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Enjoy Your Journey

Today was the first day of school in my county. My Facebook and Instagram feeds were filled with posts and pictures that all shared a common theme : “I can’t believe how fast time is going.”

Since Charlotte had been pretty restless all night and decided to give us a 4:30 AM wake up call, it seems so hard for me to think about time going quickly, but I know it does. She is learning new skills daily and approaching milestones that seemed like far away concepts just a few days ago.

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This is what a rough morning looks like…

Part of me wishes that she would stay little; she’s so sweet and affectionate (when she wants to be!), and it’s fun watching her interact with the world around her. However, the bigger part of me is looking forward to seeing her grow and develop as a person. I’m curious to see what her personality will be like. I want to be able to talk to her and have her respond back to me with more than just a couple of words or random babble. And, let’s be real here, I really, really, really look forward to the days when her sleep is more consistent (when she’s about, what, 20 or 25? Ha!).

But, I’m not going to wish this time away. I’m going to attempt to savor every moment – good and bad. We are not having more children so every phase we go through is the first and last time we will experience those things as parents. I’m going to work on enjoying the journey because before I know it, we’ll be sending out high school graduation invitations, and I’ll be trying to remember what life was like when she was little. Enjoy your journey. Even the not-so-enjoyable parts have a purpose, and one day, they will be what you miss.

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Charlotte’s Twelve Month Update

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And just like that, our baby is a year old! People tell you how fast it flies by, but you can’t really understand it until you’ve lived it!

Height:

at birth: 20 inches.
at one month: 21 inches
at three months: 23.5 inches
at four months: 24.5 inches
at six months: 26 inches
at nine months: 27 inches
at twelve months: 28.5 inches

Weight:
at birth: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at three months: 10 lb 4 oz
at six months: 14 lb 10 oz
at nine months: 17 lb 3 oz
at twelve months: 18 lb 8 oz

Clothing Size: 9 months and up!

Milestones:
– She turned one. That seems like the biggest milestone of all!

Likes: Playing with her toys, snuggling with mama in the bed, seeing her friends at Circletime 😉

Dislikes: Being told no! I think we’re in trouble…

Sleep: Pretty decent for the most part. She takes a couple of naps a day that are hit or miss but usually sleeps through the night. I almost always wake up with a foot in my face though!

Best Moment: Seeing her eat her big cupcake on her birthday! It was so cute!!

Worst Moment: Getting her one-year vaccines and having an upset stomach at her doctor appointment yesterday. I know that’s past her twelve-month mark, but it was rough!

Eating: Anything we put in front of her! I always know when she doesn’t feel well because she doesn’t want to eat!

Mommy Update: I really am starting to enjoy motherhood. The first few months were really tough, and a lot of the time, I wondered if I was cut out for it. I know I’ll wonder that many, many more times during her lifetime, but I feel like we’ve gotten to know each other better, and I’m trying to trust my instincts more often.

Overall: This is my last monthly update. I thought about doing them for the next couple of years, but I think I’ll close the door on these and do something else fun on here as she grows up. I hope that she’ll read these someday and know how much her dad and I love her!

We love you, our strong, brave, smart, beautiful, baby girl!

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Charlotte’s Eleven Month Update

So how about that nearly 3 week absence, huh? My husband has a new job with a different schedule than his last couple of jobs, so I’ve been working on new life routines, and this fell to the wayside. But, now I’m back…back again…Amber’s back…tell a friend (bonus points if you know what song that’s from…)

Now, let’s move on to the important stuff – Charlotte!

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Google Photos automatically created this collage. I think it gives her a bit of a sullen, bored teenager look, don’t you think?

Height:

at birth: 20 inches.
at one month: 21 inches
at three months: 23.5 inches
at four months: 24.5 inches
at six months: 26 inches
at nine months: 27 inches

Weight:
at birth: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at three months: 10 lb 4 oz
at six months: 14 lb 10 oz
at nine months: 17 lb 3 oz

Clothing Size: 9 months and up!

