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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 288: Car nap) . We visited Oda and Obi at their house today and Charlie was so tired when we left (she took a shorter nap than usual earlier today) that she fell asleep in the car on the way home, even with snacks in her hands! Thankfully she still went to bed fairly easily for me an hour later. . Seeing her sleep in the daylight is super rare - ever since about 6 months old, she's needed the room to be as close to pitch black as possible to sleep well. We cosleep so I get to see her sleep right next to me all night but it's not the same as seeing her sweet face sleeping in the daylight! Pure innocence and perfection! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #galleryoflightfeature #myformerbump #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #ltbd_autumn #JIP_fall #raw_cuteness_fall #tgol_autumn #mmm_fallcolors #moc_091 #t_c_c_leaves #cc_fallvibes2 #my_magical_moments #wildandbravelittles #mom_hub #cameramama #dearphotographer #childrenseemagic #childhoodunplugged #runwildmychild #pixel_kids #jj_its_kids

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 286: Autumn rain) . It rained all day long today but we need to get out of the house so later in the evening I took Charlie outside to play in the rain in our backyard. She didn't seem to mind the rain at all and had fun collecting leaves and of course holding the bubble wand. . Today was also the first day that my mom was able to lay her down in the bed for nap! Charlie has always been held for the duration of her naps since the day she was born but she's getting so big now that it's tough to hold her for 2 hours straight. Over summer I got it down to a science that I could nurse her in bed and the ninja roll out of the room to let her nap alone but putting her down without my boob in her mouth is a whole different ball game. I nurse her to sleep every night since we co-sleep and its like magic that she's out within 15 minutes but it'll be great for her to learn to take naps on her own when I'm not there to nurse her to sleep during the day! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #myformerbump  #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #autumn

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 285: Oda & Obi) . Charlie got to hang out with Oda, Obi, and my parents today while I went and photographed a couple in the beautiful autumn weather. . I took a video of her counting to 10 this morning. She's like a little sponge right now absorbing everything! She catches onto things so quickly, it's so fulfilling watching her learn and grow! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #myformerbump  #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #oda #obi

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 280: Autumn foliage) . Today I had the day off from work and tried to think of fun places to go with Charlie but everywhere I could think of was closed or had off-hours because of Columbus Day. So I decided to take some fall photos of her now rust the leaves are changing. The leaves in our yard haven't changed much yet so we drove 3 roads away and found a little trail that opened up to a clearing with some awesome colorful foliage. C had fun running around, holding the car keys, and tapping rocks together. I even put my camera on self timer and got a photo of us together to prove I was there! Now if summer could just come back, that'd be great. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #galleryoflightfeature #myformerbump #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #ltbd_autumn #JIP_fall #raw_cuteness_fall #tgol_autumn #mmm_fallcolors #moc_091 #t_c_c_leaves #cc_fallvibes2 #my_magical_moments #wildandbravelittles #mom_hub #cameramama #dearphotographer #childrenseemagic #childhoodunplugged #runwildmychild #pixel_kids #jj_its_kids

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 275: Pumpkin toad) . Today we carved a pumpkin but Charlie's favorite part by far was befriending the little toad that stopped to join us! She was pretty gentle with him until she tried to poke him a little too hard so I brought him to the woods and released him safely. Charlie got some good giggles from him jumping around though! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #myformerbump  #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #toad

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 274: Group hug) . Charlie now loves group hugs with me, Mike, and her stuffies. Originally it was just the manatee but then Pongo & Lamby got involved and then we had to include Simon & Rufus. When I asked her to give them a group hug by herself, she went over and just laid down with them haha... close enough. She says "GOOP HA" for group hug and plows into me while I hold one of her stuffed animals. I love how affectionate she is. . Also, notice the "w sitting" in the 2nd photo... if I say "please sit the right way" she'll readjust but ugh, how else do you break his of that?! Do they just grow out of it? . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #myformerbump  #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #grouphug

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 273: Colors) . Charlie has started saying the colors of objects, especially blue. Today she picked up a green piece of foam and said "green" then said "lellow" for a yellow piece. Blue she pronounces "ba-loo" when she's just saying the color but "boo" when she's connecting it with another word like "blue ball" . This afternoon, on 3 different occasions, she strung together "more mimis" without pause to ask to nurse! So sweet that she is actually in the beginning stages if forming sentences and complete thoughts, rather than just labeling objects! . Tonight at dinner, she was eating and saw me ipsen the fridge. It of nowhere she asked for yogurt so I got her some, she ate all of it, then I asked what else she wanted and she said cheese. Apparently she loves her dairy like her mama! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #myformerbump  #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #colors

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 272: Smiling Hill Farm - round 2) . Today we took an impromptu trip to Smiling Hill Farm. My parents met us there so they could visit with Charlie more before the weekend was over. Mike and I took C to the farm once ove the summer but she wasn't really walking well yet. She also hadn't discovered Llama Llama books yet so she didn't care when we saw the llama last time. This time, she was so excited when she realized there were real-life llamas to see; she blew them kisses, whispered "llama llama" in awe, and waved to them harder than she's ever waved to anything! Fun way to end the weekend! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #myformerbump #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #farm

