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

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Mele Kalikimaka

I know it’s a few days in already, but “Hello 2012!” Since I last posted, we celebrated Christmas in Hawaii, New Years on an airplane, and my birthday home in Fargo.

Here’s the recap of our trip. Warning – this is a purrdy long post! Enjoy Folks!:

Friday, December 23rd: We flew out of Minneapolis early in the morning and arrived in Hawaii at about 3:30pm. It was an 8.5 hour flight from Chicago so we were pretty tired by dinner time (which would have been about 10:00pm in Fargo). We had dinner at a restaurant right outside our hotel, the Round Table. It was a little bar and grill that had good pizza and wings. After dinner, we were whipped and went straight to bed. It would take a few days to get used to the time change. I woke for the next few days at about 6am (10:00am in Fargo). Here are some pictures of our travel day. It was a tight squeeze in the back of my Dad’s Yukon for Melissa, Jake and I. Carrie got a little sleepy and took a snooze in the Chicago airport. The beautiful garden at the Honolulu airport. And we got to ride in the stretch hummer from the airport to our hotel! We’re pretty fancy 😛

Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve): On our first full day, we decided to go to Pearl Harbor. It was rainy and windy off and on throughout the day. We toured the submarine the U.S.S. Bowfin, explored the U.S.S. Missouri, and had to come back a different day to see the U.S.S. Arizona because it was too windy out that they shut down the boats out to the Memorial. It was really neat to see all of the historic landmarks and stories. I found out that I had a relative who died on the U.S.S. Arizona. My Mother’s maiden name is Williams, but she wasn’t sure which Williams it was on the wall. My Grandfathers were both in WWII so it was really amazing to get a small, small glimpse into what they were experiencing.

Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day): I must say as nice as it was to spend Christmas in Hawaii, it was strange to not have our traditions on this day. No grandparents, no aunts, uncles, or cousins, no snow, no Christmas tree, no turkey, no stuffing, no potatoes, a different church. It wasn’t bad by any means…just different. We started our day out by going to a local church. It was a packed house with probably 800 people. I was surprised by how all over the board the attire was; from swimsuits to very fancy dresses – it was interesting. It was finally sunny out that day so we were able to lay out pretty much all day which was awesome! We then had dinner at a restaurant called Duke’s which was AMAZING! It was my most favorite meal of the entire trip. It was really neat to have Christmas dinner on the beach!

Monday, December 26th: We rented a car for the day and drove around a lot of the island. Our first stop was Pali Lookout. It’s close to the top of this point that looks over a large portion of the Waikiki area. It was SUPER windy up there so we didn’t stay long but the view was amazing!

Next, we stopped at this Temple. It was a burial ground for many different religions and there was this large Japanese style temple that we were able to wonder around at.

Our last stop was at a Macadamia Nut Farm which also had a portion of the Luau that we were going to see in a few days. The farm also grew various fruits native to Hawaii and we got to see where many films and television shows were/are taped. We ended the day by driving to the North Shore but unfortunately didn’t see any big waves. We stopped at Waimea Bay for about an hour and I got to take a little nap on the beach.

Tuesday, December 27th: My sisters and Dad went to swim with the dolphins. Because I get very bad motion sickness, Jake, my Mom, and I stayed back at the hotel and laid out by the ocean all day. It was another very relaxing day – just what I wanted and needed! (Sorry no pictures.)

Wednesday, December 28th: Every weekend and Wednesday there is a local swap meet (flea market). They have a lot of very inexpensive touristy things. It is held at the Aloha Stadium, so it was neat to see that (some college football bowl games and NFL Pro-Bowl games are held there). This was the day that we went back to Pearl Harbor to visit the U.S.S. Arizona. (Sorry no pictures, again.)

Thursday, December 29th: We went to Hanauma Bay for a day of laying out and snorkeling. We had to get there really early because they only allow so many people on the beach at a time. Luckily we got in right away. Unlucky for us that it was pretty cloudy and windy this day…definitely not ideal for laying out! It was a beautiful area though and it was my first time snorkeling, so it was really neat to see the coral and different fish. (Pictures farther below.)

That night we went to a Luau. It was awesome! It was at the JW Marriott (which if I ever go back would be the place I want to stay!!). The scenery, the food and the entertainment was great! Everyone was had so much fun. When my Mom asked us later what each of our favorite parts of the trip was everyone said the luau! My sisters and I even got pulled on stage to do a little dancing.

Friday, December 30th: Our last full day in Hawaii 😦 We took advantage of the beautiful weather and laid out for most of the day. We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe that night which seemed to be a great way to end our family vacation.

Sunday, December 31st: We go home today 😦 My mom, sisters and I were able to lay out that morning because we had to be checked out of room by noon. The rest of the afternoon we sat at a hotel bar that was outside and just enjoyed the nice weather and tried to waste some time. Our flight left around 8:00pm that night, so we were in the air and traveled through a few different New Year’s celebrations before we landed in Dallas. We had almost a 4 hour layover before leaving for Minneapolis and then driving another 4 hours to Fargo. It was a looooong day – almost 24 hours of traveling! I must say it was really nice to be get home and to see Henry!

::: I want to say a huge THANK YOU to my parents for everything on this trip! I know that Jake and I are both so appreciative for having the opportunity to travel with you  and to experience so many new things while on this trip. We love you very, very much! :::