6 Months

Six months sure does fly by even faster with the second one. As always I attempting to soak up every moment that I can. Sweet Charles is such a joy to me and our family. He is now sitting on his own quite well. He still has moments where he will fall over but for the most part is very stable and loves this independence. His appetite has increased dramatically and he is enjoying solid foods so much more. He loves when James talks to him or plays with him. He is full on laughing now but it takes work to get him to laugh. He laughs most often at his brother and when watching kids on the swings. He is rolling a lot now and is pushing up on his forearms a lot. He was doing really well at not being grumpy in the evenings, but seems to have reverted in the past couple weeks. I think it may be due to teething. Hopefully it will go away quickly. He is still just a little love bug. He will let me cuddle him when he is really tired and I am thankful for these moments. Nothing beats a sleeping baby on your chest. Seriously can’t believe he is 6 months already. Looking forward to the coming months and watching him grow. We love you sweet Charles! You are such a blessing to us!20140630-004720-2840068.jpg

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5 Months and Some Updates…

Sweet Charles is five months. I feel like just yesterday I was writing his 4 month post. My motivation for writing has been low so I will work with the little bit I have. Here are a few updates in the Baum household.

-I quit my job, and I am so very happy with this decision. There is a lot behind this decision but the bottom line is I get to spend more time with my babies right now which I am so excited about.

-My brother came into town last weekend and it was so good to see him. We sure do miss having him close, but we are thankful for his service.

-Having two kids is more work than having one. You might think this is an obvious statement, but it is true and hit us hard recently. Life seems to be settling a little bit but I am coming to the realization that life with kids is always changing and never settled. Therefore I am working on becoming more content with this reality everyday.

-We LOVE our community. Our neighborhood is awesome. Movie nights, lots of social gatherings, not being able to finish a walk without stopping to chat with some friends. Our church is also awesome and has blessed us greatly. I recently took over the music and I am excited about this new adventure. Our friends are incredible and we feel so thankful for all of them in this time of life as fellowship is what keeps us sane. Our family is amazing and we are so thankful for all of their love and support in raising our kiddos.

On to Charles… He is seriously the sweetest little guy. Although he has a grumpy time each day in the evening he is for the most part great. He is a morning person. Always happy and wants to be up around 6:30 each morning. He pretty much puts himself to bed around 8:00 each night. He is like clockwork. His stomach seems to be much better than it was, which is what we think his grumpiness is attributed too. So thankful for this! He still LOVES playing with his brother. Anytime he is crying, just tell James to go play with him and he will be distracted and smiling. It is so much fun watching them grow to love each other. He loves sitting up and is getting better at it each day. I think he will be sitting up on his own very soon! He still is not interested in rolling over but can do it occasionally. I have had to use the baby carrier here and there to get chores done as he wants to be close. I’m not complaining before I know it he will be too big to hold. He is not a cuddler which is kind of sad, but he does love to be close and within eye distance of you. He is getting better at napping which is super nice. He loves to have something in his hand at all times. Tactile stimulation seems to calm him. For example when he is eating he likes to hold your finger the whole time. If he does not have something to hold on to he has a hard time regulating himself. He also falls asleep better when you give him a small blanket to hold in his hands. I am curious how this will play into his personality as he grows older.

We are so very thankful for this season and really just trying to take every hurdle and blessing one day, one minute at a time!20140601-175351-64431188.jpg20140601-175352-64432754.jpg20140601-175352-64432014.jpg

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