Milestones:
– We’re on tooth watch, 2017. It feels like she’s been teething for about 40 years, but none of them have popped through yet. It will be a glorious day when the first one does. Plus, if she realizes that teeth = getting to try more foods, then she’ll be a happy girl!

-She moved backwards some when she was on her stomach/hands and knees. It wasn’t quite crawling, but it was progress!

-I think she can say “my mama”. At least, that’s what it sounds like to me!

-She is pretty decent at picking up foods and feeding herself and is getting better at using her spoon. She also got some of her puffs out of the container one day when I held it up to her. Of course, that obviously means she’s a super genius! 😉

Likes: Going places (such a little charmer!), sitting in her pack and play and watching the weather while eating snacks (that’s my girl!), and pulling Koopa’s ears!

Dislikes: Not being allowed to chew on my phone, when we don’t give her back the things she throws on the floor (like spoons and napkins), scrambled eggs – my parents have fed them to her a couple of times and said that she didn’t enjoy them at all. I think this is the only food she hasn’t loved!

Sleep: Still co-sleeping and still (mostly) sticking to a routine. Most of the time, she sleeps through the night, but sometimes girlie needs a midnight snack…and not just a bottle!

Best Moment: There have been a few times when she has pulled me near her to give me a kiss or snuggle up next to me, and I have just completely melted!

Worst Moment: We’ve had a couple of middle-of-the-night wakeups that have gone from “hmm, she’s a little upset” to “whoa, she’s having a complete meltdown.” I think the incoming tooth is really bothering her, and then once she wakes up, she’ll realize that she’s hungry and super tired. I know that she can’t really communicate what’s wrong yet, so that makes things even tougher!

Eating: She is starting to like “real food” more than her baby food. She’ll still eat baby food most of the time, but she also wants something that she can pick up with her fingers and feed herself with. She’s also becoming good at stealing things off our plates!

Mommy Update: I’m feeling more confident as a mom, especially as I’m starting to focus more on just being in whatever moment we’re in and enjoying it. These 11 months have flown by, so I want to make sure I’m soaking everything in as much as possible!

Overall: She has such a great personality and is really starting to develop her own little quirks and habits. It’s been so fun seeing her grow and become more of her own little person!

We love you, baby girl!

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Charlotte’s Ten Month Update

Charlotte’s Ten Month Update

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Height:

at birth: 20 inches.
at one month: 21 inches
at three months: 23.5 inches
at four months: 24.5 inches
at six months: 26 inches
at nine months: 27 inches

Weight:
at birth: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at three months: 10 lb 4 oz
at six months: 14 lb 10 oz
at nine months: 17 lb 3 oz

Clothing Size: Pretty much exclusively 6 months and up. I accidentally put a 3-6 month onesie on her the other day, and her little arms looked like they were losing their circulation! Needless to say we took that one off pretty quickly and tossed it into the consignment bin!

Milestones:
– Doing so much better with sitting up by herself!

-She can go backwards in her walker like a champ!

-She seems to be talking more and saying more words, like “hiiiii” (she always drags it out like that!)

Likes: Blowing spit bubbles, grabbing things, being tossed into the air

Dislikes: Falling asleep by herself, staying in bed by herself, being put down by herself, sense a pattern here?

Sleep: We’re really getting good with our routine and making sure she’s in bed within a certain time frame. We’re still co-sleeping, and sometimes I’m okay with that (when she’s snuggly and sweet) and sometimes I’m very, very, very ready to do some sleep training (when she’s pulling my hair to wake me up).

Best Moment: Honestly, nothing stands out to me here. She’s such a happy girl, and I’m enjoying seeing her learn new things!

Worst Moment: Nothing stands out to me here either! Phew!

Eating: Everything she can get her hands on – both food and non-food! She loves peanut butter (like her doggie brother!), and there’s only been a handful of things that she hasn’t attacked with enthusiasm.

Mommy Update: I’m working on not being so hard on myself, and some days I am succeeding. I’m working more on routines, plus I’ve asked for help in some weak areas in my life, so I hope that helps me climb out of this pit of meh.

