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


Kaelen’s First Easter

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First of all- Happy Easter!   Jesus Christ is Risen!   My wish for all of you is that you not only have a personal relationship with Jesus and that you know the power of his blood in your life.

 

Today we celebrated Easter as a family, but with lots of friends!   We are truly blessed to have many close friends and family who not only lift us up and encourage us, but who share our same faith and values.  We ate a feast that everyone brought a little something to contribute to.  Then we played Mafia & Three in a Hat.  I think my favorite part is all the laughs!  Here are some fun pictures from our gathering today:

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From Left: Becky, Bethany, Carlee, Me, Macie, Leslie, Jessica & Makenna

 

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From Left: Frank, Doug & Kaelen, Greg, Alex, Scott, & Phil

~ Erica


3 Months Old

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We have seen such amazing growth and change this month!  Kaelen is getting so big and really showing more of his personality!  Since this is a monthly post I’ll be going into significant detail on milestones and development for my personal use, so feel free to skip or skim if you only wish to take in his cuteness in the photos below.

 

Kaelen3Months047 Kaelen’s getting so tall!

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So Serious! Kaelen didn’t really smile the whole photo shoot today.
I really love his eyes in this picture though.

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“Look at me stand!”
(Daddy was standing right there to catch if needed)

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“I looooove my Daddy!”
This is one of my favorite pictures of my boys together!

Kaelen’s hair is finally starting to grow in on top of his head.  He was born with hair on top of his head, however it was very thin and it has always looked like “Old Man” hair or like he had a comb over.  I’m looking forward to it filling in!  His cheeks have gotten really chubby and are soo cute in many of the expressions he makes.  Kaelen started to drool a bit in the last two weeks and some days seems as though he may be teething a bit.  As a result our little man has figured out how to blow bubbles and does so frequently to amuse himself.  He often likes to stand when the person holding him is sitting down and he is strong enough that he only needs balance support.  He can hold his position for up to a minute or two at a time.  The first few times he did this when was when he was mad and screaming, but has since started standing frequently for enjoyment.  Kaelen also  “crunches” up when he wants to be sitting instead of laying down.  It amazes me how strong his core has gotten!

Kaelen regularly sleeps for 5-6 hour stretches most nights and then goes back to sleep once or twice more for 2-4 hours at a time and gets up for the day between 8-10am.   He is up and super cheerful for 45 minutes or so before he wants to take a 45+ minute morning nap. He also takes an afternoon and evening naps but its not yet predictable timing and he often cat naps while nursing or hanging out otherwise.  I know it won’t be too much longer at this phase and he will begin getting more a regular sleep schedule that we can plan around.

Activity wise, Kaelen’s favorites are singing and dancing to music with Daddy.  He seems to like most styles of music and vocalizes along with whoever is singing.  In the last week he also started moving his arms and legs to “dance”… it is sooo cute.  At some point I hope to capture a video of this to share.  He also has started to enjoy looking at colors more and will lay under his play gym for 15-20 minutes at a time watching and talking to the toys hanging above him. One of his favorite “friends” remains the ceeling fan in any room.  He will even take a pause in crying or from being mad to investigate the fan and enjoys it when we turn the fan on so he can watch it spin.

Kaelen’s vocalizations have become more diverse as he has added some true sounds in addition to cooing.  Thus far he has used the sounds: /G/, /Uh/, /A/, & /Ooo/. Its been funny to hear some of the things he “says” almost sound like words.  Kaelen carries on at times and will “talk” to Mama or Daddy or a friend for several minutes at time.  He is often very serious about communicating whatever is on his mind!  I’ll post a video of this at some point as well….

Socially, Kaelen has learned to laugh appropriately (Click Here to see the video of him laughing).  It is so fun to be able to have more interactive play times with him.  The other night we got laughing at him laughing and that went on for at least ten minutes!  Kaelen has also started trying to imitate faces that he sees Daddy or Mama make frequently.  Its so cool to see him “mirror” us…. speaking of Mirrors he LOVES to watch himself in the mirror and talk to himself.  Little man has learned to indicate when he is wet or dirty and also has a different cry for when he is tired… now if only we always understood the message right away we’d be all set.

Hope you enjoyed this update for those of you who chose to read through it!

~ 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).

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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