Breakfast Time!

The nurses insisted that I eat breakfast so that I don't pass out in the operating room. Well...if you insist!   Naturally, I took a photo of my food. That's a ham, cheese, onion, and mushroom omelette, if you're wondering. 

The Baby (aka #2)

Callan is thrilled to announce that he will be a big brother here in a few months.  We are expecting Baby Stahr #2 the first week of May!  As I referenced in the most recent post, things have been a bit wild and crazy and pregnancy did not reduced the chaos.  I learned that I would rather work full time than chase a toddler around while pregnant, but naptime has enabled me to get more rest than I did when pregnant with Callan and working.  It turns out that high school students are surprisingly more understanding when the big-bellied lady teaching their Spanish class wants to teach sitting down with her feet up than a toddler is when big (or small still)-bellied Momma doesn't want to get up and find a different toy, go to a different room, get a snack, or...well, you get the idea.  Adam and I are thrilled and terrified to welcome another babe!  We find it funny to compare the things we are worried about with this versus the things we worried about with the first.  We did go back and forth for a while about whether or not we will find out the gender of this baby (we didn't find out with Callan), but I believe we've decided to hold out again.  That ultra sound is in another couple of weeks, so who knows! Amidst all of the change in our family, we have not taken pregnancy pictures weekly and I certainly haven't kept better notes about this pregnancy (thank goodness I blogged a little about Callan!).  I was definitely sicker for longer in the beginning, but finally about packing time things started to improve drastically.  I also had a thing about the smell in the kitchen at our old house (note: no one else could smell it, I insist that I am not crazy), but we moved so that solved that problem!  I'm not sure I'd encourage a move for that reason, but it was a bonus I guess.  I'm 25 weeks now, I think--I've had a hard time keeping track of that this time 'round -- I hear you moaning second children of the world!  I am feeling pretty good now as long as I don't bend over too much -- as a result we are working on teaching Callan to pick up his own toys at the end of the day!  HA!

One of the exciting things about this pregnancy is that my sis is also expecting a new baby about 6 weeks before Baby Stahr.  We went down to visit them over Labor Day and ended up sharing our news with one another while there.  So, we used a picture from that time (we did not know about one anothers' pregnancies when Farah took this picture so it was totally a lucky shot for the news we would have to share) and let the kiddos make the announcement that we sent out to our shared relatives (see below).

Callan and Ella's big news!

 

Vacation -Part 1

We spent about 10 days over Labor Day traveling to and from and spending some time at my (Kalee) sister and brother-in-law's house in Mississippi. The trip included a 13 hour car ride, in two days both going and coming. Our long day was 10 hours and Callan did great. I did learn to keep stickers in the car at all times. They got us the final hour going and coming.

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Summer Days

We've got a couple traditions going this summer. 1. Nearly daily Callan helps me water and tend the garden and flowers. His treat is a chive from my herb garden that he toddles around the yard chomping on while it hangs out of his mouth like a wheat stalk.

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2. Every Monday and Thursday morning we race around to get ready and go outside by 8 to watch the garbage truck on its route to and past our house.

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Callan - 13 & 14 months

What a quick 2 months it has been!  I realized about 2 weeks after 13 months that I didn't get a picture taken and then more time passed, so here we are (half-way through his 15th month!).  Callan has acquired several new tricks, most notably WALKING!  The last week or so he's decided he's okay with walking in the grass if that gets him to his dirt pile, which is great and regrettable all at the same time. Such a charmer at 14 months!

