Sitting Video

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Here is a video clip of Kaelen sitting unsupported and playing with Sophie the Giraffe which is one of his favorite toys.  I took this video when I realized how long he was sitting unsupported now!   He sits for long periods of time with no help on our laps and usually once a day will sit unsupported for awhile on the floor as well!  How much it has changed since he first started sitting for just an instant while I snapped a picture!

 

~ Erica


25 Weeks

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This week was a big week for celebrations with Doug.  We celebrated his first Father’s Day Sunday and his birthday on Monday!  Because we had traveled Saturday we kept both days low key but we did enjoy our family time together those two days.  I find myself just cherishing lots of the little moments along the way and the time the three of us spend playing, cuddling, and being together are so special.  Tonight (Friday) we had friends and family over to celebrate Doug’s birthday with fellowship and dessert.  Kaelen provided entertainment and was quite willing to be passed around to visit with everyone.  At one point while he was playing with his Aunt Caryn she had him belly laughing at something… too cute!  After Kaelen went to bed we enjoyed the cake and homemade chocolate pudding.

Kaelen finally started rolling over his right shoulder from back to front.  He had been rolling over for a long time so I was just waiting to see when he would roll over to the other side!  The first time he did it was on Father’s Day and I managed to catch it on video.  This video is a much better video of him rolling all the way over, unlike the video of when he first rolled over since that one was just the last little bit of the roll.

 

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~ Erica

 


Father’s Day 2013

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I shared this with Doug on Sunday, but want to also share here.  Kaelen and I are both so blessed by the father that Doug has, and is becoming.  I always knew in my heart that Doug would make an amazing father, but I never really saw him interact at all with babies.  Once they were talking, playing, running, etc. he has always been very easily engaged.  So I didn’t really know what to expect… until Kaelen arrived.  Doug is the most observant, sweet, and engaged father of a young baby!  He has far surpassed any expectations or hopes I had for how he would be with our baby.  He often stops what he’s doing (work related) for a few minutes to talk and play with Kaelen.  He studies everything about our little warrior and is able to point out subtle things about how Kaelen is changing, or what he needs… Sometimes even before I realize what’s going on he’s jumped in and taken care of a need.

In Kaelen’s first few weeks of life, Doug always got up with me at the night feedings to change Kaelen’s diaper, bring him to me, and assist me with anything I needed.  Even still he wakes up when Kaelen does at around 6am to go get him for me so I can use the bathroom, get a drink, and get propped on my pillows.  Sometimes he even waits for Kaelen to finish eating and returns him to the crib in the nursery.  I’m one spoiled Mama!

One of Doug’s favorite times is when Kaelen is first waking up… Doug tries to “sneak” into the nursery  without Kaelen seeing him and wait for Kaelen to notice he’s there.  As soon as Kaelen spots Daddy he gets a HUGE smile on his face and starts wiggling every part of his little body!  IT’S SO CUTE!  Recently Kaelen has gotten to be more about Daddy even when I’m holding him or talking to him, he may only have eyes for Daddy.  During play times he often waits for Doug’s reaction to a toy or noise to make sure its ok to laugh or smile about it.  I know that this is only the start of him checking out Daddy to see how he’s doing and I LOVE how close their connection is already.

Here are a few pictures and a video of Doug and Kaelen.  Kaelen’s onesie reads “Game Changer” and I thought it was so appropriate for the day since he has changed our lives so very much!

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“Flying”

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Kaelen LOOOOVES to look at himself in the mirror so it’s something that he and Doug do together every day

 

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Here’s the video I mentioned, I sure do love watching Doug and Kaelen play together!

I am so blessed by Doug as my husband and father of our son-  Happy Father’s Day Sweetheart!

~ Erica


Five Months Old

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Kaelen is five months old already!  Wow!  Its amazing how the time has flown by since he turned four months.  Enjoy this (overdue) update and the pictures and video included!

Kaelen’s new favorite toy is the ExerSaucer that Aunt Lauren (my best friend) gave him when Lily outgrew it.  It didn’t take him long to learn how to turn himself around to whichever toy he wants to play with.  At some point I’ll post a video of him playing with it.  It is hilarious when instead of reaching for and grabbing a toy with his hand he dives at it with his mouth… haha… I’m amused by the little things! Coordination for grabbing things is increasing – he went from diving at toys with his mouth all the time to being able to reach for and play with toys when he is laying or sitting with coordinated intentional movements.  He also grasps his hands together in front of himself during play or to bring an object to his mouth.

He has rolled from front to back in his crib while wearing his sleep sack.  He walks his feet up and gets his butt way up in the air until he rolls. He has done it on several occasions but doesn’t do it routinely or when he is playing during tummy time.  Instead he has learned to roll from back to front over his left shoulder!!!  He did it for the first time today!!!  It was super slow and took him a long time so I only got the clip from the very end of the process.  I was pretty excited as you will hear 🙂

Little Man is sitting for longer periods of time and does really well staying upright for 15-30 seconds at a time, especially if he is playing with a toy.  I’m not sure why that helps, but the concentration on something in his hands helps him stabilize from falling over to the back or sides.  I took a picture of him sitting when I took his pictures to share here. (see below)

Kaelen is currently taking 3 naps per day & sleeping from 9pm until around 6am when he eats.  I have really grown to love this schedule and am feeling soooo much more rested as a whole!  I knew this time would come eventually and I am so grateful!  I can’t say I even mind the wakeup to nurse since he goes back to sleep until a “better” wakeup time.  He has come a LONG way in the area of self soothing and falls asleep within 2-15 minutes of being laid down.

