Monthly Archives: November 2011

Charlotte is 2 months!

Our sweet baby is 2 months old!

She had her 2 month appointment with the pediatrician and received all her immunizations.

Her official weight: 9 lbs 11.5 ounces

Height: 22 inches

Right now she’s around 20-25th percentile for both. Her doctor was pleased with this as she is growing well and following her growth pattern consistently.

At the doctor.. pre-shots.

She did as well as any baby can do getting her shots. I was worried about this round because when Cameron received her 2 month immunizations she had a really rough day following the appointment. Charlotte’s appointment was in the morning so after eating and then lots of crying from the pokes, she went to sleep and slept for about 4 hours straight. She woke up after that for a brief feeding and then back to sleep. I was pleased at this point, thinking we were going to get by without any pain or fussiness, but around 3 pm it started. This is the part that breaks my heart. The poor baby was so sore and would cry with any movement. We got through it though and with a warm bath later that day and extra snuggle time with mommy she was just fine by the next day. Though her pain is gone, some of the fussiness has stayed but we have had a lot of very busy days since that and I think she’s just tired and out of her routine.

She started sleeping though the night in the last month! Around November 17th. She was about 7 weeks old.

She goes to bed around 9 pm after a bath and final feeding and sleeps anywhere from 7-9 hours straight. Then she wakes up for a brief feeding and goes back to bed for another couple of hours (usually). Sometimes Cameron is up by this point and she likes to make sure her sister is awake too.

She still likes to be swaddled to sleep as long as she can keep her arms in front of her body and under her face/chin.

She does take a few naps during the day but depending on the day and if Cameron is at school or not, they vary in length. She naps best in her carseat while driving.

In the last week or so she has started to get VERY picky about where she naps. She does not like to be put down. She does best if I hold her. If at any point I put her down and she realizes that I am not right there she immediately wakes up and screams.

Picco & Charlotte snuggled up for a nap on me.

As much as I love this about Charlotte, it does make it hard for me to do anything around the house. It is even harder when Cameron is home and wants to play. I don’t know what else to do though, I refuse to let my little angel scream herself to sleep at just 2 months old. It’s not possible to spoil a baby at this age.

Some days she doesn’t get much sleep. You would think that being in a loud house with a very vocal toddler around at all times would condition her to sleep through anything. Not the case for her, though, not yet at least. Poor baby is exhausted and therefore quite fussy some evenings because of this.

But even still she has lots of happy awake times. She loves to smile and interact. She enjoys looking at brightly colored toys and following faces. She loves to be talked to. She’s loves attention.

My little angel.

Here’s a video of Charlotte & Cameron. Pretty cute.

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Here’s another one of Charlotte being cute and playful.

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It’s hard to tell in most pictures, but Charlotte’s eyes are still dark blue. They are not as blue as they were though. We think they’re in the process of changing to brown.

She still has plenty of hair. She hasn’t lost much at all. And it’s still brown! Hard to tell too much at just 2 months old but it looks like she’s going to be taking after her daddy with dark hair & eyes and the same skin tone too.

She’s working very hard at getting good head and neck control. Tummy time is no fun when she’s on her tummy completely but she likes to be propped up on people’s chests and pillows and then lift her head.

She’s also got much better control over her eyes and focusing. They are not crossing nearly as much as they used to. I can tell she can see things at a distance now too. She thinks ceiling fans are very funny,

Charlotte is still not a fan of baths, being wet, or being cold. At all.

The warmer the better.

She’s still exclusively breastfed but does take a bottle without any problems if she needs to.

The bond is growing.

And Cameron still hates looking at the camera.

Cameron loves her baby sister. She doesn’t like when she cries. She loves to push her in the swing, put hats and blankets on her (we have to watch this very closely) and bring toys for her. She also is very intrigued with diaper changes. The jealousy issues are not occurring every day anymore. When they occur they are rough for both Cam & Charlotte but I know they both will get through it in time.

Charlotte likes to watch Cameron. She smiles at her when she’s nearby. I know her admiration for her big sister will only grow as she grows.

All pretty in pink.

Watching the mobile in her crib. A favorite pastime.

She’s starting to make some noises, gurgling and coos. And the beginning of some laughs! I love this part.

How sweet is this?

Playing on daddy’s lap.

We have so much to be thankful for. Our girls are healthy and happy and so are we. We are so blessed to be able to share them with our family and friends.

Thanks for reading! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Cameron is 23 months!

23 months.

There is no denying we have an almost 2 year old in the house.

And there’s no denying that this age is tons of fun but also tons of work.

Since she’s our first, we have gone through the last 23 months not knowing what to expect. Each month brings us great joy as we witness her changes and watch her learn and grow. We have been thrilled watching each milestone that she reaches. And we are thankful that she is meeting them right when she’s supposed to.

