time or if she's really tired.
We feel really blessed by our childcare options. Her daycare (3x/week) room is run by two very loving ladies who have been at the same daycare for 11 and 19 years. The other two days a week a sitter, Becca, comes over and she is wonderful! 
She still likes her bouncy seat (though I think she's going to outgrow it this month) and her playmat. We just started putting her in the jumper/bumbo/and highchair and she seems to be doing great in all of those.
She handled her 4 mos shots like a champ -- a little sore, but no major reaction.

Carson Ruby, 
Sometimes I feel like my heart could burst with joy and love for you. One of my most favorite moments with you is right before you fall asleep and you nuzzle into my neck -- your little lips are perfectly puckered and I always wish I could capture that in a picture somehow. I hope the mental picture never leaves my memory. The way you light up when your dad or I walk into the room is precious, too. Just about anyone can get you to smile, but you definitely know who your parents are and we get a special smile and look of excitement from you. You really are an incredibly happy baby and for that we are so thankful. Being a mom is such a humbling experience and I think it's pretty cool God created you as a means to refine my character. We love you deeply, little girl.