Saturday, October 27, 2012

6 Months!!!

It's hard to believe 6 whole months have already passed us by!  
Then again, lately I feel like we're still dealing with the sleeping habits of a newborn!!  
(More on that later)

Charlotte is currently 16lbs 9oz and  26.1in. in length.  She's still wearing most 6 month clothes but quickly moving to 6-12 or 9 month clothing.  Although I did fit her in a 3 month polo dress just yesterday (I know, I know...POLO...shocking!) except it's not a dress anymore, more like a shirt which I paired with leggings.  Maybe she has a skinny neck, but it fit fine and looked cute, so I went with it.
She has learned lots of new tricks this past month, mainly sitting up on her own and CRAWLING!!  No not the worm or the army crawl as most 5 1/2 month olds might possibly do...but full on, all out, "I want that toy (or iphone) across the room so damnit I'm gunna get it!" crawling.  Once she got movin, she never looked back.  About this same time Bryan and I came to the the realization that our house is not child proofed.  

Like, at all.  

So we've implemented some really sophisticated methods of child proofing.  Just to name a few, pillows now adorn the brick hearth of the fireplace.  No, not some fancy pillows that are meant to protect innocent heads from jagged brick, but rather some regular throw pillows I've had for about 8 years now that Bryan has been begging me to throw out for about 4  years now.  I'll tell ya what though, good thing I didn't throw those puppies out, 3 of them fit perfectly across our hearth and Charlie's little head lands on them so softly.  
In fact, I think she enjoys laying on them and lounging.  
We have also used the dog bed to block the space between two chairs and create a penned area of sorts in the family room.  She hasn't figured out climbing yet so this works so far.

Playing with toys in her crib has worked out well when I'm putting clothes away in her room.
I did splurge and get some electrical socket covers...I know, I really went all out!
We do have plans to purchase things such as gates to block the stairs,just haven't gotten around to it yet.  Perhaps this month!

She also pulled herself up to her knees this week while exploring her bookcase in her room (and subsequently lost her grip at the same time and hit bumped her head.  No crying though!) so I imagine a full on stand is in our near future.  Is it just me or does my child seem to be doing things abnormally early?!?!  
An over achiever perhaps....
This early overachiever behavior seems to mimic her adorable personality that is starting to shine through.  She is extremely determined and if she wants to do something (like crawl, or stand) she tries over and over and over again until she gets it.  She doesn't fuss, she doesn't cry, she just keeps at it until she's tired, takes a nap and starts over again!  
Even at meal time she wants to do it herself and always tries to take the spoon from me!  If I don't pay close enough attention she'll get the spoon and then typically end up wearing her dinner.

Exhibit A:

She is doing GREAT with solid foods.  So far she has had: rice cereal, avocado, sweet potato, butternut squash, banana, apple and peas.  She likes everything for the most part, and I'm enjoying making it too!  Peas were challenging in the beginning and she would spit them back out at me, but she'll take them now if they're mixed with some sweet potato.  We just upped her this week to three meals a day as well, so she's getting breakfast lunch and dinner and 4 bottles a day!!  Being such an active girl she's a hungry one!  
On the flip side of that you would also think she would be a tired girl!!  
Unfortunately in the sleeping department we have digressed this month.  
I am wishing and praying and crossing all of my fingers and toes and wearing my pajamas inside out at night in hopes that this is all due to that nasty little developmental phase we call teething!! 
The girl is leaking like a sieve.  
Everything she picks up goes in her mouth, she gets really angry biting on things and her poor gums are the grayest color, however nothing has popped through yet.  With that said, Tylenol is now our new best friend.  I only use it in the evening though because she fairs well during the day chewing on things like cold teether, hard toys, her fist, the dog, other babies (yea, she was caught at daycare trying to suck another kids thumb).  I just look at it as a sign she likes to share and be social.
So she's going to bed around 7 but no longer sleeping through till 7.  Sometimes she wakes between 11 and 12 and then again between 4 and 5.  (Around the exact times the glorious Tylenol wears off)  It was one thing getting up in the middle of the night during maternity leave, but when I have go to work the next day and actually be intellectual, or at least pretend to be, this new sleeping pattern is proving to be a bit more challenging for me!  I got her back to sleep fairly quickly last night as opposed to it taking 3+ hours like on Sunday night, so it's at least better!  The doctor suggested today feeding her a little more food if she wants it and trying to push bedtime a little bit later.  We'll give it a shot and hope it works!
Fingers crossed those little fangs teeth pop through soon.

***Update: It takes me a few days to finish these posts and things change quickly.  Charlotte slept 12 full hours last night!!!  It was the best thing EVER!  We fed her more food yesterday so hopefully that was the trick.  Unfortunately this morning she's already refused breakfast.  Here's hoping she eats when she wakes up from her nap!

Let's see, what else.  She likes playing with Gunnar and ripping his fur out.  She still loves bath time.  She enjoys long walks in the stroller, squealing very loud and when you make fart sounds at her...that's when you get the biggest laugh! (Definite sign she belongs to her father.)  

We have been busy around the house and new projects are underway.  We dug up the backyard about two weeks ago and are anxiously waiting for grass to grow.  Right now it's still mostly dirt but some green is starting to pop through.  Here's a progression.

I also planted some hydrangea bushes under the window you see above which I'm SUPER excited about!  Here's hoping I don't kill them like I usually do.

