Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Carter - Eleven Months


11 months….are you kidding me?!?!  I was having a hard enough time being in the double digit number of months but we are a mere one month away from having a one year old.  I may be tearing up a bit as I write this.


Still wearing 3’s.

Shoe Size

3 1/2 wide. He only has one pair of shoes and he wears them all the time. This is why I got brown shoes. They go with everything!


9 month tops now fit him pretty well and some are even getting snug, but those are the ones he wears frequently and have been washed and dried a ton.  He is just now starting to wear 9 month pants exclusively.  We’ve put up most of the 6 month pants.  For sleepers, he is wearing 9 months even though they’re still a little big on him.  I ordered the shirt he is wearing for his birthday party and got it in 9 months size.  My 12 month old will be wearing a 9 month shirt…and as of now, it swallows him.  More wash and dry cycles to come before it will come close to fitting.  Overall on size - he’s a small baby, has been for a year now.  The pediatrician isn’t worried about it at all and says that he’s just active.  There is no truer statement!!!


Still rocking the homemade foods!!  He now eats a set group of fruits and veggies, I think we’re done experimenting.  The majority of the time he eats:

  • Veggies:  Green Beans, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, Lima Beans and Squash
  • Fruits:  Pears, Apples, Bananas, Peaches, Avocados and Blueberries

This month, he also started eating various yogurts, kid chicken fingers and bites of whatever we’re eating at restaurants whenever we take him out with us.  He likes pieces of chicken quesadillas and rice from Mexican restaurants.  For a snack, he also started eating the Gerber Graduates Cheetos.  Some are just flavored with cheese and others have veggie flavors.  Now that he has seven teeth, he’s able to use them to chew things like Cheetos and we’re trying to provide as many opportunities as possible to teach him that teeth are for chewing food.  We’ve been blessed with a great eater, that’s for sure.  Don’t let his petite figure fool you….this child opens his mouth WIDE when anything comes near it.  He will eat ANYTHING.


Still 11-12 hours at night (with a rare 13 hour night every now and again) and two naps during the day that last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.  Rainy nights still make him sleep longer.  If I’m woken in the middle of the night by thunder and rain outside, I can guarantee that Carter will sleep in late the next morning.  Another guarantee for later sleep is the temperature.  Boo Boo may as well sleep in an igloo.  The colder it is, the longer he sleeps.  He also got sick with a cough and bad runny nose this  month and the doc told us to give him baby Zyrtec.  It has antihistamine in it so that  made him sleep super long and like a rock too.  This is certainly another area where Justin and I realize how blessed we are with Carter.  He sure loves his sleep. 

But I must be honest.  I don’t like it when people say how “lucky” we are that he sleeps that long.  I sleep trained Carter for weeks to get him to sleep like that.  I was upstairs “sleeping” in the spare bedroom because I was in and out of his room so much.  It would have been so easy to give in and feed him in the middle of the night because we both would have slept more, but I was headstrong and refused to back down.  I did everything under the sun to get him to go back to sleep except feed him.  It meant a lot of long nights for me and for him, but we did it and now we both sleep extremely well at night!!


No changes. Outside is his favorite still.  It’s harder to play outside now that it’s so cold, but we try to work it in when we can.  Carter still loves walks around the neighborhood but I’ve been hesitant to do it since it gets dark at 4:30pm here.  We also never use the golf cart anymore which I know he misses, but it’s just too cold.  The only time we even think about using it is on the weekends in the middle of the day when the temp is at its highest.

Mother’s Day Out

Nothing interesting to note in this area.  He still goes two days a week from 9-1 and has only been sent home one time because of a fever.  The teachers dote on him frequently as does the teacher that keeps him on Sundays when Justin and I are in Sunday School.  They love him :)

Justin’s Travel

November was excellent.  Carter and I both got lots of daddy time!!  Justin’s parents traveled to Russia to visit our church’s sponsored children at an orphanage in Kirov.  While they were gone, Justin didn’t travel at all so he stayed at home with Carter for two weeks while I was working.  Justin only traveled 7 days total this month.  December is another story though.  He’ll be out of town every week in December except the week of Christmas.  We’ll be utilizing Face Time next month for sure!