We have also been tested like never before. We are baffled and confused at what our next move should be when she presents a situation to us that we’ve never before encountered. We are learning that she is growing as an individual and therefore needs to practice independence and test her boundaries. We understand how normal this is and how essential it is to her development, but at the same time we want her to grow up respecting us and not walking all over us. With that said, if anyone has any book recommendations for raising a strong willed girl child, please send them my way.

The difference between 22 and 23 months has been huge for Cameron. I’m not sure if it’s because of Charlotte, school, a combination of both or if it was just destined to happen at this time.

 I would say one of the biggest changes that we’ve seen is that she’s grown! It seems like she’s been in size 12-18 month clothing forever! We are proud to report that she’s wearing size 24 month /2T clothing now!! Way to be right on target kiddo! 🙂

Not that it gets very cold here, but we actually made a trip to the store this week to buy Cameron some “winter” clothes (long sleeved t-shirts). She is now very interested in what she wears. She likes choices. I let her pick out most of the clothes we bought which she loved. This also makes it much easier when getting her dressed in the mornings because she enjoys wearing them. The only problem is that her favorite pair of shoes is an old pair of green and brown camouflage crocs. And they match nothing. But what fun is a toddler that matches and has her shoes on the right feet anyway?

She’s grown about 1/2 inch in the last month which puts her at almost 34 inches. In the last 3 months she’s grown 2 inches. It’s definitely noticeable.

She weighs 24.5 lbs according to our scale.

She just looks older to me now. Her face is changing and she doesn’t look as baby-ish. She has long dirty blonde hair which is making her look older too. It’s sad to say good-bye to her years of being an infant and 1 year old but we are really looking forward to what’s ahead.

Well, we’re looking forward to everything except dating and driving that is…

She is repeating everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, we say. She’s spitting out 3-4 word sentences left and right. She’s got an incredible memory too. It’s still so surreal and frankly sometimes hard to accept that she actually understands us, thinks, and remembers things now. While she’s probably very normal in her cognitive abilities, it impresses us time and time again. And we love nothing more than to call family and brag about her latest feat. I guess that’s what first time parents do.

She’s entered the “I love to sing” stage and enjoys making up her own little songs and singing to herself while playing. She also loves when we sing songs with her, especially if there’s funny faces and hand motions to go with it. Her current favorites are: The Froggy Song, Wheels on the Bus, and Jingle Bells. When she sings Jingle Bells she says, “Ding Ding Bells, Ding Ding Bells.”

Cameron can say her name now.. well sorta. She calls herself “tan tan.” And she loves to refer to herself in third person.

Now that she’s talking more she’s starting to say more and more funny things. She loves routine and enjoys making sure the rest of us stick to it. Every morning, she’s the first to wake up. Typically Charlotte will wake up soon after because Cameron is not exactly quiet first thing in the morning. She will say, “Char Char wake up! Char Char change! Char Char poo poo in pants!” And then when Brian starts to stir and needs to get up to shower she reminds him “Dada shower. Dada work! Bye bye Dada.” It’s so funny because she follows him around with shoes reminding him to put them on and if he doesn’t shower first she will keep saying “Dada shower!” until he does. And then when he comes in for breakfast she reminds him to eat. This is her routine.  Anytime she does something she knows she’s not supposed to she looks at one of us for a reaction. If we give her the “eye” or tell her she’s not supposed to do that she says “Mama sad! Hug! Sorry Mama!” with huge brown puppy dog eyes and a hug. It’s so cute that it makes it difficult to be mad at her. She knows she’s not supposed to dump out the dogs’ water bowl so of course she does it all the time. And when she does she says “Cam Cam (tan tan) make mess! Dada sad! Sorry Dada” and then proceeds to dump it out.

For the first time we are seeing Cameron have fears. She’s afraid of the dark and she’s afraid of the coffee maker. She’s so sweet when I make coffee in the mornings. I know she’s uncomfortable, but she doesn’t cry she just keeps saying “bye bye coffee” over and over. I think it’s the noise she doesn’t like. She’s also now extremely afraid of lawn mowers. We had an incident when I was at the park with her. She ran about 20 feet out from me and wasn’t listening to me when I told her to come back. Then a huge riding lawn mower started on the same path as her. She realized it and froze in fear for a second and then panic. She was so scared it broke my heart. I ran to her and picked her up to comfort her. Poor thing was shaking. And ever since then she freezes when she hears a lawn being mowed. She’s also behaving herself when in public now thanks to a small fear of strangers. It’s so nice that she holds my hand and stays close in the stores now that we have Charlotte to look after too. Prior to Charlotte’s arrival, she pitched a fit when put in a buggy or stroller and wanted to run all over any store.

