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Charlotte is 8 months!!

Char Char is 8 months old!

8 months. 2/3rds of a year. Holy cow. Where in the world is time going?

Charlotte is now 15 pounds and 26 inches long.

She wears size 3-6 months and size 2 shoes.

I’m not sure where she falls size wise anymore on the “curve”. We’ll find out next month at her well baby visit. She’s definitely a petite little bug.

This may be one of my new favorites. I’ve always loved this outfit on the girls.

Charlotte’s was sick for almost her entire 8th month. She was well for maybe 4-5 days total! She ended up with a grand total of 4 colds with the first and the last being the worst. You will probably notice the wetness on her face in most of the pictures of this month.. this may be TMI but we were practically drowning in snot over here. The poor baby, she couldn’t catch a break! We’re hopeful that now that there’s a break from school that both girls can remain well over the summer. I’m one who hardly ever gets sick and I happened to get the most recent cold too and was absolutely miserable for several days. I feel so sad that Charlotte had to go through that miserable feeling so much lately. She’s such a good little trooper. Even though she felt awful she kept a smile and continued working on exploring her environment.

Despite her feeling under the weather, this was a big month for Charlotte developmentally. She has made a lot of changes and is on the brink of mobility.

Big Moments for Charlotte this Month:

– 2 teeth popped through! (4-28-2012)

– saying “da da” and “ba ba”

– Creeping (or scooting) on her tummy backwards

– pulling up to knees and even to feet a few times

– Getting onto all fours from sitting up and then rocking and almost crawling

– splashing with her hands in the tub in response to Cam

– fed herself puffs a few times (and then almost choked…) No more puffs for a while.

– increased interest in books

She doesn’t like to just sit anymore. She pushes herself onto all fours and works on figuring out how to make herself mobile.

How sweet is she? Love my little blondie.

She’s been still eating solids 2 times a day though I decided to go to 3 times a day on her 8 month birthday. Instead of adding more food, though, I’m splitting breakfast and lunch for now. I plan on gradually incorporating more eventually but I don’t want her little tummy to get upset. She nurses about 4 times a day and intermittently at night. Nursing an 8 month old is definitely more difficult that I had imagined. She’s very easily distracted so I have to find a way to provide a quiet environment for her so she will actually eat. The distraction actually began months ago but it seems like it’s multiplied in this last month. She also likes to constantly be touching something while nursing, like my face or necklace or my arms and has recently learned to pinch. You know that little spot on the back of the arm that has fatty skin and hurts like heck when pinched? Yeah, that’s her favorite place to pinch while she nurses. Ow! But I do love the face and chin touching and when she still gazes at me and waits for me to make eye contact with her and then a look of the purest love. It makes all right in the world for that moment.

As far as finger foods go, we’re definitely not going to rush things. We tried puffs a few times and she scared me to death by nearly choking. She managed to get a few into her mouth by herself and seemed to like the challenge of using her tiny fingers to pick them up and maneuver them around. It’s so bizarre to me that I’m not more laid back with my 2nd child. I remember and even have pictures of Cameron eating all kids of finger foods at this point. I guess that just goes to show that children develop differently and you have to adjust according to what fits your individual child.

The sleep situation hasn’t changed in the last month. She wakes a few times in the night but is easily put back to sleep. Naps are usually 2 times per day with 1 being much longer than the other. She sleeps snuggled in very close to me. One thing about Charlotte that I find so cute is how much she sweats in her sleep. She wakes up completely drenched with crazy hair.

Tooth count is still 2. They are coming in fast. I am thinking the top teeth are probably on their way too from then amount of biting she’s done lately.

I know crying pics are so sad but I wanted to use this picture to show her lil teeth.

I’m not sure when eye color is completely determined but we might be getting close. Her eyes still haven’t made up their mind. Depending on what she’s wearing and the lighting, they vary between green and brown. They are not nearly as dark as Cameron’s.  We are anxious to see how they turn out.

As you can see, her hair is quite blonde right now and almost looks reddish blonde in some lights. I love it! I’m sure it will end up brown one day but we’re enjoying have a blonde child for the moment. Cameron’s hair is a dirty blonde but Charlotte’s seems to be a bit lighter.

