Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fun little weekend

Our weekend was jammed with fun events--take a look!!

Friday night my parents hosted an "Italian Night" for some of their friends and we tagged along. C LOVED the pasta and canoli cups---but of course that was not surprising!
Matching daddy and Farrah! 

On Saturday C stayed with my parents while Forrest and I went to his hygienist, Elisha's wedding. It was a sweet way to celebrate with our Smith and Bailey family!

That night we went to the Serendipity ball. Each year the club presents several "honored singles". I was presented 10 years ago and Forrest 9! Gosh we are OLD!!!!

On Sunday we had lunch with the Baileys as usual but afterwards we went to Aunt Debbie's pool to try to beat the heat. We were so proud of Charlotte--she jumped off the diving board! Forrest was underneath to catch her and I was behind her so she couldn't fall off the side. What a big girl!!!

We rounded the evening out with dinner at my parents' house--a fun little weekend indeed!
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Monday, June 27, 2016

16 months

16 months already!!??? How can this be? 

Charlotte is jabbering up a storm now. One day she just decided she needed to be making noises nonstop! It's very cute and I'm kind of sad that she will only do this for a short time! She is trying to talk so hard and she tries her hardest to repeat when we ask her to. My favorite new things she is saying are Mimi, please, purple (purl), star, and pink. And speaking of pink, this girl knows her colors! She can't say them all but she can point to them when asked--most of them anyway. We practice with the colored circles on her bath mat so she is best at those colors (pink, blue, purple, yellow, green, orange). Also she is really working on her letters (also in the bath) and lately has picked up Z and H (H may have been last month?). She also has shapes in the tub and her favorites are diamond and star (tar). We sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the bath and she tries to sing along. I know she wants me to sing it when she starts saying "uppa" as in "up above the world so high".

A MAJOR development that just happened in the past week is that she has decided it is easier and more comfortable for me to lay her down in her crib awake rather than her flipping all over me while trying to rock her to sleep. She has NEVER wanted to go to sleep on her own and I honestly loved rocking her to sleep every night. I cried the other night simply because she is growing up and losing some of her baby ways!!

This month she has really started to want to climb on things and she is pretty good at it. It scares me though so I try to discourage it. She has no fear so who knows what she will try to climb! We are also practicing self feeding and it is going well. She gets SO determined to spear her dinner with a fork sometimes. She of course isn't great at it but practice makes perfect and she definitely practices a lot. If she ever is being lazy about eating we will give her a fork or spoon and it immediately piques her interest! She has been LOVING blueberries from Papa B's garden lately as well as watermelon and cucumbers.

This month's big event was of course starting school. I think it is really good for her and she doesn't seem to hate it so I'm very pleased. She will continue going in the fall as well and I can't wait to see what she learns! I love getting to pack her little lunch and dress her for school. I know one day those tasks will be mundane but as of now they are so much fun!! 

We spend most of our free time with our little fishy at the pool. She will scream "pool pool pool" if we mention the word and when we pull into the parking lot she knows exactly where we are. She doesn't weigh enough to wear a puddle jumper (although we have one that she likes to wear since the big kids have them) and she doesn't exactly enjoy the baby float so we are always holding her. However holding her includes throwing her in the air and catching her when she jumps off the side. It is exhausting to take her to the pool because she is so busy! She also loves the splash pad, which is freezing cold, and will run and squeal through it over and over. It's pretty precious.

Time is flying and we are definitely having fun!! 
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Beach Baby, Beach Baby There on the Sand...

Our last two beach experiences with Charlotte were stressful to say the least. She was horrible in her car seat. The first trip she decided she needed to nurse every 2 hours the entire time we were there. The next time she started getting teeth and stopped sleeping. Those experiences made me very reluctant to go back, even though I knew this summer would be totally different. Thank goodness it was!! With the help of some new Disney movies (Little Mermaid and Sing a Long Songs), the car ride was actually wonderful, or at least, as wonderful as it could have been. When we got to the beach the first night, C went right up to the sliding glass doors and looked out. I said "that's the beach" and she started banging on the glass and screaming "bee" "bee" "bee". I took her to the balcony and she tried to climb the railing so we took her right out! I was afraid she might be afraid of the waves and not like the sand but oh how wrong I was. When she saw the ocean she looked at me and said "boom boom"!!

She loved feeling the water on her toes and she would stomp her little feet in the water. I thought we would never get her inside that night. If we stood her on the sand, she went straight back to the water!

The next day she was thrilled to find out she could go IN the water! She loved splashing!! A wave actually knocked her down and I immediately grabbed her and started up the beach with her to wipe her off and she started to cry, but because she wanted to go back in the water!


We were actually there for a dental conference so that evening we went to a reception followed by a gathering at The Gulf with free drinks and free family photos! C LOVED that she could run around and play in the sand. They also had a cat that she was a huge fan of, and she ate her weight in french fries.


