Monday, July 23, 2012


I apologize that I haven't really kept this blog updated with stuff and Rory and me. It seems to be mostly focused on what Carter is up to. So I thought I'd have a little post about Rory. :)

Rory has been working hard to get certified as an actuary. He spends a lot of his free time studying hard. I think I mentioned it in an earlier post, but a couple months ago Rory passed his 4th test! Many people say that is the hardest one so we were ecstatic! Not only did he pass it, but it was his first try for that one too. Other people from his office took the test as well and Rory was the only one who passed. Some of the other people were taking it for the 2nd or 3rd time. These tests are NOT easy.

Right now Rory is working on his independent study course. He has to do 8 different sections and he has a test after the first five and then at the end. He's almost done with the first four sections. He's been working hard to get them done fast so he can start studying for his last big test that he wants to take in March. He usually spends about 6 months studying for each test so he's trying to work fast! :)

Rory is one of the most self-motivated people I know. I don't know anyone else who is so diligent about studying when they aren't in a class that makes them stay on top of it. I'm so proud of him and all that he has accomplished so far. He is so close to being a certified ASA (Associate of the Society of Actuaries)!

This September Carrie Underwood and Wicked are coming to Louisville. Two things that I would really like to see. For my birthday Rory got us tickets to Carrie! I was so excited to get them! She has been one of my favorite artists since she was first on American Idol and I have never seen her in concert so I can't wait! Rory also knew I wanted to see Wicked, but I knew that would be a lot to get both things for my birthday. Since I already had tickets to Carrie then I didn't expect to see Wicked. I was happy enough to just be going to one of them. Rory came home 3 days before I did from our trip to Utah. He had to get back to work so he couldn't stay any longer. When I got home Rory had gotten me a present. I wasn't expecting that! I was even more shocked to find out that they were tickets to see Wicked!!! It was the best surprise ever! I really hadn't said much about Wicked, but Rory knew how much I wanted to go. Isn't he the best?! :) I love you Rory!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

6 Months!

6 Month Stats
Weight: 18 lbs 9.5 oz
Height: 26 in
Head Circumference: 16 in

My baby is six months old! I can't believe it! Carter is growing up so fast. Thankfully he's at least stopped packing on the pounds and he's finally just getting longer. :) 

Carter's doctors appointment went really well this month. I think our long trip to Utah helped him break out of his shell. He finally likes people and is super curious about everything around him. He was great with the nurse in the beginning and was patient as we weighed and measured him. The doctor came and checked him out and he was good as can be. 

Carter has been introduced to solid food and loves it, so I wasn't surprised that he gladly took the oral vaccine he was given. The three immunizations he was given were a little different story, but he handled them really well. He cried a little with the first two. The third immunization stings so he cried pretty good with that one, but he stopped as soon as I picked him up when the nurse was done. All in all, I'd say we had a great trip to the doctor.

New things for Carter this month:

Met his Great Grandpa Butterfield.
First trip to St. George.
Loves attention from everyone.
Finally likes to be held by other people.
Does much better with noise.
Curious about everything now.
His head is always on a swivel when we're out of the house.
Finally figured out how to roll from his stomach to his back, but hasn't done it much since the first day he did it.
Fights naps
Started waking up in the middle of the night again.
Has started talking to himself.
Can sit for a couple seconds before catching himself with his hands or tipping over.
Finally figured out what food is all about and LOVES it!

Look at those big blue eyes. :)

For some reason this picture is sideways. Sorry!

Carter loves his mommy. :)

I love this picture because it shows Carter's concentration face. His lips always pucker out a little bit and you can tell he is completely focused on what is in his hands.

Carter was supposed to be sleeping, but he screamed enough that I couldn't take it anymore and got him out of bed. Carter was proud of himself... (can you tell I'm tired?)

So sad. :(

He shoved that toy in all by himself....

Our patriotic little boy.

Carter makes this face all the time now. He sucks in his lower lip and makes it look like he has no lips. Sometimes when he fusses he does this and just says "mmm, mmm" over and over again. It's pretty funny.

Our little boy is changing so much, so fast! He is such an active little boy. When he gets enough sleep Carter is the happiest little boy ever. Carter LOVES attention. I guess that comes with being an only child. It's even worse now that we spent two weeks with family so someone was always holding him. :) 

Carter, you are one loved little boy. Your Dad and I feel so blessed to be your parents. Your smile means the world to us. It is the best feeling in the world to see your face light up when you see us. You are the world to us. Carter, you have brought so much joy to our little family. We love you to pieces! You will always be our little boy!