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Kai: 12 months

I realize I am now 12 days late with this post, but it’s summer and we’ve been busy. Also this will be the last official monthly update I do, so I had to make sure it’s a good one.

Twelve months. And just like that, my baby is one.

Let’s start off with some stats. Kai had his one year check up this past week and weighed in at 27lbs 7oz (98%) and measured 32.5″ tall (99%). So basically he is still a giant. He wears 24 month clothes and size 4 disposable diapers (but I will probably go to size 5 next time we need to buy them). I don’t even know how many teeth he has now, at least 12 with more seeming to pop through every day. He has two molars on the bottom, which I was surprised to find in there a few weeks ago because he never seemed too bothered by them. I’ve heard that molars coming in can be hell, but luckily we have escaped any real issues with sleep or otherwise in that department.

Kai still loves to eat, is still super picky, and is also a bottomless pit. His favorite foods at the moment include grapes, pancakes, french fries, greek yogurt, and bread with sunbutter. He seriously loves carbs and will pretty much put away any bread, cracker, pretzel etc. that you put in front of him. He is much better now about eating fresh fruit and likes strawberries and blueberries, but veggies are out of the question unless in pureed form. Ditto meat, though he does seem to like breakfast sausage. He is very hesitant to try any new foods, and when he does he usually spits it out immediately after not recognizing the flavor or texture. Also, if I feed him a puree out of a container, it sure as heck better not contain any chunks, bits, or any other offensive particles or he will remove it from his mouth with his hands. He still loves to throw food on the floor if it is something that does not please him at that particular moment.

We have also switched Kai’s bottles to organic whole milk, after spending about a week mixing them 50/50 with whole milk and formula. Yes, he is still drinking two bottles of milk a day for the simple fact that he will not drink milk out of his straw cup. In fact, he will not drink cold milk at all, it must be warmed to an acceptable temperature. His doctor recommended offering it in his straw cup with meals which we tried, but he will not drink it. Period. He does love to drink water out of his straw cup which is great. He got a taste of OJ that they were sampling at Costco the other day and he LOVED it. However, I do not plan to start giving him juice at home when he drinks water just fine. I guess we will see if he eventually comes around to cold milk, otherwise I don’t think it is that big a deal if he just doesn’t drink milk straight up. He has another doctor appointment in three months, so we will see what she says at that point.

Kai is still a very good sleeper, and we are now at the point where he goes back and forth between taking one nap and two naps. If he wakes up before 7am it is usually a two nap day, one from 10:30-11:30 and another from 3:30-4:30. I do not let him sleep more than an hour for either nap when he takes two. If he sleeps in past 7am or we have plans in the morning, he takes one nap, usually starting between 11:15-11:45. Sometimes this nap will be nice and long (over 2 hrs), and sometimes it will only be a little over an hour. When that happens, he goes to bed early. Typically he sleeps for 10.5-11.5 hours a night and takes 2+ hours in naps. It will be kind of nice when he is ready to switch to one long nap every day, but until then we just go day by day.

Kai can stand on his own indefinitely, and has taken as many as 3 steps on his own. He will only try taking steps if one of us is right in front of him to catch him, and it is kind of a step/lean/fall into us combo. He loves to walk around holding our hands and demands to do that more and more. I had my hopes up that he would be walking somewhat well by the time we go camping in two weeks, but that is clearly not going to happen.

Kai likes to be around other kids whether we are at a get together or he is at the gym daycare. He talks non-stop, but still has not said anything that resembles an actual word. We are working on pointing at things, though he doesn’t quite grasp the concept of pointing with his own finger. If I say “Kai, where is your nose?” he will reach for my hand, grab it, and touch his nose with it. Cracks me up.

Kai is obsessed with opening and closing things, as well as taking things out and putting them in. He loves to play in the refrigerator and any cabinets he can get into (not many since we keep them locked). He will take things from the floor in his room and place them in drawers, or move things from one drawer or shelf to another. He is a busy body for sure.

This little angel face has developed quite the little temper over the past month. When he gets mad about something or things aren’t going his way, he whines and whips his head back and forth, and sometimes he will bang his head on whatever is near him (luckily he has only really done that on things that are soft, like the couch). I told his doctor about it and she said, “yep, you’ll be getting a handout on temper tantrums today. Basically, they think they are in charge and they don’t have words to express their feelings, so this is how they act out instead.” So apparently this is normal, and a phase that will probably last for at least the next three years (a conservative guess I’m sure).

Kai loves to be outside, which is pretty much where we are in the summer.

We went strawberry picking and he surprised me by picking the strawberries right off the bush and eating them with no prompting from me. Guess he just knew what to do there.

He also enjoys swimming in the pool as well as the lake.

Kai even went tubing for the first time at my dad’s house on Father’s Day. My dad has the biggest three person tube I have ever seen and we went in as a family (at about 5mph :-))

Grandpa Ken even let him drive the boat for a while.

