Charlotte Frances {3 months}

Charlotte Frances, you are THREE MONTHS OLD! 


Weight: 11 pounds, 14 ounces as of Wednesday, March 29th

Nicknames: Little Love, Lovey, Lovebug, Tootie Butt (sorry girlfriend, but sometimes you have some serious toots!), and CC - that one is just for me.

Clothes: Wearing 3 months in Carters, 0-3 months in the Target/Carter's and Cat and Jack, 0-3 in Janie and Jack, and you're just starting to really fill out 0-3 in Old Navy and Baby Gap.

Sleep: You're still rocking a 9pm-5am sleep schedule and we couldn't love that more! You wake up once around 3am to nurse but I don't really even count it as "awake" - you make sweet little noises to show me you're awake (seriously, no crying!), I feed you, and you're back asleep in my arms within a few minutes. We've slowly started to introduce not swaddling your arms, but you still startle pretty easily and wake yourself up. If I lay you next to me for a nap on the couch or bed, once you're in a deep sleep you can sleep unswaddled no problem.

Schedule: Before maternity leave ended, our days looked a little like this: 
5 a.m: Awake to eat
5:30-7 a.m: Sleep
7-7:30 a.m: Eat 
7:30-9 a.m: Morning time with Mama! While I had my coffee and watched Good Morning America and Live with Kelly, we would read books, do tummy time, sing songs - this is one of my favorite times during the day with you. You're always so happy and smiley, and nothing warms my mama heart more than you looking at me and giving me a big grin, just because.
9-10 a.m. (ish): Sleep
10-10:30 a.m: Eat
10:30-11:30 a.m: Hang out while Mama gets ready. You're usually completely content to sit in your bouncer with me in the bathroom or bedroom with music playing on my phone (Adele is your favorite) or your Sleep Sheep playing ocean noises (which you think is the funniest thing ever).
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m: Lunch for both of us!
1:30-3:30 p.m: Nap for you, which is usually a good time for me to scoot out of the house and run errands, and the time that I use to prep dinner when we're home.
3:30-4 p.m: Eat
4-5:30 p.m: Play time - we listen to music, play on your rainforest mat, read books, go for walks, and then you hang in your mamaroo in the kitchen with me while I start supper!
5:30-6:30 p.m: Nap until Daddy's home! 
6:30 p.m: This is usually your semi-fussy time, so while I finish cooking, you usually have dancing time with Daddy while listening to Adele (I have so many videos of this and can cry if I start thinking about the two of you dancing your father/daughter dance at your wedding #crazymamapartyofone).
7-8:30 p.m: You usually have a quick snack here, and then hang on your lounger while we eat supper and try to watch a show or two on the DVR.
8:30 p.m: Tubby time! Right now we're in the season of Daddy studying for the CFA, so while he gets to work, I do bath/books/bed. You absolutely love your baths and your lotion/jammie routine, and then sitting with you to read stories in your rocker is one of the highlights of my day.
8:30-9:30 p.m: You usually hang with me in bed while I watch a show or read, then we move you to the pack 'n' play for the night, and you're off to sleep! 

Health: After having a watery, red left eye for several days, I took you in for an after hours appointment to be seen by your pediatrician. Of course as soon as we walked in the door, your eye was clear and there wasn't a hint of redness. Dr. Boutwell said it was likely a tiny clogged tear duct and just to gently massage the area between your eye and nose while nursing - I did, and that's seemed to help! Other than that, you've been in completely good health, which we're so thankful for!
Crying: You still only cry if you're hungry, need to be changed, or are startled, but you're easily and quickly soothed. When you DO get upset, you cry an angry, legitimate wail - no more tiny newborn whimpers.

Feeding: Still nursing like a champ! We're exclusively breastfeeding and I still can't believe how much I've enjoyed our little journey so far. I'd love to make it to one year - so far, so good! You have started to watch us when we eat, which is the cutest thing, and I can't wait to start baby led weaning with you once our pediatrician gives us the go-ahead.

Likes: Snuggling, naps on mommy's chest, bath time, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Adele with Daddy is still going strong, being propped up so you can see what's going on, being close to me.
Dislikes: Being cold, getting buckled into your carseat, losing sight of me, tummy time.
Milestones: You constantly smile and have really started to chatter. You've started to tilt yourself over the side during tummy time, but I think we're still a ways away from you fully rolling over on your own. You stick your little tongue out all of the time and have started to really kick your feet and wave your arms.
Places You’ve Gone: I soaked up the last month of my maternity leave by trying to get us out and about as much as possible. Lots of shopping trips, walks, coffee and lunch dates, and our first grocery trip together. Not only did Mama attempt Aldi for the first time, but I wore you in our Solly carrier for the shopping trip, and it was wonderful! I thought you'd fight me but once I got you snuggled in, you poked your little head out and just took everything in as we shopped, pooping out and falling asleep at the very end.
Visitors: You met your Aunt Candice and cousin Shirley for the first time! 

