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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 53: Parent date day) . Mike and I went out for a few hours today while my mom watched Charlotte. It was so fun spending time together, just the two of us! We went to @booksamillion and of course bought Charlie some new board book stories, then we wandered around the mall and ate at @chilis. We went to @homegoods to find something to organize things by Charlie's changing table in her nursery. We looked for probably 45 minutes for this specific diaper caddy that we have that I bought there while still pregnant and could NOT find any which was frustrating. Just when we were about to give up... I found them!! Soooo happy! We stopped at Hannaford and then made our way home. . When we got home, Charlie FINALLY pooped for the first time in 3 FULL DAYS! Even though she's exclusively breastfed, she's never even gone a full day without pooping. She's normally the blowout queen. TMI but Mike said her poop looked like the consistency of pea soup. We took a picture of it... haha #parenthood . Tomorrow we have Charlie's music class in the morning and are finally getting the tow hitch installed on our SUV so we can use it this summer with the @seadoo and trailer. . I had my mom take this photo of us before she left today and Sunny spontaneously licked Charlie at the perfect time. So freaking cute. . Mike and I started watching the show This Is Us tonight and love it so far. (No spoilers though because we've only seen 2 episodes!) - Now off to go snuggle my sweet girl in bed! ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #family #dogsofinstagram #dog

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 52: Heat wave) . Today was a wonderful day! It was SO warm out that we went for two walks, one with Sunny, one without because she was so slow.. we think her leg is bothering her but hopefully it's nothing major. Anyway, we enjoyed the warm weather.. I CAN'T wait for springtime and summer. It actually hit 68 degrees today in February! Unheard of! Today gave me hope - the end of winter is in sight! . We worked on Charlie's playroom some more. I have a giant rug being delivered on Friday to replace the foam tiles since those things are annoying to clean and Lacey likes to use them as a scratching pad. πŸ™„ I love the tissue paper pom poms on the ceiling so much that I'm going to buy more and cover the whole ceiling with them! . Last night on the way home from Charlie's swim lesson, I discovered she loves when I use my finger to make silly noises with her mouth. It's the cutest noise! (See video) . We spent the rest of the day playing with musical instruments, dancing to Disney music, practicing standing, and of course ended the day with a tubby. Oh! And Charlie's 2nd tooth (her bottom left/center one) finally cut through the gums today! She now officially has her two bottom teeth 😭 😍 and those babies are SHARP. I got bit HARD in the middle of the night while nursing her 2 nights ago, I almost cried! She's been so much better today though now that the second one has broken the surface. . Tomorrow my mom is coming over to watch her so Mike and I can have a long-overdue date day! ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #walk #Maine #playroom

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 50: Flu shot & visits) . Charlie got the second dose of her flu shot this morning. She made lots of friends in the waiting room of the doctor's office. Then when she had her shot she literally didn't even react! No tears, no shocked expression, legit zero reaction, it was like it didn't even happen... #proudmama moment! . She fell asleep in the car on the way home so I sat in the backseat with her again once I was home and parked in the garage. She woke up just as my friend Jayne was arriving for a visit. Charlie's SUCH a social baby; she literally loves everyone and is so quick to smile and babble and make friends. . After 2nd nap we went to my parents' house to visit and just hung out and played. Sunny went with us to visit Willow and Sophie. Charlie loves watching all the pups play together. She's fascinated by animals. . We came home, did a bath, read stories, and she was in bed right on time at 6:30. Good day! . And Mike is now officially on vacation with us! Yay!!! πŸ’• . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #dog #dogsofinstagram #doctor #flu

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 49: Snowy walks) . Today the temperature was finally above freezing so we went for a walk! We just went on our road but it was so nice to get outside. Sunny loved it too. It was Charlie's first stroller ride without being in the carseat attachment. She seemed to like it but was more interested in chewing on her snowsuit. I'm excited that it's supposed to hit SIXTY degrees on Wednesday! That's like t-shirt and shorts weather here. Spring can't come fast enough. (Also, see the next post for more photos of Charlie & Sunny once we got back to our house and in our yard.) . Today Charlie made the "MA" sound for the first time! She's been babbling "dadadada" for about a week now so I've been saying "Mama" constantly the past few days. She actually stopped what she was doing and made a very distinct "Ma" noise a few different times today! My parents were even here visiting one of the times she did it so I have other witnesses! Maybe it's wishful thinking because she's still so young but I'm SO excited for her to say Mama with meaning! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #dog #walk #dogsofinstagram

