my little guy is...


Last Friday Carter started sitting up all by himself!  He can now go from laying down on his tummy to full out sitting.  He has been working on this for quite a while and has pretty strong stomach muscles!  I'm pretty thankful that we've made it here because he's been frustrated for quite some time.  Now he is just inches away from crawling… but I am definitely content with the sitting!  :)

All 3 of my SUPER guys!!

And the big kids are SUPER excited to add him to the mix during bath time.  Oh the joy of siblings!!



Cooper just ended his first season of soccer!  He has looked forward to playing since Caroline did a year ago and so we decided to sign him up through the Small Fry soccer at the YMCA. They can start playing when they're 3 and we thought it would be a good introduction for him.  They had 3 "practices" and then 3 days of scrimmages.

We showed up the first day and the first thing the referee asked was "okay, who's the coach?"  It was a random group where we only had 1 other friend on the team, so Spencer stepped up and volunteered Josh to help coach the Team Pizzas. It was pretty funny at first, but Josh did a great job coaching and ended up liking it quite a bit!  You can imagine what it is like having 10 three year olds out on the field, but somehow they made it work!

 Cooper really liked the "idea" of soccer and enjoyed saying he played, but really hadn't shown that much interest in the game. Josh told him that if he scored a goal, he could pick out anything he wanted from Toys R Us. (Nice parenting, right?)  Well, after the first goal of the first game was scored for The Pizzas, Cooper cried because it wasn't him!  Not quite the teamwork we were going for, but he started understanding what needed to be done.  Unfortunately I missed the last game because the rest of the family was sick, but he did GREAT!!  He was trying really hard, running up and down the field and in the end, HE SCORED A GOAL!!  He was smiling from ear to ear and SO excited!!  Josh made good on his promise and took him to Toys R Us that day. You can bet that he already knew what he wanted and you can bet he took advantage of the "ANYTHING you want" part of it!  And of course it was going to involve elephants!  They came home with the $60 FAO Schwartz Noah's Ark that he had been eyeing.  Josh is such a push over and just couldn't say no,  ;). So yes, now we have yet another Noah's Ark toy and more stuffed animals!  But we couldn't be more proud and Cooper deserved it!  He did such a great job!



Fall Fun Fest

Last night we went to our church's Fall Fun Festival.  And this year it was even better because we got to take the von Goertz's!  Of course the kids all based their costumes around each other so we were Elsa and Anna and Superman and Super girl!  They were so excited to get dressed up and of course get CANDY!
 Sweet Cousins!
 Another sweet friend Ava… who was Elsa of course!
And then we have the happiest and sweetest baby of the night, sweet Carter our mummy!

Rah Rah TCU!

 We sure love rooting on our beloved Horned Frogs!  Our season tickets have been so much fun and the kids really do look forward to going to the games.  I can't say that they've ever made it passed half time, but while we're there, they sure have fun!

One big reason this year that we like going is that we get to visit our favorite freshman, Maddy!  It really has been fun getting to see her so often.  The kids just love their cousin!

We also love seeing our sweet friends!  These girls have grown up together going to these games and it makes Saturdays that much better!

 Starting young!!  Already a fan!


SIX Months!

 Just where does the time go??  It is SO true what they say… the days are long, but the years are short!  Carter is now 6 months old!!  Half of a year under his belt and half way to ONE year!  Somehow I blinked and now have a rolly polly little boy who does not like to sit still!  He has a constant smile on his face and not much ever causes that to change!  From day one, he has had such a laid back personality and seems to face life with a smile.  That sure is good news for this mama!  If he doesn't get to eat right away, he's usually just fine.  If he's sleepy, he might get a quick nap and then is ready to go when we need to leave.  I feel terrible that he doesn't always get the most attention right away, but I figure that it is growing him into a very self sufficient little guy who is pretty flexible.  His favorite things are watching his siblings and of course being held!  He laughs the MOST while watching Caroline and Cooper on the swings.  It is pretty funny to watch such a little guy hysterically laughing at pretty much nothing.  It happens every.single.time!  Caroline and Cooper just love him and we couldn't imagine a better fit for our family!