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 270: Dada chasing) . Charlie loves to be chased and when you catch her she loves to be tickled. Sometimes she'll actually ask to be tickled (she makes the "t" sound repeatedly) which is so fun because she gets all giddy and excited when you oblige. . This afternoon we took Sunny for a walk on our road like we do every night but tonight Mike was home and joined us. Once we got back home, we ran around on our lawn for a bit just to soak up some more outdoor time. It's definitely fall here now and the days are getting colder and colder. It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend though so hopefully we can wear short sleeves for a little while longer. . Also, C went pee on the potty twice today within 3 hours and even asked me all by herself to sit on the potty the second time after her bath! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #myformerbump #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #tickle

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 269: Fudgsicle) . I was eating a fudgsicle tonight after dinner and C pointed to it so I let her lick it. The moment her tongue touched it, she said a firm "more" haha. I had to give her her own at that point. I think about 1/10 of it actually made it into her mouth but she loved it! We've only given her dessert-like things at birthday parties or if we've gone out for ice cream and each time she's never really been interested or seemed to like it much. It was fun to just let her get ridiculously messy. It was tubby time right after dinner anyway so that was convenient. She went to bed perfectly too so that confirms that barely any was actually ingested. The cold probably felt so good on her 3 molars that are cutting simultaneously! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #fudgsicle

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 268: Eating leaves) . Today I took Charlie to the bookstore and she was so mischievous! Full "toddler mode" ripping books off the shelves left and right then laughing as I tried to clean up while she destroyed the next shelf. If I tried to pick her up or was "Downnnn!" When I put her down she'd run as fast as she could in the opposite direction, wanting to be chased. It was actually pretty funny, honestly. I eventually corralled her enough (found a book with noisy buttons to press) to put all the books back in order. It's funny how I always thought that kind of thing would really irk me as a parent but it's so different how when it's your own kid, it's more just entertaining. I've never snapped at C (yet at least) over making a mess or doing something mischievous. She's still learning how the world works and I try to be as in-the-moment as possible with her. I remind myself that messes can always be cleaned and there's no need to change my tone of voice unless there's a safety concern. I'm a firm believer that kids will tune you out the more you say "no" and then when there's a safety issue and you need them to know that "no means no", you've already lost all your credibility. I try not to say no unless it's important! It's working well so far! . For example, in this photo, she's eating a leaf. I let her do it because it wasn't harmful, and then just fished the leaf from her mouth and asked her "That leaf probably tastes yucky, huh?" then we carried on with our afternoon. 🙂 #letthembelittle . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #parenting

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 267: Hair combing & reading obsessed) . Charlie likes trying to comb her own hair but I think she really just likes saying "comb" and labeling each object that she sees for which she knows the word. She's a major talker! I have no doubt in my mind it's partly because we read to her SO much... she's highly motivated and interested in books. Just this morning I got a photo and text from Mike saying that he read 29 books back-to-back with her in one sitting this morning. That's not uncommon in our house. The second we finish a book, Charlie will instantly say "more read" and go for another book. Sometimes she requests specific ones like the "neighbor" book or "llama llama" but she's usually not too picky, although she does have her clear favorites. Good thing we love reading! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #raisingreaders

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 266: Name puzzle) . How cute is this wooden name puzzle?! I got it engraved on the back with Charlie's full name too. She loves making her letter sounds so I thought this would be a good way to practice her name instead of just with the foam letters in the tub. She loves the puzzle so far and is now all about the letter O! . . .#CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #puzzle #russetroad

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 265: Cumberland fair) . Fun afternoon at the Cumberland fair with Oda! ❤ Charlie's first carousel ride was a big hit! (Swipe to see video!) She loved all the animals and making their respective noises while she waved to them. She got to pet a sheep and a piglet and run around the fairgrounds. She kept saying "more!" while watching the model trains move around their tracks and hoovered some cheerios in her stroller. Her absolute favorite part was having her Oda there though. All I heard the whole car ride home was "Ooooodaaaaa" haha. Fun afternoon! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #fair

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 264: Hansel's Orchard) . We went back to the magical orchard down the road today! This will definitely be where we go every year as a family; it's so close too! Seriously, the atmosphere of this orchard is what I imagine fairytales feel like! . Charlie had a grand old time running around and playing with apples. Based on the weather forecast, today was probably the last day to wear short sleeves for the year... 😭 but at least autumn makes for some pretty gorgeous foliage in Maine! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #applepicking

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 263: Lolos) . Charlie calls legos "lolos" and is now obsessed with them, so much so that she'll hear the lego bag crinkle from the other room as I'm cleaning up and start yelling "LOLOS!" as she runs into the room to spread them all over the floor again. She loves putting two pieces together, especiallyyy blue ones (shocker), and is getting so good at it! She also loves just putting them in and out of the bag. Today she offered them to Lacey as "nums" haha. She loves the cat so much. . We've known she's right handed for a while now because she'll carry around objects only in her left hand so that she has her right hand free to do other things. O read an article once that handedness is determined in the very early stages of human development, around 13 weeks in the womb, since it's connected to the way our brains are wired. That's why lefties tend to run in families. Pretty cool! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #legos

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 262: Side-parted pigtails) . I parted Charlie's pigtails with her natural part today instead of down the middle and they're so much cuter! Not that they weren't cute before, but she just looks so much more like herself now when she has them! We played outside with bubbles and nursed in the hammock swing - trying to soak up these nightly routines before it gets too cold and winter arrives... Ughhh. Can we just live in Maine with all the other seasons and then skip winter? That would be perfection. Anyway, I never want to forget this view as I look down and see my sweet girl in all her pigtail-wearing, bubble-blowing glory! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #pigtails

