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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Charlie: Eleven Months

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It's SO difficult to believe that the next update I'll be writing will be when Charlie is one full year old.
It's breaking my heart and making me beam with happiness all at the same time because this first year has been so wonderful.
We are so in love with our little man and love him endlessly.

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!
Y'all, I took this picture last Sunday & for some reason to me he just looked like such a BIG boy all day. He ate pizza like a big boy (& had the pizza stains to prove it!), was dressed like a big boy, and was talking up a storm in the stores like a big boy. He's so fun!
Clothes:
Charlie's growing out of his nine month clothes at a rapid rate!
I bought size 12 months in a lot of his shorts & t-shirts because they gave a little more room than the 9 month and he's starting to fill them out.
We've found great deals on footie pjs from Old Navy and Target and I've been trying to find some deals on Facebook resale groups for pants & shirts for Fall and Winter.
Some of our favorite clothes are from Smock It Like It's Hot (a Facebook pre-order group) I don't buy many of his clothes brand new, but when I do, many of them come from here.
Sleep:
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
Just going to leave this from month 10-he's still rocking this sleep schedule!
It's not a popular toy for a little guy, but his favorite car-toy is this cow flag that one of our sweet friends handed out to us at a trade show. Charlie loves to have it to play with on card rides and he loves it so much, we even took it on our Chattanooga trip!
Schedule:
Charlie's on a great schedule with two naps per day, four nursing sessions, and three meals of finger foods.
Our local antique store has a quarter pony that is just on a switch so when we were perusing the store the other day, Charlie got his first ride and loved it!
Health:
Still a happy, healthy little boy & we are forever thankful!
Crying:
Basically the only time Charlie cries is when he falls (which happens a lot now that he's trying to walk & pulling up) or when we tell him no. He's such a happy guy!
I do feel the need to put this in this section just because I personally want to remember; but when we tell him no (for example, when he's opening cabinet doors that he's not supposed to) he looks at the cabinet door and shakes his hands and head at it and makes this little pouting noise, almost as though it's the door's fault that he was opening it.
I try very hard to keep a straight face and be stern when telling him no, but that little routine makes it really difficult to stifle my laughter!
Likes:
Eating! Charlie loves to eat & some of his current faves are cheerios, pizza, pancakes, mangos, cotton candy grapes, and all the berries.
Being outside; he would crawl around and play in the grass all day-he plays so independently outside
Riding the Gator (a utility vehicle we use on our farm)
Mooing at the cows
Playing with his trucks and tractors
This is cotton seed, for those who don't know-it's one of the feed options we use for our cattle at times...Charlie just thinks it's cotton pickin' fun to play in!
Dislikes:
Still not a big fan of people he doesn't know really well
Being told no (and so it begins 😂)
Milestones:
Has six teeth
Bought his first real pair of cowboy boots (they're adorable)
Had his first sip of Chick-Fil-A lemonade (this is a recognizable milestone in our house 😂)
Size 3 diapers
Places You've Gone:
Old School Antiques (a local antique store with a free coin-operated horse that he LOVED to ride!)
Chattanooga to the Commodity Conference
Tennessee Aquarium & loved it!
The last time Charlie went to the aquarium (in Atlanta) he enjoyed it for the colors and movement, this time (in Chattanooga) he enjoyed interacting with the animals & with the divers! I love this picture of him sticking his tongue out!
Mama & Charlie's Favorites:
I picked this book up on a whim from Target when they were having their buy one book, get one half off sale. It's SO cute. I of course love the cow parts, but there are so many funny, sweet parts and I think Charlie likes it, too.
I found this freeze dried fruit at Target and fell in love with it for Charlie.
There are so many different kinds and they're all Charlie's favorites-haha!
The ingredients are simply just fruit and perhaps pectin or cinnamon in the cinnamon apple slices. Charlie really loves the strawberries, raspberries, and apples but there are lots to choose from.
Charlie has tons of clothes, that's no secret.
But although he has an entire drawer full of onesies that are his daily outfit, when the rotation comes to one of his three button front rompers I'm always a little excited.
These are as comfy as a onesie, but they are a little more finished looking and so cute for a little boy.
This is a super affordable sound machine from Amazon & in preparation for our trip to Chattanooga, we purchased a second one since we would be in the same room as Charlie.
I love how loud this little machine gets and the white noise options are great, however they only last one full night on battery power-so either bring extra batteries or the power cords and make sure they're plugged in...don't ask me how I know, but I know 😉
When Charlie first started showing interest in pulling up and walking, I picked this toy up from Target. It was the less expensive of the options and Charlie really enjoys it.
It's helping him learn to walk and giving him confidence, plus he just really likes playing with it!
If there is nothing else that you buy from any of my favorites lists, then this is the one thing you need to get!
If it's not available on Amazon, their website is the best place to find out when and where you can purchase.
Basically, Charlie is used to sleeping separately from us & is unable to rest well when he can see/hear us.
The SlumberPod is a breathable, blackout "tent" that fits over your pack-n-play to give your baby an ideal sleep environment.
We didn't get to test it out at home before we left, so I was a little anxious that it wouldn't work, but it worked like a dream.
We were able to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, get up and get ready in the mornings and even pack up without waking him up the final morning.
I can't sing it's praises enough!
Until next time. . .
xoxo, 
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