Running late, again…

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Seeing as we’re less than two weeks away from celebrating Kadence’s FIRST BIRTHDAY, it’s probably time I post the information from her 10 month that I’ve had saved in my email.

This month just gets better and better as well. I’ve probably mentioned that every month from 6 months on has been my favorite. The first three were just a blur and the next three were a little better, but the past six months have been SO MUCH FUN! (I’m not sure if that corresponds with me going back to work…a friend did tell me after I had a baby, I’d want to stay home…although I’d like to work less, I think I’m a better mom while I work. And this role that I have this year has been a good fit. I can leave work at work and it’s not as emotionally draining as working with students can be. Although I still fall short, overall, I think I’m getting better :-) )

Last night, Kadence took her first few steps WITH the assistance of her little push toy. She doesn’t seem to be too interested in the whole walking bit…but slowly but surely she’ll get there! I’m thinking by my birthday.

Anyways, enough of that for now: here’s her ten month recap you’ve all been waiting for (oh, yeah, it’s just me, my Mom and Christina that read this :0) )

Oh my goodness! What a FUN month! Three weeks ago, the babysitter put you in your crib in your room and you slept through the night! 12 hours! (I might’ve been up three times ensuring you were still breathing)…and ever since then, you’ve been on a roll! We love looking at the monitor when you wake up. You’ll wait in there for over an hour just playing and exploring (you’re a fan of the tags on stuffed animals and the strings on your bumper).

On November 15th (Lindsay’s birthday), you finally starting crawling forward more than a few scoots (you’d preferred backwards the previous month). You’re loving food more and more – eggs, turkey sausage, peas, green beans, corn and you even ate my spicy chili!

You are just so fun. Grandpa Rudy’s family was here last week and just kept commenting on what a sweet demeanor you have. You went to everyone (except when you were tired, then you just want me. Dad’s ready for the Daddy’s girl phase, which I told him is inevitable and to just be patient). You giggle and laugh and sometimes you’ll turn your head to me smiling and kind of hiding from people.

You explore, you love moving animals (poor Shadow, you attack that thing and she just lets you), you’re pretty cautious (and by cautious, I mean you stopped at the edge of the steps when chasing the cat and I was curious if you’d attempt to go). You LOVE Kalyb. Life is so much better for you when he is around. You had your first fall off the bed. I’m actually surprised it took this long. You had your first bloody nose when you face planted into the kitchen floor. Dad felt really bad because he was right there -but there’s really nothing he could’ve done).

Miss Andrea continues to dote on you everyday and you seem to explore the world with her! We just love that she loves you so well. That makes me leaving for work a little bit easier.

You have been able to stand up holding onto something for the past 6-8 weeks and you’re starting to take little steps around the ottoman. You are inclined to paper and cords. Very healthy options. You sleep through lots of noise – we brought you to Kalyb’s first grade Thanksgiving performance and feast and you were konked the whole time.

If you wake up on your own, you wake up like me – ready to face the world! If you’re woken up by us, you wake up more like your dad – needing some time to process. You are super chatty, which you come by honestly. Last week, I told you ‘no’ when you went to insert your fingers into a socket at Grandma’s and you looked at me, started whimpering, and put your head down on your arms to cry. Oh my goodness!

You continue to be hit or miss with the car seat, but once we start moving, you’re usually pretty good. You love books – and smile and laugh when we read to you.

You’re just so fun! We are praying for a spirit that is full of grace and love and gentleness and boldness and kindness and patience and one that is so inclined to the Lord. It is such a blessing to be your mommy!!

9 months…

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Crazy to think Kadence has now been ‘out’ longer than she was ‘in’!  Now that she’s almost ten months old (and we’ve had LOTS of firsts) – it’s probably about time to post what I wrote about a month ago…

Well here we are with Kadence almost turning 9 months old and no blog since her 6 month.  What a bust!  Oh well - we’ve been busy, busy around here – and these have probably been the three months that we’ve seen the most change.  She seriously gets cuter and cuter with every ounce that she gains!  She’s grown SO much and I can’t wait for her 9 month appointment to see her percentiles (note to self: schedule appointment).  She started sitting up independently about a week and a half after her 6 month milestone.  She can sit forever!  She’s watched Kalyb’s entire soccer games sitting by herself.  Also, I forgot to note that she developed her first freckle/mole somewhere between her 5 and 6 month mark – right on the middle of her thigh.  I’m sure the first of many!  She’s talking nonstop – and we’re convinced that sometimes she knows what she’s saying.  Ok, not really – but those babbles are sure starting to sound like real words!  (Her babysitter said last week she was saying ‘tickle, tickle, tickle’ incessantly.)