On the Fourth of July we took Kai to see the fireworks, and I was really nervous given his history with being scared of loud noises. Even though it was a couple of hours past his bedtime, he surprised us by doing great. He sat on our laps and watched the fireworks, and even got a little bored after a while. We covered his ears during the really loud boomers and he was just fine.

On Kai’s actual birthday, we went to Waterfront Wednesday which is a weekly live music event in the summer in our town. He stood right up at the table and helped himself to a potato chip, little stinker.

I let it slide since it was his birthday and all. And because they are too cute not to share, here are his one year portraits.

I don’t know how to wrap this up without getting too sappy, I just love this kid so much. I’ll end with this quote I came across not to long ago that I absolutely love:

“Making the decision to have a child — it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” -Elizabeth Stone

Indeed.

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Kai’s 1st Birthday Party

Kai turns the big O-N-E on Wednesday, and we celebrated the birth of our little man over the weekend with a big party. We actually celebrated four family birthdays: Kai, our niece Aiva who shares a birthday with Kai and is turning 2, my aunt Beth and my mom’s fiancé Joe. That’s how we do it up in these parts. With such a big family we pretty much lump the celebrations into one per month. Obviously Kai was the man of the hour, and did so well at his party.

Of course I had to go all out with some decorations for the first big party we have held at our house.

I got this banner at the party store and printed pictures of Kai from each month from newborn to 12 months. And then I totally cried looking at it after we hung it up on Friday night. Sniff sniff.

Table decorations were “preppy whale” theme from the party store.

We used Kai’s baby pool as a drink cooler on the deck and filled it with water and beer. We also had a cooler with more water and soda, as well as 2 jugs filled with rum punch for the adults and n/a punch for the kiddos. I got the fish net and fish stickers from the dollar store and hung it behind the drinks. You can’t really see it, but I decorated the stair railing in the background with blue and green crepe paper and cut fish out of foam paper and attached them so it looked like they were in seaweed. I didn’t get a good pic of it, but I was fairly impressed with how it turned out since I am probably the least crafty person I know.

And then there was the watermelon whale. I saw this idea online and I really really wanted to pull it off. I can only take credit for finding the idea, because Steve stepped up big time and did all of the carving which turned out better than I could have imagined. We added blueberries on toothpicks for the eyes and a piece of dusty miller out of the garden for the blow hole. I loved it so much and was sad to have to throw it away after the party.

The guests started arriving around noon, and I believe we ended up with 34 people including ourselves.

Kai opened his presents around 1pm, and oh my gosh did he make a haul.

Towards the end of gift opening it started to rain, so we hurried to move everything inside. Thankfully it was a short sprinkle and we were able to resume outdoor festivities in no time. After gifts it was time to eat. We had shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches (I cooked the chicken in the slow cooker and shredded it the night before), grilled veggies, and a few delicious salads, all brought by family members. I failed to get a photo of the food, but it was delicious. While everyone ate, I got Kai to take a nap which was great.

While he was sleeping, I set up the water table that he got as a gift for the kids to play with, and they loved it.

Kai woke up around 4:15 and joined in the fun.

And then it was time for cake.

Kai was so not into being in his high chair at this point. We got a half sheet cake from Costco, and then we also got Kai and Aiva their own special cupcakes that they could go to town on. I ordered these from a local grocery store, and I was so impressed when I picked them up. I was not expecting them to be so elaborate or impressive, especially for what they charged.

I brought in the little bath toys and just said I wanted an underwater theme, and they took it from there.

We sang and then gave the kids their cupcakes.

Aiva dug into the frosting right away, and Kai started crying. He wanted nothing to do with that thing. Ha! Guess he takes after his mama and doesn’t like frosting. The cake is where it’s at.

We tried getting him to taste the frosting which resulted in frosting all over the face. It was only once we peeled off the cupcake wrapper and he realized there was actual cake in there that he got into it. And then… he went to town.

Smash cake success!

After everyone had cake, the guests slowly started to depart. By 7:30 or so everyone was gone, we gave Kai a bath and bottle, and he was asleep shortly after. Steve and I were exhausted, especially because I was sick. Kai had so generously passed along his cold to me on Friday, so I was feeling pretty lousy by the end of the party. Steve cleaned up outside while I cleaned up inside, and not too long after that I was ready for bed.

Overall the party was a huge success and the birthday boy had the time of his life. We are still not done opening up all of his new toys, and the house is not totally cleaned up yet, which I believe are the signs of a great party. Or that I am lazy, one or the other. Kai officially turns one in two days, and I just cannot believe that my baby is growing up so fast.

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Kai: 11 months

My baby is 11 months old. Somebody hold me. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that we will be celebrating Kai’s first birthday next month. The photoshoot this month was virtually impossible, it is a wonder I was even able to capture these few images before he was rolling around or standing up on the chair.

The curtain was clearly much more interesting than sitting for mom’s camera.

While I don’t have an official height/weight, Kai was 25.5 lbs at the doctor a few weeks ago. He still fits in most of his 18 month pants (a few of them are too short), but all of his summer outfits are 24 months and fit him perfectly. He outgrew his size 4 shoes, so we had to shop for some size 5’s. After ordering and returning several pairs, I have come to the conclusion that the Sesame Street shoes from Payless are really the only ones he can wear because they come in wide. He has some fat little feet, and most shoes I couldn’t even stuff his foot into at all.

