Tuesday, November 29, 2016

21 months

Charlotte turned 21 months on Thanksgiving! This year we did a little something different for the holiday--our family of three went to the beach! My oh my how relaxing it was! There was no crowd, the weather was perfect, and we just did what we wanted when we wanted. It was a great way to recharge our batteries and spend some quality time together. 

 Charlotte loved the beach as usual, and luckily it was warm enough for her to play outside in her bathing suit. She kept finding it and bringing it to us saying "suit on, suit on!" 

She really wanted to be in the water which was pretty cold, but she would stand at the edge anyway. 

There is an indoor pool at our building so she did get to swim. Now that we are back she is still asking to be taken to the pool! She loved collecting shells this time and wanted us to hold them all for her.

 I love seeing her little face when she discovers something or when something delights her and there was no shortage of exciting discoveries at the beach. This age really is fun because everything to her is new and exciting and she shows it.

Her talking really picked up this month. She has started to say "all done", "did it!" "oh no" "clean it up". She is using adjectives regularly now as well-- "big bite" "bad cat" "nasty mess". She has started to call us mommy and daddy rather than mama and dada and every now and then she calls herself "Ah-dit" rather than "ad-di". Slowly but surely we are getting closer to her saying her own name correctly. I just love listening to her little baby voice and especially love her own little sayings. For example, when she wants you to pick her up she will hold up her arms and say "baby". It's precious!!

Right now she likes playing in "tunnels" and will crawl into the tiniest of spaces! Forrest has arranged some old furniture into "tunnels" for her to crawl through and under and she absolutely loves it! She will run up to one of us saying "tunnel tunnel" so we all have to go upstairs and play. It is so fun to watch her joyfully play! Now that it is cold outside and since it gets dark so early we can't really play outside much so I like that she has a way to run around a be active indoors. 

She really is an active little lady who doesn't like to sit still for long! That being said, however, she really does like to sit and color (she especially loves to trace her hands and feet, or for someone else to) and she enjoys having us read to her. She likes to choose the book herself and she is really into the ones that have things on each page for her to feel, so we are working on feeling words like fuzzy, rough, smooth, etc.

We are looking forward to Christmas with her this year--everything will be so new and exciting to her! I'm looking forward to her picking out the tree, seeing all the lights, and understanding what presents are. The magic of Christmas doesn't last forever, so I'm wanting to hold onto all of these memories as tightly as I can!



Friday, November 4, 2016

October fun

October was a crazy fun month for us all! Here is a quick look!
Charlotte went to her first bama football game! It was homecoming so she had quite a full weekend of fun! You can read about it here

Fall picture day!! 

Chattanooga weekend in lieu of our Disney trip

Is there anything more southern that a child in a cotton field?

Dancing on the tables at little bridge marina! 

Fun in her first bouncy house! 

She loved riding her first pony!! 

She has loved playing with papa Harold's new kitties!! 

School falls fest with Hadley! She had a big time in the bouncy house and on the big slides. 

We spent another great weekend in Tuscaloosa for the Alabama versus Texas A&M game. C got to go to the quad, tailgate, and even see her auntie M! 

We had a fun although crowded experience at boo at the zoo. C dressed as Alice in Wonderland and enjoyed the train ride. She will tell you "train, tunnel, piders" (on the train we went through a tunnel and there were spiders). 

Pop and Forrest carved pumpkins for Charlotte. I thought she would like to pull the goo out of the middle but that was a big fat no! She has had a big time playing Pop and Forrest against the other and telling them that she likes the other's pumpkin better when they ask her. 

Halloween was a big big day for our little Tinkerbell! We loved going to her Halloween parade at school and she was especially excited that daddy was there. She got very into trick or treating when she realized that she got candy in her "can-y purse". She would take it all out and then carefully put each piece back in.

After school we made a quick trip to daddy's office--the team had dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland. 

That night we had a few friends over and went trick or treating in the neighborhood. Forrest dressed up the golf cart and we hit the road! 
Wow--are you tired? We love doing these fun little things as a family. I think they definitely broaden Charlotte's learning and hopefully help her grow!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

20 months

This month has been more of the same from our little lady. Her vocabulary continues to grow and she is putting words together in different ways now. She still uses only 2 and occasionally 3 word phrases I heard 4 words one time) but they are getting more and more "sophisticated" if that is possible, and more demanding. for example, she will say "mama bah-der" which means "Mama you are bothering me!" Isn't that so funny! It's like she is a teenager!

