Saturday, June 15, 2019

Charlie: Nine Months

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(Charlie has an appointment for his nine-month checkup on the 26th, so I'll update his stats then!)
Charlie is still in some 6 month clothes, but is finally starting to really be able to wear all of his 9 month clothes as well. I'm so thankful he's right on track with his clothing sizes because that means I've been spot-on with all of the sizes I've purchased ahead for him!
Something flipped a switch inside of our little man after he turned eight months old & he started sleeping through the night very consistently!
He still has two naps each day; 9 AM and 1 PM and then goes to bed at 7 PM.
His sleeping is just wonderful and has really helped his Mama out a lot!
Just hanging out & cuddling with his big brother, Forrest
Charlie is a schedule guy!
He thrives off of his Mom's on Call schedule & it has made the biggest difference in his sleeping.
He's still got two naps a day, nurses several times during the day, has three meals of solids, and is sleeping through the night.
Our bathtime & bedtime routines are two of the most important parts of his day.
 My parent's got me this sweet tricycle plant-stand for my porch...but Charlie seems to think it's another toy for him to ride on!
Charlie loves to go to the farm to hang out with his Daddy!
Charlie is still so healthy & we are so thankful.
 We just weaned our group of calves & in the days before we did that, Charlie had to go help Daddy call up & feed the cows and calves to check them all out.
He's going to be a farm-kid for sure!
On one of our trips to the pasture, Mama (me-haha) drove her truck right into a hole & pulled part of the fender off of the front.
Charlie's PawPaw had to come over & they worked on it together and got it all fixed up.
Bless Charlie's heart, he has been a little more fussy this month with his teething but he really is a mostly happy baby.
Other than when his teething is hurting him, he's a cheerful guy. And he can usually be distracted by a trip outside, so it's not too bad.
Charlie loves Target!
Charlie had to help his Daddy drive the hay truck when we did our second round of hay this season...we're starting him young!
Eating! Charlie loves to eat & we have recently started him on utensils. He loves to practice with his fork or spoon. His favorite foods right now are pancakes, strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter toast, eggs, watermelon, and bananas.
Swimming-he had his first trip to the swimming pool at my parents and has gone many times since.
Riding and/or driving-if there is a steering wheel or handlebars then Charlie wants to be there. He loves to drive his toys all over the house & sit in the front seat of the truck when we're driving through the pasture or down the driveway.
 Charlie's a big helper when it comes to riding fence-lines!
 He gives driving the tractor a BIG thumbs up!
Just chilling out on a tailgate while Daddy loads up equipment
Being held by people he's not super familiar with
The hot weather (just like his Mama!)
 Charlie's first time riding a boat!
 Here's a link to Charlie's life vest 
This is the infant version & it goes up to thirty pounds.
These are harder to find than I anticipated, we found this one at Target but they're currently sold out, but Amazon still has them stocked.
They are a little pricey for how long he'll wear it, but he's gotta have it so!

