Tuesday, September 13, 2016

charlie, five months.

Charlie-girl, two days ago you turned 5 months old. How are we nearly halfway through your first year? Every day it seems you give us more and more clues about the little person you're growing into. The majority of the time you are our happy smiley girl. You do tend to get a little testy if you're tired or hungry, but who doesn't, right? Lately, when you're annoyed or unhappy you give us a cute (but loud) squeal. Not tended to quickly enough, it's likely to progress to more of a high-pitched whine. Picture a drooly little puppy. Yep, that's it.

Speaking of drool.

In the last few weeks you've become so much more entertainable. You'll play on the floor with toys while I do laundry or cook dinner. At least for a little while, until you roll yourself over into the dreaded trap known as tummy time. You're still working on that belly-to-back reverse maneuver. You've done it a few times, but you've learned to sucker your brother into helping you roll back, you little stinker. Your favorite thing to do right now is play in your cousins' old exersaucer. Your brother played in this same one when he was little and you love it just as much. It's the most wonderful parental déjà vu.

It also gives you a good vantage point from which to observe your favorite boy on earth.

You've been toted around the house by that same sweet boy all week. He loves getting to carry you around the living room and kitchen. You must get pretty heavy pretty quickly because it's usually not too long before I hear "Mommy, will you take her?". But he loves it while it lasts and so do you.

We had a serious rough patch with your sleeping last month. I'm not sure exactly what was going on, but google kept leading me to articles about "four month sleep regressions" so we'll pin it on that. This is what we think of the four month sleep regression.

But then, by some miracle, you slept ALL NIGHT LONG for 3 nights last week. I'm talking 9-12 hour stretches. It was blissful and you woke up so happy. Mommy too.

If I was a betting woman, I'd say it won't be long before you're sitting up. That was such a fun milestone with Henry and I'm looking forward to it with you as well! This week you've been tripod sitting, if only for a few seconds. You do really well when you're on the couch or in one of our chairs-

-but things are a bit more short-lived when you're on your own.

You are starting to chuckle more. You splash big enough in the tub to annoy your brother. You kick all the time. We don't dare take a hand off you on the changing table. Henry thinks he can communicate with you with some kind of kicking code. ha! You still have your one adorable crazy curl. You are exhausting and wonderful and fascinating and we love you more every day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

mother of two.

Sometimes I still can't believe that I'm legally allowed to be in charge of two children. Two! Who authorized that? Being a mom of two has taught me that I can multitask like I'd never imagined. It has taught me that it is possible to wear a baby while making a desperately needed pot of coffee along with breakfast for your 5 year old. It has also taught me that my oldest (along with being just generally awesome) is the best big brother and the biggest helper ever. So how, exactly, am I supposed to cope with this?

Henry's Kindergarten teacher is Mrs. Walker. She is young and enthusiastic and Henry just loves her already. As he told me, "I already like her more than I can like her!". He has two friends in his class- our beautiful Ava from next door and spunky & adorable Maci Kate from t-ball. He is so happy to have some beloved and familiar faces in the halls of his school. I truly do miss his sweet face being around all day but at the same time I am so so happy to see him excited about this next stage of childhood.

In addition to Kindergarten, other news in the world of Henry Zuill includes the surprise of returning home from Ohio to find this in the backyard. (thank you $100 Facebook find!)

The crazy thing about having two kids is that not just one, but two, little humans are evolving in front of you at breakneck speed. It is overwhelming and wonderful all at once. Charlie was four months old last week. That truly just seems impossible. Last week she started sleeping in her crib. And we heard the first chuckle out of our sweet girl! She makes you work for her laughter, but when it appears it is just blissful and you'll do any sort of stupid thing to make her laugh again.Charlie has become a master at rolling over from back to front but not vice-versa. This has made for some long nights as of late but she is so cute during her waking hours that she is mostly forgiven.

A couple of nights ago we all ventured outside (once the temperature dipped below 90°) for a few 4-month photos. Henry was surprisingly willing to participate. I really think it comes down to the fact that he likes holding this girl and making her smile. They both make me smile.

I am fairly obsessed with the details of this girl of ours. Before, I couldn't imagine what I would do with a girl and now I can't imagine life without one. We hear all the time that she is the girl-version of Henry- but I think this one has her own thing going on and I just love her so.

Thanks for checking in on us!