I took my sweet little Carter to the Dr yesterday afternoon as he is quite the 'spitter-upper'! Right now, its really just a laundry issue and he doesn't seem bothered by it, but he spits up most of the day and sometimes in large quantities. Dr said he looked good and maybe he's being overfed (what would make you say that?). Just a month ago at his 2 month check up he was 15 lbs, now a month later he is 17 LBS!!!! Anyway, at this point we're just going to watch it, and maybe I'll try to slow the feedings down slightly. I think my boys are just big their first year!!??? I feel like his first 3 months have been at super-speed pace and they won't slow down! At this rate, we'll have to move him from his carrier to a toddler car seat by Thanksgiving - YIKES!! Carter almost laughs me as I pull out any 0-3 month outfits - I think they've all been officially resigned to the 'maybe one more child bag'.
Well we're back from our trip to Charlotte and had a wonderful time. Me & the boys, accompanied by Aunt Rebekah, drove down to Charlotte (actually Rock Hill SC) on Wednesday morning to visit with Mark's older brother's family - Brian, Monica, Benjamin (7), Catherine (5) and Mary Scott (18months). We took our time making the drive with a toddler, a 3 month old and a 8+ month pregnant aunt!! We made it there with hardly a complaint! Mark & Paul joined us Friday nite.
Posted by Heather J at 12:31 PM
OK, here it goes - I was "tagged" by Beth to post 8 random things about myself. I tried to give you things you might not know about me -
1) Born a yankee in Massachusetts, raised as a Georgia Peach from 3 yrs old and on (and wouldn't have it anyother way!!!)
2) Lived in France for a summer in college - lived with a French family. My major in school was International Business with a minor in French. One of the very best experiences of my life. Ask me about my trip one day and I'll talk your ear off!! Parlez-vous francais??
3) Worked for Lancome in college as a 'cosmetics consultant'. What a fantastic college job - the perks were amazing! My plan was to use my international business major and work corporately for Lancome in New York. Oh well -quite different from the RR!!!
4) I have a tattoo.... a small butterfly on the inside of my right ankle. I got it when I was 18 yrs old. I know, I know - I like to wear my mistakes. I've had one process to have it removed - the date of the one laser treatment- Sept 11, 2001.
5) Once upon a time, I was an athlete! I know, its kind of hard to believe - now I'm kind of an 'inside girl'. I lettered all 4 years in varsity soccer and made the all-state team my senior year. That was probably the last time I touched a soccer ball!
6) I'm married to a TWIN!! Yes, the other twin lives in Chesapeake. Many people have learned that Mark has a twin the hard way (Sue Ratz). They are identical so if you see Mark and he ignores you, good chance its Paul!
7) I think raspberries & oranges go heavenly with chocolate! I insist (or demand maybe) that Mark puts a 'chocolate orange' in my Christmas stocking each year.
8) Yep, I was a cheerleader. Loved it and hated it all at the same time. I was voted 'most spirited' one year - maybe that's why Anderson is so spirited!!! ; )
Ok, so now I'm 'TAGGING' the following people: Jen Maggiore & Jamie Saunders
Posted by Heather J at 3:25 PM
Another fun day at the Botanical Gardens - I just love going to the Botanical Gardens now that they have the children's gardens - it is so much fun and Anderson always loves playing in the fountains. Mark never gets to go and so we decided to go on Saturday and we met the Saunders fam. The boys had a great time playing in the water and hardly slowed down - both Jamie & I were running after the boys trying to get some good pics. Hard task!
Posted by Heather J at 8:50 PM
Ok so my girlfriend Robyn came in town last week and while she was here she took some pics of the boys & a couple of our family - she is an excellent photographer and has taken lots of pics for us over the years. She snapped some great pics - look at these pics of Mark & the boys. I almost want to cry when I see these pics -- remember that famous photograph of the man without his shirt holding the baby that always elicits an 'AWE' - well I am sooooo lucky that I have the real thing (with his shirt on of course!)!! The Lord has blessed me with the most wonderful husband who is the absolute best daddy in the world!! When I start thinking about Mark as a father, I get overwhelmed with emotion - he loves our sweet boys so much! I am so proud that he is my husband and my boys' daddy. As we near our 6th anniversary this week, I just felt compelled to jot down (or type) some of my feelings. I know he is going to be embarassed when he reads this, but thats OK!! I love you BPBHDoAC!!!