Sleep: We are still in a good groove over here, and Kai has even started sleeping in a little later! He usually wakes up somewhere around 6:30, but he has had a couple times where he slept until 7-7:15. I pushed his first nap out to 10am, which I read can help in solving the super early wake up problem, and it seems to have helped. So he naps from around 10-11 (I don’t let him sleep past 11:15). His second nap is around 2:45-4 (don’t let him sleep much past 4). He goes down for the night around 7:30 and is usually asleep by 8. He sleeps with his blue monkey lovey (aka blue monks, aka monk-a-do). He loves that thing, and sometimes now he has to bring it with him out of his crib after he wakes up. He rubs his face on it and chews on it constantly, and that is why blue monks is also sometimes known as stinky monkey. He gets washed in the laundry, so I have to make sure that happens between naps or we would have a problem.

Eating: Omg, this kid can eat. Still just about as picky as ever, but he can put it away. His favorite food at the moment is sunflower seed butter on bread. To update on the peanut allergy situation, he has one. We met with the allergist at the beginning of the month, and he did a skin test which came back positive. So now we are the owners of two epi-pens and have been instructed to feed him no peanut containing products whatsoever. Ugh. Honestly, I am not completely convinced that he couldn’t eat peanut butter and be just fine (since he has in the past), but I am not going to risk it. There is a chance he will outgrow this, and they will test him again in three years. It sucks hard core for someone like myself who eats peanut butter in the quantity that I do, but it’s not the end of the world I suppose. He LOVES the sunflower seed butter even more than almond butter which is great.

Other favorites include bread of any kind, goldfish, cheerios, cheese puffs (any carb really), freeze dried strawberries, chobani yogurt and baby food. He was on a fresh berry kick for a week or so which I was so excited about (the freeze dried versions are expensive!), but it didn’t last and now if presented with fresh fruit it will end up on the floor. He still loves purees, but I am really trying to come up with some other foods he will eat besides sunbutter bread. So far I’ve got nothing. He has tried cheese tortellini, grilled cheese, and quesadillas, all of which may end up in his mouth or on the floor.

Kai is still loving his three 8oz bottles each day, one in the morning, one before his afternoon nap, and one before bed, none of which he holds by himself.

Skills: Kai loves to be standing upright as much as possible. He has become an old pro at pulling himself up and anything and everything, including walls and doors with nothing to grip onto. His record for standing unassisted is about 5 seconds, and he only practices solo standing on occasion. His crawling has evolved from mostly army crawl to mostly big boy crawl, and he is getting pretty speedy.

Changing his diaper is still a production, and he can go from lying down to standing against the wall on his changing table in .4 seconds. I have to pull out all the stops with singing, making animal noises, tickling, etc just to change him.

Kai loves to be outside, and now that summer is in full swing, we spend as much time outdoors as possible. We have gone to the beach, the park, for walks in the stroller, and we spend a lot of time playing outside in the yard on a blanket.

We have also tried the swimming pool a couple of times, but Kai prefers not to stay in it for very long, and the water must not be too cold. Since it is inflatable, he lets about half of the water out every time when he uses the side to stand up. He likes to sit on the outside of the pool and play with the pool toys, but that is short lived as well since there are so many other fun things on the deck to play with, like the garden hose and patio chairs.

My mom and I took Kai to the splash pad for the first time, and after much initial indifference towards the whole thing, he started to enjoy himself and put his hands in the water.

His thighs. It’s too much.

Kai’s latest obsession is removing things one by one from drawers, shelves, laundry baskets, anything really. I have stopped folding any clothes that go in his bottom dresser drawer, and the laundry hamper in our room is also a favorite.

Seriously, if I leave him alone in his room for one minute I will come back to find him emptying something.

Another obsession: doors. If he sees an open door, he must close it. And if you open it up again, he will close it again. He has closed me out of his room, and he is especially obsessed with our kitchen entry door (which is the main entrance into our house). If he sees that one open, he will be on a mission to close it immediately.

He is also tall enough to reach the door levers, which has us rethinking our choice to do levers instead of knobs on all of our doors. We have to keep our bathroom doors closed at all times to keep him away from the cabinets and toilets, but the doors open in, which means if he reaches up and pulls the lever while leaning on the door, he’s going in, likely flat on his face.

Kai also loves electronics and electrical cords, and he loves to sit in front of the entertainment center and open the cabinets and push buttons.

Oh, and we had to get an oven lock.

In case you can’t tell, Kai is into everything. Everything.

Kai still loves to clap, wave and click his tongue. Whenever someone coughs or clears their throat, Kai will fake cough which is hilarious. He loves to hear himself make noise, and has taken to screaming at a decibel level that can’t possibly be safe for human ears. He yells when something isn’t going exactly as he wants, like when you won’t let him chew on a phone charger for example. He has such a little attitude, which is both hysterical and maddening. He recognizes me from across the room when I pick him up from the gym daycare and gets so excited to get to me as fast as possible. I love it.

