Monthly Archives: January 2012

Charlotte is 4 months old!

Our little Charlotte is now 4 months old!

We’re as shocked as she is!!!

Time is F-L-Y-I-N-G!

And the party has just begun.

Her official 4 month weight: 11 lbs 9.5 ounces (11th percentile)

Official length: 24 inches (42nd percentile)

Head circumference: 24th percentile

She’s not the biggest baby around but she’s staying consistent. Each month she’s gaining almost exactly 1 pound. She eats well, sleeps well, poops well and spits up all the time so I think she gets her fill of food. Her pediatrician is not at all worried. He says she’s just a small kid and is very healthy. She has met all of the “expected milestones” for her age.

Charlotte is still exclusively breastfed. She eats every 3-4 hours during the day.

Sleep: She’s still taking several naps during the day, especially in the morning and afternoon. She gets quite cranky if she doesn’t get at least 45 minutes or so at a time. And that’s hard to do in our house unless everyone’s asleep. She takes her final nap around 6:30 or 7 p.m. and then is ready for her dinner and then bedtime. She goes to bed at 8:30 p.m. usually and sleeps until 6-7 am. When she wakes up, she eats and then goes back to sleep until Cameron wakes up (usually only 30-45 minutes later).

On the weekends, when I’m sleeping during the day after working the night before, Charlotte spends a good portion of the day napping and eating with me in bed. It’s convenient for both Brian & me since I don’t want to have to wake up to pump and it allows him a break from double kid duty. She’s also really well “behaved” for me and has no problems getting her naps in.

Charlotte is a mommy’s girl and I will say right now I enjoy every minute of it. I love that she watches me all the time. I love that she smiles every time our eyes meet. I love that I can calm her. I even love that she wants me to hold her all day.

Milestones this month:

– she’s just beginning to reach for objects that she sees.

– standing when being held

– giggles

– putting everything in her mouth

– she found her hands!

– first rice cereal

– she recognizes herself (or what she thinks is just a really cute baby) in the mirror and in a picture on the computer monitor and reacts to it

– she “kisses” now.. more like sucking on my face but still just as sweet

– We’re starting to see anxiety from her when she’s held by someone other than Brian or me. We are going to work hard to help her through this one.

– She started to take notice of those curious furry creatures that run around our house barking and meowing. She thinks they’re quite funny. Especially when her big sister is playing and laughing with them.

She still has light brown hair. A tuft in the front and a tuft in the back with very short brown/blondish hair coming in all over.

Her eyes still haven’t turned brown yet! I’m beginning to wonder if they will. They are blue/green/gray/brown.. so maybe more of a hazel color?

She still loves to be swaddled at night before going to sleep. During the day, she falls asleep with her hands above her head, covering her ears and eyes.

Brian says she’s a dramatic baby. She can be perfectly content until she sees someone and then cries to be held. She seriously wants to be held all day and is then happy as can be when she gets to do so. And sometimes it’s just more convenient to carry her around all the time. For example, grocery store trips… Should we listen to a baby scream the whole time because she’s in her carseat and get glares from people who have forgotten what it’s like to have small children? Nah! We just carry her (she’s certainly not a heavy little thing) and then she’s perfectly behaved for at least an hour to get the shopping done. She’s a social baby and loves to have touch and the warmth of her parents. Plus she gets to see more when we carry her around all day. And if my memory serves me right, I seem to recall a certain someone deciding she didn’t want to be carried anywhere once she figured out she could walk. I’m enjoying it while I can.

She’s getting easier for Brian on nights that I’m working. He usually gets her to sleep on time and without too much difficulty. She has no problem taking a bottle from him and lately has been sleeping through the night for him too.

We love all the faces she makes. My favorite? Of course her ear-to-ear grin. I can’t help but smile back.

Sweet grins.

Tickled.

Goofy.

Shocked!

Uncertain.

Talkative.

Laugh/Sneeze

Exited!

“Not as tasty as I had hoped.”

Bored.

Satisfied.

Sleepy.

This one is, of course, her signature look. We call it the “Char Char.” Wrinkled forehead and wide eyes with a curious twinkle to them.

We are just so happy to have this little girl in our lives. She’s really different from Cameron already and we are very excited to see how her personality continues to develop. I hope she will always want to be close to us.

Love this.

This is the one of the onesies that the family made for her at our baby shower. We treasure stuff like this.

Happy 4th Month, Charlotte!

Charlotte’s First Rice Cereal

We decided to see how Charlotte liked a taste of “solids” on January 17th.

We are probably a bit early in attempting it but my curiosity was fueled by her constant flow of spit up and still slow weight gain.

And after attempting it, I’m pretty sure we should wait another few weeks to a month before making it a part of our everyday routine. She’s still a bit young.

But it was her “first” so we still took pictures and video and I’ve decided to share.

Please, and I do mean pretty please, make sure your volume is not too loud before viewing this video. Our “helper” decides to let out a dramatic little girl shrill at the start of the video. Also, apologies for all the movement in the video. If only I had another pair of hands.

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It was a very big deal to Cameron to be involved in this.

She really loved getting to feed her.

And making random “yuck!” comments.

She insisted on trying the cereal (before the video) and had us cracking up because she was gagging after tasting it.

I’m sure she’s going to want a taste of Charlotte’s foods every time to make sure she’s not missing anything. Goofball. Can’t wait until she tries strained peas.