Postpartum: This last month was a struggle personally, with ALL of the feels about going back to work. I cried daily, especially over the last two weeks, and just couldn't fathom the thought of leaving you every day. Monday, April 3, did finally arrive and it was admittedly awful - I cried as I nursed you that morning, cried when we left for work, cried the entire drive to work, cried off and on at work all day, and cried when I got home and we sat down to nurse again. I felt calm for a solid hour that evening, after we'd had supper and you and I were snuggling while Daddy studied... and then I realized that I had to get up the next day and do it all over again. We're into week 2 and it honestly hasn't gotten easier, but I'm trying to make the best of it. There's just something very unnatural about leaving your tiny baby every day - I feel like I'm leaving my heart at home every day. 

Molly: You've recently started noticing that Molly is in the room, and it's the cutest thing. You sort of stare at her with big, wide eyes like you're thinking "What in the heck is THAT?"! Molly still does great with you in general - she always wants to be close to me, and sits at my feet while I nurse, behind me in the nursery when I'm changing you. If I lay you down on our bed, Molly likes to jump up and lay juuuust close enough so that her nose touches your feet, and it melts my heart every time!

Things I Want to Remember: When you're tired, I can lay you against my shoulder and you flip your head back and forth against me, trying to settle down. When you do settle, you nuzzle into my neck and it's about the best feeling in the world (teary as I'm typing that). Strangers constantly tell us how beautiful and dainty you look, "very much a little girl." If someone else is holding you and I walk into the room, you immediately turn your head to follow me/my voice - that melts my heart.

We are so head over heels in love with you, sweet Charlotte. You're a piece of our world that we didn't realize was missing until you arrived, and I just can't imagine what life would be like without you. It's such a joy to be your Mama, and I know your Daddy feels the exact same way. We can't wait to watch you grow and continue to figure out this big wide world.

To the moon and back,
Mama

Papa, Gigi and Charlotte before we flew back to Boston from Texas.






















 





Last Friday of maternity leave called for a coffee and bagel date with Daddy.

I bought this onesie months before our girl was born and was waiting for the perfect day for her to wear it. "Mommy's Everything," indeed!

Cousins!

Charlotte and DeeDee, her great grandmother on her Daddy's side.

The morning that I went back to work - where you lead, sweet girl.

Charlotte Frances {2 months}

[Behind again, but at least I'm posting these! I'm blaming this delay on being in Texas on 3/6, the day Charlotte turned 2 months old!]

Your sweet 6 week picture. We were in Texas when you turned 8 weeks and Mama couldn't get it together to take an official pic #worldsmostokayestmom


Weight: As of your 8 week checkup on February 27, you're weighing 10 pounds, 4 oz. You've grown so much but are still such a little peanut to us! You had your 8 week checkup a little early (on Monday, February 27) so that you could get your next round of vaccinations before our girls trip to Texas. 

Nicknames: CC, Sweet Charlotte, Lovebug, Lovey, Little Love, Sunshine

Clothes: You've officially outgrown all of your newborn clothes (sob!) and are well into your 0-3 month outfits. Some 3 month outfits absolutely swallow you, while 3 month outfits in other brands fit you perfectly - baby sizing is crazy! 

Sleep: We feel super lucky that you're such a good sleeper (knock on all of the wood!). We put you down between 9-10pm, and you sleep until 4-5am, when you wake up for a feeding a diaper change. You go back down until 6:30/7am (when your Daddy leaves for work) and we get up to start our day. You nap off and on throughout the day, and are super flexible, which I love and knew we wanted - you don't have to be in a certain seat with a sound machine and no light to fall asleep. I do let you fall asleep on my chest as often as you'd like, though.

Schedule: No real schedule, but an average day looks like this - 
6-7 a.m: Awake and eating
7-9 a.m: Hanging out in the Mamaroo or your lounger while I make/eat breakfast and try to drink my coffee (very rare chance that I make it through the cup without microwaving it)
9-11 a.m: Nap while I straighten up downstairs, put on a load of laundry, clean up the kitchen, etc.
11 a.m. - 12 noon: Awake and eating
12-2 p.m: Nap while I shower and get ready for the day 
2-5 p.m: The time we're most likely to get out of the house/run errands. You often fall asleep during our outings.
5-6:30 p.m: Prep dinner/find our way through the witching hour. I usually try to wear you in the Solly while prepping dinner with a glass of wine.
6:30-8:3o p.m: Daddy's home! Eat dinner together, watch a show on the DVR... This is your time to hang out with Daddy, which he loves every minute of.
8:30 p.m: Bath time. 
9-10 p.m: Read a story, rock and into the Pack n Play you go.
Wake up and start it all over!

