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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 167: Father's Day) . Today was Mike's first real Father's Day! We hung out at home this morning, just the 3 of us. I made mike a journal for Charlie (and any future kids we have) to add to every Father's Day in whatever way they see fit. This year I did Charlie's handprint and footprint and had her color (scribble) on the first pages - her first artwork! My parents came over after first nap to visit which was good. Charlie showed off some crazy dance moves and her new cruising skills holding onto the couch. Later in the afternoon, Mike, C and I went out to eat and then came back home to relax for the rest of the night. . C is currently cutting 2 more bottom teeth (and possibly 2 more on top but I'm not sure about those yet) so she was super hard to get down for bed tonight. She's also been having some constipation troubles so more breastmilk & water is in her future to hopefully even things out! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #fathersday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 164: Flowers) . I'm obsessed with this floral lace romper so I had to take some photos with Charlie wearing it outside. We just so happened to have wild daisies growing on the edge of our lawn so I handed her a little bouquet of them and pretended I was hungry so she'd hand them to me. I can't wait until she picks me flowers and gives them to me intentionally some day. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #flowers #bonnet

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 163: Solid poop) . Maybe this is TMI but it was the most eventful thing that happened today: Charlie had her first solid poop. She couldn't settle for bed and just kept grunting so I got her up because I knew she had to poop. Sure enough, within 5 minutes of standing in her pack n play... and it was solid haha. No wonder she couldn't sleep! Then after that, of course she was awake so we did some quiet play time before heading back up to bed. She loves playing with the lid on the wipes container... open, close, open, close. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #poop

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 161: Magnets) . Charlie loves the collection of Shutterfly photo magnets we have on our fridge. She crawls over to them all the time to see them. I put some of the bigger ones near the bottom so she could reach them without having to be picked up. When you're holding her, she points to them over and over again, waiting for you to name whoever is in the photo. Her favorite one of all is one of herself holding an apple. All you have to ask is "Where's the apple?" and she'll scan the while collection to find and point at that particular magnet. She's pretty proud of herself when she locates it (even though it's always in the same spot). Swipe ➡️ to see what photo is on the "apple magnet" 🍎 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #shutterfly #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #magnet

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 160: Lil genius) . Her shirt says "Mom's favorite lil genius" 😉 So adorable! Charlie lovesss standing. She actually pulled up on my legs to stand today and then let go and stood without holding anything for a good 15+ seconds! Her balance is improving every day. . Today we went to our friend's 4-year-old's birthday party. I put C down on the grass to crawl and she was so apprehensive about it! She was happy enough, it just took her a few minutes before she decided to crawl because the grass is such a different texture than in the house. I normally have her on a blanket outdoors so that was her first time being directly on the grass since she learned to crawl. . I don't think she'll be crawling for very long. She's already SO fast at crawling now and really just wants to be upright. I can't believe walking might be the next milestone... holy crap, Time, slow down! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #genius

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 158: Swan suit) . Charlie outgrew her bathing suit that she wore for swim lessons a few months ago so I got her this new swan one. Ruffles take baby clothes cuteness to another whole level. So do headbands. Anyway, it was in the 70s today so C clocked some time in her pool. She loves splashing and crawling around but makes me nervous when she keeps trying to stand up in it. . Last night she deliberately hugged me for the first time! She's leaned her head on my shoulder a few times before in a hug-like manner but last night when I was holding her and brushing her teeth, she saw our reflection in the bathroom mirror, leaned her head right down on my shoulder and squeezed me while looking right at me in the mirror. I call it "giving Mama loves" - Cutest. Ever! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #pool

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 157: Standing to read) . When did my baby become this full-blown little kid?! Now that Charlie can easily pull up to stand, she wants to do everything standing. If there are books left on the couch she'll spot them from across the room, crawl over, and stand up to read them. She also loves pulling them off or throwing them off the couch too. My baby is growing up SO fast! It's amazing all the new things she's learned just in the last few weeks alone. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #standing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 156: Lacey) . Charlie's been all about Lacey the last few days. She crawls after her or goes to wherever she's sleeping to pat her. She's actually gotten much better at keeping an open hand but sometimes she smacks Lacey with her palm. Lacey's been pretty good about it so far but I'm always right there to monitor the interaction. I love that Chubs loves animals. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #cat #catsofinstagram

