As I'm sure every one says at this time, I can't believe my sweet, little baby is one month old today! Seriously, where does the time go? I have a feeling that it slips away somewhere between the exhaustion and the excitement of loving all over a darling baby boy!
Carter is growing by leaps and bounds. We won't have official numbers until our 1 month check-up tomorrow, but just looking at him and toting him around all day, it's easy to see his growth in the new chub rolls that have shown up on his arms and thighs. His face has also picked up a little more chub which makes it all the more yummy to nom all over. Although a bit roomy, he's wearing strictly 3 month clothes and they're perfect for his long and lean little body!
Baby C has begun holding his head up on his own for longer periods of time now. He's pretty much been holding up his own head since birth (I know, can you say "over achiever?") but as of last week, he's been holding it up much, much more. In doing so, he prefers to be held in a sitting position, facing away from you, so that he can take in the goings on around him. The minute you try to switch him into a traditional "cradle hold" he turns into a major fusspot.
I'd like to think Carter has a special affection for his Momma. While nursing, he's quick to grab a hold of my necklace or a lock of hair and he'll hang onto it during his entire feeding session. When he's particularly sleepy (which unfortunately isn't very often) he'll lay his little head on my shoulder and draw his little legs up under his belly and snug. It warms my little heart and I know it's only going to get better. I love raising a little Momma's boy!
As I'm sure you've all noticed by now, Carter is full of expressions. I wish I could capture the look on his face the minute he's placed in position at the boobie buffet. He knows exactly what he's about to get and those navy blue eyes light up and open wide.. as big as quarters! The legs start a pumpin' and he just gets so excited. I can't help but giggle every time. As for smiles, there have only been a couple- but that doesn't stop his Daddy and me from trying every silly face and sound to get him to smile again. Most of the time, he wrinkles up his nose and I know he's saying to himself, "Look at these two fools. I can't believe they are my parents!" Oh dear sweet boy, this is only the beginning!
Just within the past week, Baby C has also begun reaching for the toys we've placed in front of him. Right now, his favorites include a snuggly soft puppy blankie from his Great Aunt Corliss, a musical rocking horse from Grandma Kim-Mom and Lamaze's Logan the Lion.
Carter loves his tummy time, loves an extra bottle with Daddy before bedtime and loves to go for rides in the car. He's not too sure about his Sheepie brother although he doesn't mind the constant Sheepie kisses to his feets and the back of his head. He's already been around the block and to both Walmart, the post office and Kohl's. He doesn't love having his diaper changed or any sort of nakey time. He's been loved all over by countless family and friends and he's looking forward to heading home to Hometown, New Jersey in a couple of weeks to meet the rest of his Great family on his Mommy's side!
Carter, during your first month of life not did you make us parents but you've also made us a family and we've loved every second with you! I know I've said it before, but we can't remember our life before you were in it! We're so incredibly blessed and it's been so wonderful and amazing to watch you grow during the first five weeks of your life!