11 Months

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I have heard this quote more than once and feel like it exactly illustrates how I feel about the past months as I realize Little Man is nearly 1!

“The days go slowly but the weeks, months and years go quickly.”

I think I said this elsewhere in my blog, but the best advice that I heard repeatedly while pregnant was to really slow down and enjoy every moment because Warrior would grow and change so quickly. I thank God every day for our sweet Little Man and that I have truly taken that message to heart. The sweet and tender memories I have from this year are some of the absolute best of my life. I am truly blessed.
Kaelen has had tons more drooling and teething behavior this month but still no new teeth. I still think the fourth bottom tooth is the next one that will appear but the top canine tooth seems like it may come in before long as well. Only time will tell!

 

Kaelen continues to wear 18 month size clothes. Some of the pants need to be cuffed still so his feet don’t get stuck inside them while he is crawling. It looks like maybe he will actually stay this size for longer than he has stayed previous sizes which would mean he could wear this current set of clothes through the coldest months. Yay! Kaelen now has to have shoes on his feet whenever it is fairly cold out because even if his socks do stay on his feet with his activity level, he has figured out how to take them off! He tends to pull them off, chew on them, and then carries them around with him while he plays.

 

Little Man’s sleep got a little disrupted by daylight savings time, teething, and not feeling well, which combined with the busyness surrounding Thanksgiving, means that we are still working hard to get him re-settled into a stable sleep routine with just two naps per day and a return no over-night waking. Ideally, Little Man sleeps from 7:30 or 8pm until between 8am-9am and takes a 1.5 hour morning nap and a 1.5+ hour afternoon nap starting around 2pm. (someday it’ll happen…I will just continue to believe it’s possible until it does!)
This month we added several new foods including: Sautéed Spinach, Cranberry-Orange Dressing, and of course Turkey. Of those Kaelen liked the spinach and eats it somewhat regularly now. He tried the turkey several times but spit it out each time he tasted it even if it was “mixed in” with other foods he liked. The highlight of Kaelen’s Thanksgiving Dinner was Aunt Sarah’s Sweet Potatoes. I couldn’t reload his spoon or feed them to him fast enough! We are still nursing about five times per day and Kaelen seems to be happy with that frequency. We started letting Kaelen use a pre-loaded spoon with soft foods awhile back, but in the last month he has gotten really good at getting a significant amount of the yogurt, applesauce, sweet potato, etc. actually all the way into his mouth. It is so neat to see his coordination constantly improve. Kaelen uses either hand with a spoon and sometimes switches which hand he wants to use mid-meal (and sometimes uses both of course). I think it is so fascinating to watch little things develop as we see his preferences form over the next months.

 

Little Man said, “Mama” for the first time while looking me in the eyes when I went to pick him up out of his crib on October 31st! I was sooo excited! The speech therapist in me had to wait and see if he did it again to be sure it was 100% purposeful and completely linked to me, but it turns out that “Mama” was Kaelen’s true first word! Kaelen has continued to become more conversational and has begun imitating us telling him to say “more” by saying “mmmmm” or “mu” while he is eating and with some play activities like bouncing on the big exercise ball. Kaelen started saying “Dada” or “Dadadadada” while babbling just yesterday which we were really ready for.

 

Kaelen is very observant and seems to only need to see something once before he imitates and learns it! There are so many “activity” things that Kaelen is doing that are new so I think I’ll just list them as bullets:

– Kaelen now stops and claps to show his delight in something

– He can beat in rhythm with music (and still dances every chance he gets).

– Little Man began pushing on objects in front of himself to “walk” behind them on November 12, so we weighed down a medium sized cooler that is the right height for Kaelen and he pushes it around the on floor.

– Grandma taught Kaelen how to get the foam sea creatures (bath toys) to “stick” to the shower door or the sidewall of the bathtub and he has enjoyed playing with them that way ever since.

– Learned to turn the lights on and off using the switch on the wall.

– Starting to learn to purse his lips to kiss. He sometimes will give kisses with pursed lips but most often gives open mouth kisses. Kaelen has initiated giving his Daddy a kiss a couple times, but gives his Mama kisses all the time spontaneously! He will give close family and friends kisses sometimes if we ask him to, but not reliably (or spontaneously). I never cease to be amazed by how sweet spirited our little man is.

– Mid-month Warrior began taking more than 10 steps while holding on to our hands to move across the room. He has also started letting go of people/objects for just a second or two at a time while standing before grabbing back on or sitting down. We know it’s all just a part of the the pre-walking warm-up.

– Kaelen has been enjoying eating the knobs on the kitchen cabinets or opening/closing/banging the doors to play, but on “Pie Day” while we were at Grandma’s house making pies for Thanksgiving Kaelen figured out that there are lots of fun things INSIDE the cabinets to play with and explore! Time to install some more of the cabinet locks in the kitchen and bathrooms….

– Kaelen loves to carry around his toys with him as he plays and often has Sophie the Giraffe in his mouth or a hand, another toy, or even just one of his socks that he managed to pull off of his feet.

 

One last funny note to round off this post: Kaelen think it is absolutely hilarious when someone blows his or her nose. I would have expected him to be startled or bothered by someone sneezing and then blowing their nose, but instead he gets the biggest grin and starts belly laughing! We still haven’t figured out why it is so funny to him, but that sound delights our little boy.

 

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Kaelen 11 Months59“Pwwwwwt!” (Blowing Raspberries)

~ Erica

 


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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Kaelen 9 Months41“I like to chew on Monkey”

Kaelen 9 Months29I’ve got Daddy & Monkey and I am one Happy Boy!

 

 

~ 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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Kaelen 8 Months103Crawling Away

Kaelen 8 Months101Laughing

Kaelen 8 Months096Oooh I found a sticker!

Kaelen 8 Months011Snuggling with Mama

 

Kaelen 8 Months116Roughhousing with Daddy

 

Kaelen 8 Months112It’s Time to Fly!

 

 

 

 

 

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~ 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