Monday, April 1, 2013

Charles's First Easter

Happy Easter!
I love the sense of renewal and gratitude that comes each Easter. I spent a good part of the day reevaluating how I parent my son and how I treat my husband, interestingly enough. When I'm reminded how good Heavenly Father has been to me, I can't help but consider if I treat my blessings with the respect and love they deserve.

I'm grateful that I have Mike and Charlie in my life. My two boys. I guess I have two and a half boys if you count Sammy.

First park excursion. Nailed it.
We've been busy around here. Mike received a high pass on his comprehensive exam. I'm extremely proud. It is a feat to pass at all (Mike knows the details better than I, but there's something involving practically memorizing 40+ works of literature), and a high pass is an honor indeed. We're still unsure where this summer will take us. Mike and I have sent off over a dozen job applications, and we probably have at least another dozen to go. PhD or a teaching job? Hopefully we'll know soon.

An homage to Aunt Tamara, our family park ranger.
Charlie is insanely mobile. He could pull himself up to standing by the time he was 5 months old, but didn't figure out crawling or sitting up on his own until the last two or three weeks. Silly little nugget. Now, at 7.5 months, he is into everything and cruising everywhere. He pulls himself up, walks along furniture, crawls, sits up, and has even balanced on his feet for a few seconds before toppling over. I think we're going to have him upright and walking very soon.

He was so interested in food early on, desperate to eat at 4 months, but around 6 months he lost interest in food for a while. He maybe ate 2 or 3 ounces of puree or half a banana with some little cereal puffs each day, no more. His interest and appetite seems to be coming back, as he now goes through about 8 ounces of food in a day and is enjoying strips of toast, plain chicken, a little bit of egg white. Still nursing quite frequently, something he and I both enjoy immensely!

He's a small baby. From his six month check up to his post op visit two weeks later, he had lost over a pound. Right now he's still around 15 lbs. He's tracking at less than fifth percentile for his age. His body is small but his brain is mighty. He's an inquisitive, stubborn pup.

Aunt Simini came to visit. Hooray! And Aunt Trish is coming in May. Charlie has zillions of aunties, and he loves them all.

As for me, I'm amazed at how exhausting caring for one baby can be. Good thing he's adorable. I've also launched an Etsy store, and have been blogging at another address for a few months now. There I chronicle the less personal, more practical aspects of my life. Riveting, I know.

Sammy continues to dodge the Grim Reaper, somehow. Bless his old, crippled soul.

Ah, one more item. We are officially looking for a new camera. We've outgrown our sort of nice Kodak Easyshare z990. I need something with a faster response time, the ability to use multiple lenses, and the capacity to take more than 1 minutes of video. It's time for an upgrade. Any suggestions or recommendations will be met with great enthusiasm! Get to it!


  1. Did you send that pic to Tam? I am pretty sure she wants it.