Sunday, July 28, 2013

7 months old

The two weeks leading up to Charlotte turning 7 months (so, about 3 weeks ago since I'm a total slacker this month!), Charlotte woke up so grown up.

 She decided that she no longer wanted to crawl like a frog.  It started with getting her knees up for 2-3 crawls, then flopping on her belly.  Then, an hour later, it would be 4-5 crawls on her knees, then another hour would pass and she would get halfway across the room.  By July 1st, she was officially crawling.  Everywhere.  Without flopping.  So cute.  So fast.  So not ready for it.  And she's so proud of herself.  She'll be crawling and look behind to give you this shy, sweet little smile.  Of course, now she doesn't like to be held nearly as much.

When Charlotte wants to pick something up on the ground, she rocks on her knees, almost to judge where she should stop, to be in a good place.  Then, she flops herself down to get it.  So stinkin' cute.

The next morning, she had 2 bottom teeth.  She's the youngest of the girls to have had teeth break through, so I was shocked.  And, although it was a couple of days where she fussed a bit, she was actually pretty darn good through them cutting.  She continued sleeping through the night, and would just want to chew on everything.  Really, we were pretty lucky.  Knock on wood.  Hopefully it continues.

Since then, Charlotte has started sitting on her own.  Not just sitting, she goes from crawling, to a sitting position, and from sitting to crawling.  Or to her tummy, or her back.  I remember Kaitlyn and Samantha both having a lot more time crawling under their belt before accomplishing the transitions.  Of course, they both sat on their own earlier too..

She loves pulling herself up.  She can get onto her knees and sit up fully without support, but she likes to use the couch, table, our legs or anything else to get as high as possible.  It'll only be a matter of time before she is standing.  Then walking.  It feels like time is going by so fast.  Someone asked me the other day how old she was and I found myself nearly saying 4 months.  7 months is just so close to 1.  And so close to not being a baby.

Charlotte is a wonderful eater.  She is still nursing every 2 hours through the day, finishing off 2 stage 3 jars of food a day, plus 6 oz of formula before bed every night.  She's still pretty petite though.  Just hitting 16 lbs (26%), but so long.  28 inches (92%).  So far, she loves it all.  Except things tomato based.  Which kinda shocks me.  Especially considering how the girls are. 

Charlotte is a cuddly, loving and nosy little girl.  She loves being in the middle of everything and does not like to be left out of the playing.  She doesn't like Daddy and her sisters rough housing, it makes her lip quiver.  She cracks up at Kaitlyn and Samantha both and is so spoiled by those girls.  She has an amazing personality and squishes up her little nose and does all sorts of funny things with her eyebrows and lips.  She is pretty happy most of the time.  As long as she isn't in the car.  She absolutely despises the car.

Our little red headed, blue eyed little princess is growing before our eyes.  She is loved, adored and treasured beyond measure.

Charlotte's hip ultrasound is tomorrow (Monday, July 29th), so think happy thoughts.  I'm fairly positive it will come back normal, and they ended up cancelling her appointment last week to make it with a specialist, so I'm confident we will have answers tomorrow.

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