Carson {13 months}

So even though my big boy is already one, I still want to write his monthly updates here and there. He is growing and learning so much, so I felt the need to document some of it!

Carson is such a bundle (a big bundle) of joy and it has been so fun watching him grow into such a big personality. He has been really sweat and cuddly lately which has been really nice.  But most of the time, this kid is busy, busy, busy! Still not walking yet, but we are getting there! I think I am at the point now where I would like for him to walk, he is getting so heavy! Carson is such a good eater and gets mad when his food is all gone! I swear this boy eats more than me! Some of his favorite foods are..

  • Bananas (he points to them whenever we are at the grocery store and gets so excited!)
  • Cheese
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges (which we just tried for the first time this month)
  • Deli turkey
  • Avocado 
  • Black beans
  • Applesauce
  • Bread
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Oatmeal

The only thing that I have found so far that he doesn’t like is mashed potatoes. Which is so weird,  who doesn’t like mashed potatoes??

As far as playing goes, his favorite things to play with are his cars and looking at books! He is also really enjoying his new toy car.

   
   
Other than that, Carson would rather play with boxes and open all the cabinets and drawers in our house. He keeps me busy!

Thankfully, carson is still sleeping pretty well at night and sleeps close to 11 or 12 hours. Recently, he has been waking up around 5:30 or 6 and will join us in bed to snuggle until we get up. Carson is starting to get longer naps in and will sometimes nap for up to 2 hours in the afternoon! Which has been so nice!

I have been trying lately to be more intentional about teaching him things and pointing stuff out and saying what it’s called. He knows where mommy’s nose, eyes, and mouth is, but whenever I say “where is Carson’s nose?”, He still points to my nose!

  
Baby sign language has been going good so far and I am currently trying to teach him to sign thank you. He has only done it one time so far, but I’m pretty sure it’s only because we gave  him a taste of ice cream!

Life has finally slowed down a bit now that the holidays are over, but unfortunately we all caught some nasty stomach flu. So we are taking it easy today. I hate seeing my little guy so sick! Hopefully, it is just a 24 hour thing! I took theses pics below this weekend when we were picking all the oranges off the trees in our back yard. Seriously, so many! #comeeatouroranges

   
 

Christmas Day 2015

This Christmas, was definitely one for the books. It was filled with so much laughter, family, and fun memories.  I was telling jordan how different this Christmas was compared to last year. Carson was only a few weeks old last year, so everything was such a blur. This Christmas he was crawling around everywhere and getting into everything. He had a blast and it was so fun seeing Christmas through his eyes!

We woke up really early on Christmas morning, so Jordan made a fire, brewed some coffee, and then we just sat on the couch talking for awhile until Carson woke up. Once Carson was awake, we read the “she reads truth” advent and then exchanged gifts. Jordan and I didn’t buy Carson a single gift this year for Christmas, mostly because I knew his grandparents would spoil him rotten (and they did) and because most of the time he would rather play with a box than a $20 light up toy. We are probably going have to use our spare bedroom as a playroom now because of all the toys we have to store!


After we did our own Christmas at home, we headed over to my mom’s and carson had a great surprise waiting for him there.

 He was gifted a V-tech train set and a ride-along car! It took my dad two hours to put that train set together and it took Carson only 2 minutes to break it apart. So he is probably still a little young for it, but I think in a few months we will pull it back out and give it another try. Carson really enjoyed watching the train move though!

 You know he is excited when he makes the scrunchy face.


Unfortunately, I didn’t take a whole lot of other pics, but we did take carson for a ride in his new car with the Duncan fam and he loved it!

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Merry Christmas!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6

  
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! May your day be filled with love, joy, family, and sweet memories! And most of all, happy birthday to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! The true reason for the Season!

Carson’s 1 year/Christmas pics!

Last week, we took Carson out and took some pictures for Christmas and also for his 1 year old pics! It is so hard to get a picture of him being still these days! But thankfully, we got some pretty good ones! Sometimes I wish I had somebody taking pictures of us behind the scenes, because we were dancing, singing, making click clack noises, clapping our hands, and practically everything else just to get him to look at the camera and smile! And to not eat the rocks and sand! But hey, that’s life with a 1 year old right? Big thanks to my mom, as always, for taking these pictures!

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Yeah, that’s right, I’m a big boy now!

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Carson’s 1st Visit with Santa

We took Carson to see Santa this weekend and it pretty much turned out how I thought it would. He hated it. He was already crying and shaking in fear and we were still like 5ft away from the big man. But everybody has to have the one crying pic on Santa’s lap right?

We decided to make a night out of meeting Santa and went to grab dinner before hand at Rosati’s pizza. These little dough nuggets were Ah-mazing and Carson ate more of them then Jordan and I combined.

