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Kai: 4 months

Yes, I realize I am 11 days late with this post. I have been having problems uploading photos onto my computer and it is driving me nuts to say the least. I just did a straight upload from my phone to google photos in the interest of getting this written before Kai is 5 months old.

Four months. So short a time in the grand scheme of things, but it seems like our little guy has been with us forever at this point, and it’s hard to imagine what things were like without him in our lives.

Mr. Stubborn had no interest in smiling for his four month shots, even though over all he is now a pretty smiley guy. Let’s get to the stats first. At Kai’s four month check up he weighed in at 17.0 lbs and was 27.25″ tall. That puts him in the 79th percentile for weight and 99th percentile for height. His doc informed me that Mr. Long and Lean is the size of an average 7 month old, which explains how he is pretty much completely out of his 6 month clothes (sniff) and solidly into the nines, and is even pushing the length on some of those. So thankful to have a healthy growing boy. 

Sleep: Kai is still sleeping very well at night overall. Here and there he will have a rough night still, but for the most part he goes to bed sometime between 6-7:30 depending on naps, and wakes up 0-1 times to eat during the night. He almost always wakes for the day around 6:30-6:45am. The big issue now is rolling. Kid LOVES to roll, and has become an almost full time tummy sleeper. The problem is that while he is an old pro at rolling onto his belly, he has not yet figured out how to roll from belly to back. At least once a night he wakes up on his belly and is irritated that he is stuck, and we have to go in and flip him back over which often results in quite the meltdown. We have also had some diaper leaking issues from tummy/side sleeping, so I have picked up some night time disposable diapers to use for now until I figure out a cloth solution (I have a few things on the way).

Naps: Yup, still catnapping during the day. He goes down for his first nap about  two hours after waking up, and sleeps for 30 mins on the dot. His second nap is often in the carseat after falling asleep on the way home from Kids Club at the gym. This one is usually 30 mins as well, although recently there have been a couple of longer ones, which gives me hope that we can make the transition from 4 naps a day to 3. He takes another little nap sometime in the afternoon between 2 and 3pm. Lately it is much harder to get him to take a 4th nap in the 4:00 hour, which has resulted in some super early bed times.

We inherited a jumper/saucer thing from Kai’s cousin Aiva, and he loves it when he is in the mood. He goes nuts in there, whipping the whole contraption from side to side and playing with all of the attachments. He also loves to lay on the floor with me and practice rolling, and even teases me by looking at me, smiling, then rolling to his side the other way, only to come back, look at me and repeat approximately 36 times. He also likes to sit up with some help, and of course walk like a big boy.

Kid is super ticklish like his mom, and we can’t resist tickling him on a constant basis to hear his little laugh. Anything that comes near his mouth needs to go inside asap, and he is still drooling like a maniac.

Kai was baptized earlier this month, and I could not believe how good he was during the whole thing. He didn’t make a peep during the whole church service, and he smiled when the Pastor poured the water over his head. Then again, that shouldn’t come as a surprise since he does love his baths and getting sprayed with warm water from the sink sprayer.

We were given the green light from his doctor to start solid foods, and will probably do so over the next few days/weeks. I plan to make his baby food myself, and we will likely start with some vegetables and perhaps forego the rice cereal for now. He may even get his first tastes on Thanksgiving, we shall see.

Just look at that face. Four months and he is developing quite the little personality. I can’t wait to see my boy grow (but not too fast buddy!) and develop, as he is getting into a stage where he is so much fun.

 

 

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Running update

Oh wait, this is supposed to be a running blog? I suppose it is time for another post-pardum running update. I have consistently been running 4-5 days a week, almost 100% with the stroller and my favorite little running buddy.

What, you thought I would do a post without a picture of my little monster? Ha.

I have been trying to time our runs to coincide with Kai’s morning nap, and that has been working out swimmingly. He is usually asleep within 10 mins, and if I am lucky and there are no loud noises (rare – it is the season of leaf blowing and there is always work going on on the homes in the area) he will sleep for a whole hour or more.

I have been able to drop my pace quite a bit since I started. The first few runs I could barely crack an 11 min mile. Now it is very comfortable to hold a 9-9:15 pace for an easy run with the stroller. Sometimes I even dip into the 8:45 range without much extra effort. Speaking of easy pace, that is all I do with the stroller. I figure it’s good base building and I am gaining endurance and keeping my HR lowish. I haven’t worn a HRM at all, I am just going by what feels good. I will also say, pushing the stroller uphill is no joke! My legs burn and I feel like I’m getting a little strength workout as well.

