Half a year, you guys. Woah.
Reading back over Kai’s five month post, it seems so long ago. Like it was so last year or something. Since then we’ve celebrated Christmas and New Years, and we are now settled in for a long winter. Blech. Ok, where to begin. I feel like this kid grows bigger by the day, and he is getting really heavy to carry around now. His six month check up isn’t until Monday, but a couple weeks ago at the doctor he was over 19 lbs and I am quite certain he is at least 20 lbs now. He is solidly in 12 month clothes, having outgrown his nine monthers in length. Let’s do a little comparison.
I also need to show you his thigh rolls. They are amazing.
He has three teeth on the bottom now and one of his top teeth is beginning to poke through as well. Luckily he hasn’t seemed to bothered by teething lately, but he does chew and suck on anything and everything. Which brings me to my next topic, nursing. As in, we’re not doing that anymore. About a week before Christmas, Kai bit me while nursing for the first time. It took me by surprise, and I yelled out, which didn’t seem to bother him at all. At this point he still only had one tooth, but man that was a sharp little bugger. I won’t go into all of the details, but I will say he did not stop doing it, and on Christmas morning we had a rather traumatic experience for both of us, and that was that. I continued to pump for the next couple weeks, so he was getting both breastmilk and formula. I cut down to two pumps a day, then one, and then none. We spent a night away last weekend and I decided I didn’t want to bring the pump with me, so Tuesday of that week ended up being my last pump. He is still getting one breastmilk bottle a day from my freezer stash, which is nearly gone. So while I didn’t make it to my goal of nursing for six months, he has at least gotten some breastmilk for that length of time and I feel totally fine with that now. I did feel a bit guilty at first for “giving up,” but it was the right thing for us to do. Could I have kept pumping? Yes. But the thought of doing that for six more months made me cringe. Kai has never been one to really nurse for comfort, and he loves his bottles. LOVES them. When he sees one being prepared or in the warmer, he gets all excited and starts breathing rapidly, kicking his legs and flailing his arms. It often becomes a serious matter and he needs to have that bottle RIGHTNOW. He likes his bottles warmed up but does not like to wait for that to happen. Once it is ready we sit down on the couch and he opens his mouth and leans toward it like a frantic little baby bird. You would think he is starving or something, like we never feed him (see thigh rolls above). We had to upgrade to the level 2 medium flow nipples, and I am starting to think we could have just skipped straight to level 3.
Kai is also now a pretty big fan of solids, which he now usually gets twice a day. His absolute favorite right now is cereal mixed with applesauce. He would keep eating and eating applesauce until the whole big jar was gone I am fairly certain. He also loves prunes, pears, peaches, and sweet potatoes. So far not a fan of peas, green beans, or butternut squash, but that may have been because he tried all of those when he was tired and crabby. He loves to play with his suction cup highchair toys after he eats while I clean up.
So his eating schedule roughly includes a 6 ounce bottle when he wakes up around 6:30 or 7:00. Then he has some solids about an hour later. We were doing cereal at this time, but since this is his best (least crabby) eating time, I’ve been trying some other fruits or veggies here and saving the cereal for the evening. He has a 7 oz bottle around 10am, and then an 8 oz bottle around 1:30 or 2:00 depending on how long he naps. Another 7 oz around 4:30 or 5:00, and then 7 or 8 oz at bedtime with his cereal either in the afternoon or early evening depending on naps. So he usually averages about 32-36 oz a day (five bottles) plus solids. He gets hungrier as the day goes on and sometimes I can believe how much he can put away within a few hours at night.
Speaking of naps. I am so happy to report that Kai has relinquished his mayoral duties in the city of Catnaps!! He has now been known to take at least one, if not TWO naps that are longer than one hour per day. He still averages three naps a day, but sometimes only takes two. He is still ready for his first nap about 2-2.5 hours after he wakes up, and goes down sometime between 8:30-9am. This is usually his best nap of the day, often lasting an hour and 15 or 20 mins. He goes down for his second nap between 12:00 and 12:30, and this one is often just over an hour as well, though sometimes he wakes after only 35 mins or so. If he takes a third nap, it is usually around 4pm and is a cat nap, but he really needs it to make it to bedtime. On the days when he refuses that third nap, he is in bed for the night by 6-6:30. I don’t like doing that because he then he wakes up by 6am a lot of the time, but there is often no way he can stay up any later. If he takes that third nap he is usually asleep by 7:30, which is perfect. He almost always sleeps through the night for 11-12 hours. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to have him napping for more than 30 mins at a time, so I can get things done like writing this post. Also, he gets really excited when he hears me come in to get him when he wakes up, kicking his feet and smiling while he cuddles with his monkey lovey.