Posted by Heather J at 7:23 PM
Today we found ourselves at little Erin's birthday party -celebrating her 3 wonderful years! Jenn, after having a baby 2 weeks ago, threw a great 'Dora the Explorer' bash. The kids had a terrific time playing with the wrapping paper (imagine that) and behaved beautifully at lunch. It was amazing to see 5 toddlers sitting nicely at the table - I couldn't believe it and had to document it!! I think my favorite part of the party was Erin blessing the food - she prayed for the food, prayed that her friends Ryan & Emily wouldn't travel far again, and that the babies wouldn't be grumpy!! I think I'm going to have to start praying for non-grumpiness too! Happy Birthday sweet girl!!
I also learned about how great 'bumbos' truly are - here's Carter at 2 1/2 months sitting up! (again, super chunk!)
Posted by Heather J at 8:47 PM
Yep, I'm that mom who lets their almost 3 year old frolick in our front yard in nothing but his undies!! Since we're still potty training, we have more luck letting Anderson hang out in his 'bare essentials' - underwear, training pants or diaper. I kind of forgot to mention he needed clothes on when we went outside to wait for Mark's lunch time arrival - he was having so much fun, I just couldn't resist. I could almost feel the neighbors' glares as he was prancing around in his Nemo undies!! He was rolling around in the grass saying 'it feels so good'!!! How cute! He modeled for me a bit too, so that I could capture these moments in my blog. Enjoy!!
Posted by Heather J at 8:52 PM
My dear friend Robyn came to visit this weekend (she now lives in Roanoke)- she came into town Saturday afternoon bringing gifts for the boys & cookies for me & Mark (yummy!). After the guys' softball game, we met at Chix Cafe for some late socialization - it was a beautiful summer evening on the water! Today Robyn took some pics of the boys & our family after church. We enjoyed some Arby's together and then bid farewell to our dear friend. Always a great time hanging out with Robyn - she has been very special to me since I moved to Hampton Roads in 2003!! Hurry back Robyn!
Posted by Heather J at 8:51 PM
Another softball season has come & gone!!! It's been so much fun over the last 4 years to see how our time on the sidelines change - the 1st year all the gals were pregnant, the 2nd year we all had small babes, the 3rd year found our toddlers coming into their own & having fun at the weekly outings and this 4th year found more pregnant girls & babies!! We always have a blast & enjoy our Saturday nites at the field. I think Anderson was trying to get his 'dirt fix' for the rest of the summer as he was rolling around in the dirt, living it up!! After the guys' loss, Mark took Anderson on the field to play for a few minutes & run the bases. What a good time - see you next season!!!
Posted by Heather J at 8:44 PM
My sweet little Carter has now graduated from his bassinett to his crib - he has spent the last 5 nites or so in his room at nite. For probably a week I kept saying to Mark, I think Carter needs to move to his crib - he gets fidgety and I could hear every movement and grunt, nevermind that my BIG baby kep kicking the end of the bassinet - a sure sign he had basically outgrown his time in the small bed. I was very sad to put him down in his own room, another milestone has come & gone. Here's a picture of my sweet boy in his crib.
Posted by Heather J at 8:35 PM
Unfortunately I think I fall into the category of people who don't 'walk the talk'. I label myself as having lots of good intentions and plans, but sometimes fall short when life gets in the way!! Anyway, I'm trying to right this character flaw of mine and be more realistic with my so-called creative energies -(you know me, I'm the gal who flips thru Pottery Barn Kids saying 'I can make that').... Jen, Jamie & my mother-in-law can attest that I'm a little slow in the scrapbooking department- I've only recently completed the first couple pages of Anderson's book. One day maybe... Jen got me a 'scrapbooking kit' for Carter that should be very helpful and hopefully I can stay more on top of his.... Anyway, that leads me to my activity of the day - ever since Anderson was born I wanted to create a shadow box for him -including his first lock of hair, hospital cap, etc. Several months ago I took the 1st step and actually bought the shadowbox - and Mark has been asking me ever since - what are you going to do with that thing and when? Well, that day has finally arrived (now that Anderson is nearly 3)!!! Today I can say that I can finally check off the shadow box!!!! Hooray!!! (I'm not proud, but pretty close to it!!)
