6 months old!!
I find that the time is flying by kind of like it did when I was pregnant with Charlie… One moment we were announcing that a second little one was on the way and then after blinking I was in the hospital holding my sweet little boy. These days I frequently find myself looking at him and catching glimpses of his personality and wondering when he got so big. He truly is the sweetest, happiest little guy around. He has a sense of peace about him that I envy; he sits back and takes it all in with such joy, amazement and smiles- oh boy does he smile…
Stats- we are headed to the Doctor tomorrow and I will be back to post his stats after we see what they are ;)
Teeth- none as of yet although, he’s working on them and we have he occasional cranky-pants and drool to prove it!
Things of Note-
*Charlie has been sitting up for almost a month now. Just after turning 5 months old he began tripoding really well and since then he has been sitting pretty well on his own. Right now he sits for long periods of time on his own and rarely falls; however, when he does he just rolls to his side or tummy and plays that was for a while.
*Mobility is coming- as of right now he rolls to get whatever he wants. It doesn’t always work in his favor (he has no direction control); however, he is usually content wherever he ends up and with whatever toys ends up closest to him. He is also starting to scoot a little when he is sitting up. He has to be on a slick surface to do this but it’s still movement so I count it.
*Foods- Little boy can eat and has been able to from day one. We have been trying solid foods for about a month now, we started feeding them to him to hopefully help with his acid reflux (the theory is that heavy food in their tummy helps keep him from spitting up milk). The food has helped to keep things down- less spit up- but since he rejects prunes (too acidic), peaches or pears, it has also helped to keep things in. So with one solution we have created another problem and we are working on fixing that right now. His favorites so far are peas and sweet potatoes and he really won’t eat any of the fruits that I have tried to give him other than pears with blueberries- honestly, if he didn’t look so much like me I would swear he wasn’t my kid because of how much he hates the fruit!
*Thumb Sucker- sweet boy loves his thumb. He will take a Paci every once in a while however he only uses it as a teether. But that thumb, oh he has a thing for his thumb… and the way his pointer finger wraps around his little nose when he sucks on it just melts my heart.
*Sleeping has been going well and continues to go well. He sleeps for the most part from 8 or 8:30 every night until 7 or 7:30 and when he wakes up in the morning he usually plays quietly in the crib. Frequently I will go and get him and find him playing with his blankets or his ugly doll (adorable stuffed toy given to him by his godfather Michael), pleased as punch to just be there.
*Pretty much everything within Charlie’s reach these days is fair game- be it toy, blanket, duplo (Jay’s), car (Jay’s), bowl of salad, drink, phone… you get the picture. If he can reach it, it’s his and it will go in his mouth. The phone is a favorite but I think it might be because we use them so frequently… sad to admit… :(
*He is camera shy. If there is such a thing in a photographer’s house, this little boy is somewhat camera shy. He clams up and stops talking, cooing, smiling etc whenever he sees the camera or the phone out. It makes it a challenge to capture just how smiley this little one is; however, I have gotten pretty good at shooting from the hip so he won’t see them camera.
*His relationship with Jay is growing by the minute and is probably my favorite thing lately. He adores Jay, watching him, smiling and belly laughing at the things he does. Jay is just as enamored with Charlie as Charlie is with him. He is always asking where he is (if he’s not around- usually when he is napping), is immediately concerned if he is crying, talks about him all of the time and shares things with him too. Having two this close together is tough on even a good day but seeing their relationship grow the way it has been makes it all the worth while.
*WATER!! He loves bath time especially if he gets a few minutes in the tub all to himself to splash around. He does enjoy the bath with company as well, it’s just that he gets to do a little more kicking when it’s only just him in there. The few times that we have taken him in the pool he has been all ear to ear smiles! He loves to splash and spin around!
*He likes to be tickled and when you love on him. Frequently throughout the day I will get his neck and or his belly and he laughs and laughs.
*He likes when we sing songs and read nursery rhymes. He will sit through a few toddler books when I am reading to Jay but he prefers the nursery rhymes and rhythmic stories over the others. Some favorites right now are Hand, Hand Fingers Thumb and a book full of Mother Goose rhymes.
*Watching Piper and Bella. From as early as I can remember he has enjoyed watching Jay, he’s kind of hard to miss these days, but lately he has really taken a liking to the animals. He loves playing with Piper’s fur and feet and he watches both Piper and Bella whenever they are around.
*Being outside- Charlie loves to play outside. We frequently take a blanket outside and sit under the shade to play. It’s a very nice change to being inside all of the time; however, I am not looking forward to the summer when it is even hotter outside than it is now.
*Honestly, I am at a loss for what to put here… other than the completely normal dislikes of any other tiny human- being tired, being in one place for more than 30 minutes, not being able to poop- he is pretty much a breeze. We are lucky and I know it ;)
Here’s a few from our photo shoot… I took a few in front of our chalkboard wall in addition to the blocks and I LOVE them- it was so hard to narrow it down to even this many!
this one makes him look bigger he is, or at least that is my opinion…
and yes he will probably hate me for the next few but I took similar pictures of Jay so he’ll have company ;)