Thursday, December 17, 2015

10 months old

This past month has been a big one for Charlotte. I really feel like she is understanding and learning so much! You can see her little mind at work all day long! She studies things very carefully and quietly and gets the most serious look on her face. I hope she will always be curious and anxious to learn! 

This month she started to say dada and cat! When a cat came near her she would look at it and say the word. We were so impressed! She actually doesn't say it very much anymore but I think that's because she has moved on! We can tell she tries to repeat what we say but she just isn't quite there yet. She jabbers all the live long day now and it is the sweetest sound! 

She is starting to copy our actions as well. If I put the phone to my ear and then hand it to her she will do the same. Also after brushing her baby's hair one day she took the brush and copied me. I was so impressed! 
This is something she clearly didn't copy from us.. 

She absolutely loves the Christmas tree, so much so I hate to take it down despite the fact it's basically crispy kindling now. She can point to the tree when you ask her to and she likes to grab ornaments from it. She also will drive her walker right into it to help her reach ornaments. I had to strategically place the non breakable ones at the bottoms of the tree and take off all the metal hooks so she would be safe but she was so happy! 

She started pointing this month and other than the tree she will point at her auntie M and also loves to point at people's noses. She pointed at everyone's nose on the row behind us at Christmas Eve mass!! 
Pointing at jay while he spoke at Hadley's christening lunch. 

She also definitely understands "inside" and likes to try to get things out of other things, like puffs out of a cup. She has also learned how to open cabinets and loves to pull everything out! I did a pantry reorganization so she could play with things but not get hurt. I hate to tell her no when she is learning if I'm able to make it safe for her. 
Pulling everything out of my bags is also another favorite activity. 

She also kisses mommy and Momsie and mirrors but not daddy or anyone else. She will however kiss all of her babies that she got for Christmas and her white puppy. It's too adorable! 

Kissing herself in the mirror

Still loves crawling under and through things still. She also likes playing peekaboo, especially when you hide your face under something. For example I will bend my head down under her play table and she likes to bend down to look underneath it to see me. 
She knows she is not supposed to be over there..

One super cute thing she does  is that she thinks it's hilarious when she puts things on her head. Anything will do--a spoon, toy, etc! She will giggle and giggle! She also really gets a kick out of it when you out something on your head. When we do it was ask "do you like my hat?" and she will laugh so hard! 

She had a weird few days where she was terrified of the bath tub. We have no idea where that came from and she got over it quickly but it really puzzled us! Ordinarily she loves playing in the tub! 

She loves rubber ducks in the tub or table! 

We also discovered this month that she loves other children. She will point and try to talk to them. She had the best time with Forrest's cousin Leslie's little boy Brooks at Christmas. He was so sweet to her and kept her quite entertained. This makes me think she is going to want to start school earlier than I had planned. Like her mommy she seems to be a social butterfly! 
She is trying to touch baby Hadley in this picture! 
Eating is an adventure with this girl. She sill eat just about anything but she has to be in the mood. She soesnt like to eat things for back to back meals--it's kind of annoying and she can't be forced. She will squeeze her lips shut it spit it right out! She also hates being in her high chair so we are always battling with her during meals. Her favorites are cheese and noodles. She likes to feed herself but it takes so long! I usually give her a toy and try to distract her while I shovel baby food or yogurt into her mouth. 
There really are no words. Feeding a baby is hard work! 

She is wearing size 12m clothes and 4 diaper. She also has 6 teeth! She is on the bigger size for her age and I hope that means she might be at least a llittle taller than me! Her hair is starting to grow and I think it's the most gorgeous golden color I have ever seen. I'm assuming it will darken over time but I wish it would stay this way forever. Actually I wish my hair was her color---it's really shiny! 
In two months my little girl will be one year old! This has been the fastest year of my life and I'm glad that I have taken at least a little time to write down my thoughts and memories so I can look back upon this wonderful blue I've been in and remember a little bit of it. Happy new year to everyone! 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Little Brother's Wedding

This has been a very big year for the McCord family--not only did we welcome our C but we also have been anticipating my brother's wedding! We met his sweet bride Ann the weekend of the first Alabama game last season, the weekend we announced my pregnancy to the whole wide world if you are keeping track. We ate at Capitol Grille and I remember trying to hold a charming conversation while feeling absolutely wretched. Luckily we must have made a good impression because Ann stuck around as as I grew so did their relationship. Mom and I were actually talking on the phone about them getting engaged the Saturday before I had C on Tuesday. Before we knew it we were heading to Atlanta for the wedding weekend! 
My mom, dad, C and I went over on Thursday so mom could get the rehearsal dinner set up. We took a little pit stop to visit Santa with C! She was not impressed with him and would only sit next to him, not on his lap and would not smile. She was pretty good though so I was pleased! 

The next day the wedding festivities really began. We started with the bridesmaids luncheon hosted by my aunts at the Swan coach house. It was a great way to really kick off the weekend and have a little girl time. 

That evening we went to the rehearsal and dinner. Our fantastic babysitter Rachel came with us to Atlanta to help with C so Forrest and I could give our full attention to our bridesmaid and best man duties. We really could not live without her!! The rehearsal dinner was hosted by my parents at maggianos and was beyond delicious! Mom worked on the decor all summer and it really showed. Every detail was so carefully planned and elegantly executed! It was actually my brother's 30th birthday that night so she surprised him with a cake. My dad gave a fun speech and Forrest's best man speech was hilarious. Roy stole the show though with a touching thank you to my parents and grandparents (who couldn't attend because my grandfather was ill) and to Ann. 

The next day was wedding day!! It was fun to be a part of the day from both sides--as a bridesmaid and as the sister of the groom. I got to go between both groups behind the scenes all day which isn't something most people get to do. It was a fun perspective. The girls had our hair done in the bridal suite and all got ready together. Charlotte got to have her picture made and she was so sweet. She really was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! When she got to see Ann in her gown she just stared at her and pet her. It was precious!! Before we knew it it was time to go to the church and get a new sister! 

The wedding was a beautiful mass--one of the best I've ever been to and the quickest may I add. I had to ride with the wedding planner back to the hotel so I could pump before the reception got started (mommy life huh?!). The ballroom at the Georgian terrace was so lovely and the party was fantastic. We danced the night away with our closest family and friends (while c slept upstairs with our sweet Rachel). I am so deeply happy for my brother and his sweet new bride. They are perfect for one another. Congratulations guys!!

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