Friday, December 19, 2008
But one moment that stood out was when we were in Brasil back in February/March: Kaio was about 5/6 months at the time, starting to change from a tiny, helpless baby, into a more-mature baby, learning to express himself, focusing on objects, learning to use his hands, etc. This particular moment, we were at a mall in Porto Alegre; Annelies, her mother, Kaio and I went shopping. I put Kaio into the Baby Bjorn (it's the carrier where he is held tight to your belly, facing forward). As Annelies and Fanny were discussing the intracacies of some particular haute couture, I had to run to the loo. After washing my hands, I reached for a paper towel to dry them. As I grabbed a paper towel, Kaio BURSTED into an uncontrollable laugher! I'm not sure if he thought that was the funniest thing he had ever seen or if he was still just learning how to control that whole "laughter-as-one-of-my-expressions" sort of thing.
So, pushing the issue, I grabbed another paper towel. More hilarity and giggles from Kaio! Another paper towel, sure enough, more laughing! Of course, with this little 6-month old creature hanging on my belly, laughing like a little madman, I started cracking up too. There was another guy in the restroom who started laughing as well (you just don't see that every day).
Anyhow, wanting to share my laughing son with the world, I grabbed a few paper towels and headed back into the mall to show Annelies and Fanny. By that point, all I had to do was grab a few paper towels and smack them between my hands - and he would burst into a hearty belly laugh. So I found Annelies and Fanny, quickly trying to get their attention. "Uh oh, is everything OK?" they said? "Watch THIS!" I responded as the little man started giggling again like crazy.
Well, this carried on for about 5 minutes in this little jewelry shop in the mall; the shopkeepers were cracking up, Fanny & Annelies were having a hoot, little Kaio thought those paper towels were the funniest thing since sliced bread, and I was giggling away the whole time.
As Kaio has grown up a bit more and learned how to control his emotions a bit better, he is no longer overcome by a 7-minute bout of the giggles. That said, when he's in just the right mood (usually just a bit sleepy, but not to the point of being flat-out tired), the randomest things will trigger a good 45-seconds of laughter - the other day, it was Vinny getting rambunctious in the house, other times it's a loud noise, etc...
The belly laughter of Kaio is certainly one of the big joys in my life now :)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
He walks (or crawls - depending on his mood) and comes to our legs, stretches out his arms and opens and closes his hands... it is impossible not to pick him up!!!! He is walking more and more by himself and is realizing it is easier to hold something and walk then crawl and drag something along!!!
The sign language is also going well and we are currently teaching him 'help' (when he squeaks and cries to get something done - open or reach a toy/box, something is stuck, etc) and he picked it up in 2 days!
We had a nice weekend and Kaio and mommy went Christmas shopping. This included a nice break at Starbucks for some cake, playing and recharging. Overall it went really well, Kaio behaved for 3 hrs and I got the majority of my Christmas shopping done!
On Tuesday morning Jason and I woke up feeling poorly (British version of saying - sick!) Jason called in sick at work but I had to go into work due to some important meetings. On Wednesday the same story however this time Kaio also has a slight fever. I just hope we will all feel well to go to Brazil on Saturday!!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
I tried (unsuccessfully) to get Jason to go since I have always taken him for his shots and I did not want him to get 'upset' with me.
We got to the Dr.'s office and he was smiling to everyone, playing, being curious - being Kaio. When we went into the examination room, he was playful and did not recognize the nurse that has given him his previous shots (he kept smiling at her). He was fine when we weighed him (he is now 9.4kg - 9% - which shows he is 'recovering' from his low weight.) When I exposed his thighs and held him tight, he still smiled at the nurse and it only 'struck' him when the needle went into his thigh! He screamed and cried for only a couple of seconds. I hugged him and he felt better. Then a second shot went into his other thigh and he looked at me - "why are you allowing her to do this to me... AGAIN!" After crying a bit longer (30sec) he was fine and was back to his old self.
He did not have any major reaction this time around and he is now protected!
He has been SO much fun. (as usual!) We play hide-and-seek, building blocks (until a couple of weeks he would only destroy what we build but now he is actually building things), reading stories (he has is favorite books), etc. He is so smart and really understanding so many things!
Monday, December 08, 2008
I read somewhere that a baby around 14 months understands around 25 words. I first thought - 'oh no, Kaio is behind!!! We need to catch up!' but then I started thinking about the words he "knows". He is (of course) not able to actually say them, but when you say the words he acknowledges and reacts to them. He clearly understands the following:
- flor (flower)
- luz (light)
- Kaio (his name)
- mamae (mommy)
- all done
- escovar os dente (brush the teeth)
- aviao (air plane)
- passarinho (birdy)
- uva (grape)
- sapatos (shoes)
- bola (ball)
- not for the baby (yes, he does understand this and he stops and started doing a 'fake' cry for a couple of seconds and then just does something else!)