Kai is obsessed with Little Baby Bum videos on YouTube, and we allow him a little bit of screen time on occasion before bed or when I need to distract him in order to trim his nails. It is basically just animation set to nursery rhymes and I don’t know how it is so incredibly mesmerizing, but I swear he could sit and watch it all day. It is really the only time he will sit still on my lap, and I love when he leans back into me all relaxed and cuddly. I couldn’t help but snap a pic of his thighs while he was sitting on my lap. I will be sad to see those chunkers go once he starts walking and thins out a little.

We got our boat out on the water this past weekend for the first time since summer of 2013. Though Kai initially had very mixed feelings about sailing the high seas, he eventually warmed up with the help of some snacks, and after a while he was enjoying looking at the wake and the other boats.

Man I love this kid. He is hilarious and sassy and goofy and such a sweetie pie. I love watching him grown and learn and become his own little person. But please time, slow down just a little. I am not ready for my baby to be one.

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Kai: 10 months

Did I not just write Kai’s 9 month post last week? This month has flown by even faster than warp speed it seems, and just like that my baby is only two months away from his first birthday.

Let’s start with some stats. Kai went for his 9 month checkup in late April. He weighed in at a whopping 25lbs 1oz and measured 30.25 inches tall. That puts him in the 97th percentile for height and the 98th for weight. ‘Atta boy! He is still in 18 month clothes, though the 24 month summer clothes I bought on clearance last year fit him already as well, and he is in size 4 disposable diapers. Kai is still rockin’ eight teeth and still drooling a lot lately. I thought I saw another tooth ready to pop through on the top, but he never lets me get a good look in there.

Sleep: Again, not much has changed in the past month, except for a slightly later bedtime. Kai wakes for the day at early.com, usually between 6-6:20, though on rare occasion he will snooze until 6:40 or so. He takes his first nap around 9:30 and his second nap around 2:30. Both naps can range from an hour and five minutes to an hour and a half on rare occasion. Kai is in his crib for the night around 7:30 and asleep between 7:35-8:00. I hate to put this out there and jinx the situation, but ever since we went on vacation Kai has no longer been crying out throughout the night, and peacefully snoozes all night long. Hallelujah!

Eating: Oh, this kid. One day he will gobble up a waffle for breakfast, the next day it ends up on the floor piece by piece. His favorite foods include baby cheese puffs (would seriously eat the whole can), cheerios, freeze dried strawberries, and almond butter bread. Why almond butter you may wonder? Well, at Kai’s nine month check up I mentioned that he had a skin reaction to a few different foods when he rubbed them on his face. These included limes, raspberries, blackberries, and peanut butter. He could eat these foods just fine, but when they got on his face he would get a horrible red blotchy reaction. It didn’t seem to bother him at all and would go away within 30-60 mins. When I mentioned it to the doc, she was concerned about the peanut butter and wanted to do a blood draw to rule out allergies. Well, lo and behold, the test came back positive for a mild peanut allergy. Nooooooo!!!! It is a well known fact that peanut butter makes up about 50 percent of my diet, and one of my worst nightmares would be for my kid to be allergic. His test came back at a level 2 (0 being no allergy and 6 being severe). For now he is abstaining from peanut containing products and we have an appointment with an allergist on June 3rd. Interestingly, he has since been able to eat berries (and rub them all over his face) with no skin reaction whatsoever, so I am hoping that he will be able to have peanut butter and be fine. A life without peanut butter would be, well, sad.

Kai still loves his purees as well, but I am glad he is finally starting to branch out with his finger foods. He is still taking three 8oz bottles a day. One when he wakes up, one around 2pm before his nap, and one before bed. He loves his bottles and gets a huge smile whenever he sees one being prepared.

A few weeks ago he finally started to hold his own bottle, and it was the cutest. That lasted maybe two weeks, and then he reevaluated the situation and wondered why he was doing all that unnecessary work. Now he reaches up, tips the bottle into his mouth, then lets go and enjoys a hands-free experience while I hold it for him.

Kai loves drinking water from his new straw cup, which he mastered while we were on vacation.

Kai is still army crawling all over the place, and he stands up every chance he gets, including while you are trying to change his diaper or get him dressed. He loves to practice pulling up to standing and lowering back down to the floor, or dropping something on the floor and leaning over to pick it up with one hand holding on.

Sometimes he likes to let go and practice standing all by himself, but he is still very off balance and only lasts a second or two before he falls over. His legs are so strong, but I don’t think he is going to walk until he is one just based on his wobbliness. He can clap, wave and give kisses, and when I ask him to say “mama” he says “mamama.” He has learned how some of his toys work, like his shape sorter. I get the shapes started in the correct holes, and he pushes them in and smiles and claps.

Kai likes to play at the park, mostly in the wood chips. He also enjoys the swings, going down the slide with mom, and pulling up on the bars.

We took Kai on his first hike at Lapham Peak and he loved it. We got an awesome hiking carrier from a friend and it is perfect for him. He is up high and can see everything.

