Carson ~20 months~

Carson is now 20 months old, which means he will be TWO in 4 months! 4 months!! Thats crazy, time is flying by and before i know it i will have a 2 year old on my hands. Nevertheless, Carson is in such a fun stage right now. He is so expressive and brings so much joy and laughter to our lives. Don’t get me wrong though, we are in full tantrum mode and there are definitely some not so fun days. Its funny how i always thought i was a patient person, but Carson is continuously showing me I am the furthest thing from it. Carson has such a sweet and sensitive heart and I love that about him. He gets his feelings hurt pretty easily and is always so aware of the feelings of others around him. He always seems to know the perfect time to flash that silly smile of his and it instantly lifts my spirits. Life would be pretty quiet around here without him.

Eating

Carson has always had a good appetite but does seem to be more picky now that he is getting older. Some days he loves chicken nuggets and then the next day he wont even touch them, *sigh* but hey, that’s life with a toddler. Carson loves to eat fruit and will never turn that down. His absolute favorite are blueberries and grapes. For protein, he really likes to eat cold grilled chicken. Yogurt, cheese, graham crackers, lara bars, mac and cheese, avocados, healthy¬†cookies, and hot dogs are also some of his favorite things to eat on a daily basis.

Sleeping-

Thankfully, Carson sleeps great at night and will usually go to bed around 7:30 and sleep in until 6:30am. Naps still aren’t always consistently on time every day but he usually will take about a 1-2 hour nap in the afternoon and will cat-nap here and there in the car. He sleeps with his little stuffed bunny every night ūüôā

Playtime-

Carson loves playing with his toys and will grab our hand and pull us to his toys to come and play with him. Still trying to get him to play by himself more and more, but it does seem like the older he gets the more he will sit and play with his toys. He loves playing with trucks, cars, boats and legos. He also really enjoys reading books.

Church- 

Carson enjoys going to church and does really well in the nursery. I love watching him play and interact with other kids his age. It is so cute! They blow bubbles, sing songs, color, and dance to the hokey pokey every sunday (his fave)

tv shows-

I don’t really have a limit right now on the amount of time Carson watches TV, but he probably watches a couple episodes a day of a certain show and will usually play with his toys with it on in the background. This is usually the time when I can clean the house or do whatever else needs to be done because it holds his attention so well! His absolute favorite show is daniel tiger, but also enjoys watching bob the builder and Cars.

Favorite things-

Visiting family, daniel tiger, cookies, playing outside, airplanes, going on walks, his stuffed “bunny”, dancing, singing songs, reading books, and doing the hokey pokey.

dislikes-

Riding in the car, being told “no”, naps, and whenever I try to clean his face.

 

 

Carson had a well check a couple weeks ago and is as healthy as can be (praise God)! He received 4 shots and did great! He got a lollipop afterwards and all was right in the world again! He weighed 26lbs at the office and came in around 43% on the chart for his height. And of course his head measurements were in the 80th percentile range. The Boys got a big head! But, We are so blessed to have such a healthy and growing boy!

Carson can be really shy sometimes but is also so outgoing and loves to wave and say “hi” to everybody when we are out and about. The “climbing stage” and hitting is in full force right now and honestly some days it overwhelms me SO MUCH. I second guess my parenting and question if I am “doing it right”. Just trying to take it one day at a time. It is not easy, but I sure do love this boy and am so thankful for the joy he brings to us.

 

The MANY faces of Carson…

 

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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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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!