Charlie’s New Toy

Disclaimer – if you aren’t family this will probably be a boring 3 minutes…but for all the grandparents, enjoy the smiles and laughs.

Panic from Home

Charlie has been eating rice cereal from a spoon every evening now for a week. Travis has yet to feed it to him..mainly because I like to do it when I get home from work and then Travis was off at a men’s retreat most of the weekend. I tried to start giving the cereal at breakfast as well yesterday, but it didn’t go so well, and Charlie’s eating seemed a little off all day long. I think that is partly to do with the fact that he is always slightly thrown off when he goes to Mother’s Day Out – he thrives so much better being at home with Dana and having her keep him on an eating and napping schedule – I don’t know exactly what it is, but I know that the two of them have it worked out and I almost always come home to a happy Charlie and happy (but tired) nanny who kisses Charlie goodbye on MWF.

Anyways, I was settling into a tax return when my office phone rang at 8:30 this morning. It was Travis and Dana together and I could hear Charlie making a ruckus in the background. Charlie had apparently eaten all of his bottle in record speed (the bottle was 7 oz and also included a tablespoon of rice in it), and was still fussing. They needed something else…more milk seemed a little excessive, so they called for the rice cereal “recipe”. Neither of them had a clue how to make the stuff or even what consistency it should be. Have you ever tried to describe consistency over the telephone – it’s hard. They figured it out and I called back to check on them and could hear Charlie sporadically fussing every few seconds. I asked Trav if he wasn’t liking the cereal…but the problem was actually that Dana couldn’t shovel it in fast enough for Charlie’s taste. He’s big, he’s fat, if he doesn’t start crawling soon we may have to put him on the Weight Watchers program…how many points do you think a bottle of breastmilk is?

In the crawling department, we are making progress. He can currently shuffle himself around in a circle – like a man in a boat with only one oar. He does this if you put him down facing the opposite way of where the action is and he also does this at night while he sleeps. He can also really raise his torso off the ground, and raise his little bottom off the ground by pushing up on his legs. He just can’t do those two things simultaneously and get that belly off the ground. He wants it though, sooooo bad.

Quick Update before I forget

1. Estee and Lauder told Travis this afternoon that they are having a hard time feeding and making Charlie nap at Mother’s Day Out because he constantly wants to look around and see what everyone else is doing. He’s afraid he’s going to miss something. He takes after his Daddy, who never wants to leave a gathering because something fun might happen after he leaves. (sigh…)

2. Some of you know about my agreement with Travis where I get almost complete control over what Charlie wears for the first year of his life (see previous post and the fabulous Strasburg outfit I found in the closet this morning – we purchased it last summer when I was pregnant and I remember Travis and I arguing with my mom at the time who was with us about what size to buy. She wanted us to get a larger size, but we insisted that 6 months would be plenty big enough for the summer. We couldn’t imagine our baby being big enough to wear that 6-month outfit. Consider this us eating our crow Nana, because I pulled it out of the back of the closet this morning and just about panicked that I would have already missed my window of opportunity for him to wear it. As you can see, it does fit, and I think we can make it fit a couple more months – I just might have to lower the buttons a tad). Anyways, back to my outfit control. Despite agreeing to this arrangement, it drives Travis absolutely crazy sometimes, especially when I put Charlie in smocked outfits and sweaters. I think it’s really the sweaters – they kill Travis – he thinks Charlie looks like, and I quote, “Like Granny washed and dried her sweater and it shrunk, so she sent it up here to us for Charlie to wear.” On Sunday after church, we needed to stop by BabiesRUs for some random items. Charlie was dressed in a navy/white checked John John with CARS smocked across the chest, white leather shoes (see picture in previous post) and a white sweater since it was a bit chilly outside. Travis took Charlie on in to the store while I was searching the car for my coupon. When I walked in the store, Travis was waiting looking both triumphant and dismayed at the same time. He told me that as soon as they walked in the girl at the checkout counter asked “How old is SHE?” Travis informed her that Charlie was a HE, and that she was going to help him win an argument with his wife in a second. I refuse to be swayed, I think the girl was just crazy. I mean, what self-respecting baby girl would wear navy, and clunky manish white leather lace-up shoes. Just because I hate brown and green and refuse to dress Charlie in those colors doesn’t mean he dressed like a girl.