Health: You've been in the best of health since Day 1, and we couldn't be more grateful or feel more blessed for that.
Crying: You only fuss if you're hungry, overtired or need a diaper change. You've definitely found your lungs this month and have gotten louder - you make sure we know that you're here! You've taken to your paci this month, and it's been great for your fussy times during the witching hour.

Feeding: We're still exclusively breastfeeding, although we're working towards introducing  a bottle soon (mainly my hesitation). You're a great eater and are getting more into a routine versus strictly nursing on demand, although I do let you comfort nurse whenever. We nursed for the first time in public at the airport (with my CoveredGoods cover) before our flight to Texas. Aside from your flailing towards the end, we both did great. It was a huge check for the both of us!

Likes: Bathtime/massage after bath, your Lamb and Fox Wubbanubs (Wubby), walks in your stroller, being warm/snuggled, Adele time with Daddy when he gets home from work. And your Mommy! Seriously... you've met a lot of new people lately, and while you're semi-okay with being held by them, you're constantly looking around for me and will fuss until I'm holding you again.
Dislikes: Being cold, loud noises (sneezes send your little hands flailing), being buckled into your carseat - you don't mind it once you're in, but the process of getting you there is something else.
Milestones: Smiles! You are all smiles, sweet girl, and they absolutely make my heart soar every single time I catch one. You're also tracking me and your Daddy all around the room - it's so fun to see you look for us when you hear our voices. We celebrated your First Valentine's Day and also went on your first plane ride!
Places You’ve Gone: We made our first solo trip to Texas! You were the most perfect little traveler - we flew direct both ways, and you woke up once on the flight from Boston to Austin to nurse and for a diaper change and went right back to sleep, and slept from wheels up to wheels down from Austin back to Boston. I was so proud of both of us for making the trip, just the two of us, and can't wait for more adventures together!
Visitors: You've met a handful of new people at family gatherings, including your Aunt Katie and Uncle Jeff at Katie's baby shower - your cousin Addison will be here in two short months! And you met your whole Texas side of the family during our trip home.

Postpartum: I got the OK at my 6 week checkup to start working out again, and I'm actually missing it! It's been hard because it's been so darn cold, so I'm looking forward to spring weather actually getting here so we can get out and moving more often. Lord knows it's been a solid six months since I really moved and summer clothes aren't going to work on this bod...

Molly: Sweet Molly has been the absolute best with you. She follows me from room to room, all day long, and constantly wants to sit right next to me - at my feet in the nursery, next to me on the couch. I love it, and I'm so happy that she's adjusted to not only having you around but to sharing the undivided attention she usually gets from us. There have been a few times when I've come home with you during the day and she'll meet me at the door with a toy, and leave it right next to your carseat - love it.


This little fox sleeper from Gap... the bubbles while she's sleeping... napping with her daddy... I just love this picture.


Our little valentine!


Books, a card, and flowers from her daddy for Charlotte's first Valentine's Day!

I'm mentally preparing myself for when she gives me this look down the road.






Practicing using the Ergo before our trip to Texas!



This little love - Born to be loved, indeed!


Boogie and the Baby - Molly loves Charlotte and always wants to be thisclose to her. Makes my heart happy.




Brian took this and while it's so not the best picture of me, it's a sweet memory I want to remember.



Forever one of my favorite pictures - one of Charlotte's first real smiles.


Every single ultrasound that we had showed her with her hands around her face, so I just love seeing her doing the same thing now.


Meeting her big cousin Meredith on Meredith's 4th birthday!


Celebrating (or sleeping) at Auntie Kay's baby shower! We can't wait to meet our new cousin, Addison!


Melt my heart already! 

Sending birthday wishes to Gigi!

This gal only has eyes for her Daddy...


Starting to hold her Wubbanub (those little hands slay me)



We made it! Charlotte's first time in my favorite place- Austin, TX!


Boss Lady (with a serious side-eye)


Relaxing at Gigi and Papa's house in Texas


We made it to the Silos!




Meeting Aunt Shivani and Auntie Amanda - two of my best, oldest girls. It made my heart so happy to see them (and I definitely cried when they left).

My little foxy girl!


Her Papa (my dad) is pretty smitten with our girl.