- not in the mouth
- beijo (kiss)
- abraco (hug)
- livro (book)
- Tchau (good bye)
- Dance (he bends his knees and actually dances!)
There is a fare share of English and Portuguese words and it might lead to confusion in the future, but it seems to all make sense in his little head!
This weekend we went to a Christmas craft market an hour by car form London. Kaio behaved marvellously. However, on the way back, buckled in his seat, he did the 'all done' sign. He was 'done' with the whole care trip and wanted to get out of his seat. It really showed he understands what 'all done' means, but now needs to understand that not everything can be ' all done' when we want it to be! (wouldn't life be easy!?!)
In two weeks we will be on our way to Brazil for Christmas. We can't wait! Kaio absolutely LOVES his bath time and will have such a blast in the pool! It will be great to spend 3 weeks with him!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
- all done
We are still working on 'drink' and recently started 'sleep'
Sunday, November 23, 2008
1) I am a thirsty and Belgian!
2) Oops, you caught my red handed!
PS - the bottle was empty!!!!
3) Eating his yogurt all by himself. (although it requires a lot of concentration)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
He's also started to understand how to "give us a kiss". He'll open his mouth wide-open, and give us a sloppy kiss on the cheek; very cute :) Some of the other babies at the nursery will make the "smootch" noise and pucker their lips, but Kaio hasn't quite learned that yet. Surely he will with time.
Another discover this weekend was that he really enjoys feeding himself. This morning I made him a little sandwich for breakfast, and I was expecting to give him little chunks of it until finished. Either he was so hungry or so excited, but he grabbed the sandwich and started taking big bites out of it.
I don't know what he likes more, the fact that he feeds himself (yea, independence!), or the fact that he gets himself extra special dirty, hehehehe.
We're all having a great fun weekend together playing around the house!
He is taking 10+ steps at a time, however his prefered way of moving is still crawling!
This friday we met up with some of the girls from our antenatal group (3 baby girls and Kaio), besides he being the smallest he is also the loudest in banging things (it's such a boy thing, the girls just kept staring at him) While he is into getting the remote controls, play with the tv, radio, etc the girls were playing with a set of tea pots and dolls! He does seem to be the more agile and the one taking steps. However some of the girls had 12 teeth already while he only has 6!
Here is a pic of Kaio and Vinny (Kaio loves to play with Vinny's toys). He had a bit of a swollen face due to some allergic reaction. We are not sure what it was, but are suspecting strawberries! (which is a shames since he really liked them!)
Sunday, November 09, 2008
2) Kaio loving the zoo
3) Kaio and mommy after looking at the lions (he did not enjoy them that much since they were not hanging from trees, chasing each other and running around like the other animals!)
4) Daddy and Kaio with Evan and Daryl. Kaio loves babies (any size or shape)
5) Little prisoner - Halloween!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
He loves apples. I give him the entire apple, with peel and he just munches on it for several minutes. If I cut it in smaller pieces he is not that interested! Kaio ate Daddy's famous Guinness chili today and also enjoyed it.
On Friday it was Kaio's second Halloween and we dressed him up as a little prisoner. He was so adorable, although at the end of the day at nursery there was not much left from his outfit!
Everyone always comments in how Kaio loves other children and specially babies. We had some friends come over with Freya, who is a couple of weeks older then Kaio. He was so sweet and gentle with her. He would laugh when she laughed, he would give her his toys and they would play together. Although she was a bit more 'aggressive' and Kaio was a bit more gentle.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
On saturday Kaio seemed to be better, the weather was good and we decided to take Kaio to the Zoo. He was a bit grumpy but he loved the animals. From the aquarium, to the bugs (he kept trying to grab them), the gorillas, butterflies and birds. He did not seem to fear any animal.
He had a small rash on thursday which by saturday had spread to his entire body including his face. Since he had he meningitis vaccine, I was worried and called the Dr. It seems his immunity is just low due to the shots and he is teething again (lot's of drooling and chewing on things). It does not seem to bother him that much, but the rash is all over his little body.
Jason is in Germany for business for a couple of days and last night I thought it would be nice to have Kaio sleep in our big bed with me. He was adorable, next to me, sleeping, but he was tossing and turning and I could not sleep, so after 45 min I put him back in his bed.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I was a bit concerned about the flights but he behaved very well. (he even fell asleep in daddy's arms on the way there)
Barcelona was beautiful and we enjoyed it very much. People were very friendly (Kaio loved their attention), the food was great (Kaio also enjoyed trying different things, including octopus, sardines, olives, meat 'crockets', 'batatas bravas', etc) and Kaio was really well behaved and seemed to have enjoyed it as well!