Now on to the sad part of the post. Kai had his first ear infection over new years and it was awful. It started with him coughing a little bit the Sunday before new years. His cough sounded pretty bad, but it didn’t seem to bother him too much, in fact he would cough at night and sleep right through it. He was still coughing by new years eve (wed), so I called the doctor and spoke to the nurse. She asked if he had a fever, and I said I didn’t think so (we never checked because he didn’t feel warm at all). She said to just keep an eye on him and let them know if he developed a fever. Well, we decided to take his temp just to be safe and it was 101.6. I called back and the nurse said I could just give him some Tylenol and keep an eye on him, and their office would be open again on Friday. Looking back, I think that advice was totally wrong, but I didn’t know. First time mom here. That night, he was a little more fussy throughout the night than usual, but it seemed that the Tylenol was helping. New years day he was still coughing and congested, and had a really low grade fever. We continued with the Tylenol, but that night was horrible. Kai was up crying non stop for two hours in the middle of the night, and nothing made him feel better. We fed him, held him, etc and he just cried and cried. Finally after another dose of Tylenol we got him to sleep and he slept though until morning. I called the doctor back and talked to the nurse again, and said I wanted to bring him in. He was crying when I would lay him down for a diaper change and pulling on one of his ears. This was the same nurse, and she told me I could come in that afternoon to see a different doctor, or I could wait until his doctor was available on Monday. Um, no. I took him in that afternoon and sure enough, double ear infection. He got his first dose of antibiotics that night, and that night was the worst. He went to sleep ok, but woke up soon after crying. The only thing I could do was hold him upright on my shoulder in the glider and he would stop crying and immediately fall back to sleep. The second I would go to set him down he would cry, poor guy. I tried taking him into bed with me and laying with him propped up, but he wasn’t having it. I was finally ready to just hold him in the glider all night, but he finally went to sleep. Luckily after only two doses of the antibiotics, he was feeling so much better on Saturday. He slept ok Saturday night, and by Sunday he seemed back to his normal self. Having a sick baby was the absolute worst, and I am hoping and praying he will stay healthy for the rest of the dreadful cold and flu season. Of course Steve and I got sick as well, and I had some oral surgery over new years too, so that was a fun week.
Alright, lets back up for a minute to Christmas. Of course it was so great to celebrate Kai’s first Christamas. I kind of never wanted the holiday season to end. He got to sit on Santa’s lap and as you can see he was thrilled.
Of course he got so many wonderful presents, but his favorite part of all of it was trying to eat the tasty wrapping paper.
We had a blast hanging out with family, and even though he was an overtired mess by the end of it all, I would say it was a great first Christmas indeed.
Kai still loves his saucer/jumper, and he is such a ham in there.
He prefers for you to be in the room with him while he jumps, and will let you know he is not happy if you so much as leave for a few minutes to throw in a load of laundry or God forbid, go to the bathroom. He frequently looks over to make sure are indeed still watching him and his fancy moves before flashing a big cheesy smile.
He can sit up unassisted for short periods of time, and likes to sit on the floor in his boppy pillow and play. He will grab anything and everything within reach and will also put anything and everything in his mouth.
When he is on his tummy, he will reach for things and go up on his knees like he wants to crawl, but he hasn’t quite figured that one out yet. He will concentrate very hard on reaching his toys, and has even figured out that he can pull on the mat to bring the toy closer.
He still won’t roll from tummy to back even though he has shown on multiple occasions that he can. He continues to prefer to whine until you pick him up or flip him back over. Silly boy. Kai enjoys going to kids club at the gym most weekdays after his morning nap. They seem to like him there, because obviously he is the cutest one 🙂
My favorite duo. I love listening to Steve play with Kai, it just melts my heart. Kai is very vocal now, and likes to yell, babble, shriek and giggle, and it is all too much. He also loves walking around the house in the Bjorn carrier (facing out of course), holding his feet up and taking off his socks during diaper changes (so helpful), and reading stories in the glider. He still has some crabby times, usually only when he is overtired, but overall he is a happy boy most of the time.
I think that’s it from the world’s longest update, though I’m sure there is plenty I am leaving out.
I just love this kid so much I want to eat him whole!