First cold front. Cameron running circles on the back porch.

Cameron is enjoying the weather now that it’s cooling off. She loves to go outside first thing in the morning with Picco and see how cold and windy it is. What she loves even more is doing this with no clothes on. Yes, she strips down to nothing and goes out on the back porch. I can hardly stand to be out there with clothes on. I don’t know how she does it. This girl loves to be outside.

We have been having to make some minor changes to our routine in order to keep Cam a happy camper. She enjoys watching Charlotte get a bath but one night insisted she wanted to take a bath in the baby tub too even though she has just taken a bath 10 minutes before in her own tub. We couldn’t resist the photo opportunity of our huge toddler girl in this tiny baby tub. She enjoyed every minute of it. I’m pretty sure it made her night.

Cameron is still sleeping well. She goes to bed around 7-7:30 pm and sleeps until around 7 am. She’s sleeping in bed with us still. I have to admit I really enjoy when she cuddles up next to us in the middle of the night.  She really loves to snuggle with Brian and sometimes uses him as a pillow. And I know he loves it. It’s the cutest thing ever to hear her talk in her sleep. The other night she was counting. She said, “eight nine eight nine eight.” (We are still working on counting). The time change has been difficult for Cameron. She typically gets tired very early and wants to wake up very early. But now that we’re almost 2 weeks out she’s at least making it to 7 am most mornings. She’s still taking 1 nap a day for usually 1-2 hours.

She loves to go to bed. She brings all her essentials. As you can see, she ran out of hands but wanted to make sure her EE came along.

First one up at the crack of dawn. Making sure to wake Charlotte too. Wake up mama!!

Here’s a video of a very sleepy girl falling asleep in the car.

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Cameron has made major improvements in both her fine and gross motor skills. She’s become very efficient at using a fork and spoon to eat. She is really enjoying doing things like puzzles and stacking blocks and playing with toys now. A few months ago she would get very frustrated with her wooden puzzles because she knew where the pieces went but couldn’t get them turned the right way all the time to make them fit. Now she does them faster than I can. She also loves to write and draw. She can draw circles and lines. Here’s a video of Cameron and Brian stacking blocks one night before bed. She thinks the best part of stacking is to be able to knock them down.

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 One of our favorite things to do is take Cameron to Toys R Us and let her look at and play with the toys. It allows her to burn some energy and it gets us out of the house. Since she’s well behaved in stores now it works out to be a usually stress free trip. She likes to try out the bikes and check out all that she can get her hands on. And it gives me an idea as to what to get her for her birthday/Christmas.

Cameron found a sock monkey that was almost as big as her.

But her favorite thing in the store, and the cause of the only tantrum we’ve had so far in there was the baby doll stroller she found.

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We got an early start on putting up our Christmas tree this year.

And quickly found out that we probably should have waited. Cameron enjoys removing ornaments from the tree and putting them back… and this usually means they will be falling to the ground again. We moved all of the breakable ones out of reach and let her decorate some non-breakable ones that she could put on the tree. This helped and thankfully now that it’s not as new she leaves it alone for the most part. We had to take the stockings off of the fire place because they are reachable for her and she could easily pull on one and bring the stocking holder down with it and right on top of her. And ours are heavy bulky holders. It’s an ER visit just waiting to happen.

Potty training. Well we’re still not there though we’re getting to the point where I want to actually approach it with 100% effort. Cameron is a nudist. She knows how to remove all of her clothing and her diaper and has no problem using our floor as a potty. She’s fully aware that she’s doing it and will even announce it shortly before it happens. I know she just needs consistency that we haven’t been able to give to her yet.

What’s going on in the picture below, you ask? Well the eye mask around her waist was intended for a bump or scrape she obtained a few minutes prior. She likes to use that and frozen teething rings instead of ice packs. This one ended up around her waist. A new fashion statement apparently. But this little girl decided to go outside, drop her pants and poop. Just like the dogs. A member of the pack.

She’s still doing great in school. We had a conference with her teacher and she had nothing but great things to say. She said she’s very mature for her age and knows their routine. They referred to her as their “rock star” and said her favorite things to do are play outside and on the slide. They said she gets along with her peers and follows directions well. We are so happy she’s doing well and learning so much! And we love that her teachers love her. It makes it easy to send her there knowing she’s in good hands.

 For the first time ever, Cameron got to experience donuts a few weeks ago. She loved it! I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love donuts. She went into a frenzy shortly after and was running around 90 mph for a while then crashed. It was pretty funny, actually, and at the same time made me feel for those parents who deal with extremely hyper children on a daily basis.

I got her to say “Cheese!” This is a rare moment with her new camera shyness.

