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Charlotte is 1 month old!

So here we are again!

Charlotte is now 1 month old!

Weight: 8 lbs 7 oz (25th percentile)

Height: 20 3/4 inches

Here’s a picture of her from the pediatrician’s office.

Sleep: She’s still doing a lot of sleeping. She takes several naps during the day and sleeps well at night, usually for 3-4 hours between feedings. She’s having more awake time during the day. She likes to look at faces and brightly colored toys. Her eyes and ability to focus (without crossing) are getting a little better.

Feeding: She’s breastfeeding exclusively and very well. She eats every 2-3 hours during the day and 3-4 hours at night. We are noticing an improvement in the last few days with her acid reflux in response to the medication she’s taking. It’s so nice to see her more comfortable. She had a pretty rough time for a little while.

Like every newborn, she’s been having the sweet dream smiles (or gas smiles) which make for great pictures. But just in the last day or two we started to get a smile (while awake) in response to my talking and smiling at her!

Something tickled her.

Ahh sweet baby dreams. Nothing cuter.

She still likes to be swaddled to sleep.

She’s a great baby. She’s still not fussy and is content to “just hang out” sometimes which is great since Cameron is requiring so much attention lately. She’s still so very snuggley and loves to be held. We are discovering she does have a voice, however, and is not afraid to use it to demand to be fed- but it’s generally short lived. She’s easily calmed.

Her eyes are still a dark sapphire blue. They’re very pretty and we can’t wait to see if they stay blue.

She still has a lot of brown hair.

Every day we see more and more of her budding personality. She definitely seems like a laid back and sweet little girl. We’re also seeing more and more of her physical features. I don’t think she looks like Cameron so much anymore unless they’re sleeping.

She’s not a fan of getting her diaper changed or taking a bath.

And by the grace of God she still has not caught a cold. All kinds of germs have been going around our household lately but she’s resisted well!

We love her so much and are so thrilled to be her parents. She’s such a gift.

Here are some recent pics of our sweet little baby “Char Char” as Cameron calls her.

Getting serious about her mobile.

One of my personal favorites. Such a funny face. Her big sister makes this same face.

On her tummy to soothe a tummy ache.

“I think I know you.”

Her shirt reads: My Mommy is Exhausted.

This is where she sits (in the bathroom) while we give Cameron her bath.

Look how big I’m getting! This was taken 10-24-11

So sad. Sorry Charley, baths are a part of life.

Waving hi!

All clean!

Charlotte is 3 weeks old!

Little Miss Charlotte was 3 weeks old on Friday.

Only three weeks old and already has us wrapped around her tiny little fingers.

I took this picture of her in the middle of the night while we were still in the hospital. It was just the two of us awake. She was less than 24 hours old. I remember looking down at her, she was looking at me directly in the eyes, and thinking how crazy it was that I was already so in love with her. She’s mine. I’m hers. She looked at me with a perfect innocence. I still cry when I see this picture and remember that moment. That was the moment I knew I was going to be okay. All of my anxiety over having two children and fears of not being able to give my whole heart to each of them was wiped away by those two little gray-blue eyes staring up at me, giving me a look of complete trust.

And our love for this little girl has grown every day since then.

I wanted to make sure I blogged about what the first 3 weeks of Charlotte’s life have been like so I will never forget.

Charlotte at only a few minutes old.

She weighed around 7 lbs 8 ounces at birth and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She cried vigorously when she was born but has been quiet and easy going since.

One of the first things we noticed about her was how much she resembled her big sister, Cameron.

Charlotte 9-23-11

Cameron 12-14-09

But she’s changed a lot since and now we think they only look alike when sleeping.

We were discharged from the hospital when she was 2 days old. Her weight at that time was 6 lbs 13 ounces.

We followed up with her pediatrician the next week and learned that she was in the low risk zone regarding her bilirubin levels. They peaked at 10 and then dropped. What a relief!

We returned to the pediatrician when she was 11 days old. She weighed 6 lbs 15 ounces. He was a bit concerned regarding her weight gain, or lack thereof, and wanted us to return in 3 days. He said he wanted to see her gain 3 ounces by then.

Like the good little girl she is, we went back 3 days later, when she was exactly 2 weeks old and she weighed 7 lbs 2.5 ounces! Good job, Charlotte!

We saw the pediatrician again at exactly 3 weeks old and she was 7 lbs 10 ounces. Perfect weight gain.

Another one of my favorite pictures. I love her profile.

In her first 3 weeks of life, Charlotte has spent much of her time sleeping. She loves to sleep and will sleep through anything right now. She’s not a demanding baby. When she wakes up hungry she mostly squirms and grunts but rarely a cry. In her first 2 weeks, I had to set my alarm at night to wake her up for feedings every 3 hours. After eating and a diaper change or two, she would go right back to sleep without any problems for another 3 hours. I can honestly say that she’s been a very enjoyable newborn. I am very blessed to be able to get enough sleep to be able to enjoy her.

She got to meet her Aunts and Uncles who love her very much.

Charlotte & Emily.

Charlotte & Taylor.

