11 Weeks

Hello from Indiana!

Charlotte and I arrived after a red-eye flight bright and early Thursday morning to spend some time with family and friends! Charlotte did a great job on the flight and I hope I can say the same about the trip home. She slept most of the way and was definitely quieter than the lady snoring like crazy behind us. The best part was that we had the whole row to ourselves! 

In addition to Charlotte’s first plane ride and trip to Indiana, here are some other highlights at 11 weeks:

  • Attended part of a mission conference.
  • First play date at the park.
  • Spits her paci incredibly far out of her crib.
  • Woke up in different place in the crib than where she started.  She used to stay quite still in one place!
  • Loves comfy beds – particularly Mom/Dad or Grandma/Grandpa’s beds.

More on our trip to Indiana in next week’s blog when I can download photos from my camera. We are having a great time but are missing Daddy! 











10 Weeks

Each week it’s fun to see more and more of who Charlotte is and who she is becoming. We enjoy sharing little glimpses of her each week on our blog, especially for our family and friends who live so far away!


At 10 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Usually sleeps for one 6-7 hour stretch at night. I think this makes up for her dislike of naps during the day!
  • Went for her 2 month well-baby check up. She’s growing well! At her 2 week appointment she was in the 2nd percentile for weight and 41st percentile for length and now at 2 months she’s up to the 22nd percentile in weight and 55th for length.
  • Had her first round of shots at the doctor. She was very brave during the shots. Later that day she was quite sleepy (as the doctor said she probably would be) but the tears and crankiness came a couple of days later.
  • Scoots like crazy during tummy time. She used to enjoy tummy time, but unfortunately that is not the case now. It results in some serious screaming – we’re trying to be persistent with it though! I think she gets frustrated because she just can’t move as much as she’d like.
  • Grabs onto the toys that hang over her play mat and occasionally her taggy bunny. When she grabs onto the toys hanging above her during playtime, she hangs on for dear life – we are impressed with how strong she is. Oh and speaking of strong, beware of her little legs. She can kick REALLY hard and I’m pretty sure it’s her legs that are helping her scoot so far when on her tummy!
  • Still loves sucking on her hand – sometimes she even finds just her thumb now!
  • Enjoys music! She particularly loves songs with motions that Mom and Dad do with her like Row, Row Row Your Boat and The Itsy Bitsy Spider. She also likes listening to Veggie Tales on Spotify while playing.
  • Got her paci back in her mouth all by herself twice this week! Yes, it might have been an accident but I’d like to think it shows her determination. 🙂
  • Blows lots of bubbles. You know how kids usually have a blankie or toy they love for comfort? I’m afraid that Charlotte might opt for a burp cloth because between her bubbles and drool and spit-up there’s always a burp cloth nearby and I’ve definitely caught her snuggling it a couple of times.
  • Almost rolled over for the first time!


Meeting our friend Delaney!

IMG_6055  And our friend Heather!

IMG_6062  All the girls!


Charlotte loves time on her play mat – as long as she’s on her back!

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Cuddles with Daddy while waiting for the pediatrician.

IMG_6082  Brave Charlotte waiting for her shots.

IMG_6092 IMG_6098 IMG_6106 See where she started and see where she ended up – in no time at all it seemed!


Very unsure about the Bumbo seat!


Ahhh – her red hair!!

IMG_6129 IMG_6139 IMG_6158  Blowing bubbles with her doll from cousin Lydia.

IMG_6161  Aww kissing the baby!


9 Weeks

One more week and we’ll be in double digits! The time is going so fast and I’ll be back to work before we know it. But in the meantime I’m just trying to enjoy this relaxing time we have to bond on no one’s schedule but our own!

Charlotte survived the fast for her abdominal ultrasound last Saturday. It was probably more difficult for Than and me – it’s torture hearing your baby cry and cry, knowing that she’s trying to tell you she’s hungry with no way to explain to her why you are depriving her (temporarily) of food. All in all though, it wasn’t as bad as we thought it might be. She eventually kind of gave up and was pretty mellow as long as we kept her paci near! She practically wore that thing out as we waited for her appointment! We will find out the results at Charlotte’s 2 month pediatrician appointment on Monday.

