24 Weeks

I’m slacking! Charlotte is almost closer to 25 weeks than 24 at this point, but better late than never! Work is in full swing around here and we are preparing for vacation. It will be a much needed break and we are excited – but very busy in the meantime.

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24 Weeks

At 24 weeks…

  • Charlotte weights 14 lbs, 15 oz. She’s wearing bigger clothes, bigger diapers and is drinking a lot more milk!
  • Met Uncle Greg for the first time. She can’t wait to meet the rest of her aunts and uncles and cousins soon.
  • Started pretty much sleeping through the night again – hooray! Let’s hope vacation doesn’t throw that off…
  • Every night when we put her in her crib she rolls to her right side and scoots herself to the upper left corner of her crib.  It’s become her spot.
  • Loves trying different purees. Peas, carrots, applesauce and pears so far. The pears are her favorite, though she still loves gnawing on her spoon more.
  • A tooth is JUST about to pop through! We’ll keep you posted.
  • Spends a huge amount of her summer days watching the fan. She is fascinated by it.
  • Startles every time someone sneezes – you should see the look on her face and her little flailing arms.
  • Wore shoes for the first time – she loved them. We might have a problem when she gets older!
  • She’s very generous with her smiles and is starting to giggle more and more!
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So many fun toys!

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Getting SO big.

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Looking so grown up.

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Meeting Uncle Greg!

And now…for the funny faces! I don’t remember it being so funny when I took these photos, but I was cracking up as I quickly clicked through them tonight. She looks so tough until the very end when we get a smile!

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22 and 23 Weeks

It’s time for another 2 in 1 post. You know what that means – we’ve been on the road and there’s just no time for blogging on the road. Just wait, next month we’re going on vacation which means I might have to combine 3 weeks into one post. Be ready – 3 weeks + vacation means a LOT of pictures!

So much is happening with Charlotte that I hardly know where to begin! She’s had many new experiences in the last couple of weeks and is still growing like crazy.

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22 Weeks

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23 Weeks

On the 4th of July Charlotte took her first ride on the Metro. We ventured to downtown LA for the festivities and fireworks at Grand Park. Charlotte loved the crowds and watching the people, as well as the fireworks. The first big boom startled her, then she was happy as could be watching the bright, colorful lights flashing across the sky. She also went into a Porta potty for the first time, as she was asleep in the Ergo and waking her up seemed like a bad idea. I’m just surprised that she slept through the stinkiness and heat in the confined space!

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Daddy and Charlotte

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Mommy and Charlotte

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Such a happy girl – in spite of the rash on her face!

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Charlotte couldn’t stop watching all the people!

On July 6, we celebrated (and by celebrated I  mean we took a picture) Charlotte’s 5 month birthday! I can’t believe she’s already 5 months. Being 5 months old, means Charlotte now loves to roll multiple times in a row and if you turn your head even for a few moments you’ll find her on the other side of the room (often pushed up against a piece of furniture that she can’t quite maneuver around).

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5 Months Old

Charlotte also took her 3rd trip on an airplane – not bad for being 5 months old! I had a work trip in Nashville so we flew through Indianapolis to pick up Grandma who spent some quality time with Charlotte in the blazing heat and humidity of Nashville while I was at a conference. Flying to/from Indiana also meant Charlotte got to spend some time with Grandpa who couldn’t go to Nashville b/c he had to work.

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It’s fun to watch Charlotte become so much more engaged with her surroundings. Her eyes light up when she sees us preparing her bottle. She loves to hold onto her bottle on her own (which sometimes is VERY convenient!). She learned how to knock over stacks of blocks this week too. She was quite proud of herself! Of course, being more engaged with her surroundings has a downside too. She’s becoming very aware when I walk out of the room, which is usually followed by some tears and screaming (from her, not me).

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She loves playing in this! And I think it’s good exercise because she’s been taking some good naps!

She loves to cuddle and be held. She loves touching our faces and holding onto our fingers while she’s eating, or sometimes just resting her hand on our arms. She’s also figured out how to put her toes in her mouth – another skill she’s very proud of!

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Solid foods is another new thing in Charlotte’s life. We’ve given her some oatmeal and peas so far. She’s not quite sure what to think and makes the funniest faces, but she loves the spoon and bib. We’re not in a hurry, but are enjoying introducing her to new textures and flavors.

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The first taste

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She loved holding the spoon herself.

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So messy!

That’s all for this week! See you again next week – and congratulations if you made it all the way to the bottom of this post. I am impressed!

21 Weeks

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21 Weeks and not very interested in smiling for the camera

At 21 weeks, Charlotte…

Loves grabbing her feet – she can’t get enough of them. I’m just waiting for the day when her feet find their way to her mouth…or should I say her mouth finds it’s way to her feet!

Can often be found sleeping on her side. I’m not sure if she’s trying to roll over and only makes it half way or what, but she seems comfy.

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Stayed with the nanny for a few hours alone while Mom and Dad went on their first date since she’s been born. She’s stayed with family here and there for a few minutes while we’ve done errands, etc. Good times were had by all!

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Continues to love her toys and books. This week she’s especially interested in a little drum that makes music when you tap it and chewing on her “indestructible book.”

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The Indestructible Book – it can be bent, chewed, drooled on, and even go through the washing machine!

Has been a total sleepyhead! Maybe she’s growing or not feeling 100% or getting teeth. All I know is she has been SO tired. The longer naps are definitely nice for us though!

Met Grandma Veltman last weekend!

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Is looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow! We’ll see if she still loves fireworks as much as she did a couple of months ago.

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