On Friday Forrest had classes so C and I chilled at the indoor pool. She screamed and squealed and had the most wonderful time!!
When daddy came back we had a little more pool time before we had to get ready! 


That night we had dinner with the Smiths to celebrate our anniversary (7 years), their anniversary (11 years) and the anniversary of Smith and Bailey Dental (3 years) at Fishers. Man oh man was it delicious!! Although it was a fancier place, C loved it. She enjoyed her favorite, the wedge salad, and really liked watching the boats in the marina. There was a marlin on the wall that she made sure EVERYONE saw!

That evening we met up with the Smith and Bailey staff for a photo and a bonfire and crab hunt (C didn't make it that long so no crabbing for her).

On Saturday Charlotte's godmother, Aunt Paula, and Uncle Tom came for lunch and a visit and we got to spend more time playing in the sun. 

My friend Ellen came to visit as well and we got to catch up while C took a nap. She is expecting a little girl this fall and I can't wait to meet her!! That night we went to the staff's condo for dinner and a little pool fun to round out the weekend before we all had to leave the next day.


We were SO bummed to pack up and leave--not because we had to go back to work but because Charlotte LOVED everything. She was genuinely excited about every little experience at the beach. She loved waving to the boats (and hollering "BOAT" when one would come by which was ALL THE TIME), and parasails and the helicopters and the seagulls. She loved seeing her toes in the sand and she would make us show her our sandy toes. She would say "hot" when she didn't want to walk anymore and pretend the sand was too hot for her to walk on (it wasn't hot at all haha). She would say "pool pool pool pool" if anyone accidentally mentioned the word because she loved it that much. She wanted Forrest to throw her and splash her and catch her at the pool, so much so one couple called her "daredevil baby". She was thrilled by all the minnows we saw in the ocean one day. She got to where she refused to stand on the sand near the water--she just wanted to be all the way in the water. Her joy was truly infectious and we were so sad to have to take that from her! Luckily we have another beach trip on deck so she will get to enjoy it all over again! My heart smiles just thinking about it!

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Father's Day Weekend

We spent this weekend celebrating all things DAD!! Charlotte is a very very lucky little girl. She has a daddy, 2 grandfather's, and 2 great grandfathers who love her to the moon! I've never seen grown men turn to mush as easily as these guys do with Charlotte. She will get away with just about anything in life with these guys around!
We started our weekend with a date night with friends and C got to spend time with her Uncle Davis and Aunt Megumi. Poor thing fell and busted her lip and scared them half to death but she was fine! We woke up to overcast skies on Saturday morning so we thought we would start Father's Day weekend at the park. It has been so hot lately that we have been reluctant to go so C was so excited to see the playground, ride the train, and pet her favorite goats!

Since my sister was in town we had lunch with her at my parents before we all went and took wonderfully long naps that afternoon! We went back to my parents' house for dinner that night to celebrate my dad--Charlotte's Pop. She had a blast playing in the baby pool and chasing bubbles and of course the steak dinner!

On Father's Day we went to church where C was actually quite well behaved for once. Afterwards we celebrated Papa B with a "meat-egeddon" cooked by Davis. C had a great time feeding Papa B's chickens and seeing uncle Mike's cows!

After another fabulous nap, we took C for a little family time at the pool. She LOVES loves loves the water and you can't help but smile when you see her joy. She squealed and splashed and smiled the whole time. She loves jumping off the side of the pool to Forrest and loves when he "throws" her.

C is so lucky to have as wonderful a daddy as she has in Forrest. He loves his little girl so much and would do just about anything for her. I always knew he would be a great dad but I have loved every minute of watching him be one. We are blessed to call him ours!!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

First First Day!!!

You all know how I really get excited over the "first" and "last" of something. First day of school, last first day of school, all that is really exciting to me. Well this month we celebrated Charlotte's FIRST FIRST day of school EVER!! I have been very very excited about her starting preschool. She has the absolute best nanny in the world and I love having her home but my girl is a busy little thing and she loves to be social so I felt like she needed to be around other children more frequently. I went to sign her up for fall and ended up enrolling her in the summer program. She will just be in the nursery and will be able to play with children around her age before her real school program starts in the fall.


I was so excited to get her school supplies and pretty much made myself sick trying to choose a backpack and lunch box (not a valid reason to stress, I know). I got her name on everything possible. I picked out her first day outfit months ago and then changed it the morning of. I mean I was really really really excited! I just knew she would love it and so I felt great about the decision we made to send her. I was nervous, however, about drop off and pick up. At her school the director comes to the car and gets them from the carseat and then at the end of the day brings them to you and straps them in (what service!!). At first I was really horrified--I couldn't let some stranger (actually she is our neighbor but C doesn't know her) take her from her car seat!! I planned on taking her in the first day but then I realized that would probably be worse--she cries when I leave her sometimes, even when she is at home, so I knew she would freak out if I left her in a strange place. The school knows best, and since I would have to let them take her from the car eventually, I decided we would suck it up and rip off the band aid.

