Tuesday, November 22, 2016

11 Months

We're closing in on one-year-old, and we're loving life.  It's been a beautiful fall with lots of lovely weather and activities with Charlotte and Forrest.  Here's what she's been up to.

Yes, our little Letty Rose is as charming as ever and busy as can be.  She loves spending time near Forrest and is on the go.  No longer is she content to be held when there is something that needs to be investigated.  She's also not so interested in two naps each day.  Are we moving to one-nap-a-day already!?  (Forrest did at 11 months.)  She still enjoys meal times; her favorite foods haven't changed, but she does continue to add new foods to her menu, like apple cores, crunchy Cheerios, and prunes.

We love our little girl and are happily planning a sweet butterfly-themed birthday party in a month!  Hard to believe!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Forrest was ready for Halloween this year.  He vowed to "make it all the way to Northmoor!"  He would have, too, if it wasn't bedtime.  Yes, he trick-or-treated for a long time and was so excited to see all the candy.  This year, he decided to be the alphabet.  Love that little boy!

Monday, October 24, 2016

10 Months

Despite me completely forgetting what day it was, Charlotte has turned 10 months old.  Poor second child!  She didn't seem to mind and happily ate our paper 10 immediately.  What a little sweetheart our Letty Rose is.  She continues to charm us with her smiles and tricks.  She babbles, waves, folds her hands to pray, and claps.  She's on the move, crawling and pulling up all over.  Mealtimes are her favorite; she loves to eat yogurt, cottage cheese, toast with peanut butter or cream cheese, strawberries, bananas, kiwi, and many other things.  We are so glad to spend our time with this little girl.

Friday, September 23, 2016

9 Months

Another delightful month spent with Charlotte has passed.  Each time I think this little girl can't be more pleasant, there she is warming our hearts again.

During the past month, Charlotte has gotten to be a chatty girl (finally)!  She babbles with /d/ and /g/ sounds, and we are thrilled!  She isn't breaking any speech records, but we don't care.  Patient growth we can do.

Charlotte has also learned to crawl, fast, and decided that maybe she will be a standing girl, too.  She's slowly (and now the last few days not so slowly) pulling up and not tumbling down immediately.  She continues to enjoy trying new foods, lightly toasted bread with cream cheese or peanut butter are current favorites.  Other favorites right now are all things Forrest is doing, swinging in the garage, licking and munching everything in sight, and throwing fits when it's time to change her diaper.

What a little sweetie she is!

In other news, I just arrived back from Orlando after three days and four nights.  What!?  I can't believe I just typed that!  Joshua had, and is still attending, a medical conference, and I joined him for a vacation at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Resort.  Oh my, that place is amazing!  Great weather, fantastic pool, lots of delicious food.  We so enjoyed our time!  A huge thank you to my mom for caring for Forrest and Charlotte.  What a blessing to vacation and know they are being so well-cared for.  I missed them but didn't worry a bit.  Another thank you to Charlotte for being a good little sleeper.  Quite often these days she will do an 11 hour stretch with barely a peep.  We never could have imagined that with Forrest at 8 or 9 months!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Four Years and Eight Months

Yesterday was a big day for our family.  Forrest Edward turned four years old!  Doesn't that sound like a big step?  It felt like a big step.  As is the tradition, we had a family party at Poppy and Gigi's.  Four year olds like traditions it seems.  A party in Peoria would not do.  The theme this year was letters, numbers, and snakes.  Oh, this little boy is passionate about his interests!

While Forrest turned four, Charlotte turned eight months.  She's a growing girl!  During the past weeks, she has learned to scoot around (not crawling, but getting where she wants!), has started eating so many things (muffins, yogurt, and ice cream are favorites), enjoys screaming for pleasure, and wants to do whatever Forrest is doing (if only Forrest wanted the company).  

What a happy family we are.  We love our children and look forward to seeing them grow and learn!

Saturday, August 13, 2016


We're getting ready for Forrest's birthday and the first day of school, so it seems that summer is drawing to a close.  It has been a memorable one, our first with a vacation home.  That still seems funny to me.  Joshua and Forrest spent over three weeks in Wisconsin; Charlotte and I were there about two.  Here are some picture highlights.

We did enjoy our trips to Wisconsin.  It's always nice to spend time with Grandma, and her beach setup is so fun.  This year we had the added bonus of our own kitchen, laundry, and bathroom.  Looking forward to many more years at Whitefish and Bond Lakes.  

Other highlights from this summer include time at home with my growing little people, a couple of trips to the neighborhood pool before the baby pool was closed, the arrival of baby Will, and time spent with Poppy and Gigi.  

Goodbye summer, it's been a delight.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Seven Months!

Yes, indeed, Letty Rose is seven months old.  That sounds old!  It was another delightful month with this sweet little girl.  Has there ever been such a happy baby?  Seriously, her little smiling face just asks to be kissed about a hundred times a day.

Notables from the past month:

Spending over a week with just me.  Joshua and Forrest headed to Wisconsin on their own.  I was really looking forward to some time with just Charlotte.  While it was great to have some time with her (and not cooking anything but TV dinners was awesome!), I missed Forrest and Joshua a lot.  Also, the Heart of Illinois Fair going on just past my backyard was awful.  Overall, not the greatest ten days.

Getting ready to crawl!  Charlotte is getting her tummy up off the floor and wanting to go, go, go.  Unfortunately, she only manages to slide backwards.  She'll get it one of these days.

Trying a few foods.  She's not too excited about it so far.  I'm hoping for a girl who will like to share some macaroni and cheese with her mama one day.

Sleeping!  A handful of nights, she has slept eleven or twelve hours without a peep.  Oh my!  Sleep is amazing, for Charlotte and for me.

We love you Charlotte!