So little miss ready for mobility is climbing all over stuff and literally days away from crawling, I think.

It happened so fast. Last month she just sat there for the most part and now she’s anxious to go places.

We don’t get a lot of use out of the crib but one day 2 weeks ago I put her in it so I could hang up some clothes in her room. She grabbed onto the rails and pulled herself up. It shocked me and made for some cute pictures.  A bunch of them. A few times she went all the way to her feet but mostly it’s to her knees.

nom nom nom

Cameron likes to play in it too. They giggle and laugh together about silly little things.

I just love her look in this. So serious.

This one cracks me up.

Here’s a video from Mother’s Day that I thought was funny. I was trying to get Charlotte to say “ma ma” but she insisted “da da” was the word for her.

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She likes to imitate. I think we might be close to her first “sign” too. She can sign dog but hasn’t connected it to the dogs yet.

This video is really not all that exciting but she was being cute with smiles while I was feeding her and I decided to see if I could catch one of her little cheesy grins.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/L154jMH6rAs[/youtube]

We had a birthday party for Charlotte on her 8 month special day. It was Cameron’s idea. Cupcakes, ice cream and staying up late watching Charlotte’s Web. This is just the beginning of lots of fun times ahead with these two. We’re going to have a little party next month for Cameron’s 2 1/2 year mark.

“Pick me up please, mommy!”

She still doesn’t like to be put down for long. She has gotten better now that she is working on moving but I have to be right next to her. She loves to be held or worn. I love this about her and know I will one day miss it. I’m soaking up every minute I can.

She doesn’t like the stroller or strangers.

She does love the camera. I’ve been getting a little more experimental with taking pictures like trying new areas, lighting and settings. I’m so happy that I have such sweet little subjects that give me these captured memories.

She’s still loving bath time with Cameron and so am I. It makes it so much easier to bathe them at the same time. In a few months she will graduate from the bath chair and can really get a chance to play in the tub.

Intensely watching Cameron playing in the sprinkler.

One thing that I find funny is that Charlotte doesn’t like to be on her tummy. When she’s sitting up, she will lean forward and put herself into the hands and knees position. And from this position she can get back to sitting if she wants.  If she happens to fall and her tummy touches the ground she gets frustrated because she can’t get back up. And she can’t go anywhere except scoot backwards which usually puts her under a couch or wedged against something. It’s quite funny. I remember this with Cameron and how amazing it was when she eventually was able to roll around all over the place and get up and down whenever she wanted. There’s such a huge difference between now and in just a few months.

Charlotte is soooo ticklish. She cracks up at the slightest tickle of her legs and toes. And neck. And tummy. I need to get her laughing on video so that I can always have it. Baby laughter is so contageous. Also, someone needs to find a way to bottle the smell of a baby.

I know, tons of pictures. I love love love trying to capture precious moments.

Being able to look at this smile forever is priceless.

Spiky hair from lots of sunscreen.

Aww my sweet sisters. So much love. What a good big sister. Special girls.

I am so crazy in love with my Char Char & Cam.

A Lesson on Gender

Daddy: Oh Char Char sweet baby don’t cry..
(daddy holding screaming sleepy & ready to eat Charlotte while mommy takes a quick shower)
Cameron: Char Char’s not a baby, she’s a good girl!
Daddy: Oh you’re right, she’s a good girl. Are you a good girl?
Cameron: Yes!
Daddy: Is daddy a good girl?
Cameron: No! Daddy’s a good boy… No daddy’s a man!
Daddy: That’s right daddy is a man. Is mommy a man?
Cameron: No!! Mommy’s a whale!!

Lol!! A whale??? I think, no I hope, she meant a woman.

Socks and Sandals

Cameron loves to get herself dressed. For the most part, we have no problem letting her pick out her clothes. Just another one of those battles not worth fighting. She’s just starting to actually be able to dress herself… sort of. She can put her shorts on and her socks and shoes on. She’s still learning how to put shirts on.

This morning, we let her pick out her clothes before heading out for the day. She chose her yellow striped princess shirt (no surprise as this is a usual favorite for her), black athletic shorts, and cinderella socks with little flowers on the outside.

