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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.

Ode to Vitamin Kitty

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

Most of you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the 5th member of our family: Vitamin Kitty.  VK is Kaelin’s BFF and accompanies her everywhere:  to the grocery store, restaurants, walks around the neighborhood…he even “snuck” into school the other day.

Don’t tell Kaelin, but she is now on her 4th generation of Vitamin Kitty.  Because he is so “well loved” he often gets dirty beyond redemption, and when that happens, he gets a “bath.”  Somewhere between the time he goes into the washer and the time he comes out of the dryer, a new Vitamin Kitty emerges from our special box in the closet and begins his journey as Kaelin’s sidekick.

She’s always very impressed at how clean and fluffy he is when he comes out of the dryer.

So here’s a little video I put together in honor of Vitamin Kitty and the special friendship he shares with our little lady.

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.

Kaeling Singing

Filed under: Kaelin,Videos — Amy @ 6:20 pm

I’m getting some flack for not posting a video of Kaelin’s performance at the wedding, and I’M REALLY SORRY I WISH I HAD A VIDEO TO POST BUT I CAN’T GIVE YOU WHAT I DON’T HAVE.

As a small consolation, however, I do have this video of one of our, um, “rehearsals” … which might give you some idea why I was a LITTLE BIT SKEPTICAL of the upcoming performance. 

“Skeptical,” meaning I was fully prepared to enact an emergency exit strategy in the event that she forgot the words or, say, ended up sprawled on the floor with her dress over her head.

If nothing else, it’s a lesson in the attention span of a 3-year-old…

First Steps

Filed under: Koren,Milestones,Videos — Amy @ 4:29 pm

Ok, most of what we actually caught on video is closer to falling than walking… but Koren successfully executed 4 consecutive steps today.  He’d rather be running than walking, so he doesn’t stop to catch his balance once he gets excited about it.

Shoulda Seen That Coming

Filed under: Koren,Videos — Amy @ 4:14 pm

Kaelinisms: Issues and Singing Edition

Filed under: Kaelin,Kid Quotes,Videos — Amy @ 5:39 pm

I’ve mentioned before about Kaelin’s love of shoes.  During “Doughnuts with Dad” this past Saturday, she made friends with the doughnut store owner.

DSO: Wow, those are some pretty shoes.  Can I have your shoes?
Kaelin: No.
DSO: What if I gave you a free chocolate milk – then could I have your shoes?
Kaelin: No.  I already have juice.
DSO: What if I gave you ALL the donuts in the store for free?  THEN could I have your shoes?
Kaelin: No.  They wouldn’t fit you.  And if I gave you my shoes, my mom might have issues.

Kaelin has volunteered to sing Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” at a friend’s wedding reception this weekend.  I’m a little skeptical, knowing that a) she sings very quietly when people are watching, b) she’s likely to get shy and back out at the last second, and c) she only knows half the chorus. 

But she’s very excited about the prospect of using a real microphone.

Mama: Kaelin, why don’t you tell Grandmommy and Grandpa what you’re doing at Andrea’s wedding?
Kaelin: I’m going to sing the Romeo and Juliet song with a microphone, HOW FUN IS THAT???

Also, my daughter is a goofball, in case you didn’t already know.  While fixing dinner tonight, I heard some rustling behind me.  I turned around and nearly tripped on this paper bag in the middle of the floor…

Koren: 10 Months

Filed under: Koren,Newsletters,Videos — Amy @ 3:37 pm

In case you ever wondered why I can never get a newsletter out on time…


The Easter Story, by Kaelin

Filed under: Holidays,Kaelin,Kid Quotes,Videos — Amy @ 8:16 am

Turn the volume up.

Wiggle Worm

Filed under: Koren,Videos — Amy @ 7:19 pm

Merry Christmas, From Kaelin

Filed under: Holidays,Kaelin,Videos — Amy @ 12:55 pm

Merry Christmas, Y’all!

Munchkin Monday

Filed under: Munchkin Monday,Videos — Amy @ 10:18 am

Sometimes Kaelin decides to skip her nap. It always catches up to her, usually around dinnertime, and sometimes in mid-sentence.

Sorry the camera is so shakey. I was laughing.

For those curious, she’s saying “Watch you,” which really means “watch me,” (she gets confused on the proper usage of “you” and “me”) which is what she chants any time she sees the video camera. She’s developing a bit of a narcissistic streak.

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