So far he still seems to be the lightest child in our family and we can't quite tell who he looks like.  His hair is very fine and fuzzy and sticks straight up no matter how much you comb it.  His eyes are very blue and look like they will stay that way!  We were very surprised by his stats!  Everyone always asks how old he is and then proceeds with "Wow, a big guy!"  He is pretty round, but I was very surprised with how he ranked:
weight:  16 lb. 2 oz  (22nd percentile)
length:  25 inches  (2nd percentile)
head circumference:  42 centimeters  (3rd percentile)

You read that right… 2nd and 3rd percentile for length and head measurement!  I guess putting a 22nd percentile weight with that will make you look like a big baby??  :)  All of his measurements are almost exactly what Caroline was!  It really is crazy how different each kid can be.

Nights are still hit or miss.  Some nights he does great and sleeps ALL night and others aren't so great and I am up several times to either feed him or just put his pacifier back in.  It is hard because he is moving so much and gets so frustrated on his stomach.  I'm really ready for that day where we have a CONSISTENT sleeper!  Between all three kids, someone is bound to get up every single night and we certainly are TIRED!

We started baby food on Monday and so far he has eaten butternut squash and sweet potatoes.  This boy does not discriminate!  He is hungry for everything and has even had no problem drinking cold milk.  I'm a little hesitant to start giving him food and my reasons are pretty selfish.  1.) It's a whole lot more work on my part and 2.) he still spits up ALL THE TIME!  After eating the baby food, his spit up has been ORANGE and I'm really not ready for my carpets and clothes to be spotted!  Oh well, I guess there's always time in the future for things to be replaced!

Although Carter can roll really well and get to where he wants to, he is pretty insistent and determined to figure out this whole crawling thing!  Instead of rolling, he spends his days on his knees rocking back and forth and nose diving into the ground!  As soon as he learns how to move those knees, he will be off and there will be no stopping him!  I'm not sure I'm ready for that, but I am ready for him to be a little more content on the ground.  He is not really sitting on his own yet.  If you place him sitting, he can stay for a little bit, but is pretty wobbly.  I'm sure that is coming as well.



GiGi Jean & Papa John

My grandparents made a visit to Texas at the beginning of September and we had such a wonderful time!!  Little did they know when they made their tickets last spring that just about ALL of their grandchildren would be in the DFW area!!  They were able to visit my family, the von Goertz', my brother and Christy, Maddy AND, because it was family weekend at TCU, Marcia and Johnny were even in town.  It was quite the weekend filled with a TCU game and Emma's birthday celebration.  We were so lucky to have them!
Carter sure got some love!!!  Between all of the other crazy siblings and cousins, he still received so much attention and his own cuddle time!

The whole crew headed over to Fort Worth on Saturday and got to visit Andy and Christy's new apartment.  It was really cute and the kids had another chance to play with their new puppy, Scout!  Grandma and Grandpa spent the day with Andy and Christy while the rest of us went to the game.
 15 of us ate at Pot Belly before the game!  Now that was quite a sight and a LOT of purple!  (It was a white out game, so we tried to stick to wearing white, but it was hard for Josh not to wear PURPLE!)
 We also invaded Maddy's dorm room!
 The kids had a BLAST at the game!  We have great seats where they really can run around and play.  They took full advantage and danced to every song they heard!

 Rah Rah TCU!!
Cooper, Carter and I were able to take them to visit the Dallas Arboretum.  The fall exhibits weren't quite ready, but they were setting up ALL of the pumpkins while we were there.  It was just beautiful!

And of course it wouldn't be us if we didn't get some group pictures!  Let the party start!

 What a wonderful treat and great present to have these kids' GREAT grandparents here for a visit!  We all had such a great time and can't wait until they can come again!