 

She absolutely ADORES Kalyb.  He can make her laugh and giggle and coo all the time.  He continues to take his role of big brother VERY seriously.  And everywhere we go people notice this!  They’re really starting to develop a bond and I just love getting to watch them love each other.  So special. 

 

She’s grabbing EVERYTHING.  But much prefers phones.  She also love crinkling on paper (which has slowed down due to the near choking she had a few weeks ago on the way to drop my mom off at the airport where she recovered a big wad of paper that came from who knows where). 

 

She’s still not sleeping through the night.  But I have to take some responsibility for that.  She’s still in our room - typically starting out in her pack ‘n’ play but then moving to our bed after her first feeding.  We tried her room one night in attempts to have her cry a little bit to realize she could fall back to sleep – but I became too worried she would wake up Kalyb, so went and got her anyway.  We’ve thought about having her sleep in the basement (it’s finished and I have a video monitor, so no worries!) for a few days to let her figure out that she can put herself back to sleep, but with working throughout the day, I have the guilty working mom complex and still feel like I need to spend anytime with her that I can.  I’ll get sick of it soon enough, I’m sure!  Until then, here we are!  Plus, we kind of like having her there with us now that she’s more social.  She’s getting really cuddly and lovey and it’s precious.  Ok, she also takes up a lot of space since she is LONG and chooses to sleep horizontally.  Little stinker!

 

She’s in size 4 diapers now, though she practically swims in them.  She still can fit in 3′s, but 4′s just seem roomier.  Don’t want her getting any muffin top complex anytime soon!  She stayed in her 0-3 month clothes throughout the entire summer, switched to 3-6 month stuff in the past few months and due to the cold weather requiring LENGTH (which she has a lot of), we’re needing to move more to the 9/12 month clothes.  I knew she’d blow through a size at some point, and 6-9 seems to be it.  She still would fit it if it were okay for her to be wearing capris.  However, 30 degrees requires a little bit more coverage! 

 

She continues to get comments everywhere we go on her red hair.  LOVE IT!  She’s starting to play with her hair and ear more as she gets tired; so cute!  She’s ROLLING everywhere and just these past two weeks has started consistently lifting herself up on her arms and rocking her back legs.  Crawling probably isn’t too far away.  Maybe she’ll put a show on for people next weekend in Phoenix!  We’re heading there for Charlie’s FIRST BIRTHDAY!!

 

She’s becoming a much more chill baby – as long as there is a lot going on.  She LOVES her Johnny Jump-up.  She LOVES being held – not necessarily cuddled, but in someone’s arms.  She continues to be very aware of her environment and extremely responsive.  She LOVES our cat Shadow, who also loves her.  She is NOT a fan of baby food and after many failed attempts, I decided to stop trying for now.  However, she’s getting increasingly interested in our food.  So, I now bring green beans, carrots, etc. with us so that when we eat, she can have some food in front of her and she seems to be enjoying that (also corn, french fries, and baby cheerio snack things).  I think it’s more of a texture thing with the baby food.  Who knows!  She’s clearly not struggling weight wise though!  She’s becoming more and more ticklish – particularly her neck and armpits.  The only time she really gets fussy is at night and even that is hit or miss.  She goes to bed between 8-9 each night. 

 

I think that about sums it up!  She is so fun to get to know!  I LOVE watching her personaility develop!  She’s such an incredible blessing to our family that we do not take for granted! 

6 months…

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Alright!  We’ve made it half a year – in some ways, it seems so much shorter and in other ways, I can hardly remember our family before little Miss joined us!

On K’s 6 month ‘birthday’, it was actually our first time to leave her overnight.  Lynn and Rudy watched her (for what ended up being two nights due to a delayed arrival of Kalyb and Maggie) and she did GREAT!  And we had an AMAZING, rejuventating, lovely time hanging out at the Omni Interlocken Resort & Spa outside of Denver.  Absolutely perfect!  A great way to celebrate our 3 year anniversary (a week early).

