11 Months

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I have heard this quote more than once and feel like it exactly illustrates how I feel about the past months as I realize Little Man is nearly 1!

“The days go slowly but the weeks, months and years go quickly.”

I think I said this elsewhere in my blog, but the best advice that I heard repeatedly while pregnant was to really slow down and enjoy every moment because Warrior would grow and change so quickly. I thank God every day for our sweet Little Man and that I have truly taken that message to heart. The sweet and tender memories I have from this year are some of the absolute best of my life. I am truly blessed.
Kaelen has had tons more drooling and teething behavior this month but still no new teeth. I still think the fourth bottom tooth is the next one that will appear but the top canine tooth seems like it may come in before long as well. Only time will tell!

 

Kaelen continues to wear 18 month size clothes. Some of the pants need to be cuffed still so his feet don’t get stuck inside them while he is crawling. It looks like maybe he will actually stay this size for longer than he has stayed previous sizes which would mean he could wear this current set of clothes through the coldest months. Yay! Kaelen now has to have shoes on his feet whenever it is fairly cold out because even if his socks do stay on his feet with his activity level, he has figured out how to take them off! He tends to pull them off, chew on them, and then carries them around with him while he plays.

 

Little Man’s sleep got a little disrupted by daylight savings time, teething, and not feeling well, which combined with the busyness surrounding Thanksgiving, means that we are still working hard to get him re-settled into a stable sleep routine with just two naps per day and a return no over-night waking. Ideally, Little Man sleeps from 7:30 or 8pm until between 8am-9am and takes a 1.5 hour morning nap and a 1.5+ hour afternoon nap starting around 2pm. (someday it’ll happen…I will just continue to believe it’s possible until it does!)
This month we added several new foods including: Sautéed Spinach, Cranberry-Orange Dressing, and of course Turkey. Of those Kaelen liked the spinach and eats it somewhat regularly now. He tried the turkey several times but spit it out each time he tasted it even if it was “mixed in” with other foods he liked. The highlight of Kaelen’s Thanksgiving Dinner was Aunt Sarah’s Sweet Potatoes. I couldn’t reload his spoon or feed them to him fast enough! We are still nursing about five times per day and Kaelen seems to be happy with that frequency. We started letting Kaelen use a pre-loaded spoon with soft foods awhile back, but in the last month he has gotten really good at getting a significant amount of the yogurt, applesauce, sweet potato, etc. actually all the way into his mouth. It is so neat to see his coordination constantly improve. Kaelen uses either hand with a spoon and sometimes switches which hand he wants to use mid-meal (and sometimes uses both of course). I think it is so fascinating to watch little things develop as we see his preferences form over the next months.

 

Little Man said, “Mama” for the first time while looking me in the eyes when I went to pick him up out of his crib on October 31st! I was sooo excited! The speech therapist in me had to wait and see if he did it again to be sure it was 100% purposeful and completely linked to me, but it turns out that “Mama” was Kaelen’s true first word! Kaelen has continued to become more conversational and has begun imitating us telling him to say “more” by saying “mmmmm” or “mu” while he is eating and with some play activities like bouncing on the big exercise ball. Kaelen started saying “Dada” or “Dadadadada” while babbling just yesterday which we were really ready for.

 

Kaelen is very observant and seems to only need to see something once before he imitates and learns it! There are so many “activity” things that Kaelen is doing that are new so I think I’ll just list them as bullets:

– Kaelen now stops and claps to show his delight in something

– He can beat in rhythm with music (and still dances every chance he gets).

– Little Man began pushing on objects in front of himself to “walk” behind them on November 12, so we weighed down a medium sized cooler that is the right height for Kaelen and he pushes it around the on floor.

– Grandma taught Kaelen how to get the foam sea creatures (bath toys) to “stick” to the shower door or the sidewall of the bathtub and he has enjoyed playing with them that way ever since.

– Learned to turn the lights on and off using the switch on the wall.

– Starting to learn to purse his lips to kiss. He sometimes will give kisses with pursed lips but most often gives open mouth kisses. Kaelen has initiated giving his Daddy a kiss a couple times, but gives his Mama kisses all the time spontaneously! He will give close family and friends kisses sometimes if we ask him to, but not reliably (or spontaneously). I never cease to be amazed by how sweet spirited our little man is.

– Mid-month Warrior began taking more than 10 steps while holding on to our hands to move across the room. He has also started letting go of people/objects for just a second or two at a time while standing before grabbing back on or sitting down. We know it’s all just a part of the the pre-walking warm-up.

– Kaelen has been enjoying eating the knobs on the kitchen cabinets or opening/closing/banging the doors to play, but on “Pie Day” while we were at Grandma’s house making pies for Thanksgiving Kaelen figured out that there are lots of fun things INSIDE the cabinets to play with and explore! Time to install some more of the cabinet locks in the kitchen and bathrooms….