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 155: Monitor) . I forgot to take a photo of Charlie today and rather than sabotage bedtime like I did last time I forgot, I figured I could take a photo of what we do after she goes to bed. This photo is of her currently! We stream the monitor feed to the iPad in the living room and Mike and I just hang out and relax together. Lately we've been re-watching the show New Girl so we can finally get to where we left off like a year ago and finish the series. . Charlie will always stir awake a few times in the first couple hours after she falls asleep so I'll run up and re-settle her. She's usually fairly easy to just nurse back to sleep and then I go back downstairs. It's been so much better since we found this method! We've been doing this monitor method for many months now and we actually get couple time. We've been cosleeping since Charlie was 2.5 months old which works superrr well to get her to sleep for 12 hours per night! It was tougher in the beginning because we didn't have a good system and I couldn't leave the room, but since we implemented this plan when she was 6 months old, it's given us a shred of our "old" life back at night! Not that it's anything exciting, we're home bodies, but it's nice to have some time to just watch tv together. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #cosleep

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 154: Destruction) . Charlotte's just entering the stage where she purposefully knocks toys over. Lego duplo blocks are a hit right now. She loves tumbling all the towers we build and pulling the pieces apart. . She also learned to intentionally drop her food on the floor for Sunny while in her high chair for dinner tonight. Mike and I just didn't react or say anything to her so hopefully she just gets bored of it and stops. I was stifling some laughter though because she's just so adorable. I love the focus she gets when she's figuring out something new. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #legos

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 153: Dramatic kisses) . This morning Charlie was playing in the living room while I was watching her from the kitchen. I turned around to do something then heard her say, "Mama!" When I turned back around to look at her, she was doing this dramatic kiss at me where she puckers her lips, tilts her head all the way back and scrunches her eyes closed. I air-kissed her back and told her, "I love you too!" Then she did this dramatic kiss so many more times to me today that I finally caught one on my phone's camera. Every single time she does it I make sure to do it right back. I hope she knows and will always know how much I love her. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #kiss

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 152: 11 Months) . I'm in denial that in a month we'll have a one-year-old. This past month was amazing! Charlie learned to really crawl on all fours and is now unstoppable! She's getting into everything and pulling up to stand every few seconds, using anything she can for balance. She does not want to lay still for these photos anymore! She obsessively says Mama which will never get old!! Her favorite song is Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride from the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack; she waits quietly through the intro chanting and then instantly starts dancing when the music begins. Her favorite food is still ravioli. She's in 18-24 month clothing. She loves splashing in her kiddie pool and swinging on her new swingset. Waving is her new favorite trick. She still loves kisses and high fives. She's added "bahh" for sheep and a puckered kiss noise for fish to her growing list of animal sounds. It's crazy how much she understands when we ask her where something is or "Can you..." She's insanely good at mimicking. She loves playing answer the toy telephone. Her curly hair is getting long and her eyes are still a very dark blue/grey. We're still going strong wth nursing and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. She still won't sleep anywhere but in the dark and in our arms but we're soaking it all in because the cuddles won't last forever and in a month she'll be a toddler! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #11months

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 151: Day off) . Today I had scheduled a personal day off from work because I have another wedding to photograph tomorrow and I didn't want to feel like I didn't see Charlie enough this weekend. I get really sad when I don't see her for large chunks of the day so today helped allieviate that feeling a bit. . We hung out at home for a while this morning and then went to my parents' house to hang out with Nana for a bit. We went to the mall and I got C a few new summer shirts and shorts. Then my dad (Grampa) and sister (Auntie) got home from work so we got to hang out with them too once we got back to the house. Shannon made a comment that Charlie's the cutest she's ever been right now and it's so true. Her personality is just goofy and happy. Her little curls have really grown in, she's still got rolls, and she's crawling all over the place exploring. She'll be 11 months old tomorrow... UGH. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #365project

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 150: Waving to Daddy & Ice Cream) . Charlie waving to Mike out the window tonight was one of the cutest things I've ever seen. He was mowing the lawn and she'd hear the lawnmower get louder/closer and stop what she was doing each time to crawl over to the window, pull herself up, and start waving to her daddy. She's a pro at pulling up to stand now and is starting to work on her balance. . Charlie also had her first lick of ice cream today! We went to Caddy's which is right down the street from our house. We actually have a photo of us there with her when she was 2 months old. She's changed so much since then! I got chocolate/vanilla twist soft serve and she even stuck her tongue out to try it after watching me lick it. She didn't really have a big reaction but took like 3 or 4 small licks total and was content. I think she was more surprised at the temperature than the taste. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #waving #icecream

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When you decide to become a swimsuit model at a young age 😉 . #CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 149: Pool) . I'd say Charlie's new kiddie pool was a hit! Good thing I only put like 2 inches of water in it though because she was crawling allll over the place inside it. She was splashing and chasing the balls as they floated around. She also loves wearing her sunglasses outside but instantly takes them off of we put them on her indoors; I guess she knows they only really help outside. Once she got cold she tried to climb out of the pool so it was clear when she'd had enough. . Now that she's officially crawling (in the traditional sense), Chubs has been babbling non-stop! It's a lot of "buh-duh" and "buh-guh" noises just back to back like she's having a while conversation with herself. It's never really directed at anyone and she's not really making eye contact when she does it - just more like mumbling/talking to herself. Then she'll stop, stare right at me and say "mama" 10 times (sounds more like mumma, if that makes sense). Then she'll crawl to me and climb on me if I'm sitting in the floor or if I'm standing she'll try to use my legs to pull up to stand herself. She's becoming such a little KID! Every day literally just gets more fun! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #pool

