This has been a busy and exciting month! We are really enjoying this phase because Kaelen is doing something new almost daily and it is so neat to watch him as he figures new things out. Sometimes we can almost see what he’s thinking… it’s so cool!
Kaelen is purposely moving pretty much wherever he wants and has begun moving faster. He can get all the way across the room rather quickly, and will if take off if he sees something he is interested in. My friend Jessica describes the current movement pattern as Kaelen doing “the worm”! Haha! I will post a video of it at some point just to document this stage. 🙂
On Friday Kaelen figured out how to get from his hands and knees to sitting up as often as he likes. He did it about 6 or 8 times while we were visiting with Nana and has continued to move between crawling and sitting since. Kaelen sat up in his crib to chew on crib rail for the first time today when I put him down for his morning nap. I turned on the video monitor and just had to laugh since he was sitting there pretty as you please just going after the rail! Doug ran in to catch a picture of him and lay him back down to take his nap. I ordered a crib rail chew guard a month ago that didn’t end up fitting this crib so now I’m going to have to try again.
Kaelen is making lots of sounds and LOVES to sit and talk to his toys, or chatter when he’s riding in his car seat. He makes the sounds: Ah, OOO, Oh, and /G/ in combinations. His favorite noise right now is probably blowing raspberries, and he also likes to make screeching noises (but these he makes at a very quiet volume).
Little man is now wearing 12 month size clothes. I just changed over his clothes today from the prior size. It is really nice that all of the clothes fit in two small drawers in the high changer and he mostly just wears onesies. Yesterday, Susan (Grandma) and I hit up a couple of the kid’s consignment stores in town since they were having a $10 bag sale and got lots of overalls, some shoes, and a few long sleeve things for Kaelen in 18 month & 24 month sizes. It is really nice to be able to get things inexpensively!
Kaelen is continuing to take 2 or 3 naps per day. It seems like he may be in the process of getting rid of his evening nap. I hope that as he does that he will begin taking longer naps for his other two! Overnight Kaelen does sometimes sleep 11 or so hours from 9pm-8am OR he wakes up between 5-6am to eat if he needs. I’m good with him keeping the overnight nursing as long as he needs it.
Kaelen has his center two bottom teeth. The second tooth came in 8 days after the first and thus far those are the only two. Since the Six Month post we did begin introducing food as planned using Baby-Led Weaning/Solids. Kaelen sits in the “Baby Butler”, which is an old-fashioned baby seat that I got from my grandfather’s house to eat once or twice a day after he nurses. Thus far Kaelen has enjoyed Cucumber Sticks, Carrot Sticks, Avocado Slices, Apple Wedges, Broccoli Florets, Sourdough Waffle (plain of course). At first taste Kaelen made some really hilarious faces, and still does when we give him something new. He seems to like everything, although his “favorite” seems to vary day to day.
Here are the pictures from this month’s shoot. Kaelen was very funny and didn’t want to sit on the couch so he kept trying to crawl away each time we positioned him. So I’ve included a few of the “outtakes”.
Playing with Daddy
Snuggles with Mama
“I’d rather be playing”