Sunday, November 11, 2012

Train up a child...

Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it
Proverbs 22:6


Being healthy is important to our family. Sure, we may eat junk sometimes - but for the most part we take good care of our bodies. Josh and I both want Carter to understand the importance of health, regardless of his medical issues. We want him to learn about his deficiencies and how to overcome them, whether it's with his kidney, his colon, or his mobility. While he may be limited when it comes to physical activities like contact sports, we want him to find things he enjoys that better his body and make him strong. I hope we'll always be good role models when it comes to health, and I hope we give him good exposure to positive body image and good nutrition. He loves to go to the gym with us and watch everyone lifting and running, and likes to play with the equipment. We're very thankful for our Crossfit friends and the positive influence they are on our family.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Carter's 2nd Halloween

Carter wasn't really digging the Halloween festivities this year... The plan was for him to be a pirate. I got off work late, and Josh had to go back in to work for the evening, so I had to rush to get him from daycare and into his attire. We ended up only visiting Pop's house for the sake of time. His "costume" was made up of things we already had at home. Kid plays with his pirate sword and bandana ALL the time, and the one night I need him to be a good matey and sport his pirate gear, he starts a mutiny. He loved his facial hair, though.
What? Jealous of my beard and stache? 

"But I don't WANNA be a PIRATE! I WANNA BE A MAN!"

Smarties are yum

So is Chik-fil-a!
We ended our night at Chik-fil-a, and Carter dominated some chicken nuggets and sweet tea. Overall, he had a great time. And he even enjoyed some of Greyson's candy stash over the weekend!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Carter's First Trip to Florida

Last weekend Carter went on his first LONG road trip to Florida. My grandparents live outside of Gainesville. My Papa turned 70 and my Grandma surprised him with a huge party. It was a good time. We got to see all of my mom's family and my dad's mom, and Carter had a blast playing with his cousins and Uncle Greyson.
He did really well in the car. I brought a bucket of toys from home and he played or slept the whole drive - 7 hours!
At the party.... he got a balloon so he was pleased as punch. 
We ate lunch at the Ivy House Saturday after driving around for 2 hours so Carter would nap...
Meemer love
This was lunch. YUM. Carter loved the mac n cheese.
Watching football with Meemer and eating a poptart
Roll Tide! How did this happen in Gator Country?
He was exhausted when we got home because he didn't want to sleep while we were there. He's really nosey and wanted to play... sleep did NOT come easily... for anyone! :)

Making Strides

Since my last update, Carter has made alot of progress with his mobility. He had his first appointment with the physical therapist Thursday, and they did an evaluation. She doesn't think it will take very long for us to get him up to speed. She gave Josh some things for us to work on at home, like standing up using just a wall or other flat surface, moving from one large object to another for support, and bending down to pick things up while he's standing. We have a new rule in our house - if you want to go down the hallway you have to walk! Carter loves the hallway, so this gives us a lot of practice opportunity. Carter is almost 22 months old! It's crazy how fast this year has gone by. He's getting bigger and learning every day. He's eating well, almost off formula, and loves to chatter ALL the time. As I'm typing he's up front playing with his "laptop" with Josh and saying "Hola" when the song says it. He makes us laugh and loves to entertain! Here's the proof...