My brother Alex and his boyfriend, Justin just left to head back home from their visit to North Myrtle Beach. It was another great visit just hanging out and of course, playing with the star of the show, Kaden. He steals his uncle's heart each time he visits.
Uncle Alex loves to shop, so it wasn't a surprise for him to show up with new clothes for his nephew. Thanks Uncle Alex! He also delivered gifts from Grandpa & Grandma. He loves his new alphabet foam mats, toys, and clothes. Thanks Grandma & Grandpa!
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We are so thankful for another special visit. As Kaden grows old enough, he'll quickly learn how great of person you are. You mean a lot to our family and we can't thank you enough for your unconditional love. We are looking forward to your next visit already! We love you!
That's what my students said when I told them Kaden was sick Wednesday morning.
I stayed home with him Tuesday because he was running a low-grade fever and was really fussy. As soon as Kirby got home from school, I ran to the store to pick up some things to make for dinner that night with Alex and Justin. While I was gone, Kirby said Kaden had a big diarrhea-ish blow out (I won't go into details, but it wasn't "normal"). I started to worry a bit, but tried not to think much about it too much. Not too far into dinner, Kaden threw up.... a lot. Scared the crap out of us (more me, I think). So we calmed him down, cleaned him up and took his temperature again. It was 100.5. After lots of extra cuddles and love, he went to bed for the night. He woke up several times during the middle of the night though, uncomfortable and hungry. We took his temperature again (poor guy hates getting the thermometer now) and it was 102. Highest it's ever been. Scared us again.
We took him to the doctor Wednesday morning. Diagnosis- stomach bug. Temperature normal. Nothing to do, but run its course. And that, it is. Back at home today, his temperature is back up to 102.9 and he had his biggest blowout to date. As I was giving him some medicine, I felt something warm on my stomach. It didn't take long for me to realize (probably the horribly foul odor gave it away) that Kaden was poopoing all over me! We quickly stuck him in the sink and waited until he was finished to take his diaper off and take a bath. (Those are the horrible stories you hear about parenting... we finally understand it first hand.)
Thursday, I stayed home with him again and when he woke up he seemed to be acting his normal self. It wasn't much after lunchtime though, when we had another episode of throwing up and some more diarrhea. Thankfully, Kirby surprised us and left school early after teaching his first class, so he was here to help out. It was definitely a job for two... that's for sure! We gave him some medicine, pedialyte, and lots of love, and he finally woke up seeming to be a little better this morning.
I hope I didn't speak too soon.
Hopefully with almost 2 weeks at home with Mom and Dad (and no daycare germs) we can get him healthy again.
Last weekend, we had a little tease of spring. All 3 of us were ready to get out of the house and get some fresh, spring air. It had us very antsy for warmer weather. Hopefully, it'll show up before spring break starts because we are ready to soak up some sun with our boy and show him the beach!
Your Dad and I love this stage you're in right now! You're crawling around ev.ery.where! You try to crawl in tight spots and are always finding new "toys" to play with. We talk all the time about how you are interested in so many things. We can't go past anything these days without you pointing to something you want to explore. Here are a few shots I got of you lately.
We love you,
Dad & Mama
"I wonder why this is hanging from my swing?"
"Hey guys, look at this!"
"I didn't know a box could be so much fun!"
"Interesting... very intersting"
"FINALLY, GOT IT!"
"How can I get the small, yellow ball out of this big ball?"
"Dad uses this all the time. I think I'll try it out too."
This has been a month full of fun! This may be one of our favorite months... he's so happy and fun to play with!
We had about 3 (maybe 4) trips to the doctor this month. An ear infection that never went away... but instead, got worse. This was a tough month, but we are grateful to end it with a happy, healthy baby boy (and we sure can't say that too often).
We went back last week to see if the medication was working, and thankfully it was. The doctor also said his top 4 teeth (I repeated it back to him, "4?!") would come through in the next 2 weeks. Ouch!
Last doctor visit, he was 20lbs exactly.
Naps aren't great at daycare... but a little better on the weekends with us. He usually takes 3 naps a day. It's about 2 naps at daycare and 1 at home. Most of the time they are 30 minutes to an hour. Sometimes on the weekends he'll take an extra catnap.
Still not sleeping through the night. With him being sick, he hasn't been consistent either. Sometimes he wakes once...and sometimes twice. It could be at 11pm, 12:30am, 3am, and just a few times (like... only 2) he slept almost 10 hours, waking around 5:30am. Not sure the "magic"... whatever it is... to make a baby sleep better, but we'd love to know.
He's just about done with 6 month onesies. We are going to have to cut the feet off buy some more jammies because the 9 months aren't fitting anymore. For the most part, he's in 9 month bottoms, too.
size 3 diapers still (and still lots of room to grow)
Drinking about 4-5 bottles a day... between 5-7oz
He usually gobbles down his oatmeal with banana at daycare in the morning, but it's hit or miss with any other solids after that. Shortly after he turned 8 months, he slowly started to not want purees. He was very interested in our food, so we started to give him what was on our plate. Nope. Didn't want it. A few weeks of him only eating maybe one meal of solids a day made me worry. After talking with the ladies at daycare and some friends of mine, we are trying to figure out what to do. Just tonight... I plopped some large curd cottage cheese on his tray with some peaches, gave him a spoon and let him go at it... turned around and we saw the spoon in his mouth and cottage cheese on his lips. He took about 3 more big bites, too! So maybe Mr. Independent just wanted to do everything himself.
1.splashing in the bathtub
2. everything in his mouth
4. exploring new things (a separate post on this soon)
1. not being able to communicate with us and get what he wants- and boy, does he have a temper!
2. It seems like this started near the beginning of the month, but he does.not.like.getting.his.diaper.changed! At.all! We have to have at least 1 toy (it's better with 2... or 3) to distract him and make him happy. And if that works, then we have to hurry up before he's up on his knees and we see his little white hiney crawling away from us.
I grew up in Canton, Ohio. Kirby grew up in Friendsville, MD. We met while teaching at an elementary school in Baltimore, Maryland. After getting engaged in June 2007, we moved to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We were married on August 9, 2008 on the beach near our home. We just became parents to our first child in June 2012.