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A memory to save for a rainy day

After a fun night of an impromptu trip to the Children’s Museum, dinner at Chik-fil-a, and a stroll through the toy aisle (just looking :) ) at Target, I asked Charlotte what her favorite part of the day was as we were lying in her bed together tonight.

She surprised me with her answer, spoken without any hesitation:

“When you and daddy both came to pick me up from Katie’s [the babysitter] house.”

Awww. She is an easy one to please. Gosh, I love her! 

Sisters in February

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In February 2015, Charlotte is 4 and Caroline is 8 months old. Charlotte relishes in her role of being one of the few people who can make Caroline really laugh out loud, and Caroline continues to be delighted by the exuberance of her big sister. Charlotte will ask to get in Caroline’s crib with her just about every day, and Caroline welcomes her with a grin. Meanwhile, Mom and Dad are simply feeling honored to witness the development of this lifelong, unbreakable bond. 

Caroline is 8 months old!

I’m a day short of a week overdue with this, but at least it is still February. It’s hard to believe our baby is 8 months old now.

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She is such a love!

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Caroline is still loving her sweet potatoes and puffs the most, and she loves to feed herself more than ever now. We rarely spoon-feed purees to her anymore, and she is doing a great job scooping up slippery chunks of avocado and pasta. Eating solid food has helped ease up my pumping regime during the work day, which I appreciate! It is really difficult to get any work done when I was pumping three times a day (both preps and during lunch). Now I’m down to twice a day (or once and at night if I feed her right before she leaves for day care) and it makes a big difference. 

Caroline is a toy-loving gal! Unlike her big sister who couldn’t care less for toys as a baby (that’s not AT ALL true now, though :) ), Caroline can always be appeased with one of her toys. I finally bought a basket to keep all her own toys and move around the house wherever we need it. We can just plop her down on the floor, spill a bunch of toys around her, and she’ll stay pretty happy for awhile. If she gets upset, toss in a new toy. Easy! But don’t you dare take something away from Caroline. That really pisses her off. Her face will contort into the saddest and most dramatic expression before she lets out a mighty wail. Luckily she gets over things pretty quickly. She must know I deal with enough drama from her big sister and my 150 7th graders in a day! Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

The only time she sits in her swing is if we have a random difficult night where she’s wide awake at 2 am (like last night). Otherwise, she likes to move and play too much for that boring old thing. I can’t wait to get that monstrosity out of our small family room. Small house living is challenging with all the giant baby gear!

No teeth yet. Not crawling, scooting, or pulling up. But she is a wiggler who loves to lunge forward in our arms and sort of hang off us. She certainly gives me a workout. Her favorite past time: grabbing things. Like my face. My face is her favorite thing to grab. Painful? Yep. But it’s also cute so I forgive you, Baby. It’s also so adorable the way she will lunge out her sitter’s arms toward me when I arrive to pick her up every day. Then she’ll just grab my face and pull it toward hers for a kiss. And when I say kiss I really mean a face smoosh because, remember, she’s only 8 months old. 

This sure is a fun age, and we are enjoying watching Caroline’s personality  emerge more each day. Mama, Daddy, and Charlotte love you, Caroline! You make me smile and beam with pride all day long! 

Four Years Ago Today….

I wrote this post and added this picture. Looks familiar!

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Name Stools

Caroline received a special gift in the mail last week.

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Thank you, Aunt Micki and Uncle Matt, for these wonderful name stools! I had one as a little girl, so they are especially sentimental for me. Charlotte loves hers, and she is excited that Caroline has one now, too. I have a feeling she will learn how to spell Caroline’s name rather quickly…Yay for learning, says the teacher. 

Caroline is SEVEN months old!

Caroline turned seven months old last weekend!

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Whew, how did we get here already? To me, seven months seems so much older that five or six months for some reason. To me, pre-six months old = tiny baby, post-six months = on the path to one year-old. EEek!

Luckily, Caroline is still not doing many of those big kid/baby moves, like pulling herself up to stand, crawling, or even sitting completely steadily. She babbles all day long but isn’t saying any “words” (like mamama, dada, bababa, etc.), and while she is very good at reaching, grabbing, and putting things into her mouth, she still needs major assistance feeding herself finger foods. Caroline is still very much my baby, and I am loving it!

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She is a great sleeper at night and has become a pretty good napper at home, too. When she’s healthy/not congested, I am able to put her to bed awake around 6 pm and she usually wakes only once before we get her up at 7 the next morning. She struggles with naps more at day care, but I think that is because she is just generally not quite as happy there because she can’t get all the attention in the world. The amount she eats at day care though….Oh boy! One day she ate two entire sweet potatoes, a banana, AND about 15 ounces of breast milk! I have no idea how she fit so much food into her little tummy. She does not eat this much solid food at home, however, so I’m still pondering what’s going on with that.

Late last week she came down with a virus that gave her a fever and wiped her out. Over a span of 2.5 days she was awake for only about 6 hours total! She’d wake up and almost immediately act sleepy again, so we’d put her back down and she’d sleep for hours until her next brief awake time. Thankfully she is on the mend and spent a lot more out of bed this weekend. 

This month we are looking forward to expanding her palate with more new foods, practicing her independent sitting, and listening to her laugh at her silly sister. Charlotte, by the way, is practically the only person who can make Caroline giggle. She will smile at anyone, but the giggles have been rare so far. She has the cutest little laugh that instantly makes us smile (and freak out) when we hear it. Charlotte enjoys being her jester. 

Here are the sisters at the end of Caroline’s photo shoot this afternoon. She is still getting over her virus so she’s been more ornery than usual this weekend. By the time Charlotte got in on the pictures, Caroline was OVER IT. :)

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Numbers

Charlotte and Caroline had appointments yesterday morning (Charlotte’s 4 year check and Caroline’s 6 month check). Daddy spent over two hours at the doctor with both of them while Momma went to work. Caroline is now 18 lbs 6 oz! Even though she is a few weeks past her exact 6 month birthday, I still think it is incredible that she is exactly 2 pounds heavier than Charlotte was at 6 months! I know because I just checked my own blog. I knew I’ve been writing this thing for a reason! Caroline is also 26.25 inches long.

Charlotte is now 40.5 inches and 36 pounds. Both girls are healthy, which means Daddy and I are happy!

Charlotte was not so happy about the shots she had to get. After her flu shot a couple of months ago, she has become terrified of needles. There was a lot of screaming on the exam table and a full day of limping to follow. It’s been over 24 hours and she’s still hobbling around, although only when she remembers to do so. Our dramatic girl! (Remember this?)

Also, looking back at June 2011 I came across this post with an adorable video of six month-old Charlotte and Buddy. What a cutie. I have the most adorable babies. And my dog was pretty darling, too. We sure miss him, but I’m glad Charlotte had a pup to spend her early years with. Now Caroline needs a furry friend…