Anways…enough about us, back to her.  She continues to grow and change and melt our hearts.  She was 26″ and 15.6 pounds at 6 months – I’ll have to confirm those stats and percentiles, but I think it’s getting to 75% for height and 60% for weight. 

She is grabbing, putting things in her month, and engaging with her surroundings SO much!  She continues to rock her 0-3 month clothes, but we’re about to move on!

She is starting to laugh a lot more – mostly at Kalyb :0)  We had a fun visit with Grandpa and Great-Grandma Haskin in the middle of July (that should also be its own blog post…) and Kadence was so sweet with Grandma!  Made my heart happy to see.  It was also Grandma’s first time meeting Kalyb and he was just precious – playing cards with her, chatting away, and being the typical awesome traveler that he is!  Kadence chose to follow suit – minus a 12 minute stint on our drive to El Paso where you might have thought someone was trying to saw off her limbs.  Not the case.  Apparently she just needed a break, because immediately upon being unstrapped, she was as happy as a lark!

Let’s see- what else.  Nursing has continued to be an extremely painful experience so after a lot of deliberation, we’ve decided to start to wean.  It hurts my heart but was my pediatrician reminded me, there are other ways to be a good mom.  Nights are MUCH more enjoyable now that I’m not up for hours in excruciating pain.  She still isn’t sleeping great, but so it goes.  At least we can rotate bottle duty!

She likes a lot of stimulation before bed – moving and bouncing and loving and moving and moving.  Did I mention moving?  She continues to be extremely ACTIVE. 

She absolutely LOVES her big brother.  He was gone for a few weeks with his mom and she was immediately enamored with him again once he got back.  SO CUTE, those two!

She loves making eye contact and smirking.  She’s getting closer to sitting on her own, though has done a few face plants.  Ooops!  She likes grabbing her toes, playing with objects, and is starting to learn that her thumbs move as well (we were a little concerned about how she’d learn to text with her nonexistent use of thumbs…seems like she’ll be good to go after all!)

She continues to get lots of attention for her red hair and dimples; she really does get cuter by every ounce that she gains!  She is extrememly verbal – lots of chatter incessantly.  I suppose she comes by that naturally!

In unrelated baby news, we’ve found the house we want to raise our family in!  There are a few more details to sort out, but we should be closing by 9/13!  YAHOO!  Praise the Lord!  We’ve continued to feel His blessing, provision and guidance since arriving here and it’s great to be walking in obedience to His will!  Such a freeing place to be!  We LOVE our church family and have been incredibly blessed with how many of our students LOVE to babysit and have blessed us by spending time with our kiddos! 

It’s so fun watching the two of these grow; so humbling to be parenting these two.  And we are constantly aware of just how much we need His patience, direction, love and forgiveness!  This parenting stuff is crazy!  What a blessed journey we’re on!

A little late…

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Now that I’m beginning to work on her 6 month blog, it’s probably time that I post her 4 and 5 month overviews….

4 months

I feel bad I’m running a few weeks behind on the updates.  There are several reasons for this – the main one being the WHIRLWIND of the past few months with our relatively quickly-decided move to Colorado Springs (details on that to follow!).

Additionally, if I were to have written a little summary at her 4 month ‘birthday’, it might not have been the nicest thing ever as she decided to revert back to waking up every 2-3 hours.  All night long.  Every night.  For 6 weeks.  When I googled it, it appeared there might be a growth spurt so I felt that I needed to nurse her each time she woke up.  Then I think she got used to it! 

She did great at her four month appointment and definitely had started to grow LOTS!  She was 13 lb 12 oz, 24.75 inches long and her head was 16.75 inches.  She was in the 45% for weight and 60% for height – moving on up!

I returned to work for two weeks during her 3rd month and it was a welcome two weeks.  We found an awesome daycare down the street from our house in Dallas and they were so sweet with her despite her feistiness with a bottle.  Ugh.  The battle of the bottle.  No. Fun.  By the last day, the one lady that hadn’t been able to get her to take a bottle finally experienced victory.  Hard-earned victory!  And of course, she preferred being at a particular angle, with a particular nipple (the NINTH we tried – and the daycare worker finally left work and bought the ones her son had taken…the Gerber replacement nipples aka the cheapest ones!), and at a certain temperature.  No, we’re not high maintenance at all around here.