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 261: Peeing on the potty) . This little lady peed on the potty for the first time tonight!!! I stripped her and sat her on it right when she woke from nap, blew on her belly to make her shiver and sure enough... pee!!!!! She smiled so big when she heard the trickle sound! I let her flush it & she was amazed. Then she ran around the house saying "pah teh" 🤣 Maybe she'll be easy to potty train! The end of our diapering days just may be in sight! Proud mama over here! (This photo was on our 2nd attempt with nothing but still adorable!) . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler pottytraining

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 260: Diaper change & fork) . I can't even believe what happened tonight: Before dinner, I pulled back Charlie's diaper to see how wet she was and if she needed a change. She didn't so I let her keep playing. She was running all around while Mike and I sat on the couch. All of a sudden, she stopped what she was doing and goes over the blanket we have on the ground specifically for diaper changes in the living room. She squatted down, looked right at us and said "dipa dipe" which is what she says copying us whenever we say "diaper change" so that's not unusual. I said, "I just checked you baby, your diaper is dry. Keep playing." So she got up and went to grab a toy. Not even 1 minute had passed when she went right back over to the blanket, squatted, looked at us on the couch and said "dipa dipe" AGAIN. I said she was all set again. Then she stood up, walked right over to us and had red, teary eyes which is how she always looks when she's pushing while pooping. I looked at Mike and said how weird it was and that I'd just checked her not 5 minutes ago... but I checked her again. Sure enough her diaper was full of poop! She LEGITIMATELY told me she needed to go poop!!! At 14 months!!! And when I rejected her diaper change request, she had tried to tell me again! Then she went and pooped. Craziness!!! I actually stripped her diaper off and went and sat her on the toilet in case she also peed, which she didn't but it was worth a shot. She liked copying me saying "pee" and "potty" while she was sitting on the toilet. I was just baffled that she totally recognized the sensation of needing to poop at such a young age, let alone trying to tell me! I told Mike I was so happy he was there to witness the whole thing or he wouldn't have believed me! So crazy. If that starts happening often, maybe potty training will happen early! . On another note, Charlie used a fork for the first time at dinner tonight. She did well to stab the raviolis but then would pick them off the fork with her fingers and put them in her mouth. Then she tried to pick up pieces with her fingers and stick them onto the tines while saying "ON!" ...she'll get there.😆 . . .

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 259: Cardboard box) . Today Charlie had fun playing in a big Amazon box that was delivered. (Paper towels... woohoo) She of course helped "IN!" a million times and kept trying to stand up in it but was too tall. She also grabbed the lens hood off my camera and kept saying "ON!" while she put it on as a bracelet. Then the car climbed into the box for a split second before C ran over and scared her out. 🤣 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #box

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 258: Apple picking) . We took Charlie apple picking for the first time today! I wish I'd brought my real camera with me instead of just my cell phone because the trees were INSANE. I've never seen apple trees like that... huge and full, like storybook trees. They must've been at least 50 year old trees. Plus they give you wooden baskets to collect the apples in - SO cute! You feel like you should stop and have a picnic there. I'll definitely have to go back with C and my "big girl camera" before the season is over. Anyway, she loved carrying around a tiny apple that was the perfect size for her little hands. She ran around and helped Mike pick apples off the trees. She kept yelling "no no!" and throwing the apples back out of our basket, then saying "in!" as we refilled it. I love when she uses her dramatic voice! Haha 😆 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #applepicking

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 257: Pumpkin kisses) . We had a fun-filled Saturday. After first nap, we went to the Eastern Promenade with my parents just for a change of scenery and to get outside. Charlie loved the saints, going down slides, and running around on the baseball field. I showed her how to whistle a blade of grass which she thought was cool and even tried it herself. . We came home and did 2nd nap then headed to Hannaford. Right when we got there, I gave Charlie this mini pumpkin and she was sooo excited! She held it the whole time we were at the grocery store so we played with it outside when we got home. She gave it kisses and tried repeatedly to feed it to Lacey. I'm so not ready for autumn, but watching C run around with seasonal things like pumpkins is pretty adorable! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #pumpkin #autumn

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 256: All the bubble wands) . Charlie likes bubbles but she really just loves holding the wands herself and sticking them in the bottles of bubble soap while telling "In!" and "Out!" . She's super into saying "in" "out" and "on" barely. She uses them in context correctly too! She says the words with such emphasis too, like she thinks you don't know what to do with her socks, for example... she says "ON ON ONNN" until you acknowledge her and say "Ohhh, you want me to put them on?!" It's a fun little game that she plays right now and she smiles when you follow her commands. I love watching her learn new concepts! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #bubbles

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 255: Afternoon sun) . The sun finally came out again today. Mike had the day off so he took Charlie to the children's museum for some fun father/daughter time. I wish I could've gone with them. . Charlie and I played outside in the yard after I got home from work since it was sunny and not raining for the first time in a few days. She ran around trying to sprint down the hill of our backyard which is scary because she can easily face plant and really hurt herself since it's a pretty steep slope. We mostly stay on the flat portion of our lawn. Charlie had fun ripping up a bunch of goldenrod, blowing bubbles, running around, and swinging. I'm excited that tomorrow is Friday and that means it's almost the weekend! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #flowers

