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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Charlie: Six Months

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Weight: 14 lbs 11.5 oz 
Height: 26.25 in
(as of 3-25-19)
Charlie boy is finally starting to really fill out his six month clothes-the length is going to cause us to size up to 6-9 before things fit in the waist...guess he's going to be a tall and slim guy like his Daddy!
 Sweet boy is so good about taking naps on the go-even at the National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet...right next to the auctioneer!
 He even napped like a little champ on the charter bus during our farm tours.
Charlie's cow wubbanub
If you don't follow Mom's-on-Call & your little one isn't sleeping...pick the book up!
Since getting Charlie on a schedule, he has been sleeping so, so much better. He has had a little trouble going down for naps since the time change, but he does still take three naps per day (between 30 minutes to over an hour, depending) and he's been going down at night with little fuss...and y'all-we're down to only one wake up if he wakes up at all!
We've slept through the night several times now and he's becoming more regular each week. I'm so proud of our little guy!
 We have had some beautiful Spring weather lately, so playing outside on a blanket has been a fun pastime.
His schedule hasn't changed much since I wrote his five month update;
Now, on a normal day, Charlie's schedule looks something like this.
7 AM-Wake up & nurse
8 AM-Eat some type of solids (some days it's avocado, some days it's sweet potatoes-whatever I have made for him)
8:30 AM-Down for a nap, about 1-1 1/2 hours usually
10:30 AM-Nurse again
11:30 AM-Solids (I try to vary what he eats, I try to have at least two different options in the fridge on any given day)
12:30/1:30 PM- Somewhere between here, whenever he starts showing cues, we go down for another nap usually 1 1/2 or 2 hours.
3 PM-Nursing again
4 PM-Solids again
5 PM-Possibly take another nap here, if he's feeling tired
6:30 PM-Bath time! We take a bath every single night now, but we only wash his hair every other night.
6:45 PM-Jammies and bedtime story
7 PM-Nurse one last time
Between 7-7:30 PM-Down for bed
 Some body found big brother Forrest's foot!
Charlie's shamrock pajamas (currently on sale!)
Nothing new to report here-he had a little sniffly, snotty nose for a few days but it cleared up really quickly!
 Charlie's fleece sleep sack 
Sweet boy at his first Young Farmer's Conference!
Hardly any crying from our little man-the most tears come from being overtired. He's just the best!
Being outside
Playing in his exersaucer
Trying real foods
Sitting up like a big boy! 
He loved Bow & Arrow as much as Mama & Daddy did-in all seriousness this is where we realized he can (& wants to!) eat real food. We ordered a half chicken and some macaroni and cheese and he had teeny tiny bites of both and gobbled them up!
He gets frustrated when he realizes that he can't crawl and sit up for long periods of time by himself...he's just ready to be grown up!
When the solid foods run out-he's going to eat us out of house & home as he gets bigger!
Our big guy sitting up all by himself!
Sleeping through the night almost every single night
Eating lots of purees and real foods (has eaten chicken, cheese, noodles, french fries)
Sitting up without support for short periods of time
 Charlie's first time to Mt. Cheaha!
 Charlie approves of Blue Ribbon Dairy chocolate milk!
Charlie's first Cattlemen's Convention!
Places You've Gone:
The Alabama Cattlemen's Convention
Bow & Arrow in Auburn
Mt. Cheaha
Alabama Young Farmer's Convention
-Blue Ribbon Dairy
-Tallapoosa County Sheriffs Girls Ranch
-Whippoorwill Vineyards
-Big Spoon Creamery
-Post Office Pies
Mama & Charlie's Favorites:
We've tried a lot of different baby wipes, but some of our favorites are honestly just the Wal-Mart brand wipes, especially for the price! (If price is no factor, we like the Pure wipes too ;)
If you ever see them sell the Sweet Orange Burst scent, better pick those up-they smell amazing and so fresh!
I bought this set of four bibs at TJ Maxx and they have been the best!
Before these I only had fabric bibs and they were staining and looked horrible with baby food all over them. These just wash right off in the sink and they're really durable plastic. Plus the patterns are really cute, too.
We've had this for Charlie since we got back from New Orleans and put him in his room full time.
I had a sound-only monitor which worked fine, but I really felt better being able to see him.
This has awesome night vision and can rotate all around the entire room, it also can link with additional cameras so if we ever had other children then I can have cameras in each of their rooms.
The only issue I have with it is that the monitor pretty much has to be plugged in at all times or you can't use the video feature, but it's a small thing.
We have a couple of different sleep sack options for Charlie, I find he just sleeps better in his pajamas and a sleep sack. The one pictured is a thinner cotton material and the one he's wearing in one of the pictures above is a thicker fleece-they're all great and have laundered really well. Highly recommend these!
I first learned about these before Charlie was even born-a friend had them for her little girl and I asked what was different about them rather than just plain baby wipes.
Basically, they're made with saline and are much more gentle on baby's nose. They really do make a difference when Charlie has a runny nose, they're really good at getting dried snot off (sorry for all you not-mom's out there reading this!) and anything that makes that process go faster is a win for me!
If you're looking for a good book to give as a baby shower gift or just to pick up for your little one (maybe for an Easter basket?!) this book is a winner!
It's a really well made book, a tough almost board book with a padded front cover. The pages are beautiful illustrations that almost have a watercolor look to them. I love that the words are to be read in a sing-song, rhyming manner (my favorite). And the message behind it is oh-so-sweet.
My favorite line to read to Charlie is, "Your giggle always melts my heart. You changed my world right from the start. And when your little hand holds mine, I know I'll love you for all time." Talk about all the feels!
I picked up this sweet little rattle toy for Charlie's Christmas stocking and it's recently become a big favorite. There are so many different textures and noises on this horsey that it keeps him entertained for a good little while. The rattle is on a ring, so sometimes I'll clip it to his play mat or exersaucer.
It's pretty incredible how much you care about snot when you become a mom. 😂
In all seriousness, the same friend that told me about Boogie Wipes told me about the Nose Frida and it's one of those things that you say, "Oh, I'll never use/need that" until you do.
I swear by it when Charlie's got a stuffy nose, it works so much better than the bulb thing they give you in the hospital.
Charlie's grandparent's got him some of these plastic chain links and they have become a favorite for hanging toys from his play mat or exersaucer.
He also really just loves to throw these around, they're a pretty basic toy but give him a lot of entertainment!

Until next time. . .

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