Sunday, November 24, 2013

Charlie’s Fifteenth Month

14 Months to 15 months

Charlie is walking a lot more consistently now. He loves it! He still loves being outside, especially finding sticks and carrying them around. He loves to climb on things, like cement stairs, chairs, strollers, sofas, ottomans, etc. He likes to get up on the ottoman or the couch and crawl around. He likes to hide/store things under the couch. If we are missing something, it is almost certainly to be found under the couch. He loves to push little toy cars down my legs and on my arms while I make the car noises with him. When he is in the bathtub, he loves to lay on his stomach and drink the bathwater. It drives me crazy! He will drink it and blow bubbles in it. I have to admit, it is quite cute.  

Fun fall sunny afternoons at South Fork Park:

Finally letting him play in the water

Along the Timpanogos Trail:

He got another head cold this month; it was mostly just a stuffy nose. It is hard because there is not much you can do about it other than use an aspirator, run a humidifier, and rub on some strong smelling rub. When he used to sleep in the swing, that was nice because then he was automatically sleeping at an incline, and I know that helped a bunch with the congestion.

One afternoon when I was getting him after his nap, I took a notice to the light colored marks on the top of the crib. I know I had seen some before, but assumed they were scratches. But more were showing up and they were bigger. I took a closer look and realized they were teeth marks! Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe it. He had been gnawing on the crib for who knows how long! Today, there are tons and TONS of teeth marks all over the crib. I had no idea that babies did that.

His crib on November 24th

I finally started brushing his teeth. Yeah, I was a little slow on that part of hygiene. I would rub his teeth with a cloth after eating, but I figured I better start the brushing. I assumed it would be impossible to get him to let me brush them. However, he loves sucking on that thing. Yeah, it is a little hard to do the actual brushing motion, but I do my best as he tries to take it over and just suck it to death. He likes putting the toothbrush in his mouth and rinsing it under the faucet, and then back in his mouth again, and so forth. Babies certainly love to repeat things!

Sometimes when I look at his teeth I wonder if he has an underbite. I don’t think he actually does, but sometimes they way he holds his mouth looks like he might. I also wonder if he chipped his bottom right tooth. It dips a little bit in the corner. His fifth tooth is coming through! It is his top left. I have also noticed on the right side of his nose, under his eye, there is a light brown mark. It is long and mostly vertical. I wonder if it is a birthmark. It seems to have become more visible within the last few months

One of my favorite things is when he grabs a book from his toy basket and brings it to me. He walks up to me, turns around, and puts his bum down into my lap, and lets me read it to him. He loves to help me turn the pages. I hope he always continues to love reading books with me...well, at least while he is little.

Charlie is waving with more purpose now! He will wave when he comes to the sliding glass door, which is where he sees Daddy leave and come back from work. He also waves when we go outside. His waving looks more like a spastic air drumming, or like he is frantically trying to wave something off of his hand. It is hilarious.

He is an amazing sleeper! He sleeps twelve or thirteen hours each night. I usually put him down between 7:30 or 8:00 PM and he wakes up between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. Sometimes he will even sleep in until 9:30 AM! Once he even slept in until 10:00 AM!! I love it! He is so easy to put down. He just finishes his milk and I put him down in the crib. He doesn’t even cry. He usually takes two naps each day that are one to two hours long. He always takes a bottle before going down. He takes eight ounces for naps (and when he wakes up in the morning) and ten ounces at night before bed. Perhaps we should reconsider the night time amount, however, because he is wetting through his PJs almost every other night! It is ridiculous! He doesn’t really like to poke his fingers through the blanket anymore. He likes to have one arm out and to barely brush his hand over the top of the blanket, back and forth. The same thing goes for his mouth, he likes to bring his blanket to his mouth and ever-so gently brush the blanket over his lips as he is falling asleep after finishing his bottle. Our sweet little munchkin!

Charlie is finally eating grapes again! He still won’t eat (or even touch) strawberries or anything with a similar texture. But, he can spoon baby food out of the bowl all by himself. Way to go, Charlie!

Love you, Charlie boy!

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