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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Charlie: Ten Months

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Weight: 18 lbs 9 oz
Height: 28 1/2 inches long
Charlie won't have another checkup again until he's 12 months old (a whole year old!), but I do feel as though he's growing steadily!
I've finally cycled pretty much all of his six months clothes out of his wardrobe & he's steadily filling out the 9 month outfits, so I've been focusing on buying 12 month clothes for the end of summer & fall (it's insane that I'm thinking about Fall)
Also, if y'all have any suggestions on footie pajamas in sizes 12/18 months please let me know!
Charlie's sleeping great; he goes down every night at 7/7:30 and wakes up between 7/7:30 in the morning.
He'll take his first nap at 9:30 AM and his second nap at 1:30 PM
He's an awesome sleeper!
Charlie loves his Mom's on Call schedule. We technically are somewhere between the 6-7 month and the 8-10 month schedule and I don't foresee us moving to the 11 month schedule because it's not breastfeeding friendly.
Charlie is still a super healthy guy!
He had his 9 month checkup at the end of June & his pediatrician was very impressed with his lack of sick visits this year. He did have some sort of slight summer cold the past week or two, but it cleared up on it's own and didn't really effect him.
Very little crying for our sweet, loving guy.
Pretty much unless he's overtired he's a happy, go-lucky kind of boy.
Charlie still loves to eat: his current faves are berries, mango, green peas, and any and all breakfast foods.
Sitting in his own chair.
Riding on his toy truck, tractor, or car.
Petting Forrest
Playing outside
Hats (most of the time)
Having his diaper changed/laying on his changing table
Has four teeth
Began pulling up on furniture
Can cruise along furniture or holding someone's hands
Experienced his first Fourth of July
Can now sit at the table in his booster seat without the tray (if needed)
Places You've Gone:
Sand Harbor Fireworks
Mama & Charlie's Favorites:
Don't get me wrong, I love Charlie in a sweet bubble or jonjon, but as we slowly inch toward one year I am trying to put him in more separates like these short & shirt combos (that are still SO sweet!
They just look a little bit more mature, but don't worry-we're still going to wear our bubbles as long as Daddy will let us!
Charlie is a really independent little guy who loves practicing using a fork, I picked these up from Target in a pack of three for four dollars and they work really well for him.
They even have a little kickstand under the bottom so that the tines don't touch the table when he sits the fork down.
I've gone back and forth trying to find a sippy cup for Charlie.
He doesn't take a bottle often, so I didn't want to start that after he was a year old so we tried several different cups. Our pediatrician recommended that we only use a straw or 360 type cup (for his teeth) and so we stuck with this one and he's actually really getting good at using it!
Charlie got a lovie blankie from this brand at one of my baby showers & he loves it so much.
He doesn't take a paci anymore and so he uses this when he goes down for a nap and to sleep at night.
Charlie has several of these "Noisy" books and he loves them all!
They have textures to feel, sounds to play, and words to have a story.
These books are also super durable and are some of the only ones I can leave out for him to look at because they're very difficult to tear up.
My parents got Charlie this riding truck as a gift and he loves it so much.
He not only likes to sit on it and push the buttons and push himself around the floor, he also loves to push it around and practice walking.
It also has a little storage inside of the seat and so he keeps some toys in there, too πŸ˜‰
Out of all of the things that are on this months list, these are the one thing you should immediately add to your cart!
I have two silicone placemats, but they don't work in every single restaurant (if the tabletop is textured or if there is a fabric topper on the table), so these sticky placemats work great.
They have a sticky strip on four sides and you just peel it off and stick them to the table.
They come off pretty cleanly (the residue comes off with soap and water) and Charlie hasn't torn one off yet which is saying something because he definitely tries.
These that I have come in three packs of twenty so I just toss one twenty-count in his diaper bag. They're also pretty to look at!

Well y'all, the next time I share our boy will be eleven months old-and then a year!

Until next time. . .

Saturday, July 6, 2019

73 Questions with Jordyn

 The idea of this post came from one of my favorite (Alabama!) bloggers, Dorothy over at Prep in Your Step. She apparently got these questions from something Vogue does, but to be honest-I barely have time to read the nutrition label on food, much less many magazines right now. πŸ˜‚
I loved her answers so much that I decided I wanted to participate too, so here goes!
1. What is something that you can't live without? My family; seriously without Chris, Charlie, & Forrest I'd probably go crazy. 

2. What is a secret talent of yours? This may not be a talent, per say but I can always find something to eat in the kitchen. If I'm given enough time, I can whip something that tastes pretty good up.

