16 Weeks

Memorial Day has come and gone. Summer is officially here. We’ll be celebrating with some 90 degree weather this weekend which might be a welcome change from the “May Gray” days we’ve been experiencing lately.

Today Charlotte is 16 weeks old and she….

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Giggled for the first time this week! It’s adorable. I can’t wait until she giggles more.

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Continues to make new discoveries with her voice. Noisy discoveries. More volume. More sounds. And she’s just so happy with herself with every new noise she makes.

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Is losing her hair like crazy – at least on the top of her head. Soon she’s going to either look like a little old man who just has hair in the back or like she has a mullet because up to this point it doesn’t look like she’s lost any from the back.

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Went to work with Daddy. Her first meeting in a conference room. Her first diaper change in a conference room…that was interrupted by a fire drill! Never hurts to start teaching safety from a very young age!

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Continues to sleep through the night and is starting to take longer naps during the day. A win-win for us all  I think. She loves to nap strapped to me in the Ergo while I work in the afternoons. It puts her head/cheek right within kissing range of my lips so I think we both enjoy these cuddles.

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15 Weeks

Week 15 has been a big week of learning and development and change around here! I returned back to work and am so grateful that I work from home and can enjoy mommy life and work life. We are still working on figuring out our routine but I think we’re off to a good start!

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At 15 weeks, Charlotte…

Went to her first baseball game! Go Dodgers! Impressively, she slept through a tremendous amount of noise and cheering, but woke up in time for the 7th inning stretch. She loves singing, so I am pretty sure she enjoyed a stadium with 46,000+ people singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

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Saw her first fireworks display! After the initial boom which startled her, she was enthralled. I’m not sure if she blinked for the entire show!

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Fills our home with lots of coos, squeals and even a couple of shrieks. She loves to listen to herself make noise.

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Brings great joy to the guests who attend the Sunday Community Meal. Her presence there truly does seem to have a calming effect on the sometimes tense atmosphere. It’s a beautiful thing to see. They love to try and get her to smile and touch her little feet.

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Lifts her head like a champ! We’ve seen great progress this week for her. Tummy time had been brutal, then one day, wearing nothing but a diaper she surprised us all and kept her head lift and looking around for a great amount of time! It seemed to happen overnight and we are glad she’s reached this milestone.

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Appears to pray. A lot. Charlotte loves to have her hands clasped together like she’s praying. She also loves to eat her hands. Sometimes it’s hard to get them out of her mouth for her to eat real food!

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Constantly drools.

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Loves when Mommy and Daddy hold her up in a standing position, as she puts some weight on those ever growing legs!

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Slept through the night!! Yes, I think I saved the best for last! I mean she slept the full night. Bedtime until almost 6 am (which is when Mom gets up anyway!)  Let’s hope that wasn’t a one time thing last night!

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Falls asleep for her catnaps in all sorts of places!
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14 Weeks

It’s not often you hear about a baby who is “14 weeks.” At this point, most people (including us) talk about age months. I must admit, I like thinking about it in weeks. Little Charlotte has only been in this world for 14 weeks. A quick calculation tells me I’ve been in this world for 1643 weeks (whoa – and if you know my birthday, please don’t double check my math!). Thinking in weeks helps me to capture more of the little moments. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a week goes by – and if I didn’t take some intentional time to pause and think about the moments of the week, before I know it, one month, two months, three months (that’s an entire QUARTER of a year!) would be gone!

At 14 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Was dedicated at church. A wonderful time to remember God’s covenant and promises and to verbally recognize our commitment in front out many friends and our church family to raise Charlotte in a home where Christ is honored, Scriptures are followed and to do all we can to help her come to know Jesus as Savior and follow Him as Lord.
  • Celebrated our first Mother’s Day. I think she had a bit of help from Daddy and it was a very special day!
  • Slept with her arms unswaddled for the first time.
  • Has been super cuddly and a total sleepyhead. I think she might just be coming out of a growth spurt.
  • Discovered the power of the pouty lip. I don’t know where she learned to stick her lower lip out like she does, but oh my!
  • Joins us for dinner at the table in her high chair. I think she loves the new view, being up so high.
  • Has nearly switched from the paci to 2 fingers on her left hand.
  • Is becoming an expert greeter at the Sunday Community meal.
  • Visited Advanced Bionics, the headquarters where Daddy’s cochlear implants are made.

We are all in for a big adjustment when I go back to work next week. I think I’m ready though – I know the time has come and I’m ready to figure out our new routine! Let’s just hope I still have time to take plenty of photos to share with you on our blog!

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13 Weeks

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13 Week Update…

  • Found out Charlotte shares a name with the new princess. Exciting, but kind of a bummer that the name is probably going to increase drastically in popularity!
  • Attended her first tea party.
  • First attempt at the church nursery. She didn’t stay long but at least we have her registered for the future!  We’ll give it a try again soon.
  • Loves taking cat naps throughout the day. Sometimes they last all of 6 minutes. But if it means she sleeps pretty well at all (8 hours straight one night this week!) I am fine with the cat naps!
  • Met lots of great-aunts and uncles and cousins last week at a 60th wedding anniversary celebration.
  • Celebrated 3 months of life on May 6!
  • Gives lots of smiles to whoever is willing to sing silly songs to her!
  • Can’t take her eyes off screens – phone, laptop, tv – she loves it. We don’t want her to spend too much time behind the screen this early so we are going to have to be careful with our use. I must say though, she’s very content watching me type away at this blog post while sitting on my lap which could be handy when I return to work!

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3 Months of our Growing Girl

In celebration of Charlotte’s 3 month birthday I decided to pull up all of her weekly photos from the last 12 weeks. It’s so fun to look at them in order and to see how much she’s grown. And how wiggly she is – it was so easy to get that week 1 photo with her all sleepy and cozy! Now it’s hard to get a photo where an arm or leg isn’t flailing or kicking one way or another!

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12 Weeks

12 weeks ago little Charlotte Quinn was born! I can hardly believe it’s been 12 weeks.  She’s definitely not so little anymore. I am amazed at how much she’s changed recently. I’m totally grateful for my unplanned c-section right now because it means I still have 2 weeks of time fully devoted to her on maternity leave before diving back into work!

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At 12 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Was spoiled rotten in Indiana during her first visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
  • Met Great Grandpa.
  • Met more family and friends than Mom can count – and she’s excited to meet more this summer!
  • Sneezes a few times each day – especially in Indiana where everything was blooming.
  • Did great on her second flight (home from Indiana) – thanks to an early morning flight, her swaddle and another entire row to ourselves, she slept nearly the whole way home!
  • Loves watching TV (thanks to bonding time with Grandpa watching westerns – hehe. We are now weaning her off TV, but anytime it’s on her eyes are glued to it.)
  • Is so much more interactive with her toys. She’s really starting to enjoy them now and enjoys a variety of toys during play time. She even (probably inadvertently) kicked a little ball she has.  Future soccer player, perhaps?
  • Smiles like crazy! Smiles that light her whole face up – especially when she sees/hears Mom and Dad!
  • Is starting to get on more of a schedule – following the eat, wake, sleep schedule. It’s going pretty well and I hope she’s very adjusted to this routine when I return to work!
  • Held her bottle on her own for the first time today! Don’t worry – we aren’t letting her loose to feed herself her bottles yet – just fun to see her grasp on to it and hold it in place for a bit.

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