So we’re getting her dressed, she puts her socks on and says to me, “Take this off!” pointing to the little pink flower sewn to the outside of her socks. Brian and I share a giggle. As girly as Cameron can sometimes be, she has moments like this that make me proud.

So she gets her socks on, shorts on and she helps me get her shirt on. I tell her, “Why don’t you go pick out some shoes and then you are all done!” “Okay!” she says, and she runs off to her bedroom to find the pair she wants to wear.

She comes back with white sandals. “Oh those are very pretty sandals, Cameron, and a great choice, but I think shoes might be good to wear with those socks.”

“Why?” she says. I look at Brian. “You explain it,” I said. I have a cold this morning and very little voice. On top of that, I don’t think she can understand me very well right now. She said “Huh?” about a thousand times to me in the last 24 hours and I was beyond tired of repeating myself. Brian looks at her and says, “Socks and sandals don’t go together, honey. It defeats the purpose. If you want to wear sandals, let’s just take those socks off. Otherwise, let’s get shoes for your socks.” “Okay!” she replies and runs off again to her bedroom. Her little pitter patter of feet come back and she presents us with a new pair and  huge grin. “I wear these!” This time she had pink sandals that were 2 sizes to small. Yet, still her favorites. I haven’t been able to sneak them into the “Shoes for Char Char” box yet. “Well, honey, those are still sandals and they still don’t work with socks. If you want to wear them, you can take your socks off. Or you can put those back and pick out a pair of shoes to wear.” “Huh?” she says, looking absolutely confused. “Go pick out another pair of shoes, Cam!” we say excitedly, trying to keep it simple. “Okay!” she says with a smile and runs off to her bedroom yet again.

This time, she comes back with shoes..an NO socks! We weren’t ready to explain the “no socks and shoes stinky feet” rule. That would just be too much on this morning. So we opted for distraction and redirection again. Ahh the joys of having a 2 year old! Bingo. She puts her socks on and then carefully gets her shoes on and buckled up. While I wasn’t thrilled with her choice, it wasn’t something I would fight her on. We told her she could pick and she did. Hey, at least they matched!

Cameron’s Last Day of School

We’ve been battling colds for the last month in our household. Charlotte’s on her 3rd in less than 4 weeks! And Cameron came down with one, complete with fever and a nasty cough, on Monday night.  I worried that she would have to miss the last day of school. A chance to tell her teachers and friends goodbye for the summer. A final party with her very first group of friends.

Tuesday was a healing day. Lots of TLC. Lots of Thomas and Friends. Lots of snot. Lots of coughing. It was quite pitiful. Cameron was in bed by 6pm.

Tuesday night, Cameron’s fever spiked at 3 am. 101.8. We medicated and she went back to sleep until 7am. She woke up in a fantastic mood. I hesitated sending her to school. It had been way less than 24 hrs since her last fever. By 9 am it still had not returned. I decided I would take her for the party so she could say good-bye and then bring her home right after.

But first, we had to take our end of the year picture.

I got this idea from Pinterest and I love it. You can see how much she’s grown in relation to the door.  She was 20 months when school started and is now 29 months. She looked like such a baby before and now like such a big girl. I know we’ll be saying the same thing in another 6 months.

We absolutely loved her first year of preschool.

She couldn’t have asked for better teachers and classmates.

Cameron saying good-bye to Ms. Kristi.

And good-bye to Ms. Sarah.

Can you tell Cam didn’t feel very well? She was super quiet at school and very clingy to me. I was really surprised that she didn’t play much. Usually, when I’m at school with her she says, “Mommy, go away.” But today she said, “Mommy, I want to go home.” We went home and took a long nap. Here’s hoping a school-free summer means we also stay illness free!

Charlotte’s Baptism

What a special Mother’s Day!

Charlotte Hanna Edge was baptized on Sunday, May 13th 2012.

She was baptized at Pilgrim Lutheran Church by Pastor Bauer.

Her Godparents are Kelly & Brendan Matthews and Mark & Emily Fenlon.

This was an event for the whole family.