The last weekend in September I ran a 5k for fun. My goal at the time was sub-9 min miles, which was tough for me back then. Well, I ended up running 7:45 pace which was shocking to me. I was pretty stoked about that, given I had done zero speed training and had only been back to running for a few weeks.

Since then, I have just been trucking along with the stroller. I’ve hit the treadmill just a few times, and it was torturous. As the weather gets worse I am going to have to make more use of it, and my workouts will have to change a lot. Given that Kai usually only naps for 30 mins at a time, I will be able to run in short bursts. The only way to make the treadmill tolerable for me is to do some type of speed work, so maybe I’ll be able to focus on faster running for 20 mins at a time. I have yet to try out the day care at the gym because Kai’s napping is all over the place. It is really hard to time out when I would be able to go to the gym between his eating and napping. Hopefully he will learn how to nap longer and his schedule will become a little bit more predictable so I can make use of the gym. Lord knows I need to start doing some strength work too, but I just can’t get motivated to do it at home when there are so many other things to get done.

This past weekend while I was up in Door County, I got to run in my favorite place, Peninsula State Park. I only had time to squeeze in 5 miles on Sunday, but those 5 miles were so great. I took it easy for the first couple miles, and then picked it up at the end, finishing with a 7:40 last mile. That pace used to be no big deal for me, but right now it is a stretch and I couldn’t believe how good it felt.

I have thought a little bit about what I will train for coming up, and I am pretty sure I will end up doing a spring half marathon and a fall marathon. I haven’t run a marathon since Boston 2011, so it’s time. I am planning to put triathlon on the back burner and return to my first love for a while. It will be easier schedule wise especially with Steve training at the same time, and I really want to see what I can do if I focus on one sport.

Update since I first wrote this out: We tried out the Kids Club at the gym today and it was a success! I just did a 4 mile run on the TM to keep it short in case of any problems, but the ladies said he did great and he can come back anytime. It will still be a little hard to squeeze in gym time while Kai is awake and not needing to eat, but we will do what we can. He fell asleep instantly on the way home (it’s a 4 min drive) so he must have played pretty hard in there 😉

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Kai: 16 weeks

Instead of waiting until the 15th for Kai’s 4 month post, I have a few items to report on right now.

First of all, Mister Man rolled over 5 days after his 3 month birthday! Somehow I managed to capture this milestone on video.

He did it twice in a row like it was no big deal, and now two weeks later he has yet to repeat his feat. He is so close a lot of the time, and he can do it with barely a nudge from me. I am kind of ok with the fact that he hasn’t done it anymore, because once he is over he gets stuck. I see him trying to roll over in his crib on the video monitor, and if he does it in there and gets stuck I imagine he will be less than pleased.

Now we have to talk about this past weekend, when I was gone for two nights on a ladies weekend and Kai was Daddy’s boy all weekend long. I was pretty anxious before I left, not worried that Steve couldn’t handle it or anything, but worried about how Kai would eat, sleep, nap, etc. while I was away. He is used to hanging out with me all day every day for the most part, except when I am with clients.

Friday around 1pm I dropped Kai off with my step-brother, who offered to watch him until Steve got off of work. I brought over two bottles thinking he would only take one, and tried to get him down for a nap before I left. Justin also had his 11 month old to take care of, so I was hoping that Kai would be a little angel for him. Turns out Justin has the touch and got him to nap for 57 minutes. However, Kai refused to take his bottle. I told Justin this might happen because he has been a little stinker about that a couple of other times for my mom and/or Steve. When Steve arrived to pick him up, he tried again with the bottle without success. When Steve got him home though, he finally ate and took another bottle before bed.

