Nine months - that’s how long Kellen’s been with us. It’s absolutely unbelievable how quickly time has flown by, especially considering that Kellen will be a year old in just a few months.
Meeting Grandpa Bill & Aunt Cheshie
Around Christmas, Kellen got to meet his Grandpa Bill for the first time. Bill was married to my mother before her passing a few years ago and continues to live in Colorado where I grew up. Kellen’s reaction to their first interaction was priceless, resulting in one of my favorite photos of Kellen so far.
Kellen also got to meet his Aunt Cheshie (Cheryl), Aimee’s aunt, from New York. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any photos of the occasion, but their introduction was a smashing success.
With winter - or as close to it as we get here in Texas - upon us, we’ve enjoyed dressing Kellen up in some of his cute winter clothes.
He enjoyed sitting in front of the fireplace as well. In typical fashion, as soon as he noticed I had my camera pointed at him, he turned to look at me with his usual cheeky grin.
In addition to eating solids (baby food) three times a day, Kellen is also working on his dexterity by eating bite-size rice puffs. He’s gotten quite good at picking them up with his fat, little fingers and getting them in (or around) his mouth. It did take him a little time to get the hang of it. Initially, he would grab the puffs with his palm and wasn’t able to get them in his mouth, but after a few tries, he figured out he needed to be a bit more delicate with them.
After several weeks of teething, Kellen now has two tiny baby teeth to show for it.
Here’s a habit we hope Kellen holds onto - he loves to read or rather, be read to. Of course, as soon as he realized I was taking his photo, he turned to grin at the camera.
Kellen also had his nine-month checkup today, which we (and I’m sure, he) were thankful didn’t involve any shots. From a health and development standpoint, he’s coming along nicely. He weighs just under 22 lbs. and measures about 28 inches, putting him around the 82nd and 34th percentile, respectively. Slowly but surely, he’s getting longer and leaner, although it’s hard to tell from the photos. We’re still waiting for his wrists and ankles to make an appearance, but his rolls are so adorable! Our pediatrician also gave us the go-ahead to start giving him small bits of table food, which should be fun.