On the first day I felt like it was MY first day. I got up earlier than necessary, got ready for work in about 10 minutes, and just sat there waiting to wake her up. Forrest and I talked to her all during breakfast about school and seeing the other babies and how much fun it was. She had no idea what we were talking about but you could tell she was excited because we were. We left the house super early and we had to drive around to kill time. I got SO nervous at drop off. The babies in front of us cried and I knew C was going to cry and not like it and that is exactly what happened but we survived with only minimal tears (none from me--yay--I had court so I couldn't focus on her being upset). The teacher told me she only cried a couple of minutes and that she loved the rest of the day. Who wouldn't love playing with new friends all morning long!? I was so jittery that morning I barely got any work done at the office--I wanted to know what she was doing so badly! Forrest and I went to pick her up together and she was so happy to see us but SO tired. She slept for 3 hours that afternoon and went right to bed that evening. She still cried the next day and I'm sure she will cry at drop off for a while, but at least she enjoys it while she is there and I know she is really benefiting from it. I'm so proud of her for being such a big girl!! I am a little sad that she can't tell me all about her day but that will come soon enough!

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Memorial Day weekend

We wanted this Memorial Day weekend to be all about fun with Charlotte so we jam packed it with lots of activities and adventures. We went to Mimi's house Friday night and boy did c have a big time! Mimi, granddaddy, my cousin Juliana, and Aunt Fran kept her so Forrest and I could go eat and run some errands. We had a great dinner at flip burger, got a few things done at the summit, and capped off the evening with drinks at the oh so posh grand bohemian hotel and dessert at Chex lulu. C, meanwhile, was busy running circle through the house and trying on everyone's earrings. I have it on good authority everyone was wearing hoops at one point!
The next morning we met aunt Fran for breakfast at a new restaurant, holler and dash. It's a fancy biscuit place and my oh my was it fantastic! 
Chicken biscuit with pimento cheese, pepper jelly and candies jalapeƱos. C enjoyed the pickled okra! (Yes my child will eat pickled okra, feta cheese and olives but not fried chicken). 
Our next stop was the zoo and Juliana was added to our group. This was the first time c had been to the zoo since she started walking and it definitely made the trip more fun! 
The bubble machine at the entrance was quite entertaining!
We started at the petting zoo with her favorites, the goats. 
She wanted to touch every single goat despite the fact they were head butting each other. No fear in this one! 

Feeding the giraffes! Now is you ask her what the giraffe says she sticks her tongue out!
The highlight of the day for c was watching the lion training!! I didn't realize how loudly they roared but that was her favorite part.
Our fun group and my sassy pants!
Last on the agenda was a train ride! The perfect way to end a great morning!
After a nap we want to visit our precious friends the gandhis who have recently moved to Birmingham. It was great to catch up and see their new home! 
 C loved meeting Arth and playing with his toys! He was so sweet to share with her.

We went to Mass next. We have REALLY been struggling with C at church lately. She isn't bad, she is just busy, which is what one year olds are, all the time. She can't sit still and she doesn't really understand whispering so she just climbs all over us and says hey to the people around us, which I know is super distracting. I was nervous to take her to a new church but I figure God doesn't care if your baby is spirited so we went. She immediately realized she was in a church (which surprised me) and she started hollering for "Harp", her friend Harper whom she sees at church often. She lasted a good 10 minutes before she went back to the cry room. Oh well--that's what they are there for. Afterwards we went to Brio for dinner. Now we LOVE Brio but I wasn't sure how C would do--she had already had a pretty busy day and it's a very noisy open restaurant. Well she loved it. She really enjoyed the bread and the wedge salad (yes, my baby eats wedge salad with blue cheese--she loves it!). 

Afterwards it was back to Mimi's for snuggles before bed time! I should also mention that I was terrified of her sleeping down there but she did great in her pack n play!

The next day we had baby's first dim sum at Red Bowl with all the Bailey's to celebrate Davis and Megumi's wedding anniversary. 
Quite interested in the meal! 

We stopped at the outlets on the way home and then went to my parents' house to have dinner and celebrate Memorial Day with Momsie and Pop and my brother and sister in law. Dad had gotten C a little pool and a bubble machine and she was in heaven!! She loved "smooshing" the bubbles.

The next day, Memorial day,  C felt a little feverish but she was acting happy so we assumed it was her teeth (she was getting a new one on the bottom) and we took her to the pool. What a day she had! She loved the splash pad, she loved the baby pool, she loved the big pool--she loved everything!! This is a water girl I tell you what!! 

After her nap she woke up with more fever--pool girl--and turns out she had a little fever virus. Luckily it went away quickly and she bounced right back.

A very happy memorial day indeed!


 
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