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


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


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


Florida Trip

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The weekend that Kaelen turned 6 weeks old Grandpa (or as the great-grandchildren call him “Grandpa Magic”) turned 90.  So all of the Charlotte clan headed south to Palm Harbor, Florida to celebrate with him.  The Charlotte crew rented a large vacation home that had a pool out back and was a fantastic setup for all four couples and the 3 grandchildren.

The first day we went to see Grandpa Magic at his house where he held Kaelen for the first time.

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We decided to take Kaelen swimming since it was warm even though it was the beginning of February!  The pool was a little cool for Kaelen so he didn’t stay in long, even after he adjusted to the temperature.  The rest of the clan joined in the fun either poolside or swimming/horsing around in the pool.

 

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“Daddy I’m COLD!”

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Caleb playing on the whale

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 Mark & Doug throwing the whale…  Boys will be boys…

 

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Sunday was the big celebration with Grandpa Magic and everyone in his community.  There was of course a magic show, singing, and alot of yummy cake!  We got a few family pictures that turned out great!

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The whole family surrounding Grandpa Magic
From Left-Back Row: Nancy, John, Jay, Susan, Doug, Sarah, JoshFront Row: Sara, Scott, Michelle, Grandpa Magic, Me (Erica), Kaelen, Caleb, Connor, Nicole, & Mark

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Four Generations: Doug, Kaelen, Dad(Jay), & Grandpa Magic

There were a few other highlights of the trip that I don’t have pictures of.  We had a few big breakfasts with the whole family (Sourdough Waffles- YUM!).  Fabulous dinners at The Lucky Dill and Spoto’s Steak Joint.  A few of us went shopping in Tarpon Springs and we ordered an entire flat of Baklava that we demolished throughout the rest of the trip.  Thanks for the idea Mark!  A special closing note (no pun intended) of the trip was coffee on Monday morning before we got on the road to come home.  Grandpa Magic plays violin in a band with several other members of his community and they played several valentines classics for everyone in the community! It was a wonderful trip and we especially enjoyed Kaelen getting to meet Grandpa Magic and our extended family for the first time.

~ Erica