Dear Charlie- The months are whizzing by, just like I knew they would. Like they did with your brother as well. On the one hand it makes me a little sad that you are growing up so fast, but watching you grow is so much fun that it's impossible to despair. That crawling thing? You've got that down now. Rocking on your hands and knees quickly led to army crawling. Now you're moving across the rugs with pretty impressive speed! You even throw in some down-dog now and then for good measure-
Not only are you crawling, you are pulling up on everything. The chairs, the bathtub, the nearest leg. You are on the move. Today we had our first (and hopefully last!) ER visit because I slipped up and took my hand off you for two seconds while you were sitting on an exam table. You can imagine what happened next. I like to think that after all my years in the ER I don't get shaken easily about medical stuff, but I honestly couldn't get you to that hospital fast enough to get you checked out. I think we both cried for about 20 minutes, but you were given the all-clear from the ER doc and were such a champ. I know that things like this happen, but I feel absolutely terrible and like my hand may be practically glued to you for the next few days. Your poor forehead.
On a less traumatic note, over the last month you've tried a lot of foods! One of your first was plantain soup when we were in Puerto Rico and you loved it! You've eaten apples, eggs, sweet potatoes, peas, toast, bananas, carrots, broccoli and green beans. You love baby puffs (and I love that they keep you busy while I cook dinner). You seem pretty willing to try most things (but then again, you eat rug fuzz too, ha)!
We're 95% sure your first word was "bath". You said it after we'd had a pretty involved diaper situation and I said to you "Sister, we're gonna have to get a bath!". You looked at me and said "Baf! Baf!"- but you haven't really said it since, so who knows? You love to give pat-pats. We'll say "Give Henry pat-pats!" and you reach out with that sweet little hand, pat his arm, "Paa, paa, paa". You've gotten super ticklish. If I get your thighs just right you giggle your head off. It's amazing. You can only smile with your mouth wide open. The best is when you wrinkle your little nose when you're really happy. So often when we're at the grocery store I get the feeling someone is looking at me. It almost never fails that I turn to find someone who is smiling huge in your direction. That Charlie smile is hard to resist.
You truly are more fun every day, Charlie, and we are so, so thankful that you're our girl. We love you so.