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 254: Mall) . On Wednesday's I get out of work early so I get home in time to do second nap with Charlie which is one of my favorite parts of the week. I took SO many naps being home with her this summer that going back to work cold turkey has me sleepy! We napped for a good 1.5 hours and then I took C to the mall mainly so she could run around and see new faces. And boy does she run... in the exact opposite direction of me purposely so I have to chase her haha. She LOVES stopping and staring at everyone/ interacting with everyone as they walk by. Plus, people love to stop and say hi to her which is great! She ran around with a little girl about her age in one of the stores. We came home, did our afternoon/evening routine and now I'm off to snuggle her in bed! A solid Wednesday in the books. I just wish it were sunny again so we could spend more time outdoors... looks like it this weekend though! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #mall

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 253: Forgetting photos) . Today was one of those days where I forgot to take any photos until right at bedtime. Charlie likes to stand up in the bed to try and play. She's fast so I make her sit on a pillow as a seat to try and keep her in one area for a few seconds. I had to get her to tickle my toes tonight so she wouldn't go crawling as fast as she could off the end of the bed. It sort of sabotaged bedtime but it was worth it for her smiles and giggles! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #cosleeping

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 252: Manatee) . Charlie tried her best to say "manatee" today. It sounds like "mah-na-na" when she says it though. She gave the stuffed animal so many kisses and hugs and "fed" it with her toy bottles. We blew bubbles outside and read books and just hung out together. . Sunny tried to bite Charlie tonight for the first time. It was horrible. Thankfully she wasn't hurt but it was scary. Long sorry short, they will not be interacting AT ALL for a while. 😔 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #manatee

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 251: Oda's farm) . We went to Oda's farm today! Charlie loved running around on the lawn, whistling to the dogs through the fence, and seeing Oda, of course. My sister taught her how to say "Pinecone" or at least an approximation of the word. We also let her sit on the 4-wheeler and press all the buttons, then did a putt-putt ride on it with her; she loved it! Also, I couldn't get over how freaking adorable and "Little House on the Prairie-esque" she looked in her cute plaid dress and corduroy bonnet. 😍 . Side note: @Instagram needs to create an update that allows me to post both portrait and landscape photos in the same post... meh. I hate using the squares or chopping off half of the composition of my images! #photographerproblems . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #farm

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 250: Mama's home) . Today I photographed a wedding all day so Charlie got to hang out with Dada. She stayed up for me to get home since she relies on our routine to get to sleep at night. Her teeth are still really bugging her, especially that top molar that's taking forever to cut through. I was happy to get some snuggles in when I got home though! Plus I get to spend all day with her tomorrow! ❤ Also, look at that crazy hair! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #home

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 249: Bubble wand) . Charlie has really grasped the concept of in vs. out and loves saying each word as she puts the bubble wand in and out of the bottle. She's really getting into bubbles lately and it's the perfect activity for so many things: in vs out, blowing, shaking an object, eye tracking, chasing, and of course just having fun! Who doesn't love bubbles?! . Today was the first day the weather felt like autumn and I'm NOT READY!! Summer foreverrrr! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #bubbles

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 248: Saying Lamby) . My sister bought this sheep, that we named "Lamby", for Charlie when I was still pregnant. I took all of her monthly photos with Lamby in this rocking chair from 1 month to 1 year and now she's just over 14 months old... crazy! Today she said "Lamby" for the first time and now obsessively says it when she sees him! She really enunciates the "L" like she's doing in this photo haha - my little talker! She lovesss to talk and try to copy every word we deliberately say! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #lamb

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 247: Spitting out food) . Charlie's 2nd top molar is cutting through so she's been weird about eating lately since it must be painful. She'll put food in her mouth, try to chew and then spit it back out instead of finishing chewing and swallowing. It's even with soft things that she normally loves. Poor kiddo. Thankfully she's still nursing and drinking her bottles fine so she's full and not in too much discomfort. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #teething

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 246: Play-doh) . Today I let Charlie play with Play-doh for the first time. (The smell really took me back to my own childhood!) She liked it at first, then decided she didn't really like it and preferred the container and lid. She was very back and forth about it. She would smile and poke/squish it one moment then whine and back away from it the next. I guess we'll have to play with it more often to get used to it! . I also cut off one of her curls today for her baby book! I was nervous and sort of sad at first but I was fine once I realized you can't even tell even when you search for the area because she has sooo many curls! I'm glad I have one of her little baby ringlets preserved, just In case they straighten out over time! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #playdoh

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 244: Grampy & Gigi visit) . Charlie's Grampy & Gigi came down for a visit today! Charlie showed off her new whistling skills and ran around playing with everything in sight. We went for a walk in the perfect weather and ended the visit with C saying both "Grampy" and "Gigi" for the first time! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #grandparents

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 243: Birthday party) . Today we went to my friend's daughter's 2nd birthday party! Charlie had a blast running around with the other kids and playing in the water table. This is the second time she's played in a water table and absolutely loves it, granted, she loves everything water-related. Next summer we're definitely going to have to get her one for at home. . When we got home she passed right out for nap because she was wiped! Then Mike, C,and I played in the yard for a bit and went to get ice cream. Charlie ran around with 2 twin girl toddlers at the ice cream shack while we ate - she's not really a fan of ice cream for some reason but that just means more for me! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #birthdayparty

