Charlie Boy

IMG_7352Charlie! He’s just the best little guy. I wish all of you could spend a day hanging out with him. He’s getting quite funny at the ripe old age of two and a half. He loves to laugh, talks all the time, is extremely expressive and opinionated, loves trucks, trains, tigers, dinosaurs, dirt, super heroes, pirates, sticks, and is the sweetest most cuddly, loving and empathetic tiny person I’ve ever met. He does ridiculous boyish things like run while shaking his head back and forth until he falls down or crashes into something. He animates his actions with sounds. He believes he is the biggest, the fastest, the best climber, the highest jumper there was, is, or ever will be. When I open a door to let him through, I can’t prevent the voice in my head from announcing “Release the Kraken!”IMG_4172

Here are some things I want to remember about my Charlie Boy at this age:

  • He’s either running full-speed or stubbornly not walking at all depending on the opposite thing I’ve asked him to do. If we need to hurry – he requires being dragged, when we’ve got all the time in the world, he’s running as fast as he can.
  • He loves telling everyone about his new shoes. They’re not new, there the same shoes he’s had for months.
  • You should see the way he hugs his sisters when they cry or when they’re sad. He gets behind them and hugs their back and pats them with his little hand. It’s the sweetest.
  • The other night I had a pirate at my dinner table. We are still working on manners – obviously.IMG_6806
  • After being rough and rowdy he asks, “you ok mom?” which is very thoughtful.
  • There’s nothing he hates more than riding in elevators. He’s got some spacial awareness thing going on that terrifies him when he feels himself going up or down.
  • Many friends are greeted with a roar or a growl, based on their reactions bigger roars and growls will follow.
  • His ears are tuned to hear planes, sirens, helicopters, trains, or big trucks …sounds he hears that I wasn’t aware of until he points them out.
  • High fives and fist bumps are his favorite greeting/closing move.IMG_4142
  • If I’m carrying him he’s yelling, “Me want to walk!” and if he’s walking he steps in front of my feet and says, “Me want to hold you, mom!”
  • Similar to his sister Ruby, he is extremely organized. He lines up his trucks at night and makes sure all the dinosaurs are lined up in their places as well.
  • I love the way he puts both feet on a seat before he sits down in it
  • His favorite books are “Goodnight Construction Site” and “Little Blue Truck.” He would let me read books to him all day.
  • One time after a run-in with a pair of Ruby’s scissors I took him in for a haircut and he came out looking’ like Lloyd ChristmasIMG_4204

Here are some recent Charlie-isms.

  • Whenever we’re driving, “Me lookin’ for horsies. Me see one! Me see a biiiig, biiiig one!”
  • “I tell you a question, Mom! I tell you a question.”
  • In the morning Clara loves to wake him up, but if he wakes up first I hear, “I awake! Mom? Where are you? I awake!”
  • This is what his rowdy face looks like. He will likely spontaneously combust if I don’t let him run around outside or jump on the mini-tramplone in our basement everyday.IMG_7037
  • Many nights around 4am I hear his quiet voice from down the hall, “My tears. Wipe my tears. Wipe my tears, mom.”
  • The next morning telling me about his night, “I crying. I sad. I crying and crying.”
  • Christmas lights never get old. He screams out, “Chrissas Lights!!”
  • On trying a bite of a pickle, “I no like it. That’s too, too tasty.”
  • “Lay up” is the opposite of “Lay down”
  • Anytime he’s working on something, “I havin’ a little trouble here.”IMG_4180
  • He’s a professional stick collector. Charlie’s never encountered a stick he doesn’t like.
  • When I discipline him he says to me, “Stop talking! Don’t say that!” but then after he’s done in time out and has a “happy heart” again he says, “I ok mom. Sorry mom.”
  • We took him to a Monster Truck Rally last week and he absolutely lost his mind with excitement.IMG_7304

Amazingly, my littlest buddy will be off to preschool for a couple mornings a week starting this Fall. He’s growing so fast and changing so much right now. I’m trying to soak in every moment… also, I’ve adapted as a boy mom and now I have eyes in the back of my head.IMG_6268

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Charlie. He’s getting older.

