Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I've been waiting for this moment

Call me a freak, I just don't care. This was right up there with snuggling and seeing Kai's smiles as far as things I was looking forward to with my first born. No matter how many times I play this game with Kai, it just never gets old.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

No more summer vacation

The past few weeks have brought a flurry of guests. Maybe it is because school is about to go back in session, or maybe it is because San Diego is a wonderful place to be in August.
About a month ago, just before the guests started flowing (or maybe it was between guests, I don't remember anymore) I went back to work. Thankfully work is very flexible with me and I'm working on a low pressure, no travel project, so the transition has gone relatively smoothly and Kai was able to stay home with Brendt (a.k.a. SuperDad!) until just this week. Another wonderful plus is that we love our day care provider for Kai. Colleen is great, doing all the fun things we'd like to do with him if we were home, playing outside, reading books, showing him puzzles, etc. with his new friends Ella (18 months) and Lauren (2 years). He really loves to watch the girls play. Needless to say, it makes life worlds better when you are comfortable and happy with where your child is when you are away

First was a visit from my Aunt Sharon. She is wrapping up her work at the UN and took a week long retreat to the Presentation Retreat in Los Gatos, CA. Since she was in CA, she decided to swing by and get to know Kai. We tried to drag her out to tourist attractions, but she insisted that Kai was the main event. It was really fun to have her here.
Just before Aunt Sharon left, Katie and my mom came to visit. Katie and Brendt were going to a teacher conference (AVID-for those who are in the know) and Mom came out to take care of Kai while they were at the conference. We spent a lot of time ooh-ing and awww-ing over Kai as he cooed, wiggled, and smiled. Who needs entertainment when we have a little one to keep us laughing.

A week or so later Mom came back with her friend Liz. Again, the oohing and ahhing over Kai commenced. They allowed Kai to go to daycare for one (albeit short) day only because it didn't fit into their busy schedule of going to the beach, the wild animal park, and going for walks around the block. Needless to say, we were perfectly happy to pay Colleen to take a week off. Aunt Angie, joined us for a day and took some great photos of Kai, his cousin Maya, and anyone else who happened to be around these two little gems. She has always taken amazing photos, but her recent retirement has allowed for her to learn a little more of the high tech techniques. Here is the link to her photo gallery. http://gallery.me.com/ajreuser/100127
On the weekend, Jim joined us. We all had a great time, pretty much doing nothing. Funny how family can do that. We managed to squeeze in a photo shoot. One with Grandma Carol & Papa Jim. . . One with Mom (me). . .

Kai is making developmental leaps and bounds lately. He is rolling onto his side (seems to be confused about how to get that darned arm out of the way to get to his tummy) and is actually grabbing at toys. Every day brings new joys with this kiddo. Stay tuned for my favorite new trick of his!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Not falling too far from the tree. . . or the grill as it were. . .

Last night while we were watching a TV show about barbecuing ribs, Kai had the most hysterical responses. We know, we know, little ones shouldn't be watching TV, but I think Kai was picking up some tips on how to do up some quality ribs.


Here is a video capture of the comedy.

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Who do I look like?


So Kai is ever changing. . . sorry it's been a month since our last post. He's moving around a ton, sleeping 7 hours through the night, cooing, and smiling non-stop. As much as our life changed 3 months and 3 weeks ago, it continues to change as this little guy grows up on us.

I thought it would be fun to see a few baby photos of Brendt and I next to a photo of Kai. At first he looked like a total Brendt clone, but maybe I wasn't just a carrier! :-)
Here is Daddy. . .













Then Mommy. . .

















Who Knows! Either way, we're all having a blast!