9 Months

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So much has happened this month it’s amazing how many changes happen in such a short amount of time!  It really is hard to keep track of everything that is new and different!  Somehow I’ve got to get better about jotting little notes along the way so I don’t overlook things.

Kaelen now has seven teeth, four upper and three on the bottom.  The two upper teeth on either side of the center came in within a few days of each other this month as expected since they seemed to be ready to pop out any second when I wrote the 8 month post.

Kaelen has finally reached the end of the 12 month clothes and I am in the process of switching out to his fall wardrobe of size 18 month clothing!  The first thing I had to switch out was the footed sleepers since the torso wasn’t long enough to allow room for his massive nighttime diapers.  It wasn’t long before I had to switch out the long-sleeved onesies and all in one jumpers/outfits.  Some of the 18 month pants/overalls are too long in the legs for Kaelen, but they’re right in the torso length so he will just be wearing cuffed pants and overalls until they’re the right fit!  As the weather has started cooling a little especially at night I’ve begun using some of the longer things and boy do I love overalls!  My Mama always use to say how much she preferred overalls to pants since the snaps on the bottoms of the legs make diaper changes so much easier and don’t require taking the pants down over/around the diaper each time.  I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly!  We do have some pants, but I’m pretty sure for the most part that our Little Man will be living in overalls.

Kaelen has continued to wake once nightly to nurse, although the time has been widely varried this month.  I think it’s time to work with Kaelen on sleeping all the way through the night.  I hope to have a different update on that next month!  My hope for Kaelen switching to only taking two naps a day has still not materialized.  In the past few weeks Kaelen has seemed to prefer getting up a little earlier around 8am, which means that his first two naps are earlier in the day and by around 5pm he needs to lay down again.  I know it won’t be much longer before he drops a nap so I’m waiting patiently.  Kaelen has recently started to purposely snuggle on my shoulder when I’m putting him down for naps/bed time.  Its really sweet, after I put his sleep sack on him and am holding him as I walk over to the crib he puts his little head in the spot where my neck and shoulder meet and snuggles there for a few minutes.  I’ve decided that since he initiates it, that when he snuggles up I will hold him for a few moments longer and sway with him standing in front of the crib before I put him down for nap/bed.  I’ve prayed many times that he will stay snuggly & affectionate and so I’ve just been soaking this time up!

Kaelen has continued to be very vocal.  This month he learned to say “hoo” (somewhat like an owl sound).  He looks so silly when he says it and is often talking to a toy he is holding or to Daddy or me.  He continues to take turns while talking and will imitate and repeat us when we make the sounds he makes.

Kaelen has continued to become more coordinated and balanced with his standing and now often stands to play, holding onto the couch, his toy activity center, or one of us.  He loves to crawl to where we are if he isn’t near us and is into investigating everything!  Since he is more mobile Kaelen also comes to find or get me when he is hungry or wants to be held.  Its nice because it allows us to understand his desires a bit better.  Little Man loves to chase balls around on the floor and still carries the Sophie the Giraffe toy around with him everywhere he goes.      Kaelen has begun learning to “cruise” and has taken a few steps pushing on a small cooler, holding onto one of us, or the couches.  He still prefers to crawl mostly though, and if I stand him on the floor and hold his hands he will drop to seated and then take off crawling.

This month for foods I gave Kaelen some meats and proteins including Chicken, Salmon, Beef, and eggs. He LOVED the eggs (cooked hard and cut into strips) and the Salmon.  Kaelen would hunt around on his tray for all of the salmon or eggs and eat all of those before eating any of the other options.  All of the foods we are giving him are organic, vegetarian fed, free range, antibiotic free, no growth hormones, etc. Basically we want to protect him from pesticides and other chemicals that aren’t beneficial since anything he eats is more concentrated in his little body. It requires more planning on our part but we believe its worth the effort.  For nursing Kaelen is still nursing usually 6 times a day including his overnight feeding.  When he does occasionally get a bottle he gets 4-6 ounces at a time.

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A Few Fun Pictures:

Kaelen loves to “fly” down the stairs with Daddy and this is a picture showing them coming down the stairs.

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~ Erica


8 Months

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Our Little Man isn’t quite so “little” anymore!   So many changes this month and it just seemed to fly by.

At a recent well-baby visit Kaelen weighed in at 20 Lbs, 12 Oz.  We measured his height today and he is now 30.5 inches tall!  Kaelen has stayed middle of the road weight-wise, but has stayed on the tall side for his age.

Little Man has four teeth at this moment: One of the top center teeth, and three teeth on the bottom. There are several on the top that seem to be poised to come in at any second.  Kaelen LOVES having his teeth brushed.

