Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Easter Bunny

Kiefer is an expert crawler now. He is very fast and he keeps us busy. Last week he started pulling himself up on pieces of furniture and toys, so cruising can’t be too far off. We’re wondering what happened to our little baby!

Another new thing Kiefer does is point. He loves to point at Oliver. I’m sure he wishes Oliver would come and give him a hug, but Oliver makes a point to keep his distance.
Here’s a video of Oliver running away from Kiefer.

March has been pretty quiet. We had snow at the beginning of the month but most of it is melted now. Watch Kiefer out in the snow! We're so looking forward to warmer weather so we can spend more time outside. Easter was so early this year… it’s hard to believe it’s already happened. The Easter bunny came with a basket for goodies for Kiefer. Since it was mostly candy, Roel and I are enjoying it and Kiefer is quite happy playing with the plastic eggs. Our friends Naoko and Ryan with their sons Kouji (5) and Yuuki (2) came over for dinner on Easter Sunday. We took the kids to the park for a while and both the kids and the parents enjoyed the slides!

Roel and I traded in the Ford Focus for a new Nissan Versa. It’s much roomier and safer than the focus and we’re all enjoying it. I’m thrilled to have more room to get Kiefer in and out of his car seat!


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Kiefer is now crawling! He started a couple of weeks ago, but has only just perfected it. For the first week or so, he looked as though he was doing some sort of break-dancing move… the worm! We grabbed the video camera that first day and we’re glad we did. Take a look at his first “crawl.” Now that he’s got his legs and arms coordinated for crawling, he’s pretty fast. Mr. Oliver isn’t thrilled. Kiefer loves to chase him.

At his 9 month appointment on February 26, Kiefer weighed 19 pounds and was 27 ¾” long. He’s still in the 25th percentile. Luckily, he didn’t need any shots this time.
Kiefer has started eating yogurt and cheese. He also has started feeding himself Gerber vegetable/fruit puffs and Cheerios. He’d probably feed himself more if we let him. We’re slowly transitioning from feeding him to letting him feed himself. It’s just much less of a mess if we feed him and therefore easier.

We have been having a lot of fun with one of his Christmas presents from Grandma and Grandpa. It’s a truck he can ride one. He beeps the horn and squeals with delight when we push him around.
We captured one of his first rides on video.

One of Kiefer’s other favorite activities is his evening bath. He has a rubber ducky and Roel will say, “Quack, quack.” Kiefer also says, “Quack, quack.” It’s very cute. His most talkative time of day is just after dinner and through bath time.

It’s been a very snowy winter here in New England. There is so much snow on the ground and we’re eagerly awaiting the spring when we can go outside more often. We did bundle up Kiefer and take him outside to play in the snow today. He made a few snow angels and was very curious about all the white stuff.

Kiefer now consistently sleeps through the night. It’s very nice. We’re pretty sure the reason he sleeps through the night now is that he is able to roll over and sleep on his stomach, which he finds much more comfortable than his back. It’s amazing how quickly we’re used to sleeping all night again. If there is an occasional night that he doesn’t, it’s devastating!