Monthly Archives: May 2011

Kieron the One-Year-Old!

Ay ay ay! On Cinco-de-Mayo our little Kieron turned one! What can I say that doesn’t sound like a total cliche? It seems like just yesterday… It’s hard to believe… How time flies by… They grow up so fast… Well, you know what I’m trying to say!

Our first few days with Kieron were so magical. Nestled in the safe confines of the birthing center with all the sweet nurses who constantly checked on us, changed his diapers, and remarked, “what a cute baby!” I basked in the glory of new-motherhood. There was nothing to worry about except for taking care of this precious, sweet little gift. He was so cute and helpless, and when he cried, he made a sorrowful “laaa” noise that sounded like he was singing.

So how do I sum up Kieron at one year old? I’m generalizing here, but at this point, Avery is my shy, sensitive boy with the engineering brain. Kieron is more of a brut and a bruiser… and a flirt. He likes to make noise by banging things together, he has an insatiable appetite, and when he hears music, he can’t help but move to the beat. He’s so easygoing, but he likes to get into everything. When Avery was a baby and would get into something he shouldn’t, I’d simply redirect him and he was fine with it. Kieron however, is a little bit more determined, so this tactic doesn’t go as smoothly. He still doesn’t crawl or walk. His main methods of moving are bottom scooting, cruising along furniture, and walking behind his push car. Sometimes he “army crawls.” His main words are “da” (daddy) ga (give me, or I want) “baaa” (bath), and “mmm mmm!” When he eats, he repeats the latter over and over between bites. He even says it with both fists up for extra emphasis. His new favorite place to hang out is in front our our toy kitchen. He opens every cupboard, pulls everything out, and usually ends up waving a toy whisk and mixing spoon. Maybe he’s a future top chef?

Grammy and Papa came out from Texas for Kieron’s birthday. We had a small family celebration complete with tacos, cupcakes, and fake mustaches. I was a little surprised that Kieron wasn’t keen on the funfetti cupcakes, but I’m sure that will all change by next year. Happy birthday Kieron! We love you so much!

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Jonathan’s Birthday

Jonathan celebrated another birthday in April. We just had a little family celebration at home. Here are a few pics from the day.

Jonathan’s favorite: Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake

Jonathan’s gift: a new manly yoga mat big enough to fit him

He was previously practicing on my old pink hand-me-down mat

Now it’s Avery’s to practice yoga on. Namaste.

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Avery & Bjorn do the Pacific Science Center

We met our good friends, Jen, Ollie, and their son, Bjorn, in Seattle one afternoon at the Pacific Science Center. Avery and Bjorn had a blast seeing each other and checking everything out.

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A Helmet for Kieron

When Kieron was a few months old, he started developing a flat spot on the back of his head from sleeping on his back. We and the doc kept an eye on it, hoping it would round out once he started sitting up. By the time his nine month checkup rolled around, it hadn’t improved, and we were referred to a cranial specialist. It was unlikely this would correct itself, and by the age of two, the fontanels all fuse and the head is the shape it will stay permanently. So we opted to get a helmet for Kieron. He wears it 23 1/2 hours a day for roughly four months, and is currently about half-way through.

At first, we were concerned about how he (and we) would adapt to it, but he got used to the helmet very quickly, and it’s become part of his personality. So far the results have been great, and there is already a very visible change. Plus, there’s the added bonus that since he is learning to walk, the helmet is quite functional and has spared Kieron a number of bumps and bruises. It also provides extra protection from the energetic and not-always-gentle older brother.

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We Moved!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a month and a half since our last post! We do have a good excuse though. At the end of April we moved! We now reside in Snoqualmie, WA, about 25 min northeast of where we previously lived. Although it was bittersweet to leave our great neighbors and friends, we’re adjusting well. We love our new house, the neighborhood, and the town.

The move all happened very quickly. We’d been trying to sell our house for a long time with no success, and we finally admitted to ourselves that we weren’t going to be able to make the change we wanted to make unless we rented our house out. So on a whim we decided to post the house on Craigslist and see what happened. Within a week we had suitable tenants and were looking for a place to move into. Fortunately, the stars aligned just perfectly, and we found a house we all love in the area we wanted. So it was a very busy month or so, but now we’re all situated and enjoying our new digs.

Move-in day!

Everything ready to go

Avery enjoys a brownie after the house has been packed

Don’t forget the ice cream

Begin the unpacking!

The boys assemble some shelves

We moved Easter weekend, so we had an egg hunt in the new house while it was still empty

Move-in dinner: frozen pizza!

Avery couldn’t wait to take a bubble bath in the big tub

Playing at the park across the street

Our house is the brown one on the left

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