2.2.22. And these photos were taken at approximately 2 in the morning.
Charlotte's wearing a fancy, Valentine's Day dress from a baby boutique clothing store in Redlands. Annie's still not sure what's going on and even though she doesn't like posing for photos she always manages to sneak into the frame when I'm taking a photo of Charlotte. This photo was a bit of a challenge. A bit of a force. We had started tummy time. With mixed results. In hindsight, maybe we should have taken these photos while she was sleeping. Those skinny, skinny legs.
Smiles. Not necessarily at funny events but smiling, nonetheless. The feeding pad gave your arms a rest during bottle time. I've always liked the bottom right photo - first time capturing her excitement. I loved shopping for onesies that had a personal connection - to Philadelphia, to Conshohocken, to my past, and in this case, to the Philippines. Charlotte is our Little Lumpia.
Back home in Conshohocken. Sleeping in her crib for the first time.
This was a good period. I could drop Charlotte on her tummy onto a playmat and she'd hit the hanging stuffed animals for an hour at a time. I could watch while working. She's laying on the base of her Nuna Playard.
Little Miss Fourth of July. I love dressing Charlotte in adult-style clothes. The playmat she is laying on was perfect for crawling and playing around in my office space.
The sixth month marked some major changes. While rolling over was interesting, at six months Charlotte was sitting up - not quite on her own but give her a prop, like the goldfish mascot from her swim club. Charlotte's wearing her swimsuit - we started swim lessons right before her sixth month birthday. I started around the four-month mark, so Charlotte has some catching up to do but she's a fast learner.
Tough to take a photo when she's sliding herself all over the floor to check out and play with all her toys. Our hardwood floors necessitated a mat and I thought we picked up a pretty cool one with a safari design. Unlike the mat in my office area, this quickly folds and can be put away.
The Osprey backpack was by far the best baby gear purchase I made. Charlotte and I spent nearly every weekend in September, October, and November exploring new areas from Center City Philadelphia to the Catskills. Fall festivals were a breeze with this backpack as I zoomed in and out of crowds, leaving stroller pushing parents jealous.
Only one clue as to what Charlotte's Halloween costume is - she was born on February 2.
I could have pushed for a standing photo at the nine-month mark as she had started pulling herself up but by ten months she was standing - nothing is out of reach. Cell phones and remote controls in particular catch her curiosity.
A New Year's themed photo shoot with her favorite object - the TV remote. There were certain outfits that were easy to get Charlotte in-and-out of and this Christmas-themed romper was one of them.
We made it! It took Charlotte a little while to realize cake tastes good. For breakfast morning she was served pancakes, which have quickly turned into her favorite meal.
What an amazing past twelve months.