Eight is Great!

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Kalyb decided that ‘Seven wasn’t quite heaven’…but we decided that EIGHT is inevitably going to be GREAT for him!

Kalyb Isaiah Dicken,
I cannot believe you’re already 8. I love that it’s to the point now that I’ve known you more than half of your life and every month, I feel like I learn more and more about you.

This summer has been one of my favorite with you. You’ve grown so much and shown so much maturity – sprinkled in with some crazy outbursts, emotion, and your strong-willed nature! Your courage to try new things is through the roof – you’re climbing more than you had the nerve to before, rock climbed with our youth group and ROCKED it, etc. Things that would’ve caused you to slow down before, you’re kind of getting control of.

When it gets down to it, you are one of the sweetest and most compassionate little boys I’ve ever known. You’ll still jump up on my lap to cuddle and crawl in bed near me on the weekends. You love Remy so much and absolutely adore your little sister – though now that she’s getting more involved, she can drive you a little nuts with her over-involvement in your activities (especially toys with small parts…).

You’re really taken to the idea that you have so much power over speaking life or death in your life and while writing your thank you notes, came up to me and said, ‘I’m one blessed and well-loved little boy. I have SO much to speak life about!” You’ve worked really hard with your play therapist this year, as have your Dad and I. We learn so much each time we go – it’s like a family growing experience!

This entire summer, you were so excited about starting to go to school with me this year. I’m so glad you’re here as well. The adults here get you – as I’ve spoken about you often. Although you might not like Mrs. Wilson, she’s doing a great job being consistent with you. And that’s exactly what you need, though it’s rarely what you want!

You love learning more about yourself and how your brain works – you sit with me to look at the information from ‘Whole-Brain Child’, a book that I’m reading. You’re always curious to know what you’re meant to be. You’ve finally decided maybe you shouldn’t be a rock star since you have stage fright, but maybe you’ll be a guitarist. You’ve taken really naturally to the guitar; we really should get you lessons. You finally started gymnastics after asking for years – you don’t totally like that you just don’t have free reign over the whole place. There are still rules and boundaries; story of your life – and you must push all boundaries to see what you’re able to get away with in what environment.

This summer, you decided that you finally believe in God for sure. The night after I had a bad feeling and Dad found you on the roof, you told Gammie that you’d been praying for weeks that God would reveal Himself to you or speak to you. This is what you needed, I guess! I explained to you that God had let me know you were being unsafe – and since that day, your heart hasn’t been the same. You’re still trying to figure it all out (as am I, at 32) – but you’re seeing things more in light of how the Lord is working. It is so sweet to see!

I love you so much and love getting to watch you grow up and mature and become more of the person God has designed you to be. You have a big calling on your life and I feel so blessed to even be a part of it. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you, Kalyb Isaiah. The neatest boy I’ve ever loved!

Kadence Emercyn Dicken

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Of course, I intended to write this for Kadence’s first birthday – however, that time has come and quickly gone and now Kalyb’s birthday has passed and still nothing has been written…so here I am, with Kadence already 19 1/2 months old and far beyond being our little baby anymore. I did write a note in my iphone as to her interests at 12 months. She loved balls, her brother, bouncing, spicy foods, empty plastic bottles, reading books, diving off the couch head first, climbing on furniture, all music but particularly drums, cords and all things electronic, and different textures. Her 12 month stats remained the same with her at about the 35%ile for weight and 50th %ile for height. Comparing her height with mine at her exact age, I was almost 3 1/2 “ taller. I’m still not convinced she will be quite as tall as I am (or I’m just hoping!). We had her 1st birthday party scheduled at the Focus on the Family play area; however, a blizzard stopped that from happening and nearly deterred my family from making it in town from AZ and CA! Thankfully, my mom, dad, Jim, Becca, Jeremy and Charlie were able to catch flights out the next day and everyone stayed at our house – cozy! The party was quickly reestablished at our home which we should’ve done from the beginning so we didn’t have to shorten the guest list. Oh well! We had a great time celebrating (despite poor cousin Charlie ending up with a HORRIBLE virus that was SO SAD). Kadence started her first steps about a month later on March 13th but didn’t fully commit to walking until the middle of April.
Now that she is 18 months, her personality is just bursting! She is quite opinionated and knows exactly what she wants, though sometimes struggles communicating that with us! She can sign ‘please’ and uses it quite often for everything – from ‘help’ to ‘more’ to ‘all done’ and of course, ‘please’. I guess it works for it all! She is smiling and laughing and dancing and talking and SO. MUCH. FUN. Her words that she can say are: “Pupu, Dada, Mama, Bubba, Hi, Hello, Bye, Bye-Bye, Shoes, etc.” She’s starting to repeat phrases. She says ‘pu-pu’ for about every moving animal – and though she had said Mama, Dada and Bubba before – Puh-puh was definitely the word she said most often – it started when we adopted our dog, Remy. We have an animal lover! She even ran out of Kohl’s the other day while making returns to chase a dog…
She LOVES music. She loves dancing – clapping, waving her arms and bouncing up and down. She even puts her hands in the air and attempts to say hallelujah thought it comes out more ‘ah-you-yah’. She loves being on the trampoline with her brother – well, just about anywhere with him, really. She’s really good at following instructions (when she wants to). She’s a climber – we’ve found her stuck on Kalyb’s bunkbed’s ladder – and just last night, Josiah heard her screeching and caught her just before she fell onto the floor as she was being stretched with her arms on Josiah’s desk and her feet stuck on his rolling, moving chair – little daredevil was trying to reach her shoe! Haha! She is often with a bruise on her forehead, no surprise there. So cute – Earlier this week, she dug through her shoe basket, found a matching pair, handed them to Josiah and said, ‘shoes’. She’s also a girly girl. She picks out her outfits and loves to try to put them on.
She is full of personality – can give quite the unimpressed face when she is not impressed but absolutely lights up with delight when she is. We are loving getting to know her more and Kalyb’s praises have been ‘thank you, Lord for making Kadence even more fun every day!’ (although he has been known to complain about her antics that tend to be rather aggressive towards him! – all in love, of course!). She continues to be a great sleeper – going to bed during the summer around 8 and waking up 12 hours later (sometimes even longer!) She prefers one nap in the middle of the day and that can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours! Ever since her 9 month mark, she has been an incredible sleeper and we do not take that lightly! We are so thankful! At her 18 month appointment, she’d jumped in stats – nearly 25 pounds (50th %ile) and 33’’ (80th %ile) – so we shall see!!
Kadence Emercyn, We all absolutely adore you. Miss Andrea says everywhere you guys go together, you light up the room saying hi to everyone. You are so social and outgoing, yet you can easily spend time entertaining yourself. It’s so fun watching you explore and grown in your dependence – no longer needing us to open doors, walk you outside, or watch your every step. You make us laugh so much! You have quite the feisty personality, though you come by that honestly! Your brother just dotes on you and it is so fun to watch your affection towards him. Thank you for blessing our lives with so much joy, laughter, entertainment, independence, and love. One of your favorite things to do is to blow kisses to us (and most everyone you see) and we absolutely melt. I can’t wait to learn more and more about you and watch you grow sensitive to the ways of the Lord – may you be ever increasing in the fruits of the spirit as we try to be an example. We love you, little girl. You are so special.

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!