  • SLEEPING: Callan maintains his (awesome) 6:30 bedtime and is still taking a morning and afternoon nap.  Momma will be holding on to both of these as long as possible!
  • EATING: Well, let's just say he will eat pretty much anything but it is a day by day preference.  Today he eats 6 bananas, tomorrow we're crazy for even offering such a detestable option.  He loves yogurt (clicks his tongue to tell us he wants some...not really sure where that came from!), apples, clementines, bread, cheese, milk and water.
  • PLAYING: Callan is enjoying looking at books and having them read to him more and more.  It is so great to see him love reading!  He is developing quite a repertoire of animal sounds, we are hoping to catch them on video to post.  He and momma spend the majority of his non-napping time digging on the front porch in his pot or moving around outside in some fashion.  Callan is glad to be relieved of his cabin fever with some good weather!
  • MOVING: So we have the walking, but he is also climbing anything he can get his legs onto: the couch, the futon, the chairs, the front stairs outside, and many other things that scare us to death!
  •  VACAY from Mom and Dad:  Adam and I traveled to Chicago for 4 days to participate in a church planter's assessment the first week of April, not an ideal place for a baby, almost toddler.  So Callan got to vacation for a week free of mom and dad in York (with Kalee's parents and grandmother) for, with travel time, etc., what ended up being 6 nights.  He had a blast with grandparents and great-grandma, but was ready to see us when we returned...not as ready as we were to see him, however.  Thankfully we did not miss his first steps while on this trip -- we were worried!
  • TALKING: Callan's vocabulary grows each week and he often needs a translator, but we're starting to catch on to his dialect.  We haven't added any more sign language since he seems to be catching on to words he needs.

 

 

Evidence that Callan is a new walker.

Pictures in this chair are getting a little bit scary!

Walking!!!

Due to technical difficulties, I'm a week late getting this posted. After a few days of almost walking, Callan put everything together. He's a little scary when wielding his shovels on the porch, but pretty proud of himself. Here we go, I guess!

Dirt.

It was windy, but a great day to be outside! I'm trying to get a garden bed prepped for my large planting aspirations and my sidekick, well, he looks forward to being able to eat something from the dirt. Callan sat in about the same place for the whole hour we were out there and pushed dirt around, grabbed handfuls, and had a fantastic time. He learned the word blue and cried when we put the "boo" shovel away for the day. Life. Is. Rough.

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Callan - 12 months

Everyone says once you have kids, time really goes fast...now we know.  Is it possible our little dude is a year old?!  He absolutely amazes us every day and seems to wake up with some new communication or trick every day.  We are overwhelmed by God's grace shown to us in that little two-and-a-half foot package.

  • 12 months - It's getting harder to get a "still" picture of C these days!

    MOVING: Callan is standing on his own more and more.  He thinks about taking a step when he sees something he wants to get to.  Going up the two flights of stairs to our second floor happens lightening fast, we're still waiting for him to figure out going down stairs.

  • TRAVELING:  Callan and I were able, again, to travel to Mississippi in order to see my sister and her family.  Callan and his cousin, Ella got to spend a lot of great time together.  They were sharing kisses and hugs immediately after we arrived there.  Callan learned SO much from his older cousin.
  • TALKING:  We have been working on sign language with him and he does "more" and "all done" making meal time much easier.  He has acquired a few words: 'side (outside), buh bye (with two-handed wave), hi, mama, dada, apple, and he will mimic about any word you say to him.
  • PLAYING: He is loving more and more to read books and will just sit and page through them by himself (a welcome time for his momma each day!).  He likes to walk with his walker and play his toy xylophone (with the hammer) and our piano.  Callan loves to be chased around the house and has a turbo gear to his crawling when he does.
  • EATING: Callan is eating and loving pretty much any table food we put in front of him to eat with his hands.  His favorites are still yogurt, cheerios, and recently ground beef.
  • OUTSIDE: Our little guy has always been most content outside.  Sticking him in a stroller outside puts him in a trance.  While it was cold, he would just point - a wordless request to take him to the window indicated.  After the warm-spell and our trip to Mississippi where he was able to play outside a ton, he cannot get enough of the outdoors and wants to touch anything that grows, inside or outside, fake or real, green or dead from the winter.
  • TEETH: Callan has both bottom, middle teeth, one top, and is working on at least two more on the top.  Drool continues to be an ever-present part of our lives.
  • STATS:  At his 1-year doctor appointment the translation was average-height, skinny baby.  30.5" tall and 19lbs 13 oz.  This is our 3rd appointment at the 19 pound mark--he eats like mad, but moves enough to wear it all off!

Needless to say, Callan keeps us very entertained.  We just cannot imagine how in the world we filled our time before he was born.  Undoubtedly this has been the most amazing year for both of us and feel so blessed to be able to watch Callan grow and learn through his next year!

Tooth!

After a couple weeks of trying, we finally got a picture where you can at least sort of see Callan has a tooth! Made its appearance a couple days before Christmas. There's a second just beginning to poke through next door to the first one, too!

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Callan - 9 months

9 months! 9 months old!  9 months old!

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.

What a ham!