Charlotte is 12 months

And nearly a month later…

We’re finally finishing Charlotte’s 12 month post!

How cute is this little one year old??

We made it in to the pediatrician for Charlotte’s ONE year well check. She had a perfect check up! The doctor said she looks great and is meeting all of her expected developmental milestones. He’s not concerned with her not walking yet. He anticipates it will occur within the next month or two but says it’s not really an issue as long as she starts before the 18 month mark. If she’s not walking at that point, he will look into physical therapy. Totally a non-issue though. She’s going to walk soon.

The down side of the appointment was she got 4 shots! MMR, Dtap, influenza and varicella. She snuggled in close to me for the injections and cried into me when she felt the pain. It broke my heart but she calmed down easily once it was over. And she had no adverse side effects from any of the shots.

She hit the 18 pound mark! 18 pounds 4 ounces to be exact. That puts her in the 8th percentile for her age. Her height was 28.25 inches which puts her in the 23rd percentile. Her head circumference was 17.91 inches which puts her in the 63rd percentile!!! So her head (and brain of course) are growing a little bit ahead of the rest of her body. This is totally okay, the doc said. She’s probably close to a whole body growth spurt.

Charlotte wears size 6-9 months clothing and I’ve started to incorporate some 12 month outfits in, though they’re a little big. She wears size 3 shoes. Size 3 diapers.

No new teeth this month. Still the 6 from before.

She’s got a head full of adorable blonde hair and her daddy’s signature big brown eyes and tan skin. I think she’s looking more and more like Cameron (and Brian) every day.

Charlotte’s had a great month. She’s growing and changing every day.

Here’s some special things Charlotte did this month:

– She started blowing kisses “mmmmmmuah!”

– She gives real kisses when asked.

– She’s been pointing at things for some time, but this month she started pointing and babbling as if to name what she’s pointing at.

– She says “that or dat” when she points

– She’s doing more standing up and balancing on her own now. This month she learned to stand up without pulling up on anything.

– She’s learned to bear walk. Walking on all fours. She does this when she doesn’t like the feel of the ground on her knees.

– taking part in brushing her teeth

– She waves hi and bye

Charlotte’s words at 12 months are: Mama, Dada, Cat, That, Hi, Dog (Dah), Bye (Buh) and “Key Key Key” which is what she says when trying to say “Kitty Kitty Kitty”, and Night Night (Nye Nye)

She says Mama when she wants me. And Dada when she wants Brian. There’s no mistaking it. She has us named.

This unfortunately wasn’t the healthiest of months for our little CharBear. In the month of September, she got a grand total of 5 colds. Including a nasty one that showed up on her birthday and was one of several factors that lead to her little party being post-poned. We had already planned everything, though, and had a cake for her so she got to dig in.  And she loved it, as you can see.

This may sound crazy, but on the day of Charlotte’s birthday she woke up a different kid. She was just more mature. Happier. She seemed to understand us and was just a whole lot easier to deal with. And she’s remained this way. It’s so nice. Brian has been waiting for this and in the last month has gotten so close to her. She adores him. She reaches for him. She wants to be with him. It warms my heart. And let me tell you, Brian is a pro now. He alone transitioned Charlotte from the bottle to sippy cup at 11 months. He alone manages to get the girls to bed on time on nights when I’m at work and then takes them out and about during the days that I have to sleep. I couldn’t ask for a better husband and father for my girls.

“Pouty Lips”

Charlotte’s a great eater. We’re thrilled. She’s got an amazing diet. Nearly everything she eats is healthy. She’s almost exclusively on organic whole milk. She nurses 2-3 times per day, usually night time, early morning and naps. We want to wean her and are working on it. We didn’t want to do it suddenly so we’re gradually decreasing her feedings and I’ve stopped pumping at work. Our hope is that she’ll stop completely in the next month or two. We just don’t want it to be traumatic or too sudden for her since we’re already going through so many other transitions and she’s so dependent on it for comfort. She’s starting to really love those sippy cups though just like her big sister.

Look at this big girl! We cannot believe she’s already one.

Little girl is still pushing that walker around. At the 12 month point, she hadn’t yet started taking any steps on her own. But she loves walking while holding our hands and cruising the furniture.

“Brush Brush Brush your teeth each and every day! Up and Down, all around, brush decay away!”

Our little cavity conscious kiddos. Such good little brushers.

(We brush their teeth for them and then let them do it themselves)

Curiosity growing every day. She’s likes to sit in her playroom and play with toys.

And as expected, some of her favorite toys are Cameron’s. Cameron’s trains specifically. Oh boy. That gives us a lot of good lessons in sharing.

“Oh no the crawling baby!”

Mhmm. Just wait Cameron. I’m pretty sure this is just the beginning.

Look at our big girl on the slide at the park. Want to know one of my biggest annoyances with public parks? MULCH! Ugh! Guess what babies like to put in their mouth?

So most of her park experiences so far have been in climbing the slide… and swinging. Lots of swinging.

And speaking of swinging, we’re getting serious about getting Charlotte into that crib soon.

She’s not a fan of naps unless in the car or while snuggled into mommy. We have our work cut out for us when it comes to Charlotte and her sleeping habits.

She goes to bed around 7-8 pm and wakes up around 7 am. Oh how we’re dreading the time change.

If we’re lucky she’ll take one long nap (1-1.5 hrs) and a short nap in the car each day. But it’s extremely difficult to get her down and some days she goes without any nap at all.

She must get this from Brian. I just can’t understand why anyone would pass up a perfectly good nap opportunity.

What a sweet little goober. Love that grin.

Oh just chewing on some socks.

One of the very few times I’ve been able to put anything in to her hair lately. She’s mastered grabbing at her head and pulling any bow or headband off.

We are so happy to have this little bundle of love in our lives. She’s an absolute joy. We are so proud of her and can’t wait to watch her grown and change in the next year.

God is good.

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