Caleb also had his four month check-up today. He weighed 16 lbs 1 oz (80th percentile) and he was 25-3/4" long (90th percentile). He is growing like a weed. Allison told me that this was just not a good appointment for Caleb. He was not at all happy when the doctor started poking and prodding him. He was really upset when he got another two shots. Thankfully this time Caleb demanded that they give him matching band-aids.
Beware…Caleb is scantily clad in the following picture…
Recently Caleb found his toes. It is sad that when he “finds” something it goes straight for his mouth. I wonder what he will do when he “finds” his elbow!? That could be a fun thing to watch. :)
Thursday: Allison's mom, Terri, came for a visit this weekend to meet Caleb. We went and picked Terri up from the airport on Thursday evening and made a little stop off by Starbucks to get Caleb a cup of coffee. It was the first time Caleb had ever been in a Starbucks. He ordered the same thing Terri did…Tall Americano, quad shot, double cup, room for cream and an extra cup for half and half on the side.
Friday: The next morning I had to go to work so Allison and Caleb took Terri to get her hair done and then they took a much needed trip to the grocery store. That evening we all went out to eat at Macaroni Grill. We ordered dessert in honor of Allison’s brother’s birthday… Happy 26th Birthday Ryan.
Saturday: On Saturday morning, I took a trip to our local Starbucks because Caleb has now become addicted to the Tall Americano, quad shot, double cup, room for cream and an extra cup for half and half on the side. It is amazing what a little caffeine will do to a three month old boy! By the time I got home from Starbucks, it was time for me to leave and meet my friends Dennis and Margaret for our monthly nursing home visit. We did our little “song and dance” and when I got back to the house Allison’s sister (Brianna), her Aunt (Marian), her niece (Laureli), her nephew (Jacob) and her other niece (Elaina) were at our house for a little family reunion. I meant to get a picture with Caleb and all his cousins, but they all left before I got around to it.
Enjoy a picture of the boy cousins…Jacob and Caleb.
That evening we took Terri back to the airport and she flew back towards the northeast to the fun and sun of central Arkansas.
Sunday: We didn’t go to church. I’m sorry to say we played hooky. I was supposed to go to work that morning and Allison needed the rest. Here it is 12:30pm and I am NOT at work (where I should be), but here writing this blog entry. I just can’t seem to get motivated.
Caleb had a friend over to the house today. Preston and his mommy came for a visit. I think Caleb was more interested in his feet than he was another baby, but he later told me that he liked having his friend over.
As you can tell from the pictures, Caleb was in awe of his friend.
My lovely bride, son and I went out walkin this afternoon. It was such a nice day and since the park is right around the corner we took a little trek to see the ducks and the trash. Caleb was wide awake when we left and sound asleep when we got to the park. I am so glad that we took the stroller. Half way around the park I was plumb tuckered out, but Caleb graciously switched places with me and he was able to push me the rest of the way home.
Today Allison is working her one shift for the month. We decided I would take off of work today and take care of our son all by myself.
It has been the longest day of my entire life. I really do not see how Allison does this every day!? Allison left for work at 6:20 this morning and our son was sleeping like a baby (a good baby). Around 7:00 Caleb decided he had enough of this sleeping thing and fussed enough to wake me up. It was a wonderful morning… for about an hour.
Caleb would not take a bottle and would not be consoled. I think he was protesting the entire situation. He has started doing this cry / scream / tantrum thing where he cries until he coughs and then screams until he chokes. It is a fun experience. Caleb eventually passed out on my lap and I took this opportunity to shove the bottle in his mouth and he sucked down its contents in what seemed like two giant slurps.
I have spent half the day walking loops in our tiny home trying to get the kid to settle down. I have also changed about 3,000 poopy diapers and 700 wet ones. Anytime that I can fool him into taking a bottle I work that in as well. I do realize that I am in essence refueling the diapers, but I think that is what you do with a baby.
Caleb did take a little nap in the swing and he eventually took a little nap on the couch. If not for the naps this blog entry and my continued sanity would not be possible.
Allison…please be home on time!!!
Caleb - first thing this morning...
Caleb - missing mommy...
Caleb - in the swing...
Caleb - brief happiness...
Caleb - Daddy's brief happiness...
Caleb - happy after his nap and third feeding of the day...
Today was a good day for tummy time. In fact, it was a good tummy time and a cute tummy time. I think that Caleb looks more and more like his handsome father each time that I look at him. I'm sure most of you will agree when you see the pictures below.
Caleb has found his tongue! It is very weird. There just isn't any way that you can look intelligent with half of your tongue hanging out and drool seeping out of your mouth.
The perceived drop in intellectual capacity may be due to Caleb's recent "run in" with my wife. Allison was holding Caleb one day last week and Caleb decided that he was finished with this activity. So, Caleb rammed his head into the head of my wife. After a brief pause, Caleb realized that he did not like how that felt - much screaming ensued. With the exception of the now perpetual presence of the protruding tongue, there doesn't appear to be any serious side effects.
It seems like it has been FOREVER since I posted anything to the blog. The following entry should keep you all in the loop of our lovely family.
Since I last time I made an entry, the following events have occurred (in no particular order).
1. We gained a member to the family… My brother-in-law, Tony, married a lovely girl named Shelly on April fool’s day. Below is the happy couple with Caleb.
2. We took cute pictures of Caleb…
3. We left Caleb alone with someone other than family and had “date night”… Our friend, Jami and her son Joey came over to the house and watched Caleb while Allison and I went out to eat and to see a movie. Regrettably we don’t have a current picture of them…you will have to make due with a picture of them from Caleb’s birth.
4. We had the painting of Caleb’s name framed and it is now hanging in his room.
5. My sister, mom and dad came into town and caught up on some face time with Caleb.
6. Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Sarah brought Caleb his first Easter basket. We ate the candy.