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 148: Messy = fun) . The messier the better when it comes to mealtime, as far as Charlie's concerned! She loves squishing stuff in her palms and wiping it all over her tray and face. She does LOTS of happy screams during mealtimes in her highchair and the messier the meal, the louder the screams of excitement! . Charlie had such a hard time getting to bed tonight. She went to bed fine, slept for an hour and then woke right up. After an hour and a half of trying to settle her back down with no luck, I gave in and brought her back downstairs to play for a bit. She was happy as could be... then within 15 minutes she did the biggest poop of her life. No wonder she couldn't sleep!! She played for a little bit after that and then fell asleep instantly when I took her back up to bed. Ahh the magic of a good baby poop... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #messy

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 147: Swingset) . I bought this swing for Charlie about a month ago with nowhere to hang it. Once we tried the bucket swing at the park and saw how much Charlie loved it, I knew we had to get a jump on hanging up her swing at home. My dad is super handy and was gracious enough to build this awesome swingset for Charlie's swing! She LOVES it! She belly laughs/happy screams when you stand right in front of her and push. There will be more hooks for other swings/equipment soon but for now it's just her one little swing and she is happy as can be! Summer is going to be fun! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #swingset

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 144: Broccoli teeth) . This kid lovesss broccoli! The cutest thing ever is when she gets a little piece stuck between her two tiny bottom teeth! It cracks me up because I just feel like that's such an "adult" problem, having food stuck in your teeth, but she literally couldn't care less and grins up a storm. It's the little things. . She's also crawling a good 4-5 leg movements now before either sitting back up or resorting to army crawling. Once she really gets it, there will be NO stopping her; she's already super fast! . Charlie is saying "mama" SO much and SO clearly now! It's my FAVORITE thing ever! 😍 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #broccoli

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 143: Trying to climb) . Charlie's SO close to crawling! (Swipe ➡️ to see a video from today!) She's also been a lot more motivated to try and stand. She mostly tries to stand by attempting to climb me. I love it because I just get snuggles and kisses afterwards and it's the best. . Also, this morning when she first woke up, Charlie rolled over, gently poked my face because I still had my eyes closed and said "Mama" without me saying anything first. That will never get old! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #climbing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 142: Dandelions) . Charlie loves dandelions; she gets all smiley when I'm about to hand her one. The problem is that they go into her mouth almost immediately, just like everything else. Right after this photo she got a nice big bite of yellow. I was just happy that it wasn't one of the puffy ones behind her... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #dandelions

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 141: ooOOoo, speaker) . This is always Charlie's face when she's inspecting something. Today it was the button on the top of the speaker. Sometimes, if she's really interested, she'll raise her eyebrows as well. We love this face so much and call it her "ooOOoo" face. It's all cheeks and chins and eyebrows and curiosity. ❤ . Today we just hung out and listened to music while we played in the playroom. I did finally get the rest of the coconut oil residue washed out of her hair tonight in the tub, after this photo. Tomorrow is a short day at work. Only 20 days left before summer break... crazy! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #curiosity

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 140: Cradle cap) . Charlie was sitting in my lap today while I was reading her a story and I noticed she had a bit of cradle cap. I slathered her hair in coconut oil before dinner and then the only way she'd let me comb it out was while she smeared yogurt and avocado toast all over her face. Then bathtime was kind of a nightmare because we just ran out of heating oil and have to wait 2 days for it to be delivered. So that means no hot water and no warm bath water. I heated up water in the microwave but of course it wasn't enough for the full bath and I couldn't leave Charlie in the tub alone to heat up more. Long story short, she's clean but her hair is still super greasy from coconut oil residue. At least the cradle cap is gone and she smells like a tropical place. 👍 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #cradlecap #coconutoil

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 139: Willzy) . Charlie voluntarily handed Willow the tennis ball today for the first time. I think this may be the start of many many ball throws in the future. Charlotte basically has no choice but to love dogs. I've caught her trying to pet Sunny a few times recently. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #dogs

