Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Great Outdoors

My wonderful friend Rachel took Caleb's six-month pictures a couple weeks ago. We decided to try doing them outside this time. It ended up being a muggy, buggy, muddy day after Austin FINALLY got some rain...not very pleasant. Perhaps that's part of the reason why Caleb didn't cooperate very well for the pictures! But Rachel still managed to get some good ones. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Party Animal

This past Saturday was an exciting day as my friend Amy got married. I have known Amy since we were both around 11 or 12 years old. She attended college at CIU, so Joel has the privilege of knowing her, as well. Amy has battled two types of leukemia in the past six years and is now doing very well after a bone marrow transplant. She is an incredibly strong, godly woman and was a radiantly beautiful bride!

Caleb did not attend the wedding due to his propensity for making loud noises at inappropriate times :), but he did come to the reception with us. He now wants to be part of whatever we are doing and is always reaching for things. (I had him in the Bjorn with me today while I was grocery shopping, and he kept grabbing the list and ended up tearing one of my coupons! He also kept trying to "help" push the cart.) Anyway, he was pretty interested in the "champagne" for the toast. No, he didn't really drink it. :)

I wish I had more pictures to share, as I loved seeing Caleb in big boy clothes rather than the onesies that usually make most sense for him to wear. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera! I'll have to dress him up again sometime soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Six Month Stats

I can hardly believe that Caleb is six months old! He went to the doctor a few days ago, and so I wanted to post his latest "stats." He is now 15.44 pounds, which puts him in the 13th percentile for weight. He is 26.5 inches long, which means he is in the 52nd percentile for height. Lastly, his head circumference is 16.5 inches, which is in the 8th percentile. Like both his parents, he evidently has a small head! At six months, this is what Caleb is like:

He is starting to become more aware of the world around him and will reach for objects (like Ranger). He likes it when Ranger licks him, which we think is precious. If we have him in the living room while the TV is on, he is very persistent about wanting to turn his head and watch it!

Everything goes in his mouth, of course. Joel and I have both had the pleasure of having our noses gummed by Caleb. He just opens his mouth wide and leans forward and closes down on whatever happens to be in the path. He almost managed to get a mouthful of Ranger's fur recently. :)

He is obsessed with his feet. I've only seen him actually put his feet in his mouth once, but he loves holding onto them.

I recently bought a Johnny Jumper for him at a garage sale, and he LOVES it! He bounces all over the place. Even when he gets tired and starts crying, it's hard to get him out because he won't stop bouncing! Here is the only picture I could find of him in the jumper. We took a video a few weeks ago, and I need to figure out how to get that on here.

Caleb is a chatterbox! He likes to make noise, and it's not unusual for him to wake up from a nap and just lay in there cooing and talking for a while.

He's ticklish! He smiles when I give him raspberries or pretend to eat his neck, but he laughs hysterically when Joel does it. I think it's Joel's facial least that's what I'm telling myself so I don't feel bad! Caleb seems to be a Daddy's boy.

That's probably more than anyone wants to know! We are just loving our sweet little boy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Good News

We had a follow-up appointment with the neurologist this past Wednesday to discuss the results of Caleb's tests. He told us that the vision test revealed no brain response to visual stimuli. We expressed our surprise at those results, since Caleb is now reaching for objects and seems to track things with his eyes and respond to us. After examining Caleb himself, the neurologist concluded that the test must have been wrong. He said he was pretty concerned about Caleb a few months ago but feels much better now. Yay! Praise God! We will continue to follow up with the neurologist and eye doctor, but it's definitely great to hear good news. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pink and Blue

Caleb turned six months old this past Monday, September 7 (Labor Day- appropriate enough!). In honor of his half-birthday, I decided it was time we got a few pictures of me with the little guy. And of course, Ranger made his way into some of the pictures, too. :)