Perspective

Sometimes I find myself forgetting, more than I would like to admit, how blessed I am for the health of my child. I had an uncomplicated pregnancy and Carson has never once been to the doctors for anything but well checks. There are definitely times when I take his health for granted. In fact, sadly, I take a lot more than that for granted.

Since I work in the pediatric field, I come in contact with all different kinds of children.  I have the pleasure of working with children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and even children who are wheelchair bound. But these children, despite their differences, have so much joy. Whenever I see the joy on their faces, it is a huge wake up call to me. There are days when I get upset because Carson is crying or getting into everything, but there are children out there who would give anything to be able to use their legs or to use their voice to express their needs.

Our power went out last weekend so we went and hung out at target! So that’s why there are all these goofy target pictures!

Carson is such a a healthy boy and I am so thankful for that. I pray I never forget how blessed we are for my sweet boy’s health. I also know that anything can happen and Carson may not always be as healthy as he is now, but I know that God is sovereign over it all. I want to truly be thankful and not take things like this for granted.  I believe God puts the children that I work with in my life for a reason. Those children in a way might think that I am helping them, but they are actually helping me so much more! Their gentle, sweet smiles remind me of Gods goodness and hope. Today, I choose to hold my baby boy in a little closer and pray a sweet prayer of thankfulness over him. I also hope and pray that when he gets older I can instill thankfulness in his heart. I pray that he wil choose joy regardless of his situation and will always see other’s needs before his. When I think about some of the children I see, it definitely gives me a new perspective on things. My worries and troubles are no where close to some of the things people face on a daily basis.

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Psalm 106:9

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

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Thoughts on Thursday: Frozen baby food bites

I can’t believe there is only one more week of September! This month has flown by! It’s crazy how fast time goes by when you have a child! Even though I am not glad time is going by so quickly, I am glad it’s almost October and the weather will start cooling down more. Today, it is still a high of 106!

Okay enough about the weather, I am practically an old lady and could talk about the weather forever. Anyways, Carson is in full on teething mode right now. He is always sticking things in his mouth and wanting to naw on something to help the pain go away. Bless his heart! I have tried everything and nothing seems to be really working except when he eats? I’m not really sure why but for whatever reason he is always quiet when we are giving him food! Lol Carson also really enjoys eating puffs for a snack which I do like to give to him but if he eats to many it makes him (tmi, I know) constipated. Ever since we added puffs in his diet I have noticed how much trouble he is having in that department. So after a couple months of this going on I tried thinking of other things I could give him and that’s when I decided to take just regular baby food and freeze it into little bites. He loves these things and they just melt right in his mouth. These frozen baby food bites have been a life saver and it is also nice because this way he is still learning to feed himself but he is also not filling himself up with just puffs.

I know, they look really gross, like a bunch of tiny animal droppings! lol



To make the baby food bites I simply just put baby food (I used prunes) into a plastic baggy and cut a very small hole at the bottom tip of the bag. I made small circles onto a tray and placed it in the freezer for a couple hours. Once they are completely frozen, I combine them all together in one bag to keep in the freezer and take out as needed. Carson gobbled these things up and since they were frozen they helped relieve some teething pain as well! He loves eating finger foods so this way he is still eating good nutritious foods but he is also learning to feed himself something else other than puffs and Cheerios!

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Carson’s 9 month well check

Carson had his 9 month well check today and thankfully is super healthy and right on track! I was really surprised by his measurements.  He weighed in at 18.4lbs. I thought for sure he would be above average for weight but was actually only  in the 22 percentile! I think now that he is mobile, he has lost some weight. Carson measured 28 inches for his height, which put him in the 44th percentile for height. and of course, my sweet boys head was in the 66th perecentile.  I thought his head would actually be more like in the 90th percentile but to my surprise wasn’t! Carson got 3 shots today, he received his Hep B, Polio, and flu shot! He was such a trooper and stopped crying as soon as I scooped him up.  We love Carson’s pediatrician, Dr. Fischer. She is super sweet and is always so reassuring. I imagine Carson will be extra clingy today and just want to snuggle, which I am totally ok with! I miss those days when he would just lay on my chest all day! Now he is up and moving all around, all the time! Anyways, I sure do love this boy and I cant believe the next time we go to the pediatrician he will be one!


