Charlotte is 9 Months Old!!!

Charlotte is busy exploring.  She is happier much longer on the ground now that she can scoot around.  This also means that my floors were swept and mopped last week since she is only staying on her blanket in the living room for a few minutes.  She isn’t crawling yet, but she is getting places.  Charlotte takes 2-3 naps.  She is still a night owl.  Occasionally, I can get her in bed before 9.  I look forward to her going to sleep closer to 8.  She wakes 1-2 times a night.  I am trying to just nurse her once, but rocking her back to sleep often takes longer than if I just nursed her.  She continues to grow in her contentment, and I am still dairy, citrus, and chocolate free in an effort to help her with that.  Charlotte has all sorts of pureed food, and she is eating solids 5 times a day.  We love her bunches.  She gets very excited when Kyle comes home, and she is interacting more with her sisters.  Her smiles and giggles are great.  She is jabbering and started saying Mama last month.

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Charlotte is 8 Months Old!!!

IMG_7628The beginning and middle of Charlotte’s 7th month was full of little sleep for me, BUT she has made great strides at night.  There have been a handful of nights that she slept through the night.  They aren’t in a row, and she tosses in a night or two a week with very little sleep just to keep me on my toes.

Charlotte has also been making great strides in being content.  There were months when the length of contentment on the ground or in chair of some sort was about 10 seconds. We have worked up to 5 to 10 minutes.  She still prefers to have someone with her, so her sisters are often talking to her.

What helped Charlotte to start having better sleep is adding a 4th solid feeding.  She eats a lot of pureed fruits and veggies.  She isn’t a big fan of rice or oatmeal, but I can sneak some into applesauce.

Charlotte is even being kinder to other adults, and that is a huge relief.  She is okay longer with Kyle, and she’ll even on occasion let another adult hold her for a few minutes.

Charlotte enjoys sitting up and playing with oodles of toys that her sisters have enjoyed in seasons before her.IMG_7632

She takes 3 naps most of the time.  Her morning nap is 9-11ish, and her afternoon nap is 1-2:45ish.  Her evening nap time varies in length and the timing changes often.  Sometimes she skips it altogether.

I am still dairy, citrus, and chocolate free.  Last night I had a little dairy in a delicious soup, and she was up more times than I can remember.  I had a little chocolate earlier this month with the same sleep issues.

I am not rocking her to sleep anymore.  My Fitbit “steps” on my wrist have gone down considerably due to the lack of rocking, and I am totally okay with that.  She is able to be laid down away for her naps, and most of the time she doesn’t fuss at all.  The evening though can be tricky.  Sometimes she will go down easily, but I have rocked her in a chair to help relax her if she fusses in her crib for awhile.

We love Charlotte, and I am so thankful for the progress this past month.  I am hoping that sleep will continue to regularly improve.

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Green Dress Tradition

IMG_7639 - CopyThe girls’ GramE and Aunt Marcie wore green dresses as babies.  Each of my girls has had a picture in the green dress.  And a small miracle that happened, all four girls are smiling at the same time.  This is the only photo that happened in of all the ones I took.  Hooray!!!

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Charlotte is 7 Months Old!!!

IMG_7595Charlotte went on an adventure with me this past weekend.  Ladies from my Life Group went to the beach, and they graciously were okay with me bringing Charlotte.  Another mom brought her wee one too.  We timed our travel to match her naps, so she did better than I hoped for travel time.  She still prefers me over others, but she was okay a couple of times with others holding her.

Things Charlotte has been up to this past month:

*rolling from front to back and back to front

*eating solids 3 times a day

*still waking 1-5 times a night, but she is only up for about 10 minutes to either nurse or be walked around until she falls back to sleep

*laughing

*spending a lot more time being happy with Kyle and the girls

*she loves watching her sisters as they use their bikes and scooters

*she is contents with toys while on the ground for 5-15 minutes, and that is a HUGE step in the right direction compared to the 10 seconds she’d be happy on the floor from months 3ish-6ish

*she had a few days were she tried dropping her evening nap, but most days she has 3 naps

*I went dairy, citrus, and chocolate free in January, and that has helped her tremendously in regards to nursing.

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Camera Angles and Negative Space

IMG_7578After being inspired by my friend Sarah, I am playing with the idea of negative space and minimalism.  I think I would have needed more of the fence in these pictures to capture the full idea, but these were fun to take.IMG_7579

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And these others are just for fun since my girls were willing to have their picture taken. Plus, I was thinking about the Degas painting were you only see the bottom half of several ballerinas.  I always wondered what the rest of them looked like. IMG_7581IMG_7583IMG_7585IMG_7588

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Charlotte is 6 months!!!

IMG_7512A half a year has passed.  The past few months are pretty fuzzy due to sleep deprivation.  A blessing of the last month is that I didn’t have blue days.  There were plenty of hard moments, but not blue days!

Charlotte eats solids pretty well.  She has enjoyed green beans, peas, avocado, acorn squash, pear, apple sauce, sweet potato, yams, and oatmeal cereal.  Oh, and she had a few bites of a yummy potato soup a friend made for us.  IMG_7541Charlotte was sitting on her own for a few moments last night.  She still prefers to be up in my arms, but I am working to slowly get her to be content not in my arms.  This is simply because all of the rocking, swaying, and holding her is taking a toll on my body.  She was pretty sick last week, and I held her upright, propped up some pillows behind my back, and slept on the couch.  It took some effort, but she is back to sleeping in her crib.  She prefers me over everyone, and although that may sound cute, it is pretty hard.  I left the room to throw a diaper away, and I returned to her screaming at Kyle.  Charlotte is happy for a while outside watching her sisters on bikes and scooters and the cars driving by.  She is even content while I sit in a chair holding her while we watch her sisters.  This is progress from only being content if I was standing.  So we go out front nearly every day.  Being outside is good for all of us.  It is a moment of rest for me.

I wish that the moments captured in these pictures were what is was like all of the time, but the reality is that I pray for contentment in this hard season and for sleep nearly every night.  I know with all of my girls that some things get much easier once I am not being woken multiple times in the night.  In the mean time, I am reminded that Jesus loves me and sees me.

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Things That Caught My Eye

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