No 11 month appointment, but at 11 months, I measured him at roughly 29.5 inches (57th %) and weighed him at 20.4 lbs (24th %). Next pediatrician appointment is on his actual birthday, December 28th.


Give the kid a walker and he’ll be gone in seconds.  He LOVES to walk around the house with his walker or by holding on to me or Justin.  He still can’t stand on his own just yet, but he experiments ALL THE TIME.  Starting at 10 1/2 months, he was constantly letting go of both hands when holding onto something to see how long he can stand there.  Right now his favorite thing to do is hold a remote with one hand while hanging onto the coffee table, or chair or dog kennel or something else with the other hand. He’ll frequently stop holding onto the furniture and put both hands on the remote.  This usually lasts up to 30 seconds or so before he falls to his booty or grabs the furniture again for assistance.  This is his way of learning that he can stand up on his own.  The ability to walk with come after he is able to stand up with no assistance.  I’m still hoping he’ll take those first steps around his first birthday, but I will by no means be upset if he doesn’t.  With a walking toddler comes all kinds of new challenges for a parent.

Another sweet sweet thing he started doing this month is trying to say the dog’s name (yes, he is trying to say the dog’s name and STILL hasn’t said mama.  Trust me, I’m FRUSTRATED).  When we put him to bed one night he chatted himself up for about 15-20 minutes before actually going to sleep as he usually does.  As Justin and I were listening to his jabber, we recognized that he was saying “Gi…Gi…Gi”.  And not “Gi” as in “Gigi”, but “Gi” as in “Gizmo”.  We were confused because he had never said G’s before that night but we didn’t think anything of it and went to bed.  The next morning, both of us went to get Carter from his room to get him ready for church.  After changing his diaper, we all came out of his room which is right at the top of the stairs.  Gizmo was at the bottom of the stairs watching us.  Carter caught the Giz in his eye and smiled really big and said “Gi…Gi….Gi”.  Justin and I looked at each other and a light bulb went off in both of our heads.  He’s trying to say Gizmo.  Sweetest thing ever.  He says it all the time now (not the full word, but just that first syllable).

He can recognize pictures really well too.  There are two pictures over his changing table from his newborn session.  One is of me and him and the other is of Justin and him.  We let Carter stand up on his changing table (holding onto us of course) and look towards us (which means he’s looking away from the pictures).  While he’s doing this, we’ll say “where’s mama” and he turns around and points to our picture.  Then we’ll say “where’s dada” and he’ll turn and point to Justin’s picture. 

As far as saying “mama” goes….OMG.  Y’all, the frustrating part is that I think that he thinks he is saying it, but it’s coming out as “nana” instead of “mama”.  Trust me, I work with him on this daily, multiple times a day in fact.  When I say “mama” he frequently comes back with “nana”.  I’m really thinking he just doesn’t get that the “m” sound and the “n” sound are different.


No new teeth this month, but he is drooling a ton and chewing on everything in sight so I’m wondering if one is coming in soon.  It hasn’t affected his mood though.  So in total, he has 7 teeth.


Nothing new on the disciplinary front either.  He still tests our limits with some things as any kid does, but he usually backs off after we tell him “no” a few times.  I’ve been working with saying “no” to the banging of the tray on his high chair, but I think he’s just so excited to eat and that’s why he keeps doing it.  It’s the only time he really won’t listen to me when I say “no”.

Other Notable Things

Oh my oh my.  Let me just tell you the fun mom experience that I got to endure just a few days ago.   Carter took a longer second nap than usual which means that he wakes up, eats his bottle, plays a little bit, eats his solids, takes a bath then goes to bed after one more bottle.  All this happened within 2 hours.  So naturally, I was trying to spread out the feedings as much as possible to ensure he would get more food in his belly and not reject it because he was full.  So I fed him his solids and then immediately put him in the tub.  MISTAKE.