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 138: Sabotaging bedtime) . I was gone for most of the day today to photograph a wedding. I got home right at Charlie's bedtime and was nursing her to sleep when I realized I hadn't taken any photos of her today. Since I'm dedicated to this 365 project, I temporarily sabotaged bedtime and opened the window shade to let in enough light for a quick photo. C even half-heartedly smiled for it! She was a little bit harder to get down after that (she's super sensitive to light) but has been sound asleep for 45 minutes now and I'm sitting down for the first time in 14 hours. I'm about ready for bed! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #wedding

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 137: Park swing) . Today was Charlie's first time on a park swing and she loveddd it! I wanted to get her into one of these bucket seats before she outgrows them and thankfully there's a little continuity playground right down the road. She was laughing and having a grand old time! (Swipe ➡️ for video!) We have a swing for her at home but don't have anywhere to hang it. I asked my dad if he could make a swingset frame just to hang a few basic swings from and he agreed so hopefully before summer really starts we'll have a swing at home for C! Fun times! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #swing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 136: Who's calling?) . I always say, "Bbbrrriinggg bbbrrriinggg, who's calling?" and put this play phone to my ear to have pretend conversations for a Charlie to watch/listen to. Today when I got home from work my mom showed me a video of Charlie doing it all by herself. I tested it later in the day just by making the ringing noise and, sure enough, she picked it up and held it right to her own ear! It's adorable how fast she's picking up on things! . We were also sitting in the playroom this afternoon, just she and I, and I had the window open. She heard a truck drive by the house and instantly looked up and waved to the window! That's the first time she's ever waved independently and unprompted! Adorableeee! Her wave is this big whole-arm movement, up and down and side to side, all over. 😍 . Side note: She's 10.5 months old and repping her Houlton shirt which is a size 3T... ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #phone

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 135: Lemon) . The best moment of today was when I handed Charlie a lemon to hold at the grocery store; she went crazy! She was literally screaming SO loudly with happiness at one point that I took it away for a second just so she could slightly calm down. Other customers were cracking up at her excitement. She's always so enthusiastic about everything; it's one of the things I love most about her! When we got home, I handed it to her again and she bit into the peel with her four little teeth and made a sour face like she wasn't expecting it, although her sour food face isn't nearly as dramatic as I expected it to be. She always goes back for more so she must like it! She definitely doesn't take after me in that aspect. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #lemon

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 134: Pulling to stand) . Yesterday was the first day Charlie independently pulled up to stand! The cool part was that she did it on her toybox which is half of the reason we bought that toybox in the first place. She did it again a bunch of times today so I snapped some photos. She looks like such a toddler instead of a baby which is both sad and exciting. Now to just master crawling... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toys

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 133: Golden Hour) . I couldn't resist the sunset tonight even though it was pretty close to bedtime for Charlie. She loves grass so much; I can't even count how many handfuls of it I blocked or fished out of her mouth within a 10-minute window. Totally worth it! 😍 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #goldenhour

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 132: First Mother's Day) . "Mama" is by far the best title I've ever held and will ever hold. I always listened to people say how they would do anything for their kids, even die for them if it came to that, and it always seemed believable to me but, at the same time, a little extreme. Now, being a parent myself, I can say with 100% certainty that extreme is the perfect adjective to describe motherhood: extreme love, extreme commitment, and this all-encompassing, utterly extreme sense of loyalty to your child. When you ACTUALLY would do anything for them, no matter how much of a personal sacrifice it may be. Sure, this could just be giving her the last bite of my dinner to see her smile, but it could also be some life-altering change that I wouldn't even think twice about because I'd do anything to see her safe, healthy, and happy. I've never known a love like this. ❤ Thank you for choosing me to be your mama, Charlotte Grace. Bringing you into this world has been the greatest accomplishment of my life. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #mothersday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 131: Walks) . Charlie kept her sunglasses on for a full half-hour while we took Sunny for a walk today. She absolutely loves facing forward in the carrier and being able to see the world from my perspective without my face being in her way. She also LOVES when the wind picks up or there's a breeze; she sucks in her breath, smiles like crazy, and flails her arms and legs in excitement. . Other than going outside for a while, we just played all day today. I love days when she gets my full attention all day long and we just so whatever she wants to for hours and hours! I SWEAR she was in her high chair today and I turned around to get her lunch out of the fridge and she legit said "Mama" to get my attention and when I turned around to look at her, she instantly gave me her big kissy face!!! 😍😍😍 Best moment ever! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #sunglasses

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 130: Bedtime shenanigans) . I laid Charlie down to nurse her to sleep tonight and realized I hadn't taken any photos of her today. So I sabotaged bedtime and opened the blackout window curtain to brighten up the room for a second and snap a quick cellphone pic. She was a little harder to get to bed afterwards, since I confused her (she's SO light sensitive!) but worth it for my 365 project! . She gets crazy in bed right now, especially when she wakes up for the morning. She literally rolls/flails/tries to crawl etc. all over the bed so I have to be super proactive and make sure she doesn't fall off the bed because she 100% would if I wasn't right there to monitor her antics. She's FAST too. Way faster than you'd think she'd be but wow she can go from one end of the bed to the other in the blink of an eye so I literally can't look away even for a moment when she's like that. Needless to say, when she's awake, she's AWAKE and rearing to go! She's all about movement and mobility these days and rarely sits still! Silly girl ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #bedtime