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 242: Grampa's work) . Today was my first day of a 4-day weekend! C and I went to the children's museum where she tried to master walking down the stairs (upright) again but this time she kept one hand holding onto the side wall as a railing. I never showed her to do that so I thought it was pretty impressive! . After we left the museum, we stopped into my dad's office for a quick visit. C loved sitting at his desk and especially loved banging on the keyboard. We stuck a Verrill Dana visor on her which was adorable and barely fit her head on the tightest band since it was technically an adult hat. She ran around their floor of the building that was just remodeled and got to see all the offices. She also met a bunch of people that my dad works with who remember meeting me when I was Charlie's age! Short but fun Grampa visit! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #grampa

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 240: Camera diapers) . How cute are these diapers?! We get diapers delivered through Amazon Prime so I don't get to pick the print but I may or may not have squealed a little when I opened these and saw that they had cameras on them! Adorable! Also, Charlie's getting so tall, she's starting to really discover doorknobs and handles. Time for even more childproofing! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #camera

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 239: Hot weather) . The heat index today was over 100 degrees so we played in C's pool to cool off when I got home from work. As I was standing next to her towards the end, I realized that her belly rolls matched the pool 😍 I love how squishable she is! She also loved standing in front of the fan today. Tomorrow is supposed to be just as hot. Thank goodness for air conditioning. I'm excited to have a long weekend with her coming up! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #pool

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 238: Welcome home kisses) . Today was my first day back to work for the school year. It was REALLY hard leaving Charlie this morning. Like, even harder than last year when she was only 8 weeks old. I cried a few times but then was welcomed home with smiles, a nice loud "Mama!" and SO many kisses! I'll literally kiss her and she'll say "MORE" and lean in to kiss me over and over again. It's my favoriteeeeeee thing ever 😍😍😍 We spent our afternoon just hanging out together. When I nursed her, she sat completelyyy still on my lap which hasn't happened in a long time since she's so wiggly & wants to explore, but today she just laid perfectly still and stared up at me telling me that she missed me. Perfection. Then we played in her pool since it was so hot out and popped bubbles while in the swing. She's even better than the best child I ever could've asked for. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #welcomehome

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 237: Last day of summer) . Today was my last day of summer vacation. We went on one last little trip, and decided on the farmyard at Pineland Farms. It was cute but Charlie was actually kind of nervous of the cows, granted the dairy cows were hugeee. We came home and took a long afternoon nap then just hung around the house for the rest of the day. It was a nice low-key way to end our second summer together. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #summer

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Best summer of my life. As I sit here with Charlie peacefully sleeping in my arms, all I can think is how today is our last day of summer vacation. It's very bittersweet. I am so incredibly thankful to work in an environment that allows for summers off. This time spent with my daughter is absolutely priceless. We experienced so much, explored so many new places, and made so many memories these past few months that will be forever etched in my mind. Even though we had so many fun adventures, the countless hours spent in this swing in our own backyard, nursing, rocking, singing, and just being together were some of my favorites. She is the center of my world and the light of my life. 💕 . 📷: @b.webberphotography . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #summer2018 #CharlieCheeseFries365

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 236: Gray Animal Farm) . Today we went to Maine Wildlife Park (I still call it the old name, Gray Animal Farm). Charlie's favorite part was interacting with other visitors but she loved waving to and blowing kisses to the mountain lion as far as her favorite animals to see. She liked the moose as well since they were right up to the fence. It wasn't the best place for her to walk around because it's all tarred and she still falls a lot walking. We made it work and she held my hand walking for a while and I'd carry her when she got tired. She seemed to enjoy it! . Then we visited her aunt's (my sister's) new house!! So fun - we're in love with it! I've been trying to get C to say "Auntie" for a few weeks now and she just couldn't get the pronunciation down yet but while we were at my sister's house, she adamantly called her "Oda" about 15 times so my sister will now be known as Oda. It's cute when C says it because it's like "OHH da" and she said it on repeat the entire ride home. Apparently she was just waiting to visit Oda's house to pick what she wanted to call her. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #oda

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 235: Countertops & Saying happy) . C is officially tall enough to reach things that are on the counter. She can also reach and turn door knobs. Time to get more childproofing supplies! . She also learned how to say "happy" today! It's soooo cute! She will ONLY whisper it but it's clear as day! 😁 (Swipe ⬅️ to see video!) . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #happy

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 234: Bonnet milk bath) . Combining my obsession of bonnets and milk baths! While I was doing this milk bath with C, I had this weird sinking feeling that it might be the last one we do, at least this year - I go back to work on Monday, she's almost getting too big to comfortably sit in the tub, summer is almost over... it made me sad but I was happy to have combined the bonnet and the bath in one photo since she wore so many bonnets and we did so many milk baths this summer! It has been an amazing chapter so far. Maybe we'll try to squeeze in one more but I think I'm at peace with it if this was our last. We'll see if she still enjoys them this spring! (Or maybeeee we'll try to do one more when the leaves change...) We might have to find a bigger tub though. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #milkbath #milkbathphotography

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 233: Public library) . The children's section of our town's public library was recently remodeled so we checked it out today. Charlie liked exploring and playing with all of the neat toys they had out on the floor. Of course her favorite was a basic blue ball - the exact same kind we have at home that she covets and carries around. Her favorite color is very clearly blue. She gravitates towards anything that color, especially dark blue. I think she likes that she can say the word "blue" too so that may have something to do with it. . Seeing her kissing this dinosaur makes my skin crawl thinking of all the germs that are probably on it but she did it so quickly that I didn't have time to stop her. At least it made for a cute accidental photo. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #library

