Charlotte’s Chatter : Volume 2

In honor of Charlotte turning 3.5 last month (time is flying by!), I thought that another volume of Charlotte’s Chatter was overdue! Enjoy her toddlerisms!

Charlotte : Daddy mowed the yard! It’s clean!!


My mom : What’s in your wallet, Charli?

Charlotte : I don’t have a wallet!


One night while we were laying down, I told Charlotte I had a headache and a neck ache. She reached over, patted my head and neck, then said it’s okay head and neck. Sweet girl!


We’ve been going through a phase where she’ll ask “what happened?” It doesn’t happen as often it did during the summer, but here are some of the things she asked what happened about :

  • Mama’s socks
  • The animals (a projector on her ceiling)
  • The icemaker
  • Mrs. Brandi (who owns the consignment shop and was closed one day)
  • Her family
  • The people in the van
  • The snail
  • The piano
  • Mama’s muscles
  • Gran Gran’s car
  • If she eats her blanket
  • If Daddy eats her blanket
  • If she eats the floor

She also asks what happened every time she has an accident, like a few weeks ago when she tripped over the bottom of her pajama pants and fell. I try not to laugh when she’s hurt, but there’s something about the way she says it that makes me want to giggle!


(After waking herself up from snoring so loud)

Charlotte : What’s that noise?

Me : What noise, baby?

Charlotte : That noise that Charli was making!


(After taking her into the bathroom stall at Target to change a poopy Pull-Up)

Charlotte : Don’t gag, Mama!


Me : I have to go back to work tomorrow [after Fall Break]

Charlotte : Me too!


Charlotte : Does anyone want to take a bath? I do!


Charlotte : This jello is juicy!


Charlotte : Why are you happy now, Mama?

Me : Because I have the greatest family in the world, and I love you guys so much!

Charlotte : Were you sad earlier because you didn’t have your family?

I have no idea what prompted that since she asked me one Sunday after we had been together all day, but it was so sweet! I love this little girl so much!!

On your third birthday

Dear Charlotte,

I feel like it was just your second birthday, and yet here we are on your third birthday! Actually, I feel like you were just born, but you are definitely not a baby anymore!!

Your personality and sense of humor are so much fun! Sometimes you say things that floor all of us and make us wonder what’s going on in that brain of yours! You have become such a big helper – getting Koopa’s food, straightening your room, loading groceries onto the conveyor belt, and tons of other things. You are such a curious girl, always asking “what was that?” and “what happened?” I love your questions and your curiosity!

You don’t really watch The Wiggles anymore, but you still play with the little Wiggles figures that were on your birthday cake last year. You really love watching videos on the iPad, but you also love playing outside and your toys…especially your Paw Patrol finger puppets, Sloppy, and your Elmo ABCs that Santa brought you. You love to sing, and we usually sing at night when we’re snuggling at bedtime. You try to trick me into singing Baby Shark at bedtime, which I don’t fall for since it winds you up! Nice try, little girl! 😉

You know all of your letters, lots of colors, and can count to 30 (although the 20s give you a little trouble sometimes!). You even surprised me by counting in Spanish one day! I am constantly amazed at what you have learned and picked up from the world around you!!

You still love your Bubba (Koopa), but you get frustrated with him sometimes. I understand because I do too and your daddy does too! You also still love Pop Pop more than anyone else. I’ve never seen someone light up like you do when you see him! Lately, you haven’t been too fond of people you don’t know, which is okay because that means you’re starting to realize who you’re comfortable with and who you may need to be a little more cautious around. You also have been having some BIG emotions lately. That’s okay too. We all need to express ourselves, and we have to figure out the best ways to do that. Plus, you’re such a cheerful, sweet girl most of the time that sometimes you have to let out a little fire!!

You love to eat all kinds of things now! You love bananas, cake pops, frenchie fries, jellybeans, sweet tea, and strawbabies, among many other things! You still make us feed you a lot of the time, but I think that’s genius on your part…make the peasants do the work…HA!

I have heard a lot of people say that 3 and 4 are fun ages, and I can see why! You are so joyful and make your daddy and me laugh every single day!! I am so excited to see how you grow and develop this year!

(I had to limit my pictures because this was only going back to October!)

So, to our sweet, smart, silly, sassy, brave, beautiful baby girl, we wish you a happy birthday! We can’t wait to see how you’ll change and grow this year!

Love,

Daddy, Mama, and Bubba 😉

On your second birthday

Dear Charlotte,

I can’t believe that you are already two years old! I have always rolled my eyes at people who say the days are long, but the years are short, and yet, I fully understand what they mean now.

This last year has been challenging in a lot of ways, but it has also been a lot of fun. You are developing such a big personality, and I love seeing the different things that you discover every single day. You are so happy (most of the time), and you are smarter than I probably was at that age! 😉

You love The Wiggles, playing on my iPad, wearing your stethoscope around the house (please, please, please let that be a sign of your future career…ha!). You love your “bubba,” as you call Koopa, and you really love being outside…when the weather permits!

