Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My baby's not a baby anymore

On January 8th Carter turned 1 year old. I cannot believe how fast a year can go by, this being the fastest ever!
It seems like it was yesterday we were in the hospital. Everyday leading up to his arrival I would go over lists and lists of things to take to the hospital, which items I still needed to get for him, stress over what I was going to wear home, and what he would wear home even. Everything in his room was so organized and in its perfect place. I had know idea how much none of those things would matter once he was here! Here I am about to pop on New Years last year! YOWZA!

It looks like I'm saying "get out of there mister!"
I had no clue what to do with a baby, I went to classes and read A LOT of books, none can truly prepare you for it though. Everyday is a learning experience.
When he finally arrived it was almost as if he had been with us all a long. I some how automatically knew what to do, I could hold him and feed him and change him without worrying I would break him. He was so small and so swaddled up like a little burrito, only his tiny face peaking out!

He was just so small, look at him coming home from the hospital!

Just a day before he was in my belly! Its funny how for the first 8 months of his life we took this carrier everywhere, in the house back out to the car, into restaurants and into stores. Now that he's grown out of it I haven't thought about it since. Everything he does is like that, once he learns something new it's as if he has always been that way.
This is him only a few weeks old, he would always hold his hands up when he slept, and then flail them around every now and then, so we gave him the nickname The Maestro. I love this picture of him! Now if I put a hat on him it comes straight off, here, he had no idea what was going on :)
As the months went by he began to show signs of his true personality, he is an explorer to say the least, never still! At 5 months he started sitting up on his own, this didn't last long, he was crawling a few weeks later!
Eating food for the first time, he looks a little stunned, haha This is him with Grandma Deneci's glasses on, it makes me laugh every time! Mr. Magoo!

Fast forward a few months and he is walking and he understands what I'm saying. Since he started walking at 9 months he's now a pro, well really he is running, especially when I say "what do you have?" plus an expression like this:
He is so funny, we crack up at him every night. He climbs on everything he can now, he will push his toys to the ottoman to stand up on it, once he's made it he thinks he's really done something. He'll smile then lose his balance, with a panicked look, but then stand straight back up and grin even bigger. He also chases Weezy around, when Weezy gets his one burst of energy for the day he'll sprint through the house and Carter will squeal with is arms up as Weezy whisks by.
I cannot believe he is one years old. This past year was probably the craziest ever, nothing I could have ever expected! Jamie and I have thought about things we wouldn't have ever before, things like cabinet latches, Olivia the pig, sippy cups and the list goes on and on!

~He is just the best thing in the world!! I can't wait to see what he does this next year~

He is 24lbs and 32 1/2" tall, the 75th percentile in weight and 97th in height. We had is 12 month check up today and everything looked good!

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