We started this blog in early 2008 to follow our first pregnancy. After our son was prenatally diagnosed with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), we turned to the blog to inform friends and family of Baby C's progress. There used to be 100s of posts, but it was overwhelming to sift through, so I've consolidated them into "Carter's Story," which you can read by clicking the link above.

April 7, 2010

Half-way to TWO! (or 18 months)

*There are lots of pictures at the end if you want to skip the boring stuff and get right to the cuteness*

April 7, 2010 ~ 18 months!
Hey Doodle Bug! There’s so much going on at this age that it’s hard to keep track of all the changing you’ve done. This is such a fabulous age because you are like a sponge as you learn new things every day and you are delighted with life. You spend much of the day playing, walking, running, giggling and teasing Lucy. Because you are such a busy body now, riding in the car is not as delightful as it used to be. You bore quickly with being tied into your car seat and even Yo Gabba Gabba doesn’t keep your attention for long in the car.

• You weigh 10.7 kilos (about 23.5 pounds)

• You have a puzzle with numbers 0-9 and you can put it together by yourself; you can also put together your shapes puzzle

• If I count 1-2-3, you will point to 3 separate objects (but you won’t say the words, you stinker!)

• You are eating REALLY well. Your current favs include: McDonald’s cheeseburgers, strawberries, apples, cheese grits, goldfish crackers (“fishies”), fruity cheerios (“cheeries”), rice chex cereal, green peas, lasagna, and watermelon. It’s such a wonderful sight to see the joy on your face when you see cheeries or fishies. You will even climb into your high chair when it’s time to eat and try to put the tray on it.

• You’re still not a big fan of sweets—cakes, candy, ice cream, etc.

• You are “helping” to put on your clothes, socks and shoes

• When we come into your room in the morning or after a nap, we find your clothes and socks all over the crib—you take them off when you wake up (all but your onesie—we’ve outsmarted you for now)

• If you see a flower (or a “stinky” sock) you’ll scrunch up your face and sniff it

• Your latest trick has been hiding things in your laundry basket. We’ll find balls, puzzle pieces, shoes, Lucy’s toys, etc. in there. Last week, while folding your laundry from the dryer something hard fell on the floor. I picked it up to discover that it was Daddy’s Bluetooth earpiece for his cell phone—OOPS! Apparently, you hid it in your laundry basket and I washed and dried it.
• You are walking, climbing, running, and dancing! Your next PT goal is jumping. The weather’s been warming up, so we’ve been able to get outside and play and you love being outside with the freedom to run all over the yard and play with Lucy. You throw a huge tantrum when we come inside and close the door. You’ll stand at the door, crying and pointing outside.

• Speaking of climbing—we had to put a tent on your crib to keep you from climbing/falling out. It’s a silly-looking contraption, but you love it. I think it reminds you of the isolette from the NICU and it seems cozy.

• You freeze in your tracks when one of three things come on TV: Yo Gabba Gabba, Sesame Street Sing Yourself Silly and Diane Sawyer on ABC Nightly News (I can’t explain that one)

• The tantrum monster has moved into our house (as you'll see in one of the pictures), but I’ll take him over the reflux monster any day. It’s kinda funny when you can’t have your way and you have a little fit. Luckily, you aren’t throwing yourself on the floor yet and you get over it pretty quickly (especially when we just ignore you). I’ve had to work on my self-control because when Daddy tells you “no” you come running to me, whining “maaa maaa” and it’s so hard not to make it all better.

• You love to show people where their tummies are by pulling up their shirts and peeking underneath

• You play “where’d it go?” or “where’s Carter?” (peek-a-boo) with everyone and everything. You walk around the house with your eyes covered, giggling, and waiting for someone to say “where’s Carter?” and I can’t believe you haven’t bumped into a wall yet!  In one of the photos, you're playing "where's monkey" with monkey

• You blow kisses with a “mmmmuah” at the end

• Your currently say (and use appropriately):

1. mama

2. dada

3. bath

4. di (diaper)

5. ball

6. baabaa (bottle)

7. cheechee [said with lots of slobbering] (cheerios)

8. fichee (fishies/goldfish)

9. yaya (LaLa/Lucy)

10. book

• You currently sign (and use appropriately):

1. book

2. more

3. eat

4. baby (this one you taught yourself by looking at the flash card!)