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 48: Naps and strollers) . Today was my first day of vacation! Charlie and I hung out at home most of the day but we did go to the grocery store to get a few things now that we finally have our new refrigerator. In true Charlie fashion, she blew out her diaper sitting in her carseat on the ride to the store. It went through her diaper, pants, shirt, and onto the carseat itself. I had to strip her down and change her into pjs that I had in the diaper bag right when we got to Hannaford. Then, on the ride home, she fell asleep 5 minutes before I pulled into the driveway. I was initially torn between waking her or not because of the poop on the carseat but it had dried at that point and at least she had fresh clothes on as a barrier... so I climbed into the backseat and played on my phone for 40 minutes while she napped! I don't like how her head slumps in her convertible carseat so I'm always paranoid and constantly checking her breathing if she falls asleep, which is actually rare in the car. Anyway, she woke up happy, the groceries got put away, and I was able to wash the part of the carseat with poop on it and get the stain out. Mom win! πŸ™Œ . Earlier today we also put her in her stroller without being in the infant carseat for the first time. She seemed to like it so hopefully the weather forecast is right and we can use it later in the week when it warms up outside! . One more sweet moment from today: as I was reading her bedtime stories tonight on the couch, Charlie was sitting leaned up against me with her head resting on me. Normally she's grabbing the book or trying to bite it so having her be so calm was a change. It gave me a little glimpse into when she's older and just snuggles in and sits comfortably for bedtime stories. ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #nap #stroller #bedtimestory

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 47: February break) . Today was my last day of work before February vacation. This was the look Charlie gave me when I told her we get to spend 9 days straight together! (Actually, she smiled because I clapped for her as she tried to push up onto all fours - she's getting ready to start being mobile! Crazy!) . I'm super excited because it's supposed to hit 60 degrees a few days next week so I'm hoping we can really get outside! I feel like Charlie hasn't really experienced the outdoors much because she was a sleepy newborn all summer, then during autumn we'd take walks but she'd fall asleep in the stroller because she was still in the carseat part, and then winter came and it's been a ridiculously cold one this year. So for us to even get above freezing temps is a win! Plus I'm so ready for the snow to be gone and to see leaves and grass even if that's still a few months away. . So happy to have time off with my chubs! ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #vacation #Februarybreak

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 46: Fridge and Kitty) . Today we finallyyyy got our new refrigerator delivered after a month and 3 different "attempted deliveries"... yeah right. Sears sucks but the new fridge is pretty cool - Charlie isn't impressed. She's far more interested in Lacey. She lovesss petting Lacey and lights up whenever she comes around. C watches her from across the room a lot too. I'm happy that she already loves animals at such a young age! . One more day of work and then 9 days off! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #fridge #cat #sears

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 44: Tubby time toes) . Charlie loves her new ducky tub and has so much fun in it that she's been taking longer baths which leads to adorable wrinkly feet afterwards. She was super hard to get to sleep tonight, mainly because of her cutting teeth and whiny but I also think she's going through a growth spurt. Hopefully it only lasts a few more days and we're back in our routine before next week - birth Mike and I are on vacation from work! So excited for family time! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #tubbytime #babyfeet #toes

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 43: Westbrook Waddlers) . Over the weekend I was going through totes in our basement that we haven't touched since we bought our house and moved in almost a year and a half ago. It's time to purge. I came across this tiny T-shirt from my childhood daycare. I washed it and put it on Charlotte today. It pretty much fits her perfectly at 7 months... she's such a big girl. Anyway, I was so excited to see this shirt and I'm so happy it's still around. Now my own baby gets to wear this relic over two and a half decades later. My earliest memories are from this daycare, my earliest friends were made there @erica_blais @amckay0108. I remember sitting in the tunnel on the playground, belting Disney songs on the swings, the day I got picked up to go meet my baby sister @shannongsides for the first time, not being sleepy for naptime and pretending to put makeup on while laying on a beauty and the beast sleeping bag, @aprile43's beanie baby collection and watching Snow White in her room upstairs, Halloween parties with the graveyard decorations outside, eating freeze pops on the couch, Casper the super grumpy white cat, and the one time I got put in time out for climbing on the cubbies. Also, that white bunny in the corner is a puppet which I got one day at daycare - I'm pretty sure all the kids got them. I also still prefer to eat green beans with ketchup (which was the only way I'd eat them at daycare). #memorylane . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #daycare #westbrookwaddlers #1990s

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 42: Teeth) . Today I noticed that Charlie has her first tooth! Both of the bottom middle teeth are cutting through the gums but the one on her right has officially broken the surface! The little ridges are sharp. She was semi fussy today so I just randomly checked since we've suspected teeth were coming for a while with the biting and the recent diaper rash and sure enough, there they are! I'm a little sad because it means she's growing so fast and her gummy baby smile is only days away from really changing. She'll be so cute with little chompers though so I'm excited at the same time. She was super hard to get to bed tonight so hopefully her left tooth cuts through soon and she gets some relief! My sweet baby is getting so big. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #teeth #firsttooth #cuttingteeth

