Sunday, August 26, 2012

2 months old

What we thought was a underdeveloped tear duct, ended up being a hemangioma.  Read the post here.  He may just have had his first little cold too.  Poor guy!

He's long and 10lbs 14oz and 23inches long!  Still the 15th percentile in weight and 50th percentile in length.  Consistency.

He was getting so much better at naps during the day.  Now that he started daycare, he's not sleeping as much.  Hopefully, he'll get adjusted to all the different noises soon and start to get some more sleep.  The past few nights when we got home, he was OUT.  He's been so tired.
The first cycle in the night is usually between 3-5 hours and then from then until morning, it's every 2-3 hours.  I'm not even sure he wants to eat during those times either because he only eats for about 10 minutes or so (much shorter time than normal).  I think the gas is waking him up... maybe?  Any advice in this area would be great!
He's all over the place in clothes.  From newborn (a little tighter) to 3 months (a little bigger)...
I packed a lot of the newborn clothes up though to give away to a friend. I can't believe we don't have a newborn anymore!
I tried to use up all the rest of the newborn diapers we had, but he officially moved up to the size 1 diapers now!  Last week he had 2 major blowouts at daycare (one of them was so bad, Miss Barbara had to go home on her lunch break and change her clothes!), so I guess that was a hint to move him on up.


He eats every 3 hours... a little longer in between at daycare.
He seemed to go through a growth spurt at about 6 weeks and ate every 2 to 2-1/2 hours.

vibrating chair



being swaddled with his arms... at least he doesn't think he likes it.  Once he's asleep... he likes it (and so do we) ;)
He's still battling some gas issues... and doesn't like it either.  Who likes gas anyway?

smiling- 5 weeks

cooing/talking like crazy- video post here

daycare- video post here

Saturday, August 18, 2012

strawberry boy

As you may or may not have known from this post, Kaden is experiencing his first "bump" in the road through life.  His eye wasn't healing the way we thought it would, so we scheduled an appointment and they saw us right away.  After describing some things we noticed, the doctor pushed really hard on the swollen area under his eye, as if to pop whatever was underneath, but wasn't successful.  Then we heard the news... he quickly said we'd have to go to MUSC in Charleston, SC, to have a specialist check it out.  He thought it looked like a hemangioma (don't look that up if you don't know what it is... scary pictures).  Then he scared the crap out of us even more when he said "they might just wrap him up and probe it".  WHAT?!?!... our little baby, probed?!?!  Or he could possibly have surgery.  At this point, Kirby and I didn't know what to think or say...but we were both super shocked! 

This was our first (and I know it won't be our last) "bump" in the road.  I walked out thinking the worst, and scared to death for Kaden.  We couldn't imagine our son going through something that would hurt him or even worse, surgery. 

From there, we were scheduled an appointment for the following week (Friday, August 17) to have it checked out.  Our little man did a great job on the 2 1/2 hour drive there.. only crying when he was hungry.  We stopped once each way to feed and change a dirty diaper.
{diaper change in the back seat}

The appointment went very well and wasn't nearly as bad as we had thought it could have been. There was no "wrapping and probing" and no talk of surgery. They did pull on his eye, flashed a few lights at it, and put some dilation drops in them too, but overall not too bad.
After asking several questions to the very patient doctor, the bottom line is... it is a hemangioma (a cluster of small blood vessels, aka a "strawberry mark"), but it looks good. They checked and found out it wasn't affecting his vision either. As long as it doesn't grow rapidly, we go back in 3 months to have them check it again. If all goes well, it will go away on its own, but may take 3-5 years. So hopefully all we'll have to worry about is a puffy and purplish eyelid for a few years. I think we can handle that.

We are very thankful it was nothing worse. We pray for his continued health in this area. We are glad this "bump in the road" was just that... a bump.

kid's menu please?

