Gazing Upward



For all of you who have requested pictures of baby Carter, thank you for your patience! Here are a few of our favorites from the last few days, and I promise to write more later. We are so thankful for our little angel and appreciate your welcome wishes, prayers, and visits!
Samuel Carter Brown came into the world on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:30 am on the dot. He weighed in at 7 lbs 13 oz and measured at 20 3/4 “.

He was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital – the same hospital that his mom was born in 29 years ago almost to the month!
Making his footprints in the world already!

Scott is a proud daddy… and a very hands-on father! He has mastered the art of swaddling and diapering much more quickly than me!

Carter with his Gram Me (Scott’s mom, Libby Brown)

Carter with his Aunt Julie (Scott’s sister).
Aunt Julie even got him to smile for the camera!!

Sweet feet (photography by my dear friend, Jill Aldridge).

Wide awake and alert!
Carter gets his first name “Samuel” from his daddy (Scott Samuel) and his grand dad (Sam Brown). The name actually goes back five generations. It also has significant personal meaning for me, as I was greatly encouraged by God’s faithful answer to Hannah’s prayer for a son, Samuel, in 1 Samuel 1. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thanked Him for blessing us with this child.

Carter loves to wiggle his hands out of his blanket and explore his face with them… hence the red scratch that appeared on day two.

No one can quite decide who Carter favors. My mom decided we should just line up baby pictures from both families, stick one of Carter in there, and take a poll. 😉

Aunt Coco (my sister Courtney) and Uncle Ivan (Courtney’s fiance) are spoiling their nephew already!
This is one of my favorite pictures so far. And the blanket Carter is wrapped in was knitted by his Aunt Julie.
Carter’s expression when he saw how high up his Daddy is! But with his long legs and good-sized feet, he will probably grow up to be 6’5″ as well. (Funny side note: poor Scott has been having a sore back from leaning over the changing table to change diapers. We joke that we’ll have to get another set of baby furniture suited for his tall stature!)
Scott was very impressed (and probably a bit scared) that I managed to “coordinate” our outfits! 🙂

Carter with his Grand Mary (my mom, Mary Lynn Brown). His other grandfather, Papa (Bob Brown) is in SanDiego for a business meeting and can hardly wait to get into town on Saturday to see his first grandchild! We have been sending him pictures and videos every day until he gets here!
Carter and Aunt Julie. His Uncle Stuart (Scott’s twin brother) and Aunt Noelle (Stu’s girlfriend) are coming in town today from Atlanta.

Carter rests before heading home from the hospital.

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  • Comment by Susan — February 2, 2008 @ 2:28 am

    Those are great pictures, Kelley!!! Carter is precious, and you look gorgeous!!

  • Comment by Kristy — February 2, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

    Kelley, he is so precious! You both are so blessed! You look beautiful too :)! Congrats!

  • Comment by Kristy — February 2, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

    My favorite is the one of his sweet little toes!

  • Comment by Emily Chappell — February 3, 2008 @ 1:08 am

    Oh Kelley, I love him!! I can’t wait to meet him in person and kiss that sweet face!

  • Comment by Jennisa — February 3, 2008 @ 1:23 am

    Congrats on your BEAUTIFUL baby boy! I LOVE the name Carter, and if we would have had a boy, that was our name!Have a wonderful time getting to know your son….these first few weeks can be hard, but oh such a blessing at the same time! 🙂

  • Comment by JJ — February 3, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

    Kelley – Hayley told me about your blog and I am so excited you are in the blogging world so we can keep up!Congratulations, it is the best.Love ya! Joy Jonas

  • Comment by Melissa — February 3, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

    Kelley – a beautiful baby for a beautiful Mommy. Sam was kind enough to forward pictures and this blog. Children are a gift – enjoy! Melissa McBrayer

  • Comment by Anonymous — February 6, 2008 @ 12:11 am

    congratulations to the proud parents and a warm welcome to the world to Samuel Carter! He is just precious! loved all the pix and the ability to see him from this far away in NJ. all the best to everyone – looking forward to seeing the whole family in april

  • Comment by judy hart — February 6, 2008 @ 12:16 am

    sorry – somehow anonymous got checked in the previous comment

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