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 41: Cheerios) . Today, I gave Charlie Cheerios for the first time. I softened them slightly in water so they wouldn't be as much of a choking hazard. She didn't love them at first, mainly because she had to figure out how to pick them up, but by the end she gave them "two thumbs up" like in the first photo. She's doing super well starting to develop her pincer grasp so I think regularly having Cheerios will encourage that even more. I also loveee this sleeved bib that I got for her mealtimes. It's so much better than washing her clothes right after or having to instantly give her a bath - so convenient. . Mike got home early today so we got to spend some time together, just the 3 of us, tonight. We went to the store and got a few things, one of which is a shape-sorter toy for Charlie. She loves it already! Maybe that'll be my photo tomorrow... we'll see. She obviously can't sort the shapes yet but she loves holding the shape pegs and tapping them together to make noise. Plus the container is shaped like a butterfly so she liked when I pretended to make it fly. She already figured out that the head swivels and was having fun with that. She's really discovered her thumbs lately and how they work. Mike has an entire weekend day off with us tomorrow so we get more family time! Yay! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #cheerios #bumkins

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 40: Time for bed) . I'm excited it's the weekend! Charlie spent the day with Mike today since he had it off work. He said his favorite part of the day was just making her laugh by making faces. Also, she spit up while he was holding her and he said it missed his shirt perfectly and landed on the floor so that was a win. After I got home from work, we went grocery shopping again which is one of Charlie's favorite activities. . Nursing Charlie to sleep is one of my favorite times of each day. It's this perfect, peaceful moment each night where her eyes slowly close and she just drifts off. I can always tell the moment she's out because her hands completely relax. Every time she nurses she rests her sweet little hands on me but they gently move around and get slower and slower until they're still. That's when she's fully asleep. It's just this quiet beautiful moment I get to experience every time I feed her and I wouldn't trade it for anything. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #nursing #breastfeed #normalizebreastfeeding #cosleeping #breastfeedwithoutfear #7months

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 39: Ducky tub) . Two days ago I gave Charlotte a bath in her infant tub in the sink and she officially discovered splashing. I was soaked, the countertop was soaked, the floor was soaked, and she had so much fun! It was a sign that we needed to upgrade to the big tub so she can splash as much as she wants! I bought this @munchkininc inflatable bath on @amazon and was excited to try it today. Charlie had a blast! The tub is cool because the blue section turns white if the temperature of the water is too hot. We broke out a few of the bath foam letters too. Charlie quickly learned how to take them off the wall and, of course, they went straight into her mouth. . Also, I put some pumped breastmilk in the water for her to soak in because she has her first real diaper rash. It doesn't seem to bother her at all as of right now but it's her first one ever and I'm hoping I can nip it quickly! Here's to more ducky tubbies, baby splashing, and smooth bums! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #rubberduck #duck #tubbytime #milkbath #breastmilk

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 38: More snow) . We're currently in the process of getting another foot of snow. The upside to that is that I got out of work early so I got to come home and have more time with chubs which was awesome! She loved looking out the window at the snow falling down and knocking on the glass. She also loves my camera so much that she'll look right at it... and then lunge at it haha. I let her touch it a lot so she's not nervous or scared of it. I have to clean the lens often because of all the fingerprints she leaves on it. Worth it. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #snow #Maine #mainewinter #winter

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 37: Daddy's girls) . Sunny is totally a daddy's girl and always has been since puppyhood. She's done so well with the huge adjustment of bringing Charlie into our family. Mike was sitting on the couch with C and Sunny had to jump up and be near him too. I went to snap a photo and Charlie spit up right as I was taking my phone out so I wiped her off and repositioned her back with Mike as she was. So I initially this was a candid moment... πŸ˜‰ I had Charlie cracking up tonight just grabbing the blue one of her stacking rings out of her hand. She always becomes super easily amused at night! She did the extra 10-minute wave of energy & giggles right before bed tonight too. It's adorable and I love it, even if it takes a little longer to get her to sleep. . We're expecting 10 inches of fresh snow tomorrow so I'm hoping work will get cut short sop I don't have to drive in it... meh. I'm over winter. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #parenthood #365project #daddysgirl #family #mansbestfriend #australianshepherd #fatherhood

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 36: Bedtime laughs) . Brushing her teeth (gums actually since she doesn't have any teeth yet) has become one of Charlie's new favorite activities. She likes the squeaky noise her toothbrush makes on her gums and also enjoys holding the toothbrush herself; it's actually pretty hard to pry it out of her fist when we're done because she has a death grip on it. For now, we just use water for brushing time. . Tonight, as I was nursing her to sleep in the dark, she got this last 10-minute wave of energy and was just staring and giggling at me in the dark. I caved and turned on the flashlight on my phone for some temporary light in the room and just played with her in bed while she had the energy. It made my whole day since I didn't really get a lot of face time with her today (I worked, she napped right when I got home, went grocery shopping afterwards, then bedtime). I was pretending to eat her hands and acted like they tasted yucky. All I was doing was just making faces and saying "Eww" and Charlie thought it was the best game ever - she was literally in tears and out of breath laughing. Best thing ever! Love those little moments with my chubs when she just cracks up with pure happiness over the littlest things. Whenever my parents visit they always say how jealous they are of how easily I can make Charlie laugh compared to when others try. She just thinks her mama is the funniest (or maybe just the most ridiculous)! 😊 . She nursed right to sleep after I turned the flashlight off and is currently dreaming away. ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #laughter #laugh #oralhygiene #toothbrush

