Monday, June 25, 2012

Carter Rolling Over

Last Saturday Carter finally figured out how to roll all the way over! He still gets stuck on his stomach sometimes, but he's getting a lot better! :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

5 Months Old!

Our little boy is 5 months old! I can't believe how time flies! Everyday I am reminded again and again how much I love my little monkey! :) This last month Carter has become a lot more mobile. It's been a blast watching him learn new tricks. :)

New things for Carter this month:

Loves to lay on his side.
He's rolling over from his back to his stomach.
Found his feet.
Loves animal noises.
Can scoot on his back.
Gags himself with his own finger or hand.
He laughs!
Very vocal when he's upset about something.
Finally seems to enjoy tummy time (for a few minutes) if we are playing with him.
Always wants to sit up and is getting a lot stronger.
Can stand up with our help and he is no longer wobbly.

This is the first time we saw Carter play with his feet. Probably because he has cute slippers on them! :)

Carter is enjoying story time before bed with Daddy.

Carter can roll from back to stomach whenever he wants now. It's great, except when he's supposed to be sleeping. The problem is that he does not know how to roll from his stomach to his back. As a result, many times I go in to find a screaming baby because he does not want to be on his stomach. This makes sleeping very difficult! One night I had to roll him over 4 times! I always lay him down in the middle of his crib and a few times I have found him on his stomach stuck at the end! Funny boy.

Here Carter is enjoying my animal sounds. :) He especially loves when Rory makes horse noises!

If he's not quite ready to go to sleep, Carter likes to spin around and put his feet up on the side of the crib. I've walked in before to find him just chilling with his feet propped up on the side. At least he falls asleep eventually. :)

I went in to check on Carter and make sure he was asleep and I found him like this. :) After I took the picture I carefully pulled his shirt down and he eyes popped open. I left the room quick and I didn't hear anything so I peeked back in a minute later. He had pulled his shirt right back up and fallen back asleep! I guess he likes to be exposed! :)

I don't know if you have noticed, but everytime I post a picture of Carter in the bathtub he is covered with a washcloth. This is not so much to keep him modest, but more to protect against him peeing on us. :) Recently he has started grabbing the washcloth and shoving it in his mouth. I decided it was time for a bath toy! Carter loved his rubber ducky. :)

Carter loves to chew on his monkey's tail.

I love Carter's monkey outfit!

Carter is pretty much the cutest baby ever! We have had a few rough patches this month. There were a couple weeks where I thought Carter was never going to take a nap again. Thankfully we both survived! :) Overall though Carter is a great baby. We are so lucky!

We are so blessed to be your parents Carter! Your cute smile lights up our house every day. You love to play with us and we love to make you laugh. We are seeing more and more of your cute personality develop and we love it! We hope you continue to be so happy as you get older. We love you so much!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Team Bridger!

I know this blog is usually just about our family, but I really wanted to have a post about this great cause. Rory and I have some good friends, Andrew and Alicia Baer, who recently lost their 4 month old baby boy to kidney disease. You can click HERE to visit their Team Bridger blog and read more about their story.

Rory and I have been extremely blessed to have a healthy 5 month old baby boy who we love more than anything! We cannot even fathom what Andrew and Alicia have had to endure. After losing a child, many people would become bitter and closed off. Alicia has used her situation to help bless others who are going through the same thing. I am continually amazed at her strength and faith even in the face of such an incredible hardship.

Feeling so blessed, we want to be able to help others. What better way to help than to help our friends with their good cause! The Baer's are the Honorary Family 2012 for the Salt Lake 2012 Kidney Walk. They are working to raise money for other families in similar situations. 100% of proceeds to Team Bridger will benefit Utah pediatric nephrology and kidney transplant patients. Rory and I have set up a page where you can DONATE and help us raise money for Team Bridger! We really wish we could actually join the Walk in Salt Lake, but we're a little too far away. So we're doing what we can from Indiana. Every little bit can help a family in need! If you feel so inclined, please check out the Baer's story and maybe it will touch your heart too!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Carter Rolled Over!

Last week Carter started rolling onto his side all the time. He spins circles as he rolls to a side and then pushes himself around. So far he has only rolled to his right side. Half the time I get Carter up from a nap he's in a much different spot than I left him.

Carter still doesn't know how he feels about tummy time. But it's slowly getting better. :)

Carter is also getting more flexible. He loves to keep his feet up in the air. When he's on his play mat he will grab his toys with his feet as well as his hands. It's pretty funny to watch.

Earlier today I put Carter down for a nap. He wasn't too excited about it and was fussing. All of a sudden his cry changed quite a bit. It sounded like he was stuck and he was yelling out for help. I'd never heard him cry like that before so I hurried in to make sure he was alright. Come to find out, Carter had rolled over! He was not happy about it. But he's completed a new milestone! I'm sure he was just in his crib kicking around because he was not happy and all of a sudden he flipped himself over. :) 

Carter amazes us every day! There is always something new and we love it!

Memorial Weekend

For Memorial weekend Rory's parents were able to come out and join us! They flew in Friday late afternoon and then the fun began! Earlier in the week Rory passed his fourth actuary test!! We were super excited!! He passed this one on his first try and it's probably the hardest one! The day after Rory passed we got to drive up to Cincinnati and have dinner with my dad! It was a lot of fun to see him, even if it was only for a couple hours!

Friday night for dinner we went to Red Lobster to celebrate Rory passing his test! We got to try the Festival of Shrimp and it was delicious. Carter was great during dinner and let us enjoy our food. :)

Saturday we just had fun hanging out and running some errands. :) Polly got some cute pics of Carter.

Mike has been wanting to try Senor Iguanas for a while now and he finally got his wish.

After quite the wait we finally got our food. It was worth the wait!

Rory and I have been wanting to see The Avengers since it came out. Mike and Polly were kind enough to babysit for us. They were more than happy to spend time with Carter. :) We sure appreciated it! 

Sunday afternoon we went to the park for a picnic. Carter loved being outside on his blanket!
He just smiled the whole time. :)

Here's Mike and Rory enjoying a little game of ladder ball.

Rory grilled some amazing chicken and veggies.

Carter in his cute sunglasses. :)

We had a great weekend and were sad it had to come to an end. We can't wait to go to Utah in July!