Charlotte at 14 Months

This post is slightly late, as Char turned 14 months on May 4. Life’s been busy, what can I say? Stephen and I actually split the day staying at home with Charlotte right now because she came down with a fever and diarrhea yesterday. Because she’s also had a cough that has lingered for a month (yes, a MONTH), we took her to convenient care last night, and the doctor gave us an antibiotic and steroid to treat her cough. He also recommended we keep her at home. Fortunately, she hasn’t had a fever today, and I loved getting to spend extra time with her!

At 14 months, Charlotte is always on the go. It’s rare for her to sit down for more than 5 minutes at a time. Usually the only thing that will keep her seated longer than that is eating. Charlotte LOVES to eat and seems as though she could eat constantly. She’s figured out where we keep her snacks, and so she goes over to that area and gestures in that direction to indicate that she wants something. She’s gotten much pickier about what she’ll eat, though; one day she loves green beans, and the next she couldn’t care less about them. I think certain textures have started to bother her as well. One day she had green beans and carrots, and she was devouring the carrots but would put the green beans down after picking them up. I finally tried feeding them to her, and she ate them fine, so I wonder if she didn’t like how the green beans felt. She’s done a similar thing with lima beans and peas, too. Very funny.

 I like to think that Charlotte is going to be neat and organized because she’s started realizing where things go and will put things in their place. She knows that trash goes in the trash can and will put things in it, and she will put back items she’s taken from the table. She loves taking her blocks out of the bucket and putting them back in, and she loves anything that makes noise. She also has tried to wipe down her tray and clean up a spill on the floor with a towel. I can definitely put these skills to use in the future. 🙂

She loves being outside and would probably stay out there all day if we let her. She’ll go to the back door and bang on it, and she knows how to say “outside.”

She has become obsessed with her shoes and loves carrying them around. She tries very hard to put them and her socks on, but that’s still a bit above her skill level, so she’ll bring them to us to put on. I’m biased, but I think she’s one smart cookie.

Her separation anxiety has definitely increased recently, as has her moodiness. Whereas she used to be very even-tempered and easygoing, now she’ll throw little tantrums if she doesn’t get her way or we tell her “no” about something she really wants. She also has grown more attached to her pacifier, much to my chagrin, as I was hoping to wean her soon. We’ve only been giving it to her at naps and at night, but she’s stopped willingly handing them over when she wakes up, and sometimes it’s not worth the battle to take it away. I’m glad she has something that soothes and comforts her.

Her love for our dog Bailey has not lessened, and now she’s learned something new: how to feed Bailey. She’ll get a few pieces of dog food in her hand and walk around until she finds Bailey. Bailey is so gentle about taking it from her, and I think it’s helped her warm up to Charlotte. That and the fact that Bailey gets all the food that Charlotte drops on the floor. 

It is so fun to see how big Charlotte is getting and how much she is growing and learning. She charms me every day. I’m so glad she’s ours.

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