Thursday, January 28, 2010

Five Months Old!

Month four was a big one around our house! Kaden had a lot of milestones:

Sleeping Through The Night
Like most new parents, when Kaden was first born we would rock or nurse him to sleep. It started with five minutes, then it took ten, then fifteen, and so on until we were rocking for up to an hour. While this was tedious, we didn't mind because once he was asleep he tended to stay that way until morning. In looking for a way to shorten this routine, our pediatrician suggested the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child." It is pretty much a "cry it out" book. We tried a couple of times, but after listening to him scream for up to thirty minutes we gave up. Then, for one reason or another, the rocking ceased to work. Kaden would fall asleep in our arms and then, as soon as we made the move to put him down, he would wake up screaming. We had all that we could take when one night, after letting Kaden cry for thirty minutes, he went hoarse. Both Kevin and I felt horrible, like the worst parents in the entire world. That night, Kaden would sleep only on my chest - needless to say, neither of us slept very well. Convinced something was really wrong (ears, stomach, strange and heretofore unknown spinal injury...our minds went all kinds of places), I took him to the pediatrician that next morning. The doctor told us what my good friends, Emily and Jenny, had been telling me for a while: my son is strong-willed and that I should kiss him good-night and not go back into his room until morning.

So, we did it. After our bedtime routine - nurse, bathe (every other night), getting dressed for bed, reading a couple of books, singing a lullaby, and saying our prayers - we put Kaden to bed fully awake. Kaden cried on and off for two hours until he finally fell asleep. It was, by far, the most difficult thing I've ever had to listen to. So difficult, it took a bottle of wine to get through! The next night, it was an hour. Then, a half hour. Now, most nights, he goes down with only a minor protest. He is consistently sleeping from 7 or 7:30 PM until 7:30 AM. These twelve hours of sleep make him a MUCH happier little guy!

Isn't he the cutest little snuggle bug?

Solid Food
At our four month doctor's appointment, our pediatrician recommended starting Kaden on solids (see previous post for video). We started with rice, but he didn't go to the bathroom for three days! We tried oatmeal only to have the same experience. The longest span was Saturday to Saturday! Needless to say, my little guy didn't seem too comfortable. So, we went back to basics. We've stopped giving him cereal on a regular basis and now only give it to him every third night or so. I figure we'll start fruits and veggies at the end of the month, hopefully he won't have the same issues with those. It certainly doesn't look like he is starving though, does it?

Rolling Over
One morning, while I was watching him try to get back to sleep, he struggled for about an hour trying to flip onto his stomach. He finally got there and fell promptly asleep. Now, he does it all the time. Every time we go in to check on him at night, he is in a different position. He mostly turns in circles, but sometimes he flops back and forth from his belly to his back. His play mat can't contain him - not only does he flip over (and over and over again), he has learned to crawl. Early you say? Maybe I should better explain Kaden's crawl. It is different from most crawls in that he is on his back. Now that I think about it, it is more of a scooch. He bends his legs, pushes off his feet, and repeats. In doing this, he can scooch all over the place. he's not really crawling, but he sure is moving. Makes it a little difficult to get him to stay in one spot for these photos!

First Giggles

We finally heard Kaden giggle. It hasn't happened very often, and of course when it does it is in response to something goofy Kevin is doing, but it is the sweetest sound we've ever heard. We have yet to be able to capture this adorableness on film.

Tell Me About It

Kaden is talking to us about everything now. We have absolutely no idea what he is saying, but he seems pretty enchanted with his own voice. I have to admit, we are pretty enchanted too.

Friday, January 22, 2010

My Boys

A Rainy Day in Sunny San Diego

We have had some really rotten weather here this has rained every day!! Very unusual for sunny San Diego. Being cooped up has been no fun at all, but it has definitely made us more appreciative of where we live! We are hoping that he sunshine returns in time for the weekend.

Since our outdoor exercise class has been cancelled every day this week, some moms and babies decided to get together for breakfast instead. Here is a link to a cute video one mom took of the babes.

I think Kaden has found himself a girlfriend! The little girl he is snuggling with in the video is named Brooke and is almost a month younger than him - he couldn't get enough of her!

Owen - Willa - Will

Channing and Brooke - Kaden and Lucas

Kaden and his new girlfriend, Brooke. How happy is he?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Garry Meets Kaden

Kevin's best friend, Garry, came to San Diego to meet Kaden. The guys got in a couple of rounds of golf, a couple of nice dinners, and a night out on the town. Garry's lovely mother, Mary Waite, sent along a handmade, personalized, cross stitch towel for Kaden. Doesn't he look like a snuggle bug? Thank you, Mary, for the very special gift!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kaden's New Trick

I am not sure if this is a new trick or a way to make his throat feel better, but either way it is pretty cute. The first time he did it, I cracked up; this brought a huge smile and many repetitions on his part. I wholeheartedly believe he is doing it for a reaction - he's a ham just like his Daddy. For some reason, the camera fails to capture just how adorable he really is!

Kaden's First Solid Food Experience

My editing skills clearly need some work, but I've attempted to clip together some pieces of a MUCH longer video of Kaden's first experience with solid foods.

While it seems a little early to me, at Kaden's Four Month Well-Check (at 18 weeks), the pediatrician recommended that we start solids. We first tried them on a Saturday, when Dad was home to help share in the experience. As you can tell from the video, Kaden was a little unsure of the whole thing at first. He soon caught on and couldn't get enough! No surprise there...our little guys LOVES food in any form. Gammi and Pop were able to share the experience via Skype.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Kaden Meets Uncle Sean

Kevin's older brother, Uncle Sean, came to help Kaden ring in 2010. Kaden took to Sean pretty quickly and loved just hanging out with him. Another Uncle that is going to make a great dad!

Sean had a very busy social schedule while he was out here. Between golf and Lakers games, it was hard to find the time for a photo op. This was the best we could do.

One of the University of Kentucky's baseball coaches was quoted in the Lexington Herald Leader as saying, "Son, the direction in which you wear your hat is the direction your life is heading." Let's hope he gives Kaden a break on this one.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

More of Kaden and Uncle Paul

Never realized how much I dislike the sound of my own snide comments needed, thank you very much. Cute video though.