We celebrated my first Mother’s Day, which was great. It was the day after we got back from vacation so we were all a little tired, but we spent the day with family at a get together and then chilled out at home with our little family of three. Kai even bought me flowers.

Kai’s personality just gets better and better every day. He is a total goof ball and cracks me up all of the time. He also has a little attitude and let’s you know immediately and loudly if he isn’t happy about something.

I didn’t think my love for this kid could grow any more, but it just gets bigger and bigger every day.

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Kai: 9 months

This kid. He is just too much. Nine months old and such a little person with such a big personality.

Fist off, Kai is still a big boy. His nine month check up isn’t until next week, but we weighed him at home last week and he was about 25 lbs. He wears 18 month clothes, size 4 diapers (5 at night) and size 4 shoes. He still has eight teeth and has been very drooly the past few days, so I wonder if another one is on the way. He is a little tank and is getting very hefty to carry around on my hip. Let’s compare:

Side note: It was almost impossible to get a chair shot this month, as Kai no longer sits still for longer than one second. Most of the pics turned out like this:

Sleep: Not too much has changed from last month, and we are still rocking a schedule. He wakes up at 6:10 (on the dot most days) and happily plays in his crib until at least 6:30 when I go in to say good morning. He has been super happy to see me in the mornings which is the best.

Kai takes a nap at 9:15-9:30 which is usually an hour and fifteen minutes, occasionally a little longer or shorter. He takes his afternoon nap around 2:30, and lately it has been taking him quite a long time to fall asleep for this one. He usually just rolls around and plays in his crib until he falls asleep, which can be anywhere from 5-25 mins from the time I put him down. He typically sleeps for another hour and fifteen here. He goes to bed for the night around 7:30 and sleeps through the night, though he always always cries a few times throughout the night. He always cries around three hours after falling asleep. Sometimes it can literally be one cry, and sometimes it lasts for a minute or two. Occasionally this will be the only time we hear him, but often he cries out a couple other times throughout the night. We very rarely have to actually get up and go to him, he usually stops and goes back to sleep within a couple minutes, just long enough to make sure we are really awake. I am starting to wonder if he will ever stop doing this and remain quiet for an entire night. I still wish he would sleep in a little later (7am would be amazing), but overall I cannot complain.

Eating: We have made some major progress in this category over the last month! Kai is becoming a pro at eating finger foods without gagging, and loves to snack on cheerios, puffs, teething wafers, biscuits, and yogurt melts. He has also graduated to some non-baby food items such as toaster waffles and peanut butter bread. Kid loves his carbs. He is skeptical of anything you place before him, and will examine everything thoroughly before deciding whether it will make the cut for a taste test. If so, is is often a brief touch to the tongue and that’s it. He has been a little more adventurous about at least trying a lot of things, even if it never makes it all the way into his mouth. Though he has definitely made progress in the finger food arena, Kai still loves his purees. LOVES them. He will usually down between 8-12 oz of purees at each meal (2-3 containers or pouches) in addition to his finger foods.

A few weeks ago, Kai dropped one of his four daily bottles on his own. He would normally drink an 8oz bottle after his morning nap around 11am at Kids Club (at the gym). For several days in a row he flat out refused it, as apparently he is very grown up now and was too busy playing to be bothered with a bottle. We were also having a problem with his afternoon bottle getting too late since he is napping later, and it would interfere with dinner and his bedtime bottle. So I moved his afternoon bottle to before his nap, and the problem was solved. He has 8oz three times a day now, so 24oz total. He eats three solid meals and snacks a couple times throughout the day.

Skills: Kai is FINALLY crawling. It happened just a week before his nine month birthday, and of course it was the iPhone that he was after. Here is his first crawl:

Since then, he has taken up the army crawl full time, as no one has time for the hands and knees business. He still doesn’t crawl a ton from room to room as he finds it too much effort, but if he sees something he wants there is no stopping him.

Kai can now pull himself up on the furniture and thinks he is pretty amazing when he does so (which is at every opportunity). He can cruise the furniture with both hands, but sometimes forgets to hold on when he gets a hold of a toy, so he needs a spotter pretty much all the time.

Kai has also gotten very good at going from sitting to all fours to belly and back to sitting.

Last month I mentioned that Kai seemed to like the walker that he inherited from his cousin. Oh my gosh, it is by far his favorite piece of baby apparatus ever. He is a crazy man in that thing. He runs around the whole house, and he drives it amazingly well. He can do Y turns to get out of a tight space, go in reverse if need be, and get into every little area that he is not supposed to. This is by far his favorite mode of transport, and he would probably be happy to spend most of the day in there if we let him. It has everything he needs: wheels, toys, and a tray for his snacks.

Kai is very vocal, and loves to tell you exactly how he is feeling at any given time. He has developed quite the little attitude at times as well. He likes to fake whine to see your reaction, and he yells when he is mad, tensing up his whole body which is quite hilarious. I’m sure his little temper won’t be as amusing as he gets older, but for now it cracks me up. He also acts like a total goof ball sometimes, which is my favorite. He gives sloppy open mouth kisses (the best!) and claps on command.

