Baby Stories

Hear the funny and heartwarming stories of raising babies from some moms who aren't afraid to share! These stories may make you laugh or cry or both…and you may just find a useful tip or two.

Our New Breakfast Favorite: Paleo Pancakes

I am not a great cook and have a really hard time finding inspiration when it comes to healthy meals for my toddler. I found a recipe on the ever faithful Pinterest while looking for paleo recipes for myself. It was a recipe for pancakes that had ingredients in it that I always have and seemed fairly easy. My type of recipe. I tried the recipe, not expecting much, and surely not anticipating that my toddler would approve. To my surprise, he loved them and devoured them.

Here is the recipe for Baylor’s new favorite breakfast, paleo pancakes.

Happy Birthday, Bee!

Bee turned two years old yesterday, and Ken and I celebrated by returning home early from a kid-free getaway to sing her three rounds of “Happy Birthday” over bacon and eggs and the love of her doting grandmothers.

We chose to forgo a party this year, and instead, Bee’s grandmothers spoiled her for a few days with sidewalk chalk and birthday lunches and trips to the zoo. She enjoyed tea parties in a new pint-sized picnic basket and practiced her letters and numbers in the setting sunshine…

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Becoming a "Big Cousin"

Our family is still on a serious high after welcoming my nephew to our family a couple of days ago. Our family is so close knit that a new cousin for Baylor might as well be a new sibling. A new baby means that he isn’t the “baby” of the family anymore. I worried he would have a hard time, but he is adjusting to all of this change like such a champ while also loving the new role of “big cousin.”

Balancing Baby's Schedule with Summer Fun

Ahhh, summer. The time when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the days last forever. Well, at least here in the Pacific Northwest. In our neck of the woods, during the heart of summer, we get our first slivers of daylight not long after 4:30 a.m., and twilight stretches nearly to the 10 o’clock hour. Our 4th of July fireworks launched almost at 10 p.m.

But with that utopia of fun comes a danger lurking just below the horizon…the summer schedule hazards.

Dad is Serving Up More Than Just Dinner

In Casa de Carter, I am the cook. I do the grocery shopping and plan the meals for the week. I am one of the thousands, if not million or so, dads who are in charge of dinner in American homes. It’s not necessarily because I love my weekly trip to the grocery store, and I am far short of being a gourmet cook. Ask my wife. It just sort of happened years ago because of schedules. It works for us. Now with a child, here’s why I’m thrilled it works this way.

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