Seven Months

10 Apr

Dear Charlie Bear,

This month started out a little rough, to tell you the truth. Because we started solids, you came down with some bad constipation. You were straining and hurting, and when things finally got free you had some bleeding. I felt so terrible for you and wish I could have taken that pain. I called the pediatrician and they recommended mixing in up to 6 ounces of apple juice in your breastmilk or formula per day. We went right out and bought apple juice and you were back to normal the next day. Poor thing! At least now we know how to solve the problem, right?

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We had our first dose of some amazing spring Colorado weather, and I tried to take advantage of it as much as I could. We went on walks, went to the park, and just got out of the house.

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On the afternoon of your six month pediatrician checkup (which was a week late, whoops!) your Daddy and I took you to a restaurant and got you a highchair for the first time. You loved being able to sit at the table with us, and we loved actually being able to eat our food! Because you’re so small, we had to bring a blanket to wedge into the highchair, but I’m sure you’ll round things out soon.

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You’re starting to get a little bit of stranger anxiety. Sometimes when someone else is holding you (even Nana or Gramps), you’ll look over at me and start crying. I’m hoping this phase passes quickly, because there are so many people who just want to hold you and love on you!

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The weather is really starting to get nice, so we’ve been trying to get outside for walks more often. You love going for walks – it seems to calm you down nicely. On nice weekends we try and take a walk to the park so you can go on the swings which you love. Your Daddy also took you down the slide for the first time.

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The main event of most days is EATING! You absolutely love solid foods. You get three solid meals per day. Your favorites are sweet potato, chicken, steak, apples, pears, and peaches. You’re not too fond of carrots, but you’ll still eat them. Your face lights up when we get out the package of Mum Mums. You LOVE those things!

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At the end of the month, you went for your first swimming lesson. Truthfully, it was kind of a disaster. You were cold and scared and just cried the whole time. Luckily you have persistent parents, and we tried again. The second time was much better and you actually seemed to even enjoy yourself. We haven’t started with dunking you underwater yet because we want to make sure you’re totally comfortable with the pool before subjecting you to that.

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Seven Months:

Words: Mamamamamama. It still counts.

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Movement: You’re all over the place! You’re pulling yourself to a stand, rolling over, standing and holding onto things, sitting up, getting on all fours. You’ll be crawling before we know it. Such a big girl!

Teeth: Still no signs.

Firsts: Pulled yourself to a stand on 3/13/12. Got on all fours.

Loves: Still bathtime with Daddy. Swings at the park.

Food-based likes: Pickles, lemons, pears, oatmeal, breastmilk, sweet potatoes, chicken, steak, Mum Mums, apples, toast, and AVOCADOS.

Music-based likes: Quite fond of Twinkle Twinkle this month.

Hates: Having your face wiped clean after meals, the swimming pool at your first lesson.

Annoying features: The huge mess you make while eating. I don’t mind it too much, I just hate listening to your Daddy complain about it!

Weird-ass features: Your “talking” went to a whole other level this month. You found your voice and you’re not afraid to use it.

Finds hilarious: Kissy faces, the dogs, Daddy throwing you in the air, playing peek-a-boo, throwing food on the floor.

Finds terrifying: Nothing this month.

Sleeping: You sleep better than your poor parents. Bedtime is around 8pm and you sleep soundly until about 6:45am, at which time you play in your crib quietly until we come get you at 7am. THANK YOU, BABY! 🙂

Diapers: Smallest setting on cloth during day, size 3 disposables at night.

Measurements: Don’t have official measurements, but everyone agrees that you seem to have had a growth spurt since your pediatrician appointment.

Nicknames: Charlie, Charlie Bear, Pumpkin, Boobooface, Best Baby in the World

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Pull-Ups

15 Mar

No, not the toddler diapers. Or the exercise kind. Charlotte pulled herself up on one of her toys all by herself on 3/13/12. Such a big girl! I happened to have the camera at the ready and caught her in action.

Six Months

7 Mar

Dear Charlie Bear,

You’re now 1/2 a year old. Seriously, stop growing up so quickly. I just can’t take it!

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Momma really started to develop and concentrate on her photography business, and it’s so helpful to have a little subject around all the time. We are really hoping that the photography biz takes off so I can contribute to the family income but still be able to be a “stay at home Mom”.

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This month we celebrated your first Valentine’s Day. Because the holiday fell on a Tuesday, we didn’t plan for much. I made a nice dinner for your Daddy, and we exchanged gifts. He got an amazing new garlic press and a game called Bananagrams, and I got an external flash for my camera. Momma like!

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Oma came through town for a couple of days and was so happy to see you. She’ll be on her way back through in a week, and I’m sure she’ll be happy to see you then as well.

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Over one weekend we went up to Broomfield to see the place where your Daddy will probably be working soon. Wazee is moving to a much bigger, nicer facility in a much better neighborhood. We’ll be going up there often for lunches, and it will be nice to head to a nice area with great restaurants.

