These pictures were taken a couple of weekends ago, when some friends who have a 6 month old were visiting.  She’s about the same size as C, so I told Brandon this is what it would be like to have twins!  (OH MY WORD, could you imagine?  triplets anyone?  We see lots of multiples at work… and they are precious (especially the clothes!)  But being outnumbered by babies just sounds scary!)


Three cute kids!


weekly photos

We have been taking photos of Charlie every week since he was born.  I had seen lots of cool ideas for tracking growth (thank you, pinterest!)

from here

and here


but this was my favorite.  So this is the style we are imitating… (our photos don’t look nearly this good though!)

I can’t wait to see all of the photos put together in a flip book sort of thing at 1 year old!  BUT… what I didn’t count on… how difficult it would be to get my little model to cooperate for a photo now that he can move!  This was last weeks attempt.  (With both Brandon & I there, I might add!  Its even harder when I try to take it all by myself!)  We may have to change course…

We start out with a white onesie and a little patience while mommy sets things up..

you want to take my picture AGAIN, crazy lady?

then we lay him down…


and try to wrangle/bribe/cajole him into giving us that gummy smile




we usually take about 30 pictures… hoping to end up with one where he is holding still enough, hasn’t twisted the fabric all around himself and (ideally) is looking at the camera!

this was last week (not sure if that’s the picture we will use, but its cute).  I’m going to try this week’s photo tomorrow, wish me luck!


Easter bunny

My adorable little Easter bunny.



He’s probably going to hate us later for all the ways we tortured him, but doesn’t he make the cutest bunny?

He has an adorable little Easter basket… (its 90 years old!  It was my grandfather’s Easter basket- so it was passed from one Charles to another… how cool is that??)

It doesn’t fit very much: a cute bunny sippy cup and some musical eggs.  But the Bunny also brought this



Our first some assembly required toy!  It’s a little ride-on or push car.  Charlie loves it.  He was so excited he did the splits.. see the underexposed, way too dark photo above.  Ha!

I actually worked Sunday, but the bunny knew to deliver here a couple of days early.  We also went to my parents, where Charlie got some more presents and more attention then he knew what to do with.  He was such a ham!

Hope you all had a very happy Easter!


8 months

My sweet Charlie- At 8 months, you are doing something new every time we turn around. Sometimes quite literally!  It was just about a week ago that you were starting to pull up to stand.  Practicing mostly in your crib while you were supposed to be napping, of course.  I wasn’t thrilled with your chosen practice time but you were always so proud of yourself when you managed to stand that it was hard to do anything but grin right along with you.

See what I mean?  How could you not smile at that sweet face?

This week you pop up with ease and can even do laps of baby shuffle steps around your crib.  And you like to bang on the top rail if mama isn’t coming in to see you fast enough.  In fact you are pulling up on every thing.  There was one day last week where I swear you were trying to show me all of the things we still needed to babyproof!  You demonstrated that you could crawl into the kitchen, open a few of the cabinet doors, pull the baby monitor down off the shelf, climb into the laundry basket, and on and on… I was tired that night!

You love to open those cabinets and its the perfect height to practice those pull ups!  You haven’t discovered all of the wires back there yet, so the tv stand is still on our list to “Charlie-proof”

I posted a video and have taken lots of pictures of you “on the move”.  Your fastest way to get around is still the army crawl, but you can do a regular crawl too.  And you are starting to get the hang of transferring from standing to sitting and from sitting to lying on your belly without faceplanting in the process.  I never thought about how complicated all of these things were before watching you learn them.

You are still eating mostly rice cereal and pureed fruits and vegetables (favorites: sweet potatoes and prunes, least fav: green beans, peas) but we did offer you a few Cheerios recently.  Dumped a whole handful on your tray after dinner, and you knocked them all off your tray without getting a single one into your mouth.  (This is when we need a dog)  Daddy finally put one into your mouth for you and you made the funniest face!  You weren’t sure what to make of this new thing- it’s not pureed!  How do I eat this?  Still no teeth.  Its almost comical at this point!  Every few weeks for months now either your dad or I will become convinced that you are teething.  But we’re always wrong, you just drool A LOT!

Teething biscuits can be messy!

You have some favorite toys now.  Your nana was so impressed that you could pull the lever on the see-n-say all by yourself.  You also love your red racecar, especially the noise it makes when it gets stuck.  But mostly in our house, you are the entertainment.  You blow raspberries and make funny faces, and we get so excited whenever you crawl or pull up or make your first attempt at something… it is such a fun time.  The only problem is we are having trouble keeping up.  You can crawl and pull up and cruise around now… but that’s it for a while right?  Don’t take off running next week or anything, OK?


One more request: let your eighth month be the month of nighttime sleep!  I shouldn’t complain, we have come soo far.  But 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep would be magnificent, my little peanut 🙂

Love, mama

Nana visits. And lots of pictures.


That gummy grin melts my heart!

a little wrestling on a Saturday morning…

…then Charlie went for the glasses.  Oops!


Nana visited and got some Charlie love.  And maybe just a little drool too. 🙂

New shoes! (Why are Brandon’s feet in the background of all of my pictures?  sorry y’all.)

Last- we tried to get a photo of Charlie looking like he was standing on his own.  Which he can only do for about 1.5 seconds.  So after lots of attempts we arrive at this…


I call the outtakes “free fall” and “the Captain Morgan” 🙂