Life With A One Year Old Boy

People aren’t kidding when they tell you that little boys are into EVERYTHING! We spend all of our time making sure he isn’t about to jump off the couch or isn’t climbing on the table.  I love being a boy mom.  I grew up with a sister and I knew about everything girly, so watching a little boy discover grass, dirt and sticks is so entertaining.  Although, the few heart attacks he’s given me when he decided to walk off the couch, I could have done without.  Luckily, our reflexes are getting faster with him around and we’ve managed to snag him each time.  And teach him to lay on his belly and crawl down.  Safety first!

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Carson, you love climbing on the table in the playroom. Most days, you will run in there ahead of us and we will the hear the chair scrape the floor. No matter how many times we tell you no, you are still determined to climb up!

Your first word that you said was “Da Da” but the first real word that you associated with something was “dog!”  You now say Daddy all the time and have also said “ha” for “hat” and “duc” for “duck.”

My favorite word is “Nonmy”-that’s what you call me!  Daddy realized that the other day and said, “I think he’s calling you Nonmy.  And yep, whenever we ask you to say “Mommy,” we always get a “Nonmy” in reply.  I love it.

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You get the sneakiest look on your face when we tell you to get down. Sometimes you will just lay down on the table and grin to see if that will pass as okay! (It doesn’t)

We were working on “please” and “more” in sign language, but we should have done them at separate times because they morphed into one signal.  When you say “please,” you clap your hands together!  But hey, it means please to you, so that’s all that matters. When you want to be picked up, you say “please” or you come and tap us on our legs over and over.

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Lily gave you her old tunnel and we play in it every single day. You love when we chase you through it! You also like to take your snacks in there and eat.

IMG_2406You watch me water the flowers every morning and love to carry the watering can around and “water” the flowers and grass. This normally involves hitting the watering can against the flowers, so we are working on “easy!”

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Playing peek-a-boo with the tunnel is one of your favorite games and you will just laugh hysterically!

You have started paying attention to the TV and I turned on Paw Patrol one afternoon when you were tired and grumpy.  It saved the day!  You love watching the dogs on TV and laugh and point at them.  Just trying to limit the amount of TV you get, but it’s a lifesaver on certain occasions!

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You seem to sport a permanent bruise on your forehead and scrapes on your knees! I guess I better get used to this because I know you will only get more daring as you grow up.  But go easy because you scare your Daddy to death when you fall!  Surprisingly, Mommy handles it better than he does!

You go to bed between 8 and 8:30 and sleep until 7 or 7:30.  You are very punctual when you wake up.  You still take two naps a day, one in the morning from about 10:00-11:30 and one in the afternoon from about 2-4.  Sometimes they are longer, but lately you’ve been pretty consistent with those times.  You aren’t ready for one nap yet and I can’t say that I mind!

IMG_20140519_085344_341You love your Radio Flyer and hide everything in the basket. You even hide Cheerios in there and go pull them out a few days later. You also saw us turn it into a scooter for Lily, so now you want to stand on it instead of sitting. Such a big boy already.

You are going to turn into a big fruit from all of the cantaloupe and strawberries you eat! You also love peas and rice, so I’m hoping you will always be a good boy and eat your vegetables!  You drink several sippy cups of milk every day, but you get so excited when you get a cup of juice.  We save that for special occasions, like when we go outside to run.  You usually drink the entire cup in about two or three minutes!

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Your changing table is connected to your crib and you pull down the changing pad when you don’t want to take a nap. You fought with it one day and finally wore yourself out and went to sleep in this position!

Life Lately

This summer is flying by!  We’ve been spending lots of time outside and trying not to sweat to death in this heat.  Thank goodness for a pool in the backyard!

drinkMom and I had a lunch date at Gibson Girls and tried “Nashville Tea.” We both loved it!

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Each time Lily comes to our house, she asks if we can make cupcakes. She normally requests pink ones, although she has also asked for apple juice ones as well!

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Carson spent the evening with GiGi and Grandmom so we could have a date night at Carrabba’s!

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Taking a family walk through the neighborhood!

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Spending the day by the pool with some of my favorite chicas!

IMG_20140603_124604_721Shopping with Maeve and Callaghan wore Carson out!

IMG_20140606_143509_566Sunscreen makes his hair crazy!

IMG_20140608_201523_683Carson is obsessed with Roxie and spends lots of time chasing her around the house.

IMG_20140613_074116_671I couldn’t find the remote anywhere one day and finally found it in Carson’s scooter!

IMG_20140614_133722_635Celebrating Levi’s first birthday, one of Carson’s buddies from church!

Red, White & Blue

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, but last year we were trying to figure out life with a new baby and it rained all day, so we didn’t even go see fireworks.  So when the weatherman reported sunny, blue skies were on the agenda for July 4th, I was thrilled!

Carrie came to stay with us and brought a friend from Idaho, Jewel and her sweet boy, Cael.

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We camped out by the pool for the entire day and enjoyed sangria, burgers and pie.  “Camped out by the pool” has a different meaning with kids.  It really means we chase a little boy around the pool and swim until they finally take a nap and THEN we get to stretch out on a lounge chair.

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Anthony surprised Carrie with a puppy for her birthday and he came to visit.  He’s the sweetest little thing and is a big, soft furball!  Carson wasn’t so sure about him and kept telling him to go in the dog cage!

We always go to my grandparents house to watch the fireworks because they live overlooking the lake.  Not having to fight the crowds and stand in line to use a porta potty is a win in my book.

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I don’t mind watching the fireworks from the lake, but I hate the ones that people shoot off in their yard.  It probably has something to do with one nearly hitting me in the head when I was younger.  I’m sure I will have many moments of panic when Carson is older and wants to shoot off fireworks with Daddy.

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Carson wasn’t sure about them either…he would jump when they went off and then run to me or Gigi.  He was so tired by the time the big ones started that we put his pj’s on and took him inside.  We waited for traffic to clear out before we left Grandmom’s and he slept on me the entire time and didn’t even wake up when we got him in and out of the car seat.  I pray that any future children will sleep like he can!

Happy 4th, y’all!

Take Me Downtown

You know what we didn’t fully appreciate before having Carson?  Being able to sit down at a restaurant, eat slowly and not have to feed another person!  Luckily, Summer had a birthday this month, we all had an excuse to get together and leave the babies at home!

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We started off the night at Blue Sip Winery in the Old City.  I had no idea that there was a winery downtown!  When we all get together, Nick and I and Amy and Nathan are usually the last ones to show up.  When we were the first ones there, I decided that Mike had told us an earlier time to arrive so we wouldn’t be late!

After some wine tasting, we headed over to Crown and Goose for dinner.  Nick and I made several remarks about how empty the Old City was and then we realized, it was only 8 p.m. and all the young kids were still at home getting ready to go out!

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Crown and Goose is an English pub and almost everyone tried dishes like “fish and chips” or “bangers and mash.”  Kayla and I were such Americans and ordered a hamburger and steak.  Perhaps I wouldn’t fare so well in England after all!

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After dinner, we walked over to Hanna’s and did some dancing.  Now, I know we aren’t 21 anymore, but there was a group of about six men that walked in with us that had to be between 50-60.  I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to go to college bars when you reach that age.  The place was pretty empty since 1) it was only 11 p.m. and 2) most UT students are home for the summer.  So we got to take over the dance floor and jam to some 80′s and 90′s music.

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We had such a fun time with our friends and stayed out past midnight.  You really know what tells you that you aren’t 21 anymore?  When staying out until 1 a.m. causes you to need a nap the next morning by 10 a.m.