Saturday, October 23, 2010

Charlie update & first hair cut

Oh my word...I'm a terrible blogger. I realize the last real blog I did about Charlie was three months ago. I'm sorry!! Time just gets away from me and it's hard to sit down and blog. I don't quite have all the pictures uploaded that I want to share, but I thought I would go ahead and blog about what I do have. Also, I'll give all of Charlie's adoring fans an update.

Charlie is 1 year old! Unbelievable. A lot has changed since the last time I updated on here. Here are a few things that have changed over the past 3 months...

At his 1 year check up he was 20lbs 12.5 oz (25%) and 29 inches tall (25%) still a little man. Dr. was pleased with his development and overall health. We've been really lucky and he's only had a couple of runny noses over the last year. He wears size 3 or 4 diapers and pretty much wears size 12 month clothes. He can still sort of fit in some 9 month clothes. He's totally caught up on all developmental milestones. He is all over the place now. He can crawl, pull up on anything he can get his hands on, and will walk a few steps holding on to his walking toys. He hasn't stood up by himself yet though. He doesn't really say words yet, but oh man does he "talk". From the moment he wakes up (literally) he is talking in full sentences to whoever will listen (even if we have no idea what the heck he is saying). I'll ask him questions and he will respond in his crazy babble. He is most definitely going to be a talker like his daddy. He has started pointing at some things when he wants them and he understands when I say some things to him like look at me or get the ball.

He has 9 teeth now! All 8 of the front and 1 molar. He is working on getting the other 3 molars soon too. You would think with all those teeth he would be eating anything he can get his hands on right...well no. He is pretty picky (can't say I blame him...I'm the same way). He is currently eating some baby food still, but will also eat cheese slices, bananas, yogurt, pasta (sometimes), and sometimes bread, crackers, cookies. I try to give him new stuff everyday, but it's a slow process :)

Since the last update he has graduated from physical therapy! Yay! The therapist came to the last visit and said she was happy with his neck and development and was totally caught up. So we are officially done with that.

Also since the last update, we quit breastfeeding at about 10 months old. He wasn't interested anymore and my supply was going down, so we switched to formula. Oh and he's quit the paci also. Now that he is 1 we have switched him to whole milk. He drinks milk out of his cup all day then at night I am still giving him one bottle of formula before bed. I'm going to slowly work our way off that. Since he is so skinny I just want to make sure he's really getting some good calories. Nap times have been "interesting" since we quit the day bottles. Each day there is less crying (on Charlie's part, not mine...though I feel like it sometimes :) and he falls asleep on his own faster. He's learned to pull up on his crib, but can't get down by himself so I've had to go in there and lay him back down a few times.

He is such a social little guy. He grins and waves at everyone. He is such a joy to have in my life and I am so blessed that I get to spend every day with him. It has been the most amazing year of our lives and we never knew the amount of love, joy, happiness, laughter, and sweet moments he would bring to us. We thank God every night for him and his health and development. We are so blessed to have all of the family and friends who love him just as much as we do. So, now, for all of you, here are a few pictures of our big boy!!

As most of you know we took a trip to Disney World a couple weeks ago to celebrate Charlie's birthday. Trey has most of those pictures on his laptop so I'll have to do a post about the actual bday and trip later. I do however have the pictures of Charlie's first haircut. In Disney World at the Magic Kingdom (the park with the castle where Trey proposed to me) they have a little barber shop tucked back in the corner of Main Street. This is a real functioning barber shop that anyone can get a haircut. I found out through a website that they also will do "baby's first haircut" there. They did such a great job. They also gave us some mouse ears that say "First Haircut" and a certificate with the date on it and they seal up a little lock of baby's hair for you to take home. For those of you who know how darn sentimental I am about keeping things this was amazing for me!!! So here are a few pictures of the haircut. He did such a great job and pretty much just played with the stickers and ignored the lady the whole time.

Charlie and me waiting for his turn in the barber chair.

The lady applying the Mickey stickers that are used to distract.
The cut begins.
"He lady what are you doing??"
Ok I posted this one because in this picture he reminds me SO much of Shane when he was little. I think it's the eyes.

Eating a sticker...
All done!

Daddy with Charlie after the cut.
He almost got away from him there lol!

Here we are after the haircut. This is our traditional picture at the spot Trey proposed. No Trey isn't doing the peace sign...we are keeping track of how many times Charlie has been...this is #2.
Here is #1 back in May...

Back to this is sleepy Charlie and me on Winnie the Pooh ride.

Here is Daddy and Charlie (and Granpa in the background) on the boat from Magic Kingdom to Wilderness Lodge.

We had a great relaxing trip. I'll have a post soon about it and about his other birthday party with my family (waiting on pictures for that too).

Saturday, September 11, 2010

When you're the best of friends...