3. What are 3 words to describe yourself? Imaginative, Passionate, Anxious

4. Where do you get inspiration from? Quiet mornings spent with coffee out on the deck or patio

5. What is your favorite animal? Horses, but I do love Forrest-our black lab!

6. What is your favorite snack food? Chips! I'm a sucker for a good chip; Doritos, Cheddar & Sour Cream, Dill Pickle, or Salt & Vinegar

7. What is your favorite piece of makeup? BareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter It has the most perfect sheer highlight that never looks caked on, only perfectly glowy

8. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? To just enjoy every single moment with Charlie. I've taken it to heart & tried to be really intentional with him, even in the harder moments.

9. What is the last book that you read? Currently reading Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered

10. What is your favorite genre of music? Country; specifically late 90's/early 2000's

11. What celebrity do you want to be BFF's with? Ree Drummond

12. What is your biggest regret? Not spending more time with my sweet Grandma

13. What is one thing on your bucket list? To take a trip outside of the U.S.A. Neither Chris or I have been & I'm dying to go somewhere exciting; Paris, Spain, the Bahamas, etc.

14. What is your favorite quote? "Some old-fashioned things like fresh air & sunshine are hard to beat." -Laura Ingalls Wilder

15. What is your favorite sport to play & to watch? I've never really been a big playing sports kind of person, but if horseback riding applies then I vote for that. To watch; Auburn-any sport, I just enjoy watching Auburn play!

16. What is your favorite place that you have ever visited? Savannah, GA

17. What is your guilty pleasure? A Hulu/Netflix marathon

18. What is your biggest achievement? Becoming Charlie's Mama. All of the degrees and accolades don't really mean anything close to what he means.

19. What is the best thing to happen to you this month? Well, it's early in July yet-but the Fourth of July was impeccable. Getting to snuggle up to my sleeping boy on a boat dock watching fireworks, it doesn't get any better than that.

20. What is your go to coffee order? Typically, an iced caramel macchiato 

21. What is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage? Coffee or water; that's pretty much the only two things I drink other than the occasional glass of milk.

22. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage? Vodka cranberry with a splash of orange juice.

23. What is your favorite movie? 8 Seconds

24. What is something that you can't do but wish you could? Sing! I'm seriously the worst, but I love to do it. πŸ˜‚

25. What is a bad habit of yours? My quick temper! Seriously, I can usually control it but Chris could tell y'all how bad it is. I'm also the queen of holding grudges which is awful.

26. If you could have someone else's closet, whose would it be? See number 11; I bet her boot collection is crazy good!

27. Favorite way to spend a rainy day? Sleeping in and then snacks in front of a movie or curled up reading a good book.

28. What is an ideal date? Dinner & drinks followed by a stroll somewhere.

29. Where is your favorite place to be? The farm. I love to go on vacations, but I feel the most at peace when I'm on our farmland and can't wait to have a house built there.

30. What is your favorite day of the week? Honestly, as a stay-at-home mom pretty much every day is the same. But I really enjoy Saturdays because Chris usually tries to spend some more relaxed time with us which I enjoy!

31. What is your favorite type of breakfast food? An omelet bar! Seriously, when we stay in hotels that offer this at their breakfast I always make Chris take me.

32. What is your favorite meal to have for dinner? If we're dreaming big here I'm going to say fried chicken with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and then some kind of green salad to make me feel better about myself πŸ˜‰

33. What is your favorite color? I think blue.

34. What is your guilty pleasure TV show? Harlots on Hulu, it's so bad it's good.

35. What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Go to the bathroom, then get Charlie.

36. What is your favorite season? Fall

37. What are your three favorite holidays? Christmas, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving

38. How do you relax? Binging on TV. It's how I tune out at the end of the day.

39. What makes you smile the most? A thoughtful gift. The ones that make you realize people really do know you. ❤

40. What is the best gift you've ever received? My parents bought my favorite horse, my Paint, for me and I will always thank them for that. She was my once-in-a-lifetime horse.

41. If you had a tattoo, what would it be & where would it be? I've made it to 26 without a tattoo, so I probably won't be getting one but if I did, I've always wanted  a small stick horse figure about the size of a quarter, maybe behind my ear or on an ankle, in remembrance of my Paint.

