Another month, another post. Kellen is now ten months old. He’s learned quite a few new tricks over the past month. He’s not crawling yet, but it seems like he might take off running any day.
We’ve started supplementing Kellen’s solid foods (baby food) with actual solid foods - table scraps, as our pediatrician likes to call them. We’ve tried a number of foods, such as carrots, mandarin oranges, breads, and pasta. Initially, he most definitely didn’t care for it, going so far as to try to block the food (with his hands) from getting anywhere near his mouth, but he’s growing more and more accustomed to it.
Kellen has picked up several new tricks over the past month. He’s not fully crawling yet, but he’s close. He definitely wants to be mobile. Seeing him respond to our interactions with him is a joy to behold.
He’s able to wave hello/goodbye, and he likes to clap his hands together.
He can also pull himself up and stand for a while, as long as he has something to hold onto.
And my personal favorite, he’s gotten quite good at “gimmie five.”
Abuela Becky’s Birthday
We celebrated Abuela Becky’s 29th birthday (again) this month, for which we had Kellen make a very special birthday card.
As always, my folks got a kick out of seeing Kellen’s latest tricks.
I have yet to successfully capture this on video, but Kellen called me “da-da!” Aimee and I thought he might address me before her, as we’ve heard “da-da” is easier to say. In the past he’s strung together a bit of babbling that sounded like “da-da,” but now, he seems to know that’s me. Aimee and I sat on either side of him and took turns calling him. He’d turn toward her and babble incoherently, but when I called him, he turned and said “da-da.” He did it several times in a row, so he seems to be making the connection.
In addition to his two bottom teeth, Kellen’s two top teeth have started to come in. They’re about as difficult to photograph as the elusive black rhino of Africa, but I’m sure I’ll get them eventually.
A Not-So-Good First
With his usual perfect timing, Kellen had his first ear infection on Valentine’s weekend. He came home from daycare Friday evening acting uncharacteristically fussy, and didn’t sleep very well that night; he usually has no problem sleeping through the night. Saturday morning, with our pediatrician’s office closed for the day, we decided to take him to a children’s urgent care facility. They confirmed he had a mild infection in one ear and provided a course of antibiotics. Fortunately, he was able to take Motrin for the pain, and his infection cleared up in a few days. Overall, he handled it like a champ.
While Kellen was born with a full head of hair, he lost most of it within a few months, but it seems to be coming back in thicker and thicker. He definitely has his mom’s hair. It’s been fun to play with.