Kellen is now six months old. It seems like just yesterday, he joined our family and now, he’s been with us for half a year. Unbelievable…
It continues to amaze us how fast Kellen is growing, and watching him develop new skills is simply awe-inspiring. He now weighs just over 18 lbs., about the 60th percentile, and measures 26 inches, about the 20th percentile… a little short. With Aimee and I as his parents, he has little hope of being tall.
It’s hard to believe, less than six months ago, he was just a little six-and-a-half-pound newborn.
Moving On Up
Kellen is now sleeping in his own room every night. We had planned on moving him into his room at around three months, but because of his health concerns, we wanted to keep him close by - our bedroom is downstairs, while his is upstairs - for a while longer. Thankfully, he’s taken well to sleeping in his own room, usually not requiring a personal visit for most of the night. On a good night, he’ll sleep until 5 or so in the morning, almost 10 hours.
One of the things we love most about Kellen’s room is that it’s full of gifts we’ve received from friends and family. We also put together a collage of animal photos taken on some of our travels and a very special cross-stitch (done by Aimee) showing Kellen’s birthday and vitals.
We’ve been working with Kellen for a while to try to get him to roll, which he seems perfectly capable of doing but doesn’t always care to. On the other hand, seemingly overnight, he can now sit up mostly unassisted for several minutes at a time. He can also stand for a quite a while, although he needs support for balance. Before we know it, he’ll be running around the house wreaking all kinds of havoc.
Now that the weather has cooled off, we like to get out of the house as our new, little family unit. We’re hoping as Kellen grows, he’ll be more interested in experiencing things and playing outside than in video games and smartphones.
One weekend, we made it out to the Fort Bend County Fair. While Kellen was too short to ride any rides, the weather was gorgeous, and he did seem to take an interest in the petting zoo.
He also got to join us for his cousin McKinley’s (number 4 and with her foot on the ball below) soccer game - his first. We’re not sure how much he got out of watching the game, but his cousins, aunt, and uncle always love seeing him.
Kellen’s doggie-brothers have gotten quite comfortable with him. They’re a little jealous too, taking special care to make sure we remember them during playtime on the floor.
Our First Family Illness
It seems we’ve worked through our first family illness. We were told Kellen would probably bring bugs home all the time once he started daycare. Sure enough, we went through a week of Kellen being sick, then Aimee, then myself. He might have even given it to his grandma. Time to load up on vitamins.
With the help of his caretakers at daycare, Kellen recently created another one of his masterpieces for display on the fridge.
Six-Month Checkup & Shots
Kellen had his six-month checkup and shots a couple days after his six-month birthday. He remains healthy and continues to grow and develop perfectly. Our pediatrician was impressed with how engaging and social Kellen is and told us his sitting skills are more like that of an eight or nine-month-old.