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Koren: 11 Months

Filed under: Koren,Newsletters,Photos,Videos — Amy @ 6:00 pm

Could it be that I’m actually getting a newsletter out on the day my son turns a new month?  Surely not…something must be wrong.

Dear Koren,

It appears I’ve already run through the list of nicknames we have for you and have reached the end.  It took me 11 months, and with all those names, it’s a wonder that you actually know your real name.

You’ve reached a couple of major milestones this month, not the least of which is walking.  After months of “teasing” us, you are finally taking independent steps on your own.  You don’t have the process perfected yet, so crawling remains your primary mode of transportation, but you often intersperse your crawls with steps.  A surefire method of getting you to walk your best is to be without a camera to capture it with.  Nonetheless, I have managed to put a few glimpses on record of the progress you’ve made over the last few days…

As for other milestones, there’s THIS:

After months of trying unsuccessfully to get you to use a sippy cup, I finally realized what I was doing wrong:  Apparently, milk is not a sufficient motivator. 
A sippy cup filled with milk is only good for slamming down on your bananas to see how far the mush squirts across the room (bonus points if you hit Mama).  Or perhaps chewing on and then leaving your mouth open so the little milk that does come out drools down your bib and into your lap. 
Son, you know how to party.
A sippy filled with JUICE, on the other hand – especially watered down, 50%-less-sugar, tastes-like-it-was-left-out-for-a-few-days juice?  THAT is worth learning how to drink from.
Mama has much to learn.

I’m finally comfortable enough with your stability to let you take baths without me being in the bathtub with you, and you have a blast.  Part of me is a little afraid to introduce you to a swimming pool this summer because I can see it now: A GIANT BATHTUB WITHOUT A HARD BOTTOM-SCRATCHING METAL DRAIN PLUG?  BE GONE, WOMAN, I’VE GOT A DATE WITH PARADISE.

Your mouth is your pocket.  You carry everything around in it, and we are constantly entertained watching you crawl around on all fours with a blanket or large stuffed animal hanging out of your mouth and dragging under your body.

You have turned into a really good eater.  It takes an act of God to get Kaelin to eat enough food to sustain a fruit fly.  Yet we can set anything before you and you’re all, OOH FOOD, MY FAVORITE!  ..Though you’re a stuffer and sometimes forget the whole “chew and swallow” part of the eating process.  We have to ration out your meals to avoid having you burst into tears because you have plugged your mouth too full of food and don’t know what to do about it.

You have recently decided to make a habit out of refusing to sleep past 11am.  Apparently you didn’t get the memo that when babies go down to 1 nap per day, they’re SUPPOSED TO DROP THE MORNING NAP.  At 9:30am, you become one grumpy bunny and have to go down for a nap before you start blowing up nearby houses with the sheer force of your yelling.  And after sleeping for an hour to an hour and a half, you’re awake for the rest of the day.
Son, Mama no likey.  The AFTERNOON nap is the important one.  THAT’S the one that helps me keep my sanity.  Especially now that your sister is no longer napping.  And dude.  For someone who has yet to sleep through the night regularly, I think we could all use a little more sleep than you’re netting us right now.
I have tried to explain this to you, but your response is the non-verbal equivalent of “Let’s put a pin in it.”
But you’re still pretty cute, a fact that has saved your hide on a number of occasions, Mr. Nosleep Yellypants.  But it’s pretty hard to resist this face for long.

Mother’s Day

Filed under: Holidays,Kaelin,Koren,Oh the Cuteness,Parenting,Photos — Amy @ 4:40 pm

We dedicated Koren on Mother’s Day.  Thanks to a reappearance of the Easter Outfit (I’m totally getting my money’s worth out of this thing), he got his share of “oohs” and “aahs” despite the fact that he was one of the oldest babies in the processional.

Yes, as much as I would love to say, “We were waiting for Mother’s Day,” the truth is that we just dropped the ball on that one.

Hi.  I need a tan.

This past week I had the pleasure of attending a Mother’s Breakfast, courtesy of Kaelin’s preschool class.  The kids made a collection of goodies for all the moms, including a handprint oven mitt, Mom poster, recipe book, and a questionnaire in which they filled out statistics about their moms.  According to Kaelin, I have blue-black eyes and weigh 2005 pounds.  Awesome.

The kids recited a verse with motions.  I didn’t understand a word of it, but it was very cute to watch.

A closeup of the picture on the front of Kaelin’s cookbook.

One of Kaelin’s favorite little friends.  Landry’s PRECIOUS and it’s a delight to watch these two play (and scheme) together.  Oh, and Kaelin’s not a midget, she just “went in low” for the hug.

Children’s Museum

Filed under: Kaelin,Koren,Peaves,Photos,Such is Life,Videos — Amy @ 6:23 pm

Overall, we had a delightful time, except for one minor incident…


Mere days before we leave for Singapore and I killed it.  Or rather, the ground killed it after a little run-in that was basically totally my fault for being in a hurry.  My favorite lens is now in multiple pieces.


Fortunately, I had my video camera in my purse.  But that’s not very consoling right now.  So enjoy the video while I go sulk for a while.

Waiting for Sister to Get Home

Filed under: Koren,Photos — Amy @ 7:24 pm

Couples Shower

Filed under: Family,Friends,Photos — Amy @ 5:58 pm

If you’re wondering why I’ve been uploading a ton of videos in lieu of actual posts, it’s because of two things:
1) I’m taking short cuts because I’ve been too busy to blog recently
2) My free trial of video-making software expires today

Saturday, I (with the help of my mom) threw Iris and Jon a baby shower.  I didn’t truly appreciate the effort she went to for my baby shower until I took on this project, but it turned out well and was lots of fun.  So great to see everyone again too!  I was especially glad that both Kaelin and Koren got over the illnesses they had struggled with during the previous week.  And honorable mention goes to Jens and Dad for helping out so much!