(Forrest is not pictured because he was the photographer. Thanks Forrest!)

Due to illness, we were also missing Brendan Matthews, Mark & Emily and Faye Jackson and Debbie & Brooke Michalcik.

Beautiful girl. She wore the same gown that Cameron wore. She received a very special ring from my grandparents that she’s wearing around her wrist.

During the baptism. Charlotte’s godmother, Kelly. The church elder during the ceremony, Grandpa (her great-grandfather). And us.

Charlotte did really well through most of the church service. She sat quietly in my lap without even so much as a peep. She continued to do well until she was passed off to the pastor for the baptism. She screamed. She cried. And screamed and cried. He passed her off to me at the end and she instantly quieted. He joked about it being Mother’s Day and she was supposed to do that.

It was definitely more interesting going through the baptism this time around. Now that Cameron is almost 2 1/2, she’s asking questions and very curious about what happens around her. She also can be a little jealous at times. Because of this, we wanted to explain to her what would happen to Charlotte and why we were doing it. We also wanted her to know that the very same thing happened to her when she was a baby. Her baptism date was May 23rd, 2010. We have been reading toddler Bible books and singing songs about Jesus with her. When we explained to Cameron why Charlotte was going to be baptized, we told her that it was so Charlotte would know in  her heart that Jesus loves her, just like Cameron knows. She seemed content with this explanation. (By the way, this is hard to do! How in the world do you explain certain complicated things to toddlers without confusing them?)

Anyway, during the service Cameron decided that Pastor Bauer was Jesus. To be fair, Jesus wears similar outfits in our books. He disappeared out of her sight for a few minutes and she asked, “Where’s Jesus?” During the baptism, she half way watched and half way played around where we were standing. It was not until he actually baptized her that Cameron really started watching because Charlotte started to cry. After it was all over, we talked with Cameron again about what happened. She said, “Charlotte took a bath. Jesus washed her.” And then she thought about it a little more and said, “Jesus loves her.” I know she’s thinking so literally (that Pastor Bauer is Jesus and that he loves her since he so delicately baptized her) but I cannot help but be in awe at the truth to what Cameron said. So simple. So few words. So true.

A while later she said it again and then added, “And Jesus loves me too.”

Children have such pure hearts.

And in honor of Mother’s Day, four generations of women. Daughters. Mothers. Grandmothers. Great-Grandmothers.

After the baptism we had a little get-together at my parents’ house for lunch. It made for a nice afternoon and a great mother’s day.

Charlotte is 7 months!!

My little love is 7 months old!

We ended up in the doctor around her 7 month birthday for more fever and she’s a whopping 14 pounds!

She gained 5 oz this month. I think this is the age that the rapid growth starts to slow.

Big Moments for Charlotte this Month:

– reaching out to be picked up

– imitating sounds, gestures and facial expressions

– leaning toward objects while sitting up

– anticipating what comes next

– teething has begun!

– picks up dropped objects

– responds to her name

– lifts head, shoulders, and stomach off floor while on tummy (pre-crawling)

– first full cold

– Eating solids twice a day

– super ticklish

– First taste of ice cream (For her 7 month birthday.. 4/23/12)

– said “da-da” for the first time. But hasn’t said it since.

Here’s a video of Charlotte as she started to learn that she can put her body into leaning towards objects to more easily reach them.

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Since this video, she’s learned to rock while sitting up and has started to put herself into the ‘on all fours’ crawling position. Once there, she rocks but hasn’t figured out moving yet. I would guess we still have about 4-5 more weeks to enjoy Charlotte as she sits there so cute and doesn’t move. Then things get interesting.

This video is of my ticklish baby and her precious little laugh. She’s so sweet. So innocent.

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Eating: She’s down to nursing about 4 times during the day and maybe once or twice at night. She eats a jar of baby food in the morning and night. Her favorite flavor is banana. I give her oatmeal with banana and banana yogurt for breakfast sometimes. She also enjoys the turkey and chicken with vegetable flavors. She’s really a great eater. It’s bewildering to me that she’s so small. She eats really large portions and drinks a lot when she nurses too. There’s no shortage of wet and dirty diapers.

This is what happens when Daddy feeds the baby.

