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My Baby is 1! Carter’s First Birthday

April 25, 2012

When I look back over the 12 months, I have many different emotions. The biggest is success! For the first months of Carter’s life we really just tried to keep him alive. I laugh now at how many times I woke up from my precious sleep to make sure Carter was still breathing. Now 1 year later and I can happily say that he is still ALIVE! I can count that as our biggest accomplishment.

I guess you don’t realized just how hard raising an infant is when you are in the zone. I heard from multiple friends and family members that “It gets better after 1”. I didn’t understand that until now. It really was hard. Giving birth, was hard. No sleep was hard. Wanting to make the crying stop and not knowing how, worrying about how much milk he was getting, learning the teething game, the roller coaster of emotions on going back to work, all of these things were HARD. These last 12 months, plus the last 4 months of my pregnancy have been the most exciting, most terrifying, most exhausting, and most rewarding months of my life.

To now see that little baby that I worked so hard to create, start to respond to me and interact with me… well it blows my mind. Carter makes my day everyday. He is truly so much fun now! Here are his list of likes and dislikes at 12 months old.

At 1 year old Carter loves:

  • Being tickled
  •  Swinging on his swingset (birthday present!)
  • Giving wet kisses
  • Attention
  • Giving high-fives
  • Exploring
  • Pulling things out of things- draws, boxes, toys out of the bathtub etc.
  • Opening cabinets and draws
  • Dogs. Looking at pictures, seeing them in real life, when I make the dog sound…Carter. Loves. Dogs.
  • Making faces- He makes the BEST faces all the time.
  • Talking
  • Playing with things he isn’t supposed to
  • Eating in general
  • Reading- favorite book right now is “Dear Zoo”
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star video on Youtube:
  • TOYS
  • Cuddle time
  • Birthday cake

Carter dislikes:

  • Being told no
  • Having something taken away from him (sorry mommy’s phone is off limits)
  • Chunks of fruit
  • Being still
  • Having his teeth brushed
  • Being dropped off at daycare
  • Being quiet
  • Diaper changes

Here are some pictures from the birthday party! It was at our house and was supposed to be a backyard cookout from 1-3pm. It rained all night and day until about 1:30. It had gotten a little chilly, but stopped raining long enough for everyone to step out side for a little bit and check out our new fence that Frank worked so hard on. But mainly the party was inside and in the garage. It didn’t happen as planned, but it was still a blast!

We made a ball pit with an inflatable pool and some beach balls, sports balls we got at the dollar store and plastic balls we got at Target.

smashing the cake

Both sides of the family

Everyone but Frank, who took the picture

The cake! My friend Amber made this for us

It took him a minute to figure out what to do with the cake

First bites of birthday cake

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