IMG_4009You guys, I don’t even know how old Charlie is right now. I was going to title this post, “Charlie: 18 months old” but as I was typing it I wasn’t really confident that’s actually his age. I was much better at keeping track of these sorts of things when I only had one child… and I feel like I was ok at it when I had 2 children. Poor Charlie – maybe he’s 18 months old? If he’s not 18 months old yet, he probably will be soon – or maybe he’ll be 19 soon. I don’t know.

Needless to say, he is getting older.IMG_3406

The last time I updated you on my little buddy we were celebrating his first birthday. Instead of all the effort it would take for me to update you on everything that has happened since then, I’ll give you a glimpse into my life with Charlie through some recent pics from my Instagram feed.IMG_2742 IMG_2283

Charlie and my Papaw, his Great Grandfather. I love this picture because when I was a little girl, if I was concentrating really hard papaw would always ask me, “are you sure you’re holding your tongue right?” and it would always make me laugh.

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Some of my favorite things about Charlie:

  • the way he waves at me when I come to get him after naps
  • his eyes smile before his mouth does – which is ridiculously endearing and will probably be one of the things that his future wife loves most about him too.
  • how he hums to himself when he’s concentrating
  • How happy he is when Ruby kisses him goodbye on her way to school each morning.
  • the way he wrestles and tumbles and wipes out but gets up and seems totally fine
  • the fact that his hair on the sides of his head grows 3 times faster than everywhere else on his head
  • the way he runs and laughs when Clara chases him around the house
  • how he always wants to sit on the stool and brush his teeth when his sisters are brushing theirs
  • he says “dada, DADA!” stomps his feet and gets so excited when Ryan gets home from work each night
  • books, trucks, balls, shoes, dogs, baths and crackers are his most favorite thingsIMG_4182

Some of my “not as favorite” things about Charlie:

  • the fact that he empties my kitchen cupboards so all of our crackers, cereal boxes and snacks are sitting out and cluttering up our countertops.
  • changing his diaper is so stressful because the entire time he is rolling over, standing up, kicking his legs, squirming away, making my job IMPOSSIBLE!
  • no amount of food is ever sufficient for him. He wants more – even if it’s just to throw or smash onto his own head.
  • speaking of which, I’m far from succeeding in taming his meal-time throwing arm.

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He finds interesting ways to entertain himself – most of which I attribute to everything that is mysterious about the male species.IMG_4165IMG_0050IMG_0713

Charlie is really good at entertaining Ruby and Clara. They’re really good at reporting his shenanigans. “MOMMY! CHARLIE IS IN THE CUPBOARD AGAIN!” “MOMMY, CHARLIE STICKED HE’S HANDS IN HE’S POTTY!” IMG_3915IMG_4130

Charlie loves his sisters and is always looking for them when they’re both at school.IMG_3394

This little guy has absolutely stolen my heart. He causes me an unbelievable amount of trouble, but he also is such a sweetie pie. Being a mom to a boy has been totally different from how it’s always been with my girls, but I’m up for the challenge and I’m trying to soak up all the amazing and crazy moments with him each day. I know these days are long but the years are short and he won’t be a baby much longer. Thank you Jesus for Charlie. Help me be a good mama to him. Amen.

Charlie’s 1st Birthday

You guys, seriously. I really can’t wait to dust off the ol’ bloggy blog and catch you up on all the shenanigans since last time I posted. To sum it up, we bought a house, moved to Michigan, celebrated Charlie’s 1st Birthday, spent a week at Cox Cottage, Celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary, took a quick weekend getaway to Northern Michigan with the kids, had one trip to the Emergency Department, Ryan started his new job and now we are getting ready for Ruby to start Kindergarten and Clara to start PRESCHOOL!! Ahhhhh! To say we’ve been busy is an understatement, but we are so happy to be getting settled in our new place and rhythm.