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 232: Favorite book & favorite dog) . Charlie loves this book so much. She and Sunny have been bonding lately over Cheerios and throwing the tennis ball for fetch. Sunny's had a few "weird" moments with C since she's become so mobile but never shown aggression, more just annoyance that Charlie won't leave her alone. The more supervised fun time they have together, the better! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #365project #toddler #dogsofinstagram #weeklyfluff #australianshepherd #aussiesofinstagram

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 230: Birthdays) . Today was Charlie's Nana's (my mom's) birthday and was also her friend Lilyanna's 1st birthday party! (Swipe ⬅️ to see Charlie living her best life playing in the water table! 🤣) We spent the day celebrating all around and the day flew by so quickly! This upcoming week will be my last week of summer vacation since school starts up again next Monday and it's back to work! Gotta make the most of it!!! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #birthday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 228: Toe hands) . Out of pure laziness, I lift things with my toes all the time. It comes in handy (ha... get it?) when I'm holding Charlie and can't really bend down to pick things up. Today she saw me do it and totally tried to copy me. She got frustrated that she couldn't do it and made her new "agh" sound for when she's mad or having trouble with something. Then she made the H sound which she does to ask for help so I put her little toy chain link on her toes while she was sitting and she lifted it up to grab it! My camera just happened to be on the kitchen island right next to us so I snapped a few photos. She cracks me up! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #toes

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 227: Affection) . I never ever ever want to forget this stage. Her thirst for independence is really starting to shine through but every once in a while she runs up to me and crashes into my legs for a hug. It's usually followed by a "Mama" and a look up at me with big puckery kissy lips and then she's off exploring again, sometimes before I can even respond. I shout an "I love you, baby girl" as she runs in the opposite direction and we're off on another adventure. These are the days!!! 😍 . Today we went to Pineland Farms just to hang out but it was super hot and humid so we tried to find shaded areas. C's top teeth (next to the middle ones) are finally cutting through - the one on her right side has already split the gum-line so now we're just waiting on her left side and for her upper molars to finish cutting! She's been doing this pouty-faced underbite lately while she drools and rubs her gums/teeth together to try and relieve some of the pressure. Poor kiddo! Other than the teething, she's her happy self again! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #affection

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 226: Daddy's day off) . Mike had today off so we got to spend some time together today and will get to tomorrow too! Charlie barely fits into her play wagon. It's a push wagon and not really meant for sitting in but she loves when we push her back and forth in it or take her for a ride around the house. She keeps saying "MO!" for "more" which is her new favorite word. Her face is so freaking cute when she says it with her little mouth (Swipe to see photo!) in a little "O". . Also, Charlie's Uncle Dan (Mike's brother) came down to help finish installing our new microwave (halle-friggin-lujah 🙌) and Charlie loved him! She kept waving and blowing kisses in his direction. Last time he saw her at her birthday party she wasn't really walking much yet so he was surprised at how fast she is now! I wish I'd gotten a picture of them together but I totally forgot. Next time though! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #uncle

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 225: Full flight of stairs) . It's officially time for a gate blocking the stairs. Charlie can climb the entire flight of stairs by herself! And she's FAST at it... too fast. She has no concept of how to get down safely. She'll climb all the way up to the top (with me right behind her), sit and turn around to look at her accomplishment, clap for herself, then say "down" so that I carry her down and she can climb up again. It's a great way to tire her out and she loves it! But, again, time for a gate! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #stairs

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 224: Hose) . Charlie was running around in the yard this afternoon (literally running - she's getting so fast!) and discovered the hose. Her reaction was her classic open-mouthed excited face which is one of my favorite things ever. . Also, I bought this shirt for her last winter when she was about 7 months old and now it fits! So cute! All of her clothes are now size 24 months/2T minimum. We still lovingly call her Chubs. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #hose

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 223: Charlie's couch) . Today we went into Home Goods and when I saw this "couch" I knew it would be perfect for C's playroom. Bonus that it was on major clearance too because it's technically a bench but was missing the legs. Charlie loves it and spent all afternoon climbing all over it and lying down on it then giving her open-mouthed excited face. I like that it's only about 5 inches off the ground so when she tries to climb down from it and tumbles it's not a far fall. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #couch

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 222: Babies & Doggies Book) . Today was one of those days that I forgot to take any photos until bedtime. It was actually a great day, Charlie was so much happier than she's been the last few days. We went into a Staples today and C had the time of her life running around the aisles and walking right up to other customers to interact. I bought a cheap blue calculator specifically for her to play with on the car ride home and you'd think I gave her the coolest toy in the entire world - she kept doing her wife open mouth excited face and giggling pressing the buttons. . At bedtime we read "The Babies and Doggies Book" which is one of Charlie's favorites. She interacts with each page depending on what the picture is of; this page says, "Babies and doggies stop to sniff." C leans down and sniffs the flowers on each page. She sure does love books! 😍 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #books

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 221: Children's museum: round 3) . First off, I found an upper molar that had cut through in Charlie's mouth today! That explains some of her crankiness! Poor kiddo is cutting 4 teeth at once, 2 of which are molars... ouch! Hopefully they hurry up! . Today I took Charlie to the Children's Museum for the 3rd time this summer. The first time she wasn't even walking, the second time she was very wobbly, and this time she was whipping around! She also learned to scoot down the stairs forward on her bum and was so proud of herself! This was the funnest trip so far and of course we had to get a smoothie after! (Swipe for the adorable smoothie pic!) . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #smoothie

