Thursday, April 7, 2016

Charley Lately

Hey guys - guess what?! I'm blogging...FROM WORK! At lunch, obviously. I'm so excited. Flickr is still blocked though so I may resort back to using the ol' Blogger photo uploader tool. Anyway, high five IT guys!

So, it has been a while since my biggest girl Charley had an update post. (Oh wait just realized I did do a 4 year old post too.) I haven't done one since before Laney was born and she not only looks so different to me now, she is so much more mature too.  Excuse me while I have a little cry over this.

Anyway, this is Charley at age four (and a half).


Some little Charley funnies lately.

John is finishing up loading the dishwasher and was about to add the Finish tablet to the dispenser when Charley asks if she can do it instead. He hands her the tablet and upon walking up to the opened dishwasher gets a whiff of the dirty dishes.

C: What's that smell!??
J: That's the dirty dishes.
C: ::drops tablet and runs away:: Get me outta this smell!

C, while pointing to a valentine hung on the fridge: Mama this one was yours!
Me: Yes I really liked it!
C: Then why did you throw it in the trash?!
I've GOT to learn to bury stuff in the trash can better.


The AT-TI-TUDE of a four year old. Whew. Charley is as sweet as she can be most of the time, but when that switch flips and the attitude comes out, watch out. This morning I was lucky enough to witness a bit of this attitude.

We were attempting to get dressed for the day when the incident occurred. Per usual, because MANY of our issues come during this time or task. We have some workarounds to avoid this, but this morning none of those things happened so I knew even last night that this morning would be rough. (we got home late last night and she was already exhausted, she laid in bed for over an hour before falling asleep, we didn't pick out clothes last night, she ate breakfast BEFORE getting dressed, to name a few)

So, her and I are standing in front of her wardrobe trying to decide on an outfit. I have a dress picked out that is perfect for today's weather (short sleeves for the warmer afternoon, but not sleeveless where she'll be cold in the morning) so I'm trying to convince her of that dress. She will NOT wear something I pick unless she deems it a "Mama pick day" which is rare. But I'm trying to hurry us along. Finally she decides on a short-sleeved shirt. But of course now we need something on the bottom. Leggings are the obvious choice but she doesn't love wearing leggings without a skirt or dress over them so then she wants to pick a skirt. There's just one that would match, but she says "that one makes walking harder" so that one is out. I say something trying to hurry her along and she says "THIS TAKES TIME, MAMA" and I go on to explain that it doesn't need to take time - Daddy, Laney and Mama had clothing picked out and on our bodies in minutes so I didn't think it needed to take this long. That struck a nerve so the tears started to flow and she shouts "YOU ARE THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST MAMA AND DADA EVAH!". (I can't even remember what poor John did to get lumped in there with me.) This is her go to lately when she feels defeated. I just go along with it and tell her that even if I'm terrible, I love her an awful lot. Eventually she comes around after getting herself dressed in the tee and just leggings, but it was touch and go.

On the way out of the house she did tell us she is just kidding when she says that and that she still loves us. I sense a bit of her Mama's guilty conscience, especially before separating for the day, in my little mini me. She's got my sensitivity AND my guilty conscience. You're welcome, baby.


The 2016 Spring school picture

Charley has done really well in preschool these last two years. She's in the three year old class this year and they did parent-teacher conferences that I really enjoyed. It's not often that someone else gets to tell me about my daughter, especially in instances that are different than ones I know her in. Her teachers love her; I could just tell from the visit. They mentioned how mature she was and that she stayed away from some of the three year old drama that occurred with some of her classmates. This very well could be because she's the oldest in the class, but it made me proud anyway.

She's got a handful of "best friends" that she talks about all the time. She doesn't tell me a whole lot about her school days unless I dig and dig, but she's getting better about it. The thing I seem to hear most often is that she tells her teachers when a classmate is not following the rules or if they hurt someone else...even if the person that got hurt doesn't tell the teachers. She's leaning towards being a tattle, but I don't want to discourage her from talking to her teachers if she feels the need to, so I'm going to let that sort itself out. She's just a rule follower that maybe doesn't always want to follow the rules so she gets a little jealous when so and so wears sandals to school instead of tennis shoes and socks like is recommended, for example. I have to do the whole "well, their Mom and Dad make decisions that they think is best for their child, so we have to make decisions on what is best for Charley and those things may differ." Does she get it? Probably not, but I'm going with it.


