Saturday, December 24, 2016

Charlie {month 8}

Charlie is 8 months old!  We kicked off this month with Thanksgiving and ended with celebrating Hanukkah with family.
8 months old and on the move! This photo was really hard to get this month
Charlie is officially on the move.  He learned how to go from his belly to sitting in early December and shortly after started planking and doing downward dogs.  He had been scooting backwards for a while and about 5 days before he turned 8 months, he took off crawling.  It's exciting and game changing for our routine.  The other night, I set him down in his room, then took Sydney to go brush her teeth.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw some movement and turned to find Charlie, smiling, as he made his way toward us.
Here comes trouble
He is all boy.  He still loves jumping, and standing. He has become so wild in the bath, I can no long bathe him and Sydney together.  He lunges forward, reaches for everything and tries to climb over the top of the tub.  I definitely need both hands.

Charlie is still the happiest baby.  He smiles at everyone, especially his Mama, Dada and sister.  He found his tongue which is pretty funny and cute.  His current favorite foods are black beans, pears, peas, oranges, pizza crust (homemade, of course).  He is grabbing things with much more purpose, and reaching up when he wants to be held.  He loves being on our shoulders and seeing himself in the mirror.  His favorite thing to do is to play his room in just his diaper with his sister.

We kicked off the beginning of this month celebrating Thanksgiving.  It was so fun to see the big cousins running around and playing together.  The little cousins (Charlie and Audrey) got spoiled with attention and met some of our extended family for the first time.
Thanksgiving family photo
After Thanksgiving, we did a little preparation for Christmas.  We got our families first Christmas tree and went to visit Santa.  Sydney was so excited to go meet Santa, until we got there and saw him.  Charlie didn't really know what was going on, but he was happy to sit on Santa's lap, of course.
Heart melting
And, we ended this month celebrating Hanukkah (a little early) with Brian's family.  Brian spent 2 full days cooking an amazing feast for the 15 of us.  We opened gifts, sang the Hanukkah song, lit the menorah, then had dessert and celebrated Brian and Papa's birthdays.  It was quite the celebration and so much fun now that Sydney is starting to understand and get excited about holidays.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the month:
This is fun
Our happy baby
A morning in San Francisco
The tree is trimmed

First visit to Santa
Sydney wasn't so sure about him
I love how sweet cousin Nate is with his baby cousins
6 of the 7 cousins

Grandpa Billy's moustache is cool
with MarMe
8 month side by side
Grandpa Billy and MarMe arrived a few days ago, and Aunt Jenn is coming to town to celebrate Christmas with us.  With the holidays overlapping this year, we're looking forward to Charlie's first Christmas and Hanukkah in the next week before ringing in 2017.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Charlie {month 7}

Charlie turned 7 months on Tuesday.  It's hard to believe how quickly the months are passing and how quickly Charlie is growing.
I'm 7 months old 
It was another great month, and Charlie hit some fun milestones.  He started sitting, just after he turned 6 months, then started getting up on all 4's and rocking.  He can move well in a circle, and can manage to scoot backwards, but still hasn't figured out how to move forward, and it's making him mad.  Instead of working on it, he has decided he just wants to stand, and if we are holding him, jump.

He still smiles and laughs all the time, and doesn't like to sit still.  I think in the past month, I've changed more diapers, and put more clothes on upside down than right side up!
Look at me now!
He is talking more - mostly in the form of grunts, but occasionally "da" and "ba".  He also started giving kisses.  The cute, baby, open mouth kisses, it's the sweetest thing.  During bath time, he refuses to lean back in the baby tub, so it's making bathing both kids together rather difficult.  When he gets to sit in the big tub, he splashes and kicks and has so much fun.  Sydney is not too happy when he splashes her in the face.