42. What is a travel must have? My own pillow & blanket (& a small fan if where I'm staying doesn't have one!)

43. What is your favorite clothing brand or store? Lilly Pulitzer 

44. What is your favorite smell? Freshly mown grass or Charlie's hair after a bath

45. Who is the last person you texted? Christopher.

46. When was the last time you cried? Hmmm, I want to say maybe a week ago but I can't remember exactly which I think is a good thing.

47. What is your least favorite food? Spam. I just find the idea of it disgusting.

48. What is your least favorite word? Moist, once again I just find the thought of saying that word icky.

49. What is your pet peeve? When people can't make eye contact when they talk to you.

50. What is your favorite time of day? It's usually about 9 o'clock, when Charlie is in the bed, Chris is napping on the couch before bed, the kitchen is cleaned up, & I finally get to take a few minutes for myself to veg-out with a tv show and a cup of hot tea.

51. If you could travel with anyone, who would it be? Since I feel like Chris is the obvious choice, if it couldn't be my husband I think my sister, Trystan. She and I are so similar and I feel like we would beach well together.

52. Do you prefer vintage or new? Depends; new clothes and vintage furniture and housewares.

53. When is your birthday & what is your sign? June 13th which makes me a Gemini.

54. What is a skill that you are working on? Gardening, I'm constantly trying new things on my back porch garden & am loving learning more about my plants!

55. What is your dream job? I love what I do now-being a stay-at-home mom & helping on the farm. But I also think that I would love to do something with interior design.

56. If you could live anywhere in the country, where would you live? Well, if the farm is too obvious of an answer I would have to say the only other place I would want to live is Auburn.

57. What are some of your favorite baby names? Well, I obviously loved Charles Levi because that's Charlie's name. We also liked William, Winder, and Sawyer. For girls, I liked Collins, Austen, & Kennedy.

58. Are you an introvert or extrovert? I would say that I used to be an extrovert, but now I definitely get my energy from being by myself.

59. What is your first car? A 2006 black Chevrolet Silverado

60. What was your first screen name? Gosh, I wish I could remember. Since I don't, I'll share my first email address which was dixiegirl2003_80 πŸ˜‚ Needless to say, I will always remember the year we got the internet because that's how I chose the "2003" in there.

61. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Bluebell Pecan Praline & Cream

62. What is your favorite fashion trend of all time? Definitely the boho style.

63. How would you describe your style? Southern Boho

64. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To control time

65. What is your favorite curse word? Whichever one fits the current situation

66. What is the priciest thing you've ever splurged on? My Expedition.

67. What is one item that you must have in your purse at all times? Lipstick

68. Where does one go on a perfect road trip? 30A, of course.

69. Do you prefer cooking or baking? Probably baking

70. Are you a shoe or a handbag gal? Neither, really but I would probably say shoes.

71. How would you like to be remembered? As a good wife & mother, a classic lady, someone who gives back to her community

72. What is your favorite board game? LIFE! Is there really any other option? That will forever me my favorite.

73. What do you first notice about someone when you meet them? Whether their vibe seems sincere or not. I feel like I can pretty much tell that within a few minutes.

If you feel so inclined, leave me an answer to some of these questions below!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Ten on Tuesday [No.58]

It's so wild to think that I haven't put together a Ten on Tuesday post since April!
That feels like honestly a million years ago & yesterday all at the same time.
I think having a baby will do that to you.