 

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After dinner, we drove to the Anthem outlets, which is also home of the nation’s tallest, REAL, Christmas tree.

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We waited in line for Santa for quite awhile and as soon as Carson saw him, he started crying. Here is Jordan with Santa back in ’92. He is the one crying on the right.

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Carson’s picture:

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Like father, like son right? There is always next year though!

Saturday, was a pretty low key day and then in the afternoon we went to a Christmas party. Jordan was gone Saturday afternoon, so I was trying to get ready for the party and needed to take a shower, so I strapped Carson in his car seat and gave him a book. I took a peak at him and found him like this. Such a little man. lol

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Sunday was a pretty low key day. We grabbed lunch with our family at a Chinese buffet and I’m pretty sure Jordan and I both felt pretty sick the rest of the afternoon. So our Sunday pretty much consisted of football, snuggles, and folding laundry. Nothing to exciting, but hey, that’s life! This past week Jordan and I solidified are plans to going to Disneyland in February though! So we are pretty stoked about that! We haven’t been since our honeymoon!

Hope everyone had a great and rest-filled weekend! It went by way to fast!

 

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The Hustle and Bustle

Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is just to much for me. It literally stresses me out to were I have a knot in my stomach full of anxiety! Sad, I know, but it’s the truth!

The other day, Jordan and I were on our way to meet up with some friends to plan our Disney vacation and I turned to him and said “why am I so stressed? This is supposed to be the happiest and most wonderful time of year!” Of course, my sweet husband said “idk sweetie, what’s wrong with you?” Ey yi yi. But anyways, the point is, this time of year makes me so happy, but also fills me with so much stress and nerves. I’m constantly thinking, “who else do I need to buy gifts for?” and worrying  about, “which outfits will look the best for our family Christmas picture?” Or thinking, “what if jordan doesn’t like his gifts?”, “How are we gonna attend all of these Christmas parties?”, “What if I hurt their feelings, because we couldn’t make it to their party?”, “How can I jam pack as many fun-filled Christmas traditions in as possible?”, “What dessert should I make for Christmas?”, “What if I don’t get all the shopping done?” And lastly, “what if somebody steals the packages off the front porch when I’m not home?” And the list goes on and on..
 As I was on my way to target this morning, (you know, to get more Christmas shopping done) I was filled with all these emotions and thoughts. So as I was making my way through the aisles of target, trying to find Jordan a dress shirt for an upcoming party and searching for some stocking stuffers, I immediately felt convicted. All of these silly worries have been controlling me these past few days and have been determining my mood. I really had to examine my heart and realize how ridiculous I was being for worrying about such minimal things. Jordan could care less about what I buy him for Christmas, he just wants to see me happy and enjoying this season with him and our family. Most of all, these things have kept me from really enjoying and remembering the most important thing about this time of year: Jesus’s birthday!

When I was a kid, my mom would always remind me of the true reason for the Season and even now I am trying to teach Carson the same thing. But, for some reason all the hustle and bustle sneaks up on me and takes over. I really want to be intentional this Christmas and center everything around what’s really important.



I am just naturally a worry wart, so I know not all of the stresses of the season will magically go away, but I do want to try my best to make this season a Christ-centered Christmas. Instead of getting annoyed over the extra amount of traffic or the overly, crowded stores, I want my mind to think and remember all the good things this season brings. Christmas is a time that brings families together, it’s delicious food on the table, little children singing, parties, drinking coffee by the Christmas tree, baking cookies, watching movies, seeing pretty lights and manger scenes in front of people’s houses, and being surrounded with people we love. Most of all, it’s a time to remember our dear savior’s birth. These are the things I want to fill my mind, heart, and home with. I want to rest in heavenly peace, instead of embracing the hustle and bustle. (did I really just write that?) lol but in all honesty, I truly want this month to be a time of rest, enjoying time with my family, and celebrating our savior that was born in a stable many years ago.

What traditions do you have that celebrate the birth of Jesus?

How do you deal with all the stress of the season? 

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Carson’s Milk and Cookies Party

 

I had such a fun time planning out Carson’s first birthday party and have actually known for a while that I wanted to do a milk and cookies theme. I just love the idea and I love cookies. So it worked out perfectly. Except now I have way to many leftover cookies in my house, which is not a good thing! I was really worried the week of his party, because Carson was really sick with the croup, so that meant I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to for his party. But thankfully, everything worked out and his party was a success. I am pretty sure I over stress about everything, so I had to keep reminding myself that it’s ok if everything is NOT perfect.

I was so busy throughout his party that I totally forgot to take pictures, but thankfully my mom took a ton! I can always count on her for pictures! Thanks, mom! Also, Thank you so much to everyone that came and made Carson’s big day so special! He is so blessed to have so many people that love and care for him!