3. Sleeping – I saved the best for last. Some of you also know that sleep has been an issue for Charlie. Well, not so much sleep itself, but where he sleeps. The boy HATES his crib. I do realize this is my fault, and I should not have indulged myself and let him cuddle in the bed with me so much that he thought that it was his bed. There were many nights I would take him screaming out of the crib thinking something was wrong, only to lay him down on our bed and he immediately close his eyes, roll over, and be asleep within literally 2 seconds. Yes, I hear all of you – BABYWISE, BABYWISE, BABYWISE. I read the book, I knew the concepts, but my heart just couldn’t stand those cries from a 2 and 3 month old. Now that he’s 5 and a half months and getting much more mobile and independent, I don’t view him as quite as helpless and pitiful as I once did. So 2 nights ago we decided to try the cry-it-out method. Night 1 went pretty well. It took 30 minutes of him crying to fall asleep (My heart still couldn’t take continuos crying, so my method was to let him cry 5 minutes, go in and soothe, then repeat until he fell asleep). He did that the first night, but after about 5 hours he woke up and we had another hour of doing the cry-it-out until he fell asleep again. I honestly thought that was pretty good. But then, last night happened. It took him 45 minutes to fall asleep using the same method (asleep by 9:45 pm), and then miraculously he didn’t wake up until 6:45 am. Now, I will admit that Travis and I didn’t sleep that entire time. 4 times during the night we started to hear a rustle or a whimper, and one of us went sprinting to the nursery to insert a pacifier, pat, roll over, or rub him with his “lovie” for a second. He never actually woke up at any of these time, but we were just trying to be preventative. Yes, I know that isn’t exactly “crying it out” and if we were fully buying into the method we wouldn’t have made the mad dash for the crib and would have just let him cry or stir around, but we’re new to this and so is Charlie. This was also the first night that Charlie has gone that long without a feeding. He had still been having one at some point in the middle of the night (you know he needed it – he practically looks like he’s wasting away all the time and that we never feed him, right? haha).

Okay, that’s our latest news. More pictures soon (but scroll below if you haven’t visited for a while because I have put up a lot of new pictures recently).

Ready for Mother’s Day Out

Happy Birthday “Aunt” Kristen

Charlie wanted me to make sure to wish his “Aunt” Kristen a very happy birthday before the day gets away from me. I don’t have a picture of Kristen and Charlie on my computer here at work, but hopefully will post one later today. We love you Kristen and Charlie loves the way you always want to play with him, talk to him, and generally just make a fuss over him like he’s the only baby in the world. Enjoy your day!!!

March Catch up

Some things I’ve been doing lately:

Aunt Michelle and cousin Jennifer came and babysat me for Mama and Daddy to go out…they were really funny,and I did this a lot while they were here.

I’ve also decided I like sitting up instead of laying down, but I still neede some help.

My friend, Will Hughes, got baptized and I watched and then went to his brunch party.

Andrew and Suzanne Moseley came to visit me and I had to tell Andrew who was boss.

You’d think with 2 UGA degrees between them that they could figure out how to help me teethe, but this was all they could come up with.

Mama has been making me try this cereal business, but I am not really a fan.

Mama and Daddy have joined a Bible Study, and some of their new friends have friends for me as well. Meet Sam and his mom April.

Sam and I did some serious playing on the Baby Einstein playmat.

THis one is just Sam. I’m trying so hard these days to be able to sit up just like he can.

It’s never too early to start learning how to drive.

Charlie’s New Obsession…himself