5 & 6 Months

Kolsen is growing, learning, and changing so much these days that it’s crazy to think that he’s already 6 months old. Here’s a recap of what he’s been up to the last two months!

5 Month Photo_Final

6 Month Photo_Final

5.5 Months: 19.3 lbs (90th percentile) / 28.5 inches (100th percentile) — We have his six month check-up on Friday.

Firsts: Since my last post, Kolsen has had a lot of firsts happen!

  1. Thanksgiving! Wednesday night we drove to Jake’s grandparents lake cabin. Thursday, we left the lake and spent the rest of the day with my parents. It was great to be able to spend time with both families.
  2. Haircut! Auntie Carrie gave him his first haircut. I didn’t want to cut his hair, but was baaaad! He had these long wispy hairs that came over his ears a good two inches. He had a pretty sweet combover as well. Getting pretty close to needing another one, too.
  3. Taste of food! He’s been bottle fed breastmilk only and now he is getting to try some new foods. His first meal was oatmeal. He didn’t particularly like it, but didn’t hate it either. Next, we tried bananas and he loved them! I’ve tried oatmeal and rice cereal a few different times, mixing in other foods, but he has grown to not like it all. So far he’s tried, apples, pears, carrots, beans, apricots, bananas, and a few premixed fruits and veggies. He hated the beans – to the point of gagging on them. We’re up to two meals a day which seems to be going pretty well.
  4. Caught pink eye! This was Kolsen’s first illness. We took him to the doctor right away and he got on some drops. Within two days he was back to normal.
  5. Met Santa! My company Christmas open house was the other weekend and Kolsen got to have his picture taken with Santa. He did such a good job, too. He just kept looking at Santa with big curious eyes and twirling Santa’s beard in his fingers.
  6. Cut his first tooth! His first tooth popped up over this past weekend. The front bottom right tooth. It didn’t seem to really bother him, so hopefully that’s a sign for the others to come.
  • Sleep Habits: He’s been waking up more often than we’re used to these days. It’s still only one time during the night; sometimes he’ll have a little bottle, sometimes just the nuk and being rocked works. He usually wakes up between 6:30-7:30am, nap at about 9-10am for a couple hours, nap again at about 2-3pm for an hour or so, and a quick 30-45 minute nap around dinner time, and then goes to bed around 8:30-9pm. It’s nice to finally be on somewhat of a schedule.
  • Eating Habits: Touched on this a bit before, but eating breakfast and dinner and then 6 oz bottles in between. Sometimes he’ll have a small bottle at breakfast and dinner too. We usually feed him half of a jar.
  • Loves: He loves Henry’s toys and the remotes. He is so close to crawling, but for now has the army crawl down pat. He’s rolling all over the place, too. When he sees something he wants, his eyes get big and he start to breathe heavier – it’s so cute. I always know where his ticklish spots are and hearing his squeals and laughs is probably one of the best things ever. Rubbing your head on his belly always makes him laugh. If he gets cranky in the car, listening to Carrie Underwood usually calms him down. Taylor Swift makes him angrier. He loves to be in the exersaucer and standing up, moving around. He is sitting on his own, although not a pro yet. I still like to be next to him just in case he tips over. He is turning into a little flirt already. He loves “talking” and is making all sorts of noises.
  • Hates: Beans! When we take Henry’s toys or something he’s not supposed to have (like the tv remotes or our cell phones) out of his hands. When people don’t pay enough attention to him. He’ll let you know that he wants you to hear him. There really isn’t a whole lot that he dislikes (thankfully).
Highchair

c’mon. that smile. adorbs.

working on his karate skills

working on his karate skills

so close to crawling! just doesn't quite know what to once he's up.

so close to crawling! just doesn’t quite know what to once he’s up.

first time meeting chris kringle himself

first time meeting kris kringle himself

He is such an awesome little kid baby. I love the moment when I get to see him for the first time after daycare every day, he gets the biggest smile on his face. I melt. Last night, I was looking at pictures from over the past 6 months and got a little teary eyed. Looking back on how fast time has gone, how little he was, how much he’s changed, and what’s to come truly makes me realize how blessed and fortunate we are.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season with safe travels, lots of love, laughter, and friendship! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thanksgiving 2012

The day I’ve been dreading…

Welp. The dreaded day has arrived. The day I’ve put off in my mind for the past 12 weeks. The day that would magically disappear if I didn’t think about it. The day that I’ve tried to avoid and yet, somehow it just crept it’s slimy little self into my reality.