Posted by Heather J at 2:46 PM
Most of those who know me know that in my circle of life, nearly everyone I know has either been pregnant or wants to be pregnant this year. Needless to say, its been somewhat of a baby parade and yet another baby has arrived!! Our friends Mike & Roseann had baby Anthony "Tony" last week and we had another opportunity to meet him again tonite. Tony's big brother Niko is one of Anderson's best buds and goes to 'school' with Anderson. I'm sure Carter & Tony will become the best of friends too!!! Welcome sweet little boy!!!
Posted by Heather J at 7:55 PM
Whew - we've had several HOT HOT HOT days in Va Beach - I think with the heat index its been over 100degrees! Anderson went to 'school' all day Monday so that I could work on Carter's napping skills as well as give some much needed TLC to my house. When Mark & Anderson got home we piled into the car and headed to the Mt Trashmore pool for a quick dip before dinner. Anderson had a great time and Carter took a dip too! Anderson had a pretty good day requiring little correction (thank goodness!)....
OK, I think I'm kind of caught up now!!
Posted by Heather J at 9:32 PM
After another intense 'training day' with Anderson, we may have had a turning point this evening. At dinnertime Anderson was not interested in joining Mark & I for dinner and therefore after our 'training' session with him, I wasn't in the greatest of moods. This 'training' can be quite hard on a Mom, for sure! Anyway, I was upstairs sorting thru some laundry when Anderson came up to me & said, "you're not happy, Mommy?" This was the first time Anderson had actually perceived & verbalized someone else's emotions. Needless to say, I jumped on the opportunity to again tell him was I was unhappy and how he could help by being obedient. All this to say, I feel encouraged that maybe some of our 'tough talks' with Anderson will soon bear some fruit! Lord, please help Mark & I persevere in our training efforts to bring up our sweet boys in your way!!!
Posted by Heather J at 10:47 PM
Today Carter had his 2month check-up and I can report he is a big healthy boy!! He weighed in at 15lbs, 1oz and 24inches long - those measurements put him in the 97% and 90%iles respectively - BIG CHUNKER!! Anderson was the same way when he was a baby - he was always on the "big" side his 1st year, then he's now on the bottom of the charts - my little peanut!!
Along with the 2month check-up comes the first vaccinations!!! 4 shots & one 'oral' vaccination. It's so hard to watch your sweet innocent little boy get 'stuck' so many times and can't do anything but be there for them (& offer some Tylenol). It's such a sad moment to me, their bodies have been so pure and have had nothing but breastmilk until now when he has all this 'medicine' flowing thru him. I survived this visit and didn't cry (I did with Anderson). Here's a recent pic of my little 2 month old brave chunker!!
Posted by Heather J at 4:05 PM
Ok so those of you with toddlers know all too well about the 'do it myself' stage. Well that's where we are with Anderson and have actually been in this stage for awhile. Interestingly enough though, since Carter's arrival, its been neat to see Anderson want to be like his baby brother in a few instances. For one, he wants me to hold him & carry him much more often (especially up the stairs). He wants me to carry him inside the house first from the car and then go back & get Carter. At first I honestly have to say I wasn't pleased with this new behavior (my back), but now I find it rather sweet. Now that we have a new baby, I realize how much bigger & older Anderson is and how the years fly by, so I'm just glad that I can still pick-up & hold my little Anderson because I know there will come a day when either he won't want me to carry him or when I physically can't carry him...
Also, Anderson was rummaging thru his drawers and came across a onesie - similar to something Carter might where - so guess what, that's what Anderson wanted to wear! Its so funny that he wanted to wear something like his baby brother, usually its the other way around -right? At any rate, it suffices to say that Anderson is totally in love with this baby brother. He constantly asks me ... "when Carter is bigger, can he play with me?" or "when Carter is bigger, can he watch me play baseball"? It's so cute - he loves his brother so much and can't wait to show him the world!!!
Posted by Heather J at 10:54 AM