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 35: Superbowl Sunday) . If I'm being honest, I couldn't care less about football; Mike, on the other hand, is a diehard @patriots fan, since we live in Maine. He had to work today but will be home right around kickoff time. Unfortunately that's also Charlie's bedtime so I had to get this photo of them together before he left this morning! I guess that's a good thing though because I'm a strict "zero screen time" parent so Charlie wouldn't have been able to watch the game anyway. She still wanted to show her team spirit by dressing up and putting on her game face. #goPats #superbowlLII . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #superbowl #football #patsnation #maine

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 34: Bonnets) . I'd been searching for bonnets for Charlie and couldn't find any that I really loved until I came across this one by @shemerhandmade on @etsy. I am so happy I found this one - it's exactly what I'd been looking for and is beautiful quality! Plus, it was delivered so quickly in the mail and the owner even threw in a special unexpected surprise! I will definitely be ordering more bonnets from her etsy shop soon as I can sense I have a new obsession with bonnets brewing... 🀣 . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #bonnet #babybonnet #bunny #pink

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 33: 7 months old) . I have no idea how enough time has passed for me to be writing that Charlie is seven months old. The past month has been my absolute favorite. Charlie is babbling like crazy saying "tatatata," which I claim is because we say "toe-toes" so often to her as she plays with her toes and feet, and "dadada" which Mike claims is Dada. She will copy making kiss sounds, LOVES having dance parties in our living room to Disney music, and laughs so easily. Her new favorite trick is her "dolphin laugh" which she does randomly to entertain herself. She loves grocery shopping, reading, tubby time, biting everything (still no teeth), and is in the early stages of laying on her belly and moving her legs in crawling motions. Her hair is getting longer, she's always getting heavier, and somehow we are always falling even more in love with her. ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #7months #12monthsofcharliegrace #CharlieGraceGrows

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 32: Boots) . Today, Charlie spent the day with Mike since he was off from work. He texted me at one point today: "She's getting really fun to hang out with lol, I just put music on and we dance and sing all day." Cutest daddy moment. ❀ Charlie liked trying on my winter boots tonight since I'm sure Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow tomorrow and we'll have six more weeks of winter. Meh. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #daddy #daddysgirl #daddydaughter #dad #boots #PunxsutawneyPhil

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 31: Daddy day & grocery shopping) . Mike had the day off today so he got to spend the morning with Charlie while I was at work. He texted me this first photo while I was gone. I had a short day since it was Wednesday so once I got home Charlotte took her 3rd nap with me. I'm totally the nap whisperer with C, not to brag or anything... Once she woke up, we all went grocery shopping and used this new cart cover that my parents gave me. It's pretty awesome and even has loops to attach toys. We definitely needed to start using it with this crazy flu epidemic and people spreading it like mad. Charlie absolutely loves grocery shopping. She is fascinated by all the colors and people and literally talks, smiles, and laughs the whole time. I'm not sure how we got the happiest baby on the planet but we lucked out. She's the best. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #daddy #daddysgirl #daddydaughter #dad #groceryshopping #skiphop

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 30: Brushing teeth) . We've been thinking Charlie is about to get teeth for months now... still nothing. We are almost sure we can actually feel hard lumps in her gums now where teeth are growing through so maybe teeth time is getting closer. She's biting everything wth her gums and those bites hurt! I gave her infant tylenol for the first time today to help with the teething pain. I also brushed her gums with her toothbrush for the first time tonight and she loved it! We just used water. She especially liked holding the toothbrush herself and watching herself in the bathroom vanity mirror. Here's to practicing good oral hygiene. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #mam #toothbrush #oralhygiene #teeth

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 29: Selfies) . I need more photos of Charlie at this age with me in them too. I take so many photos of her but I'm rarely in any because I'm always behind the camera. Selfies are about the best we get these days. My goal is to make an effort to change that, however possible. The best photos are the candid ones that are true glimpses into our everyday life together but those are nearly impossible to capture when I'm always behind the lens. It might be time to break out my tripod... This photo was right after she woke from her 3rd and final nap of the day. Snuggle bug! Also, her cheeks are the softest things on this planet. ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #selfies

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 28: Take-along farm) . Charlie's favorite song right now is Old MacDonald Had A Farm. She loves all the noises that we make for the animals and it never fails to get a smile. I found this @melissaanddougtoys farm playmat a while ago and gave it to Charlie as one of her Christmas gifts. A few of the animals make crinkly noises and a few have bells inside, but of course Charlie's favorite is the pig - he squeaks. Plus the non-slip mat becomes its own travel bag to store all the critters. We had fun playing with it this morning and making dramatic farm animal noises. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #melissaanddoug #farm #takebackchildhood #countlesswaystoplay