We were brave and ventured out for our first trip out to eat as a family of 3. Of course, we picked Mexico Lindo to be his first experience. He did very well considering the new atmosphere. He didn't fuss too much and Kirby and I both left full (and without to-go boxes).  Success.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

meeting Dave & Dar

Kaden got to meet Dave and Darlene last weekend! 

It was nice to see them and catch up.  We had a great time hanging out at the house, eating and playing games as usual.  Can't wait for next time!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Uncle Alex

It's been way too long since we've last seen my brother.... over 4 years!  Distance sure does make the heart grow fonder.

Uncle Alex was the first one in my immediate Hosner family to meet Kaden.  He drove all the way from Ohio (10+ hours) by himself!  It sure meant a lot to Kirby and I... and I know Kaden too.  We didn't do very much during his stay except hang out and "play" with Kaden, but it was perfect.  The two of them bonded so great!

We can't wait for the next visit to come again soon!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

first day at daycare {tear}


The day came so quickly... and we both never knew it would be so hard.

but first let's rewind a little bit...

Last Friday, we took a family walk to his daycare to check it out and ask a few questions before the big "trial day" on Wednesday. It went okay, but our hearts were aching when we left. We couldn't imagine our son being taken care of by someone else. I had so many questions... would they hold him like we do? would they burp him a lot?... because if not he gets cranky. would he cry and cry without anyone picking him up? would he miss us and wonder if we abandoned him? would he know who we were when we picked him up? would they love him?

Needless to say, we both walked out with tears in our eyes (and we didn't even drop him off... we took him home with us) trying to figure out if we could get by without taking him to daycare somehow.

This Wednesday, I had to work with one of my students for a few hours and then Kirby and I wanted to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary with lunch together. So we decided to take Kaden to daycare from 8am-1pm for a "trial day" to see how things went.

I'm glad we decided to have a "trial day".  Because of course... that morning, we overslept. So we were both scrambling around the house trying to get ready and make it on time. Kaden helped to make it even more chaotic by pooping and peeing while Kirby changed his diaper... which created a huge mess. So, we definitely had a good practice for what is possibly to come this school year. We finally made it out the door... about 10 minutes later than I had planned.

When we got there, the ladies at the daycare made us feel great! They made us feel comfortable and even told us to call or stop by later to check on him. We asked a million few questions and then handed him over to the ladies. After a few kisses, we sadly walked out the door.  But we didn't go far. We stood at the window for a bit and watched our little 7 week old walk around in someone else's arms. It was tough, but we left knowing we only had a few hours until we could pick him up again.

We called about 11:00 to see how he was doing and we were given a great report! He slept, took his bottle without too much trouble, and hadn't cried very much either. :) Phew! We felt so much better and relaxed, so it was off to lunch. All we talked about was how much our lives had changed, our wedding/marriage, and of course... Kaden. We were so anxious to get our little family of 3 back together again though, so we rushed to the daycare right after lunch.

At 1:00, we stood at the window of his classroom and nervously looked around to find him laying peacefully in a swing, all snuggled up in his blanket from home. I quickly went over to the side of his swing and just stared and cried as I looked at him. I'm not sure what came over me, but picking him up was more emotional than dropping him off.  The ladies reassured us of his good day and we were off to get some quality family time together.
All in all... it was a good experience for the whole family. Not to say Tuesday (our first day back to work) won't be tough... but at least we have an idea now.

Friday, August 10, 2012

more visitors

Thanks for visiting everyone!  Kaden's so blessed to have great people in his life.
The lovely Lane ladies

Miss BJ

Hardiman Family

These are a few pictures of my family.  I was so excited to see them all and completely forgot to get a picture of the whole group.  Here are the few shots I got though.

My cousin, Lucy & Kaden's 2nd cousin, Conor

Uncle Tim & Conor

Aunt Crissy

Cousin Megan

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Face it... baby boy clothes aren't as cute as baby girl clothes.

But we were lovin' these MC Hammer style pants he sported one day.