One more month until Charlotte’s first birthday! Guess I should get going on all of the party planning!
Charlotte has had a busy month. She started out her 11th month in the hospital for a pseudomonas infection. Follow up tests showed that she has grade 1 vesicoureteral reflux, which is normally treated with antibiotics, but since Charlotte has been on so many medications, we're just keeping an eye on it. We go back for more tests in 6 months.
Less than two weeks after we got out of the hospital, we were back in the ER with a high fever. Any time Charlotte gets a fever above 102 degrees, she has to get her urine checked, and since her fever spiked on a weekend, that meant a trip to the ER. Thankfully blood and urine cultures came back normal. The culprit of this high fever was an ear infection. Charlotte is seeing an ENT doctor next week so that we can talk about tubes.
Now on to the fun stuff!
* Charlotte is eating more and more table foods and less baby food. She is definitely NOT a picky eater and will eat pretty much anything I put in front of her.
* To see if Charlotte’s milk allergy has passed, I’ve started slowly introducing her to dairy. She loves cheese and has done well with yogurt too (she had been eating soy yogurt).
* Charlotte still has just two teeth with no signs of more coming in any time soon!
* I had to put the baby gate up at the bottom of the stairs again because Charlotte is an expert climber! Any time I had tried to get her to climb, she couldn’t get her leg up high enough. I figured that her legs were still too short. One day after lunch (Feb. 10), Trenton Charlotte and I were all in the formal living room playing. I was helping Trenton with his magnets, and I looked over toward the stairs, and Charlotte had climbed a step! I told Trenton to climb up a few steps to see if Charlotte would follow him. She followed Trenton all the way up to the top of the staircase!
* After Charlotte started feeling better after her last hospital visit, she got very brave and started letting go of things and standing unassisted. I knew that she was getting close to taking a step, but when that first step came the evening of February 15, I was surprised. Since that evening, she has taken one step pretty regularly, and even strung two steps together once. Trenton is really excited about having his little sister walking, but he thinks that just because she can take a step, she can walk anywhere. He likes to tell her “Baby walk!” while pointing at somewhere for her to go.
We can’t wait to see what this little ham does in her 12th month!