Friday, April 20, 2012

Charley Bear: 7 Months

[1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months]

Each month keeps getting better. Month 7 was another fun one.

Since last month, Charley has mastered sitting up and scoffs when you lay her down to play like a baby. She's no baby and big girls play while sitting up. She'll still topple over occasionally, but she has even mastered falling over gracefully so she doesn't bonk her noggin anymore when she does fall over.

Also, teeth! She has two bottom teeth now and they were both total surprises to us because she showed no clear teething symptoms at all. They came through only days after her 6 month pediatrician appointment, at which her doctor examined her gums and said "no signs of any teeth yet!". So yeah, it happened fast and it wasn't until I saw the teeth that I realized, ohhh, that's why she was doing that! (pulling on her ears, extra drool, etc.) However, we are working on top teeth now and I'd say she's definitely noticing these mean ol' teeth breaking through her gums more so than she noticed the bottom ones. Poor little baby.


She also had her first ear infection, and I know it's wishful thinking to hope it was the last one ever. Since she pulled at her ears while teething, I thought more teeth must be coming in when she started pulling at her right ear while we were on vacation. Eventually I realized she was only pulling at that one ear, was extra fussy and wasn't eating or sleeping well (which at first I though all of those issues were only because we were on vacation and she wasn't used to it yet) and took her to an urgent care center. They gave her antibiotics and it was gone lickity split & she was back to being her happy self!

Month 7 also brought big changes in food. I am still nursing her 3 times a day; morning, afternoon and night. She gets two bottles of formula at my sister's house every day which means that yes, I am FREE of that awful pump. It feels so good to lose that 7 pound leech. She also has her cereal in the morning, and a fruit or vegetable at night. She has done so good with her food and really the only food she hasn't liked much are peas. We are creeping into the period where she can start to have other stuff too, but I have done exactly zero reading about that so I'm sticking with my jarred food for now due to pure laziness.

She's also been practicing with a sippy cup with water in it and can get some out but she hasn't mastered holding it upright for long very well yet. Soon enough.


Basically, it was a good month. Throw in 10 days at the beach too, and I'm not sure if month 7 can be beat! Charley loved the beach & although she didn't sleep like an angel like she normally does (could've been because I was in her same room, or because she was in a pack n play, or because of her ear infection, etc.) it was still so fun to have some time to just be with her all week long. She did great in the 8 hour car rides there and back, so it looks like we'll be making another trip in July!


Basically, these have been the best 7 months of my life, and I know she can't talk yet, but I bet she'd say these were the best 7 months of her life too. Err, well, 7 and a half months since I'm posting this over 2 weeks late. But, she knows I love her.

Happy 7 months my doll baby!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I have a million posts saved as drafts either in Blogger or in my head. This isn't one of them, but I had a few random thoughts that absolutely needed to be shared with the internets. Important stuff here.

1. You know how you walk into a room and forget why you came in there in the first place? Happens all the time. And then you try and retrace your steps to see what maybe prompted you to go into said room to retrieve mystery object or do mystery task in the first place, and then while retracing your steps you'll see that baby toy you tripped over which then reminds you the entire point of going into the nursery was to retrieve your baby from the crib, for example.

So yeah, I just had a virtual episode of the exact same scenario happen. I was reading a blog from a girl I know, which reminded me that the whole reason I know her is because she dated a friend of mine, and then hey! I wonder if they are still together; they should definitely be engaged or married or something by now. So then I went to Facebook to do some further investigating, and got sidetracked by this hilarious post someone shared about texts from dogs (warning: language may bother some of you!), and after I was done laughing about that I wondered to myself, "WHY in the world did I come on Facebook in the first place. I KNOW there was a reason."


& then I did a little internet retracing of my steps using the ol' back button. & what do you know. I came upon girl's blog again, which reminded me of the issue at hand I was about to stalk.

It's undetermined, by the way. No recent pictures of them together. No relationship status. So my guess is no longer together but without hard evidence it's hard to say.


2. If you, among many others, participate in a weekly blog post titled "Wordless Wednesday", you may not in fact use WORDS in your post. Kinda defeats the purpose, no? Why not just title it 'Wednesday'? That one really bothers me. Don't be offended if you do this. I'm crazycakes.

And finally,

3. Draw Something. It's a game on iPhones (Droids too? Not sure.) where you are playing pictionary against your friends. I love love loved it at first. And then, people started using words to convey what they were drawing and that's cheating and I didn't like it. In protest I quit playing right in the midst of our games to prove my point. And now I've got no less than THIRTEEN opponents just sitting there waiting on me to play my turn.  And that makes me a little crazy too, like I'm holding up their lives or something. It's okay to move on, opponents. I don't know if I can ever come back to y'all and your cheating ways.

I did NOT actually guess this drawing of my husband's. The answer: Uranus. Nice John. Real nice.

So anyways, how have you all been? Ready to be ambushed by about a bajillion Life of Lacey posts in the next few days? Keep your weekend open for me!