Mama’s Little Helper

12 08 2011

Carter went to visit Mimi & PopPop again in late July. Mimi decided it was time for him to earn his keep and put him right to work (yeah, right).

i got this mimi, you go lay on the couch

I was super pleased. I’ve been wondering when this kid was going to put in his fair share around the house. I mean, isn’t that why people have kids anyway (why hasn’t sarcasm font been invented yet)? His favorite activity is unloading the dishwasher. I guess he and Mimi had A LOT of fun with it. When I open the door to our dishwasher, the sound of those four little paws frantically rushing to the kitchen start. I have about 11 seconds to get whatever I need in or out of the dishwasher before the door has been pulled down and my 24 pound baby gets in. If he gets there just as I’m closing it back up a little fit starts (I didn’t know fits started at 10 months, what the???).

don't worry mama, the dishwasher door always creaked. don't show dad this, k?

He also enjoys the fruits of summer gardening (those are not our zucchini, a friend let us raid her garden. She had an … uh, abundance?).

mom. what in the world are these?

But every good gardener has to pull the weeds too.

bark and dirt taste good. why does mama keep saying good job?

Even though we live in the wet northwest, we still have to water our plants. We have dry spells! Like 4 days of no rain at a time!

it's like we're at the splash pad!

Once you are done pulling weeds and playing in the dirt, you need to wash and dry your clothes.

spin spin spin spin spin

But don’t worry, he gets some intense relaxation time with his new BFF, Stewie.

ahhhh, i've worked hard this week. this soft chair is warm. and funny.

And at all the local wading pools. He’s not so sure about this one. In fact, he turned tail and hauled out of there. Water on face = less than fun.

not relaxing, mom. not at all.

He prefers the deeper waters of the GL wading pool where he can splash and crawl without something spraying him.

My busy little bee is quite helpful in our daily chores. The house is sparkling like the top of the Chrysler building when Scott comes home to the aroma of a dinner cooked from scratch out of our organic vegetable garden and our child is quietly picking up all of his toys before he puts himself to bed and sleeps for 12 hours without a peep. *snort* What? I’m awake. Oh, sorry, I did drift off into dreamland.

Friday Flowers: Dahlias

5 08 2011

They’ve gone bananas. I have about 15 plants making crazy blooms all over the place. Come pick some if you want some!

dahlias galore

Ten Months

3 08 2011

Where is summer going? Where is this kid’s first year going?? Carter turned 10 months old! He has changed so so much in the last month. It’s really hard to believe only a month has passed.

He is now a master of crawling. He has a funny way of acting like he’s just wandering around checking things out. Then he looks over his shoulder to see where I am. When he thinks he has a clear chance he takes off as fast as he can for area 51 (bathroom, stairs, wires…zones of the house that are usually closed off and completely off limits). When he senses that I’ve caught on and am chasing him he cracks up and speeds up.

He LOVES to pull up on everything. As he pulls up, he then lifts one of his legs in an attempt to climb whatever he is pulling on. He has succeeded a few times. My mom said he’s going to be that kid that is on top of the refrigerator one day when I walk into the kitchen.

His hemangioma still looks to be about the same size as it was last month. Some days it’s barely noticeable, and others it’s angry and purple. Staying the same size is good news as it means it might be done growing and begin it’s journey into invisible.

CJ is obsessed with wheels. OBSESSED. Anything that spins can grab his attention for a good, long while. He will flip over anything with wheels and inspect and spin. For hours if I let him. That includes his stroller.

He is still terrified of cows and all of their sounds.

He’s still a pretty terrible sleeper, waking at least once per night for a feeding. At some point in the next two months this has to stop. It might get a little ugly in our house during the month of September. I might need a shoulder to cry on coach for those days/weeks.

He is hilarious. He loves to make people laugh and will work for it if he thinks it will work.

His favorite food is goat cheese (his reflux doesn’t handle cow’s milk so well yet) with broccoli or salmon coming in at a close 2nd. He loves sipping water out of a straw, in fact it’s the only way he’ll drink anything.

He has said (but doesn’t always say): mama, dada, poppop, high five, ball, and bye. He blows kisses. He waves goodbye to EVERYONE. Getting off the plane the other day was comedy as he waved to every single person.

Most of all, he’s just a sweet boy. He coos and laughs and smiles non stop. He still loves a little bit of snuggling and giving hugs and kisses.

ten months
23 pounds
7 teeth (another one on it’s way in)
perfectly sweet