In all seriousness though, Charlie is at such a fun age now-each month gets better & more fun in my opinion. However, each new month also comes with its own challenges.
Right now he's becoming increasingly mobile and I'm constantly going from thing to thing making sure he's staying out of trouble.
Most days, it's all I can do to keep the house from being a total wreck and occasionally throwing a load of laundry in the house, while keeping him fed and occupied-but I know these days will fly by too, so I'm trying to just enjoy each second!
And along with that...I'm going to try to return to Ten on Tuesdays, at least a little more frequently πŸ˜‰
It seems like forever ago now, but in May Christopher & I had the opportunity to visit the Capital and meet with our legislators and Governor.
We were recognized on both the House & Senate floors as well as in the Governors office for our recent wins within the Alabama Farmers Federation & the American Farm Bureau.
I want to do a full post about this ASAP, it's just getting it put together that's got to happen!
This photo is from us on the lawn on the State House.
This succotash recipe sounds so good right now!
It's the perfect summertime side (for your Fourth of July gathering, perhaps?)
It's got okra, bacon, red onion, corn, tomatoes, fresh basil, and more-so many yummy things!
Typically, we don't actually really celebrate my birthday on my birthday.
I usually get presents & we will grab takeout from a local restaurant, but there isn't usually a full date-fortunately that worked out to happen this year, so that was really exciting!
We left around 3ish, leaving Charlie with my sister, and headed toward one of my favorite cities-Auburn!
We took in the farmers market, stopped by the University's meat lab to grab some summer sausage, link sausage, and pork chops, and then headed to downtown Opelika.
We strolled through a consignment shop I had my eye on and took in a few beers at Red Clay Brewing (this hard cherry cider is brewed in house & was AMAZING), and then we finished with dinner at my favorite restaurant, Acre.
Highly recommend if you're ever in Auburn.
I love a good, simple lunch recipe like chicken salad.
This Southern Living honey chicken salad sounds like a fun spin...but I would leave out the celery πŸ˜‰
This little guy has been growing like a weed!
We started baby led weaning when he was about 6-7 months old and haven't looked back.
He's taken so much ownership & independence of his own eating and we love how much he's tried-simply because he wants to!
He will try almost anything and loves so many different foods.
I have gone on a total binge of the show Bones on Hulu and I'm not even a little bit sorry.
I remember watching it a little bit when it was still on tv, but never really getting into it.
I'm just now starting season 11 out of 12 and I'm so not ready for it to be over!
If you watched Bones (or Castle or Body of Proof) let me know of some other similar shows I might like!
I still have early mornings sometimes with Charlie, but I'm not usually as on-the-go as I used to be, so now I typically take the time to cook a real breakfast for Charlie and I.
But when I am trying to be speedy, this is a typical breakfast for me as I run out the door.
I ice down a Venti Starbucks cup, pour up a caramel Premier Protein (that's been refrigerated overnight), and then I'll either add coffee if I have time to brew my own-or I'll pour in one of these High Brew cold brew coffees in salted caramel.
Then I'll just mix it around with my straw and sip it as I rush through my morning, it's delicious and will keep me full 'til lunch.
I recently was wandering around Ulta (dangerous, I know) and had a 20% off coupon.
I decided to add this rose lip balm to my basket & I have adored from the moment I tried it.
It's so hydrating and the rose isn't too overpowering. It feels a lot more luxurious than the price tag.
 Each year, my back porch garden grows more & more.
I started out with just four pedestal pots and now I've added four planters that sit on top of the rail, four hanging baskets, and countless other small potted plants sitting around.
I've branched out from just flowers to herbs as well.
It's one of the biggest things that I gather peace and pleasure in during this time of year & it's been so fun to see Charlie enjoy it this year as well.

My plants have grown and changed a lot since I took these pictures, but they all still look beautiful!
I haven't gotten a chance to share many of these family pictures we had done, but I wanted to at least share one right here because I just love them so much!
This is our farm where we'll one day build our forever home & we were able to have Forrest in these pictures as well which is so special to me.
I can't wait to do more pictures when Fall rolls around, family pictures just are so precious and my husband tolerates me so well.

Well y'all, that's all I've got for right now but I would love to hear you sound off below with something new that's happening with you!
Until next time. . .

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's Up Wednesday [6.26.19]

I am SO excited to be back with a post y'all!
I have been so wrapped up with trying to balance a super mobile baby, keeping our house somewhat clean, feeding said baby (& a hungry husband!), making our lab feel loved, and also somewhat keeping up with our business & farm stuff-needless to say, blogging has sort of fallen to the wayside, but I want to make sure to give this area of my life some love too.
This isn't a regular posting day for me, but I've been wanting to participate in this link-up for a while and I actually remembered it ahead of time this time so life is good!
So let's just jump right in with what's up, this Wednesday.
1. What We're Eating This Week. . .
This week is a busy week, but I've got a few things on mind.
Monday I had a late appointment, so Chris ended up eating some BBQ with his family & I grabbed some Taco Bell on my way home. It's a guilty pleasure that I don't have very often-but there's just something about having a crunch wrap supreme every now and then that is just so good.
Tuesday, I pulled out half of a Pioneer Woman lasagna that I made a few months back & we ate's a great meal to make & freeze half for busy nights.
Today, Charlie had his nine-month checkup & I did grocery pickup on my way home from there so we ended up doing something easy, but new, again tonight; Big Mac Sloppy Joes!
Thursday & Friday are still up in the air, but I'm craving something spicy so I may do Buffalo Meatloaf and there may potentially be a roast in the crockpot on the menu one night as well.
2. What I'm Reminiscing About. . .
Charlie being little!
He has grown up so fast in the past month; it seems like he just started crawling & now he's pulling up and seems like he's going to try walking any minute, he's eating us out of house & home, and he's starting to talk more and more.
He's just not a baby anymore & it's SO happy and so sad at the same time.