Diaper changes are almost always a ridiculous ordeal. Not only does Kai become a maniac and roll himself all over the place, now half the time you lay him down he cries/yells/whines like it is going to be torture to get a clean diaper. I have to pull out every trick in the book (toys, singing, tickling, acting like a total crazy person, talking sternly, etc etc) just to change him and get him dressed. It is exhausting, and sometimes I find that I am sweating by the time we are done. I hope this is a phase that he will grow out of, or else he better plan on potty learning by the time he is one 🙂

Whenever it is nice enough outside, I put out a big blanket on the deck and we play outside. It is so nice to not be cooped up in the house 24/7. We love fresh air!

Firsts:

Kai’s first Easter was a great opportunity to dress him up a little, and he enjoyed having brunch at our house with Steve’s family.

The night before Easter, we celebrated Uncle Mike’s birthday, and the two guys played music together.

Kai had his first swinging experience at the park, and was rather non-plussed. He seems to like swinging, though he never shows much enthusiasm. He did enjoy swinging with Daddy one day though.

We have been making the five minute walk to the park whenever we get the chance. Again, love not being cooped up in the house.

I am sure I am leaving things out and could never actually capture Kai’s personality in words, but I can’t think of anything else at the moment. Basically he is the cutest kid (not biased at all) with a big personality. He is the best.

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Kai: 8 months

Guys, our little monster is eight months old. It is freaking me out. He seems so grown up now, and for some reason eight months to me seems almost like one year. I know we have four months to go before we hit that major milestone, but I also know that July will be here tomorrow. Time, please slow down. But spring, keep up the good work!

Kai is still growing bigger by the day, and is wearing mostly 12 and 18 month clothes. I think he weighs around 22-23lbs. He has officially outgrown his infant car seat and passed it along to his soon to be baby cousin, and it in his big boy seat full time. Let’s see a comparison, shall we?

He looks a little less roly poly to me now and more like a toddler. Ok, let’s talk about sleep. Mister is on a pretty good and consistent schedule now, though he is still waking up too early for my liking. He wakes up at 6am, naps from around 9:15-10:30, then again from 2:15-3:30 (all give or take 15 mins or so). We have pushed his bedtime back to 7:30 in hopes of a later wake up, but so far that has not made a difference. We went though a rough patch this month full of pre-5am wake ups, which I think was due to teething and illness, so I can’t complain too much about the current situation. I had much hope pinned on daylight savings time to shift his whole schedule back by an hour, but it fell apart on the first day with a super early wake up and never worked like I had planned.

The main thing is, I don’t want him to have to go to bed in the 6’s at night, because summer is coming, and we have things to do. You know, places to go, people to see. I do not want to be chained to the house at 6pm every night when the weather is glorious and it is light out past 8pm. So we are doing our best to push bedtime back a little without making Kai too over tired. I am actually looking forward to the time when he takes one long nap a day instead of two, because it will be easier to be out and about. Having a pretty strict schedule is working for us at the moment though, both for Kai and my own sanity.

Kai was sick again this month, this time with a nasty stomach virus and it was the worst ever. He had diarrhea, fever, vomitting, the works. It was miserable. I have never in my life dealt with so much bodily fluid everywhere, sorry for TMI. But he was basically pooping out of every single diaper onto his clothes, my clothes, everywhere. He also puked down my robe in the middle of the night, it was awful. He wasn’t eating any solids, and would only drink 4oz of formula at a time. All he wanted was water from his sippy cup. We tried Pedialyte but he hated it (two different flavors). I felt so bad for him, and basically let him watch his beloved Baby Einstein videos all day until he felt better.

Kai has eight teeth now and another one about to pop through, but ironically he still really only likes to eat pureed baby food. We have found that he has an incredibly sensitive gag reflex, so any time a chunk or lump of something finds itself too far back on his tongue, he gags and sometimes vomits. We practice every day with baby puffs or yogurt melts, broken in half and placed right in his front teeth so he can chew it up. He really likes the puffs and has even placed one in his mouth by himself on a few occasions, but mostly I still have to put in in there for him. He takes forever to chew it up, so in a 5 min span, he may eat two entire puffs 🙂 Here is how long it takes him to eat 1/2 of a puff:

He still loves to eat anything that is smooth and sweet. His apple cinnamon oatmeal is a breakfast staple, and lunch and dinner is always baby food. He is very skeptical of anything you try to feed him, and will examine the contents of the spoon before allowing it to be placed in his mouth. He ate his first non-sweet meal (Gerber Chicken Noodle) a couple weeks ago, which was monumental. He loved it. However, it turned out to be an isolated incident, and he refused to eat the same meal again. Kid can pound down 1.5-2 pouches/food containers at a time. I have started to buy some of the gerber containers and other jars in addition to the pricey pouches. He is also quite the little ham apparently.

