18 months

A little over a week ago Charlie turned 18 months old. It’s so hard to believe that my (current) baby is turning into such a little boy. I know that I say this with every update but wow, time sure does fly by!

I love this age, some of the others I could do without, but 18 months is by far one of my favorites. Charlie is fiercely determined, independent and stubborn to boot but incredibly affectionate, sweet and just plain happy most of the time. He’s precious and I wish I could bottle him up at this age and save a little bit of this sweetness for later.

Stats:
Weight- 22lbs
Height- 31.75″
Teeth- Charlie has the oddest combination of teeth in that little head of his. He currently has 12 teeth, including the top four center teeth, three of his bottom front teeth, his one year old molars and one canine. They have come in in no particular order so honestly we have no idea what will come next, although I know that more are coming as we speak.

Things of Note:
-Charlie is talking up a storm and has been for quite a while. He had been putting together 3 word sentences for months and continues to say new words daily. His currently list of words include: Mommy, Daddy, Jay, what, this, that, I, where, want, down, me, more (moe), two, nine, ten, cheese, hi, hey, no, oh, goodness, Mimi, “I’m coming”,go
-He adores his brother Jay. Most of the time you can find him following Jay around the house. Not really imitating what he does but rather just wanting to be around him and play with him. He asks for him most days after he gets up from his nap if Jay is still sleeping and if I don’t watch him closely he will stand outside his door yelling for him. He frequently asks “Where’s Jay?” if he can’t find him and is always trying to keep up with him.
-He is a pretty good eater for the most part. He has his good and bad eating days and I don’t worry when he doesn’t eat much because he will eat more than enough on the days that he is really hungry. His current favorites include cottage cheese, cheese, hot dogs, watermelon, beans, ice cream and milk.
-Sleeping is still pretty great. He is still in the crib for now but we might transition him into a big boy bed soon before the baby comes (this will be interesting because he and Jay will be sharing a room at this point). He still takes a morning nap, although if we are out and busy he can skip it, an afternoon nap, is in bed between 7:30 and 8 most nights and sleeps until 7:30 or 8 in the morning. When he wakes up he usually just plays in his bed quietly (or not so quietly) until someone comes to get him. But as soon as you open his door he says “I want down!”
-He is fiercely stubborn, even more so than Jay was at this age. We find that if he wants something he will stop at nothing to make sure he gets it and is not easily deterred.

Likes:
*Books- He still loves to read with us and will sit through as many as you will read to him at night. Book length is increasing as well. He doesn’t always pick the simple ones anymore so we are able to read a little more variety to him. A few of his current favorites are Little Blue Truck, The Bear Snores On and Going on a Bear Hunt. When you read Going on a Bear Hunt he will recite some of the phrases to you and do the snowstorm sound effects while you read.
*Blankie- nothing new here but it needs to be said. Charlie does not go anywhere in the house without his blankie and he would take it everywhere if I would let him (I don’t let it leave the house so it doesn’t get dirty and ruined) and he won’t sleep without it.
*Water- Bath, water table, hose, kiddie pool, big pool… you name it! If it has water he pretty much loves it. He is currently taking swim lessons and doing really well and while he doesn’t love the lessons (he doesn’t like to do things until he knows he can do them) he still does everything his instructor tells him to do and is does it well.
*Buckles- he has a new-found love of buckles. He has just discovered how to clasp them and he will have you undo the buckle multiple times so he can clip it again.
*Being outside- both of my boys have always loved being outside and this hasn’t changed with Charlie. He will play out there for hours and is instantly happy when you ask if he would like to go out.
*Combs, Brushes, Vacuum attachments etc- Charlie has a thing for small objects that you can hold in your hand and walk around with. He frequently has one of them in his hand as he walks around the house. I honestly wish our vacuum wasn’t so hard to push or I think I could get him to vacuum the house for me.
*Cars- he is starting to really enjoy playing with cars. His is nowhere near to Jay’s obsession with cars but he likes pushing them around and making noises while he does. Fillmore (Moe Moe) is his current favorite car, it’s a VW bus from the Pixar movie Cars.
*GO, GO- Charlie loves running these days and loves even more when you say “Go, Go” and even more when you chase him.
*Bella and Piper- Charlie adores our pets and is constantly crawling all over them, giving them hugs and kisses. He helps Jamie let Piper outside in the morning and then helps to feed her. He is generally pretty sweet to both of them and they get a whole lot of Charlie love.

Charlie- 18 months

TaDa!
Ta Da!