Carson {9 months}

How is it that my sweet boy is already 9 months? Time has flown by and everyday with this boy is an adventure. He is constantly keeping me on my toes and has completely stolen my heart. I feel like this past month he has learned so many new things and really has a personality now. He is interested in so many things and is very aware of his surroundings. Next week, Carson has his 9 month appointment with his pediatrician, so I will be able to get his accurate weight, height, etc. then. I love this boy so much!


  
Health: As far as health goes this boy is as healthy as a horse! He hasn’t really ever gotten sick besides just a little cold. I am so thankful he is so healthy and thriving.

Teething: It seems like every week this boy has a new tooth coming in! He has two teeth on the bottom and 1 on the top. He looks like a total hillbilly right now with 1 tooth, but the other one is just about to pop through! Teething has been really rough, there have been a few sleepless nights and days were he is just really clingy.

Clothing: As far as clothing size, it is all over the place. He wears mostly 9 month clothes but can also fit into 12 months and 6 months, depending on if the brand runs big or small.

Eating: Carson loves to eat. He will eat anything and everything we give him. He usually will have some mashed fruit or oatmeal in the morning and then for dinner will have some pureed veggies or whatever we are having cut up in small pieces. He also loves to snack on puffs! He would eat the whole container if I let him! Carson is getting really good at self feeding and feeds himself most of the time, unless it is something he has to eat with a spoon. We have tried lots of new foods this month and thankfully doesn’t seem to have any aversions to anything yet! Carson also has four 8oz bottles a day.

Nicknames: I’d day 75% of the time we call hims “bubs” instead of by his real name. For some reason we started calling him that after he was born and it has just kinda stuck. We also occasionally will call him “boogie boo” or “boogie bear”. Yes, we are those parents.

Likes: More like LOVES his “Ba ba” (bottle), bath time, reading books, going on walks, patty cake, peek-a-boo, and playing with his daddy. He also likes having free roam of the house to crawl wherever he pleases. Carson also loves to play with Roxy’s food bowl and bang it on the ground. He is also obsessed with outlet plugs. I will put like 10 toys in front of this boy and he will crawl straight to the outlet.

New this month: This has been a big month for Carson. He has learned so much lately. He learned to crawl on all fours, pull up on furniture, stand up, and seems to be learning something new every day. He also cut 2 new teeth this past month. I don’t know if its because of teething but Carson has been super clingy and hates being left alone.

Dislikes: Naps, bumbo, and doesn’t like being in his carseat for an extended period of time.

Sleeping: At night, Carson has been sleeping really well. He goes to bed between 7:30 or 8 and usually sleeps till 6:30 or 7am. Once in a while he will wake up in the middle of the night, but usually will fall back asleep after a few minutes. I am so grateful that he sleeps through the night! Naps on the other hand are another story, he hates taking naps and usually will end up napping in the car or falling asleep in random places like in his saucer:


This boy is such a ham. Even though carson is now so mobile and getting into everything, this is still such a fun age. It’s been such a joy watching him learn new things. He is like a sponge right now, soaking in and intently watching everything we are doing. I think my favorite part of the day is when I go into carson’s room when he first wakes up and he pops up his little head and gives me the biggest grin. It’s seriously the best feeling. We are getting our family pictures taken this weekend so I will have more “professional” photos of him. All these photos are super random, but they are some of my favorites. I can’t wait to have some new family pictures, we haven’t had any good quality pics of all 3 of us since carson was a newborn.

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Carson’s first time having some frozen yogurt. He loved it!

Carson’s eyes light up whenever daddy walks in the room! Jordan is such a good daddy and my heart just melts whenever I see them together.


  
  

Jordan and I are so grateful to be Carson’s mom and dad. It has been such a joy watching him grow and learn new things everyday. I’m so thankful for this boy! Happy 9 months Carson, we love you!