Kaelen is still wearing 12 month size clothes, I am soooo THANKFUL not to be changing out his wardrobe already again in a month like I did with the last few sizes.  I did take a peek at what I have in the 18 month size and I’m super excited for Kaelen to get to wear the overalls that I snagged at the bag sale last month.  I only need to finish out his fall/winter wardrobe with some long-sleeve onesies and some PJ’s.

Sleeping has continued to stay much the same as last post, although Kaelen is staying awake longer between his naps usually at least 2 hours before he needs to lay down.  Sometimes Kaelen would rather play than nap and stays awake amusing himself in his crib for up to an hour before finally taking a nap.  More and more he seems to really only take 2 naps per day.  I am hoping that he will begin to lengthen these naps soon, but as of yet most of his naps fall between 1-1.5 hours.

Kaelen really started talking this month!  See this post that I wrote when he first started babbling.  Since that post Kaelen has added: papaya, nanana, and occasionally makes a /d or g/ but doesn’t say them repetitively or as often.  “Bababa”, “Mamama”, & “Papapa” remain his predominant favorites along with blowing raspberries.

This month marked the transition from “starting to crawl” to Kaelen being an accomplished crawler! I will write a post about his crawling progression and post some videos, but for this moment just enjoy the adorable crawling pictures that I took after this month’s picture session.

In “standing” news, Kaelen started pulling up on low chairs and his toys this month.  He also pulls up on us if we’re playing with him on the bed or floor.  He LOVES playing on the floor with his Daddy.  Doug likes to “roughhouse” with him, rolling around on the floor with him cradled in his arms kissing him, blowing raspberries, or making growling noises.  Kaelen laughs and laughs…. so cute!

Kaelen has added blueberries, steamed broccoli, steamed carrots, and puffs into his regular repertoire of foods. He has also tasted orange, grapes, and chicken.  He still makes funny faces with new foods, but “favorites” he greets with enthusiasm.  He has really gotten good at consuming softer foods.  In the past week he has been working on his pincer grasp and coordination with the puffs.  He can get them into his mouth now (rather than getting them “stuck” in his fist), although it isn’t pretty or smooth yet.  He LOVES eating the puffs though so I’m sure he will get good at eating them before long.  Kaelen has continued to nurse 5-6 times a day depending on his preference.

This month has marked the beginning of the childproofing project!  Since Kaelen is crawling so well we knew that we needed to get the gates installed and making other adjustments.  It’s crazy… who knew power cords for things were so appealing???

Thus far we have:
hung gates
installed a couple special outlet covers for outlets we use constantly
put plug covers in outlets
removed a speaker/speaker stand from the living room that Kaelen kept knocking over
purchased a fire screen & wired it to the fireplace
gotten good at keeping bedroom & bathroom doors closed

We have alot left to do in this department including installing the locks for the cabinets where there are chemicals or dangerous items in the kitchen/bathrooms.  However, we are going to “wait and see” for some of the childproofing to see what Kaelen does get into and how much we actually need to do.  One day I know we will have to put up the locks for the lever style door handles, but fortunately that’s a long way off!

Our Little Warrior doesn’t fit in the Laundry basket as well as he used to… my how he’s grown!  Maybe at the end of the year I’ll do a collage of all the pictures together…

 

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~ Erica


32 Weeks

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Without realizing it I dressed Kaelen in the same outfit as he was wearing last Friday!  LOL!  At least it’s a cute one!  Doug took a few pictures of Kaelen playing on the floor before we took his weekly picture so I included a couple of those.  Kaelen is now crawling about 4-5 movements at a time before he flops on the floor.  He’s learning so quickly!

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~ Erica

 


7 Months Old!

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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”.

 

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~ Erica

 
 


28 Weeks

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The most exciting thing this week is that Kaelen has started moving across the room purposely! It’s mostly commando crawling or getting up on his hands and knees then lunging, but its clear that he will really be crawling soon!!! Yay! In the meantime we have to go ahead and put up the baby gates….

We also lowered the crib to the next setting because Kaelen realized he could suck on the rails if he picked his head allllllll the way up. He also was able to lift his bottom above the level of the rails when he got up on his hands and toes (doing baby down dog).

Kaelen and I joined my friends Megan & Bethany at the pool on Tuesday and he is really enjoying the water. He spent most of the time we were in the water grinning and kicking/splashing. It’s taken a little while but he seems to be getting used to wearing the sun hat & sunglasses. Today when I put them on he tried to eat the sunglasses, but since the sun was bothering his eyes so within a few minutes he quit messing with them. I’m super excited about Kaelen learning to swim with how much he loves the water. He dunked his face a couple times today and came up sputtering – haha! I think he was trying to drink the pool! Next year I’m planning to put Kaelen in ISR swim lessons (Infant Self-Rescue) since they are able to teach very young children to float, then roll& swim to the edge of the pool. Not only is great for safety but also gives him access to the water and the ability to swim earlier than most kids learn to really swim!