Charlie- 18 months

Charlie- 18 months

Charlie- 18 months

We celebrate half-birthdays with half of a cake and a new half-birthday book. These next few photos are of Charlie enjoying the post-frosting beaters and finally realizing what the thing on the stand in front of him was…
licking the beaters from his half birthday cake

he’s got a mean stink-eye
he's got a mean stink-eye

finally realizing that it was cake in front of him
realizing that it was cake :)

half birthday cake

half birthday cake

A lot of the things Charlie enjoys are similar to Jay’s. If you want to read about Jay at 18 months check out this post.

silly charlie

Lately, Charlie’s personality has really started to bloom. We are really getting an idea of just how silly, sweet and hard headed this little guy is. I love watching him grow into his own little person. One of the silly things he loves to do is stand on his head. I don’t know why he does it but he does it frequently and when he does he sometimes waves at people through his legs. Silly, silly boy.

silly Charlie

silly Charlie

waving at me and the camera

standing on your head is hard work
it's hard work to stand on your head

sweet dreams

My little bird is not often still asleep when I head into his room after naps. However, this day he was snoozing away and when I realized it I quickly grabbed my camera to grab a few photos of his sweet little dreams. These photos are older (I think they are from last July- wow!) but I couldn’t resist sharing.

sweet dreams little one

sleeping Jay

sleeping Jay

sleeping Jay

wild

I woke up today and thought we needed to get out of the house. I hadn’t seen either of the boys yet but I knew we needed to be out. Luckily it is the first Monday of the month which means that it’s free admission day to Leu Gardens because the Orlando public library is doing story time. So I sent my dear friend Staci a text asking if she would like to join our crazy for the morning and she agreed to. If we are going for full disclosure here I admit that I had no intention of actually going to listen to story time, we have done that before and it’s not all that great- It’s a huge room so the boys have a hard time seeing/hearing and overall I just haven’t ever been a fan, I just wanted a mostly fenced in area in which the boys could run.

So we loaded up, stopped by Dunkin Donuts to stock up on sugar and caffeine and headed to the gardens. I should have known that it was going to be a stellar morning when Charlie was using the corner of his shirt as a make-shift blankie and sucking his thumb on the way there (the thumb is the ultimate “I want sleep” indicator); however, I ignored the neon flashing sign and we trudged on. Charlie cried and fussed for a good portion of the morning out of sheer indecision and tiredness- the kid had no idea what he wanted or didn’t want, to ride in the stroller, to walk, to be held etc. And Jay left his “glistening ears” (what he calls his listening ears) at home or in the car or something so we were in rare form.

Regardless of all of that, we did have a really great time. We picnicked with donuts, got some of our energy out and Jay got filthy dirty when he “tripped” and rolled around the hill (ie purposefully fell while running down the hill). However, I certainly am looking forward to the being able to use the new (currently waiting for it to arrive) stroller. It has two seats and two buckles so I can strap both of my crazies in at one time and just push the singing (I mean screaming) children places without pushing one and trying to wrangle the other on top of my ever growing belly. Oh and did I mention that I am super grateful for sweet friends who will chase your kids down when they start running straight for the lake without warning? If I didn’t well I meant to; those kind of friends are the best ;)

Here’s our troop of doughnut-eating boys (the lone girl between the two of us was at school)- four pictured (ages 6, 3.5, 2.5 and 1.5), another not pictured (5 months old) was in the stroller and the last one in my tummy still baking. I know it’s a lot but they are wild and fun never the less.

our troop

Jay Bird

Brock

Charlie

Eli

Happy Monday to you, hope your day was a walk in the park ;)

easter

We were in rare form this past Easter- Charlie was teething really badly and Jay, Charlie and I were also battling a terrible cold (thankfully Jamie never got it). So despite all of the photos that I took we didn’t walk away with a fabulous picture perfect family photo, oh well- this is us Easter 2013 grumpy and all.

best shot of the boys and Dad

best one of just the boys

me and my little boys- all three of them!

me with grumpy Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

my boys

Jay

my sweet boys

sweet smiles

the bird

slip sliding away

We have our moments these days with a constantly teething toddler (Charlie) and an independent/stubborn 3 year old and needless to say not all days are filled with rainbows and unicorns. However, last week on an especially difficult day we pulled out the slip n slide and Jamie tossed the boys down it over and over again until they were turning purple and we had to come in. It was hilarious to watch, the boys LOVED it and it was such a nice end to our day. It was definitely $5 well spent, yes you read that correctly it was only $5- thank you target ;)

ready for launch

I love Jay's face in this one

two at a time

sideways!

slip n slide

slip n slide

Charlie loved when Jay would crash into him
bowling for brothers

having a blast!

having a blast

Jay having so much fun

more fun

Charlie’s diaper got really big so we eventually just took it off.
naked slip n slide

summer time fun

springtime in florida

We have been in the big pool once already; swim lessons (in the big outdoor pool) start at the end of the week; we have taken out the slip n slide, water table and now the kiddie pool. As far as I’m concerned springtime in Florida is in full swing! Living here does have it’s perks although come July/August I am pretty sure I will be joining the boys in the kiddie pool because it is going to be HOT! Most days we need to burn off a ton of energy just so the boys don’t end up killing each other before Daddy gets home… I call this next activity: pre-nap time survival, that and cheap entertainment.

Oh and if you want to see how much the kiddos have grown in the last year check out these and these kiddie pool pics from last year.

JUMP!

splash

so much fun!

two very happy boys

JUMP

what could be more fun than splashing up a storm?