Driving the boat with Uncle Brett for the first time!
-Trying watermelon for the first time & loving it
-Consistently sleeping through the night
-Army crawling everywhere
-His crib finally got lowered to the middle level after he sat up one night
-Learning to use a fork, he can take a loaded fork & eat off of it!
-First trip to the lake & first boat ride
-First swimming pool experience (& many more have followed)
-First "dental checkup" (he went with me to the dentist and my sweet hygienist took a look at his new teethies!)
Getting a "check-up" at the dentist!
Baling hay with Daddy!
 Working on a tractor is hard work-sometimes you just have to lay down to do it!
One of Charlie's new favorite foods is watermelon...the more juicy, the better!
Places You've Gone:
To Emiliano & Neyeli's first communion
To Aylen's baptism
To the lake & on a boat ride with Uncle Brett for the first time
On many walks with your buddies Cooper & Daniel (& their sweet mommies!)
 He loved riding Manuel's horse!
Another food favorite? Blueberries! The squishier, the better!
Mama & Charlie's Favorites:
We've had a set of roll up silicone bibs, but with him eating three meals a day I don't always have time to wash the same two bibs over & over, plus we keep one in the diaper bag for while we're out & about. These are super lightweight & comfortable on his neck. We love the little scoop in the front to catch anything that doesn't go in his mouth.
These are a great on-the-go snack for Charlie & loves them. They dissolve easily so he's less likely to choke, which I appreciate!
Another great on-the-go snack, these are great for keeping him occupied while we wait on our food to arrive at restaurants. They dissolve really easily too, but are large enough for him to get a good hold on.
This is one of my all-time favorite books for little ones, I loved this book before we even had Charlie & it's a staple for me to gift at baby showers because it's just so sweet.
When I read it to Charlie I always replace the girl words with boy words, since he's a boy and the little bear in the story is a girl & it makes it even more special-just like it's between he & his Mama.
Charlie just grew into these this past month & y'all-I am NOT ready for him to look as grow up as he does in these jammies!
He looks like such a big boy and it makes me equal parts thrilled and sad.
I also just love that these zip, with a squirmy as he is right now doing up a million buttons is hard work!
We were given some Aveeno products as a shower gift & I was so thankful to have them after Charlie was born because some parts of his skin can be really sensitive to scented things.
This lotion is awesome, it sinks into his skin quickly so it doesn't make him slippery or greasy and it soothes his skin well.
Another awesome Aveeno product that we were gifted that we have since repurchased.
This body wash is so soothing to Charlie's skin, especially if it's gotten irritated from playing in the grass or being out in the sun for too long.
I mentioned a silicone placemat last month & we have used the heck out of that one-so much in fact that I realized I needed to pick up a second one.
This will come in handy because when I pull the first one out of the diaper bag to wash it after use, I can just replace it with a clean one and rotate them.
They're so nice for taking out with you to restaurants because you place them directly on the table & your baby can eat of them. That way they aren't eating off a potentially dirty table & they aren't slinging a plate around. It also helps keep your table a little neater which I bet the waitresses appreciate!
This isn't really a product as much as it's two ladies who run a company & social media accounts.
I have to confess, I haven't purchased any of their online classes but I have just learned SO much from following their Instagram accounts.
They are professionals, so I trust their opinions and they have really opened doors for me with baby-led-weaning. Charlie is so much happier with food being offered to him this way instead of purees because he's so independent. He's really surprised everyone around him with what he can eat with no teeth! I owe a lot of our success to Feeding Littles!
We actually bought these second hand from a friend, but these have slowly become Charlie's most-worn shoes (when he wears shoes at all!)
They stay on better than sandals and they are a little dressy, so they're perfect for church.
We love them with all of his little bubbles & short-alls.
This is another second-hand toy, but Charlie actually has two of these big tractors and he loves them!
I'm sure they're for older children, but he only plays with them supervised and he loves to mash the buttons that make sounds on the top & open the hood.
He even "works" on them just like he sees his Daddy, Paw-Paw, and Papa do!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Charlie: Eight Months

