well then

so its been quite long since i’ve posted on this site.  life has been busy in the last few months, but the cartwrights are having a great time.  we bought a house, celebrated thanksgiving, christmas, new years, etc etc, and somehow grew ourselves a one year old baby!

how the heck max has become a whole 12 months old, i will never understand.

we had a very fun birthday party for him a few days before his actual birthday, which then let us conveniently keep up the decorations and the partying for a few days.  i’m planning a separate post all about his birthday extravaganza(s), but in the mean time, here are my favorite things about max right now:

  • how he sleeps!  i shouldn’t even be writing these words for fear of jinxing this, but right now max goes down around 8 pm and often sleeps in past 9 am.  it is quite joyous to say the least.
  • he loves to read – he has this cute little laugh that he does when he is pleased about things, kinda like huh,huh.  he specifically does it on his favorite pages of his favorite books.
  • he doesn’t really walk yet, but is getting quite close.  he cruises all between the furniture and takes one or two steps here and there.  his first actual steps were on his birthday!
  • he loves to copy us and tries a lot to mimic sounds we make, including animal names and sounds.  sometimes to convince him (or distract him) to stand on his own, we’ll put toys on our heads.  specifically this little M magnet from one of those alphabet magnet sets.  now, whenever he sees that M, he puts it up on his head right away and laughs.
  • he has started snuggling a lot.  i will usually say, “how bout a snug?” and he smiles huge and lays his head down.
  • when we closed on our house, our good friend (and realtor) gave us a little stuffed mouse/ball for max (picture here) and he LOVES it!  he sleeps with it every night and every nap.  we usually ask him if he wants to go night-night with mousie and lots of times he’s super stoked about it.  he’ll hold him next to his neck and snuggle in.
  • max fah-reaked out at his last doctor appt.  apparently, he hadn’t forgotten his last shots.  from the second we had to lay him down to measure him, until we walked back out to the elevators, he was one unhappy camper.  (this isn’t the cute part).  a few days later, we had to take scott to the doctor.  max was in a great mood that day, he was wooing all the old people in the waiting room but the second we got into the examination room, devastation!  he calmed down really fast though and i think it was good for him to see that not all doctors visits are bad.  maybe now he won’t be so so sad next time.
  • his old man hair.  its kinda in this awkward, in-between stage where it goes halfway over his ears, and its long on top, but just weird altogether.  i’ve been thinking about cutting it, but keep holding off hoping it gets cuter.  regardless, it adds to his cuteness to have weird hair.  🙂

i love this little time in our lives.  its really unique for both of us, as mom & son.  its probably going to be one of the few times in my life that i’ll be able to focus on just one child, and i realize that it’s special.  i went out of town for about 10 days after thanksgiving and left scott and max to their own devices.  when i came home, i had been replaced!  dad was the new favorite for sure.  for the first week or so, max cried every time his buddy went off to work.    now that we’ve been back to our old routine (of everyday, pretty much all day together), i’m back at number one.  as much as i love that scott is such a good dad and that him and max are buds, i am stoked to be back in first.  there’s nothing quite like it.

putting the M on his head


10 Happy Things

I’m feeling pretty funkish tonight.  Nothing feels quite right.  So instead of continuing to give in to my bad mood as I have been doing all day, here’s this.

1. Anna Nelson – the newest, cutest little girl born to my soul sister Alli.

2. How Max gets really excited whenever I fake sneeze at him.

3.  Scott’s at hockey right now.  The ice is a happy place for him, so him being there is a happy place for me.

4. This song

5. The making and eating of scotcheroos.  If you don’t know what these are, let me know, I’ll make you a batch!

6. Cooler Fall Weather – and this recipe.

7. Pretty fonts

8. Bloggers that I love portraying my thoughts in a way that I never could.

9.  We finally have a wedding picture on our wall.  It’s this one:

10. This bum!

Lovin the swings

Max now loves the swings at the park.  We went a couple weeks ago and met up with our friends.  James was really good at not pushing Max too much.  

Conversations with the Cartwrights

Her: I really hope we get that house.  Maybe we should do something to discourage other buyers from thinking its awesome.

Him: Yeah!  We could get a dog and just walk back and forth complaining about the neighborhood.

Her: Good idea.

Him: We could tell people that we see ghosts there all the time.

Her: Don’t say that!

Him: Yeah, that’s really creepy.  I’m spooked out now.

(We are probably the only two grown adults anywhere that could spook ourselves out of buying a not-haunted house.)

What 6 months…

according to Photo Booth looks like.  Otherwise known as, come see what a slob Brianne looks like most of the time!  Yes, we roll in style over here folks. I actually think the couple of pictures where I look decent were the day I got my hair done!  As in, I never brush my hair!  Welcome to my life.  🙂  But the real story is Mr. Max.  He who could have cared less about the large monitor in his face in pictures 1 – 3, now wants to grab it and see if he can fit all 27″ in his mouth… not gonna happen kiddo.

It’s Somebody’s Half Birthday Today

Is this for real?  I honestly cannot believe that my little Max is already 6 months old.  In celebration, we ate some mushed pears, palled around in the baby carrier and tried really hard not to be put in the car seat.  Okay, so that was all just Max, but not too bad a way to spend a day, right?



I know it is going to sound cliche, but I was changed forever the minute this little guy joined our crazy world.  My body obviously has its baby battle wounds, but my heart is what has changed the most.  I really thought I knew what I was getting into, this Mom stuff.  I have loved lots of babies in my day.  But it is just a different level of love and concern.  Every minute of my day is enveloped with Max.  Whether in the actions of taking care of him, or thoughts of how I should do things to make his little life the best it can be.  So yeah, being a Mom is pretty great, but being Max’s Mama is what I was made to do.

Love him!

Max’s Blessing

On Sunday we blessed Max.  It was a gorgeous day and we celebrated with food and family beforehand.

Max is so lucky to have so many family members nearby.  We are too!

My Famiy

Scott's Family

The Grandmas and Mom

The Grandpas and Dad

Max was so good during his blessing.  I think he was just stoked to have all those guys giving him attention.  I’ve been told he just smiled the whole time.  Here he is in his blessing outfit, which has now been worn by all the grandkids on my side of the family on their blessing day.  Thanks Autumn!!

I changed him into this right before church and changed him right out afterwards, and its a good thing because he had the biggest blowout of his life so far after church.  It was a doozy!  (I’m sure you all want to hear about my child’s poop.  You’re welcome.)

Scott did a great job and gave Max a sweet and simple blessing.  I figure if Max turns out just a little bit like his dad, we’re doing okay.  🙂