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Charlie Beth || 6 Months

Once again, I'm a few weeks late posting Charlie Beth's monthly update. Baby girl is definitely keeping me busy these days, and I'm finding myself with little time to sit down and write. She's growing by the minute, and she has the absolute best personality! 
Six months, a full half of year, has come and gone since you came into our lives. It's easily been the best and most rewarding six months of my life. As I sit in the floor with you, watching you explore your toys and try so desperately to crawl across the room, I can't believe just how fast you have grown. Where did my tiny newborn baby go?
We had your six month doctor's appointment this month, and you have certainly grown since your last visit! You are currently right at 18lbs and a little over 27" long. You are still so tall, just like your daddy. You're wearing 6-9 month clothes (even an occasional 12 month) and wearing size 3 diapers.
You are growing like a weed, baby girl! speaking of growing, you are finally starting to grow some hair on top of that bald head of yours! You are definitely going to have dark hair, but we also think that it will probably be curly. Mama is sure hoping for curls at least!
You still don't have any teeth yet, but we think they will probably be coming soon. The drool is getting worse by the day, and you rarely take those fingers out of your mouth.
This month has seen a pretty big regression when it comes to sleep. You figured out how to roll over in your rock n play, so we had to make the transition out of it. Mama wasn't quite ready to move you into your crib in your own room, so we attempted to move you to the pack n play. It's been ROUGH! Most nights you end up sleeping in bed with mommy. It's the only way any of us are getting any sleep! It's fine, I will be sure to remind you of this when you are sixteen and all you want to do is sleep! ;)
This was a big month for mommy, too. After weeks of stressing about it, I dropped you off to stay the weekend with your grandparents while mommy went to the beach to celebrate Aunt Bailey before she gets married. It was so incredibly hard to leave you, but you had so much fun at the lake with your Nana and Pawpaw! It was the longest I have been away from you since you were born, and I missed you more than I could imagine! Thankfully Nana kept the pictures flowing all weekend long so I could see just how much fun you were having.
During the week we stay busy running errands, taking five hundred trips to the grocery store, and aimlessly roaming Target. You are now riding in the shopping cart like such a big girl! You love sitting up and watching all the people around you. I keep you entertained with plenty of toys and an endless supply of puffs. You're also sitting in a high chair at restaurants and eating lunch/dinner right along with the rest of us!
You took your very first trip to the zoo this month! You slept through the majority of our visit, but you woke up just in time to see the giraffes. You loved them! We will definitely be back soon so you can experience all the animals. You also went to story time at the library for the first time a few weeks ago. You had so much fun listening to the songs and watching all the other babies! We are looking forward to making story time a weekly occurrence this summer.
You are still eating solids once, sometimes twice, a day. You have eaten a variety of fruits and vegetables, and you have yet to find something you don't like. Although you like the taste of food, you still aren't crazy about eating. You would much rather nurse, and that is perfectly fine with me!
Some of your favorite things this month include: riding on the boat, pulling on your puppy brothers (they are so patient with you!), hanging out outside, going on walks in your stroller, playing on a pallet on the floor, and grabbing mommy's phone out of her hands.
Your least favorite things include: sleeping. ;)
We love you more than all the stars in the sky and can't believe how quickly you are growing. Do me a favor and don't grow up too fast, ok baby? You are the light of our lives, Charlie Beth!
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Charlie Beth || 5 Months

I know I sound like a broken record these days, but I just can't believe that you are already five months old! It doesn't seem possible! 

You didn't have a doctor appointment this month so I'm not sure of your exact stats, but I'm guessing you are about 17 lbs now. You are wearing mostly 6-9 month clothes and are still in size two diapers. You are such a tall baby girl! You get all that height from your daddy.
You are an absolute joy to be around! You have the most adorable open mouth smile, and I just melt every time you flash that big gummy grin. You're still very much a mama's girl, and you don't let me get far out of your sight. 
Sleep is hit or miss these days. We just started using your crib for naps, and that has been a pretty big adjustment for you. You will usually take your first nap of the day in your crib, but you prefer your other naps in your carseat while we are out running errands, in your swing, or in mommy's arms. I know I should put you down when you fall asleep on me, but I love the snuggles! You are still sleeping in your Rock N Play at night, but I know your nights in there are limited as you are quickly outgrowing it. It's going to be hard to transition you out of it, and I am not looking forward to it. You sleep so well at night, most nights sleeping until 4:00am or later! 
You are rolling over like crazy these days! I can hardly keep you on your back before you flip yourself over to your belly. However, you absolutely despise being on your stomach and start screaming and crying to moment your belly hits the ground. You get yourself so worked up that you don't even realize that you can flip yourself back over to your back. 
You are learning new tricks too! The day you turned five months old you sat up all by yourself! I propped you up on your chair to take your monthly picture, and you pulled yourself right up. You gave me a big smile like you knew exactly what you had just accomplished. I'm so happy I caught that moment on camera. 
I've sworn up and down for the past couple of months that you would start teething any day now, but so far nothing has popped through. I'm starting to think you'll actually be a late teether. Mommy is definitely ok with that! 
We have started you on solids and you love them! Your favorite food is by far banana. I started giving you bananas by mushing them up, but you started going for it whole, so now I hand it over to you and let you gum at the full banana. You've also experimented with sweet potato, avocado, squash, and pears. Your only eating solids once a day and still nursing at least every three hours. We'll start feeding you more solids after you turn 6 months. For now we are just experimenting with textures and flavors. 
This month we weaned you completely off of your acid reflux medicine. I was so worried that I was taking you off the medicine too soon and you would be in pain, but it seems that you have completely outgrown your reflux, 
This month you celebrated your first Easter! We celebrated the holiday with your Nana, Pawpaw, and Uncle Brady at the lake and then drove back to Birmingham to celebrate with your YaYa, Grandpa, and Aunt Morgan. You received three Easter baskets, and you were so interested in seeing what was in each basket. You wore the same dress that I wore on my first Easter 26 years ago, and you looked absolutely adorable in it! 
You also got lots of lake time in this month! You went out on the pontoon boat a few times, and you absolutely love it! You are so happy when you are on the water (just like your mommy!). You also love sitting out on the back porch at your Nana and Pawpaw's lake house. I can't wait to get you in the water this summer. You are definitely a lake girl! 
Some of your favorite things this month include: being outside, reading bedtime stories with daddy, napping anywhere other than your crib, bananas, and standing in your walker. Your least favorite things include: your crib, strangers talking to you, and letting mommy eat dinner. :)
You are growing so very fast, baby girl! We are cherishing this time with you and loving watching you grow and learn. Mommy and Daddy are so blessed to be your parents. We love you so much, Charlie Beth!

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