Saturday, September 5, 2015

Carson Johnson - One Month

Our sweet boy is one month old! He has been an absolute angel since he's arrived, and I really can't handle much more than a perfect baby with everything else going on in our lives. Carson eats really well and has the enormous body to prove it, he is really mellow and barely fusses (except for the couple hours Daddy is home at night, but still, he is tame compared to his sister's "witching hour" when she was his age), and he sleeps 6-7 hour stretches at night.

I've spent a lot of his first month thinking "poor second baby", he really takes a lot of abuse compared to his sister - mostly FROM his sister. Cammie hasn't been aggressive towards him, but she has taken lots of interest in his eyes/nose/face, loves to jam his wub into his mouth, and doesn't always realize when he's close to her. All normal behavior, but I would have had a heart attack if anyone got that rough with her as a baby.

Carson also spends a ton of time in his carseat... it is his favorite place to nap, so when we get home from a busy morning sometimes he continues to snooze in his carseat for a couple hours. This time around I'm really taking the "never wake a sleeping baby" thing to heart.

And in true second child form, it wasn't long before his big sister crashed the picture party. I only snapped a couple pictures of the little guy and the rest include Cammie. But it makes my heart happy to see them both, and surely he will not care 15 years down the road that he didn't get a full photo shoot by himself.

Most of my pictures turned out less than stellar... Getting two kids to look good requires triple the patience and triple the number of shots than it takes for one kid.

I'm lucky to have two great kids! The transition during Carson's first month was a little rough for everyone, but we are all getting adjusted to new routines and habits finally. Although everything is about to be completely shook up with the move.

Cammie and Carson couldn't be any cuter!

I'm just glad I got this picture before Cammie decided it was wrestlemania time and tried to roll onto her brother. At least it looks like they were behaving perfectly and getting along in this one!

XO, Em

Welcome back!

Whew! I took a long break from my blog, but I'm really excited to be back, exactly one year later!

Basically, trying to get pregnant and being pregnant were not very compatible with my blog. Last summer the stress of it all started to get to me and I didn't feel like I could be authentic and express what was really going on. Not to mention the fact that my hormones were raging and I was a total mess.

So here's a quick catch-up on what we've been up to in the last year...

We celebrated Halloween with our favorite friends... Emory and Abbie! We had a firefighter, a flame and a dalmation. So cute (and so sad we won't be here this Halloween to collaborate again!)

Right before Halloween we learned that Megan was having a baby... and two short weeks later we found out we were expecting as well! I had been telling Megan all summer that we were just waiting for her and Justin to decide to have a second baby to get pregnant... and no joke, that's exactly how it turned out. Then a few weeks later we learned Brook was also pregnant! We were quite the trio over the last year.

Cammie and I spent a month in Colorado between Thanksgiving and Christmas... Grammie helped me survive the remainder of my first trimester. We had two moose visit us in the mountains one day, and it was the highlight of our year!

Baking Christmas cookies with Grammie

Announcing our pregnancy to the world!

We spent loads of time with our friends... it's the only way to get through the week!

Lots of Mardi Gras fun! We went to two parades this year and got quite the collection of beads. I also used my pregnant belly to score a hot dog off the official Hot Dog Float and that was the yummiest hot dog I've ever eaten!

In March, we all got together and did a photoshoot with the girls in their Well Dressed Wolf attire (it's a fancy brand of clothing that has a cult following). It was completely exhausting and quite the learning experience, but the pictures turned out absolutely perfect!

Cammie and I spent most of April in Colorado, and made a fun trip to the zoo!

At the end of April, my cousin Joe got married in Fort Wayne, IN. Cammie danced the night away with my cousin's son, Hal - they stole the show.

We got back to Shreveport just in time to celebrate Cammie's second birthday! Unfortunately for Cammie, her mommy's pregnancy cravings led to a lemon cheesecake birthday cake... which Cammie didn't love at all. Sorry Cammie, I promise to make up for the yucky cakes you had for your 1st and 2nd birthdays on your 3rd birthday!

Abbie, Emory and Grayson came over to celebrate Cammie's birthday with a playdate lunch. So lucky to have such good friends!

In preparation for a new baby, Cammie moved into her big girl bed! She was so good about the transition to her new bed, although the transition to get rid of her "wubs" (pacifiers) was NOT an easy one.

More fun with friends!

Picture on the left was the night before Cammie's due date and the picture on the right was the night before Carson's due date. My big belly definitely reflects the increased size of the baby within it! Holy moly!

Carson finally arrived on July 24th... a whopping 9 pounds 5 ounces! I had the most perfect delivery... I tried to be stubborn, but my doctor was absolutely wonderful and helped me make the best decisions for myself and my baby throughout the end of my pregnancy and delivery. I am so thankful to end my baby making journey on a positive note, especially after Cammie's scary delivery!

Cammie has been an enthusiastic big sister! She's happy to be a big helper and loves to interact with Carson.

New best friends! Georgia Kate, Megan's baby, was born a little over two weeks before Carson. It's been so fun going through this stage with Megan, and she helps me feel much more sane.

