We are closer to Kamden’s first birthday than the day he was born. I’m not sure how I feel about this realization. What happened to my itsy-bitsy teeny-tiny baby?
GROWING // That itsy-bitsy baby boy is now my Mini Man Child! Kamden’s routine well-visit and third round of vaccinations were yesterday – somehow our scheduling got off because he’s seven months old at his six-month appointment, not sure how that happened – and he weighs 20 pounds and 9 ounces and is 27.5 inches long. Goodness, he’s a big boy! He is currently in the 90th percentile for height. Yay for my tall son! As usual, Husband and I made our weight and height predictions before the appointment and let’s just say it’s my turn to buy fro-yo. 🙂
EATING // Eating is Kamden’s most favorite thing to do, second only to sleep. He still gets my pumped breast milk via bottles, six ounces every 3-4 hours. Ten days ago, he woke up at 2:30am for a super early morning feeding and every day since he has gotten up around this time to eat. He’s frustrated because he wants to sleep, but his belly is empty. As soon as he finishes the bottle, he’s asleep for another 5-6 hours. We’re still introducing homemade purees but the kid just wants breast milk. If I’m able to get a teaspoon of puree in him, it’s a major success. I’ve tried giving him milk then a bite of puree, but he gets fussy and shuts his mouth tighter than Fort Knox until I offer the bottle again. He’s just not that interested … yet. When he is ready for purees, he’s got an entire produce section waiting in the freezer:
- avocado + banana
- avocado + spinach + kale
- peach + banana
- blueberry + peach
- sweet potatoes
- green peas
I made my own version of oatmeal cereal but, like the rest of the purees, Kamden’s not interested in it either. I could have easily purchased ready-made cereal, but the stuff is too processed and making it is simple. I ground organic whole oats and organic steel-cut oats into a fine powder using the food processor. I added one cup of the powder mixture to three cups of boiling water and cooked for 15-20 minutes, whisking constantly. After the oatmeal cooled a bit, I poured the mixture into ice cube trays, the same method I’ve used for all of the homemade baby food I’ve made thus far. About four hours later, I emptied the cubes of oatmeal into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. I’ve introduced oatmeal to Kamden three times — plain, with peaches, and with sweet potatoes — and he is not interested in any of it. We’ll try again later. My next adventures for Kamden will be homemade popsicles made with breast milk and a mesh baby food feeder that he can hold and feed himself. In other exciting, food-related news: Kamden is sitting in a high-chair. This thing has been in its original shipping box, propped against the dining room wall, almost a year and we’re just now getting putting it to use. Kamden looks so big and grown up in his new digs, don’t you think?!
WEARING // Kamden is still wearing size 24 month onesies and 2T tops and bottoms. We’ve been putting him in pajama bottom pants and a short-sleeve T-shirt at night because we keep the house fairly cool and his legs were getting cold. He’s wearing size 2 diapers but size 3 are in the closet ready to go as soon as we finish the last box of twos. His swim diapers are size 3-4. My friend and fellow blogger, Sarah, sent Kamden the most adorable and funny T-shirt. Its message sums him up perfectly:
I didn’t choose the CHUB life; the CHUB life chose me.
DOING // Classes at The Little Gym are going great. Kamden is always smiling and “talking” to the other students and parents. He loves to socialize like his Momma! The weather finally got warm enough to enjoy the swimming pool. The first time we went the water was too cool and Kamden was not impressed, but now he’s a big fan! I bought this pool float and he loves it. Plus, it provides a bit of shade and even has toys attached. I’ve even caught him snoozing a couple of times … this kid LOVES being in the water!
THE CHEEKS // THE DIMPLED KNUCKLES // THE BIG LITTLE HANDS
For all I know, he is sound asleep in this photo too!
Kamden attended a few nights of Vacation Bible School (VBS) at church and got a T-shirt, even though it’s way too big! As usual, everybody was glad to see him as we visited the different stations and activities. Kamden will be an “official” participant when he’s two but will be a mini-participant until then!
While he is not completely mobile, Kamden is exploring and adventurous in his Joovy Spoon walker. We chose this particular walker because it has a really wide base and a large tray area. I’m not concerned about Kamden tipping over or pinching his fingers either. Right now, he can maneuver on the tile in the kitchen and hardwood floors in the living room and entry with ease. He has even discovered drawers next to the dishwasher, decorative towels hanging on the double-oven door handles, and windows next to the front door. He doesn’t realize he is mobile, but he’s sure on the go all the time!