Congrats to Jon & Iris, we can’t wait to meet baby Jasmine!

Prima Donna

Filed under: Kaelin,Photos — Amy @ 6:23 pm

Well, Kaelin did very well in her solo, much to everyone’s delight.  She sang practically the whole song, and even threw in a dance move during the musical interlude. 

These are the best pictures I have, as I was sans camera the entire weekend.  I’m sick that I didn’t get it on video because she was uber cute and just lapped up all the attention.  I’m hoping Andrea’s videographer caught it and that I can get a copy from him?

The Hunting Begins

Filed under: Holidays,Kaelin,Koren,Photos — Amy @ 6:50 pm

We have officially entered the Easter Season.  Did you know Easter has a season?  It seems the egg hunts start earlier every year. 

This particular occasion is our favorite annual Easter egg hunting tradition, in my parents’ neighborhood.  They always have the Easter Bunny, with whom Kaelin is eternally enamored.


Out of Town

Filed under: Friends,Photos — Amy @ 6:43 pm

Last weekend I had the opportunity to drive down to College Station for one of my dearest friends’ bridal shower.  It was fun to get away (even though it involved entirely too much driving for one day) and I really enjoyed seeing old friends.

Congratulations, Andrea!  I’m looking forward to the Big Day!

Playing in the Country

Filed under: Kaelin,Photos — Amy @ 6:39 pm

Kaelin got the opportunity to traipse around my cousin’s property and see the horses a couple weekends ago.  She thought the horses were really fascinating until she realized how big they are up close.  Sorry about the blurry pictures.

Spring is Here!

Filed under: Kaelin,Koren,Photos — Amy @ 6:16 am

It’s not officially Spring in Dallas until one has logged in a trip to the Arboretum.  Check!

I’m finding that one of the challenges of having TWO kids is getting them both to look at the camera at the SAME TIME. 

I’m showing you all these so that you can fully appreciate the effort I went to in order to get this shot:

At that point, Koren was pretty much done with the pictures, but Kaelin was game for a few more…

Dr. Seuss Playhouse

Alice in Wonderland Playhouse

Alice in Wonderland Playhouse

The Bubble Bath That Ate My Daughter

Filed under: Kaelin,Photos — Amy @ 6:59 am

Sick of the Sick

Filed under: Family,Marriage,Photos,Travel — Amy @ 6:47 pm

Oh look!  A Blog!

Yeah, it’s been a bit quiet around here lately.  I’ve been rather busy, a little from travel, but mostly busy with sick kids.  They’re going to have to give me a “frequent customer discount” at the pediatrician’s office.

Koren has been battling the same ear infections for 3+ weeks.  It started directly after a weekend of sick, feverish baby (and subsequently, sick, feverish 3-year-old), and led to grumpy recovering baby until the antibiotic took effect.  We thought the antibiotic took care of the problem, but then we spilled it half way through and didn’t refill or finish the full 10-day run (I know, Mother of the Year Award, here I come).  So a week later we found ourselves back at the doctor and starting a second round of medication.

With Koren on the mend once again, we left the kids with my parents and went out of town for Jens’ cousin’s wedding in Denver, Colorado.  It was some much needed time away and a very enjoyable trip.

More pictures of that are below if you log in.

We returned to a rather grumpy baby and the realization that the second round of ear medication hadn’t done a blessed thing.  The next day, our little guy declined further and developed a bad case of croup that made both him and me miserable throughout the night and next day, as he was unable to sleep.  Steamy showers only seemed to help mildly, but since croup is viral that was the only solution available.

Another trip to the doctor netted us a new round of medication for the double ear infection (that’s #3, for those of you keeping track at home), some steroids for the croup, and the news that it would probably get worse before it got better.

It is now a week later, and a rough week it has been.  He’s still messing with his ears, so if that continues past Friday I’ll have to take him in again to assess the ear infection situation.  But his mood has improved dramatically and it’s actually possible to make him smile again.  I’m so glad to have my happy little guy back to his normal self.  Though I will say, I’d forgotten how difficult this kid is to hold on to when he’s well.

Unfortunately, now Kaelin is sick again.  She’s had a cough on and off for the past week and today had to stay home with a low-grade fever.  Probably my fault for rejoicing yesterday that I would actually get to spend my Mother’s Day Out time NOT taking care of sick kids today… obviously that didn’t work out.  At least taking care of a sick 3-year-old is easier than taking care of a sick 8-month-old.

So that’s what’s been keeping me busy.  Fun times.  One of these days I’ll actually get some time to myself during the day and then maybe I’ll get a load of laundry done or something.

In the meantime, here’s more Colorado pictures:

Me and my unruly hair.

Again, with the unruly hair.

This is where I TOTALLY ATE IT on the ice and ended up with a bruised and sore hip for the rest of the trip. Grace, thou eludes me.

Jens’ uncle (father of the groom) and his wife.

Jens’ cousin (brother of the groom) and his girlfriend.

Jens and his grandma.

Jens’ grandparents.

The Happy Couple.

The Happy Family. This child stayed quiet during the entire ceremony and subsequent Latin Mass. My kids can’t stay quiet through a 5-word sentence. If they could bottle their secret and sell it, they’d make a fortune and put Benadryl out of business.

This picture is begging for a Caption Contest.

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