Kaio slept in a crib in our room and he did fall asleep fairly easily (we had to, momentarily, hide in the bathroom) and sleep until 8ish. However, on the last night he woke up at 4am, saw us sleeping next to him and wanted to play. After he didn't get a reaction out of us, he decided to play by himself. I was cute and funny but we did not want to encourage him and pretended to be asleep!
It was a great trip and the three of us loved hanging out and strolling around the city.
1) Kaio with a mouth full of teeth (6!)
2) Kaio eating calamari with Daddy and asking for more
3) In the marina
4) Mommy and sleepy Kaio in Park Guell
5) Daddy and Kaio enjoying Barcelona together (don't they look identical?!)
6) Mommy and Kaio in the Miro museum
7) Mommy and sleepy Kaio (again) in the castle
8 & 9) Mommy and Kaio (very color coordinated!)
Thursday, October 02, 2008
1) trying to put the birthday hat on Kaio - no luck!
2) Kaio loving the balloons
3) Ana Julia is demonstrating how to play properly
4) Tante Karo, mommy, Ana Julia and Kaio getting ready for the cake
5) Birthday cake!
6) Chocolate all over!
7) Bath with Lucas and Ana Julia
8) after the bath with the cousins
1) With Oma, tante Karo, Ana Julia and Lucas at the London Eye
3) He loved the aquarium
4) After the cousins left - chilling with daddy in the garden
5) Reading the book to Oma
1) Kaio opening gifts
2) Kaio loves to point at everything
3) Mommy point out the yummy cakes
4) Oma and Kaio
5) Mommy, daddy and Kaio
6) Kaio and some 'buddies' hanging out! (Oliver and Victor)
7) Kaio and some buddies playing
8) Kaio following Freya
9) Kaio eating some negrinho!
Monday, September 29, 2008
He had a great long birthday weekend!
On Friday, his actual birthday, I took the day off and we started the day with lots of hugs and kisses from mommy and daddy (and Vinny).
Kaio and I then went to pick up Oma, Tante Karo, Ana Julia and Lucas from the station. Kaio's first reaction when he saw Oma was a big smile, but then, with everyone looking at him, trying to say 'hi' he became a bit shy. However, after 10 minutes, he was on the tube playing 'peekaboo' with Lucas and grabbing some of Ana Julia's toys.
We spend the day doing some touristy stuff and trying to get Kaio to open his presents. (He loved the paper wraps of his gifts....) At the end of the day we met up with Daddy and went to have dinner at a local restaurant. Kaio is eating so well and pretty much everything!
We finished the evening with some cake! We gave him a big piece of chocolate cake and he LOVED eating it with his hands. This was followed by a bath with his cousins, which was a lot of fun.
On Saturday, we all went to the Aquarium. I thought Kaio was to young to enjoy it but he absolutely loved it. He loved the fish swimming around in the big aquarium and banging on the glass. There were some really cute moments of him hugging Ana Julia and smiling at her! After a fun lunch we had to say goodbye to the cousins, who went back to Belgium but also loved every second of being with 'pipi Kaio'.
On Sunday we invited several friends for a birthday party. I was a bit unorganized and did not order a cake, so on Sunday morning Oma and I went to Chelsea to find a nice birthday cake. (we ended up getting 2!) We then spend some time preparing yummy finger food and decorating the house (Kaio loved this part, specially the balloons). We had a 'safari theme'. It was a great day, lot's of sun, friends, babies... We had 13 people and 7 babies. It was so nice to see the babies play together (they ranged from 8 months to 2 year olds). It was a great day and Oma was SOOOO helpful and allowed me to enjoy the day instead of running around to ensure everyone had food and drinks.
Kaio completely loves Oma and kept looking at her for approval and going up to her with his toys. Oma is absolutely great with Kaio and we will miss her so much!
Kaio has been playing with his new toys. He has 'discovered' cars and moves around with them. He is also able to hold a cord and pull a little dog around. It's amazing to see him play and entertain himself. He is not that interested in TV and prefers to play with Vinny (he goes and lays on Vinny in his bed)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
On friday we went for another check up with the pediatrician. Kaio has put on 400gr and grew 2 cm in 7 weeks. He is still in the 2% of boys, but the Dr. said he will be on the small side but that he is healthy and progressing/developing normally. We also got to the reason why he has been refusing his bottle this last week. He has a cold sore on his inner lip which hurts when he puts the bottle in his mouth.
In the afternoon we met up with some of the antenatal babies. They are all doing really well. One of them started walking this week, the next in line to walk will probably be Kaio since he already stands by himself and can walk easily holding one finger. Kaio also plays very 'nicely' with the other babies, something he probably learned at daycare. Some of the other babies, who have not gone to daycare, tend to play rougher and not share with other babies. Kaio gives toys and shares with most babies.