LOVING // Swimming, jumping in the Exer-Saucer, sitting in his new high-chair, exploring in the Joovy walker; sitting up unassisted, watching Daddy build block towers and knocking them down (over and over and over again); being outside; sleeping and eating; naps on the couch with Mommy; having a soft blanket against his face; and yelling real loud, especially during church!
Husband and I are trying to keep the toys to a minimum and Kamden doesn’t seem to mind. He loves his bucket of blocks, a set of cars that make noise, singing train, and an activity board that detaches from a walker he’ll use later on. He’s easily entertained in the Joovy walker or Exer-Saucer and he’s just as happy and content sitting on the floor too. When he showed lots of interest and enjoyed holding the groovy balls at The Little Gym, I purchased a set for home. He can easily grab and hold on to them and he’s able to chew on them as well. We try to practice rolling the balls back and forth, but once he has them he doesn’t like to share! Kamden is also a fan of empty water bottles.
LOATHING // Immunization shots (who likes to get shots anyway?!) and baths
Since getting his six-month vaccinations yesterday, Kamden has not been his usual happy-baby self. He’s sore near the injection sites on both legs and sleeping more, even by his standards. He does not have a fever, but it’s obvious his body is working overtime to ‘digest’ these vaccinations. I think the weekend will be filled with extra naptime, Mommy’s Milk, and cuddles.
Bath time, unfortunately, has gone from a fun, playful, relaxing, enjoyable experience to get in, wash the important parts, and get out as quickly as possible. Kamden wants to stand up, which makes it difficult to keep him stabilized and safe from banging his head off the tub wall (which he has done twice, oops!), and when we make him sit down, he shows some serious attitude. Even though the Duck Tub is ridiculously adorable, it’s not functioning as well as we had hoped. We’re going to try another tub and see if it works any better, because bath time should not be this stressful! By 8:15-8:30 each evening, Kamden is extremely tired and ready for his bottle and bed. While Husband is getting his bottle warmed, turning on the video monitor, and finding a pacifier, I am feverishly applying lotion and dressing a squirming, fussy, hungry, and tired Little Dude. Our nighttime routine used to last about an hour, now it’s less than 30 minutes!
RED, BLOTCHY SPOTS // Kamden has irritation around his neck (most likely from excessive drool and breast milk) but a red, blotchy rash recently appeared behind his knees. We keep the areas clean and dry as best we can but Doctor J (his pediatrician) wants to try a couple of things: 1) hydrocortisone cream on the neck and behind his knees and, 2) eliminate all SOY from my diet. According to new research, eczema (skin rash) can appear on young children due to a food sensitivity. The most common food sensitivity in babies is cow’s milk, but I have a severe allergy and know – without a doubt – that my breast milk does not contain dairy. The second most common food sensitivity in babies is soy. Due to my dairy allergy, my diet is heavily laden with soy products, especially soy milk, edamame, and soy yogurt. Asian cuisine is one of my favorites and it contains the most soy – go figure! All of this makes perfect sense because I was diagnosed with eczema after Kamden’s birth. I’ll share more about my soy elimination diet and Kamden’s reaction/progress in another post, stay tuned!
SUMMER BUCKET LIST // We made a summer bucket list last month and we’ve been busy trying to get as many items crossed off our list as possible!
Go swimming Attend Vacation Bible School Watch fireworks on July 4 (from afar, of course)SEMI-SUCCESS! Our neighbors had fireworks and it sounded like they were recreating the Battle of Gettysburg most of the night, but thankfully Kamden was sound asleep and not bothered by the loud booms.
- Travel to Kentucky via airplane for family reunion
- Taste a juicy watermelon
Blow bubblesThis happens every week at The Little Gym and Kamden LOVES watching bubbles dance around him! We also blow bubbles in the evening while walking around the house or sitting on the front porch.
- Go to the public library for story time
- Cool off at the local Splash Pad
- Ride a train
- Have lunch with Daddy
- Grapevine Aquarium
- Perot Museum in Dallas
- Make bath paint with shaving cream and food coloring
- Enjoy a popsicle
Cheers to Month #7, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!