Kaelen is getting SO big!  He has been wearing 6 month clothes but its time to start pulling out the 9 month size outfits and onesies!  Its really interesting – many of the clothes we have been given are really “wide” for him and not long enough since he’s significantly more tall than fat.  He does have the cutest little leg rolls though!

People have started asking us frequently about teething and while I know that its around the corner we don’t have any signs or symptoms of it.  Kaelen’s primarily exploration of the world does continue to be through his mouth, and his drool is up and down in quantity on different days (mostly up!).

Kaelen has gotten to be where he is ALL about his Daddy!  He wants me some, but if Doug is in the room or talking he would rather be engaged with him.  It is so sweet to watch them together.  Kaelen loves flying in the air above Daddy’s head… Doug just has to dodge all of the drool that tends to “bomb” his face when they play airplane! 🙂

Little Man LOVES to belly laugh!   He thinks its hilarious when we pretend to “eat” his toes or tickle him with our hair against his face.  Raspberries on his belly are another laugh inducing activity and he likes those best during diaper changes after he wakes up.

Kaelen’s hair seems to be getting a bit lighter over time and looks like it has red highlights in some lights or in pictures.  It is continuing to grow but hasn’t filled in too much yet… I keep saying that one of these days we are going to trim the sides so they don’t look so rough… its just a matter of getting him to the stylist while he’s up between one of his naps which is a bit tricky since he is only awake for 1.5 hours at a time including diapering and feeding time which is usually the first 25 or so minutes after he wakes up.  We will get to it…. eventually 🙂

Kaelen realized he could screech in the past week or so.  He loves to hear his voice when he is playing and really gets going sometimes!   It is a “fun” noise for him so we always know when he wakes up happy if he’s making those types of sounds.  Doug has taken a couple short video clips of him trying to get one of him screeching and playing but we haven’t got one we like yet… I’m sure we will get one soon.

Our friends often comment about what a happy, easy going baby Kaelen is… and now that he is well rested and has a routine that is working for him (and us) he really is!   He only ever gets worked up if he’s hungry and doesn’t think I’m feeding him fast enough or sometimes when we put his sleep sack on him and he’s not ready to go to sleep yet.  Its always fun to hear other people’s compliments… but we truly feel blessed.

Hope you enjoy the pictures this month… I took a bunch!

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A little Laugh

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Oh ya know… just Chillin’

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“What do you mean you’re not holding me here?!?”

Behind the Scenes- this is how I get those smiles and laughs

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Some Seriously Adorable Pictures of Kaelen with His Daddy

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“Daddy that TICKLES!!!”

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I love Kaelen’s eyes in these two!

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Last but not least, here’s the video of Kaelen rolling over that I mentioned earlier in the post.  It is the last little bit of the roll since he was doing the first part for a long time, I didn’t know that he would get all the way over this time.  I get a little animated in this clip, but come on… it is exciting stuff!

~ Erica


Singing Love Songs to Mama

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One of the things that my best friend told me was that her nursing relationship with her daughter Lily has been truly special.  There’s a long back story that I won’t share here, but needless to say I’m delighted for her. As a result of watching what she went through I was really looking forward to experiencing the perks of nursing my own baby.  Other than a few minor concerns along the way that I feel like most mothers face like: “is my baby getting enough?”, “How do I know when to switch sides?”, and “when will he quit playing instead of eating when it’s time to nurse?” Our nursing relationship was pretty blessed and went well from the start.  Once Kaelen was a couple weeks old he began doing something that to this day is my favorite thing.  After he finishes nursing if he hasn’t fallen asleep while eating, he lays back in my arms or against the pillow and begins cooing, smiling, and carrying on all while staring up at me with those gorgeous blue eyes of his.  I refer to this as him “singing love songs to Mama”.  I can’t truly describe how it makes me feel but I fall in love with him all over again every time he does it.  The whole world disappears and he and I are alone in our moment together.  Anyway, I’ve been trying for a while to get a clip of him doing this on video so I thought I’d share a clip here for my memory (don’t worry everyone is fully clothed) since I know he won’t do this forever….

~ Erica

 

 

 

 


Kaelen’s First Laugh

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Doug reported to me that Kaelen started laughing aloud during “playtime” one day in the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately neither of us remembers exactly which day it was.  I was working out or in the shower when Kaelen did it so I hadn’t had the opportunity to see or hear him laugh except in his sleep until last Wednesday night.  Evidently, I’m not very funny to Kaelen or I just haven’t figured out what I need to do to get him laughing- haha :).  On Wednesday, Kaelen was with his Aunt Noelle and he found her to be hilarious because he laughed with her all evening, including when I returned to pick him up.  It is the cutest thing ever!  Anyway, she stalked him with her iPhone to get a video of him laughing so now I have it to share with you!  Enjoy!

~ Erica