Carter Grunts

Carter grunts and strains all the time. Cilla took him to the doctor yesterday just to be sure something is OK. Dr. Wiley assured her (and by extension, me) that we're doing everything just fine. Carter's grunting is normal, he just does it all the time. As of the doctors appointment yesterday afternoon, he weighs ten pounds even. He would have been a big boy to deliver if he had gone full term. His due date is today 🙂

I read last night (the La Leche League, hardcore as they are, has some great forums) that some babies grunt because they haven't learned to make any other sounds. Hopefully those grunts will soon turn into coos and giggles.

We had family over for Thanksgiving. We got previews of Carter at nineteen months from watching Parker. We got previews of Carter at six-years-old from Wyatt. I doubt Carter will ever be like Ashton, but that's understandable.

Mom and Dad and Betsy showed up after Thanksgiving. Somehow I didn't get any pictures of Mom and Carter. Hopefully there are some good pictures on another camera. Thanks Wyatts and Guerrys for making the trip to Abilene. We were blessed by your presense.

Our Sunday morning Bible class has been bringing us meals since we came home from the hospital. Between friends from class, friends from outside class, and family, Cilla and I haven't had to spend any time thinking about food. Now we're on our own. The meals have been an appreciated blessing.

I can't believe Carter is three weeks old today. In some ways it seems that he's been with us forever. In other ways, time is flying. He changes constantly.

Cilla and I seem to hanging tough. I think we're doing a good job taking care of each other. I certainly wouldn't want to do this without her.

p.s. New pictures in Nov. 2006 gallery.

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful Cilla and I had so many safe trips to Lubbock.

I'm thankful Cilla and I had a successful retrieval, implantation, and fertilization.

I'm thankful that Cilla had a wonderful, easy pregnancy (up to the last three hours). She did a great job carrying Carter for 262 days.

I'm thankful Carter was born healthy, and is still healthy.

I'm thankful Cilla is a great mother. She loves Carter.

I'm thankful Cilla is a great wife. I love her more than I ever have. Three weeks ago if asked, I would have thought I loved Cilla as much as I could. I'm amazed how much more I love her now.

I'm thankful we have family and friends who love and support us. We know we've been in your thoughts and prayers. We're thankful for those thoughts and prayers. We love all of you.

I'm thankful for the health and happiness of all our family and friends.

I'm thankful all our friends had healthy babies. Welcome to the world Aaron, Tristan, Nolan, Randy, Jack and Kate, and Abigail.

What a year it has been. I remember sitting at Jim and Sarah's house last Thanksgiving having a wonderful time with family. It is hard to imagine how different things are now.

Cilla says:
I echo everything above as well as…

I am thankful for such a wonderful man in my life. Will blesses me everyday as a great husband and father to Carter.

I am thankful for our son, his health and his safe arrival.

I am thankful for the love that is being renewed in our family and God's grace given to us all.

Friday afternoons stink

I've never liked Friday afternoons. I'd rather work a month of Mondays than one Friday afternoon. It is especially hard this Friday afternoon since I left a happy baby and happy mom at lunch. I'd rather be at home with them.

Cilla is really doing a good job as new mother. She's a great mom and a great wife. So far, she's trying to let me sleep at night. I appreciate that she feels like I need a good nights sleep so I can do a good job at work. I love seeing her take care of my son.

We're going on our first walk this afternoon after I get off work (yet another reason to dislike work on a Friday afternoon). Wish us luck 🙂

Carter’s 2nd doctor’s visit

Today was Carter’s first official newborn visit with his pediatrician, Dr. Wiley. We love Dr. Wiley. He says Carter is doing very well. He has gained 3 oz. since birth and 6 oz. since last Friday. He is my little punkin-chunk! His weight is 8.6 today and he is 20 inches long. He still looks a little yellow, his doc says there is nothing to worry about. He is feeding like a champ and has plenty of poopy and wet diapers. Although, our little guy has his days and nights mixed up right now and we both are exhausted during the day (mommy is exhausted 24/7, but it’s getting better).
I sure am relieved that we are doing a good job with him so far. My world certainly revolves around him.
PS. I love reading everyone’s comments. They make my heart swell with more tears! Oh, we are working on the pics. Stay tuned!