Wednesday, November 28, 2012

bath time

We have fun in the bathtub...  Mom and Dad do anyway.  The other night, Kirby kept adding different toys to Kaden's body and he didn't even care or notice.  Give him something he can put in his mouth and he's just peachy-happy.  We were just dying laughing! 


Monday, November 26, 2012

First Thanksgiving

Our first Thanksgiving with Kaden was a great one!  We relaxed and played all day and then we sat down at the table as family of 3 for our first Thanksgiving dinner.  We ate lots of great Thanksgiving day food and Kaden was even able to join us, eating sweet potatoes and peas.  What a big boy!
We have so much to be thankful for this year!

And what's a holiday (or any day for that matter) without a photo shoot ;)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

school pics

About a month ago, Mr. Kaden's took his first school pictures ever!  We loved them all!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Family pictures

2 months or so ago, a friend of ours was doing a giveaway on Facebook for a free photo shoot with Sweet Lemon Photography. I never win anything but I signed up for it anyway. We never had "professional" newborn photos taken of Kaden so I was dying to get some good ones and I thought, what the heck...
To my surprise, I won!  About 2 weeks ago (I'm behind on blogging... again), we had our first family pictures taken.  Of course timing naps and feedings around it was a bit challenging, but we had a good time and are really pleased with the results.
Here are my favorites-
If you're a local or maybe visiting the beach soon, contact Angel.

Friday, November 23, 2012

5 months

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

Congestion, congestion, congestion.  Poor guy just can't get a break.  He handles it pretty well, except this last round.  He's been a lot more fussy and needy the past week or so.  We think we are starting the teething phase.  Maybe?

We go back to MUSC next Friday to have his hemangioma checked out.  They'll just make sure it's not growing and still not affecting his eye sight.  We are pretty confident that it's fine.


Oh sleep... what's that? Joke.

Still not sleeping at daycare. Everyone says it gets better... including the ladies that work with him, but it hasn't. Sometimes he'll sleep for only 45 minutes (2 hours, at most) from 7:00am until we pick him up, around 4:00pm. As you can imagine, it makes for a tough night too. And no... he doesn't sleep longer at night since he's so tired.
At night.  Well... at his 4 month appointment, the doctor said he should be sleeping longer stretches and that he's probably waking up by habit.  Kaden must have heard the doctor, because shortly after the appointment, he started to sleep 5-6 hour stretches.  But... it didn't last long.  At. all.  He started waking up every 3 hours again and as much as I wanted to listen to the doctor, (and get more sleep myself) I really felt he was legitimately hungry, so I would feed him when he woke up.  I'm pretty sure he is going through a growth spurt right now.  So as of today, he's still waking and eating every 3ish hours.  And just like everything else, I question everything about it.  Is this a habit?  Should he be getting more to eat during the day?  Should we start giving more solids?  Should we put rice in his bottle, like everyone tells us to? (which we tried a few nights... and it didn't seem to work)  Is he really hungry?  Should we let him cry it out?

 -size 2 diapers
-he's in mostly 6 month clothes


 Still getting mama's milk, but during the day it's all from the bottle.  I don't know if it was my structured, organized, crazy, obsessive personality, but playing a guessing game with the amount of milk he was getting was driving me crazy!  Especially when I was trying to figure out if he was waking up in the middle of the night to eat or by habit.  So... now he gets 5-6 bottles (5oz each) during the day and then I nurse him 2-3 times in the middle of the night.
The newest thing in the diet department is solids!  We know he's ready because he moves his mouth and sometimes smacks his lips together when he sees us eating and grabs for our food and silverware at the table.  However, he isn't really sure what to do with the food once it's in his mouth.  So even though we are feeding him the food, I'm not sure how much he's actually eating.
He's tried:
1. rice cereal (Oct. 21)... not a fan.  Made him constipated too.
2. avocado (Nov. 3)... we think he likes it.
3. sweet potatoes (beginning of November)... again, we think he likes it.
4. peas (Nov. 21)... his favorite, so far.

+mom and dad's singing- specifically, "Wheels on the Bus" and "You are My Sunshine"
+being naked
+playing on mom and dad's bed

+when mom and dad don't read my mind to know what's wrong
+being overtired
+being constipated
+rice cereal
+getting stuck on his belly in bed and being too tired to roll over (don't worry we don't let him sleep with blankets anymore)

things to remember
+sleeping on his belly
+We think he's starting to teeth... not sure though.
+He loves drinking water from our cup, so we tried a sippy cup.  He is stubborn though and only wants it from our cup.
+Poor guy is rockin' a crazy do right now... his hair is falling out on one side and in the middle of the back and pretty much thinning out everywhere.

+Still grabbing and putting everything in his mouth!

Happy Thanksgiving!


I just read this quote and think it's very true.
"Choose your life's mate carefully, from this one decision will come 90% of your happiness or misery."
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.
So thankful for Kirby, because without him I wouldn't be able to share this thanksgiving with my new little family.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Daveena

Kaden's friend, Daveena, turned 2 this past week and we celebrated with a costume-themed party.  It was a lot of fun...  swing set, clown, music, cake, great food, and perfect weather!  We made our appearance as the family of superheroes... actually, we were the only adults, besides Daveena's mom, that were dressed up.  We had a nice time out as a family... and of course celebrating Daveena's birthday! 

Happy 2nd birthday Daveena!
It was hard to snap a photo of the little birthday girl... this is the one and only.

 Same hair-do ;)

 I'm so in love with these two boys

Saturday, November 10, 2012

real and unedited

A few of my favorite bloggers did a post similar to this... talking about how we always want our "best side" photographed.  It's true... I always want to put the best picture of Kaden... smiling, clean, happy.
But... everyone knows, it's not always like that.  Here's the real, unedited photos. 
He doesn't always have on clean clothes.
He's not smiling all the time. 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

4 month check up

On Friday, October 26, Kaden had his 4 month check-up.  Notice the day of the week... we learned from our mistake at the 2 month check-up that we only wanted shots on a Friday so that we he could recover before going back to school.  So glad we did.  It wasn't nearly as bad this time around, but he still wasn't his normal self for a few days.
His stats:
Weight- 14lbs 7oz
Length- 25inches
We go back again at 6 months... hopefully not any sooner.

I included this picture, even though it was blurry because I wanted to remember this.  He was all over the table wanting to roll and play in the paper.  I'm sure the next time we go, he'll be the same way!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

pumpkin carving

We have celebrated a lot of "firsts" lately... so I don't want to forget this one either.  Last weekend we decided to carve our pumpkin (nothing like waiting until the last minute).  Even though Kaden couldn't do much, we tried to include him in the project as much as possible.

He helped take the seeds off the top.  I wish we could hear what he was thinking as he touched the stringy, gooey, slimy insides of the pumpkin!
His face pretty much told us...
"I don't know what this is you're putting in front of my face, but it's nothing like those other things I play with."
Kaden had enough about half way through, so Dad had to finish up the project himself.
Another fun "first" though.