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


31 Weeks and Visiting with Lauren & Lily

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This week we were able to go to Atlanta to get in a much needed visit with Lauren and Lily while Doug went onsite to work with a client of his down there.  It was fantastic to get a nice long visit with Lauren since I really haven’t seen her since she came to Charlotte several months ago.  We mostly spent time just chilling with Kaelen & Lily playing on the floor or talking while they napped.  We did take the two of them swimming after Lily’s nap on Thursday and I got to see Lily put her ISR swim techniques to use floating on her back and swimming to the edge of the pool.  Lauren showed me how to work with Kaelen on holding his breath when he goes underwater and by the end of the pool time he could do it without swallowing any water or sputtering when he came out of the water.

Thursday night Lauren took me out for Sushi!  It was sooo yummy but the best part was uninterrupted girl time! We talked about everything under the sun and just relaxed.  We ordered a few rolls to start and after we polished them off in short order, we put in a second order.  I think our favorite roll had eel, avocado, & shrimp tempura in it.  We sat at the bar so we were able to watch the sushi chef work and it was super quiet in the restaurant… just perfect!

We had to leave Friday afternoon to head home and the visit was over too quickly!   This week we borrowed the chair Lauren always took Lily’s weekly pictures in all year last year.  Lily waited for us to get Kaelen’s picture and then jumped in to get some pictures with Kaelen and the bear.   Enjoy these pictures!

 

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~ Erica


First Friends

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There was a string of friends that all had their first babies over the past six months and so this past week was an opportunity for Kaelen to meet them, and for us to meet their babies.  I was amazed to see how big he is compared to some of the other babies, even ones who are significantly older than he is!  We had a wonderful time.

The first event was a wedding, here our friend Van is holding Kaelen and Lincoln (4 months).

Van, Lincoln, & Kaelen

 

Next we took lunch to our friends Adam & Mandi who had their daughter Adalynn at the same birthing center we used.  Here Adalynn is 1 week and 3 days old!  Mandi and I had a great visit sharing our birth stories and catching up on “being mom”!

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Both Adalynn & Kaelen were over 9lbs at birth and super long!  She was 23 inches!

Over the weekend Doug and I attended a leadership conference where we saw a few more friends between sessions!  It was great because many of us brought our babies with us.  It was good to catch up with everyone!  (Bear with the cellphone pictures:)

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Kaelen & me with Carson (2 months) & Jessica
I love Carson’s adorable little outfit! She’s got Mommy’s sense of style!

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Kara & Albon (2 months) with Kaelen & me
Albon is such a cutie!

I’m so excited for our kids to grow up together!  These are the first of many fun times!

~ Erica

 

 


Kaelen’s First Wedding

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Last night we celebrated with Nick & Brittany!  The wedding took place outside (brrrr) on Britany’s family’s farm.  It was picturesque, beautiful countryside, horses in the field, guests sitting on bales of hay keeping warm with blankets & cider.  To top it off there was a PERFECT sunset right during the ceremony.  Kaelen wore his blue & grey fleece outdoor suit that his Aunt Lauren gave him and he actually slept completely through the ceremony and the beginning of the reception.  I couldn’t have planned it more perfectly!  Here are some pictures from the wedding & reception.

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Kaelen & me keeping warm while waiting for the wedding to start

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Bridal Party

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First dance

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Daddy time during dinner

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Our first Family picture at an event

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Celebrating with Nick & Brittany

~ Erica