Weight: 25+lbs and I can’t remember how tall he is. I feel like he’s a bit shorter than Riley was, but weighs more. He’s 98% on the scale for both.
Health: No new teeth, but I’m thinking any day! We’ve all had some winter cold’s recently. And allergies due to all the new Mountain things! He got a 12 hour stomach bug a few weeks ago, which was no fun, but thankfully brief!
Sleep: Restless sleeping lately, and some crying before naps and bedtime. He’s also standing in the crib and moving around much more. I feel like he’s on the verge of walking and more talking so his little mind is on overload. He’s had a few time where’s he’s woken up panicked and screaming and nothing will comfort him until he’s laid back into bed. It’s so sad, and breaks my heart that I can’t make him feel better – but he’s really comfortable self-soothing and will stop immediately after we lay him back down.
Nursing: WE MADE IT TO A YEAR! All the feels about this. It was hard in so many ways. Pumping 3x a day for 5 months is no joke, I could write a whole post about our experience. Especially with a 3 year old and a baby that needed me. I was so ready to be done, but also felt guilty about stopping. Mom guilt is real and serious. He’s transitioned to whole milk after some diluting and he’s taking one bottle in the morning, and just a few sips before bedtime. We’ll cut that at 15 months, that’s when Riley weaned so I think it’ll be a good time.
What Charly is up to: Not yet walking. Loves music, clapping and dancing. Daddy is his favorite – he lights up when he sees him. Thinks Riley is cool, but doesn’t like that he takes stuff he’s playing with. Still hanging out in the Ergo. Took his first shopping cart ride! Says, “Ma-ma,” “more” and “hello/hi.” LOVES reading. He would have me read books to him all day if I could. Waves “bye” by opening and closing his fingers to his palm, normally behind my back if I’m holding him, after the person has walked away. Nods “yes” and “no” to almost any question. Loves to eat. Favorite foods are any kind of fruit, mac n cheese, peas, yogurt.
PostPartum: After weaning I’m starting to feel more like myself. Doing my yearly Whole 30 in October. Trying to find the motivation to work out more.
Baby Gear: Ergo. $5 walker from the thrift store – which he loves playing with more than walking with. Play food. High Chair. Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat. Size 4 diapers. 18mo,24mo, 2T Clothing. Fresh Picked Moccasins. His baby swing on his birthday swing set.
Thoughts: We love our little Charly Bear so much. His personality is so easy going and laid back – a lot like Dad. He’s happy and content much of the time, and I’m looking forward to him walking and really playing with Riley. I hope they grow to be really great friends. Love you, Char – happy first.
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Daniella Murphy is a wife, boy mama and Los Angeles native recently transplanted to the mountains of Northern Arizona. A former Hollywood Assistant, she traded rolling calls and fetching latte's for rolling strollers and fetching sippy-cups. She loves Jesus, her morning coffee (still warm!) and a luxurious solo trip to Target.
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