Here's some more pictures from the past month

 Loves her daddy!

Hangin with Big Bear

Much more interested in the elephant  humidifier

Took care of voting!

We had a nice outing to the farmers market with the Pino clan to pick out Charlie's first pumpkin

Everybody gets their own blanket to play on

I was able to sneak away for a day of riding with my soon to be sister in law and loved every minute! 
Felt great to be riding again!

We also made it out for a date night one evening...early bird special!

Charlotte behaved like a champ while we met some friends at a new bar/restaurant that opened

Daddy joined us for the 6 month doctor appointment

 My morning entertainment

Oh and how could I forget, one of the brat.
He thinks this is his new "spot".  I think he's wrong.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Time flies

Wow, time seems to be flying by these days!!
I guess that's what happens when you're having fun...or just incredibly busy and overwhelmed with life!
Ahhh C'est la vie! 

September certainly flew by for us, but we were able to cram a lot in!
Labor Day weekend we spent in Raleigh and Bryan was able to attend the annual dove hunt with the Coble clan so he was pleased!  Gunnar was happy too.
Charlotte had  her first weekend filled with birthday parties for her good friends Lillian, Anne Bradley and Molly.  She's a party animal like her mother!
The middle of the month we headed to Charlotte (the city) to visit with Bryan's Grandfather and so that Charlotte (the baby) could meet her Great Granddaddy!  It was a special day and I'm so glad we were able to make the trip!
Then we headed to NJ for my cousin Conner's wedding and Charlotte took her first plane ride!!!  It was an experience for all of us.  Overall, she did great.  I think I was more anxious flying with an infant than anybody.  We survived though.  
The wedding was so much fun.  There was a beautiful ceremony held in Short Hills where Conner's uncle who is a Bishop married the happy couple, then we took a private train car (with refreshments and snacks!) into the city where we were greeted by a 2nd line that serenaded us about 3 blocks to an awaiting double decker sight seeing tour bus, which then drove us downtown to the reception location with happened to be an old Real World house!  
(For you elder folk, Real World was a show on MTV.  It may still be on actually, but considering I don't know if it's still on shows my age and thus puts me in the elder folk category also)

Rounding out the month, we purchased a new family vehicle.  Bryan said a tearful goodbye to his pick up truck yesterday.  He's had a solid (almost) 10 years with it, but it's time to move on.  I promised when we're past the stage of car seats and booster seats we'll revisit the world of pick up trucks!  Until then, hello Chevy Tahoe.  (He didn't seem too upset playing in his new car in the garage at 10:00 last night)

Here's a few other quick highlights from the month:
- Charlotte has started solids!!  She wasn't crazy about my homemade sweet potatoes but loved them from a jar.  Too bad for her I'm going to be making her food.  So we moved on.  We found a big winner with avocado so I've made her a nice big batch of that.  Banana has been a big hit as well!  Next up: butternut squash!

- Charlie may be eating solids, but she's still not growing hair...except in one small patch on the back of her head.  We've decided she looks like a Chinese Moi Thai fighter.  Or a redneck growing a rat tail.

- Bryan finally got his Dyson vacuum.  Not joking, this a big deal for him.

- I've accepted a new position at my company.  At the end of the year I'm going to be transitioning out of sales and will be managing our marketing for higher eduction.  Definitely a big change, but one I'm excited for.   

- Charlie is "almost" crawling but has really perfected the plank position.  Any day now she's going to crawl...although I've been saying that for about 2 weeks now.

- Gunnar got his stomach pumped again.  Well sort of.  He decided to eat a bottle of colace (stool softener for anybody who's unfamiliar) and I had to force hydrogen peroxide in him till it came back up.
That was a fun afternoon.  Yes, I realize we still need a dog trainer.  On the upside I could probably write a really entertaining book about his life thus far.

- That's it!!!  (oh yea, I had a birthday, I'm 31 now)

And now onto October!!  I'm sure I'll be back in a few weeks for a new update!
Before I!

 New favorite activity: feet nibbling

Practicing her daily yoga

 Beating up on her BFF Emma Pino!  Big thanks to JoAnn Clark for the adorable matching dresses!

Bryan, Granddaddy and Charlotte

 The coveted Dyson.

 Just watching the morning news with her other BFF

 Loving the food!!  Or just chewing on the spoon.
 Back of her head soul patch

She's turning into a ham.  Wonder who she got that from ;)

So ready to crawl in her ruffle butt cuteness

Champagne in a can, don't mind if I do!
 Mother of the groom

Handsome brother.  He's available ladies, just puttin that out there!!
 Enjoying our night out on the town!  Big thanks to Sher Sher Pino for watching the nugget for us!

 2nd line

 Bus downtown

 First day of fall at Nomahegan Park in Cranford!

 First airplane ride...finally passed out!

 Happy to be home!

 Total Brat.

Sad day saying goodbye to the truck.

 New ride.

 Happy girl at the doctors office for an unexpected Saturday morning visit.  (She was fine)

Paying homage to her BeeGee's favorite team!  Dad added the pink socks so you could still tell she was a girl!

And her first real boo boo...that happened to coincide with mom's first overnight business trip away.  Lesson learned hopefully, do not try to grab daddy's beer can!  OR drink from a bottle when holding the baby.