asking for trouble

I knew that I was asking for trouble when I allowed Charlie to be pushed by Jay. However, their joy far outweighed what could have happened AND since no one crashed, got ran over or hurt in any way I am going to call this activity win-win! Here’s hoping that Jay soon forgets how fun it is to push little brother in his cart ;)

oh and for all of you that are concerned, Jay was going/pushing VERY slow(ly) the whole time that Charlie was riding. Honestly, I am surprised that he actually could go that slowly :)

AND, we got video of it today- maybe we will get to posting video sometime soon. I make no promises though ;)

today i am…


a whopping 9 months old!!

Okay so this post is better late than never I suppose… here’s the update on our precious little 9 month old!!

It’s official, my tiny baby is gone!  Charlie is growing like a bad weed and learning something new literally every day!  It’s crazy to think that 9 months have gone by already, but what a blessed and fun 9 months it has been!

Stats-

Weight-19 1/4 pounds
Height- 27 1/2inches
Teeth- still NONE!!!  Which is crazy, especially since Jay had 6 by 9 months.  However, the little guys has been pretty grumpy and ran a fever (a low one) a few days ago so I have my fingers crossed that they are coming soon.

Things of Note-

*Sleeping- Charlie is still sleeping like a champ.  He goes to bed between 7 and 8 every night and usually sleeps until about 7 or 8 in the morning without so much as a peep during the night.  His naps are  a little less predictable although still pretty good.  Frequently he will sleep for 1-2 hours (sometimes 3)in the morning and then do that again in the afternoon.  The only time I have trouble with him is if we are not home, he likes to sleep in his bed and not the car, or if a certain older brother wants to be super loud during his morning naps :(

*On the move-  Charlie gave up the slow and steady crawl and is full on trucking now.  If little guy wants something he makes a mad dash for it and figures that nothing is stopping him.  He will also speed up if Jay is following him or if you get close to him to pick him up and when you do grab him he usually smiles and giggles at you- silly boy.

*Cruising-  He is not only pulling up but cruising the furniture now.  Jay is not a huge fan of his “safe” couch being within limits now; however, Charlie enjoys being about to grab more things that he would like.  He also loves walking behind his push lion.  He stops from time to time to dance to the music but LOVES the fact that he can push it along on his own.

*Eating-  We have gotten over the picky eater stage as long as we are talking about food that he can put in his mouth himself.  This little guy can eat and will eat pretty much anything that he can put him his own mouth.  He does have his favorites, mini club crackers, cheese, Mommy’s homemade Mac and Cheese, but is not all that picky about food anymore.  When it comes to fruit and veggie purees he does have his opinions though- he likes them cold and carrots are still at the top of his list.

*”Yay Charlie!”-  He doesn’t wave or clap yet but he does do “Yay Charlie!” which is basically “so big” with one hand.  He pumps one fist above his head when you say “yay Charlie” and is so proud of himself for doing so.  By the way, Mommy really loves this trick and will say “Yay Charlie” frequently throughout the day just because it makes her smile.

Likes-

*Peek-a-boo.  This is probably Charlie’s favorite game and one that will guarantee giggles, especially if he is playing with Daddy after bath time.  He loves to pull the towel off of his head and have Jamie say a big “peek-a-boo” which is usually followed by some raspberries and lots of giggles.

*Bath time-  Charlie LOVES his bath these days and along with that hates getting out.  During the day (unless the door is kept closed) he makes a beeline for the bathroom and just stands up at the tub banging on it and smiling.  I think he is hoping that someone will put him in it.  And at night he loves to play in there with Jay and if he would stay on his bottom I am sure that Daddy would let him play in there as long as he wanted.

*Music Table-  The music table is still one of Charlie’s favorite toys.  He will stand there for very long periods of time pushing buttons and dancing along with the music.  And while he sometimes will crawl away and play with something else he usually ends up back at the music table.

*Lion Push Toy-  The loin is probably Charlie’s other favorite toy.  He stands up and dances along with the music and pushes it around the family room (thankfully he hasn’t decided to venture further yet).  He will sit on the floor pushing it back and forth and knows exactly where to push to make it sing for him.

*Touch and Feel books- For a while Charlie wasn’t great at sitting and listening to books, he was too busy snatching them out of your hand to try and eat them.  However, lately he has taken a strong liking to the touch and feel books; That’s Not My Dragon and That’s Not My Baby being among his favorites.  He sits very patiently in laps while we read and touches every page, maybe we have a tactile learner on our hands :)  He also really likes Peek-a-Who?,  which is not a touch and feel book.

*Bella’s food dish and water-  One of Charlie’s favorite games lately is “Race you to the Kitty Food”.  Regardless of how far away he is from Bella’s food and water he will eventually make his way into the kitchen and after crawling through the obstacle course of kitchen chair legs (he could go around the table but under is so much more fun) he will make his way to the bowls, tip them over and bang them on the floor.  If you, ‘catch’ up to him before he gets there he will usually speed up and give you a really large smile or laugh when you grab him.  Thankfully Bella being as chubby as  she is usually doesn’t leave any food for him to spill everywhere which is nice.  However, the water is another issue all together.  We have a pet fountain which cannot be moved but that is fun to play in.  Sometimes a “No, no Charlie” will stop him from dunking his hand in it, other times not so much.  Needless to say this whole game has made supper time prep much more interesting.

*Jay- It goes without saying that Charlie and Jay adore each other.  They are starting to play together really well which is just adorable and Jay can make Charlie laugh like no one else can.  I love watching their relationship grow daily, it makes the crazy that is our lives with two young children so worth it.

Dislikes-

*Being on his own- He is a second child and, well, doesn’t really like to be on his own.  He can be happily playing on his own in a room but if you leave (and Jay is not there playing too) he quickly gets upset.  Frequently you can find him crawling along after Jay from room to room.