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 26: Daddy's home) . Friday at last! Charlie always lights up when we get home, it's the best thing ever; it makes us realize the time we have to be away from her for work is all to support her and we'd do anything for her. Sometimes Mike gets home from work after she goes to bed so she especially loves when he gets home earlier in the night (and so do I)! Tonight we got to hang out just the three of us for a while, then Charlie went to bed and Mike and I got to watch old re-runs of The Office for a little bit. I love both of these kinds of time, family time and couple time, and appreciate these moments so much with my little family. ❀ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #daddy #daddysgirl #family

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 25: Pasta) . Today Charlie tried pasta for the first time. It was whole grain rigatoni. She had some trouble picking it up since it was slippery after being cooked but she loved it! She's having fun trying new foods even though she doesn't swallow a whole lot yet. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #pasta

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 24: Little giraffe) . Today was a roller coaster of emotions for me; it was just "one of those days" for some reason. Mike had just gotten Charlie to sleep when I got home from work so I took Sunny on a long, exhausting trail walk. Half of the trail wasn't cleared so I had to trudge through deep snow for a long time to get back to the snowmobile tracks where it was packed down again. Then when I got home, I noticed our refrigerator is broken... I cannot lose my stash of frozen pumped milk so the anxiety got to me and I had a little breakdown. I have probably 300oz saved up so all the bags are currently in a plastic tote in the cold garage with snow/ice on top. Anddd we most likely need to buy a new fridge. Ugh. At least Charlie loves bath time and looked adorable in her hooded giraffe towel that we got for free on Amazon Prime. She's getting buff and working on those biceps, doing curls with her dumbbell rattle. Is it the weekend yet?? . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #giraffe

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 23: Family snow day) . First off, Charlie's a big girl but she looks extra huge in these photos. Today I had yet another snowday from work. Don't get me wrong, I love spending these random days off with Charlie (and Mike had the day off today too!) but I work at a school and don't want to be in school until July! Anyway, we just hung around at home today. Oh, and Charlie took her first poop with solid chunks in it (green bell peppers) which I also took a photo of but I'll spare you that visual. Today marked 8 years together with Mike. He really is an awesome husband and dad. Also, Charlotte definitely has his eyebrows. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #snowday #daddy #daddydaughter

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 22: Rolling back to belly) . Tonight Charlie FINALLY rolled independently from her belly to her back! She's been rolling from her back onto her belly since 3.5 months old but has refused to roll the opposite way until tonight. I made a huge deal of it, clapped a bunch, did a big happy dance and gave her lots of tickles. She was pretty pleased with herself. She also was on her belly and wanted to see Sunny behind her so she kept kicking/pushing with one leg and actually independently turned her body completely around too; I was impressed! Now onto crawling! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #rolling #almost7months #stubborn #blackandwhite #bw

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 21: Simon) . Simon is an alligator puppet from my childhood. I used to love him and now Charlotte does too. You have to do a low growly voice when you make him talk, almost like Cookie Monster's voice. Charlie loves when Simon munches on her face, belly, hands, toes, you name it. I love that I can create these everyday memories with her with well-loved relics from my own childhood. Somehow, like Puffy, Simon is in remarkably good shape for being as old as he is. Apparently my sister and I were very gentle with our stuffies. Also, Simon is the perfect companion with whom to play "Simon Says" which will be fun as Charlie gets older. One more thing - I love how long Charlie's hair is getting. The little tufts by her ears in these photos are adorable! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurveΒ  #momsofinstagram #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #crocodile #alligator #simon #puppet #simonsays

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 20: Peanut butter) . Today I gave Charlie peanut butter for the first time. It's my favorite food; I ate a TON of it during pregnancy and still do now. I was nervous because it's an allergen so I put the tiniest little bit of it on an english muffin this morning and watched her like a hawk while she tasted it. She loved it and, *knock on wood,* I didn't see any sort of physical reaction. I've heard allergies can pop up at any time though so I think I'll be wary of giving it to her too much in the future for a while. Hopefully she doesn't develop an allergy to it so she can enjoy it as much as I do! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #peanutbutter #jif

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 18: Tubby time) continued... . . . I took today off work because Charlie got so many vaccines yesterday at her appointment and got some pretty decent bruises from the needles that I was wary of her having a reaction or a really tough day that. She actually didn't seem too phased by the aftermath of the shots even though the spots on her thighs where they pricked her have nice hard lumps underneath.. ugh. But it's always harder on us mamas than it is on the babes. If anything, her gums are more bothersome to her right now but I still don't really feel any hard lumps that could be teeth. I'll probably just wake up one morning and they'll have pooped through overnight. . Today I just took some photos of tubby time shenanigans. (See my Insta-story for these photos with goofy captions.) Charlie has always loved the bath and I don't normally do a lot of soap or bubbles but the baby wash had leaked into the tub so there were tons of bubbles this time. C got all excited when she first got in and felt them. Just a random lady day at home comforting my babe with lots of snuggles and mama love. There are too many more tubby photos that I love to not post those as well so see my last post for more bubbly baby goodness. ❀➑️ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #tubby #tubbytime #bathtime #bath #bubbles #bubblebath