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 129: Cool babe) . Today I came home from work to my mom (Charlie's Nana) pushing C around the driveway in the stroller. She was all decked out in her hat and shades and was actually keeping the sunglasses on for once! Whenever she has them on I always call her "Cool Babe" and then when she takes them off and hands them to me, I put them on and say "Cool Mama" even though they're too small for my head. . Mike's flight home was delayed until tomorrow morning because of weather...ugh. I'd obviously rather have him safe but we were excited for him to be home tonight. Meh. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #cool #sunglasses

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 128: Farm) . Today was Charlie's first visit to a farm! She loved it! We got to feed carrots to mini horses and see chickens, ducks, cows, peacocks, and giant goldfish. My friend Ida (@iricia_) invited us and gave us the tour. She even found a peacock feather for Charlie to bring home! . C loves all her books with farm animals and when we make the animal noises with her toys so this was such a fun experience for her! She even made the "mmmm" noise (for "moo") when she was sitting by the cows! (I have a picture of that somewhere) So cute! . Tomorrow Mike comes home from a 3-day business trip to New Jersey so we are excited for him to be home! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #farm

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 127: Milk bath) . There's nothing prettier than a baby in a milk bath! I had all the leftover flowers from Charlie's 10 month photo and I couldn't bring myself to throw them away without first doing a other milk bath. This time around was far easier since Charlie is so much better at sitting up independently now as opposed to the last time we did a sink milk bath. She's just so cute and full of curiosity. I think she probably tried to put 5 different flowers and leaves in her mouth and then rediscovered the faucet so that was quite the distraction but she was having fun! One of my goals any time she's in the water is to make the experience relaxed and fun so she's not scared or stressed when it comes to baths or swimming. We're "lake people" so liking water is sort of a must! I can't wait for her first boat ride this summer. I was talking with my friend at work today about what Mike and I should give Charlie for a first birthday gift, since I haven't come up with anything I was excited about, and she suggested getting a water table - such a good idea!! Only 29 days left of work until school is out. Come on, summer! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #milkbath #milkbathphotography

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 126: 10 months + 5 days) . Charlie turned 10 months old five days ago. This past month has been insane - she's grown so much! She weighs in at 24 lbs and 31.5 inches long. She's wearing size 18 month clothing. She made some major leaps this month: she learned to point and can point to about 15 different things with 100% accuracy when we say "Where's the...?" without any help. We teach her more every day, she catches on ridiculously fast! She also learned to pucker up and blow kisses which is my absolute favorite thing she's ever learned how to do. The best thing ever is when she does it all on her own without any prompting. She no longer rolls around but prefers to army crawl and pull herself around to where she needs to be then push up to a sitting position independently (that was SUCH a game-changer!) She still says mama and dada. She loves Simon the puppet and Pongo the dalmatian stuffy (both from my childhood), yogurt, tapping things together, clapping, and recently has added purposely spitting water in a projectile stream to her list of fun new tricks! This was the first month this monthly photo was actually semi-difficult to get since she's becoming so mobile! Can't believe how fast she is growing... time please slow down! Love you, Chubs! MUAH! 😘 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #10months

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She takes up my whole lap these days ❤ Yesterday I donated 230 oz of my extra pumped breastmilk to a fellow mama in need. She was a complete stranger but she was a single mom willing to drive an hour to my house and an hour home with her 6-week-old to pick up milk for her baby since she is having trouble producing it herself. She thanked me so many times and asked if she could hug me before she drove home. That's the kind of person I'm happy to give my milk to. It took a LOT of work and time to pump all that milk but that mana wanted what is best for her baby and was willing to do whatever it took to get it! Mamas unite! #wereallinthistogether #motherhoodunplugged . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mamashelpingmamas #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #breastfeeding #breastfeedwithoutfear #nursing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 125: Restaurants) . Charlie loves restaurants. She gets pretty excited and usually ends up doing some happy screams (dolphin laughs) and banging on the table with joy. Today we met up with my sister and my parents to go out to eat. Chubs tried cantaloupe but was more interested in the bread from my pizza crust. . After the restaurant we stopped at the store and got her some books & wooden puzzles. She already loves doing "tap tap" with the puzzle pieces. That's what we call it when she "taps" (aka slams) the pieces together with excitement. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #restaurant

