Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Thanksgiving Fun

Not that these are obvious Thanksgiving photos, but because we have no family locally (to understate it), we attended the Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving afternoon, then stuffed ourselves on a huge dinner. I was the only one to have pumpkin pie, as Kellan was full and Nic won't touch it. We returned home for some fun dancing to Christmas carols and general silliness. It was a lovely day.

Thanksgiving comparison

Kellan and Mommy, Thanksgiving 2004 (he was so bald!)

Kellan and Mommy, Thanksgiving 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

21 Months

Here we are in the home stretch to another birthday and Kellan has never been more fun, interesting, or wonderful. Everything that he does these days impresses the life out of me. This is such an exciting time in his development. I am already worried about my ability to master the art of meaningful praise -- how do you not throw up your arms and shout in delight with every new accomplishment? The fact that Kellan produces the phrase, in exactly my intonation, "Good job!" many times each day is not lending me much credibility. On the other hand, Nic is, if anything, underimpressed by each of these new feats of development [Nic: "So when's he going to learn to drive and go out on a Friday night?"], so perhaps we'll even things out in the end.

Kellan is really mastering his letters at the moment, thanks in large part to the Leap Frog Fridge Phonics magnet set. I can not recommend this product highly enough. It is sweet and simple, fun, and gets the job done. He has always enjoyed playing with the magnet set, but in the past month has really started shouting out the letters and letter sounds, and recently actually naming a letter, then going to get it from the fridge. He has begun to see letters that he recognizes in words and signs, pointing to them and naming the letter. Reading is next!

Kellan has recently become very involved in his music classes as well, having mastered all of the movements to go with their songs. He also enjoys the independent back and forth of selecting instruments, returning the instruments, sitting on the listening mat, and having a bit of responsibility for maintaining the structure of the class. Of any activity that we do in a week (swimming, Fun Shop, play group, and others), I believe that he gains the greatest benefit from music class at this point in his development. It is the one class that really carries over to home, a class that has both given him a background in music and movement, and has fostered some independence and responsibility in his actions.

He remains totally devoted to Dora the Explorer. He loves trains, trucks, and anything that makes a good noise or involves lights. He is crazy for dogs and I wish that we had the time, energy, or inclination to get one, but Nic is not a lover of pets and I honestly am not up for the battle right now. Eventually we'll get there. He talks ceaselessly, to us or to himself, doesn't matter. He says more words than I can even hope to list anymore and all of them are adorably mispronounced. I will really hate it when he starts saying, "grape", instead of, "ahppa". He loves to have his teeth cleaned and asks for "zees" (teeth) every time that we go into the bathroom. When tired he will tell you that he wants to go to bed, give his daddy a kiss, then find Roger and crawl on in, whether or not you are ready! He is still absolutely devoted to nursing and nurses a minimum of four times each day.

Things have changed a lot since our earliest posts when Kellan was 7 months old. And every day, these things just keep getting better!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Photos from last weekend

Having a bit of a bad hair day. He's only recently had enough hair to actually brush, but it is alternately curly or wavy and I really don't know what to do with it. We'll see if things change after his first haircut, but that's a ways off. I do admit to having chopped off one particularly unruly strand a couple of weeks ago that stuck straight out from the back of his head, but nobody seems to have noticed!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Our Ozarks Holiday

We spent last week traveling around the Arkansas Ozarks and had a wonderful autumn holiday. The leaves were spectacular and the weather was unseasonably warm. Here are a few photos of Kellan playing in Ozarks National Park.


These two photos were taken in the Missouri Ozarks on our way down to Arkansas.

Little Rock

These were taken in Little Rock. There are a few from the Discovery Museum, one from the zoo, and one from our hotel room (holding the ever present Roger).

[Note: Kellan was not injured by the sheep in any way. That face is due to the fact that he thought we'd run out of food for feeding said sheep when in fact I still had three quarters in my pocket! He loves to feed animals at the zoo]

A Few Late Halloween Photos

Better late than never. Here are a few photos taken at the play group Halloween party.

Kisses, and cuddles, and love, oh my!

Kellan has recently become a very kissy and cuddly boy, very different to his previous aversion to all things lovey. Everybody gets kisses these days, including the little boys in his play group. He leans in to his intended kissee, puckers his lips, then kisses them (preferably on the mouth) with a great big "smooch!" sound. I know that this will be a short phase (he is a little boy after all), but I am loving every moment getting love from my son.