My mom was a complete rockstar before and after Carson arrived. She spent three weeks here and helped me through the absolute crazy period of getting our house on the market because...

Our next big adventure is a cross-country move to Michigan! Brice got contacted by a recruiter in the last few weeks of my pregnancy, and the next thing we knew Carson was 3 days old and Brice flew out to interview with Greektown! Then we quickly put our house on the market, sold our house, bought a new one in Michigan and here we are, six weeks later, getting ready to pack up our house and hit the road!

It's going to be an interesting month getting everything loaded and packed, and becoming homeless for over two weeks. But I know we will get through it alive.

Thanks for coming back to the blog!

XO, Em

Friday, September 5, 2014

Photo Dump Friday

Friends, this is an epic Photo Dump Friday. I've been such a slacker lately... we've been busy, and then I was late shooting Cam's 15 month pictures, and then I went to edit them and they weren't that great. So I procrastinated (story of my life!) until we went on a whirlwind trip to Michigan last week.

So let's start with some pictures from Michigan!

We traveled to Traverse City for a few days to celebrate my Uncle Eric's wedding, and Cam made a new friend!!! Avery is the bride's granddaughter and she is such a sweetie! Cam was so happy to finally meet a baby who loves other babies as much as she does!

And by loving other babies I mean... "Here, let me steal your cups and rocks!"

All Cameron wanted to do all weekend was walk everywhere. Luckily, there were enough loving family members around to take turns following her where she wanted to go. A particular Grammie and Grandpa were extra happy to oblige their favorite munchkin.

The wedding was absolutely gorgeous! It was held at a vineyard/winery close to my Grannie's house and it was stunning! The weather was perfect too, with just a handful of raindrops right before Leanne walked down the aisle.

Cammie was more interested in trying to steal center stage so Brice took her way off to the side where she fell in love with the live band.

Big independent girl walked all the way up the hill by herself!

So beautiful! The table overlooked some of the vineyard, and it was absolute perfection! Not to mention the weather was about 30 degrees cooler than it was in Shreveport - I was calling it winter, but it felt so good!

Cammie Lee had her own seat at the table, right in between Grammie and Grandpa!!! Even though she insisted on playing musical chairs and stealing bites off of everyone's plate except her own.

My Aunt Paula was the baby whisperer for 15 minutes. We all just about fell out of our chairs when we realized she actually got Cammie to lay back and relax in her arms - Cam NEVER does that! But then she brought Cam back and told us to check her diaper, HAHAHA!!!!!

My second favorite picture of the evening... my cousin is gorgeous! I'm so glad we got to spend time together this weekend. We met her boyfriend from across the pond and wow, our fingers are crossed that we will be attending their wedding next! Wink, wink!!! No pressure!

And, my favorite picture of the night!! Heck, this might be the picture of the year! Cam finally got some real sugary goodness this weekend and ate half a slice of wedding cake. She was turning down cookies and lemon bars the day before, so I was worried she wasn't really my daughter. But she finally came to the dark side at the wedding and fell in love.

Unfortunately, my phone was put away (dead) almost the entire weekend so those are the only pics I could scrounge up from family. The wedding photographer got a ton of cute baby pictures, so hopefully I will be able to share those here when they become available!

Other than that, we've been busy with our normal weekly playdates with friends...

Love our Tuesday playdates at the park!

We also squeezed in a last few pool days at our friends' neighborhood pool. Apparently their HOA is not aware of the fact that we still have at least another month of hot summer weather here and they have closed for the season. Sad!


BFFs (and troublemakers!)

Emory hugging Cam, so sweet! Love these two.

Megan snapped this picture of Cam that just melted my heart. A rare sweet moment of my girl.

Our little ragamuffin running around before the pool in her 6 month-sized pool cover up, diaper and water shoes. It's not always a fashion show around here...

I bought a donut pan and made some baked donuts a couple weeks ago. Brice and I inhaled them, so delicious!

Cam has been into dipping her food lately. Of course, ketchup is a favorite - but she will dip whatever is available to her... her potstickers into the soy sauce (that she doesn't even like the taste of).

Cammie's also into being sassy at all times now.

 <3 <3 <3

I have been looking for plastic animals for Cameron to play with because she's been enjoying her animal books and making all the animal sounds. I found this great Melissa & Doug barn that comes with 7 plastic animals and it's going to be a favorite. It reminds me of the old Fisher Price barn we had growing up, but the FP barn has been modernized and it's pretty cheap-o now.

We've been battling a lack of sleep from our trip and (more!) new teeth, and it hasn't been pretty. I like to snap these pictures to send to Brice at the end of the day. I intend them to say "hurry home, please!", but I'm pretty sure he reads it as "let me send one or twenty more emails".

I'll leave you with a sleeping baby picture, because you can't get enough of them!

We've got some fun weekend plans lined up over the next few weeks, and I'm planning to give potty-training a whirl at the end of the month. Cross your fingers and your toes that Cam takes to it, because I'm OVER cleaning cloth diapers and she's exhibiting lots of signs that she's ready.

XO, Em