Golfing Movie

We were at the beach this past week, and Charlie’s newfound favorite thing is golfing. George took some video of Charlie putting. Thought it might be fun to share.

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Allergist

Charlie’s allergist appointment was today. On the whole it went rather well. Charlie was as cooperative as a baby could be expected under those circumstances. He only whined a little while they were doing the scratch, but was easily distracted once it was done. Then he proceeded to walk me all around the office, flirting with every nurse, technician, and receptionist he could find.

The doctor was particularly concerned about the barley based on what I described. He was not at all surprised about the potential milk allergies, as they are more common in babies and children. The results of the test gave us an all clear for barley. The doc said it was probably just a transient thing while his body was getting adapted to grains. The milk on the other hand produced a moderately strong reaction. We are under strict orders to avoid all contact with dairy for at least a year, and to come back for a check after that year. We are also not allowed to do any fish, eggs, or nuts for 2 years, shell fish and tree nuts for 3 years “just in case” since he has already shown signs of other allergies.

Last, but most certainly not least, we now have to carry an Epi-Pen for him at all times. Also “just in case.” He said it was highly unlikely that we would ever need it, but better to be on the safe side. I was instructed on how to use it, and the kit also came with a tester so you can practice and show others how to use it.

I have rather mixed feelings about the results. On the one hand, I’m glad that I was able to spot the milk allergy, and glad that we went to the allergist to get it confirmed. I’m also glad that we know barley should be ok now. On the other hand, I’m frustrated with this milk allergy. They want us to really stay away from all dairy products, so I’m going to have to read every label, and be even more picky about what I let people feed him. Also, how in the world will George and I ever be able to feed Charlie the meals we eat when we can’t give him any cheese, milk, sour cream, or yogurt? Seriously, there are next to no meals that we prepare on a regular basis that don’t include some form of dairy. How do you say to a 3 year old “I’m sorry sweetie, I know you want some of what Mommy’s eating, but you’re allergic.” He already wants to eat whatever we’re eating, but I was hoping that things would get easier as he was exposed to more kinds of food.

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Where does the time go?

It’s been a long time since I’ve uploaded any pictures. Part of the problem is that we got a fancy new camera, and now our pictures are so big that it slows my poor computer to a grind to work with them.

Much news since the end of March. Probably the biggest news is that Charlie is quite the crawling master now. He can get just about anywhere he wants, and has become an expert at pulling books off of shelves and finding all manner of carpet lint and dirt, which are far too plentiful in our house.

He pulls up to a stand quite easily now. He can stand with only a tiny bit of help from something to hold onto or lean against. He’s trying to walk away from his supports, which has resulted in a number of minor falls and near misses. Actually the frequency of ‘bonks,’ which is what I say when he bumps his head, has decreased quite a bit now that his sitting, crawling, and standing skills are getting better.

He also has a mouth full of teeth now. He is currently cutting his 5th tooth. I sort of miss my big gummy smile, but I guess they grow up whether you want them to or not.

There are LOTS of pictures behind the cut, so if you’re on dial-up be prepared for a bit of a download.

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Grow baby grow!

Gosh, it’s been a while since I put anything here. Charlie is growing like crazy.

He sits up by himself now, which gives him a lot more play options, and thus gives me a lot more freedom too.

He started foods last week. He’s tried apples, rice cereal, prunes, and peas so far. I’m making most of his food at home, which is an interesting experience, and surprisingly easy.

He’s so incredibly close to crawling now too, which is amazing. He gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth. Sometimes he goes head first into the floor. Sometimes he falls right down, and sometimes he travels backwards. Actually he does a fair bit of the travel backwards. He pushes with his arms and the rest of his body kind of slides along the floor with him. Any day now he’s going to get those arms and legs coordinated. When that happens, Watch out!

On to the pictures!!!
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It’s been a while since I put anything here. Charlie’s doing great. He turned 4 months this week. He’s making great progress with his motor skills and coordination.

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Obligatory picture post

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Holiday Merriment

Christmas this year was wonderful. We had a short visit with Nana and Pop (Verna and Jim) on Christmas Eve. It was a really nice time and the only down side was how very short it was. We don’t get nearly enough time with them these days.

I’d have to say the best thing this year about Christmas was seeing Granny (Pat) with Charlie. The two of them absolutely adore each other. Oh there were plenty of presents, and plenty of good food, but how can that compare to seeing my mother and my child having an absolute blast smiling at each other.

On to the pictures…
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A couple more

A couple more pictures, just because…
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Then and Now

An online group I read did a thing recently where they took pictures of their child now and compared them to a similar pose or outfit from when the baby was newborn. I thought that sounded like a fun idea to see how much things have changed. So, without further ado, I give you Then and Now…
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