3.What I'm Loving. . .
These are a few of my favorite things lately-
I picked this up on a whim on a recent Ulta run & it's so, so good.
It's rose-scented but it's not overwhelming. It goes on pretty thick but it's so moisturizing. I'm excited to keep using this!
During the Summer, I live in Nike shorts.
These black on black ones are a necessity as a mom & for life on the farm because they're basically stain resistant. They're so comfortable and cool as well.
My sister, Trystan, loaned me the My Favorite Murder co-hosts book & I love it so much.
I've waited forever for this to come out and to get my hands on it and now that I'm about 3/4 of the way through it I can say that if you love MFM then you should definitely read it.
It's real and raw and open, everything that we love about Karen & Georgia in book form. I even felt like I was reading their parts in their voice.
I had 25% off at Kirkland's for my birthday & ended up grabbing this welcome mat (which is already very affordable anyway!) We needed something new right at our front door and I love the classic look of this one!
4. What We've Been Up To. . .
It has been so busy lately around the Upchurch house.
Monday I had an eye appointment (with a doctor who is only at the office I use from 5:30-7:30 PM, who does hours like that?!), Tuesday was relatively normal-we did spend some time on the farm with Chris which was so nice & so needed, Wednesday was Charlie's 9-Month appointment & grocery pick-up, Thursday and Friday should both be pretty laid back as well and I'm hoping I get the chance to spend some more time with Chris on the farm & also getting some of the bigger chores done around the house!
5. What I'm Dreading. . .
The heat!
I know that makes me sound like a wimp, but y'all it's already so hot outside and we've got a lot of Summer left around these parts.
It's so hard to get outside myself & with Charlie it's extra hard to enjoy being outside.
6. What I'm Working On. . .
I've got a super-fun collaboration coming up in July & I have to say, after getting my product samples in the mail I'm converted to this business for sure.
I can't wait to share it with y'all!
7. What I'm Excited About. . .
I'm excited about the Fourth of July!
We're still trying to work out logistics for Charlie, but I'm hoping we'll still be able to go to the lake for fireworks for his first Fourth.
I'm also really excited for the Alabama Farmer's Federation Commodity Conference in August because we're going to Chattanooga & we're going to do our best to squeeze in a few hours for the aquarium which I think Charlie
will really love!
8. What I'm Watching/Reading. . .
Well, I already sharing this, but Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered is on my night stand as my current reading.
I've been binging Bones on Hulu for a while now & I'm currently on Season 10. I'll be so sad when it ends because it's got everything I love in a tv show!
I need to start this current season of The Handmaid's Tale but I just can't bring myself to be tortured yet.

9. What I'm Listening To. . .
I'm always listening to My Favorite Murder if I'm listening to a podcast, in my work truck I've been playing The Brother's Osbourne cd on repeat (yes, I still listen to cds in my work truck πŸ˜‚), and other than that I've been really enjoying Riley Green's music-but mostly the older stuff!
10. What I'm Wearing. . .
Y'all-those shorts I mentioned above have been in constant rotation with oversized Comfort Color tank tops. It's easy and comfortable for everyday wear taking care of Charlie.
I did wear this maxi (mine is in a print, this is the current version-a solid navy that I also love!) for my birthday date with Christopher. It was so comfortable but also beautiful & I loved it!
Also, this is worth noting-these are my favorite socks that I wear around the house & with my tennis shoes daily. They're comfortable, cute, and don't fall down in your shoe!
11. What I'm Doing This Weekend. . .
We don't have any firm plans for this weekend & I'm really excited about it because our last few weekends have been booked with activities.
Maybe I can convince my husband to throw something on the Big Green Egg and we can spend some time hanging out on the patio.
I'm also hoping we can get my new hoses installed on the deck so I can finally make watering my plants just a little bit easier.
Oh the things that excite us when we get old πŸ˜‚
12. What Else Is New. . .
I think that covers everything!
Although I do want to ask; I'll be picking out new glasses really soon and I'm trying to find the best deal for some really cute glasses.
I don't wear mine every day, just in the morning & at night before and after I put in/take out my contacts but I would like to have a pair that look good in case I do need to wear them out and about.
So leave your suggestions in the comments below, please!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Charlie: Nine Months

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Weight: 18 lbs 9 oz
Height: 28 1/2 inches long
He gained four pounds and grew two inches in three months!
I was so, so excited about his growth spurt.
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. . .
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