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(He won't have another visit to his pediatrician until he's 9 months old, but his 6 month stats are below)
Weight: 14 lbs and 11.5 oz 
Height: 26.25 in
He's fully in his 6-9 month clothes and I am SO thankful that it's short and bubble season around here because I don't have to worry so much about pants being the right length on his long legs.
He honestly wears his pajamas until after his first nap, then we change into a onesie for bumming around the house.
He only wears his smocked things or bubble outfits when we go somewhere nice because all he's going to do is get them dirty if he wears them at home 🙈😂
He does really, really well for his naps.
He takes two one-hour naps each day with a thirty minute catnap in the evenings.
His nighttime sleeping could be better, he still gets up at least once at night but since he's still a little guy I don't mind too much-usually that's somewhere between 3-5 AM.
He will occasionally sleep through the night, so I know it's coming and I'm trying to embrace those nighttime cuddles while I still get them.
Charlie loves his schedule, I can definitely tell a difference in the days when we follow it closely and when we don't.
We're finally 100% following the Mom's on Call 6-7 month schedule and will soon be swapping over to the 8-10 month schedule (which makes me SO sad because that will mean he's just that much closer to being one year old!)
Little man is doing great, health wise!
We spend a lot of time outside & it's hay season around here, so we have ventured out to help Daddy wrap hay a few times and of course, that kicks up the allergies for both of us so he has had a little runny/stuffy nose but nothing major.
We're so happy to have made it to eight months without any crazy illnesses, but definitely credit that to nursing, vaccinations, and making sure to build his immunity.
Bless Charlie's heart, he has been a little more fussy this month with his teething (still no teeth to show for it, either!) but he tries so hard to be happy.
Other than when his teething is hurting him, he's a cheerful guy. And he can usually be distracted by a trip outside, so it's not too bad.
Charlie still adores being outside, especially if you let him sit in the grass and crawl around.
He loves his big brother Forrest & will crawl over to him and try to touch his collar, Forrest is a patient pup and doesn't mind Charlie's touches and we definitely monitor the situation.
His new stroller-he loves going on walks around the neighborhood or going shopping and being able to see out!
Drinking out of an open cup
Eating food with his hands/trying new foods
His favorite foods right now are strawberries, blueberries, pancakes, and he loves to snack on puffs
Tommee Tippee Bib
When he can't have something that Mama & Daddy are eating (salsa and chips/spicy things/etc.)
Strangers-he's definitely having some separation anxiety right now and I don't mind him clinging to me 😉
-Sitting up! I finally feel confident in leaving him to sit by himself, because he can go from sitting to laying down easily
-He got to stay with his friend Anna Claire (her mommy kept them both for a few hours while I took Chris to get stitches in his leg) and that was his first time staying with someone not family
-Army-crawling all around the floor, he can go absolutely anywhere he wants to...and fast!
-Swapping to a big-boy car seat instead of an infant seat & a new stroller, too!
-Eating with his hands and starting our version of baby-led-weaning
-Says ma-ma-ma-ma-ma all the time & I'm LOVING it (He's also starting to say DaDa and Bye Bye, too)
-Helping me celebrate my first Mother's Day
-Getting his first two teeth; as of Mother's Day his two little bottom teeth are peeking through
-Clapping! It is SO sweet.
Places You've Gone:
To the Cheesecake Factory for the first time
Wrapping hay with Daddy
His first County Fair
Mama & Charlie's Favorites:
My oldest sister gave Charlie this book for Easter & it has quickly become one of our favorites to read! We love tacos around our house & our lab, Forrest has two "pet" dragons that he loves so it combines a lot of our favorite things. It's a pretty quick read & is funny, too. I think Charlie will continue to love it as he gets older.
Since Charlie has started eating finger foods, especially when we're out and about at restaurants things can get pretty messy, pretty quickly and this silicone placemat helps keep the mess to a minimum. It just sticks to the table and is relatively hard for Charlie to pull off. It keeps his food off of the table (because who knows how clean those are) and makes it a little easier for us to clean up his mess.
I've mentioned this on our favorites before, but it's still going strong eight-months in...I think it was a pretty great Christmas gift from one of my sisters to Charlie!
I can sit him in front of me on the table or in a chair at our kitchen table and the tray corrals his food now that he's working on eating with his hands. It cleans up really, really easily too and doesn't stain.
When Charlie goes out with us, we love to dress him in cute little shortalls!
The one pictured is from MudPie, but we have some from Bailey Boys and other brands. I purchase a lot of his through resale groups on Facebook or consignment sales. But MudPie does run sales quite often that are usually a great deal!
I picked up an activity cube for Charlie at a consignment sale, but the one I linked is very similar to his! Now that he's sitting up confidently and is starting to try to pull up I decided it was time to pull this toy out for him to try and he really enjoys it. The four sides and top provide a lot of different ways to play and keep him entertained.
I was getting so, so tired of having to lug around a huge pack of wipes in Charlie's diaper bag but could never find small sample sized packs, so I was really excited when I found this carrying case!
It fits perfectly in the pocket of his diaper bag and fits a good number of wipes. I can just pull it out by the wrist strap, grab a diaper and run and change him without having to lug the whole bag with me too, which is nice.
Lots of big changes have been happening for Charlie-one of those being that he finally is in a big boy car seat. We chose Britax because they are one of the highest rated brands. This one in particular was super easy to install, is supposed to stay cool (super important in the Alabama heat + Charlie is a hot-natured guy anyway), and although this is somewhat superficial, but I love that it's a dark color and matches the dark leather interior in my car.
When Spring rolled around, I knew it was time to ditch the socks and pick up some new shoes. He has some little loafers he wears with his nicest outfits, but these sandals are on his feet pretty much every time he leaves the house. They match with everything from casual shorts and t-shirts to his nicer bubbles and short-alls. They're also pretty inexpensive which I love, because he'll have to size up soon! They come in several colors, but I went with the brown because it will match everything he has.
Another gift from my sister, but this is one that Charlie has played with on and off for a few months...but since he's started teething in earnest now, he's using it a lot more. In fact, sometimes I'll catch him kicked back on his play rug in the living room gnawing on it-so cute! It's easy to wash too, so no worries there.
While we purchased his carseat from BuyBuyBaby in store, I hadn't done enough research on strollers to purchase one that day-but I knew I needed one because we love to go for walks and go shopping, etc.
The associate at BBB was very helpful and after leaving the store, I did a little more research & decided to go with one from Baby Jogger. Now, it's not a jogging stroller-that's just how the brand started and they've evolved over the years.
But according to the BBB associate, this is the slightly less expensive version of the UppaBaby stroller and after researching myself, I honestly think it's better!
I love that this can transform into a two-seater stroller using two seats like the one pictured, a baby seat, a bassinet, etc. So if we end up having a second baby, this stroller can work for that baby too.
But after having this stroller for a few weeks now, I can honestly tell y'all that I love, love, love it.
It's fairly easy to fold up, it's really well made and sturdy, and I love how easy it is to maneuver for a bigger stroller. Would highly recommend it!

Until next time. . .
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