Sunday, October 25, 2015

Where Charlotte went

Charlotte was a busy little bee this month. We are trying to take her with us more places and she really enjoys it! She is a party girl and loves to be in the action and is a born people watcher! 
She went to celebrate my dads 33 anniversary of practicing law. She was cuting a tooth so she was fussy but liked dancing with pop as the guitar player played just for her! 

She also went to a shower to celebrate my brothers engagement. She was most definitely the hit of the party in her little red shoes.
Every year Forrest and I go to the Greek food festival in Birmingham as we love the food and we did not want our girl to miss out! She enjoyed the music and sitting outside! We enjoyed the Greek doughnuts! 

My dad always has people over to watch Bama football games and of course C was his most favorite guest this year. She was not thrilled with the screaming but she got over it when we clapped for her after clapping for the team. 

Charlotte dropped a nap this month which made it easier to take her places. She and I have been able to get out in the afternoons some and one day we went shopping! She loved seeing all the colors and trying to grab the clothes! 

We took off to Tuscaloosa for homecoming weekend and went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Kozys. We got to sit outside and C really had fun! She was so good!

We had a great time with our girl on campus! She got to go to the sorority house, the quad, and even meet a little baby friend, Ansley! 
Mommy and daddy had a great month too! Not only did we go with c on her adventures, but we also got to go to the homecoming game. 
Roll tide!! 
We also got to celebrate the engagement of our friends Erin and Wesley with some of our favorites! 
Alpha love!! 

Looking back we had a big month! Looking forward to the next!! 

8 months

So much has happened in the 8 short months that we have had our little one! It's amazing how a baby grows and changes in such a short amount of time! The past month in itself has been a big one for Charlotte. She got a new tooth, bringing her up to a grand total of 2.

 Her teeth are so cute but have totally ruined her good sleep pattern. Since the teeth started at 6 months she has been waking up every 2-3 hours. She's had a few good nights in there but mainly her nights are rough. She only wants mommy at night--she literally screamed a full hour the other night when Forrest got her out of her crib rather than me. Therefore, I'm up when she is up. She nurses and goes right to sleep but sleeping in 2 hour increments went out of style for us when she was maybe 8 weeks old so this has been a hard 2 months for mommy! I know she will get over it with some time. And yes, we have tried everything! :) 
Last month she took off on her crawling. She is into everything and you cannot leave her alone for a second. I walked out of her room to grab her laundry once and when I walked beck in she had crawled into her closet under her dresses and I couldn't find her! 

She loves anything dangly or shiny. She is definitely a girly girl all about the bling! 
Inspecting Pop's watch. 

She worked  on clapping and waving this month and can do it pretty well but not always on command. She does know the word "Sonny" and looks to him when you say his name. He is so good with her and she loves playing with him! 

She also knows "no" and now that she is into everything I have to say it a lot. She doesn't care for No and will cry sometimes when she doesn't get her way!! It's hilarious but also scary how fast she has learned this trick. 

Also our girl is a dancer! She loves to stand and dance at her play table and will even dance when she hears a song on the tv when she is sitting. 

At the very least she will kick her legs. Her favorites are the abc song and "I like to move it move it" from Madagascar. 

She still is not a huge fan of her car seat of of getting dressed because she is restrained against her will in both instances! She likes to be on the go and in control! 

She has started to eat "people food" and is great at using her pinched grip  we haven't found a single food she won't eat but that didn't surprise us! 

She also likes to pulls things out of bags and turn over baskets to see what is in them. She is so curious! I love watching her explore and expect every little 
Month 7 was such a big month for her and I know 8 probably will too. I'm blown away by all of her achievements and am anxious to see what she will do next. She never ceases to amaze us! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

7 months

7 months...Charlotte is now closer to her first birthday than she is her actually birth date...a fact I truly do not believe. My scrawny, wrinkly skinny, old man looking new born is now a chubby, smiling, nearly crawling little baby. She is truly the light of our lives..what we look forward to every day and what we see in all of our tomorrow's. In yoga tonight our teacher posed the question: what fills you up?And my answer was most definitely Charlotte.