Adorable big girl.

Breakfast with Daddy at Chick-fil-A. (aka Wicka Chicka as we now call it in our household.)

We got ourselves a double jogging stroller. Best thing ever.

Both children love it and mommy loves it even more. Gets us out of the house, fresh air, and a little exercise too. And it puts the baby to sleep in seconds.

And about the baby, well Cameron is still doing great with her for the most part. We have times where the jealousy is definitely obvious.

But all in all she does love her baby sister and accepts her as part of our family.

She was playing in the crib with Charlotte and saying, “This giraffe Char Char.” Charlotte was listening carefully. She’ starting to really watch her big sister.

And what a great big sister to have.

Playing with Charlotte during tummy time. Pretty girl.

I can’t get enough of her. I love to laugh and play with her. She’s so much fun to be around.

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I am so thankful to have such an amazing little girl who is almost 2 now! I can’t believe how time as flown. She’s such a joy and a light in our lives.

We love you, Cam Cam.

Now, on to planning a birthday party!

Happy Veterans Day

Thank you to all those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

We are so grateful for you.

God Bless.

Dear Charlotte

We wanted to share the rest of Charlotte’s newborn photos.

These photos are priceless to us. They give us that perspective of exactly how tiny our girls were. Children change so quickly and it’s easy to forget that they were once tiny little things completely dependent on you for everything.

I hope that we are able to preserve this blog for our kids one day. I want them to always know that mommy and daddy love them more than anything. We prayed for both of our children and hope that they always know how much joy they bring to our lives.

This post is for our precious Charlotte Hanna Edge.

Dear Char Char,

This our first family picture.

Cameron was thrilled to welcome you into our home.

She has a very deep love for you, even at the tender age of almost 2.

I love you to the moon and back, Char.

It’s hard not to smile when looking at you. 🙂

Your daddy will always be there to protect you.

To hold you.

To comfort you.

You were tiny enough to fit right into his hands. You will always be his little girl.

His little angel.

You have such bright eyes.

You melt our hearts.

You are so precious, Charlotte.

You have such sweet smiles.

And perfect little features.

It’s hard to say who you look like. Your daddy and I agree that you look more like your big sister than either of us.

You were so tiny. Only about 7.5 lbs when this was taken.

You love to be held.

You love to be warm.

Such a darling little girl. You really are such a good baby.

And my personal favorite.

You and your big sister may end up not looking much alike as you grow, but these next two pictures show you exactly how similar you looked as babies.

Charlotte

Cameron

Crazy right?

You two are our world.

You are only 7 weeks old. One day you will want to see these pictures. Always know we love you so much. More than words can even say. We are so thankful that God has blessed us with you and cannot wait to watch you grow up.

Love,

Mommy & Daddy

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

This was Charlotte’s first!

And Cameron’s first as a walking talking toddler.

Both girls were tigers! Rawr!

We knew that we wouldn’t be able to do a whole lot this year since we had a 5 week old baby but we at least wanted to get Cam to a pumpkin patch and let her experience a small bit of trick or treating.

We are lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that really caters to small children and is very safe for trick or treating. There are a lot of families with little kids.

We had every intention of going to a really great pumpkin patch down the road from us. It’s located at a church. When we got there on the one day we were free to go they had a fall festival going on. And we realized once we arrived that Cameron didn’t have shoes on. So we turned around and headed back home and then out again to a different one (and a much smaller one) that was 5 minutes away. Cameron & Charlotte were in near melt down mode by this point so needless to say, our pumpkin patch pictures didn’t turn out as well as we had hoped.

But here they are!

The littlest tiger.

Momma and the babies.

It was a bit bright out.

Daddy and his cubs.

Oops! This tiger seems to have encountered high water!

Looks like someone hit a growth spurt since I purchased this in late August.

Cameron usually loves to hold Charlotte but wasn’t thrilled about it at this particular moment.

She’s been funny about pictures lately. Camera shy. Refuses to smile for the camera.

Playing with her favorite “hat” before trick or treating.

We’ve become good friends with our next door neighbors. Their little boy is 3 months older than Charlotte. We hung out and passed out candy with them after going to a few houses.

Cameron was a bit timid at first about getting candy from peoples houses… until she realized how much she liked candy. We let her try a few pieces. And then she wanted to keep eating it all night.

She enjoyed seeing all the other children dressed up. We didn’t stay out too long because it started to get cool and the kiddos were ready for bed but we had a great time and cant wait to do this next year with two toddlers!!!

New videos of Charlotte

She’s 6 weeks old now, growing and changing every day. Here are 2 videos of the little love bug.

This one is of her “tummy time”.

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This one is during her happy awake time. Towards the end she flashes a grin that is sure to make you smile.

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