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Khoren is 7 months old!

Khoren is 7 months old!

Khoren is a very determined and opinionated little fella. He knows what he wants and expects to get it. He spends a good portion of his playtime turning around in 360s on his tummy and has started to scootch his way backwards. Will barely hold still for diaper changes and getting dressed before he rolls over to go exploring. Wants to do EVERYTHING Lily does and gets very frustrated when he can’t. Likes to drum with toys on other toys and bang things with his fists to make sounds. Walls, boxes, tables, faces, nothing is safe from the drumming.

 

He LOVES solid food and makes a specific noise when he is hungry and wants to eat. Current favorites are pureed smoothie pouches, chicken, tomatoes, salmon and scrambled eggs. Loves to “talk” to people and will stare you down if you aren’t paying attention to him when he wants to chat. He is very social with strangers (as long as Mommy is holding him). Laughs easily, especially at Lily’s antics. Is extremely ticklish on his thighs, upper knees and hips. Gets unbelievably excited when Chris gets home from work each day.

 

His tongue tie is completely healed and he is doing SO much better. He has started pooping more frequently than the previous once every 2 weeks (I can’t decide if I’m happy or sad about that). Loves being outside. Woke us up the other morning having a grand old time spitting and blowing raspberries. Loves the song Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree. Has finally started sleeping in stretches longer than 2 hours at night (still only 3-4, but we’ll take it!) Has a high-pitched siren pterodactyl screech when he’s happy and excited and/or angry and impatient. It’s hard to tell which. Loves to grab your face with both hands and suck on your chin until you are covered with slobber. Overall is a loving, happy kid!

We sure do love our little boy!

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

You know how before you have kids you have all these mental pictures of what it will be like when you have them? Little picture-perfect snapshots of how idyllic you imagine having an adorable family of your own will be?

Obviously, reality is much more full of tantrums and boogers. But last Sunday afternoon was one of those snapshot days for me.

Lily has been asking to fly a kite for ages, so after church Chris took her out to the sheep field behind our house to attempt a go at it. I glanced out the window and saw a view that fulfilled all my wildest dreams about having kids. The perfect blue sky, the green grass, the warm wind that was JUST strong enough to get the kite in the air and still allow a little kid to hold the string, Lily holding on as hard as she could with the biggest smile on her face, Chris dad-ing so hard as he helped get the kite in the air. It was a scene straight out of all my parenting dreams and definitely one of the top 10 most adorable things I’ve ever seen!

 

 

The next day at dinner we were back to normal, with Lily hysterically cracking herself up over her discovery that she could make loud and convincing fart noises with her milk cup. But hey, there must be balance to the universe, right? :)

The thing with the wet and sand.

 

Oh man is it tough to keep up with this blog! My only free time to write and edit photos is in the evening and more often than not by the time I get there my exhausted mommy brain can barely put a sentence together (Chris: “So what did you do today, love?” Me: “Did we stuff on the bouncy thing with friend what’s-her-name with the kid and then did the sucky-uppy thing. You know… on the floor. The….the…vacuum! That’s the word. What do you today?”) let alone write a blog post. I’ve once again given up trying to get “caught up” because that will definitely never happen so I have just decided to start afresh again with our weekend this week.

 

On Friday, Lily asked if we could go on a date “with Mommy and Lily and Daddy and Khoren” and the weekend was miraculously sunny so we decided to try and squeeze in one last “summer” day at Sola beach before fall officially rolls in. The leaves are already starting to change color in town, but there on the coast we could pretend not to notice and stockpile some Vitamin D. Plus, Chris is heading into another overtime/travel stretch at work so this might be the last casual family day we’ll get for a while. Good thing we enjoyed every minute of it!

 

Khoren Comes Home

After the traditional three days in the hospital, Khoren and I came home!

 

TWO kids in the backseat. WHAT?? That was a surreal moment…

Welcome home baby Khoren!

Enjoying his thumb and rocking some pink.

 

After a test in the hospital we were thrilled that Khoren didn’t have jaundice like Lily did. Turns out we celebrated too soon and his bilirubin levels jumped after we got him home. Little dude had to soak up as much sun as we could get in Norway in February. Luckily, his levels went down much quicker than Lily’s. 


I feel like this photo sums up my motherhood experience those first few days. Toys everywhere, a newborn on my lap and a toddler clambering all over me whenever she could. It was definitely not the calm, peaceful days full of nursing and Netflix that I remember from when Lily first came home!

Meeting Big Sister

After Chris helped me and Khoren get all set up in our hospital room (and after he gave me a much-needed nap/rest), he left to pick Lily up and bring her to meet her new baby brother.

We were really nervous about this first meeting. Up to this point, if I held another baby for even the briefest amount of time, Lily would melt down into a full scream session. We’d been reading her books about babies and being a big sister and she had a doll to baby herself but none of it seemed to be sinking in. We had stuffed animals ready to go as gifts (/peace offerings) between the two of them (a bunny from Khoren to Lily and a cow lovey that Lily picked out for Khoren herself). On the way to the hospital, Chris repeated what was going to happen over and over to her (“Baby brother is here! We are going to the hospital to meet him. His name is Khoren. Mommy will be holding Khoren. It’s ok that mommy holds Khoren. You love Khoren. It’s happy that mommy is holding Khoren! Khoren is very little. Khoren wants to meet big sister Lily! It’s ok that mommy is holding Khoren.” etc) Thankfully, it seemed to work!

While I wouldn’t say that Lily was excited by the new situation, she was at least cautiously intrigued by her new baby brother and there were no meltdowns over mommy holding him! She was curious about him and liked seeing his little fingers and nose. She seemed pretty pleased that she got to give him the cow she had picked out just for him, even if she was a little hesitant to actually let it go.

First photo as a family of four!

That first night in the hospital was the first night I’ve ever slept away from Lily. It was a bit tough to see her go knowing that my first little baby was so grown up already. That, plus the post-birth hormones and everything that goes with it, made me cry a bit. Our whole family dynamic had just changed and as I hugged Lily I already missed the special time we had together just the three of us these past 2 years. But the change is definitely for the better, because look at this cute little dude who will surely fit into our family like the perfect puzzle piece he is:

And, since the first meeting went MUCH better than expected, I’m excited to see Lily and Khoren’s sibling relationship grow over the years to come. I think Lily will blossom into a loving big sister before we know it.

 

She insisted on helping push Khoren’s bassinet everywhere we went, so I think that’s at least the start of good things to come :)