This kid is growing up too fast! Months 10 and 11 have been remarkably entertaining as our little man learns all sorts of new things. At 10 months, Callan:
- Eats Cheerios (and leaves them all over the floor) like they are going out of style
- Loves to give kisses to his cousin Ella on FaceTime (leaving all sorts of smears on my phone screen...yummy!)
- Loves it when Daddy "chases" us up the stairs before bath time each night, giggling, screeching, and kicking his legs
- Started walking with his walker
- His favorite mealtime foods are chicken, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash
- Takes just two longer (finally!) naps each day
- His favorite toys are his fishies (blowfish balls), his hairbrush, rubber ducky
- The bottom two teeth came in within a week or so of one another
At 11 months, Callan:
Started standing by himself for a few seconds at a time, until he realizes he's not holding onto anything
- Mimics word sounds when he hears them
- Seems to be rather picky about the textures he eats, we hide many things in yogurt
- Responds to "Give ____ a kiss." with "Mmmuaahh!" We can't get enough of this--it is so precious. He kisses all his stuffed animals multiple times each morning. And thankfully doesn't exclude his parents. There is nothing like a very slobbery, open-mouth baby kiss.
- Likes to play with his stacking rings, Book of Animals, Learning Walker, mom's tupperware drawer
- Crawls up all the way up the stairs by himself -- we are working on going down safely.
- (late addition) He is up to 3 teeth with one of his front, top teeth making its appearance
Everything he is doing, he steadily gets better at. We have really noticed a desire to "play" with others this past month as well, including teasing Adam and I about touching things he knows he should not be touching and then looking and grinning. So cute, but oh boy, here we go!
- TALKING: Callan is babbling up a storm. I think the influence of his older, talking cousin has been particularly noticed when it comes to the amount that he is talking. He has lots to say!
- CRAWLING: Also after trying to keep up with is 17-month-old cousin who walks, he has become a lightning fast crawler. He practices this when he is heading for outlets and cords that still seem to be of particular interest to him.
- STANDING: We have had to tighten the ties on all our pajama pants! He pulls himself up on anything that he can grasp (whether it's securely around my waist or not) which often tends to be pants of any adult that looks to be a good candidate to hold him. He's beginning to stand with just one hand resulting in a couple of spills, but he is getting steady!
- FOOD: Callan loves butternut squash, yogurt, and Cheerios. He's getting better and better at feeding himself finger foods, so I'm in a constant state of searching for things I can easily prepare that he can finger feed. I think he'd jump into anything we eat regardless of flavor if we let him.
- FAVORITE TOY: Although not a proper toy, Callan prefers socks to most other toys. Socks on his feet, socks in drawers, socks in baskets, socks folded in balls, you get the idea. I'm not sure what it is, but half the time he's motoring around with his socks flopping half-off his feet and the other half he's missing one which can usually be found in his mouth (See picture below). I keep saying it is as if he is a cat who has caught the prize mouse...except it is a sock. Apparently cotton mouth does not bother a 9-month-old.
- A COLD IN THE COLD: We are enduring day 7 of a little cold. At first he loved the aspirator, but after the first 2 days he was completely over that and hates his nose being messed with--so, good to know he's like most other kids!
We are loving every minute--well, the vast majority of minutes--watching Callan grow and change and learn. He certainly surprises us as he picks up new things seemingly all of a sudden.
PERSONALITY!!!! Whew, the more we get to know who this little guy is, the more we realize that he will not stay a baby and some of the easiest months of parenting are behind us! Callan is one determined little guy! It does not matter what stands in his way, if there is something he wants (or doesn't want) he is all in to get it.
- MOVING: After nearly 2 1/2 months of army crawling, he finally gave the real deal a go, crawling on all fours on Halloween -- as long as he stayed on the rug, which is difficult to do in a house with all wood floors. For a couple weeks after that he would flatten out to his stomach once he hit the wood floor but slowly has gotten it figured out even on the slick surface.
- EATING: We have yet to find a food Callan doesn't like! He has tried a wide variety of fruits and veggies and newly LOVES chicken.
- SLEEPING: He is doing well at night, going down at 6:30 and waking up between 4 and 5 to eat, then going back down until 6 or 6:30. We are loving his nighttime sleeping. His naps are much less impressive, but we can't have it all, right? Adam and I will take nights!
- PULLING UP: Callan has just begun to pull himself up, mostly on his activity table--who could resist all the lights, colors, buttons, and music? He's not terribly sturdy, but he is persistent to practice so is getting better each day.
- PLAYTIME: He LOVES his activity table, his teething toy feet, and a couple of colanders from mom's kitchen. Callan also loves exploring in the house now that he is moving around better and pays particular attention to outlets. Needless to say, he's got us running all over the place!
Adam and I continue to settle into this new adventure as parents and our new jobs, respectively. I've been asked frequently if I am missing teaching, which I definitely do some times more than others, but mostly not until this past month. I miss the interaction during the day with others but at the same time it has been SO worth the time away. I love getting to watch all the small little things he is doing new each day. Other than the regular things Adam does at 2 PIllars, he and a few computer coders from within our church body are redesigning the 2 PIllars website which has been, as you can imagine, a rather massive undertaking. He will be ready to launch it as soon as it is finished, and after having a sneak peek I must say it looks pretty impressive. We'll post a link when it's up and running!
- MOVING: He continues to army crawl everywhere with an intense determination and is doing so more quickly. No crawling yet...
- SITTING: He is doing so more stably and independently.
- TALKING: This is probably the biggest change we've seen. He most often munches on his pacifier and babbles, or screeches when we're lucky. He also talks in his crib before and after naps, in the carseat, when he wakes up, in the stroller, playing with his toys, you get the idea...
