Sunday, March 7, 2010

Charis' 4th Month

I hope this isn't premature, but HAPPY SPRING!! (get ready for A LOT of pics)

Adam and I were just reminiscing the other day...we can't believe Charis is already (already) FOUR months old, yet that day back in November that forever changed our lives seems like so long ago. I say this a lot because people tell you a lot..."it just flies by." I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, yes, it has flown by. On the other hand, it's been this savory sweet flow of time.

good morning love
This past Saturday Charis "turned" 4 months old. Unbelievable. She is so FUN right now. I have no idea what her percentiles mean or if she's reached her milestones. What I do know is she fills my heart with a new and special kind of joy. This 4th month has brought some fun new observations. She loves to eat everything..her hands, burp cloths, toys, blankies, her clothes, really anything she can. Well let's just document it through some pictures and highlights:
- She is all about reaching out to things...her daddy's beard, the car seat hangie toy, my fingers. It is so fun to see her go beyond observing to enjoying and experiencing her world.

she loves her friend Sophie
- She still sleeps a lot. In fact, recently we did our first night transfer. After sleeping for a couple hours at our friends' house we woke her up to come home, she cried for a little then fell back to sleep. When we got home, I quietly tried to remove her from her seat and she grinned at me. Oh I love that sweet grin. But, it didn't sway me. I laid her down and she slept til 9:15 the next morning. crazy. we love it.

this is what we get to see EVERY time she wakes up!
- Her 4 month check up was "perfect." She's weighing in at 13 lbs 8 oz and 24 1/2 inches long. Even though she's in the "50 percentile" I think her little neck-chin is deceiving to most. She's healthy and we are thankful.

- Homegirl is intense...she is not afraid to stare you down. I just love to look into her big beautiful eyes.
- She sometimes does this funny "sit-up" position.

doing that funny sit-up/lean forward in the swing
- We recently took out her little infant bath sling thing so now she's sitting in her baby bathtub like a "big girl" and she absolutely loves it. She's even intense about her kicking and splashing.

gotta really clean under the neck-chin
- Tummy Time continues to be one of her favorites...now she's starting to scoot around somehow while she's on her tummy.

hey lovey! mama needs to do some push-ups!
- With this amazing weather we've taken lots of walks up to Park Road Shopping Center. She took her first nap in her stroller while we had lunch at our favorite Sir Ed's.

hello sunshine!
- Adam had her outside exploring and she petted our neighbor's dog, let him lick her, picked a leaf off a tree, and "sat" in a tree. our little nature girl already.
- She enjoys reading and even reaches for the pages.

reading with daddy
- Got to visit with her Nonni, her Pawpaw & Mawmaw and Auntie Sara this past month. She loves all the extra loving!

pawpaw loves

her new hat and mittens

16 weeks

at the office...17 weeks

happy 4 months sweetness

Having Charis has changed our lives. Nothing anyone says to you before you have a baby can prepare you for it. The joy, exhaustion, emotion, fear, hope, love, and grace surpasses anything you could ever imagine or anticipate.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

I love how you are capturing everything about Charis and how well you describe your sentiments for her. Your family is so sweet and precious and I enjoy hearing about you so very much. I am so thankful for you Amy Patwa! XOXO