At her four month appointment, she wasn’t hoisting herself up on her arms as much as the doctor would like, so more tummy time has been in order.  Her neck is super strong and her legs are super strong.  And during this month, she finally started consistently smiling and engaging; so sweet!  Makes the sleepless nights almost worth it.

Kadence Emercyn turned 4 months while visiting Mimi and Papa in California (another blog post on that to follow as well) – so FUN to spend some time with them! 

5 months

 

This was a BUSY month!  She finally started to sporadically and inconsistently roll over when placed on her tummy.  She is smiling A LOT and loving being interacted with.  At. All. Times.  Josiah was initially a little offended that I said we didn’t have a chill baby, but after moving in with his parents in Colorado Springs and getting the insight of his mom as well, it became undeniable that we have a high-maintenance child.  Not necessarily a bad thing.  But a very take-all-your-energy thing!  She still wasn’t sleeping very well – so we started letting her cry a little bit more in attempts to self soothe.  And some nights that worked and other nights it didn’t.   Hit or miss around here!

She turned five months while her cousins were visiting from Amarillo in addition to Desi being here from Georgia and us getting to go spend a few days with  Jen & Cindy in Longmont (yet another blog post that needs to be written…now you can see why updates have been relatively nonexistent.  So much fun stuff going on!)

She was getting A LOT fussier at night this month.  Thankfully, only two nights of inconsolable crying for about 45 minutes.  So sad.  I don’t think she’s teething, I think it’s one of those ‘wonder week’ situations or just a response to all of the change that we’ve had.

We spent the middle of this month moving out to Colorado Springs.  Kalyb and Kadence were ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE on our trek out here!  We did a 7 hour day the first day (with limited tears!) and a 6 hour day the second day…not bad at all!  We made the trek with our kittens in tow, and they did fine as well!  I was so impressed with our kids though.  Kalyb is so sweet and interactive with Kadence; it just melts my heart.  I really hope she is as sweet with him as he is with her.  Josiah continues to be the best, doting Daddy ever and is totally enamored with her.

She’s adjusted relatively well to being out here in C/S but still struggles with consistent, long stretches of sleep.  Lynn and Rudy have been so helpful and have watched the kids so much this month allowing us to really get involved with meeting people at church.

I’m trying to think of other random things I’ll want to remember – the sleepless nights I’ll be thankful to forget!  She was in her newborn clothes until 12 weeks and in her newborn diapers for 10 weeks!  She flew through her size 1 and 2 diapers in the next few weeks and starting at about 4.5 months switched into size 3 diapers, though is still rocking her 0-3 month clothes due to how skinny she is.  She could wear longer pants, but they look cute as capris for the summer :0)

She is definitely starting to grab more – at hair, dogs, faces, stuff, etc.  We had so much fun hanging out with Desi, Jen and Cindy who just loved on her!  There’s a lot more fresh in my mind but it’s more for her 6 month post, so I’ll wait until then!

She continues to be a blessing to our family and despite the zombie-like state I’ve been surviving in the past few months, I’m so thankful for her life and her health.  We love that little girl SO much!

7 years and couting…

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Dear Kalyb,

You turned 7 a week ago.  What a full-of-life 7 year old you are!  You continue to be passionate, opinionated, a mixture of shy/outgoing, and emotional.  It is not hard to guess how you’re feeling – we know when you’re mad, happy, excited, anxious, upset, sad, thrilled, etc.  You just wear it all on your sleeves!  And, at times it can be frustrating for us – but, as it stands, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I like that we don’t have to guess.  I just have to remind myself that you emoting is your way of communicating!

You wrapped up your first experience of 1st grade in a school district and at a school where the teachers totally adored you and that couldn’t have made me happier.  Oak Cliff probably wasn’t the best fit for you, so I’m thankful we had the opportunity for you to go somewhere where people saw what we see in you – a curious, compassionate, sweet and lovely little boy trying to make sense of everything.

If things don’t make sense to you, you make sure to let us know.  ‘That doesn’t make sense’ often leaves your mouth!  You constantly ask ‘why’ – and at times, it can drive us crazy, the reality is, you are so interactive with your environment.  You want to know!  You like figuring things out.  You enjoy putting things together.

You continue to have a very strong sense of right and wrong.  Justice.  You are an absolutely incredible big brother, even more so than we thought you would be.  You love entertaining her,  making her laugh, and speaking ‘baby’ to her.  When you talked with her on skype, your whole demeanor and language changed as you cooed over your ‘squishy little Marshmallow’.  Be still my heart! 

