Thursday, December 20, 2018

9 months

Frances seems like such a big girl now! Obviously still a baby big girl, but she is growing up so quickly. She can crawl and pull up and even cruise. Occasionally she will just let go and try to balance but she isn’t good at it yet. She wants to be on the move and can’t stand to be out of the action. This makes it super hard for me to get anything done because she doesn’t want to be confined but she can’t be left alone. 

She started sleeping in her crib all night last week. She had been napping in her crib but at night I would pick her and the dock a tot up after she was asleep and carry her to our room and let her sleep in a bassinet beside me. However since she got to where she could push up on the side that became dangerous so she had to be a big girl and stay in her room. Turns out she didn’t mind one bit, and she didn’t care about me taking the dock a tot either. Mommy had a harder time than Frances! It has been a good thing, though, because her sleep had gotten a little off and I had to drive her around in the car a lot to get her to go back to sleep. In the crib, however, she just rolls around and finds her paci and is general able to get back to sleep easily. We have learned, however, that the only paci she wants is her elephant. Davis and Megumi gave her some new ones as an early Christmas gift (since she went in the crib st night earlier than I planned) but she doesn’t want anything to do with them. This makes it hard at night when she can’t find the one she likes but she surely will learn to like the others. 

She has been eating well as usual and lately her new favorite food is blueberries. We cut them in half and she just gobbles them up! She had an allergic reaction to eggs last month and this month the doctor said to wait and try them again after a year and if she reacts we will visit the allergist. 

Speaking of the doctor, she had her 9 month check up on the 17. She was 19 pounds and 5 ounces and 29 inches long. After reviewing the questionnaire the doctor said she seems ahead of the game physically which made me smile. 

She is also saying dada and baba and will scream mamamama when she wants to get out of her bed. I don’t know that these words mean anything yet but it’s sweet to hear her babble. Sometimes she will wake up and just lay in her bed and “talk” for a while. 

She is still so smoky and snuggly and sweet. My cousin says she is like a little koala because she will just latch onto you. She loves Charlotte and wants everything that she has, which is aggravating to Charlotte but she is handling it so well. They are starting to play together and it is just the most wonderful thing to watch. 

I’m so excited about Christmas next week with these two! It will be hectic but oh so fun. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Charlotte lately

Frances has been getting most of the post attention lately but I would be remiss to not take a little time to jot down some notes about my sweet Charlotte! Here is a little info on my big girl! 

Eats: just about everything, but when she wants. Her favorite is definitely watermelon, which was her very first food. She likes many fruits and veggies (cucumbers are her favorite), loves noodles and cheese, and of course loves desserts. She drinks juice and milk and loves water with crushed ice. It takes her forever to eat because she talks the entire time and usually gets off task and starts wandering around. 

Sleeps: she still takes a great nap every afternoon and sleeps well at night. She likes to stay up late and sleep in just like her mom. 

Color: pink, although she would say “all the colors”
Movie: frozen, and Elsa is her favorite princess
Show: she likes to binge watch tv, meaning she watches one show for several days and then moves to another favorite. Right now she likes shopkins (ugh), super why, cat in the hat, and pj masks. Other tops are peppa pig, doc mcstuffins, and Minnie Mouse. 
Toys: she loves hatchimals and lol surprise dolls and likes to make a “video” as she opens them. She is always plays and talking with her dolls and barbies, loves puzzles and coloring and really likes cutting with scissors. She is constantly in a costume or accessorized. 
Books: I don’t know if she has a favorite but she likes to choose a long one so she doesn’t have to go to bed. And and forrest read each night while I am getting frances to sleep. 
Place: the beach and Disney world! She asks to go all the time. 
Friends: she always talks about wes, lily, violet and Jane but she enjoys all of her little school friends, plus Harper and baby Becca. 

She is really the sweetest, most tender hearted thing. She will ask the most thoughtful questions (like why didn’t mary and Joseph build a door so the animals couldn’t get in the barn around baby Jesus) and sometimes talks about my daddy in heaven. She is very obedient and compliant and I sometimes I forget she is little. I love it when she uses pronouns incorrectly and “that’s the biggest thing I ‘never’ seen”. She loves her baby sister and will cuddle her and baby talk to her. She is the reason we call her “Francie”. She does a great job sharing with her and understanding when my attention has to be divided or focused mostly on the baby. She also is great at bossing her around but that helps me sometimes because she knows if she is doing anything dangerous.
She likes to go tothe climbing gym, Waffle House, and ballet. She also really likes staying at my moms although she hasn’t done it in a while. When she goes she gets too excited to sleep so we try to limit that for my moms sake! She doesn’t like knowing that things get lost or thrown away; her memory is incredible and she loves a process and routine. She gets upset about change and occasional afraid to try something new. I love that she still loves it when forrest and I “fight” over her. 
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