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 124: Bunny) . My dad bought this bunny on a whim for Charlie when I was pregnant. I had a giant panda stuffy growing up that lasted until I was in my 20s. We were walking through J.C. Penny, just he and I, and I mentioned in passing that this bunny was cute. My dad instantly picked it up and carried it to the register. He said he figured every kid needs at least one ridiculously oversized stuffy. We creatively named him "Bunny" and he just recently moved locations from the nursery that never gets used to the playroom that is now the most used room in the house. I think he's happy with the change of scenery. Charlie is really starting to show an interest in him now that she's trying to crawl and has figured out that his body is a nice soft place to tumble. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #bunny

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 122: Almost crawling) . Chubs is soooo close to "traditional" crawling. She used to just roll everywhere then she learned to push up to a sitting position. Now she does this thing where she'll go from a sitting position to all fours then right back to sitting. She basically makes weird little circles and gets around the room that way. Mike calls it "butt somersaults" 😅 She's also learned how to go onto her belly and then pull herself around on her belly with her sticky little hands, basically army crawling. She kind of looks like an inch worm sometimes when she does it because she'll be army crawling and then her knees will come up like she's going to crawl but she won't push up with her arms simultaneously so her butt goes up into the air. It's pretty entertaining to watch her try to figure everything out! . Today she also blew me a kiss when I was holding her after I got home from work and actually made the "MUAH" noise when she did it! Cutest thing ever! (Swipe to see video ➡️) . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #crawling

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 121: Kisses) . One of my favorite things ever is Charlie blowing kisses! She started by copying us then began doing it independently about a week ago. It used to be just making a "pop" sound with her lips but she just recently figured out how to pucker her lips which makes it that much cuter! Today when I got home grim work, she was in the playroom with my mom and when I turned the corner and greeted her, she instantly pointed at me and 100% unprompted did this big kissy face & a big "pop" smooch noise! (Just like in this photo that I captured later in the day) 😍 Made my entire week! Best. Kid. Ever. I really hope this is just the beginning of many many many more kisses! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #kiss

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 120: 10 months old) . Charlie turned 10 months old today! I still need to take her monthly photo but I think I'm going to wait until this weekend because the weather is sooooo nice that I just want to spend all our time outdoors! Today hit 88 degrees! That's basically unheard of in Maine in May so we had to take advantage! We played on the lawn with toys, books, and bubbles. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #10months

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 119: Personality) . Feeling super nostalgic tonight since Charlie turns 10 months old tomorrow! 😭❤ She is so full of expression, I just absolutely love how she's really communicating now. I feel like I really KNOW her now, even though I'm still learning more about her every day as her personality emerges. In the beginning I had all these expectations about what she'd be like and then when she was born I went through some major baby blues. It's something that people dont talk about much. You know you love your baby but there's all this pressure for motherhood to instantly live up to the expectations you had throughout pregnancy. There were so many times in the first few weeks when I'd look at Mike and say, "This isn't what I thought it would be like... I'm not happy." It was such a massive earthquake of a change in my life that I wasn't fully prepared for, no matter how much I thought I was. My emergency c-section, her traumatic E.R. stay at 3 days old, the sleep deprivation, the nursing & cluster-feeding, the gigantic hormonal shift, the fact that all she did was sleep, nurse, and soil her diaper. But then she started smiling and everything changed. I finally felt connected with her. Mike went back to work and it was just her and me. We had no choice but to become a team. The nursing got easier. We started co-sleeping which only increased our bond. She started making eye contact and melting my heart one moment at a time. Now, 10 months later, she is the most perfect little human I ever could've dreamed of bringing into this world. She absolutely lights up my life. I look back on everything I felt in those first few weeks and wish I could give that version of myself a glimmer of what Charlie would be like in 3 months. In 6 months. In 10 months. I would have saved myself a lot of tears, shame, and guilt, had I known then what an amazing person my daughter would become in such a short amount of time. I never could have explained how much I'd love her and the feeling I get when she reciprocates that love. She is full of life and humor and spunk. Watching her grow is my own personal utopia.

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 118: Chubby fingers) . Chubs' finger looks so chunky in this photo! Her pointing is getting super accurate and she's adding so many words to her vocabulary (that she understands, not speaks). So far she'll scan the room & point to: Mama, Daddy, Sunny, KittyCat, Nana, Grampa, Grandma, balloon, fan, Simon, Pongo, speaker, mama's nose, Willow/doggies, cup, books, moon, and cream. . She's SO close to "traditional" crawling too! She is DETERMINED! We've been doing almost 100% floor time lately, except for later in the night when she got tired and we snugged in the wrap. She's so mobile! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #communication