We had a quiet Easter – enjoying a morning at church from the soundproof room at the back, and a quiet and relaxing brunch and afternoon at home.

In other news, at 9 weeks Charlotte…

  • Loves to suck on her hand – and it’s impressive how much of her fist she can fit in her mouth!
  • Slept 7 hours straight last night!! Mom was excited to report a 5 hour stretch which feels like nothing compared to last night! Unfortunately Mom has yet to get 7 hours straight of sleep, as Charlotte slept from 7 pm – 2 am! But it is still fantastic progress!
  • Has fussy evenings, like so many other babies. Dinnertime around here is rough most nights and we are still trying to figure out something to calm her down in her most extreme moments of fussiness, though swinging through the air seems to help (see photo below).
  • Enjoys being read to!
  • Loves splashing around (with a little help from Dad) in the bathtub.
  • Had her first cloth diaper blowout. It was not a pleasant sight…
  • Has a new favorite song – the 10 Commandments song. Mom just randomly started singing it while changing her diaper and it was received with big smiles and coos – so we keep singing it!

Lots of pictures this week – between Easter, turning 2 months old and just being cute, we have a lot of photos to share!

IMG_5924  Charlotte’s first trip to  Costco! She’s good for helping us save money, as she takes up most of the cart!

IMG_5931  Charlotte loves her little giraffe rattle.

IMG_5944  New booties – perfect for a chilly evening!

IMG_5952 Charlotte loves wiggling her sunglasses off her eyes then licking them.IMG_5958  Visiting Daddy at work!

IMG_5961 IMG_5977  Daddy swings  Charlotte back and forth to help calm her down – she loves it!

IMG_5984 IMG_6013 P1110443 Representing her Dutch heritage.

P1110454 Cutest bunny around.

P1110469 Happy Easter!

P1110472  1st Easter as a family of 3!

P1110491 Two months old and growing SO fast.

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8 Week Update


P1110386 At 8 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Loves to grab onto the toys that hang down over her play mat.
  • Had her first sneezing fit (so many little sneezes in a row – adorable!)
  • Weighs a little over 9 1/2 pounds.
  • Pooped on Mom for the first time and had a major spit up on Dad. Ewww!
  • Has outgrown the majority of her newborn clothes.
  • Now sleeps in her crib in her own room. Though sometimes she gets to come into Mom and Dad’s bed around 6 am which she loves. Even at 8 weeks it seems she can appreciate our super comfy bed.
  • Switched from disposable to cloth diapers. Not that she had a lot of say in that but she’s adjusting well. Mom and Dad are surprised at how easy cloth diapers are.
  • Hates being hot. Clothes are currently optional in her little world. At least she has cute diaper covers!
  • Discovered just how much noise she can make. No doubt about it, her lungs work VERY well. The volume of noise coming out of her this week seems to have multiplied exponentially.

In other news, Charlotte seems to be having some issues with reflux and so tomorrow at 9 am she’s going to get an abdominal ultrasound just to ensure there’s nothing more serious wrong.  She has to fast for 4 hours before the ultrasound which should be interesting. We are currently plotting ways to keep her happy during what tends to be a very hungry time of day for her. I think we have some early morning walks and car rides on our agenda for tomorrow morning.

P1110419Happy baby who kept smiling every time we said the word “button.” Someone might get a new nickname…


We are loving all the smiles from our little love!

P1110373Charlotte’s getting a little more interested in her toys each day.

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There’s just something about a baby with a flower the size of her face on her head…


We were very excited when Charlotte grabbed the toy for the first time!

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Charlotte’s first cloth diaper. She’s not entirely sure what to think.

IMG_5739 Story time with Daddy!

IMG_5736 IMG_5735  Such a big girl – sleeping in her own room. She looks so tiny in the crib!

IMG_5733Look at those chins! I’m grateful for the extra chin to slow down the drool or spit up before it hits her clothes!