Carter pooped in the tub.  Yep.  “Stage 2 floater” as my bro-in-law calls it.  Well, in this case it would have been “floaters” plural.  The worst part was trying to keep him from grabbing the poop with his hands.  I had to get Justin to get Carter and take him to bed so that I could clean it up.  It’s one thing cleaning up poop in a diaper.  The poop is mainly on the diaper and with a quick swipe of a wipe, you can throw it away and be done.  Not so with the tub.  I had to drain the water and then pick up his poop.  And since he was sitting in it, it was nice and smashed into the bottom of the tub which meant lots of Clorox!!  I never want to do that again!  No more solids right before bath in this household.  There will always be at least a 30 minute interval to let him “poop it out” before I give a bath!

The past few days Carter has been a true mama’s boy.  He has NEVER been a mama’s boy in his life.  I think it’s because he has so many primary caregivers.  Me, Justin, Debbie and Gordon, my mom, his school teachers, etc.  He’s never been clingy because he’s used to being “passed around”.  But the past few days he’s been all about the mama.  Not even daddy can cure those tears.  Only me.  I loved it for the first day but now it’s just plain frustrating!  I can’t even wash the dishes without him on my hip!  This only popped up just a few days ago so I’m hoping it passes soon!


Carter still likes everything I’ve put in this section in the past several months (golf cart rides, being outside, Baby Einstein, puffs and mums, etc.) so I won’t repeat all of them, but will just list the new likes or the likes that seemed the most prevalent this month:

  • Having his teeth brushed. He smiles SO big when he sees that brush!
  • Walking with his walker.  It would be useful for us to have an airport runway in our backyard.  Mom and Dad are SO sick of turning the walker around when he gets to the end of a room.
  • Teething pacifier and other teething rings
  • Eating his shoes.  He likes the rubber at the bottom for some reason.  When we go to get him out of the car, he almost always has taken his shoe off and is chewing on it.  Gross, I know.
  • Walking around things like a coffee table or toy while still holding on to it
  • Watching older kids move and play
  • Doors.  This was a new one last month, but he still loves playing with doors.
  • Peek-a-boo.  I should change this to hide-and-seek because that’s more what it’s like.  Carter will see me or Justin and then we’ll run into another room and he follows us smiling and laughing the whole time.
  • Lately he has been crawling into his bouncy seat and trying to stand up in it.  Nerve racking!!
  • Baby Cheetos (it’s Gerber Graduates, but Baby Cheetos is what we call them).  I used to break them up because I worried about his choking on them, but little man knows how to use those teeth now and he chews them up before swallowing them like a champ!


  • Falling. He is experimenting more and more with walking and I can’t catch him every time he falls. But needless to say, he gets upset when he falls and bangs his head on something. Usually picking him up and walking outside cures those tears though.
  • Having his diaper changed.  He use to cry a lot when we changed his diaper but then he stopped for a long time.  Now he tends to get fussy again.  He doesn’t like laying still when there’s things around he wants to play with.

Sippy Cup

Got some good advice on the sippy cup last month and we’re still trying.  We found one that he drinks relatively well out of, and trust me, we’ve tried every sippy cup we can find.   He seems to favor the Babies R’ Us brand so now we are only giving him that one in order to not confuse him.  I can usually get him to drink about an ounce and a half or so of water/apple juice mixture around dinner, but we still can’t get him to drink his formula from the sippy cup instead of the bottle.  I plan to keep trying and just see what his pediatrician says at his appointment. 

Party Planning

Carter’s first birthday party is on December 15th.  A mere 2 1/2 weeks away.  Invitations have already gone out and I already got the cake and decorations ordered and planned out.  There’s still several things I’ll have to get taken care of as we get closer to d-day but for the most part, I have his first birthday party planned.  I can’t believe it.  He’s almost one.  Where did the time go? 

