Charlotte 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
*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.
A 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. Charlotte 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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I am thankful for my four girls. I am amazed at strangers and their confessions upon seeing us all together. “You have four girls, then I am not getting pregnant for the fourth time. I don’t want a fourth boy.” “All girls. I have one girl (she says this with great disappointment in her voice), but I wish I had a boy.” When someone notices my kids and is particularly curious if Charlotte is a boy or a girl, I say with affirmation that I have ALL FOUR GIRLS. I am thankful for them. I am confused as to why strangers are sad, disappointed, or negative. I have four girls. I don’t have tons of free time, but I am still taking pictures. They can be silly, sassy, funny, stubborn, kind, rude, thoughtful, feisty, creative, and LOUD. They are quiet around people, and it takes them awhile to warm up. I love them all.
We love this big 3 year old! Lydia has grown up so much over the last year. She went from a few words at 2 to overflowing with words. She has enjoyed pretending to be a kitty cat, and she recently has changed to being a catdog. I love hearing her giggle. During the morning while Eliana and Natalie are at school, she has become my cooking buddy. She also enjoys coloring, play dough, and Legos. I have to be pretty quick to capture her with a camera. She tends duck and hide if she sees the camera or even my phone coming out for a picture.