Charlotte & Forrest (Bor).

And let’s not forget the great-grandmothers who inspired her name.

Charlotte & Charlotte (Grandma)

Charlotte with Mor & Pappy.

She’s perfectly content being passed around and told how cute she is. 🙂

Before her umbilical cord fell off, we had a lot of sponge baths. This is something that the little girl definitely did not like.

She’s not going to be this little for long. Pre-bath. Happy sleepy baby doing some stretching.

It’s cold!

In the last 1-2 weeks, Charlotte has started to wake up a little more. Well, she typically has 1-2 awake periods during the day. She loves to look all around. She really likes to be in her crib and watch a bunny that spins and plays a song.

She also likes to stare at faces and has even flashed a few open mouthed smiles! Of course, at this age they’re just random but they sure make us happy when we see them.

We are working on tummy time and helping her neck and back muscles get strong.

And she’s improving.

But it’s hard work!

I love to take pictures of her when she’s this little and can be posed. I’m far from being skilled with the camera, but I figure if I take enough that a few will come out.

She’s still brand new and working on focusing her eyes. When she stares at faces she can focus well but when taking pictures of her, she usually doesn’t have anything close enough to focus on so we get lots of wandering and crossing eyes. The doctor said this is normal and should go away by 4 months.

I love her expression in this one.

This is when she was 2 weeks old.

So tiny.

Yawn. Such a sleepy baby.

She sleeps just like Cameron did (and still does).

Around 2-3 weeks we began to notice the same symptoms of reflux that we saw at the same age in Cameron. She’s not a fussy baby by any means but began to get uncomfortable after feedings and when on her back or any position other than her tummy. We took her to the pediatrician and he’s started her on acid reflux medication to help. It did wonders for Cameron to help her get comfortable, though the spitting up will probably continue until she begins to eat more solids.

My happy 3 week old little girl.

Such an angel.

Her eyes are still a blue-gray. Her hair is light brown and angel soft. She’s practically perfect in every way.

Newborn Pictures

Our favorite photographer, Kelli Saunders, has done it again. She has captured priceless moments and preserved our baby’s innocence for a lifetime.

This time for our sweet Charlotte Hanna.

We haven’t received all of the proofs yet but she emailed me this morning to let me know that she put some pictures of the girls up on her blog.  You can view her post & blog here.

These are the pictures that she put up.

They are from when Charlotte was 10 days old.

Sisters.

Angelic.

Brian holding Charlotte.

Sweet smiles.

I love this blue background.

Does this last one look familiar?

Here’s Cameron’s version.

We can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!

Cameron is 22 months!

Cameron turned 22 months on October 14th.

Just two more months until she’s two years old and I’m starting to believe it now.

We are so amazed by how much she learns on a daily basis.

I told her teachers at school the other day that I was so impressed by how much she has learned in just one month of school. Her vocabulary has exploded. And more than that, she has an understanding of so much more now.

She is putting more complex phrases together now, such as “mommy go, daddy go, baby go too.” She uses “too” in many different situations which lets me know that she does understand what it means. She is also saying things like “Dada sad. Hug?”  “Juice? Ice? please!” “Dada brush teeth?”

She is also applying the concept of counting to objects. She saw two of her bikes outside yesterday and said, “bikes one two, two bikes”. She likes to throw her food on the ground and then pick up pieces and put it back into her bowl and count them. Her counting this month is “1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10.”

She is trying hard to use the concept of colors too. We still have some work to do but she knows the names of the colors well. Proper application varies depending on her mood. 🙂

She is a great helper with the baby. Since she’s been able to help with changing Charlotte’s diapers she has realized that she also liked to be changed. She now will bring us one of her diapers and say, “momma change?”

She’s really funny when she asks for something. We have tried really hard to teach her manners and to say “please” and “thank you” and “sorry” and she will say these words if she’s told to. But the way that she likes to ask for something is, “more, okay?” or “more, k?”

There are several words that she says that I know she could pronounce correctly if she wanted to, but she has made her own little word for them. Brian & I want to her on video saying them because they’re so cute and are a part of what makes her special.  Some of these words are:

Milk = “Hulk”

Ice cream = “Ding Ding”

Pacifier = “tata”

There are other ones I just can’t think of them right now, of course.

The funny part is that she can say “ice” and does all day long when she wants something like ice water. I imagine she could say milk too if she wanted since she can say “momma” and “more” and “mouse,” but at nap time and all other times that she wants it, she says “hulk hulk hulk hulk.”

We finally received a nice rain in Houston last weekend and I think it was the first time that Cameron has experienced a good long rain like that. She kept saying “Rain on! Rain on!” This tickled us because her “rain” previously has been the sprinklers in the yard which Daddy can turn on when she says “water on?”

Cameron & EE in the rain.