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For the milk bottles, I made Jordan drink the big box of Starbuck’s frappucino bottles from Costco,washed them, and then scrubbed off the sticker part. They were perfect and the most cheapest option for vintage milk bottles. My mother-in-law also had a few that she purchased at Michaels that we used in addition! Here is a really great tutorial on how to take the sticker label off of a Frappuccino bottle.

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Thanks Uncle Chestin for my over-sized puppy!

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Carson 12 months check-up

I still am in disbelief that my baby is already 1 years old. To say the time flew by would be an understatement! Despite Carson having the croup, this past weekend was a blast and we had so much fun throwing him his milk and cookies party! He is such a ham these days, we are constantly laughing at his goofy faces! I feel like he is not a baby anymore, he is starting to become more independent and his personality is larger than life. He is interacting with others and recognizes different family members. Even though this stage comes with some tantrums, I am really enjoying this age that he is at. Watching him learn and explore new things has been so fun! Carson had his 12 month well check this morning and is doing well. He had a steroid shot on Thursday for the croup, so as soon as we walked into the room he started crying. He also got 6 shots today, so he was not a happy camper! Bless his heart!

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Weight: 19.6lbs(7th percentile )

Height: I didn’t catch his height but they did say he was in 49th percentile

Head: 41cm (51 %)
Health: Well up until last week he has been super healthy and never gotten sick. But last week he started getting a runny nose and then a couple days later it turned into the croup with stridor. It is so scary when babies have the croup! I felt so hopeless and hated seeing him so sick!  Thankfully he is on the mend now and almost back to 100%
Nicknames: boogie, Boogie bear, boogie boo, boogie boy(apparently we really like saying the word boogie) and boo boo.

Teething: Carson has 4 teeth, 2 on top and 2 on the bottom. We’ve started brushing his teeth with no toothpaste before bed and he hates it! I plan on starting him on some fluoride free toothpaste soon. I sing a song when I brush his teeth, but he still despises it. He likes to brush his own teeth though.

Clothing: Size 12 months in most things, onesies are 12-18 months, size 4 in shoes.

Eating (milk): drinking about 3 8oz bottles of formula and will be switching to whole milk this week!
Eating (solids): This boy loves to eat! He will eat anything and everything we put in front of him! He loves bananas, oatmeal, avocado, cheerios, cheese, bread, black beans, yogurt, applesauce, and turkey. The only thing he doesn’t seem to care for to much is quinoa, but I think it’s because it has kind of a weird texture to it.
Sleeping: Usually sleeps about 11-12 hours at night. Goes to bed around 7pm and wakes anywhere between 6am-7am. Naps are a struggle, so he usually ends up napping in my arms or in his car seat!
Social: Carson loves waving at people when we are out or telling someone goodbye.  He loves to clap his hands!  He is saying “dada”, “ba- ba” for his bottle,  and will occasionally say “ma-ma” but mostly says “da-da all the time! He also says “vroom vroom” when playing with his cars.
Likes: playing with cars, balls, opening cabinets, reading books, stuffed animals, the shopping cart, bath time, snuggling, loves climbing on stuff, looking at lights (Christmas lights), unrolling the roll of toilet paper(ey-yi-ey), and watching daddy work outside.
Dislikes: getting his diaper changed, getting dressed, his jumper, when we tell him “no”, being hungry.
New this month:

Says “vroom vroom” when he is playing with his cars

Gives high fives

Pointing to body parts (head and eyes)

Claps his hands and puts his hands over his head when we say “how big is carson?”

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Standing on his own! But not walking yet!

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A few fun things we did this year:

Went to the zoo

Went up north and played in the snow

Pumpkin patch

 
Mama: this was a pretty big month for me and watching my son turn one was hard, but loving all the new things that come with this age! I also secretly love that he only wants mom at certain times! But I know it won’t last long!
Daddy: slowly, becoming more and more of a daddy’s boy! Carson lights up whenever daddy walks through the door! Also, Carson has taken a special interest in cars, so that makes daddy very happy!

We love this boy so much and feel so blessed to have him in our lives. He is such a joy and brings us so much happiness. Carson also has so many  friends and family that smother him with love and kisses! He is one loved dude! Can’t wait to share his “milk and cookies” birthday party soon!

   
    
    
  

we went to portillos on friday and they gave us a slice of chocolate cake for free since it was his birthday!

  
   
 

 

 

 

 

Happy 1st Birthday, Carson!!

