She wears size four shoes and size 18-24 months (or 2T) in clothes. She is 32 inches tall and weighs 21.5 pounds. These measurements put her in the 95th percentile for height (again!!) and the 50th percentile for weight.
Charlotte loves BUSES, trucks, balls, animals (dogs are her favorite, but other animals are very exciting, too), baskets/boxes, the playground (especially slides), dancing to music, waving, clapping, babbling to herself, "helping" (by emptying the laundry basket, taking silverware from the dishwasher, wiping things with a baby wipe, etc.).
Charlotte is good at: WALKING!!!!!, playing independently, drinking a cup of milk at bedtime, climbing (onto furniture, up stairs, etc.), sleeping at least eleven hours at night, helping with all sorts of tasks (taking things out, putting them away, wiping off her body or a surface with a wipe, taking the silverware out of the dishwasher, etc. etc. etc.)
Words: ba (which can mean bus, ball, bear, book, or baby, depending on the minute), dada, WaWa (water), momma, baba (banana), ma (more!), and baby (which is the sweetest, most heart-melting thing my ears have ever heard!!)
Signs: no new signs this month
Animal sounds: cow, duck, dog, cat, pig (not really a sound, just scrunching up her nose and sniffing!).
Favorite foods: berries, bananas, potatoes, cheese, veggie pouches (I buy the ones with spinach and broccoli because those vegetables are so nutritious, but it's hard to get them into Charlotte in their solid form), chicken salad, guacamole.
Least favorite foods: pork tenderloin, plain roasted chicken, and broccoli.
Great things this month: her paternal grandparents and one uncle came to visit this month. She had a great time playing outside with them and showing off her tricks. We also took her to our prenatal appointment where she got to meet the midwives and hear her sibling's heartbeat. She cried. Ha.
Words to describe Charlotte: explorative, opinionated, communicative, brave.
Parenting Challenges: This month, Charlotte had a few mini tantrums. She had a plan, and we didn't understand (or we said, "no"), and she got frustrated! Her most common reaction is shaking her head rapidly and pushing something away (or throwing it). I try really really really (really!!) hard not to laugh. I know she is struggling to communicate. I know we are used to her just going along with our agenda. I know she is a little human with opinions and preferences and feelings. We are trying to mostly ignore minor tantrums and explain that we will be happy to talk to her when she is settled. When she throws food on the floor, we spank her hand, say "no!" And redirect her attention.