Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lily Kate Opens Presents

Lily Kate's new favorite toy

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"I wanna hold my Charlotte"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Wow, what a day! My parents are in town this week so we had a special early birthday celebration for Lily Kate. This morning we went to Chuck E Cheese and played games and opened presents and had a blast. I like this picture below because Parks and my dad are really into the games and Lily Kate is just waiting patiently.

I know I'm biased, but isn't she just beautiful! One of the gifts she got is Elmo Live. He talks and dances and moves very realistically, LK was quickly very attached.

Lily Kate and her Nona! And here's us below eating cake and pizza at Mellow Mushroom. We had to go next door for lunch. We just couldn't bring ourselves to eat the Chuck E Cheese pizza when Mellow was right next door.

This shot is my favorite, it's the end of the night and Lily Kate has been celebrating all day with no noticeable lull in her energy level. What a day! I think there's going to be some serious disappointment when Nona and Pop Pop go home.

My Charlotte

I know this picture isn't too clear but her face it just too sweet, I had to post it.

Sound Asleep

This is still how Charlotte spends most of her day. Tomorrow is her 2week birthday! I promise the picture above was taken in the morning, I am getting dressed during the day at this point :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009


This is what Lily Kate calls "huggle time". Huggle time is something she learned from Parks, they basically lie in bed and talk and wrestle some. Every few days she asks if she and Charlotte can have huggle time. I have been more than impressed with her gentle spirit towards Charlotte. She calls her "seetheart" and "monkey" and loves to hold her and kiss her and we've even gotten her to let us know when she's all done holding her so that she doesn't just dump her off her lap anymore. She really is a fantastic big sister.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The girls

Charlotte's first bath

When the nurses bathed Charlotte at the hospital she liked it a lot, in fact, she didn't cry at all. I think she liked the warm water. Well, we didn't have the same experience with her first bath here at the house. I love this picture, you can feel how sad she was. And there she is below just afterward.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

There's no denying that they're sisters

They aren't twins but the similarities are definitely there. This is Lily Kate in her second week of life. (probably about a pound heavier than Charlotte is now)

My two baby girls

Friday, January 09, 2009

January 8th

Wow, what a crazy last few days! You got my little blog note on Wed afternoon. I had no idea we were having a baby that night. Around 9pm I started having some "cramps" that just kept getting worse and worse and it took Parks and me about two hours to finally turn the TV off and have a real conversation considering what we needed to get up and do in case this was real. It's a good thing we did... at 1:30 we finally went to the hospital. The "cramps" were clearly contractions by that point and I was in serious pain. I was 7cm when I was admitted and there was some scary talk of delivery before there was time for an epidural. I've never known panic like that and I was thanking God between while biting my pillow in pain when the anesthesiologist arrived. It was extra special because his little doctor hat (not sure what the technical name for those is) was burnt orange with a longhorn on it. I appreciated that and I was sure that you fellow longhorns will too. I am certain LK would have called him "the hook em guy". Anyway, all was well shortly after the epidural. The picture above was clearly after my visit with "the hook em guy". Anyway, we did end up waiting a while before delivery in order to get some penicillin in my system (because I am Group B positive for Strep) and she was born in the morning. So, here she is! Charlotte Elizabeth has been so sweet so far. I think she looks a lot like Lily Kate did but I'm sure she'll change a lot each day.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Charlotte Elizabeth Carpenter
9:43 AM
7lbs. 2 oz.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

We're going to meet her by next Friday!

We went to the doctor today and my induction date was set for next Friday, Jan 16th. Unless we get a pleasant surprise we'll meet our little Charlotte in 9 days. Tonight I kept telling Lily Kate, "you're going to meet your sister next Friday!" and she would just laugh and say "Noooo" - the same "Noooo" she says when we ask her if she's a chicken or if we can eat her little thighs for dessert. I'm starting to wonder if she thinks this whole baby coming out thing is nonsense too. We'll see :)

Monday, January 05, 2009

Baby Shower

I can't believe this is the only picture I took at my baby shower this weekend. The table was so pretty (& look at the diaper cake!) that I took a picture when I first got there and then, of course, I had so much fun that I didn't take another the whole time. It was great though, it is always overwhelming to feel so loved and helped at the same time. We are VERY grateful.

I have my 39 wk dr apt on Wed and, because Lily Kate was 8lb 6oz, they say they might let me make an induction appointment right around my due date (1/14) instead of a week later. Mom and Dad will get here on Sat, the 17th, so I'm praying that they'll let me come in and have her the 15th or 16th. We'll see, ultimately God will order the days - not me - and Charlotte will come when she comes. We'll have a baby girl by the end of the month, at least we know that. We'll keep you posted!