Mommyhood

Keepin’ Busy

So my last post was on August 29th. To say it’s been a while would be an understatement. But alas, I am back and somewhat motivated to liven this blog up a bit with some updates!

A LOT has happened over the past 3 months. In an attempt to avoid making this the longest blog post in the history of blogging, I have decided to break down our past months in list form (I love lists!).

September:

1. Charlie started walking at the beginning of 13 months! As soon as she figured out the two leg transportation mode, she was non-stop (and still is). I should really change the name of this blog to “Chasing Charlie”.

2. Jed and I went away on our first trip alone, to Arizona, to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. Charlie stayed with Grandma and Grandpa and had a blast and was spoiled beyond belief.

3. In July, we lost one of my Uncle’s – Paul. He was such a gentle and loving soul and we decided to have his memorial in September up at Lake Vermilion where he is buried. It was a quick trip, but it was a beautiful ceremony and gave us an opportunity to say goodbye.

October:

1. Charlie had her first real “illness”. We ended up having to take her to urgent care and to the ER for bronchiolitis. She was having a lot of trouble breathing so we were on a week of neb treatments and steroids. She’s had colds, but this one took the cake. She didn’t want to eat or move, which is very unlike her, even when she’s not at 100%. She’s all good now and was a day after being on meds.

2. First pumpkin patch. We went with the cousins to pick out pumpkins, which was great until we tried to take a photo of all the kids. Charlie is apparently not into group photos.

3. We had 3 Halloween celebrations! One at daycare with pumpkin carving and costumes, one on beggar’s night (which they do here in Central IA) and then again in the lobby of our hotel in Chicago on Halloween! She rocked it and had a blast as Little Red Riding Hood.

November:

1. Charlie and I went to Chicago for a long weekend for a charity event for The Lambs, where one of my uncle’s resides. We had a blast trick or treating in the lobby, hanging with Aunt Havvah and going to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

2. While in Chicago, we got to witness Nik Wallenda walk the tightrope across the river. It was crazy to see that in person and a little terrifying as well as you kind of hold your breath for him. It was very cold, so we left immediately after he walked the first line and watched the rest in our hotel room. Charlie, as always, was a trooper and excited to watch all the commotion.

Of course, there was much more going on than the above, but ya’ll don’t want to hear about every trip to the zoo, grocery store, etc. These were the big items that I can remember off the top of my head.

On the Charlotte update front, she is growing like a beanstalk. We had her 15-month well check today and below are her stats compared to her other updates. She’s definitely lean.

Charlotte Mae – Fifteen Month Update

Weight:
2 Weeks = 9 lbs., 2 oz. – 75th percentile
2 Months = 13 lbs., 11 oz. –  97th percentile
4 Months = 15 lbs., 15 oz. – 90th percentile
6 months = 17 lbs., 10 oz. – 78th percentile
9 months = 19 lbs., 3 oz. – 55th percentile
12 months = 21 lbs., 12 oz. – 60th percentile
15 months = 22 lbs., 8 oz. – 43rd percentile

Height:
2 Weeks = 21.3″ – 81st percentile
2 Months = 24.5″ – 97th percentile
4 Months = 26.5″ – 97th percentile
6 months = 27″ – 86th percentile
9 months = 29.8″ – 97th percentile
12 months = 30″ – 77th percentile
15 months = 31.6″ – 79th percentile

Head Circumference:
2 Weeks = 36.5 cm – 61st percentile
2 Months = 40.5 cm – 86th percentile
4 Months = 41 cm – 48th percentile
6 months = 43.4 cm – 74th percentile
9 months = 44 cm – 49th percentile
12 months = 44 cm – 20th percentile
15 months = 46.6 cm – 68th  percentile

She has a great appetite and still only has a few things she won’t eat – like bananas. She recently tried some pickled ginger and liked it! She drinks rice milk (because of her milk protein allergy) and water. We haven’t really introduced juice yet because she has enough energy, she doesn’t need more sugar ;)! The only thing in regard to food that has been difficult is the food allergy and making sure we’re always prepared by bringing food for her. It makes me so nervous now that she is eating table food and also tall enough to grab things off the table. We have to be careful about what we have around and we’re just diligent about asking if we eat at restaurants.

Her favorite foods are steak, quinoa/brown rice mix, broccoli, graham/animal crackers, bacon, green beans and applesauce. She has also mastered the art of dipping. She loves dipping crackers into her soup or chili.

She sleeps well and has a pretty set schedule. She’s up around 6:30-7 a.m., nap time around 9 a.m. and again around 1 p.m. and bedtime at 7:30 p.m.

If she’s awake, she’s moving. I would love to put a pedometer on her to see how many steps she takes a day because she is non-stop! She also loves to climb, tackle and walk backwards. Her new favorite activity is getting the dogs riled up to play with her. She likes playing “chase” with them.

She comprehends very well, but does not yet have much of a vocabulary. She can say mama, dada, hi (with a wave). She can sign for “more” and is starting to pick up “please”. Every once in a while there is a new word that’s stated, but it’s usually a one-time thing. She babbles a lot and is “conversational”, just “incomprehensible” at the moment.

The next few weeks/couple of months are going to be busy with holidays, but we’re excited to celebrate with friends and family.

And lastly, lots of photos from the past couple of months.

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