Cameron is still doing well in school. Her teachers have nothing but great things to say about her. They said she’s getting more adjusted to her music class and is now participating. They say she follows directions well and is very mature. She loves her teachers and we are very happy she’s there. About 1 week after Charlotte was born, Cameron got another cold and I did too. It was at its worst on the weekend so we went to the local clinic for antibiotics. As it turns out, Cameron had an ear infection and I had strep throat. At this point, Brian and I seriously considered pulling her from school until next year when Charlotte was older. We are so terrified of Charlotte getting sick. But after talking with her pediatrician, we decided to keep Cameron enrolled. She’s thriving there and enjoys it so much.

Cameron and her nap mat (a new favorite word) before school.

We are trying to stay on top of keeping Cameron’s hands washed, baths as soon as she gets home from school and avoiding hands in Charlotte’s mouth and sharing pacifiers (like Cameron loves to do). She thinks it’s so neat to put a pacifier in Charlotte’s mouth and even neater if it’s just come from her own mouth. I’m finding it difficult to find the right words, sometimes, to explain things like this to Cam without her getting her feelings hurt. She really just wants to help and love on her baby sister and is very sensitive to the word “no” or even “be careful” or “be gentle.” She has nothing but pure intentions with Charlotte and it’s a joy to watch Cameron coddle her.

Cam & her baby sister. Sweet hugs.

I love this. She’s holding her hand.

Cameron is doing much better the last few days in her adjustment to our new life. She’s been very needy of my attention and we are doing everything we can to meet her needs. Last night, we were all on the couch watching a movie and I had just finished feeding Charlotte and was snuggling her while Cameron and Brian snuggled. I looked over at Cameron who looked right at me and then at Charlotte and then said “momma” very innocently. That was my hint that she needed me so I put Charlotte in her rocker and immediately Cameron crawled over to me and wanted to be held for the duration of the movie. If she gets adequate sleep and attention from each of us she does pretty well with her moods. For right now, Cameron is sleeping in our bed. We decided not to fight it and risk having her adjustment issues get even worse. She feels safe and comfortable in bed with us so why not. I don’t want her to feel like she’s being pushed away.

Serious face. She was modeling her new “coat” for daddy. And very serious about not taking it off.

A new dress from Mimi!

Look at those brown eyes. A double dose. I love it.

My sweet girls.

Passed out after a long day of pictures. We had newborn pics done for Charlotte and Cameron got to take some with her too!

Cameron having a snack while on a walk with Daddy through La Centera!

Cameron is definitely growing now.

She weighs 23 lbs.

She’s 34 1/2 inches  tall.

She wears size 6-7 shoe and 18-24 month clothing.

She looks like she’s going to be athletic. She’s very active and what I would say is agile for someone who is not yet two years old. She loves to run, jump, climb and play. We are looking forward to enrolling her in soccer when she’s old enough.

We look at Cameron every day and can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a neat little girl. Even though she’s proving to be a bit more difficult than she once was (her new nick name is “hot pepper”), she’s still such a joy in our lives. She’s so much fun to be around and is still such a sincere and sweet little girl. She loves to learn and loves to please. We are so thankful to be her mommy and daddy and love watching her grow.

Who’s who?

Every day that Charlotte grows I look back to old posts I’ve made and pictures that we’ve taken of Cameron. It’s crazy how easy we forget things that were only 2 years ago. Time sure does fly. We’ve seen a lot of similarities in the two girls but they’re very different too. They look most alike when sleeping but I ran across these pictures and couldn’t help but notice how similar they look. Each taken at the same age.

Cameron

Charlotte

Same nose, mouth, cheeks and hairline. Cameron has a rounder face and Brian’s chin and Charlotte has Brian’s longer face and my chin.

And as of now, at 3 weeks old Charlotte is officially following in her sister’s footsteps with the infant acid reflux. Poor girls. Cam outgrew hers at around 15 months and was able to stop the medication. Charlotte starts hers today.

Charlotte’s First Bath!

Charlotte’s First Bath

The remainder of Charlotte’s umbilical cord fell off earlier this week which meant that it was time for a real bath! We were getting tired of sponge baths and so was she. This child does NOT like to be cold.

Cameron has been looking at the baby bath tub for months anticipating the time when we actually get to put a baby inside. We kept telling her that we have to wait for Charlotte’s belly button to fall off. Smarty pants remembered this and as soon as she noticed it was gone she was ready to get her little sister in that bath!

So we had to make sure she was included in the event. First Cameron took her bath and then before she went to bed she got to help with Charlotte’s bath.

Though you’d never know by looking at this picture, Charlotte is not much of a crier. There are 3 things that make her cry. 1) Being cold (like before and after a bath) 2) hungry 3) dirty diaper

Ahh warmth.

Nom Nom

Better hurry… the water’s getting cool and a meltdown is right around the corner.

And there it is. Poor baby. It’s rough to be only 3 weeks old. 🙂 She’s too cute and I get distracted with taking tons of pictures and forget about the actual task of getting her bathed.

I need to invest in a lotion warmer. Lotion after a bath just makes things so much worse for the poor little cold girl.

All better now. She’s looking at me like, “Can we eat now mom?” And she did and then went into a deep sleep and let her mommy do the same. Such a good little baby.

And in case you want to see the play by play in video format, here it is!

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Pardon all the noise, the Edge household is a much louder place these days.