Today is the 30th anniversary of my birth.
Today was not a day I was looking forward to. In fact, I’ve been in a little funk for the last month thinking about it. But I happened to catch a small part of an interview with Pierce Brosnan the other day and he was talking about celebrating his 60th. And when asked about how he felt, he could only say how happy he felt to be alive for so many years and had so many wonderful blessings in his life.
I sure felt stupid for getting so caught up in the number and losing sight of what really mattered….
And so with my twenties, which were wonderful years, behind me I am counting my blessings rather than my years today. I have so much to be thankful for. My husband and best friend and our two beautiful girls. And family and friends who love us too. We are healthy. We are happy. We are blessed.
Here I am almost a month late again…
Our little girl is a whole year and a half. So hard to believe.
(Story to come regarding her half-naked monthly picture)
She’s 23 ish pounds. Getting taller, I should measure at some point probably, and smarter every day.
She wears size 18 months – 24 months clothes. Size 5-6 shoes. Size 4 diapers (she can easily fit 5s too)
She is stinking adorable. Her tummy is rounder than any I have ever seen on a child, except for maybe my own as a child. She’s got blonde hair that is perfectly straight up top and curly as can be in the back.
She has 2 new teeth, lower molars, which made their appearance on 2-26-2013. That brings her grand total to 12 teeth now!
Her favorite toy: Any of Cam’s trains
Her favorite piece of clothing: Shoes. She crazy about them.
Her favorite place to be: Outside
She is exploring so many new things.
Charlotte has remained relatively free of germs/colds/sickness this month. She made it through a minor cold with no ear infection! Yay! And then, on March 21st, she came down with the craziest virus…
It started on a Thursday night. Brian was also sick that night and asked me to take his temperature. I did and then checked the thermometer for accuracy on Charlotte. I’m not sure, maybe we’re the only ones that have bad luck with unreliable thermometers, but I always double check on a “well person” when I get a high reading. So in this case, Charlotte was supposed to be my well-person. Brian’s temp read 98.2 and Charlotte’s read 102.2. She did feel slightly warm to touch but this was our ear thermometer and I didn’t trust it so I went for the only one I know is accurate when it comes to babies. Sure enough, 102.2. No big deal, I thought. She’s probably getting a little virus and will be fine tomorrow. So we gave her some Motrin before bed and didn’t think about it again… until about 4 hours later when she woke up crying. I took her temp again just to see if it was related. 103 it read. Hmm okay, I thought. Still not too concerned but we medicated her again. She went back to sleep. By morning, she was hovering at 101 and we cancelled our plans for the day as they involved playing with other children. Charlotte remained anywhere from 100-103 during the day. We medicated her when she seemed fussy or when it was on the higher end. We laid down for a nap at about 2 pm and she woke up an hour later screaming. She was bright red. And she felt like an oven. I knew she was hot, I was just praying it wasn’t so high that it would be dangerous to her. A few seconds later the thermometer practically screamed at me beeping bright red 105.0. My heart sunk. I’ve never dealt with fever like this on my child. We medicated her again (she was due for the next dose in 30 minutes anyway) loaded into the car and I called the pediatrician to let them know we were on the way and begged them to fit us in. They got us in and he did blood work, urine analysis, checked her from head to toe and couldn’t find anything. Nothing. “It’s just a virus” he said and he gave us the okay to alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 3 hours around the clock. And that’s what we did for the next 2 to 3 days! This fever was relentless! And she had absolutely no other symptoms. Right before the 3 hour mark she would spike back up…every time. And even on medication, she never got below 100-101. So after 105.0 Friday, she was 105.1 Saturday and then 104.6 Sunday. And then Monday began to decline with her highest being 103. By Tuesday she was much better with only a low grade temp. We are fully recovered but that’s something I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
So that’s why she’s in only a diaper in her monthly picture. She was running a fever of 104 at the time. I considered dressing her up but then thought, you know, this is what we’re doing today. This is how we should remember it.
The little bug is getting so smart. She has no problem telling us exactly what she needs. And if she doesn’t get it right away she gets louder and louder. She is retaining more these days and putting short 2-3 word sentences together. She has started saying Cameron’s name and calling for her anytime she’s not around. I’m pretty sure picking up Cameron from school is the highlight of her week. She is her biggest fan.
And it’s no secret that Cameron is quite fond of her baby sister too. 🙂
They are like two little peas in a pod. I can tell they enjoy each other. They play so well together. Cameron watches out for Charlotte. She’s got her back. She shares. She nurtures. Cameron’s first question in the morning, “Where’s my sister?”
They are meant for each other. And I hope they really are best friends forever.
Because we have a 3 year old, Charlotte hears a lot more counting, talking, and singing than Cameron ever did at this age. Because of that, she is saying her ABC’s (she shocked us and started 3-13-13) and counting to 10. She also sings “Row Row Row Your Boat” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Old Mac Donald”. She doesn’t say all of the words but you can tell what she’s trying to get out by the tune. She loves to sing.
She also loves to read. She has her favorite books memorized. All of them are Sandra Boynton Books. “Moo Bah La La La” “The Going to Bed Book” & “Doggies” are her current favorites and necessities for bedtime.
They love all arts and crafts. Charlotte is a natural with paint. I have to hide the easel or I’m pretty sure she would yell for it all day.
They read books together. They make messes together. They clean up together. They make messes together. Oh and they make messes together.
Did I forget to mention they make messes together?
But it’s fun and that’s what matters.
They really are good kids. We’re really lucky.
This is our current sleeping arrangement. They both want it this way. They both love it this way. We don’t mind.
Her favorite place to eat? Chick-fil-A. Also called Wicka Chicka or Chick-da-Wave in our house.
She loves to eat. She loves fruit and cheese and eggs. She loves milk and “pow-rade.” She still makes that sweet little humming sound when she eats something she loves. And the child is still known to finish her meal and find her way over to Cameron’s plate to help her finish hers as well.
Another new milestone for Charlotte! She got her ears pierced on 3-13-13. So cute. She was such a big girl about it. She held perfectly still. I have the video, but it’s kind of heartbreaking so I won’t post it.
In addition to so many new wonderful things that Charlotte is doing and saying, this month has also brought us a little A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E. More independence, more temper tantrums, more “MINE!” and lots more drama. She still has moments when she is such a baby. She wants to be held and kissed and nurtured And then a moment later she wants to be so big. And when she says “No!” every part of her body says it too. Growing up is tough.
One day she’ll be big like sister. But until then, we sure are enjoying her little 18 month oldness.
She’s a funny kid. Too cute for her own good. So sweet. So sassy.
We can’t imagine our family without her.
Happy Half-Birthday Charberry.