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 18: Tubby time) . I took today off work because Charlie got so many vaccines yesterday at her appointment and got some pretty decent bruises from the needles that I was wary of her having a reaction or a really tough day today. She actually didn't seem too phased by the aftermath of the shots even though the spots on her thighs where they pricked her have nice hard lumps underneath.. ugh. It's always harder on us mamas than it is on the babes though. If anything, her gums are more bothersome to her right now but I still don't really feel any hard lumps that could be teeth. I'll probably just wake up one morning and they'll have popped through overnight. . Today I just took some photos of tubby time shenanigans. (See my Insta-story for these photos with goofy captions.) Charlie has always loved the bath and I don't normally do a lot of soap or bubbles but the baby wash had leaked into the tub so there were tons of bubbles this time. C got all excited when she first got in and felt them. Today was just a random lazy day at home comforting my babe with lots of snuggles and mama love. There are too many more tubby photos that I love to not post those as well so see my next post for more bubbly baby goodness. ❀⬅️ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #tubby #tubbytime #bathtime #bath #bubbles #bubblebath

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 17: 6 month wellness visit) . Today I had another snowday from work. Conveniently, Mike also had the day off so we ventured into the snow and went to Denny's for breakfast. Charlotte had her 6 month doctor's appointment later in the day, even though she's 2 weeks past the 6 month mark now. She weighed in at 20lbs 8oz (chubs!) and is just over 27 inches long. 95% for both weight & length! My sweet girl has never been small by any means. Look at those arms... her thighs are even better as far as rolls go. She got 4 shots today and 1 oral vaccine too. She recovered SO quickly from her shots, I didn't even have to nurse her to calm her this time. She showed off to the doctor by sitting up all by herself and blowing raspberries. Also, in true Charlie fashion, she blew out her diaper right as we got to the office. Every time. I threw out the onesie in the lobby bathroom... Thankfully we always bring extra clothes. #motherhood . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project #6months #doctor #snowday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 16: Mom's birthday) . Today was my 27th birthday. Mike was sweet and had flowers and a card for me in the kitchen when I woke up this morning, he's always been such a thoughtful husband. I had to work but after I got home it was a low-key day, just the way I like it. I love coming home to my smiling snuggly nugget! I had her cracking up tickling her tonight which is always the best sound on this earth. ❀ 26 was pretty damn good to me. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #birthday #happybirthday #27

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 15: Naked mornings) . Today was the last day of my 3-day weekend. It was a mommy and Charlie day which are some of my favorite days, other than when Mike is home with us. C loves to be naked so this morning she just played in her diaper for a while. Notice the pillow barrier - she's a little lazy with the sitting when she first wakes up and is still sleepy; there tend to be more tumbles than later in the day, hence the couch pillows. . Charlie tried green bell peppers today and actually chewed a bit enough to swallow! That's the first food she's actually swallowed a piece of since we started baby-led weaning with solids. Normally she just bites down, chews for a while, then spits out whatever's in her mouth before taking another bite. That's the kind of thing that would gross me right out with anyone other than my own child. Yuck. But for some reason when it's your own kid, it's not as icky... I guess that's a mother's love for you. . Mike has the next 2 days off work so C will be happy to have some daddy time. She has her 6 month wellness visit to the doctor's on Wednesday which means more shots. Ugh. I hate seeing her cry from needles but I know we're preventing far worse pain from the diseases the vaccines fight against. Vaccinate your damn kids!!! Luckily, nursing her right after her shots helps to calm her - "The power of the boob" as Mike calls it! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #365project

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 14: Pack 'n Play) . Today was a lazy stay-at-home day since the weather dropped back down to well-below-freezing temps. It's currently midday and 14Β°F out. I finally lowered the mattress in Charlie's Pack 'n Play so she can utilize the "play" portion of that title. She liked sitting up in it with some toys at first but then realized she could just topple over and play with/eat her toes instead. We'll see how future playtimes fare. . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #jj_its_kids #365project

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 13: Nana and Grampa's house) . Today was my first day of a much needed 3-day weekend. Mike had to work and I definitely needed some positive company after my horrible workday yesterday so Charlie, Sunny and I went to visit my parents & my sister. They conveniently live only 20 minutes away which is awesome. I don't have a lot of friends that live closeby so when Mike is working and I'm lonely, I'm thankful to have my family just a short drive away. Charlie sat with Nana by a kitchen window and watched Sunny play with the other dogs outside. Then Grampa was brave and let her essentially attack his face 🀣. One of C's new favorite things is to look at faces upside down. Then we came back home, she took her last nap, played, read some books, tried cucumbers and pea pods, and bed by 6:30pm. A solid family day. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #nana #grampa #auntie