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 220: Memory) . This morning something so crazy happened: last night, at bedtime, Charlie still had her chewy Q teether in her hand as I was putting her to sleep. I tried to take it from her hand and she tightened her grip on it and fussed so I asked her, "May I have your Q? You may have it back in the morning when you wake up, I promise." She willingly let go of it and saw me scoot it under the blanket on the mattress so it was out of sight. Then she fell asleep for the night. Well, this morning she woke up and I had her sit up and said my usual "Good morning, Gorgeous" to her. She smiled at me and then looked directly at me and said "Uh oh" (which she says whenever she drops something now). I said "Uh oh what? You didn't drop anything, silly girl." Then she proceeded to lean over and claw at the blankets near the edge of the bed. I had no idea what she was doing until I moved the blanket aside and saw the Q still there. I handed it to her and she did her giant open-mouthed excited face! I was seriously amazed at that memory of hers... it was like the last thing she thought of before bed and instantly the first thing she thought of in the morning! So crazy! . My mom came over today to babysit C while I went to photograph a senior portrait session. She did 2nd nap with Charlie and thankfully C went right to sleep for her! That gives me some relief because I only have a few weeks left before going back to work and this leap is giving me anxiety! I just want to get through it and also have her teeth cut through soon! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #memory

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 219: Cool babe) . We always say "cool babe" whenever C wears her sunglasses. Then she hands them to me to be a "cool mama". . She fought me the hardest ever ever ever today for first nap. We were both in absolute full blown tears. It was awful. But then she gave in and took a decent nap and woke up happy as can be... I'm so confused and at a loss of what to do other than stay consistent with her. BUT then at bed time she went to bed like a freaking ANGEL! I was in shock and basically holding my breath the entire time just waiting for the tantrums to start but they just never did... I have no idea what sort of witchcraft that was but I'LL TAKE IT! Halle-friggin-lujah 🙌🙌🙌 It's almost like she knew I needed an easy night... or at least not another night from hell. My sanity thanks you, Chubs! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #sunglasses

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 218: Tantrums) . Can you hear the whine from looking at this photo? I'm not sure if it's leap 8, teething, or newfound independence but holy crap, welcome to toddlerhood! Charlotte has ALWAYS been the happiest baby ever but wow the past few days have been rough! She's been throwing full-blown, arch her back, crocodile tear tantrums over the littlest things that never used to phase her before like diaper changes and being seated in her high chair. I've been reading up on how to handle this because #firsttimemom. What's seemed to work so far is giving her choices and having her help me with things, especially handing me diapers and wipes during changes and letting her make yes/no decisions or choose from two options. Bedtime has been absolute HELL (like, kicking, screaming, crying, "don't touch me" but I'm exhausted and we cosleep) but once she's asleep she's pretty much been out. She's also bitten me a few times today, not out of spite, just while I'm carrying her and her teeth are really bothering her. Here's to hoping those teeth cut SOON and this developmental leap passes ASAP! . On a happier note, she took an almost 3 hour nap today mid-day and while I was holding her I just started crying because she's totally not a baby anymore and I'm just so amazed that she's legit becoming an individual now with real emotions and preferences and it's actually pretty magical if I step back and marvel at the process! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #tantrum

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 217: Uh oh) . Charlie's new favorite thing for the past week has been saying "uh oh" whenever she drops something, whether it's on purpose or by accident doesn't matter. It's so cute because she says it in such a tiny voice and it's so low-pitched, both of which are unlike her. It'll probably come back to bite us but it's adorable when she drops things from her high chair and says it. We don't pick it back up for her though if it's food so maybe she'll realize if she drops it, it's gone. . On another not-so-cute note, today was the first time Charlie REFUSED first nap without actual success. So she ended up taking an almost 3-hour afternoon nap. I figured bed time would be a shit show anyway but then we lost power literally RIGHT as she was falling asleep (I'm talking minutes and she would've been out) so of course she instantly woke right up because all the white noise in the room shut off and she ended up staying up for THREE. MORE. HOURS. 🤦‍♀️ Plus it was literally 90+ degrees so we were attracted without the ac anyway. She was awake from 1:30- 8:30... normally she maxes out at 3.5 hours of awake time. If you can imagine how fussy you think she was by the end of it, triple it. Anyway, after the power came back on, she fought sleep HARD and then passed right out. And now I'm going to go pass out with her! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #uhoh

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 216: Laundry) . Today Charlie "helped" me with the never-ending heap of laundry. Mainly, she waited until I folded and piled everything and then went through it like a tornado in about 3 seconds. I've learned to just let things like that go and sometimes even turn it into a game or learning opportunity for C by handing me specific items or trying to say certain words. Also, Charlie has learned that she's tall enough to reach all the buttons and dials on the washer and dryer so she had fun pressing and turning them all! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #laundry

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 215: Saying Grampa) . Charlie officially added the word Grampa to her spoken vocabulary. It's actually "Ampa" but it's consistent and fully intentional. She actually did it while we were at my parents' house today so my dad was there for it. Then she obsessively said it the entire car ride home. Once we got home, I showed her one of the photo magnets we have of my dad and she instantly started voicing "Ampa" over and over again. She's so proud of herself when we says it too. At bedtime she'll sometimes chatter as she's falling asleep and go through her list of words. Tonight it was Mama, Dada, Nana, bed-byes, and "Ampa" officially made the list. So cute! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #grampa

