- She is a mover and a shaker! Charlotte is full-on crawling now. Wherever she wants to go, she goes.
- She is using her new crawling muscles to finally sit up straight and on her own! Previously she would sit up in a "tripod" fashion but now she can sit up from standing or laying down perfectly fine. She does seem to prefer sitting up on her knees instead of her bottom. This reinforces our belief mentioned below...
- Charlotte wants to walk more than anything - at least that is the belief that Jeff and I hold! She pulls up anytime she can and tries to "walk" along whatever she is holding onto. Many times, she let go and head the opposite direction, falling of course, but wanting to walk. She works on pulling up on things more than she does her newfound crawling skills. And if you give her the chance, she'll grab ahold of your fingers and take off walking across the room. She is awesome.
- We are getting ready to move onto new foods! Since I am making her food, I make a big batch of foods to freeze that will last us 2 months at a time. Her first round of food were the basic first tastes and not she is ready for the big time: mixed veggies, peas, peaches, broccoli, apricots, corn, potato, blueberries and zucchini.
- Teething seems to have kicked into high gear! The last few days we have been using up the ibuprofen and orajel as Charlotte has been in some pain :( It makes me so sad - especially since we have nothing to show for it! She has yet to have that first tooth break through. I hope with all this work maybe they will all come through at once and we'll be done with it. It has totally disrupted her slept schedule too. She hurts and can't fall asleep, and now that she can pull up and stand she won't lay down in her crib - meaning she can't just lay down and cry herself to sleep. Poor kiddo :(
- The teething aside, I still hold to the belief that she is the happiest baby ever. Other than crying over her teething and her being sick a couple weeks ago, she doesn't really cry. She is always willing to give you a big ol' grin and curl up in your lap to cuddle. I am around babies all day - and not naming names, but babies that pinch me to the point of bruising, try to bite me constantly, and scream bloody murder for no apparent reason. And none of these are from Charlotte. Hopefully I'm not spoiled and #2 (no, nothing to report thank you very much) will be the same (knock on wood, cross my fingers, whatever works)
With Charlotte changing so fast, we'll see what happens this month![gallery]