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.
Kaelen’s getting so tall!
So Serious! Kaelen didn’t really smile the whole photo shoot today.
I really love his eyes in this picture though.
“Look at me stand!”
(Daddy was standing right there to catch if needed)
“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!