Monday, January 4, 2016

Charlie is 8 months!

At 8 months, we are aren't sure how much Charlie weighs, but his 6-9 month clothes are getting a little short in the arms.  He is moving into 12 month clothes for pajamas and shirts, but the pants are still way too big in the waist.  He continues to be a delight and so so happy!  Not much has changed developmentally with Charlie.  He is babbling a little more, mostly saying "dada". And getting into more stuff as he is becoming more and more proficient at the army crawl....which is adapting a little bit more into a real crawl.  He follows his brother and sister everywhere and loved chasing balls!  He has also begun to wave.  

Friday, December 4, 2015

Charlie is 7 months!

This past month, Charlie officially became a "paci baby".  Before if he lost his paci, he would easily start sucking on his fingers.  However, over the past month, he has begun to prefer his paci over everything and has also started to be able to put it in all by himself.  Charlie is still army crawling all over the place, and right before he turned 7 months started to sit up by himself.  He still will not stay for long, but he rarely falls over accidentally anymore.  He continues to be a super happy baby who loves to smile and laugh.  He naps 2-3 times a day, but is not really on a schedule.  If he gets fussy, I put him down for a nap.  He rarely fusses!  He is loving solid food, and avocados, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes are the staples.  He loves pears and applesauce too, and has not yet rejected anything we have given him!  He has even started being able to eat cheerios.  This month he gained a little bit more weight and is now 15lbs 15oz.  I think all of those avocados I've been feeding him are doing the trick!!!  He still nurses 5 times a day most days.  I did not take an "official" picture this month, but here are some showing off his sitting up skills!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Charlie is 6 months

This past month Charlie continued to excel at the army crawl.  He will occasionally get up on his hands and knees and rock but so far no real crawling.  He is not quite able to sit up yet.  I actually think he would be able to if he wanted to, but since he can get to point A to point B so easily he chooses not to sit!  He tried the baby swing at the park for the first time this month and thought it was so fun!  He also went on his first hayride.  Charlie continues to be such a sweet baby.  He loves to cuddle, blow raspberries, laugh, and smile.  He has started to eat solids, and is doing a pretty good job getting the hang of it!  He loves his brother and sister, and laughs at them often!  He continues to sleep all night and nurse about 5 times a day.  He takes 3 naps most days with an occasional 4th cat nap.  He is so social that it has become harder for him to nap on the go, so some days he might only take 2 naps if we are out and about.  He is still healthy but a small peanut.  At 6 months he weighs 15lbs 2oz.  He still fits perfectly in his 6-9 month clothes.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


In October we took two trips to Athens, GA for both the Alabama game and the Mizzou game. For the Alabama game, we stayed the weekend in a rental house with Mama and Grandaddy.  The kids stayed at the house while Matt and I went to my college ministry's reunion dinner.  It was so fun to be with two of my best friends from college and see several friends whom I had not seen in awhile.  Then Matt, Grandaddy, and our friend Chris went to the game in the POURING rain while the girls all hung out in the warm and dry house watching the game on TV.  Unfortunately it was not the outcome we hoped for, but it was a wonderful weekend!!  The house had a set of guitars that Hannah and Ethan had a blast playing.  They sang "Hey Bartender" all weekend, and it was hilarious!  For the Mizzou game, Matt and I just went for a day trip and left the kids with a babysitter at home.  It was a long day but so worth it!  Since Mizzou joined the SEC, Matt and I have not missed a "family rivalry" weekend!  We also had lots of fall fun in October.  We went to a pumpkin patch that had a hayride, face painting, and a petting zoo.  The kids got to go on a firetruck when the firefighters came to visit Hannah's school.  One weekend Timmy, my cousin, came to town for a Panthers game, and made the time to come out to dinner with us!  It was so fun to see him and we are so thankful he wanted to see us!  We also had lots of fun enjoying the cooler weather, by playing at the park.  We finished the month with a trip to St. Louis for Halloween and to meet our sweet new nephew Ben!  We had a great time with family and the kids LOVED trick or treating, even in the rain!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Charlie is 5 months old

At 5 months, Charlie continues to roll over like a champ.  He almost immediately goes to his stomach if you put him on his back so pictures this month were a bit of a challenge.  He can kind of balance himself while trying to sit up, but quickly leans all the way forward until his on his belly again.  He got his first tooth a few days before turning 5 months and I think the next one is coming in too.  He has not stopped drooling or chewing his fingers!!  He has the best laugh and absolutely adores his big brother and sister.  For some reason, Ethan in particular mesmerizes him.  He has gained about a pound and is 15 lbs 2 oz.  He is still wearing his 6-9 month clothes and size 3 diapers. Charlie is still an awesome sleeper, going from 8:30pm to around 8:00/8:30 am.  This month he also finally got the hang of napping in his crib.  He falls asleep on his own and most of the time without even a peep!  He is still nursing 5 times a day with an occasional 6th feeding thrown in there, and from the way he watches me eat, I imagine he'll be ready for solids soon!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015


September seemed like a super busy month.  The kids and I went down to Atlanta on the Thursday before Labor Day to spend the night in Grant Park and go to the Atlanta Zoo with my dear friend Emily on Friday.  The kids had an absolute blast seeing all of the animals!!  They loved the Giraffes, Gorillas, and Panda Bears the best!!  We then headed up to Lake Lanier where Matt met us the next day at my parents house.  Hannah and Ethan loved riding on Grandaddy's boat and they even got to help him drive!!  Hannah loved getting on the tube and they both loved "whimmin" as Ethan would say.  We had a wonderful visit with Aunt Lauri, Uncle Ron and most of their kids while we were there too!!  We are so thankful that they made the trek out to my parents to hang out for the evening!! Unfortunately, that same night we had the first broken bone in the family.  Ethan fell off of Grandaddy's stationary golf cart and broke his collar bone.  He was a trooper and did a great job at the ER for his X-rays. The next week, Hannah started preschool and absolutely loves it!!  It's so fun hearing about what she is learning and the friends she is making!  On the 13th, Charlie was baptized and we were thankful to have Grandaddy and Mama visit for the occasion.  We are so thankful for our church community and were so excited to celebrate Charlie and the promises God has made to those who love and follow Him.  We went of a church retreat towards the end of the month and went apple picking while we were there.  We had a blast hanging out with other families and getting to know them better.