You are in the 90th percentile for height and 75th for weight.  You continue to pick at your nails and pull string all. the. time.  I constantly find wads of string around your seat in the car, in the bathroom, by your bed, etc.  You silly little guy!  We’re trying to work that one out.

You are a joy to be around a majority of the time – at other times, you are very aware of your need for some alone time to rejuvenate.  I’m always impressed by how self-aware

you are. We often get comments about how wise you are beyond your years, about your incredible ability to ask questions, and what a gentleman you are – holding doors for the ladies! You have an amazing sense of humor – you’re already sarcastic and silly and love giving people a taste of their own medicine. You love guns, swords, weapons, and all things boy. You aren’t much a fan of surprises – which is why I was surprised you were convinced you wanted a surprise ‘pie in your face’ on your birthday. Which your dad happily gave you and your surprise birthday party (that you also planned, shocking to me – I asked what you wanted and you said, ‘not a superhero party like last year…a surprise party!’ and continued to list all of the details…). Needless to say, you weren’t thrilled with that pie in the face. Though, later that night tried to convince us that you had ‘fooled us all’ with your tears, anger and frustration. You turned it around quickly though and enjoyed your party!

You continue to be sensitive to things of the Lord – you remember stories, names, details. You ask incredible questions and ask that I add them to your ‘list of things to ask Jesus when you get to Heaven.’ You are a natural learner, a great reader, and so curious. We are so thankful for the young boy you are becoming, though parenting you constantly reminds us of our need for the Lord! And this is a good thing! We love you, Kalyb Isaiah Dicken. Happy 7th birthday!

My 200th post – and her 3rd month

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Ok, well technically she doesn’t turn 3 months old until tomorrow, so I might wait until then (May 2nd) to post so I can add her pictures as well.  But since I have her napping right now, I decided I better take advantage of this time!

And, no, she’s not napping in her room.  She’s napping in the Moby attached to me.  Not the most convenient thing in the world, but I can’t take the incessant crying just yet.  I know, I know; I’m ruining her.  Thankfully she naps well with other people!  She stayed with Jessica last week while I accompanied Kalyb on a field trip – and although she continues to refuse to eat out of a bottle, she did nap while over there.  And, yesterday, she stayed with Mari and napped there as well.  Just fine.  On the bed.  Alone.  Then I try to get her to nap while we’re at home and she just isn’t having it.  She’ll nap when we’re on the road or if I’m holding her, but not independently when Mom is around.  We’ll get this all worked out this summer, I promise! 

Anyways, I’m also convinced she knew that I’d be writing this blog and wanted to be on her best behavior for her 3 month post.  Because for the last 4 weeks, her nighttime sleeping has been less than ideal, but not terrible.  She’d sleep for a good 3-4 hour chunk, nurse, and then sleep another 2 hours.  Still not what I’d prefer, but manageable for the most part.  And then – the last four nights?  A good little sleeper!  Saturday night was 9 hours, Sunday night was 8 hours, and the last two nights have been about 6 hours straight.  Keep ‘em coming, baby girl!

Yesterday, I spent the day running around and was ready to pass out by 8pm.  Unfortunately, she doesn’ t get the “mommy’s exhuasted” memo and still stays up until her usual 9:30pm.  Oh well!

We continue to have not much of a set schedule which works out well for our busy days – but I’m thinking some sort of routine would be helpful.  I go back and forth between how strict I want to be with a routine, but figure once she’s in daycare, she’ll kind of be forced into somewhat of a routine and that will be helpful.  I return to work on May 10th for two weeks, so she’ll start then. 

I’ve continued to enjoy this time off with her!  We went to Arizona at the beginning of the month and she was the perfect little baby on the plane both ways.  It’s funny because people totally avoid eye contact until you land and then gush about how great your baby is once safely back on the ground! Haha! We had an awesome time getting to see Grandpa Tom, Aunt Becca, Jeremy, cousin Charlie, Mimi & Papa, etc.  And Lindsay and Lyndsey even had a little “Sip & See” so old high school friends could meet baby girl – and there were tons of babies/toddlers all around!  SO FUN!!  My dad didn’t believe she didn’t like naps and cried because most of the time there she was napping well and not fussy – but it’s helpful when there are more hands around to love on her :0)

She is beginning to coo and interact a lot more.  Lots of little noises and smiles – too cute!  She continues to bless us beyond belief and we just love getting to know her!  I always tell Josiah, I just can’t wait to know her more!  She’s an awesome little baby and we all just adore her :0)

Two months and going strong!!