**Side note - I will not be continuing the monthly posts after his first birthday.  I may do them every 3 or 4 months so that I can keep up with his growth, but doing them monthly is extremely time consuming so I plan to be done after 12 months!**

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

i-Phone Dump

Several updates via the i-Phone:


Carter was picking out what I would wear for Thanksgiving lunch with my side of the family!  In all honestly though, it’s funny because anytime he goes through my closet it’s this sweater he pulls out.  EVERY. TIME.  And I’ve even moved the location of the sweater.  But he keeps finding it!


This is Carter with my aunt Delane in Tuscaloosa.  She was introducing him to their dog.


He was loving it.


Sweet smile :)  And yes, those teeth are getting bigger!!


We decided to take their cart to a little pond in their neighborhood that is usually infested with ducks wanting bread!  I started getting worried about Carter’s foot hanging out of the golf cart because that little white duck kept snapping towards it trying to get the bread.


This mama’s Christmas came early :)


This is Carter with his cousins Anderson and Lydia.  My sister took this with her camera.  She also took the one below of Carter and myself with my grandfather (Carter’s great grandfather).


He’s all about pulling glasses off of your face!


Towards the end of the Iron Bowl, we headed over to our friends Sam and Shelly’s house to grill out and hang out with friends and all the kids.  I had a moment over at their house where it all of a sudden hit me.  When did we get here?  I remember all of us in high school, sneaking out of our parents houses and now here we are, having house parties of our own while there are children running around the house and they are OUR children.  Time flies man.  Anyway, Carter was in a fussy mood that day so I was sure he’d be misbehaving when we got over there, but he was obsessed with Vaughn and Fisher.  He loved watching them play with tractors and other toys. 


Me and Tiff with the boys.  How freaking skinny does Carter look in this picture?!?!?  Interesting because he had just sat in my lap for about an hour and ate about half of a carton of the baby Cheetos.

On the day we got the above washer and dryer, we went to Lowes.  It was Black Friday and it seemed like it was taking FOREVER to get a person to talk to us so we could purchase it.  It was past Carter’s nap time and I still wanted to get lunch so I told Justin to stay to get the washer and dryer and I would leave to get me some drive-thru lunch and take Carter home for a nap.  Before I was even out of the Lowe’s parking lot:


And he’s not even leaning back to relax.  He’s so passed out he’s leaning forward.  He stayed asleep all the way through the drive-thru and to the house where even the car turning off and the opening of his car door didn’t waken him:


He stayed asleep even when I got him out of the car and inside the house:


He even stayed asleep after I took his shoes off, unbuckled the car seat and even pulled his arms through the arm holes in the strap.


He didn’t wake up until I actually picked him up.  PASSED OUT.

To end the post, here’s a video.  It’s of me running in the house with Carter.  He LOVES when you run holding on to him:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

What Does Your Tree Say About You?

I love Christmas.   I don’t think that statement would surprise anyone that knows me.  I also love decorating for Christmas.  There’s all kinds of Christmas Trees, in my opinion at least.  I do love those trees that are decorated and look like they belong in a Pottery Barn catalog.  I love trees that have color themes, such as lime green and bright red and everything on the tree are those colors.  I love the trees that have HUGE ornaments.  I love all kinds of trees.   But our tree is nothing like these.

Justin and I both decided long ago that we wanted a tree with personality.  Various ornaments, no color theme.  We wanted a tree that described us.  We have all kinds of ornaments on our tree.  We collect ornaments for every place we travel, and yet we are still missing a TON.  I need to get a Cheers Bar ornament from Boston, MA where we went with Justin’s sister and her husband.  We need one for Rome, Italy because we never could find one when we were there.  There’s still so many we need.  But here’s what we do have:


This giraffe was purchased at a lodge we stayed at while doing a safari in the Serengeti in Africa.


This is one of our family photos and I got the frame from my sister who gave it to a lot of her clients with an order last Christmas.


