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.
A Few Fun Pictures:
Kaelen loves to “fly” down the stairs with Daddy and this is a picture showing them coming down the stairs.
“I like to chew on Monkey”
I’ve got Daddy & Monkey and I am one Happy Boy!