Speaking of making decisions that others may not deem as good for their child(ren), I strapped Laney into the passenger seat of Charley's little car last weekend and Charley thought it was the BEST. THING. EVER. She's been begging to do it again ever since.

Laney may not have agreed with Charley that this was the BEST THING EVER.

I used our Beco carrier and tightened the straps as tight as they'd go, and they just so happened to be just the right length to go around Laney's torso and the back of the seat. So since there are three buckles (one over each shoulder and one around the waist) I felt that the triple buckle was secure enough to let her ride around in the grass while I ran alongside them. I am positive that Beco designed their carriers to be able to double as a seat belt. ;)

Anyway, again, Charley just loved it. She gets so darn excited that Laney is starting to be able to be included in play. While Charley does get jealous of snuggles if she feels Laney is getting more than her, she is still pretty great with sharing toys with her. When she isn't in the mood to share, or she's worried that the small pieces of something may hurt Laney, she just shuts her bedroom door to play. She's very concerned with helping us keep Laney safe and Charley will just SOB if she accidentally hurts Laney.

So far so good on the sister thing.


Gaga (my mom) remains one of Charley's very favorite people on the planet. They share dirt soup together, they go on walks in the woods together, they pretend to be Fred and Daphne together (my moms favorite activity to do with her - ha!), they plant flowers together. I struggle with keeping Charley at our house on the weekends so that Gaga can have time on weekends to do as she pleases too because if we step foot outside Charley immediately starts walking in Gaga's direction. 

I love their close relationship.


I just love my girl. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Laney: 11 Months

Welp. The countdown to the first birthday is on. I can't believe ONE is just 4 weeks away.


The biggest change this month as far as milestones go is that Laney is standing up all over the place. She is pulling up and standing up as often as she can. She is getting more steady on her feet, but she can't stand without holding on to anything just yet.


Nothing changed size wise - 12 month clothing, 18 month pajamas, size 4 diaper. I realized the other day that I have absolutely no clue what size shoe she wears because I never put her in shoes. I think over these 11 months I've put her in shoes exactly 3 times.

Laney is generally a pretty happy baby, but so very serious. She really makes you work for a smile most of the time & bubbles were not doing the trick this particular day.


She really loves to swing (despite appearances), loves to eat, loves Charley and hanging out in Charley's room, loves her Grandaddy, loves to crawl around outside in the grass and dirt, and loves her bunny loveys.

She doesn't like getting strapped into her carseat, having her diaper changed, being told and forced back into a sitting position (from standing) in the bathtub (goodness how long did this stage last?!), and that's really all I can think of on the dislike list. She's pretty agreeable!


We are up to TWO teeth now. Charley had 7 or 8 by this point so I don't know what the hold up is. Haha. She doesn't seem to be as easy a teether as Charley was, so maybe I shouldn't be wishing for more teeth at this point. She eats perfectly fine with just those two.

"Charley's Kitchen" needs an upgrade to include baby sister, AND all the kitcheny stuff we've acquired over the years. Possible birthday gift in the works.

I don't think she's saying much new from last month - Mama, Dada, cat, dog, ::barks::, bye bye, hi. She mimics sounds - like if Charley shouts something she mimics the tone and volume. She holds objects up to her ear to pretend they are a phone, shakes her head no, and points in the directions she wants you to take her.


She also celebrated her last first holiday, Easter, this month, though John looked at me like I was crazy when I told him that. It's a big deal! How often do you realize when it is the LAST of something, ya know? The baby book doesn't care about any holidays from this point forward, after all!


Laney, Charley

Just 4 weeks until we get to celebrate the first year of Laney bug's life with a bug themed party. I can't wait to tell you all about it!