36 Weeks Old

Clearly I have some catching up to do! Baby girl is 36 weeks old today! She was born at 36 weeks and 6 days – hard to believe in another week she’ll have been in this world longer than I was pregnant. October has proven to be a very busy month around here which is why blogging has been a low priority on my to-do list.

In the time since I’ve written, Charlotte has changed so much. She’s growing in size (we keep saying we need to start lifting weights – whew!), is gaining so many new skills, is very generous with her toothy grin, and brings much joy and laughter into our lives (all while keeping us on our toes – she is always moving unless she’s sleeping – and even then she moves a lot!).

At 36 weeks, Charlotte…

  • Loves pulling herself up on furniture and loves to be in a standing position. In fact, she often refuses to bend her legs when you want her to sit down! She’s so proud of herself when she’s standing up.
  • Is getting more and more clever. She loves to escape her play area and I’m amazed at the small spaces she can squeeze her body through.
  • Is learning a few baby signs. We don’t know how much she’s understanding, but she sure does get a huge smile on her face every time we do the sign for milk.
  • Is mesmerized by the reflection of the swimming that shines through on our ceiling on the sunniest of days. Very few things take this little girl away from her food, but that rippling reflection on the ceiling does it every time.
  • Has tried lots of new foods lately, including quinoa. I think the quinoa will have to grow on her but we’re grateful that she’s no longer on a veggie strike and is eating a good mix of fruits and veggies. Oh and puffs and mum-mum crackers. She loves feeding herself and I think it’s about time we start giving her more opportunities (and more nutritious foods) to feed herself.
  • Enjoys her daily walks to the park. She still loves going outside and riding in her stroller and Mom is happy to get some extra steps in (the latest motivation is the FitBit she received for her birthday!).
  • Cries and smiles all in the same breath (or wail…) on a daily basis around here. Fortunately the crying usually doesn’t last for long (but these new teeth coming in are rough!).
  •  Took a trip to Catalina Island to celebrate Mom and Dad’s birthdays.
  • Had a fun visit with Grandma and Grandpa from Indiana!

And before we jump in with the pictures, let me just share with you my latest #MomFail.

I spend my Monday’s down in Long Beach for work. It’s the longest period of time that I’m away from Charlotte each week. I arrived home a couple of weeks ago to find that Charlotte was snoozing in her crib. She’s always excited to see me and I figured that today would be no different. I heard her begin to stir and I walked over to her door, peeked my head in and said “Peekaboo!”. Well poor little Charlotte had her head turned the other way and my enthusiastic “Peekaboo” absolutely terrified her! She turned her head, mouth dropped wide open and she let out a startled “Ahhhh!” It’s a wonder she didn’t cry and still was happy for me to pick her up. The look on her face…. It’s a terrible feeling to give your child such a fright!

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Climbing over EVERYTHING. Nothing gets in this girl’s way!

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34 Weeks

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Catalina Island 

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Catalina Island Take 2

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Love her baby jeans.

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Charlotte and Daddy

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The view from our hotel balcony.

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Woke up to a cruise ship in our view.

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8 Months Old and moving way too much to get a good pic!

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Future Model

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35 Weeks

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Grandma has arrived!

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So serious.

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Fun with Grandpa!

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Blue eyes!

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Someone can’t get enough standing!

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36 Weeks

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Before sending Grandma off to the airport

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