Kellen is now 15 months old and an absolute joy. It’s been amazing to see him grow and develop into a little person with his own personality. He’s barely a baby anymore.
Shortly after Kellen turned a year old, Aimee made the decision to resign from her job and work as a stay-at-home mom for several months. It’s worked so well for us that we’re hoping to extend it longer than we originally planned. She’ll go back to work eventually - hopefully, much closer to home - but for now, the arrangement is working beautifully.
We try not to let Kellen watch much TV, but he absolutely loves Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse. There’s definitely a few trips to Disney World in our future.
Kellen’s developed quite a few new tricks in the last few months. He’s gotten quite good at throwing balls (in a good way) and getting around on his own.
At Kellen’s twelve month checkup, our pediatrician indicated that crawling, which he’d just started doing, wasn’t much of an indicator of his development. She was more concerned with him clapping, mimicking, and pointing, all of which he’d started doing. Lately though, he’s been pointing at EVERYTHING! We’ve taken it as an opportunity to work on his vocabulary, indicating what things are when he points to them in books and what not.
With summer upon us, we’ve set up the pool in the back yard, and we thought Kellen was old enough to partake. He seems to enjoy it, although his time in the pool is limited, given the summer heat.
Daddy & Grandpa’s Birthday
On my birthday this year, we decided to go out and do something fun as a family. We thought Kellen was old enough to enjoy the local aquarium. We were right!
My father’s birthday is a few days before mine, so we tend to celebrate our birthdays together, as a family. Shortly after, we celebrated the 4th of July together as well. My brother from California joined us. As usual, Kellen was the star of the show.
Time Away For Daddy
In mid July, I had the opportunity to go on a two-week trip to Iceland with family. Aimee was invited as well, but the trip wasn’t suitable for small children, and she couldn’t bring herself to leave Kellen for that long. As a photographer, I, on the other hand, jumped at the opportunity. I knew it’d be tough to be away from Aimee and Kellen, but I also knew he’d be in good hands while I was gone. In looking at the itinerary for the trip, it seemed I’d be able to stay in touch via video chat, making the idea a bit easier to swallow.
Walk This Way
Kellen started walking, that is, taking a few steps unassisted, at about 14 months. It’s now a major mode of getting around for him - a close second to crawling. He’s not yet able to stand from a sitting position without holding onto something, but once he’s up, he can stand and walk for quite a while. The stroller’s not going away anytime soon, but he’s pretty proud of his walking skills.
We recently purchased Kellen his first pair of shoes, which he’s also quite proud of.
15 Month Checkup
Kellen had his 15 month checkup while I was away. He weighs around 26 lbs. and measures just over 30 inches, keeping inline with around the 85th and 33rd percentile, respectively, and his development is continuing perfectly.