Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday with Charlie | Fourteen Months.

...time to document another chapter in our shared story. Eleven months was three months ago - just over one fifth of his life has passed since then (and as I type that, I can't help but think that just over one fifth of my life ago was around my 40th birthday...a decade plus. pre-internet time for me...and definitely pre-blog :-)

So much has changed since August. When he's up, he's walking ALL the time. unless he's sitting to hear a story. or eat. Today was a big day - no more high chair, he's sitting at the table.
yes, I need a good table mat ... today's improvisation was wrapping paper with painter's tape!
I made him french toast (which I thought of as scrambled eggs and toast) for breakfast. He really did love it. Other favorite foods from today's menu included clementine, apple, yogurt, cheese, cucumber (!), cheese crackers, gelato, cheerios. Broccoli and turkey meatballs ... not so much.

After breakfast, we opened up the toy box. He loves to dump it all out and then sort through to find what he wants. Legos and books have been favorites for a few weeks; today he also enjoyed the blocks. There are about 20 books in the box. I think we read all of them at least once today. (except Dr Seuss' ABCs...we haven't read that one lately- not that I'm complaining...but I might need to revisit it next week).

All that activity means it's really hard to capture a close-up. unless he's asleep.  Not gonna lie, by the time the morning is over, I'm ready for nap time. Today it started just before noon. After one reading of Where the Wild Things Are.

I've learned to make quick use of what might be 40 minutes or might...like today be a full 90 minutes.
knitting. tea. my chair.
You can see a glimpse from that last photo - the sun came out today. It's been gone for weeks. I was itching to get outside. So after nap and snack (thanks to Katie, I know a bit of baby sign language - and so does Charlie. more, all done, milk. he gave me signs for milk and more after his nap today; of course "after nap" to me would mean "snack" anyway), we went to Avalon. I haven't seen that many strollers there ever! We parked ours at the bocce ball court, 



which is right next to the HUGE Christmas tree ... Charlie had great fun exploring the ornaments. and the lights. (we're gonna have "fun" with our trees this year!).

After that, he submitted to the stroller and we went to Whole Foods. He had fun flirting with the ladies shopping...and then we shared a vanilla gelato.

Home...and Holly was ready to walk. So was Charlie. Sadly, Charlie's legs ran out way before Holly was anywhere close to being done. My fitbit clearly has NO IDEA what it's like to look after a 14 month old and a dog. all day. 35 active minutes? yeah. no idea.



Then we played. read the same books a few more times. put the toys away (this is a new game and I'm hoping he likes it next week, too)... and then his mama came to take him home.

...I finished cleaning up, poured a glass of wine, and sat down to write this post.

I'm reminded yet again how wonderful this space is - to connect, to share, to document, to simply be - thank you for sharing it with me.

8 comments:

  1. I had forgotten just how active they are at that age. I think the next stages to come are climbing on things, trying to get to the sharp knives you've put away, super-glueing fingers together, and putting small Lego pieces where they don't belong. Your Fitbit must be joking!

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  2. Love that shot of you taking his picture in the ornament! He's just so adorable! And that fitbit...hooey!

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  3. Sitting at the table!? Wow. How they grow. I'm surprised you didn't just collapse after an active day like that. A fitbit does not record the mental and emotional energy that goes into caring for a grandson. I love seeing how much Charlie has changed and how busy he is. You ARE going to have quite the Christmas with Charlie!

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  4. The peek of you both in the bauble is very sweet 0 there are going to be LOTS of things to attract and keep his attention this year. Gosh, he is growing so fast ... Both my grandsons have loved cucumber since they were tiny!

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  5. And thank you for sharing your very. full. day with Charlie! What fun and he's so active. I'm tired just trying to keep up with him and you. Glad you saw the sun and could go out and enjoy it! What's the Sesame Street opener: "Sunny Days..."?
    Cheers~

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  6. What fun for you -- and for Charlie, too. My kids both spent a lot of time with my Mom when they were very young. They have such very happy memories of the love they shared with her, and both have very close relationships with her now -- even though they're grown and gone. Although exhausting (in that "good" way toddlers are exhausting), it's such a special time for the two of you.

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  7. Wrapping paper and painter's tape-good to know!

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