Friday, March 9, 2012

For the Record

Sheesh.  It's been so long since I've done one of these milestone-type posts -- it feels like the bambinos have grown so much and are doing a whole new set of things!  I'll try to remember the highlights, because goodness knows I'm less likely to remember these priceless daily details later~~
Barrett talks mostly in full sentences ~ it's unnerving sometimes because I still consider him a "baby!"  He really seems to understand logic and is capable of following simple directions (although he may not actually chose to listen to me...) 
He can count to 20!
Kristopher recently taught him to toss/catch a big volleyball.

When he's really happy and excited, he "dances" by running around in a tight little circle while singing and then flopping onto his tummy on the ground and giggling.
He likes to pretend he's asleep.  He curls up on his belly and makes these big fake snoring noises (where did he learn that??  Goofy?)...when he sees me coming, he starts to peek through his eyelashes and giggle, but continues on with the loud fake snoring ((deep breath in, puff of air + whistle exhale)) Seriously.  Where did he learn that?!?!  Sometimes Charlotte and I make a big deal about "being quiet so we don't wake Barrett" but we almost always end up with a surprise tickle attack.  Love my silly boy.
Yum!  Cupcakes at Miss Addie's birthday party
People are always surprised to learn that he is 2y. 
The most common comments from strangers/acquaintences are:
1.  "Look at that red hair!!"; and
2.  "He's so tall for his age!  He's only 2??"

Reading books together
Favorites: he LOVES to be outside, LOVES his teacher, Mrs. Fryday, and LOVES anything to do with cars and trucks.  He is especially into the Cars movie right now.  He likes to scoot a chair up to the kitchen sink, climb up, and play in the water with bowls and measuring cups. 
He always greets our fish in the pond through the window, and we must tell them goodbye before we leave the house.  I think his all-time favorite thing is riding on the "tractor" and Granny and Grandaddy's house in Mississippi.
He weighs about 30lbs and is in the 95th percentile or so for height.  I need to look up how many inches exactly...Charlotte weights 20lbs and is also in the 95th percentile for height. Again, I don't remember the number of inches...

Charlotte is like a little parrot and will mimic most words.  She consistently says: hi, bye bye, mama, dada, uh oh, night night (nye nye), tickle tickle, all done, and something that sounds like "love you" and "jellybean."  Precious girl.  The other day, she even repeated Kristopher when he said "see the puppy?"  Her first sentence!

She can identify eyes on most of her stuffed animals and on the animals/people in her books.

She is very attached to Jellybean, a little white bunny that Micah's parents gave her when she was born.  (bunny wears a pink ribbon around her neck with jellybeans on it.  hence her name.  we are super-original.)
Charlotte and Jellybean
She took her first steps behind a push-walker on her first birthday, but has been a little inconsistent since then.  We were making real progress, but had a set back when she got sick. She just would sit down on her bottom and refuse to walk. That tendency went on for a few weeks -- maybe she lost confidence?
First steps on her own!  It helps your concentration to sick out your tongue...
Now, we are back on track though.  She does best when she has me behind her holding her hands, and someone else in front of her cheering her on.  She took about 20 (assisted) steps towards Jenny at the park on Monday!  When she was finished, John Patrick (3), gave her a hug, picked a clover flower, and said "Here, baby Charlotte.  This is for you."  Melts my heart.
Curled up with her big bunny and ballerina from Mrs. Katie
The most common comments from strangers/acquaintences/(and my friends...because they know I love it):
1.  "She looks just like a baby doll!"
2.  "She is so pretty in her little smocked dress!  You just don't see those as much anymore."  (really??  when did babies stop wearing smocked clothes?  if they ever did, we are single-handedly making a large contribution to bringing them back)
Big girl with her big satin bow!
Favorites: She is very social and loves when you speak directly to her.  She likes the playground swings, Baby Einstein CDs, and meeting new people.  She is a very good little eater and isn't very picky.  I think she eats more than Barrett at each meal.  She is in a growing stage :)  AND she has mastered the sippy cup for juice and sometimes milk.  Growing up too fast~ ~


  1. Oh my gosh this is the best post ever! Your sweet babies are growing up and it's so neat watching them reach these milestones! Barrett is so sweet and I love his eager smile at the sight of the cupcake at the birthday party - and Charlotte, my goodness, said a sentence! Yay!! Big, big month!! :)

  2. What beautiful children I am glad I got to meet the 3 of you.