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 117: Pigtails) . I have been waiting so long to give Charlie pigtails! It was always one of those things I dreamed about from the moment I found out I was having a daughter. Well, today was the day and it did NOT disappoint! I know you're biologically wired as a parent to believe this about your own children but she literally could not be any cuter!! . Our morning was spent at home hanging out before Mike went to work (his first day back after vacation), then we hopped over to my parents for a bit after first nap. After we came home, Charlie and I just spent some mommy/daughter time playing, singing, and giving lots of kisses! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #pigtails

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 116: Nana & Grampa's house) . Firstly, this morning I was standing in the kitchen and Mike and Charlie were in the living room. Charlie was rolling around on the floor and Mike asked, "Charlie, where's Mama?" She proceeded to roll onto her belly, point at me, and then 100% unprompted blew me a kiss!!! 😭❤ Blowing kisses with her mouth is a new thing she can do but it's usually after we prompt it and she copies us. I just about died that she thought to do it to me all on her own! Melt my mama heart! . Today I took C for a quick visit to my parents' house. They were cleaning up their boat and getting it ready to put in the lake for the summer so we hopped up in so Charlie could sit in it for the first time. She was far too little to go on it last summer so we're excited for lake adventures this year! . While we were at my parents' house, she also pointed to my mom and said Nana deliberately for the first time. So cute! . Charlie's finally independently pushing herself into a sitting position consistently. Game. Changer. She used to roll all around and then get frustrated and try to do a crunch to sit up which didn't work so she'd fuss. Now that she can push herself up she is SO much happier and doesn't need help! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #boat #lake

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 115: Oatmeal) . Chubs loves oatmeal now! Plus she's always loved yogurt. I feel like she just loves all breakfast foods. She definitely enjoys feeding herself. I'm so happy we slipped purees and just went straight to BLW and finger foods. . Tonight was super tough to get her to sleep for some reason but hopefully she sleeps well now that she's dreaming away. I'm headed to bed soon too so we'll get some good snuggles in! I hardly ever get to do naps with her anymore during the week since we switched to two naps so cosleeping is the only time I get snugs these days! Thank goodness because she's so active now that she always wants to be on the move. She's even a wiggle worm during our daytime nursing sessions but thankfully settles for some calmer, longer sessions at night. Again, thank you cosleeping! It's really the only time I get to cuddle with my sleepy, dreamy babe. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #cosleeping

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 114: Bubble fun) . Today was so nice outside, we had to get out and enjoy the warmth so I broke out the bubble machine! Charlie was a little skeptical about them at first but warmed up to them after a few minutes. She loves being outside! I can't even count the number of times I had to stop her from eating straight dirt for these photos. 😂 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #maine #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #bubbles

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (113: Daddy love) . Chubs has been such a daddy's girl since he's been on vacation from work! She's so giggly with him. Every time we talk about her we just gush about what a great kid she is. She's babbling like crazy lately, pointing, and copying all the sounds we make. I live that she's really reciprocating communicating now, it's a game-changer! She's growing so quickly. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #daddy

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 112: Grandma visits) . Charlie's Grandma (Mike's mom) spent the past few days visiting from Bangor. I had to work both days but Mike is still on vacation so it was great that he and his mom got to hang out with Charlie. The last time Grandma visited was at Thanksgiving when Charlie was only 5 months old so C had changed a lot! She headed back home today but went home with lots of photos and new stories to tell! She's planning on moving closer in the near future so hopefully we'll see her more often! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #grandma

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 111: Springtime) . Spring has finally arrived!! It hit 62 degrees today which is basically shorts and t-shirt weather in Maine. We had to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. Charlie is staring at her daddy in this photo. 😍 . Today was the first day Charlie looked directly at me and said "mama" completely unprompted and out of the blue! We were in her nursery as I was changing her into the outfit for this photo and had her sock in her hand. She held it out to me so I could "eat" it (a game we play), looked right at me, said one very distinct "Ma-ma" and then didn't say it again. It wasn't babbling or repeating the sound. It was her calling me Mama because she wanted to all on her own. UGH 😍 Motherhood is even more amazing than I ever thought it would be, and I had some pretty big expectations so that's saying something! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #let_there_be_delight #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #bonnet

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 110: My second family) . Today was my last day of vacation from work. My "second family" came over for a visit this morning; it's always so great to see them! We were talking about how long I've known them - Hunter hadn't even started kindergarten yet and will be 12 in a few days. Nikki has her license and will be a senior in high school next year. Lilly is almost done her first year of college. So crazy! I was Lilly's age and had just finished my freshman year of college when I met them and became their nanny. They have become like another family to me and are now visiting my own family! Charlie and Hunter had a contest to see who can do the best dolphin noise, she loved being tossed in the air by Nikki, and did her cheesy grin for the camera in Craig's arms. We missed you @lilhyoung! Great day with a great family. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #nannylife

