CJ Turns One

2 10 2011

We threw a grand celebration for CJ for his first birthday. Okay, we had a few of Carter’s friends over and Mimi and Popop came up for his first birthday. No ponies or bounce houses. Or creepy clowns. *shudder*

mommy is not a cake decorator by trade (obviously)

There was mac and cheese (favorite food), cake, and lemonade. A perfect celebration for the sweetest little Lpod.

pinwheels, mac and cheese and a cute munchkin peeking over the table

Carter’s buddy Keane loves climbing into highchairs. It’s almost always the first place he goes when he gets here.

having some lunch before play time

Madeline was telling Carter about what she did on her first birthday. She’s much older (4 months) and wiser than this little one year old.

m: when i turned one, i let everyone ride my toys. c: move over girl, i need to get on the turtle.

Poppop was there to spoil him and let him grab things from the table. When did he get tall enough to grab on to the table?

popop? i neeeeed that orange bowl. right now.

We played some music on our djembe (drum on the left) and with our egg shakers and rhythm sticks.

shake it baby, shake it!

Then of course, there was cake smashing time!

why is there an enormous, flaming plate of food coming at me?

these blocks look like fun. i'm gonna knock them over.

ew. these blocks are sticky.

but i can eat them!

and they're so sweet!


my head is spinning from this deliciousness!

i need a huge hunk of this stuff asap

mom might figure out that i'm eating it and take it away like the bark chips at the park

who? me? no. i am not eating something sweet.

ah, who cares. i'm! so! excited!


ta da! i smashed that cake really well.

so proud of my accomplishments on my first birthday

mommy and daddy are so funny

the lpod survived year one!!!

After we smashed cake and were sufficiently on a sugar rush, we wrestled on the floor with Jack.

tackling jackosaurus

And of course we opened some presents from Grammy & Gramps.

this box is the best birthday present ever!

And then we got really tired and blah as we crashed from our sugar rush.

a sugar crash is oh-so-sweet

Being a mom is fun. It’s like you get to celebrate two birthdays each year, because celebrating for your munchkin is so special. Happy birthday booger!

Twelve Months

1 10 2011

We did it! We survived the first year. It’s so hard to believe, but our little man turned one year old.

i don't smile on command anymore

We’ve had a fun month getting ready for his big birthday and taking in the end of summer. Which has come to an abrupt end. Abruptly (heh).

you have to work really hard to get one

He’s always very busy making people laugh. He loves to fake a laugh to get your attention and make you laugh. Then comes his real giggles.

that is so not funny, mom. not gonna get a smile.

He’s been picking up the phone on one of his toys and holding it to his ear. Scott and I can’t figure out how he knows how to do this. He’s never seen a real phone handset. But he does it, so we play telephone often.

i think i'm done here.

He also loves to push little cars around and go “zhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh zhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh zhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. Not sure where he learned that either? Amazing when little kids learn stuff they haven’t really been exposed to.

oh, look outside! let's go play. no more pictures.

He’s obsessed with closing doors. I think he got this because I’m always asking him to help me close doors around the house. Usually to unsafe places. If he feels like he’s helping he’s less likely to throw himself on the floor in a fit about me closing the door. When I’m getting his bath ready, he’ll hold on to the bathtub (if he lets go, he might have to get a diaper change and those are never a happy time for CJ) while reaching as far as he can to close the bathroom door. I guess he likes his privacy. He also goes into his room to play and will shut the door. Already locking mama out.

did you really put me back in this chair? i said no smiles.

Yes, that’s right. You saw me mention a tantrum above. I thought those were reserved for bratty two year olds? Apparently my kid is advanced in the tantrum department. Woweeeeee. Don’t close a drawer, door, or cabinet he is interested in exploring if you don’t want to hear about it. He’ll sit down on the floor and rest his face on the ground while screaming like some mean person kicked a bunch of puppies. D.R.A.M.A.

alright, i'll come get the camera from you.

Thankfully, he can be distracted easily out of a tantrum on most days. Because he needs to explore everything. He’s into everything. And he never stops moving. Sometimes, he’ll just spin around in circles on the floor while grunting. It’s so bizarre. What they say about boys is so true. They’re busy. And destructive. Nothing is allowed to be in it’s place in our house. Drawers are unloaded at least 3 times a day. All papers and books are wiped off every surface (he’s our junk mail manager). Toys are dumped upside down and emptied before moving on to the next one. He’s a hurricane!

no? fine. i'll just turn around.

He’s definitely getting more words. Buh Bye is his current favorite. If anyone opens our door or garage he starts waving and saying buh bye. He sometimes says “uhplan” instead of “bah” for airplane. He still repeats a lot of words really well, but tends to stop repeating them after too many times.

and climb on my cool chair.

He’s not the most vigorous eater in the bunch. He’d much rather be playing and running around. Thankfully, he had some good reserves of chub to keep him sustained (hehe). He still loves broccoli and spinach. His favorite food is mac and cheese or any kind of pasta. He’ll tolerate some meat. My fail safe is goat’s milk cheddar cheese. Even when he gets tired of it, he’ll still have a few bites. Lately, he’s become obsessed with plain greek yogurt mixed with a little bit of cinnamon.

one more picture. but you still can't make me laugh.

Twelve Month Stats
height: 30 3/4″ (90%)
weight: 22lbs, 11.5oz (50%)
head: 48.5″ (95%)
we got a charlie brown on our hands, folks!
10 teeth (yikes, two molars have come in!)
speed crawler and cruiser
standing well on his own, but not really interested in taking those first steps

This year has been the most insane year of my life. I have a feeling, I’ll say that every year from here on out. Who knew this little man would change my world so much? He makes me cry sometimes, but he makes me smile more often. Most of all, he makes me so very proud. It’s so fun to watch him grow and change and interact with other people. He’s so trusting and innocent and curious and kind. I pray he continues to be curious, sweet, and of course, always dancing.

month by month - carter joe's first year

Thank you for the best year, little guy. I love you, mama.