Yup. I’m back at work.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is absolutely no reflection on where or who I work with. I really actually enjoy it. But the thought of not being at home with my little guy for every smile to poopy diaper about brings me to tears as I type this.

While I know that Kolsen is in great hands while I’m away, it doesn’t make it any easier. In fact, I was a mess last night. A crying, blubbery mess at just the mere sight of my babe. As the night was closing in on his bedtime, it hit me. {Get ready for the dramatics}

What if I miss something?

What if I miss one of his firsts?  

This is the last time I’ll get to hold him before daycare.

This is the last time he’s going to see me before daycare.

This is the last time he’s going to smile at me before daycare.

This is the last time I’m going to change his diaper before daycare… Yup. Just went there.

Now, if you know me, I don’t get too overly emotional about many things.  In fact, in high school my basketball coach would yell at me for not showing enough emotion. Just call me Lady Gaga because I have a very good poker face. While I can be pretty stoic on the outside at times {and can come off a little harsh – hey, I’m a work in progress too…}, I can be a complete ball of jittery nerves and sea of tears on the inside.

As my luck would have it, the dreaded morning arrived too quickly. My first instinct was to wake Kolsen up and just hold him for a few hours…is that too much to ask for? Apparently it is, because as Jake scooted out the door to daycare, I wanted to give him “just one more kiss”, “just one more squeeze”, “just one more time to tell him I love him”…and then that was it. My baby was off to daycare.

I was sitting in my car trying to hold myself together {I couldn’t go back to work with bloodshot eyes and mascara streaming down my face. Not exactly the look I was going for}, but what I needed to do and what I wanted to do were two opposite things. Chase after Jake’s car like a crazy lady, grab my baby and go cuddle the rest of the day or go to work…I realized what I need to do and being strong and letting go was my only option.

You see, I can be a bit of  a control freak at times.  And as I face this letting-go-of-control-thing head on, I realize it is somewhat necessary. Easy? Heck no. Worth it? I think so.

I have slowly started to realize that letting go doesn’t mean that things will fall apart. That if things don’t get done the exact way that I would do them, it’s still going to be okay. Everything will be okay. I have faith that He will make them okay. And if it doesn’t seem okay at first, I must remember that this is God’s way of challenging and teaching me that in time, it will be.

In the end, I think this will make me a better momma, make me appreciate the time I do have with him, help him grow in ways that I might not be able to offer, and to give my family new experiences that we might not know of otherwise. And if at the end of the day that’s what we get – I’m okay with that.

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Peary, peary happy

Kolsen turned 2 months old last weekend and I know it sounds so cliche but, seriously, where has the time gone?! He’ll have his two month check-up in a couple of weeks. Not really looking forward to that as he gets his first round shots. Poor guy. Here’s his one month and two month pictures:

He makes a double chin look goooood 😉 Also, not sure what was up with his hair this day, but he’s rockin’ it either way.

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He’s getting pretty good at holding his head up during tummy time!

Apparently I’m not interesting enough for him. When the TV is on, he’s in the zone.

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This weekend I went to Minneapolis to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays. It’s been over 3 months since I’ve seen her last, so it was great to catch-up and get some much needed girl time together! This was my first weekend away from Kolsen and even though the weekend was great, I was so excited to come home to my boys!  🙂

.::with the birthday girl::.

.::Celebrating at Cowboy Jacks::.

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And this might just be one of my new favorite drinks.

It’s peary, peary good 😉