She still pronounces things in her own way (ah you mama=love you mama) but I know that over time she will start sounding more and more grown up. I'm not ready to give up her baby talk just now! I did hear one of her little classmates say "bye bye Sar-lotte" and I kind of freaked out. She does not say her name that clearly (it comes out "ah-di") and that worried me. I know language develops at different rates so I'm trying to be cool about it. I currently speak fluent "Charlotte" so I generally know what she is talking about although others may not.

Since there isn't much new to report this month I will tell a little bit about her days and what she does. I know one day I won't remember these little things that consume us right now!
On days she goes to school, we generally have to wake her up (usually right before 8am). She doesn't like to eat right away so breakfast is hard--usually she is playing with her food mostly unless she wakes up earlier on her own. They have a snack right when she gets to school so I don't worry about this usually. I would wake her up earlier but I kind of hate to make her wake up before she absolutely has to (because I hate waking up before I have to). I take her to school and a teacher comes and gets her from the car and she happily goes about her day. I go to work and then pick her up when it's time for dismissal. She is usually excited to tell me something about the art project she made that day (my fridge is covered in them) and then we ride down to Forrest's office to visit him for a quick minute. Then we head home and she takes a long nap (usually until between 3:30 and 4:30) and I catch up on paperwork and housework. She usually eats her first dinner at 5:30 and then she eats again at 7:30. At her "first dinner" she eats more dinner type foods (basically whatever we are eating) and then at "second dinner" she eats cereal or a scrambled egg and fruit. Then it's time for a bath (which she still LOVES--and right now we practice letters, numbers, and shapes during that time). We get her ready for bed and then read her some books (she likes to choose them herself) and then I turn off the lights and rock her a little while she drinks some milk. I usually sing to her, either songs from Singing Sprouts (she loves to do "Hello little sprout, hello to _______" and loves to tell me what name to fill in) or Disney songs, and say her prayers and then I put her down and she goes to sleep. She still uses her satin pillow and blanket and has two wubanub pacifiers in bed with her (so she can find one at all times). I'm not willing to let any of her sleep items go quite yet!!

On non school days her "Nae Nae" (baby sitter Rachel) comes and stays with her while we are at work and we both get to go home and eat lunch with her before starting our afternoons back at the office.
One thing we are working on this month is discipline. She is very well behaved and a very content little lady but sometimes she will disobey. It's really hard to discipline her because I'm not exactly sure what all she understands about it. We have put her in time out a few times recently (for throwing food on the floor during dinner--which she thinks is hilarious) but I can tell she does not get it. We use a stern voice and tell her no and put her in time out but she just giggles and thinks it's a game. I realized one day that she would throw food on the floor and then point to the time out spot--she had figured out that if she threw food she could get out of the high chair--the little rascal!!  I know consistency is key so we are just going to keeping trying to figure out what works best for her age and her personality. Thankfully we haven't hit the terrible twos quite yet but she is so inquisitive and determined that I don't doubt they will be upon us when she gets a little closer to two.
Charlotte is very lucky to have a wonderful family that loves her and is excited about her! In recent months she really tries to communicate about them and to them so we are trying to make an effort to facetime them more so she is able to see everyone even when they aren't close. Sometimes she will just start "telling" me about them and it's adorable. She currently calls Forrest's parents (Mama and Papa B) simply "B" and my parents (Momsie and Pop) are "Mah-Nah" or "Mah-Ni" and Pop right now. My sister is "M" and my sister in law is "Ann", but she really can't say my brother Roy's name yet--although she gives it a good effort. Forrest's brother is "Day Day" and she tries hard to say Aunt Megumi, and gets in the ball park I'd say! She also talks about "Mimi" "Ann" (Aunt Fran) and "Sebe" (her godfather Stevie).

She still loves playing outside  and will say "ah-ni ball!" meaning "I want to throw the ball to Sonny!" We are enjoying the nice weather in the afternoons so we can stroll after dinner. Other favorites are stickers, minions, and now dressing up. She also likes to color and read books and still plays pretend with her animals and baby dolls. Her arch enemy still is the vacuum cleaner. She has finally mastered "Roll Tide" (well, more like "oll Tide" and will say it any time she sees a shaker. She enjoyed going to the Alabama v. Texas A&M game this month and cheering on the team! 
We wish nothing but health and happiness for this little one and are excited about the upcoming holidays with her.  This is a fun age as she is excited about every little thing!

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