I woke up this morning realizing just how blessed I am. To have a wonderful husband, child, and family is the greatest blessing in my life right now. As I sit here and type this, I am listening to the most precious sound in the world: the sound of Carter playing on his floor gym, cooing and laughing at his "friends" the dangling elephant, monkey and giraffe. He has started grabbing the mirror that is attached and firsts gazes into and smiles at himself, then talks to himself, and then discovers that he can use this device to aide in rolling himself over onto his left side. His little fat arm hinders him from completing the roll. I love staying at home with Carter. Everyday is a new day full of feeding, cuddling, playing, napping, and special moments where I get to see Carter grow up before my very eyes.
Our day starts out with me rolling out of bed around 7 or 7:30. First priority is the dog: Harley would die if I forgot to feed him. I get Carter's milk ready next and try to pump for the next meal. I then go to get sweet boy out of his crib only to find him all smiles and pleasantly surprised to see me. He has usually turned in his crib through the night and is perpendicular like this morning as he was "T-boning" the crib bumper. He definitely is a wiggle-worm. Next, we eat only because we have to. He doesn't seem all that hungry in the morning which we find odd because he has just woken up from a 6-7 hour stretch with out eating. Although, last night Will and I became very frustrated as the little toot wouldn't eat a drop at his midnight feeding. Instead he screamed at the top of his lungs, very upset that we woke him up. I think this means he is ready to drop a feeding and sleep from 9 pm to 6 or 7 am. ( tonight will be a trial run, let's hope all goes well!)
About mid-morning, we play for a while and go down for a nap. He is very good about telling me when he is due for a nap. I can tell that he has a different high-pitched squeal and let's out a frustrating "BLAR!" Either that, or he just gets pretty still and stares off into space. I usually catch a cat nap here with him, too. We then wake up an hour and a half later and eat again. We then sit and read a book or practice some tummy time on the floor. He loves reaching out and trying to touch his face in the mirror. By this time, daddy is home for lunch. We quickly report how our morning went and off for a nap. The rest of his naps for the day are only 45 min. exactly. This gives me just enough time to eat some lunch and visit with daddy. The afternoon is left for walks around the block with Harley, or fun trips to Target. The afternoon's sure do go by fast. Before we know it, it's 4:30 and I am starting to prepare dinner. Between 5 and 5:30, Will comes home from work and our evening is downhill from there. Will takes Carter and Harley and plays with them outside while I finish up dinner. Sometimes, if I am feeding Carter, my wonderful husband will fix the best dinner we usually have.
After dinner, we both give Carter a bath in the sink. He loves his baths and he loves us both being there. We put our jammies on and then he eats about 8 oz. of breast-milk. We are usually drowsy by this time, so we sing to God and say our prayers and then he goes right to bed (most nights). Will and I have a little quiet time to ourselves where we cuddle on the couch or catch up on our TV shows. I am usually in bed by 9 or 10 while Will stays up and has some quiet time all to himself (most nights).
I am so incredibly blessed to have a wonderful husband who really wants to do this family thing. He puts so much effort into being a daddy, it makes my heart swell with joy. We have a wonderful son who is such a happy baby. Our lives aren't as simple as they used to be, but I think they are just as I expected. What more could I ask for?!