This one needs no explanation.  2012 is his first Christmas.


I’m glad this one didn’t have a year on it like most “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments do.  Because it would have said 2011.  I was that confident that Carter would have been here by Christmas day last year.  But the big guy upstairs had different plans.


This was our first ornament as a married couple.  It has our names and the date of our wedding on them.


These were purchased with the wedding ornament above.  Justin and I LOVED scuba diving the first year or so of our marriage.  He still loves it and does it when he can.  I, however, doubt that I will do it again after a scare in Cozumel, Mexico that could have taken my life.


From our trip to London, England in 2011.


This one may be the most special.  It’s of St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA and I purchased it after Justin proposed to me in front of the Cathedral on January 17, 2009.


This is from Moscow, Russia.  We didn’t travel to get this one.  It was a gift from my in-laws who go to Russia every year to visit our sponsored children at an orphanage in Kirov, Russia.


Mount Rainer National Park which Justin has been to twice (myself only once).  We went together to visit my friends the Kelly’s in the summer of 2010.


Freeport, Maine.  One of my FAVORITE trips.  We went to Acadia National Park which is in Bar Harbor, Maine so we traveled to the legendary LL Bean store in Freeport.  GORGEOUS city!!! 


This is another place we hadn’t been to, but this was a gift from my in-laws.  It represents the “Passion” play that is done in Germany once every 10 years, I think.


And our tree wouldn’t be complete without a Smoky National Park ornament.  I can’t even remember how many times we’ve been there now.  We have to be closing in on 10 quickly.  We just decided over Thanksgiving to make the Smokies Carter’s first trip.  Lots of people take their babies to the beach as a first trip and we’ll do that eventually, but the Smokies is just more us, as a family.

And that’s our tree :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

11a fixed


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Harper Gets Baptized

This past Sunday, one of my best friends little boy got baptized.  Tiff and I were pregnant at the same time with our boys.  Carter was born 5 months, almost to the day, before Harper.  I’m hoping they grow up to be big buddies :)

My mom kept Carter overnight on Saturday (because we also had a wedding shower to attend Saturday, so it was just easier to let my mom keep him overnight and during church the next day).  Justin and I headed to First Baptist Church of Pelham to watch Harper along with several other adorable babies get baptized.  After the service, we all headed over to Tiffany and Trevor’s house to celebrate!  I got videos of the actual baptism for Tiffany, but I won’t put them on the blog.  I will put up pictures of the after party though!


Harper and his daddy


The cake that Tiff’s mom made!  She’ s FABULOUS at stuff like this!


This is Tiffany’s high school friend Sam and her husband Joe.


A few of the girls from their high school group


All the girls!


The Lobdell men, minus Harper


Chad is Trevor’s brother and this is him with his wife Alyssa.


All the Lobdell men AND Harper :)


The sweet Lobdell family!


Me and my hubby


Harper and his grandfather (Tiffany’s dad).  How sweet is this picture?!?!


McWane Center

I am so behind on this post.  Like I mentioned earlier, my sister that lives in Tampa came in town for a full week with her son Cooper.  Due to the distance, I’ve only seen Cooper a handful of times in his life and he’s now a year and a half old.  Needless to say, I was SO excited that they were in town for so long.  They stayed at my mom’s house which just so happens to be right in between my house and my work.  I went over there to visit during a lunch break one day, it was that close!  I was so lucky to get to see Jen and Cooper almost every night that they were in town.  I would go pick up Carter after I got off work and we’d both head over to my mom’s to have dinner there and let the kids play.  On Saturday, we decided to go to the McWane Center with the kids.


My sweet boy :)


They look SO interested to be there….sarcasm.


Meet Wilburt.  Cooper’s other half.


Meet the thumb.  Carter’s other half.


They loved it!


We also met our friend Susan and her son, Bastian.  We tried several times to get a good picture and couldn’t.  This is about as good as it was going to get!


Sweet picture :)