Charlie's 1st BDAY  070214 7 blogSo let’s begin, shall we? CHARLIE TURNED ONE on July 2 and we had our first big gathering of family at our new place! The backyard turned out to be the perfect location for all of Charlie’s cousins (7 babies/toddlers) to enjoy copious amounts of birthday cake and ice cream.Charlie's 1st 070214 CAKE KYLE1 blog

Having a boy – a one year old boy is not for the faint of heart. Charlie crawls around so quick it makes my knees hurt. He loves eating anything in his path, taking his pants off, pushing buttons on theTV  remote, opening the lid and splashing in the toilet water, unrolling the entire toilet paper roll, taking my soup cans out of the cupboard and rolling them around the house, drinking from any sippy cup/juice box he comes in contact with (in our home, the homes of other people, playgrounds, etc.) knocking down the safety gate and climbing the stairs, tackling anything (or anyone) soft and squishy, playing with trucks, balls, books, wheels, and anything sticky or gooey. He wants the opposite of whatever is happening at any given time – If he’s being held he wants down, if he’s down he wants up, if he’s outside he wants to come in and if he’s upstairs he wants to go down. He loves playing chase with his sisters, waves hello and goodbye at all the wrong times, says “mama, dada, truck, uh-oh, and I know what he is trying to communicate when he’s “all done” wants to go “out” or wants me to pick him “up”. He’s smiley and friendly and wily and rowdy and clever and mischievous… he’s a boy.Charlie's 1st BDAY  070214 1 blog

Back to the birthday party… IMG_3095Ryan grilled an amazing lunch for everyone to enjoy. I know you’re not surprised. He’s pretty much the best at everything.Charlie's 1st 070214 Bro KYLE1 blog

Sarah and Kyle brought Charlie’s twin cousins Ellen and Abbie to the party. Kyle was nice enough to walk around with a camera the whole time, which is why I have so many fun pics to share with you. Thanks Kyle!Charlie's 1st 070214 Sarah KYLE1 blog

Even my amazing Granny and Papaw, Charlie’s Great Grandparents made it up for the celebration!IMG_3165

Charlie's 1st 070214 PapawClara KYLE1 blog Charlie's 1st 070214 Granny KYLE1 blogThis picture accurately portrays Charlie’s true feelings about his first taste of birthday cake. I love him and all of his little boy shenanigans. Happy Birthday Charlie Boy. I’m so thankful I’m the one who gets to chase you around be your mama.IMG_3188

10 Month Old Charlie AKA “Mr. Busy Pants”

IMG_9866I’ve carved out a few minutes to quickly update you on my Charlie boy. He is currently contained in his crib, which is the only reason I am able to write this post. Since Charlie became mobile my life has clicked into warp-speed. I took these pictures of A Polar Bear checking him out at the Columbus Zoo the day before he started crawling around. If it had been the next day, he may not have sat there so nicely for me.  IMG_8955

Charlie is into everything he shouldn’t be. Today I saved him from the small space between the couch and the table where he was trying to gnaw through the lamp cord. This morning he explored the bathroom trash can, the pantry, and spent a good amount of time trying to get under the fridge.photo-98

Everything is interesting. Everything is worth getting to. Nothing could be more amazing than whatever it is that could be hiding behind the toilet.photo-97

Ryan (my hero) saved Charlie’s life with the Heimlich Maneuver a few weeks ago when he choked on a puff during lunch at COSI. This kid would rather feed himself a burrito than have me spoon-feed him some baby food. The other night after dinner Ruby exclaimed, “Mommy, Charlie is a good helper because he eats everything off of the floor!” Yes Ruby. Yes he does.IMG_0336

Don’t tell the girls, but I’ve thrown away every Polly Pocket outfit that their dolls used to have – because he wants to eat them all. I’ve trained Ruby and Clara to help me know if Charlie has something in his mouth. The good news is that within the past couple of days he is doing less “swallowing” of things and more “carrying things around in his mouth like a dog would.” For example, we usually play on the playground at Ruby’s school after picking her up. It’s covered in bark – he will find a big chunk, put it in his mouth, and happily carry it around the playground for as long as we are there. That same, big, slobbery piece of bark is removed when we leave the park and everyone is happy. There may or may not be bark in his mouth in this pic.  IMG_0029

He’s the loudest of all my children. He happily squeals at a pitch that could break glass. I hope no one is talking to me right now because I am deaf and can’t hear them anyway.
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Charlie loves to pull up on everything and thinks its fun to stand by the stairs… until that one time he climbed up to the 2nd step and then dove head-first back to the floor. I put up a baby gate up that afternoon and experienced approximately 1.25 days of peace before he figured out how to open it. He thinks the gate is a fun toy I gave him; a puzzle of sorts.
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I did more “house-proofing the babies” than “baby-proofing the house” with Ruby and Clara… but I’ve been changing my tune now that I’ve got a small explorer – inspector – detective on my floors.IMG_0035