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 12: Cheering up) . I had the WORST day at work today. I'm talking absolutely miserable, broke down in tears day because of a major lack of support with my breastfeeding journey and pumping in the workplace. All I want is to give my child the best start to life possible. She's already been through some horrible shit with a tough labor & delivery, an emergency c-section, constant heal pricks in the hospital starting just hours after she was born for blood glucose tests, then a VERY VERY traumatic E.R. trip at 3 days old that lasted for days. Honestly, I don't know how this girl turned out as happy as she is. I couldn't give her the peaceful entrance into the world that I always hoped I could, but you bet your ass I'm going to give her the best possible thing I can, #breastmilk, to help her grow and thrive, no matter how difficult this journey gets. Her smile was the only thing that could cheer me up today and I will do everything in my power for the rest of my days to make sure she is FED and cared for. #mamabear #normalizebreastfeeding . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #daughter #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #breastfeeding #breastfeed #breastfeedwithoutfear #nursing #nursingmama

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 11: Sledding) . It was actually warm enough to go outside today! (50°F compared to the -23°F it was last week...) We took Charlie out, just in the driveway, in her @llbean sled that Grampy and Gigi bought for her for Christmas! We bundled her in her @columbia1938 snowsuit that Auntie got for her too so she was nice and cozy. Sunny of course loved chasing behind the sled because of those herding instincts. Charlie didn't have a big reaction one way or the other, she just kind of soaked it all in quietly. Hopefully we'll have some more warm days so we can pull her around more soon! (See previous post for more pics - there were too many cute ones.) ➑️ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #llbeanmoment #llbean #sled #sledding #Maine #snow #winter

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 11: Sledding) . It was actually warm enough to go outside today! (50Β°F compared to the -23Β°F it was last week...) We took Charlie out, just in the driveway, in her @llbean sled that Grampy and Gigi bought for her for Christmas! We bundled her in her @columbia1938 snowsuit that Auntie got for her too so she was nice and cozy. Sunny of course loved chasing behind the sled because of those herding instincts. Charlie didn't have a big reaction one way or the other, she just kind of soaked it all in quietly. Hopefully we'll have some more warm days so we can pull her around more soon! ⬅️ (See next post for more pics - there were too many cute ones.) . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #my_magical_moments #theartofchildhood #thehappynow #mom_hub #runwildmychild #lifewellcaptured #llbeanmoment #llbean #sled #sledding #Maine #snow #winter

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 10: Couch licker) . Today was ALMOST warm enough to go outside but it dipped below freezing just as I got home from work so we settled for looking out the window. Charlie is all about biting and licking everything, including the couch apparently! (See my highlight video for these pics with captions πŸ˜‚) Maybe tomorrow we'll bundle up and make a trip to the backyard... maybe. . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #daughter #baby #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #6months #365project #newyearsresolution #lick #teething #cabinfever #winter #Maine

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 9: Puffy) . Charlie loves one of my oldest childhood stuffies named "Puffy" I can't remember NOT having Puffy so he's getting pretty old. I will say that he's somehow in great shape. I wanted to get a few photos of them together since they're about the same size, although Charlie's slightly bigger at this point. She's 6 months 1 week old today! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #daughter #baby #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #6months #365project #newyearsresolution #puffy #bear #stuffy #stuffies #stuffedanimal

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 8: Bananas) . Today was Charlie's second day trying solids. She was skeptical with the banana slices at first. I grabbed another whole banana and started eating it in front of her and she instantly reached for it so I broke mine in half and handed her the top. She put it straight into her mouth! She didn't seem too impressed with the taste but hey, food ➑️ mouth on her own, I'll take that as a win! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #baby #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #6months #365project #newyearsresolution #banana #BLW #babyledweaning

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 7: Jumperoo) . Today was Charlotte's first time in her jumperoo. We waited to use it until she was sitting independently because I've read so much about baby's spines and hips not being developed enough for it until then and I'm way too nervous about her getting hurt. (I think that has a lot to do with a slight case of PTSD I have from the horrible ER experience we had with her at 3 days old.) Anyway, she absolutely loves to bounce but gets very over-stimulated after about 5 minutes and gets tired quickly and a little fussy. I'm sure she'll learn to love it more as her muscles strengthen and her attention span lengthens. There sure are a lot of new noises and colors to explore! . Also, today was the first day we tried giving her solids! We are planning to do baby-led weaning and initially were going to do sweet potato so I cut some into thick strips and baked them. Well, they ended up crisping on the outside basically like french fries so we tried avocado instead. She basically played with it and turned the chunks to mush on her high chair tray. None of it made it into her mouth voluntarily, so I handed her one of the softer sweet potato fries and she put it straight into her mouth. This was followed by some gagging and me fishing out a big piece of the crispy skin that she almost choked on. We clearly have some learning and improving to do. It was a good first shot! 🀣 I had to strip her down and throw her pjs & bib in the wash since they were covered in green stains. Here's to many more messes to come! . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #6months #365project #firstfood #babyledweaning #avocado #sweetpotato

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 6: Thumbs up from Grampa) . Today was a great day. Both Mike and I had the day off so we went to L.L.Bean and Carters and then stopped for lunch at Gritty's in Freeport. Charlotte was happy the whole time smiling and giggle screaming at people as usual. She fell right asleep in the car on the drive home πŸ™Œ We drove the long way home so she could get her full nap in like any sane parent would. My parents came over later in the evening for a quick visit and Grampa was impressed with C's sitting skills. . Now she's currently dreaming away in my arms as I type this. #myhappyplace Today felt like Sunday; I'm so glad it wasn't and that we still have all day tomorrow together before the weekend is over. 😊 . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #grampa #baby #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #6months #365project #newyearsresolution

