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. 



Mizzou baby

In celebration of college colors day and the first football game of the season, Carson has been sporting her black and gold! I can't wait to take her to Columbia next weekend for her first football game! We might need to move back to Missouri sometime in the next 17 years to ensure she can get in-state tuition. :)
College colors day at daycare. She was the only non-razorback, to be expected.
Our little cheerleader on gameday.
This onesie says "Future Golden Girl", a gift from one of our most precious family friends and fellow Mizzou alum. (he hasn't missed a home Mizzou game since like 1962!)

Recent Crafts

Here are a few of my most recent crafts. I feel like I craft/sew in waves -- a lot at once, then nothing for a while. Surprisingly, I haven't really sewn much for Carson yet, but look forward to some cute ideas around the holidays this fall. 
Mizzou football wreath. I'm going to be really upset if someone steals this from our door (for some reason that's always a concern of mine since we live in another college town). I just used burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby, a straw wreath ands some u-shape push pins. The football is foam and I spray painted the MU black (also from Hobby Lobby). 
I made these bows for Carson and her two girlfriends, Caroline and Elliott. I just watched a tutorial on youtube for the bow tying, then used my silhouette with heat flocked transfer material for the monogram letters.
I also made a bag tag for Carson's diaper bag. I purchased some Scotch brand clear luggage tags, then created and printed the design on our comp at home. It's not perfect, but will work for now! Not bad for $1.

Carson Ruby meets her Great Grandma Ruby

Last weekend my parents came in town with a couple of extra special visitors, my Grandma Ruby (whom Carson is named after) and my Aunt Dede from San Antonio. I am so thankful Carson was able to meet her namesake! 
Carson and her great grandma. Her cheek is red because since learning to roll over, she likes to sleep on her side. Her sensitive skin has toughened some since then and doesn't get quite so irritated anymore.
I was blessed to have 8 grandparents growing up and I usually tell people they were all different. Grandma Ruby was the classic grandma, though -- baking with us, taking us camping, documenting our childhood meticulously. She is strong but gentle, witty and very kind...all characteristics I hope our little girl exhibits, too.

Grandma had quite the trip! They flew from SA to STL, where Dad picked them up and drove to Springfield, IL to visit her sister, who is unfortunately sick. They then drove back to Branson for a couple of days of relaxing, attending shows and even going out on the lake. Dad drove everyone to Fayetteville last weekend for a quick visit since I had sorority stuff here in Fayetteville and couldn't make it to Branson. She had a good time, but I'm sure was thankful to be home. The assisted living facility where she is threw her a welcome back party! 
Aunt Dede and sleepy Carson. 

I love this face so much! I didn't know I was capable of this kind of love and am so thankful the Lord sought it fit to add her to our family!