Its time for another monthly update! Enjoy the post and the many pictures!
Kaelen loves to play under his play gym and this month he began to reach out to touch, grab, or hit toys hanging from it! He wiggles and scootches quite a bit while he is sleeping and on his tummy during tummy time. He also accidentally rolled over (click to read post) on Friday. Kaelen loves to grab our hands and put our fingers in his mouth and has started holding onto toys we give him and can put those in his mouth as well. Due to his constant drooling, he wears a bib almost all the time so he likes to hold onto, chew, or stare at his bibs. Kaelen is also getting more and more balanced. He often sits with only slight support for balance – or he can hold onto our hands with his and manage to balance that way. I think I mentioned previously that I work on him sitting alone and he’s gotten to where he can do that for about 10 seconds or so when he wants to.
Kaelen found his hands today! I noticed him staring at them while he moved them a few times throughout the day so he is becoming more aware of what he is doing with them and seems to be intrigued by them.
In the area of sleep Kaelen slept for almost 9 hours straight one night this past week! It was fantastic to wake up and realize that he was still sleeping! I ended up waking him up because I had to get ready to leave and needed to feed him first, but wow nights like that are soooo refreshing! Please join me in praying that he will adopt longer sleep cycles at night in a more permanent way. Kaelen is currently taking about 4-5 naps per day depending on when he wakes up for the day. They are usually 45-60 minutes, although sometimes he wakes up after a shorter period of time (like if he happens to nap in his car seat). I know that the next couple of months will be formative of his sleep habits and that he will soon be consolidating to morning and afternoon naps. I hope that the transition will be smooth and that we will be good at reading his cues for when he’s ready to make transitions in his schedule.
Kaelen had been sleeping in our bed with us, but once he began moving around in his sleep we transitioned him into the cradle that PawPaw (my grandfather) and one of my uncles made for my parents when I was born. It sits right next to my side of the bed and is close enough that I can reach in to pat Kaelen’s back to soothe him if need be. Its really awesome to have a piece of family history to use with my kids! Hopefully Kaelen won’t outgrow it before he is sleeping all night since I’d like to keep him in the room with us until then- we’d like that to be by about 6 months or so…. but we will have to wait and see how he does!
This past week Kaelen also began sticking out his tongue. Doug says it looks like he is tasting the air, but I have noticed that Kaelen does seem to do it alot when he is smiling at us or “playing”. He also blows bubbles all the time which often cracks us up that he is so amused by that.
Kaelen continues to laugh easily and has gotten where he will belly laugh when we are playing with him…. What a joyful noise that is! It makes my day just listening to him and soaking up his laugh!
Here are the pictures for this month. There were a bunch of good ones so I am posting a few more than usual.
Our BIG BOY!
Big Smile for Mama
“Oh you know… just hanging around”
Talking to Daddy
Kaelen and me
A Serious Shot… but OH so cute!
Sticking out his tongue for fun