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 109: Mama) . Charlie is finally pointing at me and saying Mama!!! The word finally has meaning to her... cue the mommy tears! 😭💕😍 Nothing makes me prouder than being this little Chubs' mama! I'm so happy Mike finally caught this on video in these early stages. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #bobalove #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #mama

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 108: Semi spring) . It snowed overnight but today almost hit 50 degrees so we had to get outside. I think this is the longest spring has ever taken to arrive. Charlie loves ripping leaves apart and watching Sunny run around chasing the tennis ball. I'm so sad I only have 2 more days off from work; this vacation has flown by. Mike has another full week off though so at least Chubs will get more 1-on-1 daddy time! Now to make the most of this weekend... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #bobalove #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #spring

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 107: Toy box) . Today my mom came over to watch Charlie for a few hours so Mike and I could have a date day. We went out to eat and then got a ton of errands done. We got Chubs some new books and a new helium balloon since the last one was such a hit. We also got her this adorable new toy box from Homegoods! We were initially looking for a new ottoman for our living room to create an environment that's more conducive to helping Charlie learn to pull up to stand independently, but then we got sidetracked and stumbled upon this toy box. It's adorable and has hot air balloons printed all over the upholstery. So cute! . Also, Charlie actually pushed up completely from her belly onto all fours today which is the first time I've seen her do it the whole way! She's just so heavy... She's finally getting some adequate arm strength! She still prefers to roll all around the room though. 🤣 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #bobalove #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toybox

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 106: Sunny's birthday) . Today was Sunny's 6th birthday! She's been a lot better with Charlie than we ever thought shed be. She's such a complicated little dog who hates everyone except for "her people" which is a very select few. Hopefully Charlie will continue to become one of her people. . Charlie had her 9 month well visit today. No shots, yay! She's 23lbs 7oz, 98% for weight. She's 30.25 inches which is off the growth chart for height. My giant beautiful girl. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #bobalove #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #ScoobsandC #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #dogsofinstagram

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 105: Pushing to sitting) Charlie pushed up to sitting from a laying position completely independently this morning! She did it in bed right when she woke up, then did it 4 more times in the living room. Then she refused to do it again for the rest of the day. Maybe tomorrow she'll remember how much of a habe changer this will be for her! She's also getting so close to shifting from sitting to propped on all fours. All these mobility milestones are amazing to watch! . She's also getting crazy good at referring to things by pointing. We ask her "Where's the..." and she'll look all around until she finds what we asked and point to it! So far we have 100% consistency with: Mama, Daddy, Sunny, kitty cat, fan, speaker, and balloon. She also loves the photo I took of the 3 dogs wearing flower crowns so we're now working on pointing to the photo for "doggies" and pointing to each dog to differentiate between Sophie, Willow, and Sunny. . It's been raining/snowing/sleeting for 5 days now. We're trying to make the best of this April vacation so we tried to go on a little walk today which lasted all of 5 minutes before the rain started hitting Charlie's face and she got fussy. She's been a little whiny for a few days because her second top tooth is right in the verge of cutting through the gums. I think it'll finally break through tomorrow. That being said, she's somehow sleeping like a CHAMP. She's always been a pretty good sleeper but I think she might be going through a growth spurt lately and she's sleeping pretty deeply, even for naps. . We discovered her new favorite game today: Stinky feet! Swipe for video! ➡️ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #bobalove #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #stinkyfeet

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 104: 3 of us) . Today was a Mommy, Daddy, Charlie day and we loved every second of it! We woke up, played for a while, and Chubs took her first nap. Then we went out to eat and ran some errands before we came home for second nap. The rest of the day was just spent hanging out as a family, playing, reading books, and just being with each other and soaking in this time we have together on work vacation! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #bobalove #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #family

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 103: Grampy & Gigi visit) . Charlie's grandparents came down today for a fun visit! Charlie loved showing off all her new tricks that she's learned since the last time they visited, especially rolling all around and pointing! . She started pointing a few days ago and ever since then I've been labeling everything she points to. I mean everythingggg... "curtain, rug, toilet, cabinet, doggy, foot, banana" literally anything she points to. This morning I tested it out and said "Where's Mama?" She pointed at me and smiled. "Where's Daddy?" She pointed across the room at Mike. "Where's Sunny?" NO JOKE she looked AROUND my shoulder in the complete opposite direction, across the room, and pointed down onto the floor where Sunny was sleeping. Craziness!!! We tested it with "fan" and she pointed to the ceiling fan. We tested it with "balloon" and she looked to the ceiling, realized the balloon was no longer floating, then looked around the room and pointed to it on the floor! UGH she's so clever and really learning to communicate! We are in awe of how quickly she's growing! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #bobalove #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #communication

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