- SICKNESS: Month 6 brought his first sick days with a reaction to his flu shot. He was pretty pathetic the first night and day. Thankfully it was a Saturday so we were both home and as much as he would allow it we shared holding duties. He definitely prefers his mom when he's sick.
- NIGHT AWAY: Callan stayed with Grandma Arlene in Kansa City (Adam's mom) while Adam and I went to the USA v. Jamaica soccer game. Despite being increasingly clingy to mom and dad, he did great with Grandma.
- NEW JOB: After Adam's installation as a pastor at our church, Callan is officially a pastor's kid!
- EATING: His appetite only continues to grow and he added a variety of foods to his pallet, mostly fruit and veggie purees and cereal. So far we haven't found a food he doesn't like. I'm hoping he got that from his dad...it makes cooking awfully easy around the Stahr household.
Callan keeps growing and changing and we continue to enjoy the front row seat we have to watch the new and different things he does each morning when he wakes up.
We have arrived! Well, that's probably a bit too definitive for what is entailed in this endeavor, but Adam is officially a Pastor! On September 28th, Adam and Cheech (the other elder candidate at 2 Pillars) were installed as pastors/elders. The two have been working through an evaluation process over the course of the past 2 years to ensure that they are biblically called and qualified (per Titus 1 & 1 Timothy 3) to become elders/pastors.
This is a HUGE milestone for our church's growth and we are thankful for the unity God has given Pastor Todd, Cheech, and Adam as they begin to lead our church as a team.
Obviously on a personal level we are excited as well. Adam felt God calling him to pastoral ministry in college and after he graduated planned to work for just one year before enrolling in a graduate seminary. During that year we met and so our pending wedding, my teaching job, and our first year of married life kept him at the Admissions Office at UNL for 2 more years. During our first year of marriage we visited a few seminaries and realized that they are ridiculously expensive and that it wasn't financially wise to enroll at the time. In the coming 4 years, God granted us the ability to patiently wait for His timing and brought some great people into Adam's life that introduced him to alternative methods of education for pastoral ministry and to church planting. He met Pastor Todd when 2 Pillars was yet to get started and 4 years later, here we are today! Praise the Lord!!!
God's faithfulness is more than evident as we look back over the past 10 years (8 including me) since Adam felt God calling him into full-time ministry. We asked how so many times along the way and I don't think in the beginning either of us would have imagined being part of a church plant in Lincoln, but we are thrilled to be here in this time. We are also so grateful for God's provision of great friends and family to travel this road with us and we know that many of you are praying for us, loving us so well, and supporting Adam's position through 2 Pillars financially. I believe Adam plans to write a post in the coming month detailing what his position at 2 Pillars entails and give some more details of the road that brought us to this point.
Callan spent several minutes today trying to crawl under one of our chairs. He wasn't successful, but we were impressed with his persistence!
Wow! Half-a-year old! We have felt like it has gone by so fast all along, but you know how in the moment things seem slow but you look back and you can't believe the amount of time that has passed? I haven't ever felt the slow thing, per se, but at this 6 month milestone I look back and realize the time since this goofy boy arrived has passed even more quickly than I thought! What a scary thing as a parent...and just as a person staring my final year in the twenties in the face (yes, laugh, those of you with more - shall we say "wisdom" - than I). One thing that has definitely been reinforced to us during month 6 is that we have an extremely active little guy on our hands. Even as I sit here and write, he is chewing on - no, not wearing - his sandal, army crawling his way through a pile of spit-up he's deposited on the rug, and kicking his legs NON-STOP!
- EATING: He's been eating cereals for about a month or so now, the first day he LOVED it and nearly fell out of his chair (had we not been standing there, of course) leaning toward another bite. He also eats sweet potato and mango, but we've only added in those others in the past week.
- SLEEPING: Well, we have finally had success teaching him to fall asleep on his own! Just a week before he and I went to Mississippi, we decided to give it a go again and he was a rockstar! He was so ready to be out of the swaddle so he could roll around during the night and now he sometimes doesn't even want me to snuggle him for a few minutes before I lay him down if he is tired! Those that have been around me much know that this has been a HUGE point of stress for me so I am praising God that he has developed Callan to this point! With that he is SLEEPING 12 HOURS over night which is very exciting!
- SCOOTING: Callan is army crawling just about anywhere he wants to go and when he sees something he wants there's almost nothing that could stop him from getting it!
- FLYING: He had his first plane flight on a trip to see cousin Ella, Aunt Farah, and Uncle Kyle in Mississippi. He did very well on the plane and had lots of fun there, but was glad to come home and see Daddy.
- CHEWING: We are still amazed he hasn't cut any teeth yet, he chews on EVERYTHING! Shoes, feet, wrists (his and anyone else's), cardboard boxes, wooden chair spindles, armrests on the plane (he tried anyway, I didn't let that one fly--gross!)...you get the idea!
- SITTING: We are sitting unsupported, but a little unsteady sometimes and not yet sitting up on his own.
- PLAYING: C's favorite toys are his Sophie giraffe, the little farm animals that go with his John Deere tractor, his exersaucer, and a little activity cube from cousin Ella.
- LAUGHING: This is by far one of the most satisfying things he does yet for us! He is ticklish and loves funny voices repeating the same random phrases that make him belly laugh.
- GROWING: We don't have his 6-month doctor appointment for a few days yet so we don't know specifics, but he is quickly outgrowing his 6-month clothes and moving on to 9-month in some brands. Yikes!
It has been a busy month as we continue getting to know this little guy and my night-owl husband finds an earlier bedtime much more necessary these days. We are one tired mom/dad pair! How do people do more than one?!?!?! By God's grace, we do feel that we're finally settling into rhythm and feeling comfortable in our skin as parents, or maybe less uncomfortable and freaked out would be a better way to put it, either way we feel like it is a great place to be!