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Two very big things happened on 2/18/12 – you ate your first solid food (a banana and some whole wheat rice cereal) and you got your first bottle of formula. I was trying to hold out until 6 months, but truthfully, Momma needed a break. It was a bit hard for me emotionally, but I know I made the right decision for you and our family. You’ll still absolutely be breastfed for the majority of your meals. As far as solids, you seemed to enjoy your banana. It mostly ended up destroyed on your highchair tray, but I’m pretty sure you ate a little bit of it. The rice cereal wasn’t to your liking, but I think that might be because I made it with water instead of breast milk or formula. We’ll try that one again soon.

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On the night of February 20th, your Dad and I both got very sick with the flu. We ended up staying in bed for most of the next day, and you joined us for most of that – when you weren’t breastfeeding, you were napping in the “nook”. While it was really nice to snuggle with you all day, I’d rather not repeat the illness portion. That was just plain miserable. Luckily you did not come down with whatever it was, and things started to get back to normal on the 23rd.

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On 2/25/12, you spent most of the morning with Nana and Gramps while your Dad and I helped a friend move. When we came to get you, your face broke out into a huge grin and you were just so excited to see us. When we got home, you officially sat up by yourself for the first time ever! The next day we Skyped with Aunt Chris and you sat by yourself pretty much the whole time, showing that this whole sitting thing is just so easy. You smart girl, you.

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One random Thursday we headed downtown to pick up your Daddy and Gramps, and we all went to Red Robin for lunch. While sitting at the table, we gave you a lemon to suck on and you LOVED it. It was hilarious to watch you make sour faces but keep on grabbing for the lemon. The next day I gave you a pickle to suck on and you loved that as well. You’re really starting to get the hang of solid foods! I got a packet of apples to see if you liked those before making them myself, and you love apples. It’s much more fun to feed you now that I’m getting the hang of knowing what you like.

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To round out the month, we went to the Denver Zoo with Laura and Clare on a beautiful March day. It was a lot of fun seeing you react to the people and things around you. Eventually you conked out in the carrier and napped through the second half of the day. I can’t wait until you’re old enough to understand what’s going on and enjoy seeing the animals!

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Six Months:

Words: Mamamamamamamama. What, it totally counts.

Movement: Rolling, rolling, rolling. You make motions like you are trying to crawl, but haven’t quite figured out that you need to get on your knees before that will work.

Teeth: Still nada. Which is still juuuuuuuust fine by Momma.

Firsts: Sat up by yourself on 2/25/12. Went for a swing at the park on 3/4/12.

Loves: Grabbing faces and pulling on lips, bathtime, when Daddy gets home from work, bathtime, playing with your feet, and bathtime.

Food-based likes: Breastmilk and formula. As far as solids go, you seem to like apples and pears, and you LOVE pickles. Strange child.

Music-based likes: The ABC song is like a revelation. WHOA, letters.

Hates: Being hungry (can’t blame you on that one), sitting in one place for too long, being bored, getting strapped into your car seat.

Annoying features: You’ve started to take handfuls of boob in your hand while breastfeeding and squeezing as hard as you possibly can. Ouch.

Weird-ass features: Lunges after any sort of food or drink in our hands. Like, “forget that banana crap, I WANT A BURRITO”.

Finds hilarious: Fart noises, being thrown into the air by your Dad, hanging upside down, when we pretend to eat your tummy.

Finds terrifying: Dad sneezing or coughing. Can’t say I blame you though, he’s LOUD!

Sleeping: Champion sleeper baby of the world! Two solid naps per day, and 10-11 hours in a row at night. I’m now knocking on wood vigourously in case typing that will possibly jinx our superb sleeping situation.

Diapers: Smallest setting on cloth. Size 2 disposables when we’re lazy and/or out and about for the day.

Measurements: 13 pounds even (5th percentile), 24.75 inches long (15th percentile). You are a wee little sprite, but your pediatrician isn’t too concerned at this point. We’ll see what happens at your 9 month appointment and take it from there.

Nicknames: Charlie, Charlie Bear, Pumpkin, Poopypants, Boogerface, Boobooface.

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We love you to the moon and back, baby girl.
-Mommy

Sitting!

26 Feb

The baby. She sits. Unassisted, y’all!

Thursday Thoughts

23 Feb

1) We survived our first major illness with a baby! Granted, the baby didn’t get sick (thank goodness), but her Dad and I certainly did. Spending the day moving as little as possible and bringing popsicles to my slightly more sick husband was hard enough as it was. Add to that total responsibility for a 5.5 month old baby? It was rough. But here we are on the other side, no worse for the wear.

2) Baby’s sleep habits are astonishing. In a really, really good way. We start bedtime routine at around 6:45pm with a bath, then lotion and pajamas. Then I feed her one more side, take her upstairs and zip her up in the sleep sack and turn on white noise. We sit in the rocking chair and I feed her 2 ounces of formula while I rock and sing to her. Then I give her a kiss, tell her I love her, and put her down in her crib with her pacifier. She generally falls asleep within 5 minutes. And sleeps until we WAKE HER UP at 7am. Basically, my kid rocks at sleeping.

