Time for Teething!

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Little Charlie R.

My poor, little Charlie R. is truly suffering through the teething process today. His little rosy red cheeks, his teary eyes. It is just so terribly sad to see him feel badly.  

He did not want to play. He did not want to be put down to walk around. He simply wanted to be held until it was lunchtime. 

He managed to sit in his highchair nibbling on a couple of pita crackers while I fixed him some lunch. Must have felt good on those gums. He did well eating chopped up chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans with carrots, and a cup of milk.  But the moment he was full, he immediately wanted to be held.

Like a little monkey, clinging around my neck, that is all he wanted to be. To be held.

So I cleaned him up and we went back to his room. I grabbed his blankey and held him while he figured out what he wanted to have happen next. 

He was not necessarily cranky. He just sat on my lap chatting in his Charlie R. language about whatever it was he was talking about until twenty minutes passed and he fell asleep, clinging to me like the cheeky little monkey he is.

Gosh I love this little guy. Even on days like today. 

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Yawn… this time change

My little Charlie R. was so cute yesterday and especially today as he adjusts to the time change. He has been dragging his blankey around the house as early as 2 p.m. Then at 4 p.m. he just wants me to hold him and cuddle him as he fights sleep that one last hour before it is time for him to go home. 

My sweet, little Wall Ball! 

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Friday the 13th: My lucky day

Not being a superstitious person, I claim Friday the 13th as my lucky day. Nevermind I forgot to post about it in my 365 writing challenge yesterday. 

My lucky day included:

  1. Some extra free time to run a couple of errands. 
  2. My PIANO GUYS order came! 
  3. My charming, little Charlie R. and I got to have lunch and spend the afternoon together. 

It was a great morning to get several things done, a delicious lunch and a fantastic afternoon with my Little Guy, and an evening filled with uplifting music, music that I have imported to make playlists for rowing and jump roping and crossfiting.

It was more than okay on the lucky-me day.

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Love Sir Cliff Richards! He sounds fabulous!  The cd version is the second video below.

Snuggle fabric softener and a song in my head

Stopping at Walmart on the way home to purchase some bleach, I spied the Snuggle fabric softener across the aisle. My favorite is the Lavender & Sandalwood scent. But I have not been able to find any in Montgomery. All I have seen here is Lavendar & White Orchid and it was the same at the Walmart tonight. 

Yeah. That was a bummer. Sandalwood is my thing. 

The other day I came across a show on Feeln. It is a series titled LEGACY staring Brett Cullen so I had to check it out. The series, apparently, was not picked up. It ends a bit abruptly at the end of Season 1. 

Yeah. That was a bummer. Unresolved issues are so irritating.

Below is the theme song, by Loreena McKennitt, that is now stuck in my brain. 

Yeah. That is a bummer when only a section of the song, the theme of the unfinished saga, plays repeatedly as a reminder you are left hanging.

Other than that my day has been pretty great. It started off with me pushing my little Wall Ball, Charlie R., in his stroller for a 1.4 mile walk/Granny Shuffle run. I walked 500 meters to warm-up then shuffled 100m then walked 100m cycles until the last 90m when I walked it out. 

Yeah baby. Granny’s got a great pair of shoes. Missing my Brooks but loving my Altras. 

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Oh what a night

After dinner with my little Charlie R. it was time for his bath. He really enjoyed his dinner of turkey with green beans, squash, and rice followed with strawberry applesauce and a glass of milk. He had rice stuck to himself, everywhere. 

On the way to the tub I smelled a little something. Yes. The diaper of roses. (Not!) 

Standing him up on the vanity to strip him down made the clean up for bath prep easy. And then, as I was cleaning up one side……. Well, you know what little boys do and it went all over the sink and counter. 

The next phase was bath time. But, oh, that warm water created another stream of consciousness. Yes, the tub had to be drained and water refreshed and finally it was bathtime again. 

Fresh and cle52877099616__6E15A29F-C6E4-4EDF-9778-50F567CD76B0.JPGan and ready to dry off it was then time to diaper up and get ready for bed. Not a moment to too soon for just as soon as I pulled that second tab over to close up the diaper…… 

It was the end of a wonderful day with my little Charlie R. And yes, I changed him one more time before it was time for him to go home.

It is all about building memories one diaper at a time.

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Terrific Toddler: Best Day Ever

Today is day two of Charlie R. coming to my home to hangout this week. We had so much fun. It was one of those best day ever kind of days.

For lunch I made salmon. Charlie R. ate a few bites but he really was not in the mood for it. Next we went to a baby food pouch and a peanut butter sandwich, no crust. That went over much better with some milk to drink.

We had some playtime with measuring cups and a spatula scraper. That lasted about an hour as he walked around tossing the items and picking them over and over again. Once in a while he was distracted by a little musical truck but he loved those measuring cups and spatula more, returning to them quickly. IMG_8461

When Charlie R. gets tired he climbs into my lap. Well, in and out of my lap, over to the right side and back to the left, finally settling in to being sung to until eventually falling asleep. And today, he took his best nap ever. Two hours and about twenty minutes of a nap made him the happiest boy ever.

My happy boy woke up ever so gently. He greeted me with the biggest smile on his face. He cuddled for a few minutes in the big chair as Janie Belle, the big black Labrador, came round to check on him, sniffing toes and nudging his little legs to get down and play.

A diaper change, a drink of water followed by taking the doggies outside to romp in the wet grass, Charlie R. and I sat in the chair to watch them play while he ate his snack. 

When his hands were free and his mouth satisfied, Charlie R. turned to the puddles of water that had formed on the table from the earlier rainfall. Sitting there for a few minutes, he splashed and wiped the water around with his hands and that great big smile. He swished through the water until it was all but evaporated. Just a couple of light streaks were left from the larger spots from which he began. FullSizeRender

Time was up. We had to move on. Charlie R.’s mommy and daddy were waiting. And Charlie R. needed to go meet and greet some of his biggest fans. 

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