Weeks 19 and 20

Due to last week’s travel, I’m a week behind on our blog! Don’t worry – you’ll get an extra long post today to make up for it! It also means I have nearly 400 photos to sort through to find a few highlights for today’s blog. I recently started using Than’s camera which is much nicer than mine so I think I’ve gone a little overboard playing with it!

Charlotte is growing like crazy – and so is her hair! But she’s got a long ways to go until the hair on the top of her head catches up with the long hair in back. Haha. Here she is at 19 and 20 weeks.

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19 Weeks

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20 Weeks

At 19 and 20 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Got her 4 month immunizations. They resulted in a LOT of sleepiness, some serious fussiness and screaming, little knots on her thighs and her first dose of Tylenol. Poor baby – it was a couple of rough days!
  • Loves to cover her face and hide under her burp cloths.
  • Gets her legs stuck in between the slats on her crib. Oops. We will be getting a mesh liner soon!
  • Took her 2nd trip on an airplane. The red-eye wasn’t quite as easy as the last flight and she didn’t get much sleep. However she did great on the way home (where she got a seat to herself as there was an extra seat by us – yay) and she enjoyed giving huge smiles to all our fellow passengers.
  • Reached her arms out to Mama for the first time. So sweet. She also likes to cry when I leave the room… That’s not quite as sweet.
  • Met Aunt Anita, lots of Mommy’s Chicago friends, Charlotte-ish sized friends Aliza, Meredith and Jadon, and of course had a great visit with Grandma and Grandpa Northcutt.
  • Went swimming for the first time. I’m pretty sure she enjoyed it- to her it was probably just like a giant bath tub and she still loves bath time!
  • Visited the zoo. Actually, it would be more accurate to say she slept through her first trip to the zoo! But we still had fun!
  • Not only enjoys chomping on her own fingers, but also loves to grab other people’s fingers and thumbs and guide them directly into her mouth.
  • Rolled from her back to her tummy for the first time!
  • Is reverting back to her newborn ways of getting up several times in the night. I think it’s a combination of a little jet lag and a growth spurt, but it is brutal! I was totally readjusted to sleeping through the night again and hope to get back to that place soon.
  • Is obsessed with Freddie the Firefly – it’s definitely her favorite toy right now. She can’t get enough of him.
  • Smiles like crazy and giggles more and more. She loves attention, people and raspberries on her belly.
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Charlotte loves cuddling with Daddy.

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The baby who used to despise tummy time rather enjoys it now – yay!

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Rain! A downpour! We don’t see much of that in California!

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Steph has the magic touch for putting babies to sleep.

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No idea what Charlotte is looking at here…

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Meeting Aunt Anita for the first time!

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As much as she loves Freddie the Firefly, even he can’t beat the fun of eating her clothes!

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Aliza and Charlotte

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They don’t have a choice – they WILL be friends! 🙂

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Checking out more friends.

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Jadon and Meredith loved Charlotte’s belly button. Haha.

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Almost matching!

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Swimming fun!

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Swimming is exhausting! Charlotte was so ready for cuddles with Grandma after her swim.

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Father’s Day 2015 – Celebrating her wonderful Daddy!

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Who is that tickling my foot?! It’s Great Grandpa!

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We love Grandpa!

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Great Grandpa

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More Grandpa – Charlotte can barely contain her excitement!

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Pretty special to spend Father’s Day with Grandpa, Daddy and Great Grandpa!

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Charlotte LOVES kisses.

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Grandma and Grandpa loved pushing sleepy Charlotte around at the zoo.

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Mr. Walrus

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As much as she loves her giraffe Sophie, it’s too bad she slept through the real giraffes!

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Family pic!

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Fun day at the zoo – at least Charlotte got a great nap in!

And last, but not least, a few family photos from a photo shoot at Target.

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18 Weeks

We’ve just returned from Charlotte’s 4 month check up with the pediatrician. We love our pediatrician and we’ll miss her whenever we move away from Pasadena. Here’s her latest stats (my favorite part of check-ups):

Weight: 12 lbs, 13 oz (19th%)

Length: 24 3/4″ (59%)

Head Size: 39 3/4 cm (23%)

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At 18 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Spends a lot of time on her side as sometimes she just can’t get her arm out of the way to roll from her back to her tummy.
  • Wakes up every night during the 3 am hour. That sleeping through the night thing was short lived, but I am confident we can get back to that place!
  • Loves to “sing” and blow raspberries.
  • Enjoyed a day in Malibu. She loved looking around at the beach!
  • Successfully stayed in the church nursery for the entire service!
  • Chews on Sophie the giraffe like crazy.
  • Has a mullet. Even the pediatrician commented on her hair. Haha. It is so long in back and so NOT everywhere else!

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17 Weeks – Time Keeps on Rollin’

Seventeen weeks! Charlotte will be 4 months old tomorrow. The time just keep rolling on by. Speaking of rolling…

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We are excited to report that Charlotte rolled over for the first time this morning! While most baby’s tend to roll from their tummy to their back, Charlotte has spent much of her week trying her hardest to roll from her back to her tummy. Let me tell you, this little one is persistent. Multiple times this week about 4 am we wake up to some sounds coming from the (video) baby monitor only to find little Charlotte exerting tremendous amounts of effort to (unsuccessfully) roll herself over in her crib. Usually it results in some tears when she just can’t make it all the way over. She just can’t quite figure out what to do with her bottom arm when she’s on her side. Then this morning, out of no where, she was laying on her tummy when she rolled herself right over to her back. I happened to be trying to take her weekly picture during this time so we have a blurry action shot of her about to go over, as well as an after shot where she’s laying on her back trying to figure out what happened.

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Oh, and one more thing on the topic of “ROLLing”. Baby rolls. Charlotte is definitely plumping up (we are excited to see how much she weighs and how long she is at her 4 month check up next week) and we adore the little rolls on her arms and thighs. The neck rolls…not so much. They are hard to clean – especially with our little spitter-upper (spit-upper?)!

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We are loving this age with Charlotte. I think if I could freeze her at any age I would pick now. Actually I would pick 3 days ago when she was still sleeping through the night (hello 4 month sleep regression….you arrived right on time!). She’s so smiley and fun. She gives us an occasional giggle. She loves to talk back to you (not in the teenager way) when you talk to her and her face just lights up when you look at her and smile. We love how she grasps our fingers while we feed her and holds on tight. And while she’s so much more interactive, she’s still small enough that she loves to curl up in your arms and sleep on your chest. We really can’t get enough of these moments!

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