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~ Erica


6 Months & 26 Weeks

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I can hardly believe our little warrior has been here for half a year already!  Its mind boggling as I think about how much Kaelen has grown and changed in such a short period of time.  Since this post is both on a Friday and on a month anniversary I am only doing the one post.  All the weekly and monthly pictures will be at the bottom of the post.

I’ll start with Kaelen’s stats: He weighs more than 19 pounds but we don’t really know by how much, his height is 30 inches, and he has grown into 9 month size clothes.

One big development is Kaelen’s first tooth emerged last Saturday (June 22nd).  It is the left center tooth on the bottom.  The best part about this tooth’s arrival is that it came without causing much fuss.  Other than having been very drooly for awhile now Kaelen didn’t have any other symptoms of teething.  I certainly hope that he continues to have an easy time with incoming teeth.  The other bottom center tooth is on the way out any day now.  Once enough of the tooth is showing to get a picture I will, but thus far its impossible to get a picture of.

On Monday night (June 24) we took Kaelen to get his first haircut.  I know most people wait longer to cut their baby’s hair, however the long sections by his ears were constantly sticking to his face, getting in his eyes, and just generally looked scraggly…so we decided to go ahead and cut it.  I’m amazed at how much of a difference it made!  He still has little old man hair, but at least its a better shape now!  One day it will fill in… for now at least its cuter 🙂

Kaelen now sits for more extended periods of time on our laps or on a blanket while playing with a toy  (click here to see video I posted) but eventually falls over after awhile or when he’s “done”.  I would estimate he’s sat un-aided for possibly 5 minutes or more.  He sat under the play gym and held onto it/played with the toys from that perspective and seems to really be enjoying playing in the seated position.  This week we also got out the baby piano and the first block set and thus far he LOVES banging on the piano.

Little man is able to rock back and forth on his hands and knees.  This often results in him lunging and scooting around.  Today Kaelen did something that surprised us both because of the strength it takes; he picked himself up on his toes and hands….it looked alot like the yoga pose “downward facing dog”. I love it that there’s so much growing and changing!  Its exciting every day to see what he’s going to do next!

On Sunday Kaelen actually lunged/scooted/rolled across our bed to get to me about 3 different times.  It is so neat to see how he is purposely attempting to move himself to get places!  It seems like he could start crawling anytime he wants to but there are definitely a couple pieces he still has to figure out, like releasing his hand from the floor and reaching forward.  We realize with his new mobility that it is time to get the safety gates put up so that project is now on the short list to get done ASAP.

Kaelen is still taking three naps per day most days and is sleeping as much as 12-14 hours at night.  Most nights Kaelen has still been waking up to eat around 6am, but three times this past week he slept all the way through until 8am!  I am pleased with him naturally lengthening out his sleep, but eventually really hope that he will keep his routine “wakeup” time at 9am. (Hey I can hope even if it may not be realistic!) Kaelen loves to roll around and scoot in his crib when he’s supposed to be falling asleep at nap time or bed time which means that he often takes 30-60 minutes to go to sleep when I put him down… even when I make sure to put him down as soon as he starts showing signs of being tired.  I can put the baby in the crib, but I can’t MAKE him sleep….  Kaelen’s naps are continuing to range from 45 minutes-1.5 hours each.

Kaelen really wants to experience his whole world through his mouth.  He’s been able to pickup toys to chew on for a while, but this month he really has wanted to put EVERYTHING he sees and is interested in into his mouth.  He’s fascinated with anything we are holding, what we are doing, and ESPECIALLY our food and drinks think he’s even tried to chew on the mirror and the wall! On June 4th Kaelen “found” his toes and has since gotten where he will either bend all the way over to chew on them or pick them up to investigate or chew on.  Since he got that first tooth in he does seem to be more careful about chewing on his hands/feet from the sides of his mouth.

Little Man continues to nurse about six times each day and now that he has turned six months we plan to start him working on solid foods.  We are planning to use Baby Led Weaning, which essentially means that we will put large pieces of easy to grab foods (e.g. carrots, toast “fingers”) for him to learn to pick up and put in his mouth to gnaw on.  This method teaches him to feed himself, and to gnaw/chew on foods before he learns to swallow them.  Since he still gets all the nutrition he needs from nursing there’s no pressure on the amount of solid food he gets.  Another advantage to this way is that he won’t get used to the pureed consistency of most baby foods since he will be experiencing many textures right from the very beginning.  I’ll be sure to post lots along the way!

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Behind the Scenes:

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Here are a few “Outtakes”

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~ Erica