Monthly Archives: March 2009

Carter’s first taste of cereal




Last week at the doctor, we learned that Carter might be ready to start cereal. Amber said some of the signs that babies are ready include eating more than 40 oz of milk per day and getting hungry between feedings. He’s been taking more than 40 oz a day for a while now and for the last four nights, we’ve gotten up for at least two feedings. I really wanted to hold out until he was closer to six months, but sleep deprivation won out. Tonight, we went to the store and bought the boy some rice cereal.


Here’s some video of his reaction.



Carter’s First Taste of Cereal from Cory Reed on Vimeo.


He wasn’t quite sure about it, but we think he’ll like having a full tummy.


Carter’s Big Day

Carter’s had a exciting week that culminated in a huge day of activity and fun today. My brother and his wife, Carter’s Uncle Sean and Aunt Lori, visited this week from Rhode Island. They spent a couple of days in Arkansas and Louisiana, and my mom went with them. This meant Carter got to spend a couple of days with Lisa’s parents, Mimi and Papa Jack. Everyone had a great time, with lots of smiles and laughter. In fact, he’s been extremely happy all week. After being sick and teething for the last two weeks, we think he finally started feeling well again, and was quite happy about it. The week included lots of family dinners at Ojeda’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and here at the house.

This busy week was all a build-up to a big day today. We started out the morning by taking Carter in for his 4 month checkup. He weighed 15 pounds and 11 ounces (60th percentile), measured 25 3/4″ (75th percentile) and his big ol’ Reed noggin measured in the 85th percentile, which is expected considering all of the brain matter that has to fit in there. The doctor gave him a great report. He’s meeting all of his milestones and will likely start cereal within the next month or so. She was a bit surprised to hear about his teeth. One has broken through and another is right behind it. That’s a bit unusual for a 4-month old, but again, he’s just so advanced. However, he did have to get a couple of shots, and that didn’t please him at all. He started wailing as the needles were coming out, but was quickly settled with a bottle.

Shortly after we got home from the doctor, we left for the Dallas Arboretum.

It was a beautiful day to be outside, and Carter loved it. He got to nap.

He got to sit with Mommy and Daddy.

He got to stand in the grass.

He got to sit in the grass.

He got to lay in the grass.

He got to roll in the grass.

He got to chew on a tree.

He got to hang out with his Aunt Lori and Uncle Sean.

He got some playtime on the ground with Mommy.

And he got carried around by Daddy. All in all, a pretty awesome day.

Pearly whites

It’s official. Carter is teething. While I see this as a huge step in him growing, I’m pretty sure he just sees it as a huge pain. We can see at least one tooth on the bottom trying to break through and can feel another. Oh, and the enormous amount of drool coming out of him is also a big clue. He cannot get enough of trying to eat his hands, and I even caught him with the pacifier in while attempting to shove both hands in as well. And of course, he’s more fussy than usual and isn’t sleeping as well as he can. Here’s hoping this process ends soon!

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’…

Carter has officially started rolling over. Over the past week, he spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get himself off of his tummy, since he hates it so much! I guess letting him get a little frustrated spurred his determintation and he finally figured it out. However, it was a big surprise to him once he finally got all the way over. We don’t have good pictures or video of him in action yet, but here is a picture of the surprised look he had once he finally got over!