Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nautical First Birthday Party

Well, my baby did it. He turned into a ONE year old! ;) I had so much fun putting together his nautical first birthday party.

He woke up very excited to be turning one. We had his one year old pictures and cake smash schedule for his actual birthday. The little stinker took a while to warm up, so we didn't get any good pictures in his actual birthday outfit, except for this one which we took at home before we left.

But halfway through his session with Jennifer Mae Photography, he warmed right up. He had a blast playing with his birthday balloons.

But his favorite part was probably his first birthday smash cake. I love how excited he was to get his hands on that cake!

Things escalated quickly. It took THREE baths to get him clean!

We did a reshoot a few days later to get pictures of him in his actual birthday outfit. The lighting wasn't as good that day, but he did such a better job!

Classic Carter with his fingers in his mouth. 

He loves his boats!

Always exploring.

Now it's time to party! I stuck with the nautical theme like we did in his nursery.

I hung up all of his pictures from our monthly photoshoots. It was so fun seeing them side by side.

A few more details--

Favor bags with Chips Ahoy, Lifesavers, and salt water taffy.

Of course there was more cake.

Blue lemonade served as ocean water, complete with bobbers.

We kept things easy and went with a catered taco bar, at Captain Carter's request of course. He loves Chuy's!

After we ate, it was time for presents. Carter really, really loves opening cards!

He was a little overwhelmed, but Daddy did a great job helping.

Again with his fingers. So cute!

He loved his zoo from Mommy!

Then it was time for more birthday cake. After the way his cake smash birthday session had gone earlier in the week, I was prepared for a huge mess. He actually was pretty neat this time though! He was pretty busy watching everyone else eat and begging ice cream from me.

And just like that, we are off and on our way to TWO!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

12 months

Well, he did it. I made the mistake of blinking and my baby turned one.

As with previous months, food continues to be pretty popular around here. If you're in the kitchen, he is too. If you want a snack, he does too. If you're at Cheesecake Factory, he's going to make the OOOH face at your dessert. ;)

Watching his relationship with the dogs, especially Lily, is really sweet. He stands at the back door with me and waits for both of them to come inside. I have to separate them while Carter is eating, otherwise he feeds all of his snacks to Lily. Sometimes he will even crawl over to the gate to feed her.

Carter loves hanging out with daddy. Sometimes when mommy needs a break and daddy has work to do, Carter gets to go for a ride. Look at that face! Carter also helps daddy run errands, like to pick up our taxes. He enjoyed the calculator a lot.

But don't let those daddy dates fool you, this boy is allllll momma's! He continues to be my office assistant and loves going on walks when we need a break.

He is also quite the handful. I think he's WIRED to explore and climb everything. We've had to move the dog food into the pantry so that I can close the door and keep him out of it.

We celebrated his first Valentine's Day.  Little ham!

Carter loves to play. We alternate between his room, the family room, and the basement to keep him entertained throughout the day. He loves his cars and his basketball goal. We've also been doing more playgroups with my local moms' group. He discovered the mall play place too. Loves the tunnels!

I'm happy to report that he still loves books. He could flip through them for hours! I keep them stashed around the house-- his room, the basement, the family room, the bathroom. Busy little hands!

Mostly, he's just getting so darn big. He's wearing his big boy jammies, trying to put on his shoes, and bursting with so much personality.

Carter loved getting his first birthday card in the mail from Mamaw and Poppy. He read his name, opened the card, shook it around like crazy, and then tried to hand me the envelope pieces. So cute! Hoping this is a good sign for him wanting to open his birthday presents this weekend. =)

We're having his birthday party this weekend, but we greeted him with balloons this morning. We also had his professional pictures and cake smash this morning, but he wasn't the most cooperative so we'll see if any of those turn out. These are so cute though!

Happy birthday, buddy!

What's new this month:
-He's starting to take a few tiny steps. He'll go from cruising on something to reaching for me, but isn't confident to take off completely yet. He'll stand on his own, realize what he's doing, and quickly sit down. lol!
-We officially said goodbye to bottles. It's all cups, straws, and cow milk from here on out.
-We celebrated his last "first" holiday this Valentine's Day. From here on out, he's a holiday pro!
-He loves to eat, but he's starting to have an opinion about his food choices. Veggies? Not at the top of his list.
-He's making baby friends. Awe! Play groups and trips to the mall play place make him so excited!
-He weighs in at a whopping 26 pounds, 10 ounces.