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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…

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Charlotte: three and a quarter

Although it may not seem like it due to my lack of blogging this year, I could fill a novel with all the gushing I could do about Charlotte at this age. Gosh, I love three. Sure, she has her “toddler moments,” but overall Chris and I can’t stop marveling over how enchanting our kid is. And discussing it with each other at night after she goes to bed… or on the phone during the day… or right in front of her like she’s not even there. Really. We are so in so love with this one. (Spoken like a true parent, huh?)

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At three and a quarter, Charlotte is all about science. While she loves stories, many of her favorite books are non-fiction. She has books about animals, dinosaurs, planets, and sea life that she just loves to look through and have us read to her. Because she’s so inquisitive, she knows all about carnivores and herbivores, where certain animals are from, and that chimps unfortunately eat baby monkeys (but they mostly eat bananas, I assured her, which makes her feel better). “It’s the circle of life,” has become something Chris and I have been saying pretty often these days, particularly after watching a Nova special on killer whales or carnivorous cats. 

Plastic animals and dinosaurs are still her toy-of-choice, and she always has to take at least one wherever we go. Right now she is sleeping with two girraffs, an elephant, and a baby and mama polar bear. Meanwhile, the basket of cuddly stuffed animals at the foot of her bed is left untouched. She shows even less interest in baby dolls. She has three of them, and I’m pretty sure she’s never played with any one!

Oh, but she adores real babies. She coos over babies Jack and Kenneth at daycare and loves to help her babysitter feed them their bottles. She is always telling me how Jack is “sooo cute,” and she gets all googly-eyed just thinking about her new baby brother or sister. (Can you hear my sigh of relief through the computer?) 

Other things she loves: Star Wars (Darth Vader, in particular. She doesn’t know he’s the bad guy. Ha!), museums, bubbles, Frozen and all its music (okay, all Disney movies), traveling to visit family and having visitors stay with us, going to the library, reading books to us, eating cereal/sandwiches/pasta/fruit, riding down the hill in the babysitter’s yard on the little scooter, maps, jumping. 

Things she’s not so into: Drawing/coloring (she is happier to paint), dolls, wearing dresses, being a daredevil, baths/washing her hair (STILL), getting ready for bed, going home (she always wants to go somewhere!), talking to strangers.

Now, how about a little dose of Charlish to spice things up?

Charlotte was trying to remember where she got one of her horse toys: “I think I got it at…Happy Face.” (aka Goodwill!)

 Katy on the phone to Chris: Boo-boo’s barking his head off at the thunder.  Charlotte: I don’t want Boo-boo’s head to fall off!

Therese (Charlotte’s baby sitter) got Charlotte’s dinosaur toys at “The Dollar Treat” (aka The Dollar Tree) .

K: What does daddy do when he tutors?                                                                                 C: He teaches a little girl how to count!

K: What do you want to be when you grow up?                                                                     C: Nothing.                                                                                                                                           K: Oh, you’re going to just be a bum then?                                                                           C: No, I’m going to be a kid.

This happens all the time: K and C: Charlotte, would you to _________, or not?C: Not. 

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Every day now I feel like I am seeing more and more of a little kid in my sweet baby. And aside from the cute/funny childish examples posted above, every day she’ll ask me something or respond to one of my questions in a way I don’t expect – sounding so grown up I can hardly believe she was only born three and a quarter years ago. This year has been the biggest eye-opener for me as to how fleeting our precious time really is. It’s made me re-think a lot about how I want to spend my days and hold on to memories. In two years I’ll have a kindergartener. Just wow.

As I’m writing this post I realize that all this mushy stuff is really something most people don’t have much interest in reading about other people’s children. I’ve been thinking about this blog lately and am reminding myself that this writing is for Charlotte. I want her to have a collection of her pictures and important milestones and happy memories all stored in one place. I’m also hoping it will help her understand just how much we love her, forever, no matter what. 

I plan to post about the new baby, too, of course! From now on, I think I am going to make all Charlotte and baby-related posts password protected. So if you’d like to continue following along with those updates, please let me know in the comments or by email! 

This little one

I’ve been back at work since August 16th, and even though I always love the energy and excitement that a new school year brings, I’ve been missing this little one. DSC_0294 DSC_0004 DSC_0358 DSC_0307

This little one who sleeps with plastic animals and dips them in her ice cream, who asks for a trip to Target on a near daily basis, who now asks her mom and dad to “go away please” so she can have some privacy when she paints, who sat patiently through her first french braid.