She has gotten so grown during this past month. She has her first tooth, which has been giving us both fits. Sometimes she is so fussy and it makes me sad that she doesn't understand why and that I can't do much to help. She likes to chew on cold teething rings and even wet cold wash cloths. 

Not sure if it has to do with teething but she also loves to hold and chew on your drink or cup, or bottle or can. We have tried out several sippy cups but right now she just likes to chew on them and hold them. I will be glad when I can hand her a cup of water or juice, especially to occupy her in the car. She is still not a big fan of her car seat even though we upgraded her to the big girl seat (still rear facing) that allows her to sit up instead of lying back. She also has a DVD player and likes to watch Madagascar--only Madagascar. I tried Frozen but she was unimpressed. I can now quote the entire movie--if you are interested. At home she still likes to watch the preschool prep alphabet. 

Our girl is also all about the bling. She wants to grab your necklace, earrings, watches, anything shiny. I have to keep her from trying to chew my ring or pull my hoop earrings out constantly. I'm trying to teach her "no pulling" but I think it's a little early for her to understand yet.

 Pulling off Deborah's sunglasses at the beach. 

We went to the beach to have her 6 month pictures taken and spend some time with my friend Deborah and her family. Charlotte had not spent much time around other children so she was fascinated with Deborah's little girl Kaylee. 

She was not so fascinated by the sand, however. I had plans for her to take some pictures sitting in the sand by the water's edge but whenever we touched her feet to the sand she got upset. Last time she loved the water but this time it was cold so she was not a fan.

 She started to really work on her crawling while we were there-she can push herself all the way up on her hands and knees and rock back and forth. She also kind of hops her back end forward so she can in fact move herself from place to place.  

Also at the beach she went to restaurants each night and sat in a high chair which she loved. She was very good at the restaurants as she loves to people watch. Now that she is able to eat mum mum crackers we can just hand her one and she stays pretty content. 

Speaking of her dinner, she is eating a jar to jar and a half of baby food daily. Her very favorites are sweet potatoes and peaches although lately she has been enjoying combinations of apples and squash. We can pretty much get her to eat anything though. 

We have started to let her practice eating with her hands in preparation for finger foods with puffs and yogurt melts on her tray each day. She is starting to get the hang of it, little by little, but the dogs are probably getting more puffs in them than she is. I tried to get her to eat a few tiny pieces of real banana but she wasn't sure how to chew and she kind of threw it up. I'm very nervous about her choking so I'm in no hurry to practice this skill--she can eat baby food as long as she wants. Forrest tried to get her to eat out of a baby food pouch on her own but she is not ready for that either--she was a disgusting mess and Forrest did most of the squeezing of the pouch himself. 

Blueberries, bananas, and beets--eeww

She is not saying any words and that is worrying me slightly. I know babies operate at their own pace but I'm ready for her to check off this milestone. She babes and talks up a stop it no real mama or dada yet. She can say the sounds and syllables and has for a while but just isn't putting them together as words yet. 

She has figured out her wrists and loves to inspect what they can do. She likes to hold a toy and twist it and turn it with her test and wave it back and forth. She will sometimes watch this process for a very long time. She is very into things that rattle and jingle and likes to pick things up and shake them to see if they make noise. She will bang her hand on her tray when she wants more food or a toy--she is quite demanding! Her favorite things still include watching lights, playing with Sonny, and watching TV, which we rarely let her do except for football of course (haha). 

When she gets excited or sees someone she likes she will kick her legs and smile the brightest smile. Sometimes she will open her mouth really wide too, which is hilarious. 

I am trying my hardest to hold onto her being a baby because I know in the blink of an eye she is going to be a little toddler. On the flip side it's so exciting to see what she will do next. 8 months here she comes! 
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