Monday, April 17, 2017

charlie, one year.

How strange to type "one year" in the title of this blog entry. Baby Charlie, you are not a baby anymore! You are our spunky, busy, funny, naughty, and sweet toddler!

The last month has been bursting with business and change! You got to see some familiar faces in person for the first time when Uncle Andy & Auntie Cheryl came to visit us in Tennessee. You took your first steps while they were here, from Uncle Andy's to your Daddy's arms! You took your third plane trip to go to Orlando where we spent the last part of our time with them exploring the world of Legos and Harry Potter. And while you got plenty of attention from your doting Aunt & Uncle, you did have to share them with the one who'd been about to burst waiting for their visit to arrive.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

The amount of baby tricks you can do these days is staggering. You are saying so many words now! Finally "Mama" is on your list. "Pappy" & "Gaga" are on the list now too. This made for some very happy grandparents! A few other new Charlie words-

-"Blooo-ba" (blueberries)
-"Byyeee-Bye" (in the most southern baby dialect you can possibly imagine)
-"Bipe" (when you're ready for another bite)
-"Bat-bat" (when you've snagged Henry's batman figure)
-"Pep-Pep" (Preston)
-"Guuuuu" (anytime you see Gus)
-"Poo-poo" (yay)

You pretend to take our picture and you pretend to blow your nose. You adore being on the trampoline. You ride your Rhino all over the living room and kitchen. And you've decided that Pappy meant for you to ride the horse he made for you every day, and you do. You point to your hat once you've mounted your steed. Although you rarely keep it on.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

You are still a huge pet lover. Gus is still the only one who will tolerate you (no one knows why). You watch every move he makes, especially if he sneaks out the window.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

You are a climber! Henry never climbed anything when he was a baby/toddler, so I was caught a little off guard when I saw you climb up onto the couch this weekend! And heaven forbid we leave the dishwasher door open. It is just the right height for naughtiness. We've found one activity that will keep you highly entertained and out of mischief for a minute-

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

You are still a really good eater. You love just about everything we've put in front of you. Blueberries are a favorite this month, along with watermelon and hummus. You still love eggs, bananas, peas, and oatmeal. You are not a fan of cow's milk or almond milk, but love yogurt and cheese. Yogurt is always a major undertaking because you insist on holding the spoon and your aim is questionable at best. Your party isn't until this weekend, but on the day of your birthday we got you a cupcake to celebrate. I have never seen you eat more precisely in your life. Hopeful dogs were disappointed at the lack of crumb dispensing. The whole time you were eating your cupcake you kept pausing to clap. Ha!

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

Last week we meandered out to the yard to take a couple of sets of one year old photos. The first set might be my favorite, because you are wearing your big brother's shirt from 5 1/2 years ago.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

I also wanted to do some photos with you holding one of the big "1" balloons. I let Henry talked me in a pink one. (It's like I don't even know myself anymore.) But that balloon is your favorite thing in the world! You drag it all over the kitchen and we hear "boon! boon!" on repeat. And even I have to admit that the pink balloon was kind of perfect-

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

Charlie, we cannot believe you are 1! We can't imagine our lives without you! Your arrival turned Henry into the best big brother we could have imagined for you. Your Daddy is most certainly wrapped around your finger and, I only imagine, is in for more trouble than he knows. You keep us busy, challenged, exhausted, laughing and in love! You are funny and busy, mischievous and sweet. Happy birthday our sweet girl! We love you, Char-Char!