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 214: Chasing seagulls) . We went to the beach again today and Charlie chased her first seagull. She was having so much fun and is getting faster and faster at walking these days, even on the sand. She also just kept beelining it to the water, no matter how many times we'd coax her in any other direction. Of the few pictures we took, none of them were of her face because she was too busy running around exploring. She carried around a smooth rock almost the entire time and made silly faces at everyone who passed by. She absolutely adores the beach! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #beach

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 213: Breastfeeding - 13 months) . Happy 2nd day of #worldbreastfeedingweek! We are officially 13 months into this beautiful journey since Charlie turned 13 months old today. Firstly, I'm obsessed with these shirts from @natthenaturalmom! I LOVE that the word "still" on Charlotte's t-shirt is in quotations! For some reason in the U.S., it's a common misconception that 1 year is a stopping point for nursing. Literally the rest of the world views 1 year as a milestone, NOT an end point. I'm with the majority on this one! The World Health Organization states that babies and toddlers should ideally be breastfed until a MINIMUM of 2 years of age. Get on board with supporting this research, America! There are SO many reasons we love breastfeeding: For one, the extent of Charlie's sickness has been 1 barely stuffy nose in her entire life... and I work at an elementary school so that's saying something. For two, and beyond, Charlie genuinely loves nursing. The bond it has helped us build together is amazing. It's incredibly fulfilling to be able to provide biologically perfect nutrition for my child in this way. It calms her when she's upset or hurt. It helps her to fall asleep easily. It has helped her grow and thrive. Her chunky thighs are my favorite things ever. I have been asked multiple times "How long do you plan on doing that?" with the "doing that" part spoken in a disapproving tone. My go-to response has become a blunt "As long as she wants!" Because I've said it once and I'll say it repeatedly - it's HER decision when we stop and although that will be a very bittersweet day for both of us, hopefully it is in the very distant future. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #365project #toddler #bumpieswhobreastfeed #aheadofthecurve #dropthecover

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 212: Splash pad) . We ventured out to the splash pad at the park for the first time today and it was SO much fun!! I've visited this park many times but had never seen the splash pad, at least not in the middle of summer. This place is awesome! I wished we lived closer but we basically live a half hour away from everything. That's the price you pay for having privacy at home 😅 Anyway, C loved the fountains at first but then another kid purposely ran through one to splash her and then she was wary of them the rest of the time. She still had fun playing and wading in the water. On the way back to our car we stopped at the duck pond and got to see a bunch of giant Canadian geese. They actually kind of freaked me out because I know they can be mean. They kept coming right up to us so I had to keep picking Charlie up to carry her and make sure the geese kept their distance. I think they just thought we had food but we didn't stop to feed them. . We came home for 2nd nap and then my friend Ida came over for a bit. I took some photos of her in her amazing cosplay of Sauron from LOTR. I was shocked that Charlie wasn't scared of the costume at all! You never know what kids will react to! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #splashpad #pool

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 211: Bangs & grocery driving) . Ever since I showed Charlie how to comb her own hair the other day, she's become very aware of it. Today, on our way home from the grocery store, she was playing with her bangs and they just landed in the cutest way that I had to take a picture when we got home. . At the grocery store, we put her in the fancy kids' buggy for the first time. (Swipe ⬅️) She had the time of her life "driving" around the store. She's always loved the grocery store but it somehow made grocery shopping even more exciting for her. Now we're going to have to use one of those carts every time... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #bangs #hannaford

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 210: Playground swing) . Earlier today we visited my mom's friend Lucille. We had visited her last summer when Charlie was only a few months old so C has changed a lot since then. She had fun running around the multi-purpose room and playing with pool noodles of all things. . Later this afternoon I had to run to the post office to pick up her new shoes (which are amazinggg) and we stopped at a playground we'd never been to before. There was this awesome swing that Charlie went nuts over! It had a seat for adults so I could face her and were could swing together. She had so much fun on it that I actually looked online to see if I could buy one for at home. Unfortunately, I could only find them for commercial sale as an add-on to a full playground. So disappointing!!! We'll have to make an effort to visit that playground whenever we're in the area but it's a bit of a drive for regular visits. Maybe that'll keep the excitement of the swing alive. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #swing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 209: Park) . We took a quick trip to the park today. Charlie's favorite part was walking around in the grass on the baseball field. I had the thought "I wonder if she'll play t-ball here someday?" It's funny because when she was first born, I used to stop myself from thinking "someday she'll..." because I was terrified of something bad happening to her and never reaching those "someday" moments. I think it held me back from connecting with her in the beginning because I was afraid to envision a future with her in case that future didn't happen. It's crazy how parenthood is beautiful and fulfilling and wonderful but at any given moment the anxiety can (and does) creep in about all the bad "what ifs" and there's this ever-present, underlying fear for the safety of your child. In spite of that fear, I have to constantly remind myself not to suppress dreaming about her future. It's not fair to rob myself of the joy of envisioning the person she'll grow up to be. But I also do remind myself to live in the now because I don't want to ever wish the time away. I have no idea how almost 13 months has passed since the day she entered this world. She's my now and my future and, looking back, certain aspects of life before her seem so bland. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #baseball

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