today I am…

Stats- (let’s face it, I really should only put stats on the posts that we go to the doctor for since I can’t seem to get my act together enough to get them at home)

Weight- Honestly, we really need to get our scale fixed because otherwise I have no idea how much this chunk of love weighs… I will try to do that soon I promise.


Teeth- Still none, although he is working on that

Things of note-

*Sleeping- He has been in his own room for about a month now (maybe more) and generally sleeps through the night.  We did have him on his back for the first little while he was in there and bless his little heart he just couldn’t sleep that way.  I am pretty sure it bothers his acid reflux so now that I have flipped him to his tummy (like he sleeps for his naps) he is doing much better and sleeping more soundly.

*Acid Reflux- We are still battling the acid reflux with Charlie Man.  Unfortunately, within the last week or so it has really been bothering him and he has been spiting up more than usual.  We do have a new medication that we are going to try with him (it is possible that he out grew his last dosage or it doesn’t affect him as well anymore) and we have started giving him a little rice cereal last weekend in hopes of helping the food stay down a bit better.  I found a lot of info after researching alternative treatments that a little bit of solid food in the tummy with help ground the food.

*He is grabbing at everything these days.  Nothing within an arms reach is really safe anymore-it’s all fair game!  Oh and anything he actually does get his little hands on goes straight into his mouth.

*Teeth- While he still doesn’t actually have any his gums are really tough and man is he chewing on things something fierce!  Whether it be paci, hands, toys or other random objects they usually go straight to his mouth.

*Food- we have been giving him a tiny bit of Rice Cereal every day for a little bit now.  And while he is still exclusively breast feed outside of this he is getting one bowl (about a tablespoon) of cereal a day.

*Paci vs. Thumb- he is shall we say ambi-suckstress.  He slightly prefers his thumb to a paci; however, he is pretty content to use a paci if it is there and given to him.  Within the last week or so he will do anything to get the paci into his mouth if he sees it in the crib and to his credit he gets it in a good percentage of the time.

*Talking-  He talks frequently and to many people.  It is really adorable to watch since he is already so animated when he speaks- he laughs and giggles throughout the whole conversation.


*Being woken up by the bird.  Frequently Charlie wakes up when I am in the middle of doing something (dishes etc) so in the time it takes for me to come to a stopping point Jay has gone into his room to check on him and crawled into the crib with him.  I know that I should be mad at Jay for doing this and stop it; however, Charlie really loves to be woken up this way.  He smiles, coos and watches his brother the whole time they are in the crib together.

*Jay Bird-  Their relationship is a post all in itself.  But man-o-man do these boys adore each other.  Jay is always checking up on him, wanting to know how Charlie is and helping in whatever way he can with anything Charlie.  Charlie on the other hand watches Jay’s every move, looks up to him already- you can already see the admiration that he has for him and Jay is the one person that he without fail will reward with his full on belly laughs.  The moments between the two of them make all the crazy that is having two very young kiddos so, so worth it.

*His feet- he can’t get enough of them right now and is frequently grabbing on them and chewing on them as well.

*Rolling over- He has been able to roll for the last month however, he has really gotten good at this within the last two weeks or so.  If you put him down, over he flips without fail.  Also, he can flip from his tummy to his back now too- which ticks him off it he does this when he is in the crib and just waking up (again, I think it is an acid reflux thing).

*Being Outside- this is nothing new for any of my guys really- they are all happiest when they are outside.  A week or so ago I put a blanket down in the grass and Charlie loved it- his little toes danced around in the grass and he giggled the whole time (I can’t wait to post the photos I got of him during this- SO cute!)

*Sitting Up- the boy loves it!  Honestly, it is probably his favorite position to be in these days.  Lying down bothers his tummy and he doesn’t get much freedom to move when he is being held.  Sitting however allows him to see most everything that is going on around and to play!  He can sit up on his own for a good bit without assistance however if he has the assistance (a boppy pillow or someone’s legs around him he can go for much longer.

*The exersaucer- It’s almost as good as sitting up AND it has toys attached, enough said :)

*Nursery Rhymes and Songs from Mommy- he’s still a fan and they usually make him smile.  Singing to him is my go-to mood changer if I have a sad/fussy little boy on my hands.

*Books- the amount of time that I have available to read to Charlie is far less than I had with Jay.  However, he is frequently included while we read with Jay and he can make it through 3-4 shortish books or 1 longer one  before getting to antsy.  Lately, he has also really taken notice  (and in my opinion enjoyed) looking at the illustrations that accompany the books we read.  This is a big for us- we LOVE how much Jay Bird likes to read and we hope that Charlie will be the same way too.


*Loud noises- In particular when his brother yells really loudly and more specifically when he yells really loudly in his face.  It startles him and he starts screaming.  Not fun and not especially easy to explain to the Bird.

2 thoughts on “today I am…

  1. A day with your boys would wear me out! You give them the maximum amount of time and attention one could give them.. They are lucky lucky boys..

    I bet there has to be a day when Jamie walks in from work and your greeting is something like “Boy am I glad you are home.. Here are your sons because I need a quiet lie down time for me”..

    Love to the 4 of you plus Piper and Bella.. great grandpa Jim V.


  2. He has the sweetest face!! All the photos are fabulous with cute expressions in each one. You’re such a great photographer, Kristen!


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