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Kadence is two months old!  In some ways it’s crazy that she’s been here for two months already and in other ways I almost can’t remember life before her – oh wait, maybe that’s the sleep deprivation!  Actually, she is sleeping pretty good through the nights.  Usually, I can count on a 4-6 hour stretch followed by several cat naps before we wake up for the day.  Once (right at her 8 week mark), she slept for EIGHT HOURS straight!  Say what?!  It was glorious. 

Our days consist of the same thing – okay, not really.  Each day, I try to get at least one ‘major’ thing accomplished – whether that be a doctor’s appointment, a grocery run, a visit with a friend, etc.  Clearly my definition of ‘major’ has significantly shifted over the past two months.  Regardless, our days vary and because of that Kadence doesn’t really have a set napping schedule.  Oh well!  She’s a good sleeper on the go now (thank God for answered prayers!  The fight with the car seat was wearing us all out) and she’ll usually grab a few naps throughout the day.  Over the summer we’ll tackle the sleep training perhaps, but for now she is flexible and goes with the flow so I’ll take it!

This past month has been kind of tainted with the crazy amount of pain I’ve been in breast feeding.  Yuck.  I really would rather give birth each day than to go through what we’ve been going through.  Okay, I know, I know – my birth experience with her wasn’t that terrible, but you get what I’m saying.  FINALLY – we got an answer and we’re both on medicine.  Apparently you can get internal duct infections that don’t have ANY external effects.  So, we’re still treating us both with antibiotics and I’m hoping we can move along swimmingly!

Kadence is starting to interact a little bit more – she’ll smile and coo periodically throughout the day.  She’ll follow us around the room and seems particularly inclined towards lights and paintings on the wall.  Hmmm…

I can’t remember exactly what I said in the last post and I’m trying to wrack my brain about what significant things I’d like to remember – but, let’s be honest, at this age things are pretty much the same: eat, sleep, poop, cry, coo, stare, etc.  She continues to be incredibly alert most of the day.  She does seem to get bored easily and prefers to be walking around, moving and shaking!  She’s done pretty well wrapped up in my Moby the past few weeks so I’ve been able to go on walks, do the laundry, and keep track of our diminishing budget as she just hangs out!

Kalyb continues to dote on her and just last night squeezed her and informed her that she’s the best little sister he ever could have hoped for.  Perhaps that’s because she doesn’t talk back and doesn’t argue – I don’t have the heart to let him know that her personality will continue to develop and I believe we will have quite a feisty one on our hands!  She’ll come by it naturally, of course – but I’m hoping she lives up to the ‘best little sister’ award that Kalyb has placed on her.  He’s also really excited he’s been doing well at school so he can teach Kadence how to do that too J  Too sweet! 

Next week, Kadence and I are flying to Phoenix!!  She’ll be able to meet her cousin Charlie and Grandpa Tom – and my mom and Jim (Mimi and Papa) will be there as well.  I can hardly wait!!  We have five weeks to figure out how Kadence will take a bottle.  That’s our big ‘fight’ now.  Oh well! 

She did awesome at her two month check-up and the doctor said that her ability to follow light and engage with people is more at the four month level.  I think the doctor was just happy that Kadence was smiling and cooing at her J  If you missed her stats on facebook, here you go:  22.75” (67th %), 9 lb. 11 oz. (22nd %), and a 15.5” head (68th %)…I think that’s accurate.  Needless to say, she is long and lean with a large head and we wouldn’t have it any other way J

She has been such a blessing to our family.  I love to watch Josiah stare at her, talk to her and sing to her.  So sweet!  Daddy’s and daughters are a beautiful thing J  And it’s great to watch Kalyb take his role of big brother so seriously!  We are all doing well – my mood continues to be dictated by the amount of sleep received the night before and the amount of pain that I’m in due to the infection – but I’m so thankful that the Lord has provided for me to be home during this time with her!  I wouldn’t trade it for the world!  Happy two months, Baby Girl!   You are loved and cherished even more than you’ll ever realize.