You know some of your letters and colors, and it always makes me laugh to hear you say them! You also love to wave at cars that go by Grammy and Pop’s house. You sometimes will even shout at cars when we are driving!

You’re going through a little bit of a picky eating phase right now, and you insist on being fed, which isn’t always convenient, but we’ll keep doing if it’s what helps you to eat!

You love all of your family, but you’re definitely Pop Pop’s girl! No one else even exists when he’s around! I never had that relationship growing up, so it’s really sweet to see how much you love him. It’s also really sweet to see my dad – the same one that many of my friends were scared of when I was growing up – become such a softie around you! Even your uncle, who never really liked kids, has a soft spot for you!

Little girl, I don’t think you’ll ever know how much your daddy and I love you. At least, you won’t until you have kids, if you choose to have them. Sometimes I just stare at you, awed that we created this wonderful little person and wondering how we functioned without you!

A lot of people have told me that we’re entering “the terrible twos,” but I disagree. Sure, there are going to be tough days, but that’s only because your brain and your body are growing and sometimes you can’t figure out how you’re feeling or how to tell us what you want. We’ll get through it. We always have and always will. That’s what chocolate and extra snuggles are for, right?

So, to our sweet, smart, silly, sassy, brave, beautiful baby girl, we wish you a happy birthday. We can’t wait to see how you’ll change and grow this year!

Love,

Daddy, Mama, and Bubba 😉

 

Seven Sunday Sites

Embracing the bitter with the sweet – this is where I am right now and definitely spoke to me!

The importance of setting manageable goals – bonus, she mentions a book that I’ve reviewed here before!

I ordered a salad from a restaurant earlier this week (thank you Christmas gift card that was hiding in my bag!), and I realized that I definitely haven’t been eating enough vegetables lately. Here’s a good (easy!) recipe to get some more vegetables in and possibly help with a sweet tooth!

Sometimes Char spends a little more time on my iPad than I think she should. However, this article talks about why her kids have relatively limitless screen time. I think this is the camp I fall into!

Home maintenance is one of those things that I’m really bad about keeping up with. This article has a list of six apps that will help you with that. I need to load the first one right now!

I have been feeling kind of frumpy and blah lately, and it shows in how I have been dressing and fixing (or not fixing, to be honest) my hair. This hairstyle looks simple to do but more put together than the crooked ponytail I’ve been rocking lately.

It’s the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese calendar. I never really knew anything about the Chinese New Year, so this article about some of the traditions and superstitions was really interesting!

Hope you have a great week!

Five Favorites : November 2017

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Five Favorites

This month, I decided to talk about some of Charlotte’s favorite things. She plays with these things every single day!

1. “Snoop

I think my mom gave him that nickname, and it has stuck! Snoop is by far her current favorite toy and lovey. Sometimes we can hear her turn on his music at night! Lately when I go in her room after she first wakes up, she will grab Snoop and her favorite soft blanket and stand up so I can pick them up. This toy will be the reason we invest in rechargeable batteries!

2. AlphaPup

This was one of the first toys she learned how to turn off and on, and it fascinated her! I also heard her say the “buh” sound (for the letter B) for the first time while she was playing with this. She hasn’t quite connected the yellow bone and string as something she can pull to make it move, but she is starting to pet its ears and wag its tail, which is so cute!

3. Step and Play Piano

She got this for her birthday, and it has been a daily favorite ever since! At first, I sat her in the seat in the middle, and it was a lifesaver when I needed to contain her so I could get ready for work. As she got a little older, it was one of the first things that helped her pull to a standing position. Now she will move back and forth along the outside of it. Sometimes she stands in the middle of it (the seat is removable), and I call her mixmaster Charlotte. I don’t think she appreciates my sense of humor…

4.  A to Z Smart Pad


I had no idea what the real name of this one was! This was another birthday present that she loves! We keep it in her pack and play, and she likes to play with it while she’s enjoying a snack. It took her a little bit to figure out that the thing on the left side slides up and down, but now she does it all of the time!

5. Wiggles Keys

I don’t know why this picture is so tiny, but I was tired of fighting it to try to resize it! Char doesn’t actually have these, but they represent her love for The Wiggles. Hulu has the first two seasons of the new Wiggles, and we have streamed them approximately 17,462 times. But, I actually don’t mind them too much, and as a bonus, I’m learning all of the words. She loves them, and sometimes it’s the only thing that can stop a meltdown, so we will wiggle on! I included this particular product also because I wanted people to check out the price tag on it. For some reason, a lot of The Wiggles stuff on Amazon is expensive, but this is beyond expensive! Sorry Char. There’s no way we’re buying these for you!

Hope you enjoyed a look at Charlotte’s favorites! Like any good toddler, I’m sure she will change her mind about them soon, but for now, we’re enjoying her favorites!