A year of Kieran (1y)

(To the tune of the Oobi Theme Song)

Kieran’s like me
Kieran’s like you
Kieran’s got a lot of big things that he’s gonna do

Kishou’s his dog
She’s big, he’s small
Daddy is his very best friend
Mama loves them all

Oh, Kieran
Kieran, Kieran, Kieran, Kieran, Kieran
He’s got a lot to see
He’s got a lot to do
And he loves Mama and Daddy too!

It’s been an incredible first year, and Kieran has his own song to prove it.

Just minutes old...6 pounds, 4 ouncesIn the nursery, getting checked out with Daddy nearbyDSC_1914.JPGDSC_1936.JPGDSC_2040.JPGFirst Family PicturesDSC_2519.JPGA Saturday Morning Saturday Morning PlaytimeWatching the leaves dance in the breezeSeptember 22, 2010: Meeting with Mr. Giraffe about his strawberry carHappy gurgling baby!Two Wild and Crazy GuysKieran's diaper change on the garage floorKieran wanted to see why Laurel Cat likes this so much.Love those eyebrows! (3.5mo)Kieran takes post-bath modeling very seriously.Trade ya?Chillin with my homies.Mama is so funny!Oh yes Mama, we need onions for the stuffing...Investigating Grampa John's faceAunt Nita, you're so funny!I'm gonna chomp yer nose, Mama!December 8, 2010 - Setting up Christmas LightsPaul and Cassie wtih thier sons on Christmas Evening.Kieran is surrounded by Belgians at Kurt & Cassie's New Year's Eve wedding.This.  Every time we change his diaper.  Roly Poly kid.Kieran, ready to enjoy a slumber party with Grammy & Grampy!Sweet clean little boy!There's a clydesdale watching Kieran!  (In Mama's office, no less!)Funny Mama, Funny Dinosaur, Funny Baby (6m2w)Thicker runny oatmeal is a winner!Pulling himself up is Kieran's new favorite activityA boy and his floaty toys, it's a beautiful thing.Gotcha!  HAHAHAHA!  WHEEEEEnded up letting him have the spoon since he was grabbing for it so much.Practicing crawling on the changing padWaiting for the next ball!Pulling up is Easy Daddy!Pool (19)Would really prefer to not touch the grass!Kieran's First WatermelonDaddy and Kieran goofing around20110423 - Baby discovers direct volume controlDodgers (10).JPGGrampy Tom is such a goof.See Grampa, you mash on the buttons like this...Happy nekkid crawling baby!Kieran loves playing with Kishou!Happy Pool Baby!What you talking about, Doggy?Goodnight Sweet Prince

Happy Birthday, sweet little boy.  Mama and Daddy love you so much.


Photo Blast (10m)

I was gonna title this post “Photo Bomb” but I realized that has a whole new meaning these days. :)

So even though I totally fell down last month in updating the blog, we still have been taking pics and video of Kieran – when he’s feeling up to it. We attended Grampy Tom’s company picnic, went swimming again, and Kieran has been enjoying new-found freedom as he crawls all over the house!

Kieran loves playing with Kishou!Kieran helping with the baskets at the Co-OpPlaytime with Daddy's Camera

Kieran’s 9th month was a busy one filled with growth and milestones. He crawled, pulled up, and cruised for the first time all in this last month. He’s eating way more, of an increasing variety of foods (as long as they’re not green.) I’ve been increasing the texture of his foods steadily – eventually he’ll get into chunks and pieces. For now he’s content with the occasional melon to chew on, but he still spits out any chunks he manages to bite off. He’ll get there in his own time.

Kieran's First WatermelonKieran's First WatermelonKieran's First Watermelon

Oh, and his favorite color is Orange. Give him a box of toys, and he’ll pull out the orange ones first. His favorite thing in the house these days is the orange circle from his shape sorter set. He carries that around with him.  It’s so great to watch him playing with toys (or our ipads) or enjoying time in the pool.  As much as we want him to stay our little baby, it’s so incredible to watch him becoming a little boy.

Happy Pool Baby!Happy family of 4Baby has places to go!

Even as I start making plans for Kieran’s first birthday party (June 25th) I refuse to accept that this first year of our son is coming to an end.  What an amazing kid we have.  Paul and I ask each other every day how we got so blessed and lucky to have this little guy in our lives.

Dancing with Mama before a diaper changeKieran has BabyLegs (leg warmers) to protect his knees while  crawling.Kieran and Daddy had a busy day...

There’s a whole bunch of new pictures in several galleries:

The Story So Far

Pool Time!

Adventures with Solid Food

Grandparents Weekend (9m)

Kieran had the best weekend with his Grandparents and Great Grandmothers this past weekend.  Grampa John and Great Grandma Cat came out to visit, and Grampy Tom, Grammy Jeanne and Great Grandma Nonny came over on Saturday afternoon to say hello.

Kieran was happy to show off his new skills of standing up and toddling with assistance, as well as accepting all the hugs and kisses his grandparents were willing to give.

See Grampa, you mash on the buttons like this...Grammy Jeanne gives good tummy raspberriesGrampy Tom is such a goof.

On Sunday, we went to the park to celebrate the start of the 2011 Baseball season.  Grampa was proud to see his grandson in Dodger Blue from head to toe.

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It was a really fantastic weekend for everyone.

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But especially Grampa’s Little Dodger.

Pool Adventures! (8m2w)

There are benefits to living in Las Vegas.  While most of the country was blanketed in snow last weekend, we were in the pool at Grammy & Grampy’s house!

Well, we were in the pool for a little bit.  At 80 degrees outside and 82 in the pool, it was still a mite too chilly for Kieran.  So we popped into the jacuzzi and enjoyed ourselves!

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Kieran LOVED the bubbles, and his new floaty thing.  The jets turned his floaty into a spinning ride that allowed him to take in everyone around the pool – Grampy, Grammy, Daddy, Nonny, and all three dogs!  Mama stayed in the jacuzzi with Kieran, of course.  Kieran had to have SOMEONE other than himself to splash!

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We’re looking forward to many many days spent in the pool at Grammy & Grampy’s – by this time next month it will be plenty warm enough!  There’s pictures a-plenty, of course. (And Daddy is working on a video!)