Sleeping: She’s taking about 2 naps per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. They are only lengthy if I’m holding her or napping with her. Lots of times I wear in a carrier and let her nurse and then nap so I can get stuff done. She’s super cuddly and wants to be right next to me while sleeping. I put her down for the night when Cameron goes to bed, around 7-8pm, and usually have a few hours to relax or work out or get things done around the house. Some nights, she’s extra clingy and will wake up constantly until I go to bed with her. Once I’m there, she sleeps until probably 3 or 4 am on average and then eats for a few minutes and goes back to sleep again until 7-8 am.

We’ve graduated from the swaddle!!

These two are already giggling together at bedtime.

And she’s doing really well for Brian while I’m at work lately. He still puts her in the swing and she wakes up usually 1-2 times per night. But according to him, she’s a lot easier to put to sleep and back to sleep now. And her relationship with him has really blossomed. Now that she’s very responsive to him, he’s even more affectionate with her. She lights up when she sees him. She’s perfectly content to be held by him and he can rock her to sleep without any problems. He’s the only person that can give her a bottle. I love seeing these two bond. Her love for her family is so pure.

She’s still my super attached baby. She wants to be with me all day. She’s getting a little better about being put down in her pack and play with toys. She will play for about 15-20 minutes. She also likes to play on the ground when Cameron is around playing too. I’ve noticed the most important thing is staying where she can see me. She hasn’t figured out yet that when I leave the room, it doesn’t mean I’m gone for good.

She hasn’t warmed up to many people other than Brian, Cameron & me yet. I think she recognizes and loves her extended family, like grandparents, aunts & uncles and great-grandparents, but she’s not quite ready to leave her mom or dad’s arms. I feel like as soon as she starts moving she’s going to really open up to people. For now, she’d rather just smile and flirt from the safety of our arms. Just be patient guys, she’s worth the wait. I promise.

We enjoy going for walks in our neighborhood but most days, Charlotte is not a fan of being put in the stroller. She will tolerate it for about a block before I have to carry her. We just returned our old stroller and got a new double jogging stroller too! I always make sure I have my carrier with me so I can strap her in and keep moving. In fact, she spends a good portion of her day in that thing. I’m not sure how other moms survive if their babies don’t want to be put down and don’t like to be worn. I’m VERY thankful she loves it.

And I never mind the cuddles.

Bath time is fun now. She’s pretty much over the dislike of the water. We put her in a bath chair and bathe both kids together. It works out well as long as Cameron is in a sharing mood that day. Charlotte loves to play with her little plastic donkey in the tub. She chews on him and splashes with him.

She’s not a fan of the splash pad like big sis yet.

But in all fairness, it is very cold water. But it is fun to watch bis sister play!

She likes to go to the park and swing. And she enjoys sitting in the grass and feeling it in her fingers.

Weeeee!

Charlotte’s hair is getting blonder the longer it gets.

And her eyes still have not decided what color they are. They’re still somewhere between green and brown.

We went through several drool heavy weeks before those little teeth pushed through.

Playing outside.

She also started to play in Cameron’s old Jenny Jump Up.

She’s still not too sure about it.  But she tolerates it for a few minutes. I think Cameron was over 8 months old when she figured out it was fun.

I hope she’s always a camera ham.

I just love lazy days at home when the girls are wearing just a t-shirt and diaper. They are so darn cute. I enjoy days with no agenda. It’s nice to just enjoy them without always being on the go.

Does this look familiar?

Here’s Cam at 7 months.

There are some days, and faces, where I think these two look just alike. It’s definitely most obvious when they are sleeping. But then other times they look so different. They have a few similar features which stand out and make them look similar. Like the hair length at this age.  And big dark eyes. And that tongue.

Gotta love it.

And as fun as just T-shirts can be, bows are lots of fun too.

I love an always happy and willing photography participant.

This child is such a blessing in our lives. She is so loving. So trusting. And so pure. I can’t get enough of her. I never imagined that I could say that I was a patient person but God gave me that gift when He gave us Charlotte. She might be what some would consider a little… erm.. high maintenance but she’s so worth it. I know she will always be close to us.