Kai likes to play with his spoon and make a mess, but shows no interest in actually feeding himself unless it is from a pouch, and even then he mostly likes to chew on the spout. As picky as he is, there was also the one time that Mr. Crabby Pants was instantly calmed by a lone piece of asparagus.

There is hope for him yet.

Skills: Though Kai has been getting up on his hands and knees in crawling position for over a month now, he still has not put two and two together and figured out how to move forward. He even goes up into full on downward dog position and moves his feet like he is going somewhere, but he hasn’t figured out how to pick up his hands at the same time to move forward. When he gets frustrated, he does this hilarious swimming on dry land thing and whines until you pick him up, at which point he rolls right back onto his belly and repeats the whole scenario. I am starting to wonder if he will actually crawl at all, or if he will move straight on to walking.

Kai loves to stand up by himself at the couch like a big shot, and is often no longer content to sit on the floor with his toys. He can’t pull himself up yet, but he can move a little bit from side to side to grab his toys.

He just got this walker from his cousin Aiva, and seems to dig it.

So far he goes backwards more than forwards and steers himself directly into whichever wall is closest, but it keeps him occupied for quite a while.

Kai also likes to drive his car, though he mostly keeps it in park and tells a lot of stories.

He likes to babble, yell, screech, scream and sing. Basically he likes to hear himself making a lot of noise. He loves to yell and sing in his stroller, now that the weather has been nice enough to get out for some walks. Fresh air for the win!

Kai had his first official bubble bath in the sink sans bath chair, and he absolutely loved it.

He tried to grab all of the bubbles and sat happily playing with his rubber ducky and other bath friends for quite some time. During his second bubble bath, he learned how to splash water all over the kitchen, so I think we may need to graduate to the big tub soon.

Recently (like over the weekend), diaper changes have become a nightmare. He will do everything in his power to roll over on his changing table, and it is like wrestling with an alligator to get his diaper on. I have resorted to changing him on the floor, giving him a toy or two, and pinning him down, which goes over about like you would imagine. I have gotten good at snapping his diapers on upside down, as well as putting pants on that way.

Kai is turning into a pretty rad little dude, and can even play the piano with grandpa and auntie.

Kai loves Zooey cat, and will stop whatever he is doing to grab her and give her a hug. She loves it, obviously.

He does not like strangers at all, and will cry if someone he doesn’t know gets too close. He even takes a little while to warm up to people he does know but hasn’t seen in a while. Overall he is pretty darn attached to mom and dad, and is content if either of us are holding him.

He is growing up way to fast, but each stage is more and more fun. I have a feeling I will be saying that every day until he is a teenager 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Kai: 7 months

Seven months, you guys. Here we go. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, I have a feeling this could get a little wordy. Our little man is seven months old and looks like a one year old, heaven help me.

This kid is huge. He weighs a solid 22 lbs and is starting to outgrow some of his 12 month clothes. We have received multiple comments from people recently about how big he is, that he looks like a one year old, etc. The best was when we were at the hospital visiting our tiny sweet brand new niece the other day, and one of the nurses said she was wondering why he wasn’t holding his own bottle because “that is a grown man right there.” I explained that he was only 7 months old, and she was floored. He is still fitting into his 12 month onesies sort of, but 18 monthers are a little more comfortable. Most of his 12 month pants still fit perfectly, but some are getting to the point of being slightly short. He wore a pair of 18 month pants yesterday and they fit. Sniff. Kai has six teeth, three on the top and three on the bottom, and he can and will bite hard. He bites my shoulder while I am holding him, fingers if you get them close to his mouth, pretty much everything. He loves his vibrating teething toy and will go to town on it, so I’m sure he’s got a few more teeth on the way.

Ok, let’s talk about food. I hate to say it, but Kai is becoming quite the picky eater, taking after his dad. He still loves his bottles, and downs four 8oz bottles a day. He eats solids 3x per day, and this is where he can be Mr. Fussy Pants. Kid loves anything sweet that comes out of those dang pouches. Sometimes he likes to do it himself, sucking on the spout until it is all gone, but more often than not he likes to be fed off of a spoon. I suppose he figures why do it himself when he has someone else to do it for him. We have breakfast nailed down, and he enjoys his apple cinnamon oatmeal almost every morning. I just mix baby oatmeal, his beloved applesauce, and a little cinnamon and he loves it. For lunch and dinner, I have been giving him some finger foods on his tray to play with before his food pouch. He must be in the exact right mood to even think about eating a little piece of finger food, and even then it must be fed to him from my fingers instead of his own. He will pick up some bits of food and mash everything around on his tray, but he will not put it in his mouth. He likes baby puffs ok, and other real foods he’s tried include cheese, chicken, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, avocado, and hard boiled egg whites. Oh, and a pea. Yes, one pea. His pediatrician said he can have anything except for honey before he is one, so we will keep trying with a variety of morsels. He typically tolerates zero to three bites of said finger foods before he very dramatically closes his mouth, whips his head to the side and starts to whine.

