Charlotte’s First Birthday!

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My beautiful baby turned one yesterday! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone – seems like just a few weeks ago we were in Bali waiting and waiting and waiting (and waiting) for her to be born. We are so blessed to have Charlotte as part of our family. She is a spunky, determined, independent, fearless, snuggly and strong Mommy’s girl. The pediatrician yesterday commented on how healthy she was (80th percentile for height and weight) especially for being born overseas. That girl can eat!!

You see that look on her face? Those eyebrows are like that (the “I’m studying you” look) more often than not. She has a wonderful spirited personality and loves to laugh and smile, too. Especially with her big sister. Makes a mommy happy!

On Sunday the 26th, we had a family party for her at the park. I put together some food and we invited all the aunts and uncles that live in Houston to come. It was a little cooler than we had planned, but the kids still had a blast eating food and running around.

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My goofy little toddler…

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… and my silly big girl.

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The birthday girl with Grandma and Grandpa Menger.

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The three standing cousins (Emily was there too, but she’s not quite standing on her own yet, so she couldn’t quite keep up with the bigger ones). Elizabeth and Ryan are both playing harmonicas from Uncle Andy.


Charlotte had SO MUCH FUN on the swing with Grandpa. He got her going pretty fast and she loved it!

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Emily loved the swing too. Isn’t she adorable?  And Elizabeth and Ryan had a blast on the playground!

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Of course we did cupcakes…

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and she didn’t do too badly! Not too much of a mess, at least. She didn’t really eat that much of it. And then presents…

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A few more goofy cousin pictures.

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Thanks to all the family who came!! We are so blessed to have this time together. We really appreciate being here and having the opportunity to celebrate special days close to the people that we love. I know that all the family couldn’t make it, but some is better than none!

On Monday the 27th (Charlotte’s actual birthday), we took her to the doctor. She got 5 shots, a TB test, and a prick in her finger to test for anemia and lead. Poor baby! She was pretty much feely yucky and exhausted the rest of the day. We did try a cupcake again that night and giver her the presents from us. I only have one picture to share from that but I think it’s a good one. She got a little more into the cupcake this time.


Happy Birthday my sweet Charlotte Abigail!


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