Overall: It’s crazy to think that we’re quickly approaching her first birthday! I look at updates from last year, and I was so nervous about becoming a mom, so curious about what she would be like, and so anxious about how our life was about to change. Now it feels like she’s always been a part of our family!

We love you, baby girl!

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Charlotte’s Nine Month Update

Charlotte’s Nine Month Update

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Height:
at birth: 20 inches.
at one month: 21 inches
at three months: 23.5 inches
at four months: 24.5 inches
at six months: 26 inches
at nine months: 27 inches

Weight:
at birth: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at three months: 10 lb 4 oz
at six months: 14 lb 10 oz
at nine months: 17 lb 3 oz

Clothing Size:  Almost exclusively 6 months and up, mostly because anything smaller is too short on her now! I hope she gets her dad’s long legs!

Milestones:
-Christmas!!! She was fighting some sickness, so it was a little bit of a rough Christmas, but she received so many fun gifts, including toys and adorable clothes! In fact, she got so many things, that we’re saving some of them for her birthday!

-New Year’s Eve! She partied until about 9 o’clock that night. Hey, it was midnight somewhere, right?

-Rolling in all directions like crazy!

-Clapping and snapping! She snaps with her pointer finger and thumb, so it’s not very loud, but it’s adorable!

-Said a couple of new words – Dada and Bubba (what we call our pup sometimes), but of course if you ask her to say them, she won’t!

Likes: Watching the weather! She absolutely loves Al Roker and one of our local weather forecasters. If I say the forecaster’s last name, she’ll whip her head around. In the spirit of her being a 95 year old woman, she also enjoys The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune…just like her mama!

Dislikes: Taking medicine, having her nose wiped

Sleep: We’ve gotten a good sleep routine going again, but we’re now co-sleeping. It’s not my favorite (especially since I wake up sometimes hanging off of the edge of the bed), but we’re making progress with a bedtime routine and sleeping through the night!

Best Moment: Spending more time with her over break! I got a little frazzled, especially when she was sick, but I enjoyed the extra cuddles and relaxation!

Worst Moment: She was sick around Christmas, and it was so pitiful. She even got a nebulizer and some other medicine. If you’ve ever tried to use a nebulizer with a baby, you know how much fun it is. Thankfully, she bounced back to her happy self!

Eating: Anything she can get her paws on! Her doctor said she can have anything but honey, so we give her little bites of what we’re having. She likes almost everything, except scrambled eggs!

Mommy Update: We’re getting there. I think I’m going to leave it at that right now.

Overall: I’ve been pretty hard on myself about a lot of things, but as my mom reminded me the other day, I’m doing this. She’s alive and taken care of and loved and we’re all functioning like semi-normal humans, so maybe, just maybe, I should be a little bit nicer to myself…

Bonus pictures – I don’t know why they’re reversed, but the one on the right is me at 38 weeks, 3 days pregnant (the Wednesday before she was born), and the one on the left is when Char was 38 weeks, 3 days old. She looked bigger in the right picture! 😉img_2181-collage-1

We love you, baby girl!

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Charlotte’s Eight Month Update

Charlotte’s Eight Month Update

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Height:
at birth: 20 inches.
at one month: 21 inches
at three months: 23.5 inches
at four months: 24.5 inches
at six months: 26 inches

Weight:
at birth: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at three months: 10 lb 4 oz
at six months: 14 lb 10 oz

Clothing Size:  Mostly 6 months+ at this point, but there are still a handful of 3-6 month clothes that fit her…like her Halloween pajamas!

Milestones:
-Thanksgiving! Our girl loves to eat, so she was pretty happy about a holiday centered around food!

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-She met Santa! I’m a mean mom, so I was hoping for a crying Santa picture, but she loved him!

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-She’s getting a lot better at rolling over! I feel like she’s a little behind the curve on things like this, but I’m not super concerned. I think that her surgery put her a little behind, and like her doctor says, she’s a little lazy! Plus, I know once she’s more mobile, our world is going to be turned upside down!!

