First Tooth

I’m thrilled to announce that for the first time in his life, Kender is on a predictable schedule! He used to take four haphazard naps per day, but now he’s down to three naps and they are all at the same time every day! He wakes up for the day at 6 or 7, takes a morning nap at 9, takes an afternoon nap at 1, then a short evening nap at 5, and is in bed at 7:30. Unfortunately he still doesn’t sleep through the night, but he’s getting closer.

UPDATE 12/20/2012: Kender was on an awesome sleeping schedule for a few days… Now he’s haphazard again, but he can at least stay awake for a few hours at a time before he needs another nap.

Kender was ridiculously hard to handle for a few days this past week because he had a pretty bad cold. His throat was sore and he was very congested. It was all very infuriating for him. When he was mad, he would let us know by yelling – not crying, yelling – loudly at us until he forgot about what was bugging him. Among all the chaos we realized that his first tooth was coming in! No wonder the poor little guy was so miserable. You can’t see it yet in pictures, but you can definitely feel it and we get a glimpse of it whenever he laughs.

Since Kender is now 6 months old, we started him on baby food. It’s a very exciting time. So far, Kender LOVES carrots and enjoys green beans. He loves his veggies so much that when I try to give him rice cereal, he spits it back at me and giggles. Apparently, rice cereal is only for playing. Also, I started making my own baby food! We have this smoothie-maker thing that is perfect for it. I’m proud of myself

It seems like Kender has hit a lot of milestones since I last posted. He can sit up on his own now. He still topples over sometimes, but it’s rare. We try to help him crawl, but he hasn’t quite figured that one out yet. Today Ryan positioned him on all fours and he rocked back and forth for a little while before lunging himself forward. We all thought it was pretty funny. It did get to the point where he enjoyed being on all fours, and got frustrated when he couldn’t figure out how to get there himself. He’s getting close though! He’s started scooting… He looks kind of like a worm when he does it. He will put his face on the floor, put his bum in the air, and then move forward a little as he lifts his face back up and puts his bum back down. It’s really cute.

Kender is hard sometimes, but overall Ryan and I are very blessed to have such a giggly and healthy baby boy. He brings so much joy to our lives. I’m so grateful that Heavenly Father placed this precious little being into our care.

Ryan is officially done with his finals! Not only that, but he Ace’d EVERY SINGLE ONE! I’m so proud of him! He worked so hard this semester, and it really paid off. I’m glad he can kick back and relax for the holidays.

I am so excited for the Christmas season. We have been listening to Christmas music non-stop for the past month. It puts me in such a good mood!

This Christmas we are staying at a cabin in Island Park with Ryan’s family. I can’t wait!


I’ve been obsessed with crocheting lately. My hair is in a ponytail a lot these days, and I wanted something I could wear to keep my ears warm and still have my hair up. If you’re wondering about Kender in this picture, he somehow fell asleep in the cart at Wal-Mart. I decided to hold him in an attempt to make him more comfortable, but that position definitely doesn’t look comfortable…