Kellen is now two months old. He’s grown leaps and bounds, and he continues to be more and more expressive. Our love for him is stronger than ever, and I find myself missing him every day.
Kellen now weighs in at just over 12 lbs., nearly double his birth weight and around the 46th percentile. His length measures 22.25 inches, around the 16th percentile. He looks like he’s doubled in size since birth. It’s amazing how quickly he’s growing.
Kellen now seems fully aware of Aimee and I. He responds to our voices, stopping feeding and looking around when he hears my voice after coming home from work, for example. He also frequently looks into our eyes and connects with us; you know he’s looking “at” you, not just in your general direction. There’s a definite connection, and it’s apparent that he recognizes us as people he knows and trusts.
Kellen is also more responsive to things around him, his play-mat, for example. He has interest in the toys as they move around and will occasionally reach for them. It’s fascinating to witness.
Kellen has started to smile in response to our interactions with him. I can barely express the joy seeing him smile brings to us. No matter how fussy he might occasionally be or how often we have to feed him in the middle of the night, his smile makes it all worth it.
My first Father’s Day was a wonderful day of celebration of our baby boy. My first gift of the day: Aimee took care of Kellen in the morning and allowed me to sleep in. When I awoke, Aimee had prepared breakfast and had gifts from her and Kellen waiting for me. Kellen’s gifts were a framed portrait (of him) for my office at work, a book for me to read to him that, unbeknownst to him, my dad read to me when I was a youngster, and a “Best Dad Ever” coffee mug. I find myself having coffee in the evening more often than usual just so I can use my new mug.
Aimee got me a movie theater gift card and a couple pairs of shorts I’d been wanting.
After breakfast, I was offered the opportunity to go to a movie (using my new gift card). I enjoy going to the movies, but since Kellen’s birth, I’ve had little time do so. There happened to be a few movies in the theater that I wanted to see, so it was quite a treat.
Later that afternoon, we went to my parents’ house for dinner. Dad grilled up some fantastic fajitas, and I was given a few more cards and gifts in celebration of my first Father’s Day.
I’m still amazed that I’m now a father. I only hope that I’ll be as good a father to Kellen as mine has been to me.
One day after his two-month birthday, Kellen had to visit our pediatrician for his two-month shots. I’m proud to report that he handled it very bravely. He cried a bit with the initial prick of each of the three shots, but quickly got over it and made it through the rest of the day with no ill effects. After his appointment, we were even able to stop and have lunch at a nearby restaurant - a first for us since Kellen’s arrival.