3) I had MAJOR mommy guilt over giving her a little bit of formula. MAJOR. I could probably devote an entire post to the subject of mommy guilt, but I really don’t want to over think it. Because that makes me feel guilty. Vicious cycle.

4) I haven’t had a drink since the 18th. That may not sound like much, but it’s a big deal for me. I feel like making it to March 19th is something I can absolutely accomplish.

5) My dogs have major gas problems. Seriously, they are grossing me out. We have even started putting them in “prison” at night because their gas would actually WAKE US UP. Now that is just unacceptable. Do they make beano for dogs?

6) My new nightly routine includes a mug of hot tea, my face washing ritual, and a good book on my Kindle. I feel like such an adult.

7) Charlotte has started a new habit of kneading my breast while she’s eating. i wouldn’t mind so much, but sometimes kneading turns into flat out grabbing as hard as she can and pulling. The only thing that helps is to hold her free hand, which leaves me with zero hands….. so much for being about to do things with one hand!

8) Baby is up from her morning nap, time to play!

Five Months

8 Feb

Charlie Bear,

You’re 5 months old!  This was a pretty darn good month, if I do say so.  And I do.

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We broke down and bought a minivan this month.  Growing up I never thought I would be the type of Mom that would drive a minivan, and I even went so far as to actively reject the idea of that type of transportation.  Then you came along, and all of that changed.  It’s a fantastic van with tons of features that make my life much easier.  I no longer have to bend in and contort my body to get your carseat out of the back of a two door car.  And it has a rear DVD system, which I’m sure you will absolutely love when you get older and can front face.

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We went with Laura and Clare to our first Book Babies session.  You were so well behaved, and seemed to really enjoy the interactions with all of the other babies.  I think that will become a weekly activity for us, because you like it AND it’s free!  Double score!

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Bath time is truly your favorite part of the day.  Your Daddy fills the tub and gets in there with you and your face just lights up when you realize what is going to happen.  We got a great video of you “swimming” and you’re just so cute!  We’ll definitely get you into swimming lessons when you’re 6 months or so.

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You discovered your thumb this month. I was a thumb sucker and was hoping to avoid that with you, but it’s not exactly something I can stop. Hopefully it won’t cause any orthodontic issues down the road. If it does, I know of a great orthodontist! 🙂

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We watched your first Super Bowl as a family. This year was the Patriots versus the Giants. The Broncos didn’t make it to the big game, but not for lack of support on your part.

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This month brought some sleep challenges, and I felt like I was failing as a mother. We adjusted your sleep schedule and it only took you one night to get in the routine and you slept for 10 hours straight!

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Five Months:

Words: Nothing yet, although you make all the normal baby sounds. You love saying long drawn out M’s.

Movement: You’re a rolling fool!  You mostly roll to your left side, so we’ll need to work on the right as well.

Teeth:  Nothing yet, but you’re drooling like crazy.  I have a feeling it won’t be too much longer.

Firsts:  Book babies.  You nursed while in your carrier, which was like a revelation for me – it’s so easy!

Loves: Baths, fart noises, baths, putting everything in your mouth, baths, being naked, and baths.

Food-based likes:  Still just breastmilk, but we’re thinking of starting some solids soon.

Music-based likes:  You don’t seem to care what’s on the stereo, but you love when I sing Raffi songs.

Hates:  Having a dirty diaper, being strapped into your carseat, anytime we aren’t focusing all of our attention on you, and the hours of 6:30-8:00pm.

Annoying features: You’ll have one really good night of sleep, then regress the next night.  You’re making a liar out of me, kid.  The screeching.  Oh my lord, the screeching.  Relatedly, you get on your stomach and then screech because you can’t get to your back.  Time to learn that trick, little lady.

Weird-ass features:  Projectile spit-up. How in the world do you do that?

Finds hilarious:  Fart noises, raspberries on your tummy, and splashing in the bath.

Finds terrifying:  Dad sneezing.  The horror!

Eating:  Still solidly on team boobies.

Sleeping:  Most nights you sleep 10-11 hours. Sleep training for the win!

Diapers:  Smallest setting on the cloth.  Disposable size 2 at night.

Measurements:Not sure, we’ll have to wait until the 6 month checkup for exact numbers. You still seem a bit on the small side, but definitely growing steadily.

Nicknames:  Charlie Bear, Charlie, BooBoo Face, Pumpkin, Boogerface, Screechy McScreecherson.

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We love you so much, baby girl.
-Mommy and Daddy

Our Little Sweetpea

24 Jan

Before Christmas, I saw the cutest little onesie on Baby Steals, and just HAD to get it for Charlotte.

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Yeah, that’s my kid. Cutest baby in the world. 🙂