That is when I give in and give him his food pouch, which must be store bought. Yes, I tried making purees and smoothies for him and using the refillable pouches, but his bat sense told him that his mom made the contents and they should be avoided at all costs. His favorite flavors include pear pea broccoli and pear blueberry baby breakfast, both made by Ella’s Organics. Like I said though, as long as it is sweet, he will probably like it. He also likes the pouches made for toddlers with some more daring combinations, such as kale strawberry millet greek yogurt. At least he is getting some veggies in there I guess. I really hope that he can broaden his taste horizons as he starts eating finger foods on his own. I don’t know why I always pictured having the kid who would eat anything, but Kai is pretty much the opposite of that kid.

He is getting the hang of his sippy cup and seems to like water, though he still does this adorable little surprised breath every time he gets some in his mouth. This is one thing that he now prefers to do all by himself, and half the time he sucks air because he doesn’t get the whole tipping it up part, and occasionally I look over to find him sucking on the bottom or the handle.

Sleep: We hit a bit of a rough patch right after Kai’s 6 month shots where he was waking up for bottles in the night. He got a bit of a cold and refused solids for about four or five days straight, so I guess he was hungry. Now he is sleeping better again, though he is waking up for the day at a ridiculous hour. He is usually asleep right around 7pm, and wakes up any time between 5:20-5:45am lately. Ugh. I always try to leave him in his crib until 6:30, and when he fusses I have resorted to going in and turning on his projector that projects swimming fish onto the ceiling. This usually buys at least a few more minutes. I refuse to start getting him out any earlier because A. he needs to start sleeping later, and B. If I get him out he wants his bottle and giving it to him that early throws the whole day off.

Naps have been so much better, and we have officially transitioned to two naps instead of three. His first nap is around 9:15, and his second one is around 1:30. If it’s a good nap day, both of these will be over an hour. Sometimes he wakes up after 30-40 mins, and if I don’t go in right away he will occasionally put himself back to sleep. Love when that happens. Kai is pretty sleepy by his bedtime and will start rubbing his eyes and sliming himself with drool, but I don’t want to put him to bed any earlier because that almost guarantees he will be up by 5:30am. He still cries out sometimes in the night (and sometimes I don’t know if he’s even awake). It’s like he needs to wake everyone up to alert us that he is rolling over or switching positions. Thanks buddy. Other times he will wake up and fuss for a little bit, but he almost always goes back to sleep on his own within 5-10 mins.

Skills: Kai can sit up unassisted pretty much indefinitely now. The only time he tips over is if he is really reaching for a toy, but otherwise he is solid. He is rolling both ways all of the time, and rolled all the way across his room the other day. He loves to grab his feet and will occasionally get a toe in his mouth, and he continues to try to pull his socks off at every diaper change.

He gets up on his hands and knees and will sometimes rock back and forth, so I am guessing we will have a crawler on our hands soon enough. Lord help us.

He also loves to stand up and thinks he is a big shot standing by himself at the couch.

He still loves jumping with his super strong legs, as long as you are in the same room with him. This kid cannot entertain himself for five seconds, I swear. He will be having a grand old time in the jumper, and the second you leave the room he starts to whine and fuss. He demands our complete attention at all times, and will frequently look up from whatever he is doing to make sure we are still watching him.

Just look at that face. Kai likes to sit on the floor and take all of his toys out of the toy bin. He likes to taste every single one, and he also loves to bang two toys together and make as much noise as possible.

We got Kai a big boy car seat, as he has just about outgrown the infant one. We have tested it out and he seems to find it roomy and comfortable, but we are back to using the infant seat at the moment because of the frigid temps. It’s nice to be able to buckle him in inside and cover him up when we head out into the cold. He is a bear to carry around in that thing though, so I think it will be very soon that we switch over full time to the big seat.

Kai likes riding in shopping carts like a big boy as well, and is so much happier when we go shopping now than when he was stuck in his carseat. He loves to look around at everything, but he was not pleased about going out into the cold in the Target parking lot. Me neither buddy.

He can also sit in high chairs at restaurants now which is great, and he even has his own collapsible highchair that we bring with us when we go out to eat.

Kai is definitely showing signs of separation anxiety, and almost always cries when random people come up and talk to him in public. He does not want to be held by anyone he doesn’t know or see on a regular basis. He gets excited when Steve comes in the room in the morning or gets home from work, which is the cutest.

We tried out the back carry in the Ergo, and of course he just wanted to pull my hair.

One thing that Kai is definitely not a fan of so far is winter sports. I thought he would love being pulled around in the baby sled, but not so much.

Real tears and everything. I seriously cannot wait until it is warm enough to go play outside all of the time, because I think we are all feeling a little cooped up lately. One thing I am so thankful for is the day care at the gym, because it gives us something to do outside of the house almost every weekday. Kai has fun playing in there, and I get my workout in.

We did try out the BOB one day without the infant insert, and Kai seemed to enjoy it. Again, cannot wait to make outdoor activities a regular part of our days.

Those blue eyes. Gah! Kid is going to be a lady killer someday. I think that’s it for this month. Our little man is turning into quite the fun, strong-willed, stubborn little boy, just like his parents, and we couldn’t love him any more.

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