*Being hungry- Honestly, this is Charlie’s one huge dislike.  The child is happy, just happy to plain exist (it’s wonderful and endearing all at the same time) BUT if he is hungry watch out he will be fuss-y and nothing will calm him down other than eating.  I can almost guarantee if Jamie is not home to eat with us before 6:30 that I am going to have one fussy boy on my hands.

I didn’t get too many of the fast little guy on his own until I called in reinforcements… not sure my reinforcements really helped all that much ;)

my cup runneth over

I sat down a few times today* to write Charlie’s 9 month update but got distracted and while I sit here in the wee hours of the night waiting on my sweet hubby to come home (yes you read that correctly, he is not home from work yet- he has had such a busy week) I find myself overcome with gratitude.  Gratitude for my sweet hard-working husband who puts in way more than he is asked to both at work and at home and gratitude for the sweet healthy babies that are soundly sleeping in the next rooms.  While our days are far from perfect I couldn’t have dreamt up this kind of life for myself in any of my wildest dreams.  I am trying daily to drink it all in and dance in the joy that surrounds me.  My cup runneth over…

And just to give you a glimpse, these are from the first few moments of our morning…

a sweet Daddy, who should have rushed out the door to work but stayed to read a story to a little redheaded boy who asked ever so sweetly to read with him

sweet smiles that greeted me when I plucked this little one from his crib

and a moment that took my breath away- while packing things up to head to the doctor I walked into the other room and when I returned I found a big brother sweetly “reading” to one very attentive and admiring little brother.  The depth to their relationship constantly astounds and delights me.

*While I meant to publish this yesterday I didn’t actually get to before drifting off to sleep. Jamie worked until after 3AM and finally got home about 3:30 and we are really, really looking forward to his day off tomorrow…

9 months

So this little guy was a whopping nine months old today (actually yesterday- I thought I published this post last night before going to bed but I guess I didn’t)- so hard to believe, he’s growing SO fast!  I promise to have the monthly update up soon, since I know that you all are dying to know every little detail I care to share ;) However, here’s a photo from today to tide you all over.  Any guesses as to how soon he’ll be walking???

cars, cars and cars

Much of our time these days is spent in the family room racing cars, lining up cars, making cars fly, telling the gentlemen to start their engines, fussing at Charlie because he has the car that Jay would like and so much more with cars. To say that Jay enjoys playing with cars would be an understatement of the century. Our child is OBSESSED with them. Which honestly is perfectly fine with me- they are super easy to throw in the bag and travel well, they entertain him for hours and he spends countless hours dreaming up all kinds of things for them to do. Seriously, this kiddo’s imagination is on overdrive these days!

Here’s a little snippet of the view I get to have day after day…

gentlemen start your engines!!

fishing

Over the years we have had many, many visitors to Florida and while we love to do the traditional things with them while they are in town it’s always fun to do something a little out of the ordinary and I am pretty sure Terra Ceia qualifies as out of the ordinary. So while my cousins were in town we packed up and headed down to treat them to a little tractor riding, castnetting, dock sitting and fresh caught fried fish. We enjoyed it and we hope they did too!

This was also Charlie’s first trip down to Terra Ceia; it’s sad to think that we don’t get down there as often as we would like to. There are only showers at Terra Ceia so we had to imporvise with a few sink baths.

Nighttime fishing and a few first catches- it was catfish but at least it was something ;)

a little tractor fun

dock fun

castnetting

throwing like a pro

checking out a crab that was caught

saying hello to the crab (affectionately named Herman the Hermit crab- Jay is really curious about people and things’ names these days so most days I just make it up)

watching Daddy throw the net

future photographer- it must run in the family ;)

Jay loved seeing anything Jamie brought up in the net. He also wanted to touch everything! Don’t worry we washed his hands after this.

Like I said, it was Charlie’s first trip down to Terra Ceia and he loved venturing around the property and checking things out but I think he enjoyed playing under the bar chairs the most.

outside bath tub

This summer has been hot! I mean stand outside for 2 minutes, don’t move an inch and come in drenched in sweat- hot! So in an effort to stay cool we have pulled out the kiddie pool on many occasions. Some of our “swims” have been midday affairs in that time between lunch and afternoon naps while more frequently it gets pulled out after supper but before baths. Both boys love splashing around out there and since we don’t really care enough to change them into swim diapers before letting them splash we usually end up stripping off the super-huge water logged diapers and are left with two tiny skinny dippers. It’s a good thing we basically have a privacy fence out front otherwise I am not sure what our neighbors would think. I love so many of these photos that I took the other night when the boys were splashing around that I had a hard time narrowing it down much- be prepared for some ultra adorable summer night fun! Really Charlie’s faces are priceless in some of these :)

pick your battles

“Mommy I am cold, I need my jacket!” Umm, in Florida, in the summer- impossible! However, these days I choose my battles very wisely and this my friends is not one of them that I am willing to fight, so jacket it is. He will get warm soon enough and want to take it off and at that point I will gladly help him take it off, just as I gladly helped him zip it up and put the hood on ;)

Please excuse the phone photos but Jay and his cold self weren’t that interested in sitting still for Mommy’s big camera.

As a side note, we don’t usually let him play many games on my phone or watch many movies although I have lately let him play the app Trucks, which is what he is doing in these next two photos, and he is slightly obsessed with it. Honestly, if you have a small boy around you should look into it- you can tow the cars to the shop to fix their tires, you can get the cars dirty and then take them through a carwash, they can dig and dump dirt at a construction site. Definetly worth the $1.99 we paid for it. And in case you were wondering, which I am sure you were, I do in fact LOVE his little crossed toes in these photos ;)