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Just one photo please?

Whenever I take Khoren’s monthly photos of course Lily has to be right there where the action is. I always have high hopes of catching the perfect adorable sibling photo, but this is how it usually goes:

“Hi there Lily! Can you sit right next to Khoren for just a second?”

“Awwww! That’s great! What a good big sis….. no wait!”

“Noooo!”

“Nooooooo! Don’t push him please! Ok let’s try again.”

 

“Can you please scoot a little closer? Please? Pretty please? Ok. I’ll give you two pretzels if you put your butt next to his butt and look at the camera.”

 

“Ok close enough. Khoren! Khoren buddy! Heeeeeey! Be happy happy happy!”

“Smiles plllllleaaaaase!?”

 

Khoren tries to roll away.

Lily, screaming: “Mommy said pretzels Khoren!”

“PRETZELS!!!!!!!!!”

“”Ack! Ok Lily! Thank you for hugging Khoren! You can have your pretzels now. Please don’t squish him!”

“Let’s maybe try a new position. Tummy time!”

“Ummm… maybe in the crib together would be cute?”

And finally…..

“Ah hah! I GOT ONE! The shot that will live in infamy on Instagram! The photo worthy of the baby books that we will look back on and tell you all about how much you loved each other as siblings! The shot that proves I am a triumphant mother and… GAH! Ok fine…Stop shouting. I’ll let you go. You can get out and go play now.”

Me: Lies down on the floor with sweaty armpits and deep breathes for a minute or two.

::end scene::

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!

Family of 4!

(The two photos above are adorable, but they were highly bribed with Oreo cookies. Lily was still iffy about her baby brother…)

Our cute little boy, 8 days old

 

Photos by DesireePhotography!

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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!