-She can sit up on her own…for a few seconds. She thinks it’s a game to flop backwards when you sit her up, so we only practice on the bed or couch! She can sit supported just fine, so we just need to work on her baby abs!

-She rode on the back of a pug! Ha!!!

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-She attended her first Circletime at the library AND got her first kiss from a boy. Ask her daddy how happy he was about that one!

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Likes: Playing, chewing on her feet, eating!

Dislikes: Going to sleep on her own or sleeping in her own bed

Sleep: I don’t know if it’s because she’s teething or what, but sleep has not been good for a couple of months now. She used to sleep from about 6:30 until 4:30 and then laid down a little while longer after a bottle, but she has decided that’s not her jam anymore. Plus, all of the holidays in the last couple of months has thrown off any sort of routine that we had started to create. I keep reminding myself that this is only a season, and since we aren’t having more children, this will be the only time that I will have a baby to cuddle (well, unless she has kids). Also, caffeine is my friend!

Best Moment: Seeing her with Santa was pretty precious! Also, despite the sleep struggles, it’s so sweet when I cuddle with her because as she’s falling asleep, she’ll rub my arm or face. It’s like she wants to make sure I’m there and comfort me somehow!

Worst Moment: Sleep battles…all the sleep battles…

Eating: Our girl is an eater! She eats three meals a day and will stare you down if you’re eating anything in front of her!

Mommy Update: Motherhood is so challenging! I heard that 1,000 times while I was pregnant, but I didn’t realize the scope of it. I think that the challenges are different depending on your personality type and your baby’s personality type, but for me, one of the biggest challenges is not being able to predict anything. I hate to call myself an inflexible control freak, but if the shoe fits…ha! I’m working on being more adaptable, and I see progress sometimes, but it’s very much “two steps forward, three steps back” in my case. Meh.

Overall: Every time I think I have something figured out, things change! I guess that’s life isn’t it?

We love you, baby girl!

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Charlotte’s Seven Month Update

Charlotte’s Seven Month Update

Hi, my name is Amber, and I am a procrastinator. I’m FINALLY writing Charlotte’s seven month update just a few days before she turns eight months old. Oops!

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One of these things is not like the other…

 

Height:
at birth: 20 inches.
at one month: 21 inches
at three months: 23.5 inches
at four months: 24.5 inches
at six months: 26 inches

Weight:
at birth: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at three months: 10 lb 4 oz
at six months: 14 lb 10 oz

Clothing Size:  3-6 months or 6-9 months. She has a few items from Goodwill that are bigger and fit her, but I think it’s because they’ve been washed so many times.

Milestones:
-She had her first Halloween and wore a costume! Unfortunately, she, uh, didn’t really get into the holiday spirit…

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Likes: Singing (I’m going to sing my head off to her before she can tell me to stop!), sitting up in her play seat, watching TV, FaceTime with her relatives (and hanging up on them!)

Dislikes: Being alone, which makes our morning routine…interesting…

Sleep: All. Over. The. Map. Starting around Halloween, she just has thrown any kind of schedule out the window. I’ll talk more about this during her 8 month update (which should be published sometime in 2017…hahaha).

Best Moment: I can’t remember one particular moment. I really have to start writing these sooner!

Worst Moment: Halloween meltdown. It was really bad!!

Eating: She loves just about everything she’s tried! — This is still the case! She likes bananas and avocados too!

Mommy Update: I took out the word body because I determined that (a) it was getting old to talk about the same thing each time, and (b) I’m more important than the status of my weight (#selfimportant). I have good days and bad days. Charlotte is an awesome baby, and I have a great support system, from my husband and extended family, but some days, I break down. I know that I can’t realistically expect to “do it all,” but things have always been fairly easy for me, so I don’t know how to deal with struggling with things. I have to remind myself that this is a season of life that will change, just as other seasons of life have changed. I’ve had to say that a whole lot lately in regards to her sleeping!

Overall: Her personality is coming out, and it’s so fun to watch her grow up! I love seeing all of her first holidays and experiences too. Just wait for the Thanksgiving pictures in the next update! 😉

We love you, baby girl!