Friday, April 18, 2014

Hop! Hop!

Charlie knows that's what the Easter Bunny does and he told the bunny that as soon as he sat down.  He was also fascinated with the glasses and told the bunny about those, too!  The highlight for Charlie was when the Easter Bunny signed his cast!
Sissy was much more focused and willing to pose!  She really is getting so grown up and proudly sat with the bunny for her picture.  She also has lots of ideas about what the bunny might bring her and it isn't all candy!
Love these two!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Charlie loves to watch Frozen on the iPad!  He got himself situated like this to watch!  


Sarah Graves loves play-doh and now she is hooked on this air dry clay.  It's a little messy, but she loves it and works at it patiently.
You have to love the tie dyed shirt with her tiara!

Easter Craft

My kids love marshmallows, as in, they go crazy for them!  When I saw this Easter craft making a bunny face using marshmallows, I knew it would be a hit.  The person who posted it said that she keeps her kids from eating all the marshmallows by telling them after every 10 marshmallows they glue on, they can eat 2.  This worked for Sarah Graves.  Charlie claimed he didn't know anything about counting and all marshmallows should be for eating!

Friday, April 11, 2014


With mom's help, I took both kids for well-visits.  Charlie loved the aquarium in the waiting room.  Charlie is growing like a weed, surpassing the height and weight increases expected for this time period.  He weighs 27 pounds and 3 ounces (79th percentile), is 32 1/2 inches tall (33rd percentile), and has a head circumference of 18 3/4 inches (50th percentile).
He is in great health and the doctor agreed that he has amazing verbal skills.  Dr. Pitts is very experienced and so good that Charlie doesn't resist at all.  He even showed off a few of his animal noises for the doctor!

He received a polio vaccine and had blood work done to check iron levels (standard practice).  He barely fussed about the shot and was as still as could be for the bloodwork.  Such a trooper!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sleepy Boy

Charlie has been struggling with going from two naps to one.  Some days he still wants that morning nap, then struggles through the afternoon only to fall asleep on his way home.  He is so sleepy and so beautiful to watch.   He will work it out soon enough.  For now, we will just relish being able to hold a sleeping baby.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Readers

Charlie has fallen in love with books and can't get enough!  He asks to read constantly from the time he wakes up until he goes to sleep.  He is quite particular about which book he wants to hear and will tell you no if he doesn't want to continue!  

Sarah Graves likes to read, too and will often read to herself.  She can remember some of the passages that she really likes and will say them word for word.  She often gets out of bed to come ask a question about a particular name or word for something in a book that she can't remember.  Once she confirms it, she will head back to bed to "read" her book some more!  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday Nights!

I picked Sarah Graves up from school on Friday and reminded her that it was Friday.  She excitedly said, "It's the weekend!  Yeah baby!"  That is exactly the way I feel when we make it to Friday night and finally feel like we have a little more time to enjoy being together and have time for serious fun.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Letter Month Nineteen

Dear Charlie,
How quickly the time passes and each day I realize more what a big boy you are now.  You look much like your Sissy, but you have your own personality and it keeps us all on our toes!
You are a talker!  You can communicate quite well with words and when those don't get your meaning across you gesture and find a way to let us know.  One of my favorite things that you say is, "hold you" with your arms up for us to pick you up!  You tend to repeat things two to three times in a row, so it sounds more like, "Hold you! Hold you!"  You also call, "help" and "stuck" when you need it.  You have been learning animal sounds and surprise us all when you begin to meow and pretend you are a cat!  You are also fond of roaring like a lion and woofing like a dog.  Similar to your sister, you say, "mer" when you want more of something.
You have a lot of enthusiasm!  You wake up sometimes and tell me you want to eat and when I tell you we can go downstairs to get breakfast, you begin moving your legs fast, clap your hands, and say, "Yay!"  I love to see your face light up when you see your sister.  You are always happy to see her!  You also get excited to go outside and ride in your car and despite having a cast on, you are enthusiastic about taking a bath!  You have fallen in love with the iPad and with Frozen!  Every princess or Barbie looking thing is Anna to you!  You also like Olaf and ask repeatedly to see them.  Like your sister, you use your thumb to point to things when playing on the iPad.
You continue to enjoy nursing a few times a day.  You have always been a different nurser, and nursing you as a toddler is definitely interesting.  You switch from side to side frequently and know how to say, "other side" to tell me you want to switch!  I find it quite amusing, but miss the days when you snuggled in and it was more relaxing.
Your sleep is gradually getting more consistent.  You sleep through the night some nights and then we will have a tough night where you wake up multiple times.  Your dad loves you so much and does a lot of the getting up at night.  You usually fall back asleep once you have your paci and someone to pat your back.  Sometimes you wake up and tell us, "poop", which could mean you pooped or it could mean you are wet.  Either way, you want a diaper change!  You typically go to sleep between 7:30 and 8, and you wake up anywhere between 5 and 6:30.  You are struggling with wanting to give up your morning nap and some days you needs it, while other days you manage to stay awake until late morning.
You continue to be a good eater.  You enjoy fruits, meats, and of course, breads.  The only vegetable you seem to like is cauliflower or broccoli.  The rest of them you may nibble on and then you are done.  Some of your favorite things are pancakes, Greek yogurt, grapes, and breakfast sausage.  You eat quite a bit, but you use up most of it and seem to be losing some of the roundness you had as a baby.  You wear a size 2T clothes and a size 7 shoe.  You really are growing into a big boy!
I continue to love how sweet you are and how much you enjoy being held close and snuggled.  I love the way that you rest your head on my shoulder and gently pat my arm.  It is so tender and the sweetest thing.  I love those moments with you and will always remember them fondly.  I hope that you continue to grow to be a sweet and loving boy.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just Roll With It!

We went to the Silver Comet Trail for SG to ride her bike and we walked.  It was a beautiful afternoon and it felt so good to be out enjoying the weather.  Sarah Graves rode much further than I thought she would and is working on staying in her lane.  She really wants the training wheels off, but has a ways to go before she is ready.  Hopefully, we will have many more chances to get outside right now.