We're struggling a bit with food.  I went from giving him whole veggies, to homemade purees, to baby food, to baby oatmeal and he didn't want any of it.  Then we were out to lunch at a barbeque place and he grabbed at a rib.  We let him take it and, of course, he loved it.  Crazy boy.  Turns out, he is only interested in eating what we are eating.  Here are the foods he will tolerate so far: ribs, chicken, scrambled eggs, cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, split pea soup.
Cauliflower - ok!
This month we celebrated Charlie's first Halloween.  His first costume was Sandy, the dog from Annie, but he also wore Sydney's sushi roll costume to a party because it was much cuter.  We walked in the Farmer's Market Halloween parade, went to a party at a friends house, then made it trick-or-treating to 5 houses in the neighborhood.  Charlie could have cared less, but Sydney had a blast.
Annie and her dog Sandy
Here are some more of my favorite photos this month:
I didn't even know he could sit on his own until Bama just sat him up one day (Oct 30th, for the records) and he stayed!
At the Farmers Market parade
My happy baby
Kisses from Dada
Still figuring this whole swing thing out
Moving backwards
I don't know how he gets himself wrapped up like this so quickly
I still spy his big smile
Charlie looooooves being up on our shoulders, he just cracks up
Nighttime shenanigans
Charlie is naked because he was messy from eating
Sydney is naked because....I'm not really sure. Maybe because Charlie was naked?
Look Mom!
Proud big sisters holding their baby brothers
Reading books to Charlie under the table
First kiss - kidding, it's family
Giving cousin Audrey some love
I just assumed he wanted a hand when he let go....
Charlie and his signature smile
7 months - side by side with Syndey
color coordination was unintentional
It was a fun month, and we're kicking off Charlie's next month with Thanksgiving.  We will be spending lot's of time with family as 2016 comes to a close.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Charlie {month 6}

Charlie turned 6 months old on the 22nd!  How is it possible that he is half way to a year old?

Happy Half Birthday Charlie!
This was another busy month for us, and Charlie hit some fun milestones.  Once he figured out how to master rolling from his belly to back, he started rolling all over the place.  We can't keep him still.  He is able to pivot on his belly and is trying so hard to figure out how to get up on his hands and knees at the same time. 

Catch me if you can

My favorite part about this month is Sydney's ability and excitement around making Charlie smile and laugh. Without fail, if she starts jumping or crawling around, Charlie burst out in laughter.  I assumed that Charlie would be fascinated with Sydney but I never expected Sydney to be so amused by Charlie.  She gets a kick out of him doing silly things, like rolling under the table, making funny noises or playing with toys in different ways.  She is also very interested when he does new things, like eat real food or grab his feet, both of which he started doing this month.

I started back at work at the beginning of October.  It went surprisingly well for both of us.  The daycare ladies love how much he smiles and laughs and the other kids are having fun making him giggle too.  Before going back to work, we did some sleep training.  It went well and Charlie is now able to sleep through the night!  It's life changing.

From his first weeks at daycare
Other things that Charlie is into these days are food and books.  Not reading books, but playing with the pages, eating the edges and occasionally looking at the pictures. Speaking of eating the pages, right now, he is grabbing at everything and putting it straight to his mouth, including faces, hair, zippers all the hay at the pumpkin patch.

Loves his books

For a long time Charlie has been eying our food and a few weeks back he started lunging at any food in sight.  He is a busy boy, and we thought he might be ready, so we gave him some avocado!  He was pretty excited and shocked by it all, but in typical Charlie fashion he smiled his way through his first meal.  Sydney was also excited about Charlie eating avocado until she saw the mess he made.  When Charlie wouldn't eat a slice of avocado off a spoon from her, she decided to spend her time cleaning up the table and Charlie's face.  We gave him some sweet potato and carrots to play around with as well but we are taking it really slow - as in, we are busy and there isn't a lot of time between when we get home from work and bed time, especially with toddler to entertain and feed.

Sydney cleaning up

Here are the rest of my favorite photos from the month:

My little guy
Hi Dada
How cute is that V-neck t-shirt?
Friday afternoon beer before we pick up Sydney
Now that I am back to work, both kids need baths in the evening
So this is the only practical option
Everyone has fun
Sleeping baby - so cute
Found my feet!
Can I have one, please?
Coming home from work to 2 happy kids makes for a fun night
Our happy guy
Dada gets a kiss during story time
Christmas jammies in September!
I'll never be tired of this smile
Favorite son, Favorite daughter

Even though the sun was bright, he still managed to smile for me
Sydney picked out a little pumpkin for herself and one for Charlie

Typical diaper change. This little guy doesn't sit still
tough day at daycare
I have a feeling we will be doing a lot more cleaning up after Charlie's meals
First good rain
Time for a walk and to jump in puddles
One of Charlie's many Halloween costumes
Charlie went swinging for the first time on his 1/2 birthday.
I couldn't get a photo because he wouldn't take his eyes off Sydney next to him
6 month side by side
With the end of the year coming, I expect the next 6 months to fly by as quickly as the first.  We love this little guy so much and can't wait to see what's next.