5. all done

6. help

7. night-night

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16 deep thoughts:

Jen said...

Haha! Diane Sawyer - so funny! Sofie freezes for the Progressive Insurance lady in white. Weird! Carter is growing up so fast - he is still as adorable as always! Wish we lived closer, so they (and we) could have playdates!

The Vierig's said...

Definitely time to get Bodee and Carter together...he needs to teach Bodee his new words! Maybe Bodee can even teach him to throw himself on the ground...we've mastered that here :(. What a smart little guy! I can't keep from getting goosebumps everytime I read about his newest accomplishments! You guys are amazing parents and he is so lucky to have you!

Alison, Chris, Davis and Ryan Cieszko said...

Awesome...simply awesome. An amazing boy that Carter is!!! We just love seeing pictures of you growing up. And by the way...Davis says he wants a John Deere Tractor just like that one you're riding.

Seriously, this kid has THE cutest head of hair ever. I'm thinking that he's needing to get into modeling.


The Cieszko Family

Vince and Patty said...

He is just amazing! Great to hear all about his latest accomplishments and that things are going so well! :-)

Nana Bennett said...

What an absolute joy!!!!! What a lucky little guy to have such diligent and loving parents! You guys are the greatest and I love you all 3 (and Lucy too) the most!

Vicki Jensen said...

It makes me so happy to read about all the wonderful things that Carter is doing. I can't get enough of those cute little curls! I agree with Jen, it would be so great if we lived close so all 3 kids could play together!

Anonymous said...

Love all the pictures. I especially love the one with the flip flops on his arms at the window. Looks like he is saying "If I can wear these things can I go outside?"
Aunt T

Megan said...

Carter rocks (so do mom and dad)! Happy 18 months.
xoxo
Megan, Jason and Olivia

Gabi's Journey said...

WTG Carter!!! Carter looks great!! Always enjoy reading about his many adventures and accomplishments!! He is such a cutie!!!!
Many blessings,
Joanna(Gabi's Journey)

Liz and Shane said...

Time is going by so fast! I wish it would slow down. Carter is an amazing little guy! He has learned so much. I love hearing about it all. The temper tantrum monster shows it's face here too. Usually when Nayeli is home with Daddy. When you figure out how to bring Carter inside without crying let me know because we have the same issue. Lucy looks very cute in her pic

Wally & Leah Hansen said...

Happy 18 months buddy! You are definitely a miraculous little boy. Love all the new things you are doing and those pictures are precious. Let's go get a burger sometime. That's a fav. of mine and Parker's:)

Elizabeth said...

I love that age! Now it is truly never a dull moment!

Anonymous said...

So glad to read your blog again Carter--it was blocked for awhile. You are so funny!!! You are almost two--I'm so proud of you.

Alison, Chris, Davis and Ryan Cieszko said...

Carter...you are amazing! I don't quite know how this will sound coming out (or you reading it, rather), but when I read about you, Carter, and see pictures of you now, I don't think about CDH...I am not reminded about all that you went through in the very beginning...unless I really reach back. That's really amazing...right?...it was unimaginable to see you going through so much for the first several months of your life... and now it's unimaginable that you were ever fighting a battle so tough--because when I see pictures of you or watch videos of you...you ARE "Carter"...so vibrant, so healthy, so happy. Unless you were to lift up your little shirt and show your "tummy"...I wouldn't be reminded you went through so much. I bet your mommy and daddy smile ear to ear whenever they see you...and God sure knew what He was doing when He "gave" you to them...(and them to you).

Love and prayers for one amazing little boy (that's you, Carter!)...

Alison (The Cieszko Family)

Kristin said...

Chee chee...awwwww. SO precious. That's really impressive that he can put a puzzle together. The dude is almost two and still doesn't wanna sit down to do that. HA!

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Kristin said...

My lil' man turned 2 today! I can't believe it! It will be your lil' dude's turn soon!

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