He has been a lot of fun (as always) and can play with us, with his toys and also goes about exploring 'the world' (mostly cupboards, the computer, the garbage, etc)
Our new place has a nice garden and we got some outdoor chairs. It has been great to sit outside with Kaio. He loves to look around, see the birds fly by, chase the butterflies, touch the plants, etc. Let's hope we get some nice days before the winter arrives!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Yesterday daycare mentioned Kaio has been playing a bit 'rough'. He has been 'smacking' and biting some other children. the 'smacking' is purely out of excitement since he does similarly with us and with Vinny. We have been trying to teach him to be 'gentle' but it is so cute when he screams and bounces on us/Vinny/furniture, etc, and then laughs. He has not been biting us that much anymore since we have been very serious when we say 'no' after he does bite (mostly out of excitement as well!)
Kaio loves to point and 'talk'. He copied it from us since we point at things and tell him what they are. So now, he also points and babbles like he is telling us what they are. he is also babbling a lot, when he is playing, crawling, having his nappy changed, etc. He has a lot to say!
Monday, August 25, 2008
He now has this 'forced' funny laugh. He sees a picture of someone laughing (it started with the picture of a laughing man in the newspaper) and he does this 'hehehehehe', which is not his normal laugh. When we repeat it he continues, it's very cute!
Kaio also started 'dancing'! We went to the Notting Hill Carnival on sunday. It was very fun, loud and interesting. Kaio loved looking at all the noises, different people, costumes and musical cars. At one point we stopped to see a carnival flout come by and when I looked down at Kaio he was schaking his had and moving his body, so Jason and I started dancing too, and he continued doing it with a big smile on his face!
Kaio is so flirtatious with strangers, he smiles, laughes, points and interacts with anyone that gives him a look. He contineus to be very loving a sweet with us - hugging and kissing (and sometimes biting) us!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Kaio has 6 teeth now (4 top and 2 on the bottom). It seems he has learned not to bite us anymore. I have yet to figure out a way of taking a picture of all teeth together.... wish me luck!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Kaio started clapping his hands. Jason and I have been trying to teach him that for the last couple of weeks and yesterday he suddenly started clapping. And as usual - very cute!
We have started to 'wean' him from his dummy and are not giving it at night. The first nights he cried and seemed very upset (we gave in once!) but now he has been going to bed without fussing much.
On the weekends he has been sleeping a lot. It is so surprising since during the week, at daycare, it is not unusual for him to only take a 20min nap (the entire day), so when it is weekend, he has to catch up and takes several naps, sometimes adding to 5hrs of sleep!
Kaio still loves his bath, here are some pictures of today's bath (sorry for the nudity....;-)
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Kaio is starting to get a bit picky with some of his foods. Before, he would eat his whole breakfast in Kaio has been very attached to me and he has been very loving and hugs me a lot!!! In the moring, when he comes and plays in our bed, he always has a big smile for me and gives me a big hug, as he also does when I pick him up at daycare! It makes my day!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I am going to change jobs in a couple of weeks. It is a great career opportunity for me, but I am also aware it might require more of my time (=less time with Kaio). But Jason and I will make it work. The plan is still that Jason takes Kaio to daycare in the mornings and I will pick him up in the afternoon.
Here are some recent pictures:
1) "I am bit upset, but I'll look cute for the camera..."
2) I turned my back for 1/2second and he burst into a cry, thinking I was leaving him behind. Still love that cute pouty lip!
3) We have bee trying to get a pictures of Kaio's smile to show off his 4 teeth together. No luck so far, but here you can see how big his bottom teeth are and... Ho adorable he is!
4) Daddy blowing in Kaio's face and Kaio not really knowing what to do with it....
5) He loves playing with the vacuum cleaner extension...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Kaio has started to get into the habit of biting, and since he has 4 teeth, it really hurts and leaves a nice mark. He is smart enough not to bite himself but tries to get my fingers in his mouth. I have to really force myself not to laugh (since it is darn cute!) but he is starting to get the fact that when we laugh he does 'good' things and repeats them!
He is starting to have 'separation anxiety' when we drop him off at daycare. When we get to daycare he is all happy and smiles at everyone, but once I sit him down and leave the room he bursts into a cry. Most of the time he stops after a couple of seconds and is easily distracted by a toy. He continues to react very adorable when I go and pick him up at the end of the day: He sees me, opens a big smile and start crawling in my direction. Once I pick him up, he hugs and kisses me. (with his mouth open - so I get all slobbered on! I love it though!)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Today we met up for lunch with a friend who has 6 month old Evan. Evan is 22lbs! He is a nice chubby baby. Kaio is tiny compared to him. He is 4 lbs lighter then Evan but 4 months older!!!
Some pics of the weekend:
1) Kaio still has the big eyes.... and always a smile for the camera.
2) He loves to stand next to his bouncy chair and play with the toys (it seems not that long ago, he was this tiny baby, loving the vibration of the bouncy chair)
3) My beautiful sleeping baby!