The Casting Dock

Charlie boy. Month 5.

Our little tyke just turned 5 months old and as such it’s high time for a update on his little life.

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This kiddo has brought inexplicable joy to our lives. Every parent says it and it really is true. We couldn’t imagine our lives without him.

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Charlie is seriously a super chill baby. I feel badly even saying this because I know it is not a dominant characteristic of many babies (or so it seems), but this kid just loves sleep. He started sleeping through the night at 2 months and now he’s unbelievable. Most of the time he puts himself to sleep sucking on 2-3 fingers and if he wakes up in the middle of the night, I’ll hear him kicking around in his bed and maybe babbling, but then he’ll find his fingers again and drift back to sleep. Somehow he got the memo that if it’s dark, it’s time to sleep. I can’t overemphasize how much I love this about him! He loves his naps and his full night of sleep which makes for two very happy, well rested parents! We often comment about how we will get blasted with our second child because this one has been such a dream. I am secretly hoping that our genes just make chill babies though!

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Charlie loves his space. He likes being held and will sometimes cry if he wants to be held, but even more so he prefers his own space. He will start crying if he’s been passed around and held too much, but if you just put him down, he’s back to being happy as a clam. Oftentimes in the mornings after he eats, we just lay him down on the floor with some little toys and he’ll entertain himself for an hour or two.

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Charlie is a ponderer. Similar to not loving being held all the time, he clearly likes being around the action, but not in the middle of it. He just wants to sit on the sidelines and take it in. This is one of his clearest traits and has been since he was an itty bitty baby.

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Charlie is a rational little being (or so we tell ourselves) and a good communicator. There is always a reason for his behavior. It’s like clockwork–very predictable. He’s never been a cry-for-the-sake-of-crying kid. He’s hungry, tired, gassy, sick of being held, or wants to be held. That’s about it. He doesn’t even usually fuss when his diaper’s dirty.

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Charlie has a huge head. And a mohawk. And very huge, beautiful blue eyes. By way of physical characteristics, these are the three stand outs. His head is so huge that he had an ultrasound to make sure there weren’t any problems. Turns out the dude’s just got a massive dome. He’s always been in the 90th percentiles for height and weight, but his head is off the charts. He’s our real life bobble head!

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Charlie wakes up happy. He just babbles and chills in his bed content by himself for quite a while until we go get him. I watched him on the monitor once and he just played by himself for an hour and a half before indicating that he wanted to get out. Seriously chill. And loves his space. Like his daddy.

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Charlie has two trade marks: shields up and the thumb tuck. When he was younger, if you picked him up or if you gave him his paci, he would immediately pull his fists to the sides of his head, a motion which earned the title “shields up!” Sadly he doesn’t really do this much anymore, but it’s a sweet memory for us. His longest lasting and most pervasive trademark is the thumb tuck. Since he was first born, he has always tucked his thumb in between his index and middle fingers. We assume he did this in the womb because he does it all the time, especially when he’s eating and sleeping, and he does it on both hands.

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We love this little guy like crazy. Being parents is seriously the best!

3 comments

1 Patty MacDonnell { 01.02.14 at 11:09 am }

I love watching him grow. Thanks for the update. The MacDonnell clan are doing well in VT. When your mother-inlaw posts pictures I get to see how things are going. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014. I know it will be one of great joy with Charlie in it.

2 k&c's mom { 01.02.14 at 1:10 pm }

Katy and I are reading this post together. You have a beautiful son, and he looks pretty spiffy with that giraffe, too! Happy New Year to you all from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin.

3 Lisa { 02.19.14 at 7:13 pm }

Thanks for the sweet comment and glad to hear all is well in VT! Hope you guys haven’t gotten as blasted with snow as we have this winter…though you’ve probably gotten it even worse! :)

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