Happy birthday to my sweet baby boy and bundle of joy! Unfortunately, Carson came down with the croup this week so he is definitely not feeling his best. We took him to the pediatrician yesterday though and they gave him a steroid shot to help with his breathing. Thankfully, that helped and he is on the mend now. It’s been so hard seeing him sick. Seriously, heart breaking! But he has been such a trooper and still sweet as ever! There hasn’t been a whole lot of sleep going on this week, but there has been lots of snuggles!  Which I am not complaining about!


  

  
  
  
  
Jordan came home early from the gym this morning and brought some donuts and a balloon for carson. We sang happy birthday to him and let him devour a chocolate, sprinkled donut. It was impossible to get a picture of him smiling this morning. As soon as he saw that donut, his eyes were locked on it and it was strictly business!


  

 




We are throwing him a little birthday party on Sunday and I can’t wait to see him dig into his little cake! Since carson has been so sick this past week, I haven’t been able to get as much party planning done as I wanted to, so his birthday will be pretty laid back! But that’s okay, because I’m pretty sure he is only gonna care about the cake part anyways! Carson is so blessed to have so many people that love him! He is gonna be spoiled rotten!

 

A Year of Motherhood

Man, I don’t even know where to start with this post. My mind always seems to write the perfect post while I’m running or working out, but as soon as I sit down to write it out, I have no words. If only my brain could type for me, when I’m not at the computer.

Anyways, as my little guy’s one year birthday is approaching, I decided to write and share about my first year of motherhood.  Even though it has actually been more like 1 year and 9 months of motherhood, because  as soon as I saw that positive pregnancy test, I started caring and nurturing for that little life inside of me. My first year of motherhood has been a whirlwind to say the least and most definitely one of the hardest things I have ever been and continue to go through.

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In the beginning, I always felt like I would arrive at a place where I felt comfortable as a mom and a place where I would finally feel like “I had it all together”. But I soon realized, that wasn’t going to happen, ever. Because as soon as I thought I had mastered one stage and started adjusting, Carson was onto the next stage. It’s like I was constantly shifting gears and could never keep up! There was and still are tears of sadness, tears of pain, of frustration, of hopelessness, of exhaustion, and even tears because I couldn’t open a pickle jar (true story). There have also been tears for no reason at all! And that’s ok! But more than anything, there have been tears of complete and utter joy, of happiness, and of love, an unending and immeasurable kind of love.  I remember my first week as a new mom, I told Jordan I was going to shower, but I really just needed to be alone and to cry. I was overwhelmed and felt so lost. Those first couple months were definitely the hardest. Some people told me to “let him cry it out”; others would say “no, co-sleeping is best”. That is just one example but the point is, I was so confused and in many ways felt like a failure.  I eventually learned that it’s okay to not know what to do and in those moments of complete hopelessness, is when I learned to truly surrender my worries and brokenness to the lord. I am now thankful for those moments that brought me to my knees. They have shaped me and grown me.

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Motherhood is a journey, a beautiful, beautiful journey, which I feel so blessed to be on. Whenever my son is throwing tantrums or is fighting nap time, I remind myself that there are women who would give anything to have that. I try to never take this for granted and always keep this at the forefront of my mind.  As do all mothers, I have experienced exhaustion like no other, frustration that makes me want to pull my hair out, and pain that is unbearable. But motherhood is also a love that I could go on forever about; the love a mama bear feels for her little cub is indescribable. Motherhood came fast for me and was not at all “a part of the 5 year plan”. But I truly believe it happened at the right time, even though there are many times it seems like a detour. Motherhood has taught me to be more patient, even though I am nowhere close to being as patient as I want to be! It has taught me to be more self-less and to love another human being more than myself (marriage has also taught me that!). For that, I am grateful. I am grateful that it has shaped me into who I am today. Motherhood is something I will never out learn, there is always something new to learn and to grow from.  In a lot of ways, I am straight up scared for the next 17 years. How will I teach this little boy of mine to grow up to be a responsible man and most importantly, to love Jesus fiercely? How can I teach him to a respectable, kind, smart and loving young man? If there is anything that I have learned in this past year it is to take it one day at a time, to start each day with a grateful heart and to pray, pray and then pray some more. Because sometimes, that’s all we can do is pray and trust the Lord with the rest.

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Motherhood is not always a walk in the park, a pretty picture of mommy and baby snuggling, or ten tiny toes wrapped in a soft blanket. Motherhood is a messy time, an exhausting time, and a time of growth and learning. But more than anything, it is a beautiful time, a time to love and pour yourself into another little human’s life. Although I am scared to one day raise a teenager and venture through motherhood over the years, I am excited for the journey to come and the growth that will come from it. And as cliché as it sounds, this past year has been one of the hardest, but most amazing and love-filled years ever. So Cheers to tired eyes, a messy house, and re-heating my coffee up 15 times, before I actually finish it!

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