This little one is growing up before my eyes. The baby fat is melting away, the inches are stacking up, and the sentences are tumbling out of her mouth. And day by day, it seems, I see less of my sweet baby and more of my girl, my little person. She is such an awesome little person. I love her completely.

always my silly sproutling

always my silly sproutling

Charlish: Late Summer Edition

Charlotte continues to say some pretty cute/funny things these days. To be honest, I kinda expected to take note of every single cute thing she’s ever said and then document it here so that I can remember it forever….

…I’m doing my best?

Well, here is approximately point three percent of her cute sayings from the past month.

  • Charlotte and I went out for ice cream over a month ago. I got a cone and she had a cup. When I got down to the cone and took a bite, Charlotte said, “Mama eat the bone part!”

  • She’s made all the typical pronoun mistakes, which is adorable. Some of my favorites are “My too” for me too, and “Can I have you’s?” I haven’t heard my too in weeks, though, so I suppose she’s moved on from that already. *tear
  •  Either Wisconsin is a hard word to remember, or Charlotte really thinks the Wis part is exchangeable with whatever or whomever she associates with the place. So far, she’s called it Sadie-sconsin and Yo-yo-sconsin. The yo-yo one is pretty funny considering that yo-yo in the living room of our house was about the least significant aspect of our entire week.

  •  She calls sprinkers bro-colli  (???) haha

  •  When Charlotte temporarily forgets words, she’ll either mumble something unintelligible in its place, or she’ll insert another word she knows that has a similar amount of syllables. When we were in Wisconsin, my uncle Jim and aunt Amy brought their sweet dog Petunia along. Charlotte (and everyone) really, really loved her. She called her Ah-petuna. (Again, ???) Since we’ve been home, Ah-Petuna has been used to replace multiple words during her brain farts. In particular, tortilla. Just like this: “I want cheese in my Ah-petuna!”

  •  Charlotte sees something in a book/real life that she thinks is one thing but is really something else. Example: Char: “Look! A mama ostrich and a baby ostrich!” Chris: “That little one is an emu, but it does look like an ostrich, doesn’t it?” Char: “No. That’s an ostrich.” This sort of conversation happens ALL THE TIME. She is such a little know-it-all.

  • Elevator = elegator

  • “I want to do it my byself.

Rarely, when we are really lucky, we get something funny on video. WE DID TONIGHT, folks! We were trying to get her to sing on camera, which, like usual, did not happen. But we did discover that she’s taking lessons from The King. How, where and why? We have absolutely no idea. But these fun little surprises are one of the best parts of being a parent.

Real questions, Real answers…from a 2 year-old

I saw this idea on Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures (funny blog; do read), and I decided I just had to try it out on Charlotte.

Ask your kids questions about yourself (or life or whatever), and write them down.

Here are her answers:

How old is Mama?  “Two!”

What does mama do with her friends?    “A bag of neigh neighs.” (This is because I started listing my friends, and when she heard Carla’s name, she remembered that Carla had just given her a bag of little horses she bought from a garage sale.) [Thanks so much, Carla! Charlotte LOVES them!]

What do you want to be when you grow up?   “Um, a lion.”

What is the funniest word?    “Monkeys.”

What makes you happy?   “…..Um, happy!”

What are you afraid of?    “A ghost.” (first she said “a gullison” ???)

What does mama dream about at night?   “Arthur.”  (That would be the aardvark from the popular Marc Brown children’s book series.  Actually, I dream about Mr. Ratburn, but close enough.)

What does Charlotte dream about?   “Dream about rabbits.”

 

Well, that probably wasn’t very entertaining for anyone but me.

 

Oh, and I’ve failed to mention time and again that Charlotte is out of diapers now! We really started with her  after  her babysitter left after the semester ended the second week of May. She just seemed ready, and she was because she took to it immediately. Since then, she was mostly out of diapers and only wore them at night and during naps (and if we were going out and didn’t know when we’d be back). And since I’ve been out of school on June 3rd, she’s been in underpants full time! We are so proud of her! And her little bum looks so cute now that it isn’t hidden behind all that diaper bulge.

I’ve been having lots of moments lately where I’m suddenly dumbstruck at how grown up she is already. I swear I was just pregnant like yesterday, and the thought of having a toddler and buying Hello Kitty underpants was worlds away. Well, Hello World. We’re here. And soon, I’m sure, we’ll be gone. Onto school supplies and bike rides and deodorant and make-up and sporting events and prom dresses and college graduations.

Excuse me while I go drown myself in a bottle of…..water? 🙂