– Kaelen loves to carry around his toys with him as he plays and often has Sophie the Giraffe in his mouth or a hand, another toy, or even just one of his socks that he managed to pull off of his feet.

 

One last funny note to round off this post: Kaelen think it is absolutely hilarious when someone blows his or her nose. I would have expected him to be startled or bothered by someone sneezing and then blowing their nose, but instead he gets the biggest grin and starts belly laughing! We still haven’t figured out why it is so funny to him, but that sound delights our little boy.

 

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Kaelen 11 Months19Cheesin’ for Mama

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Kaelen 11 Months71Standing Unassisted

 

Kaelen 11 Months59“Pwwwwwt!” (Blowing Raspberries)

~ Erica

 


33 Weeks

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Kaelen’s favorite thing to say BY FAR is “Bababa” but he does throw in an occasional”Mamama” “Dadada” or a “Wah” in the middle of a string of sounds. Its hilarious too because sometimes he’ll move his mouth like he is saying “Bababa” but the only sound is a smacking noise from his lips. He’s very conversational as well and often will start talking to us if we look at him and tell him, “ah bababa ba”.

We went to the pool last Friday and on Wenesday this week with friends and Kaelen absolutely LOVES kicking & splashing, & playing in the water. Ever since we visited Lauren & Lily in Atlanta we have also been working on holding his breath while I dunk him under water. The first couple times we practice at each visit to the pool he makes noises after but by the third of fourth time he comes up with a grin.

This week we visited Steve & Brittany at their lake home so naturally we took the bear with us for our Friday picture.  Since it was so picturesque we took Kaelen’s picture down on the dock and stayed down there to play a bit.  Kaelen also took his first (2) boat rides in a motor boat.  He LOVED it, even with the wind in his face.  Doug and I love it that Kaelen seems to truly be a “water baby”!

Brittany’s two dogs Roxy (mommy dog) & puppy, Bullet (a terrier mix) was super sweet and ADORED Kaelen.  He was smaller than Kaelen so I let them play together on the floor.  Bullet did like to give kisses more than I liked, but it gave Kaelen a perfect opportunity to spend time with a puppy.  Bullet liked to come and roll over right in front of Kaelen to be petted or just snuggle up next to him.  Both dogs were very patient with Kaelen as well and let him crawl after them and pet them as much as he wanted.  One really funny story: while Brittany & I were fixing dinner the two dogs gathered all of their toys right in front of Kaelen because they wanted him to play with them, so Kaelen obliged by joining in gnawing on one of the doggie bones!!!! I wish now I had thought to take a picture before I snatched the bone out of his hands!  We had a blast visiting and I’m looking forward to the next time!

Enjoy this week’s Bear picture!

 

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Swinging by the lake

 

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Eating his favorite Tonka Truck

 

~ Erica


Pee matters….

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So for those of you who don’t want to read a funny story about bodily functions… you should stop reading today’s post here.

 

Still with me?  Well at the risk of sharing too much information I still want to share  a funny story.  I confess that my least favorite part of diapering little baby boys is their built in… sprinkler.  For whatever reason diaper changes seem to be the most optimal time for them to pee.  Haha!  I have adapted a system for dealing with Kaelen so as to not get sprayed, which usually involves keeping him completely covered at all times with his diaper, a cloth wipe, or a pre-fold(cloth diaper).  Doug also has a different system that works for him… So our systems USUALLY work.  But both of us have had accidents where Kaelen has peed on… well everything.  His changing table is next to the window in our bedroom so Kaelen has sprayed the blinds a couple times on my watch, as well as spraying me, the floor, the changing table…. well you get the picture.

On the instance that is worthy of me posting about it…. Kaelen sprayed… well himself. But not just anywhere… I don’t exactly know how, but while Doug changed him into his bedtime diaper on March 21st, Kaelen managed to spray directly onto his own  face…. in his eyes, nose, and best of all mouth.  He got SO MAD about it… Doug was laughing sooo hard he could hardly get Kaelen cleaned up so I had to go help.  I felt bad for my baby…  Hit him out of nowhere.  I can’t imagine how bad it tasted to him either.   I know one day he will connect the dots with the sensation of peeing etc.  but for now I know he had  no clue how it happened.  Once we got him all cleaned up and he finally stopped crying Doug and I had another laugh about the whole thing so I decided it was worth remembering.  Years from now I can hear it “Kaelen remember the time you peed in your own mouth…? hahaha”  Yeah I’m pretty sure he’s not going to want us to remember and tell this story… but oh well… after all I’m the one writing it all down!

Anyway… Hope at least a few of you enjoyed the story.  Leave me a comment if you did!

~ Erica