Charlotte is 6 months old!

Last week, Charlotte turned 6 months old!

My sweet little bundle of happiness is getting so big.

Her 6 month weight: 13 lbs 10 ounces (10th percentile)

Her height: 24.75 inches (17th percentile)

She’s holding steady on the growth curve which is what’s important to the doctor. She’s on the smaller end of those her age but is very healthy. Since birth, she’s gained on average 1 pound per month. There’s a lot of personality packed into her little body.

Big Moments for Charlotte this month:

– She learned to sit up (March 12th)

– She started babbling (ba-ba-ba)

– She’s been eating solids all month

– She’s pushing up well on her tummy, starting to raise her abdomen off the floor.

– First time in the grass outside

– First wagon ride

– First bath WITH Cameron

– First haircut

– She has apparently discovered her tongue!

– She’s starting to mimic facial expressions and sounds.

She’s right on target for most of her developmental milestones.

It’s been a busy month for Charlotte.

She’s doing really well with eating solids. Her favorite food so far is bananas, but she will eat just about any type we feed her. It just takes several bites for her to get used to it. We started oatmeal with milk and a fruit puree in it so that she’ll eat it. She has been eating solids 1 time a day but we were told by her doctor that she can now go to 2-4 times per day. She’s still breastfeeding 5-6 times a day. And still shows no signs of wanting to wean yet.

Sleep is still a sore subject around here. We’ve been working hard at establishing a routine for Charlotte in order to get her to sleep better but it’s just hard to do lately. Her bedtime and naps vary, as does our nightly routine for her.  We’re really hoping the coming months bring more rest for all of us. At this point, Charlotte does not need to wake up in the middle of the night to eat. Babies her age can go 10+ hours. She’s still waking up for comfort and her comfort right now is nursing, so she thinks she needs to eat for sleep and that’s what we’re working on changing. I have seen a slight improvement in the last week or so. For a few weeks of the last month, she was still waking up every 45-90 minutes all night long for comfort. She is sleeping longer stretches now and I am able to get her back to sleep with pats and “shhhh-ing” sounds usually. She sleeps in her swing for Brian (and me if I want to get anything done in the evenings) and in our bed the rest of the time. We put a side-rail up so that I can now change positions without fear of her falling out of bed. It also puts a divider between her and Cameron which is much safer. I tried to put her in her crib upstairs multiple times in the last month with no luck. I thought maybe it would help her sleep longer to have it quieter and maybe if she didn’t think I was right there. I still have no plans to let her “cry it out” alone in her crib. We’ll get through this. This sleep deprivation is temporary. And, on the positive side, she’s forming a very strong bond to myself, Brian & Cameron by sleeping nearby. It’s very clear when you watch her that she knows and adores her family, and that she’s a very happy and secure infant. This makes it all worth it.

Charlotte still loves to be swaddled to sleep. I have tried to “wean” her from her swaddle several times only to break down and re-swaddle her in my state of sleep deprivation in the middle of the night.

Naps. She takes usually 1 long nap (1.5-3 hrs) and 2 short (>1 hr) naps a day. Her long nap is with Cameron (and me) and the short naps are in the car, swing or while being held.

Her hair is very light. I gave her a little mini- haircut because her bangs were getting so long and nothing else was growing. It’s all the same length now and I think will be better when it starts to really grow. We think her hair is lighter than Cameron’s was. Her eyelashes and eyebrows are very blonde too.

This is not the greatest picture but it shows her lashes off well.

Her eyes are still hazel but we think might be turning brown. They’re definitely getting darker.

The recent months of illness have finally ended very well. Charlotte had testing done on her kidneys because she had a UTI and it all came back normal. We were thrilled! She also seems to be coming out of the 6+ weeks of low grade fevers on her own. She had a fever of 101 on March 23rd but she also had vaccinations that day and had a cold… but prior to that it had been almost a week. They are spacing out and becoming far less frequent. We are so thankful.

She does not have any teeth yet and doesn’t show any signs that teeth are anywhere in her near future. (No complaints from me!)

Charlotte has finally graduated from 0-3 month clothing to now, 3-6 months! She still has a few outfits for sleeping that are 0-3 months but wont fit those for long. This works out perfectly for us because all of Cameron’s old 3-6 month clothes are summer clothes!

And speaking of summer….

It’s downright hot out now and our little cold natured baby usually loves it! Not this day though, it was beyond nap time and we were stuck at a play date for Cameron. She was not in the mood for anything other than being held that day. I think she also was just starting to get a cold. Poor baby.

But we’ve being spending a lot of time outside and it’s been a good change of scenery for all of us. Charlotte loves to observe and there’s so much to see outside.

The Daddy Adoration is beginning. This little girl LOVES him. She lights up whenever she hears his voice or sees him. She loves to be held by him. Her favorite way to be held is what we refer to as “mission control” and was Cameron’s favorite too.  Basically he holds them in like a sitting position in his arms. They feel completely relaxed and secure and can see everything.

And is it not totally clear in this picture that Charlotte also adores her big sister? She giggles when she sees Cameron being goofy and reaches to touch her any time she can. She smiles when she’s around and looks for her when she’s not. She feels so big now that she can sit up like Cameron and they can “play” together. And oh my goodness, the changes that we’ve seen in Cameron… I will be writing another post about her soon. She’s just so fantastic with Charlotte.

Sweet profile.

Urrrgh! Pushing up is hard work! Wonder how long we have until she crawls?

I still cannot believe that I have two beautiful, healthy little girls. They are everything to us. We love them so much and love watching them grow.

Happy 1/2 birthday, Charlotte!

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