C has always loved Bella but she hasn't been too sure about him. Recently she's really warmed up to him and will even go up to him to play. Here's a little excerpt of the giggling that ensues.
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Blog app

I downloaded a blog app for my new phone and I wanted to test it out. I'm doing this post on my phone. How does it look?
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

And now...the moment you've all been waiting for... somehow time totally got away from me. Each night over the past month after I've put Charlie to bed I think...hmmm I should go blog for my family to see how Charlie is doing...but oh the peace and quiet is like a siren song. I just want to lay on the couch and watch One Tree Hill (I'm watching the old seasons I missed starting from the beginning on Netflix). Before I knew it, it was the end of July...Charlie is almost 10...that's right...10 months old and I have updated since end of June. So to all you Charlie fans...I apologize...and without further ado...


Alright. So, Charlie man went to his 9 month check up on 7/13. We found out...he really is a little man. He weighed 18 lbs 12 oz (25%) and was 27.5 in long (25%). I could have sworn he was over 20 lbs, but oh well...maybe he is just going to be short and skinny. It's not like any of us are giants anyways. The DR. went over a check list of his development and he was pretty much on target except a couple things. He is slightly behind on gross motor skills (crawling, pulling up, etc.), but on the up side he is at the top of the chart in fine motor skills (picking up small objects, etc.) and verbal (oh man he jabbers and yells all day). This has pretty much been his status quo for his whole life so we weren't too surprised. He didn't have to get any shots so that was good. Overall, good appointment.

That same day we had his "progress" evaluation for his physical therapy. The therapist and I came to the conclusion that his neck is doing really great. He has the occasional "head tilt-y" days where his neck is a little tight and he tilts his head to the side (you may notice this in some of the pictures/videos), but he CAN correct it when she tests him so he is just holding it that way that particular day for comfort or because he is teething or tired. She also would like to see him catch up some on gross motor skills...but Charlie does things on his OWN time so we're just going to keep working on it until he decides he's ready. So the final conclusion was that she is still going to come see us once a month until we feel he is totally caught up.

So, what's he up to these days you ask??? He isn't crawling yet, but he is pushing with his feet on his belly when he really wants something. He is showing interest in wanting to pull up on things, but isn't quite strong enough yet. He is the most smiley, laughing, talking little boy I've ever seen. He hasn't really said any words "per se" but he says ma, da, ba sounds and sometimes just jabbers craziness. He just recently learned to clap and jump in his jumper (videos to follow :) He has 5 teeth now! The bottom two he's had for a while. He just started getting his bottom right and his top two front all in about a weeks time...yikes. But, the worst part of that is over and now he is just MR. toothy grins now. He's gotten a lot more hair too. Eyes are still greenish. He's wearing size 3 diapers and some size 9 month and some 12 month clothes. He drinks pretty good out of his cups and recently learned how to drink out of one with a straw. He drinks diluted juice and occasionally I give him some formula in a cup (on days where he doesn't nurse good...DR. said since his weight is on the low end it isn't a bad idea to give him a little extra calories via formula). He is eating all types of baby foods now. He especially loves baby yogurt and fruits. We are trying to add in "chunkier" textures...which he isn't too fond of...but we're working on it. Also, trying to get in some of the meat and vegetable baby food...but again...not too fond.

He's on a pretty good schedule now. He gets up about 7am nurses, plays, then eats breakfast about 8:30am. He nurses again then goes down for his first nap about 9:30 and usually sleeps about an hour and a half. Plays some more then eats lunch, plays some more. (Man he has the good life). Nurses again then goes down for his second nap about 2:30...sleeps anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours depending on the day. Plays some more...eats dinner...bath...nurses...bed about 7:30. Yep that's my life people...crazy huh??

Overall he has really "come out of his shell" recently and I can see the little boy he will soon become. He loves social interaction and is such a flirt (please pray for me :) He has a little bit of a temper sometimes (again...prayer) but he absolutely amazing and I am so thankful to have him in my life.

Thanks for checking in on Charlie and enjoy the following pictures/videos of our precious Little Man!

"Reading" his book.

I love his crazy bed head in this pic!

He was kind of out of it for these pictures...a little sleepy and it was a little bright so he is squinting in all of them.

Daddy and Charlie on the 4th's 1st 4th!

Showing off his teeth! Actually just getting ready for a drink.

The face!
Oh my...this day he was sitting a little too close to the toy bucket...
Giving bunny kisses... to eat bunny...typical boy.
"What's left in here"

Whoops...the aftermath!

He's started doing this in the car. It looks like he is holding on for dear life...maybe he doesn't like Daddy's driving :)
Mr. Crooked Grin.
My sweet baby boy!

A couple of laughing videos...
Laughing at me when I throw his paci

Laughing at me when I throw his keys...this is THE hardest I have EVER seen him laugh.

That talking (and temper) I was talking about...

Drinking out of his cup and flicking his straw which he thinks is HILARIOUS.



Sharing his toys with his "friend" in the mirror :)

Jumping and playing with Daddy...

PS - Lord this took forever to enjoy it people!! I gave up my quiet time and watching SYTYCD for this! :)