I mentioned in my last update that Kai has been sleeping well at night, usually just waking up once to eat. This is the part I was most nervous about with being away, because during those middle of the night wake ups Kai is used to me coming in and immediately feeding him. Well, Steve was going to have to heat a bottle, which was not going to be instant gratification for the little man. So around 3am that first night, Kai woke up crying. Steve threw a bottle in the warmer right away and then went and got Kai. After it was heated, Kai flat out refused to drink it and Steve said it only made him cry harder. He rocked him for a little while but he wouldn’t calm down. Steve changed his diaper in case that was the problem, and then thought that maybe the bottle wasn’t warm enough. He set Kai down in his crib and came out to heat the bottle a little more, and literally one minute later Kai stopped screaming, passed out and slept until morning. When I heard this, I though to myself hmm, maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t eat in the night…

Saturday morning came, and Kai still refused the bottle. Steve started to panic, because now he missed his middle of the night feeding AND wouldn’t eat in the morning. He said he was ready to make the three hour drive to Door County so I could feed him. The other ladies reassured me that when he was hungry enough he would eat, and not to worry. Sure enough, a little bit later he took the bottle. That day Steve took Kai out to his parents house to spend some time with Grammy while he helped with some things around the house. I got a call later that afternoon from Steve asking if we still had any infant Tylenol at home because Kai was showing signs of teething and he was miserable. He was chewing on his hands, refusing to eat, and acting really whiney. When Steve tried to feel his gums he would cry hysterically, and he was gnawing on anything that got near his mouth. I didn’t think that teething happened this early, but I guess it can. He got Kai home, gave him some Tylenol, and 15 mins later he was so much better. He ate and even had some smiles.

I talked to my guys on Facetime to say good night, and hoped that Kai would sleep ok after not feeling well. Sunday morning Steve texted me how many ounces Kai ate for breakfast (yes, I am anal and demanded to know about every bottle so I could keep track of how much he ate) and I asked how he slept. And get this: HE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR 12 HOURS!! Sorry for yelling, but holy cats, I couldn’t believe it. At first Steve reported that it was 11 hours, but later realized that he forgot to factor in daylight savings time and it was actually 12. So, two nights in a row without eating in the middle of the night. I was really hoping that this would now be a new trend, but I wasn’t holding my breath. I figured that once I was back (with my boobs), he would go back to wanting a night time snack. Well, lo and behold he SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR 11 HOURS on Sunday night, and AGAIN ON MONDAY!! (though this morning he woke up just before 6am which is too early for him, so I did feed him and he eventually fell back to sleep from 7-7:45). You guys, three nights in a row my baby has slept through the entire night. It is glorious. I am afraid to actually publish this post and jinx everything, but I couldn’t not report on this monumental development. I am going to continue to thoroughly enjoy it while it lasts (and hopefully it will last a long time!).

Kai is still a cat napper and can’t seem to get past the 30 min mark in his crib during the day, but he has taken some longer naps when out and about in his stroller/carseat. Just today, he snoozed for almost 3 hours (!!!) between errands to vote, the mall, and he even stayed asleep in his carseat when we got home which hardly ever happens anymore.

Kai had no problem returning to nursing when I got home from the weekend (another fear since traditionally he has loved his bottles). He still gets his big (6-7 oz) bedtime bottle every night which I think is part of the key to him sleeping so long.

Well, after that I guess any more updates will seem anticlimactic. Kai is super strong and still rocks at tummy time. Some of his 6 month clothes are getting to short (but most of them still fit), and 9 monthers are fitting pretty well too. Last I checked he was over 16 lbs, so I’d guess he is probably in the 17 lb range now.

He is still reluctant to smile on camera, but smiles or not, just look at that face. Such a cutie pie!

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Kai’s first Halloween

There was never a question as to what Kai would dress up as for his first Halloween. Over 40 years ago, my grandma made a little devil costume for my Aunt Beth. Since then, all of the new babies in the family have worn the costume on their first Halloween. I was the fourth little devil in 1981.

We figured out the Kai was the 14th baby to wear the little devil, and he was pretty darn cute in it.

The tail!

Side by side:

We got together with family and went to a Halloween parade. Luckily, it was the weekend before Halloween and the weather was beautiful.

My cousin Kelly almost blew away and her little dog too.

We skipped out on the Trick or Treat portion of the evening because I didn’t feel the need to have a bunch of candy sitting around the house, and it was Kai’s bed time. All in all a fun day, and it will be even better next year when our little man can actually go Trick or Treating.

Of course Kai has been sporting his Halloween diaper all month, and he’s been pretty happy about it.

And of course on Halloween itself, we made “Pumpkin Kai.” Heehee.

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