Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Birthday Birdie

Charlotte,
Thank you so much for being you and for being mine : ) You are an amazing little person and I am honored to be your Mommy. At ONE year you are: walking like a rock star, talking... words we have heard from your precious lips include Mama (my fav!), Da, Ry Ry, Ya Ya, Hi, Up and Ba-Boo (while playing a fierce game of peek-a-boo). You also talk with your hands.. some signs you know are more, eat, doggie, up, boob, all-done and bath. I am sure there are more that I have not yet de-coded also : ) You have a curious personality and point to things you want an explanation for. Your facial expressions seem limitless and you are able to get any point across with a simple look. You weigh in at at a whopping 18 pounds. You nap like a big girl in crib but prefer to be in our bed at night (I secretly prefer it too but we are working on a change). You like books and music and bust out the cutest little bootie bounce when the beat catches you just right. To offer you a binky is to truly insult you so we've packed em up. I appreciate that you are an adventurous eater. Some of your favorite foods are black beans, quinoa, Cheerios and blueberries. You still nurse and I hope that you will for the next 6 months but you are the boss so we'll see how much longer you choose to "boob". You love bath time and climbing the stairs. You are a pretty tough little lady and rough house with Daddy often. You are good to your doggies and pet them softly when you catch them. You have always enjoyed the outdoors and you get excited whenever we open the front door. Thank goodness you cuddle! Nobody can make you laugh like your Daddy can and your giggle is infectious. YOU. ARE. FUNNY! You make strangers smile everywhere we go : ) You are determined and strong willed and BEAUTIFUL... sooo beautiful! Charly, you are special and truly amazing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY!

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you are my world : )

xoxo

Friday, December 25, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Love,
The Bolin Three

Friday, December 11, 2009

Funny Girl

I have always known that Charlotte was a funny girl and now she is starting to be able to express her humor even more : )

She knows that phones go up to your ear (and apparently sometimes in your mouth) and gets the cutest expression when she does this and I say "Hello?". Now she thinks it is extremely funny to put random objects up to her ear and do the same thing : ) Hellooo?!! She'll giggle when she has a sippy cup or toy up to her face. I can just tell how pleased she is with herself for being so clever.

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Here is a video of Charly playing peek-a-boo with her Daddy. (sorry it's sideways!) She loooves peek-a-boo and is always up for a game. It amazes me that she knows just the right amount of time to wait before the big reveal and I wonder what she's thinking while she waits! The other day while I was in the shower she popped her head around the corner and and said "Bah-Boo"... so cute!

She also gets a kick out of offering people her binky or feeding them her food : ) It's usually just Mama or Dadu that she can talk into actually taking a bite of the slobbery, mangled mess that she has in her extended fist.

The other day we were playing in her room and she pulled down her hamper (it's round and canvas) and crawled inside burrowing into the clothes (they were clean and waiting to be put away). I was cracking up! All I could see were her little legs wiggling around and the hamper started rolling back and forth... ahhh* I love my funny girl!

Thanks for the laughs Sweetie!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good girl this year : )



Friday, December 4, 2009

Tender

Jake and I tried our new and improved night night routine with Charlotte tonight. After dinner and a bath we went upstairs for some quiet time in her room. She gabbed, crawled, stood, played with soft toys and read Goodnight Moon about five times and when we noticed her sleepy signals Dadu held her tight and rocked her to sleep. I sat in awe... my eyes filled with tears but not because I was sad.. the moment with the two of them like that just overwhelmed me and I knew I wanted to remember it FOREVER. I quietly grabbed my phone and captured just 15 sweet seconds of my favorite time of the day. Our wonderful little Charly will be a year old at the end of the month and I truly cannot believe it! This year has been the most fulfilled but the fastest of my life. I get emotional thinking about how fast she is growing but I know that with every new day she'll show me how amazing she is and I'll just keep falling more and more in love with her (as if that even seems possible). I cherish you Baby Charlotte... and you too Jake : )

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