Our Big Girl

**I’m going to brag a little bit on my little girl in this post**

Now that we have 2 weeks of “official” potty training behind us, I thought I would give another quick update.

I think it’s safe to say that Cameron Kate is officially trained! I am so pleased with her progress and how quickly she transitioned from needing constant incentive to wanting to do it on her own.

Her first day back to school since beginning the training process was a success. She did not have any accidents and used the toilet in the other classroom.

About 1 week after we started, she stopped wetting diapers overnight. She wakes up dry and requests to go potty first thing in the morning.

She stays dry during naps.

The last 4-5 days she has not had any accidents!

We are able to take trips across town and even run errands without any problems. We keep one of her training potties in the car and if she needs to go before or after we go in the store she uses it then. (I’ve got a fear of letting her use public bathrooms right now)

Prior to doing all this, I imagined what an inconvenience it would be to have to constantly take a little on the the bathroom, especially with an even littler one in tow. But I have to say now that we’re on this side of the fence, it’s quite nice!

We are so happy for her!

Happy First Birthday Picco!!

September of 2010 proved to be a difficult one. We experienced the joy and relief of finally moving into our home but soon after we dealt with the loss of our beloved dog, Max.

It wasn’t easy to make the decision to get another Italian greyhound. In fact, at first I insisted on getting any breed but an Italian greyhound. I couldn’t even look at another. But time does heal all wounds. January 14th of 2011, Picco was born and he was officially mine before he was 12 hours old.  The breeder knew my story, knew I only wanted a little boy and called me when the litter arrived. I picked him out before even seeing him. I knew he was meant to be mine. He was born on the 14th day of the month,one of my favorites as Cam is the 14th too, and then 2 weeks later I found out I was expecting Charlotte.

This was my first picture of him. Darling little boy.

We picked him up on March 10th when he was 8 weeks old. I was 10 weeks pregnant and right in the middle of morning sickness and fatigue, and chasing a 15 month old. Picco fit right in. A perfect picture of his breed, he’s a lover of napping, snacking and just hanging out.  The more he grew the more in love with him I fell. He outgrew those awful but adorable puppy months and became my loyal companion. He reminds me so much of my Maxie boy. But at the same time he’s very different.

Is he cute or is he cute? He had me worried for a while about that ear of his. 😉

His name is Picco, or Piccomolo, but we call him Boy for short. It suits him well in this almost all girl household.

Now, at a year old, he’s so mature. He’s calm. He’s obedient. He’s gentle. He’s playful. He adores Bayley and plays so sweetly with her. He has brought her newfound youthfulness. They play all day. We’re pretty sure he thinks he’s a border collie, too. He’s beyond excellent with our girls and can often be found cuddling up with them on his own. He’s friends with the cat. Other than Max, he’s the only dog she’s ever played with. He’s a mommy’s boy. He loves to be warm and touching someone at all times. And to make things even better, Brian loves him too.

His only flaw is his awful breath.

He is the perfect fit in our family. And I do love him so.

What a good boy.

Baby Laughs

Life is starting to get a lot more fun.

Charlotte gets more and more personality each day.

Now that we’re getting close to the 4 month mark, she’s starting to interact with us in the most adorable ways. I remember the same happening with Cameron and how much fun it was. Charlotte started having her first “laughs” several weeks ago but they were just short and sweet, almost like she was saying “Hah!” But now she’s starting to giggle and it’s the cutest thing ever. I still haven’t been able to get a deep belly laugh out of her. I never did get one from Cameron when she was a baby but she makes up for it now with laughs all day long.

I caught a few little giggles from Charlotte on video and decided I would share, despite my embarrassing “make a baby laugh” voice. Whatever works, right?

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What is even more fun is that now Charlotte is also laughing at Cameron. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And it’s so easy to see that it makes Cameron feel good that Charlotte laughs at her silliness. That’s my next video “goal.” But no rush, I’m sure our sweet Charlotte is going to be laughing at her silly big sister for years to come.

New Year Resolutions

I had several New Year resolutions.

1) Spend less money

2) Save more money

3) Take a picture of our girls every day

4) Improve my photography

5) Start do-it-yourself piano lessons.

Yes, we’re only 9 days into the year but I have done well on all except #5. And that’s coming.

So since I’m taking a picture (or 200) every day, I figured I would share some of my favorites. I’m not crazy about posting a lot of pictures to Facebook because there are probably a lot of people on there who don’t care to see them, but that’s why I have our own little blog! I can post as many as I want here and I know the people who come to read it don’t mind the billions of photos.

Oh and any tips would be appreciated for any folks out there who know a thing or two about photography. I still don’t know what I’m doing haha.

Laughing toddler.

“Mom, can we please stop with all the picture taking?”

Playing roll the ball!

In the middle of cooing.

Artist.

Other than the fact that 1/2 of her head is cut off, this is my favorite picture of Charlotte.

Diva.

<3

“Baby Jesus”

Both of my kids make/made this same face at this age. It’s so funny to me. Tongue out, big focused eyes, and pursed lips.

Sister love. And smooshed baby face. Poor Char Char. She endures so much. She’s going to be one tough kid.

So strong now. Drool too. 🙂

Tower building potty trained princess shortly after getting a bump between the eyes from a fall.

I can play with blocks, too!

So that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and putting up with all the pictures. I’m a bit photo obsessed.