At his 9-month appointment (a month ago) he was 17.5 pounds, but my biceps and back are telling me that he’s at least three times heavier than that now.IMG_9001

I know he loves me so much – except for when I’m trying to change his diaper, then he wants to get as far away from me as possible.IMG_0462

Charlie is totally the guy everyone wants to have around. His sisters adore him. He’s fun. He’s happy to do whatever everyone is doing. He doesn’t complain much. All the ladies who volunteer in the nursery at church always want to take him home with them. I’m so happy I’m the one who gets to take him home.

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Charlie is 4 Months Old!

IMG_5293Charlie had his 4-month checkup today and is a whopping 14 pounds of man-child. When I arrived at his appointment this morning the receptionist, while looking at his chart said, “I see here that Charlie goes by the name ‘Ruby’?” Ha! I cleared up the misunderstanding explaining that Ruby is his sister and he goes by “Charlie”. That could’ve been awkward later.photo

He’s been spending time on his tummy each day, but usually only last a few minutes before flipping himself over to his back. I caught him practicing his “Super Hero In Flight” pose.

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He always looks a little terrified when Clara is within an arms reach of him… I don’t blame him – her love is extreme. She always wants to give him hugs and kisses and likes to throw toys to him. The fact that he can’t catch does not deter her… most of my time and energy is spent protecting Charlie from Clara’s love. She sits beside his chair and “reads” him books each day, which is the one time I’m not worried about his safety. ha!

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Ruby likes to help Charlie when he is crying. She will sit beside him when he’s screaming and sing him a song while covering both her ears. Amazingly, once he realizes she is singing he calms down. She’s a good big sister.

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Charlie’s little chuckle is probably my favorite thing ever. He’s quick to smile and responds to sounds and faces with similar sounds and faces. He’s drooley and squishy and smiley and I love him so much.Charlie and Amber

He LOVES his daddy. Whenever Ryan is around Charlie is looking for him or at him. When Ryan talks to him it makes him so happy. I love getting to watch their father/son relationship starting to bud.

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IMG_2597Charlie is growing so much! He was 10.5 lbs at his 1 month checkup and continues feeling heavier and looking chubbier every day. He has one chub roll on his thighs – it’s awesome. He’s been cooing back and started smiling last week, which is my favorite thing ever. I love all of his expressions… he’s a Ryan face.

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Both Ruby and Clara are utterly enamored by him. Poor little buddy isn’t safe from their hugs and kisses anywhere other than in his crib (where they still try to reach him through the crib slats.)

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Doesn’t this mustachifier from his Great Aunt Becky make him look like such a distinguished gentleman?IMG_2620

IMG_3437People ask me if I’m enjoying having a boy… and all I can say is “YES” …and that he looks super cute in his boy clothes. Speaking of clothes, I had to get the 3-6 month jammies into his drawers because at 6 weeks old he was already too long for the 0-3 month size! Love this kid. He’s such a good eatin’ good sleepin’ sweet little buddy.

Charlie’s First Week

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We are doing pretty good having 3 kids… but my mom was here last week and Ryan’s mom has been here this week, so I might have a skewed perspective of reality.  :o) I’ll let you know how things are going next week when I’m alone and outnumbered! Needless to say, Charlie is such a sweetie and the girls absolutely LOVE him! They kiss, hug and sing to him many times a day.IMG_2377IMG_2365

Charlie has been watching the Tour De France with Ryan on a daily basis. The Tour will forever remind me of all three of my children as infants.IMG_2373

Charlie celebrated his 1-week old birthday at the pool with his Grammy and sisters.

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Ryan’s co-fellow Patrice came over to meet Charlie. She has been such an amazingly wonderful friend to our family while we’ve been in Columbus. I’m so thankful that she’s Ryan’s co-fellow.IMG_2376

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Dr. Clara has given Charlie many “check-ups” and always says “Baby Charlie feels better now. He feels better. So much better.”IMG_2451