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 5: Don't stress) . Happy Friday! Today I had a 2-hour delay at work because of all the snow yesterday so I didn't have to be in until 10am which was awesome. We sat in the living room and played all morning making silly faces. This girl is full of smiles and goofy expressions 😊 Swipe ➑️ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #daughter #smile #baby #silly #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #childrenseemagic #6months #365project #newyearsresolution

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 4: Snow day teething) . Today I had a snow day from work and so did Mike! We had a family day at home and stayed inside all day - the wind was crazy strong and we got a good 10 inches of snow. At least it was 26Β°F today instead of -23 like it was two days ago! . I took Charlie's first nap with her and she slept for 3 hours straight which means that I got to sleep for an extra 3 hours! Woohoo! Mike cleaned the whole first floor of the house and gave Sunny some good 1-on-1 play time while we napped. The rest of the day we spent just playing with C. . Last night while we were grocery shopping I found this random teething ring called Chewy Q for $5 in the baby aisle. It's made locally here in Maine so I figured what's one more teething ring? Charlie LOVES it! She can grip it all the way around and it's shaped like a Q so she can use that little nub to reach further to her back gums. She's been chomping & squeaking those gums on it all day long! They also have textured ones called Knobby Q which I definitely just Amazon primed. . Comment what you did today on this snowy afternoon! ⬇️ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #baby #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #buylocal #childrenseemagic #teething #6months #365project #snowday #chewytubes #chewyq #Maine #bombcyclone

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 3: Grocery shopping) . Today was the first time we've gone grocery shopping that Charlie got to sit in the cart rather than be carried in the wrap or be in her infant carseat. She LOVED it! (See stories today for quick video) I handed her lots of items to touch but her favorite was the crinkly trail mix bag. She smiled at everyone, swung her feet the entire time and even let out a few happy screams. Here's to new grocery store adventures! ❀ Also, glad we are stocked up because we're getting 8-12 inches of snow tomorrow πŸ˜’ but, on the bright side, the school I work at already called a snow day! Pjs and cuddles alllllll day tomorrow πŸ™Œ . . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #love #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #mamarazzi #childrenseemagic #hannaford #6months #365project

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 2: 6 months old) Happy 1/2 birthday to my chunks! ❀ 6 months old!!! Some of Charlie's biggest milestones to date have been this past month; she weighs about 20lbs and wears 12 month clothing. She's babbling like crazy, constantly doing raspberries, "scream-laughing" at everything, teething like mad and sitting up completely independently! This was the first month that really hit me how FAST she's growing up. It's mind-blowing to think that just a few months ago we constantly had to support her head, I had to feed her round-the-clock and she slept all day and was up all night. She sleeps a solid 10-12 hours every night and we're close to introducing solid foods. It's crazy to see her just sitting and playing with her toys like a little kid rather than a baby... bittersweet to say the least! I have no idea how half a year has flown by so quickly and can't believe that she's on her way to a year old now! I'd do anything for this chubs! 😍 . . #CharlotteGraceShirley #Charliecheesefries #tinyhuman #candidchildhood #ourcandidlife #honestmotherhood #honestly_captions #our_everyday_moments #thebump #momtogs #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged #baby #babiesofinstagram #thebump #aheadofthecurve #lovecarters #momsandmamas #momswithcameras #mamarazzi #childrenseemagic #tongue #6months #6monthsold #halfbirthday #365project #12monthsofcharliegrace #CharlieGraceGrows

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Welcoming 2018 with a new personal project: #CharlieCheeseFries365 My goal is to take at least one photo each and every day (though I may post them in weekly sets) that represents what we did each day in 2018; I think it's perfect timing since Charlie turns 6 months old tomorrow and it's a brand new year! . (Day 1: Mastering sitting) . Today was my last day of holiday vacation from work. Charlie officially learned to sit 2 days ago so we had so much fun playing with a whole new view the past few days. Today we played lots of drums and piano. ❀

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The toes have officially made it into the mouth πŸ‘£ #whpresolutions2018

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Charlie's New Year's Resolution was to master sitting up. She told me she did it a day early so now she can be lazy the rest of the year. πŸ˜‰

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Charlie notices the camera: Part 2 😜 Swipe ➑️ #charlienoticesthecamera

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When you're patiently getting your diaper changed then you remember you have toes to play with. #builtintoys

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When you have a big fancy crib but she's far too comfortable to try and move so you just sit there and watch her dream πŸ’•πŸ˜΄ #mom_hub1085

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We hope everyone had a great Christmas! We had a fantastic day with family and Charlie was so happy and talkative all day 😍 The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year! #babysfirstchristmas #Christmas2017 #santababy #firstchristmas #family #CharlotteGraceShirley #CharlieCheeseFries

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