Halee was practicing her oboe and playing Yankee Doodle. I began to sing the words to Yankee Doodle and got to the part of
stick a feather in his hat and call it macaroni.
They both looked at me and laughed. Then they said, “did you make that up?” They had never heard the words to the song Yankee Doodle. Even when I said that was one of the lines they still didn’t believe me until they looked it up on YouTube.
Absolutely hilarious!! They thought I was just coming up with goofy lyrics to be funny.
It is hard to believe that Kylee is going to be 11 months old tomorrow it seems just like yesterday that she was born into our family. For some reason I started reminiscing about the first few weeks we had when she joined us, which is the reason for this post. Obviously I will be posting again in about a month when she turns 1. It is amazing the difference 11 months makes in a babies life. Looking at these 2 photos alone I can’t hardly believe it. It is hard for me to remember what she looked like when she was a new born.
Now I look at her and all I see is a little toddler. She is up and walking all over the place, we can’t hardly keep up with her. She has truly transitioned to a walker (not stable walker, but a walker). It is without a doubt her preferred mode of transportation even though she could crawl somewhere faster. It is amazing to see how much she has changed over the past 11 months.
A couple of things I thought about today:
The day she arrived…
We felt rushed going into the whole hospital situation. She seemed to be overdue, according to all our calculations she was due on the 18th of October. The doctors discovered a loss of fluid and felt the need to get us into the delivery room immediately. It all seemed rushed, but we were excited. We were thinking that we were going to have a new baby by the next day around noon. But that isn’t how it all played out. Kylee decided to be difficult and tie a knot in her umbilical cord causing decreased in her heart rate whenever there was a contraction. Ultimately leading to a long day of labor and eventual c-section. She was here and we were excited regardless of how she got here.
Kristee’s 1st week back in the office…
I didn’t take much time off right after she was born. But my schedule is fortunately flexible enough that I could help when needed. I decided that instead of taking time off right after Kylee was born I would save it and take time off when Kristee went back to work for her first week. Hopefully easing her back into work and getting her use to be at the office with this new born little baby to care for. I got to spend the week in Kristee’s office taking care of Kylee when needed. I did my best to only care for her in needed situations so that Kylee and Kristee could do ok when I wasn’t there. I really cherished that week that I got to spend with her.
It brings great memories to think about these early points in her life. I look forward to many more memories throughout Kylee’s life as she gets older.
Razzle Dazzle from Josh Metts on Vimeo.
This is a video that Gavin and his friend Colby put together when they were together this past weekend.
This is several weeks in of getting to stay home with Kylee on Thursday. I was a little concerned about taking Thursday off rather than Friday, but I have adjusted fine and really treasure the day that I just get to be at home with her and do nothing but focus on her. It takes me back to the time when I was a stay at home dad with Halee and Gavin. It is crazy how much I miss those days. There are things that Kylee does sometimes that reminds me of taking care of them.
Today I was picking her up out of her crib after a nap and she reached down to show me her blanket. It was exactly what Halee use to do when she was little. She is walking more and more each day. I still think that she relies on crawling simply because she can travel much faster.
Anyways I have really enjoyed my Thursdays with Kylee and look forward to many more.
I was challenged to take the ALS ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS research. Both kids were excited to take part.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Josh Metts on Vimeo.
Along with a couple of videos with Kylee using her walker.
I figured that everyone does 1st day of school photos, so I decided to do 2nd day photos. Actually I forgot to take first day, but that is besides the point. Halee headed to middle school and Gavin in the 5th grade. It’s hard to believe they are getting this old. To think that they will both be in middle school next year is crazy.
On the way to work this morning, (the kids were coming with me to spend their last day free at the church), Gavin asked me a question. He led with
“I know this is a strange, dumb question.”
I always wonder what it is going to be when he leads a question with a statement like that. So he said
“I was wondering, and I know this might be stupid because God can do anything. I know God could lift this car, but if God were in the car with us could He lift up the car?”
I thought that was quite the thought provoking question, one that I had never thought about.
My response was yes, God can do anything then he could be in something and lift it up at the same time. It is always fascinating to hear the thoughts of a child when they are thinking about the things of God.
We found this footage on Gavin’s iPad in August 2014. Just a few glimpses of our son’s world.
The 2nd clip is hilarious, it had us cracking up.
Gavin’s Lost Footage from Josh Metts on Vimeo.
Everyone was downstairs except the 2 of us and she wert over to the gate and got her groove on.
Kylee Dancing from Josh Metts on Vimeo.
Halee noticed that Kylee was getting her 1st tooth just yesterday. She was carrying her to the car and Kylee opened her mouth enough for Halee to see a small white tooth poking through her lower gums. It is tough to see as she isn’t exactly cooperative. But you can definitely feel the tooth when you rub your finger across the gum. It also helps explain the past 2 nights and how little sleep Kristee was getting. Kylee got up at least 3-4 times during both nights. I am posting a photo of a shot of her lower gums. You can’t really see anything just yet, and yes she wasn’t happy about me attempting to get a photo.
It will be interesting to see how she changes as the teeth all begin to come in. It amazes me how much teeth change the look of a baby.
Kylee’s 1st tooth.
6 month appointment (7 months old)
Height 26.5 inches
Weight 15 lbs. 3 oz.
For comparison I found Halee’s 6 month appointment in which she was actually closer to 6 months old.
Height 25.5 inches
Weight 15 lbs. 10 oz.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find Gavin’ Height and Weight. I didn’t start logging them online when they were this young. There is a chance it is somewhere, but I am just not sure where. If I happen to come across it I will post it for comparison. I think she is closer to Gavin’s size if I remember correctly.
I didn’t get a chance to write a post about our experience at Kids Camp. This was Halee’s second year to go to camp and Gavin’s 1st year to be able to attend. This was my 2nd year to go as a sponsor. I have so much fun being able to attend camp as a sponsor with my kids. I know that those years are few and at some point they might not want dad to come along. (I hope it doesn’t happen, but I know it is a possibility.)
Halee was apprehensive because she was going to be the only girl going with our church this year. Fortunately she really likes our children’s director and that helped with her being anxious about going. Another neat thing that happened was that she was in a room with another group of girls that attend Immanuel Baptist Church whch is right down the street from Metropolitan. She really hit it off with this group of girls. I often found her running off to go and hang out with them to play games or just talk.
Gavin was excited from the beginning he was going with his best friend so that obviously made things a lot easier. He was the one that said he didn’t want me to go this year. (Although I know he enjoyed me being there.) He had a great time with his friend and with the guys from the other church we shared a room with. He also ran into one of his friends that dates back to when he was going to school at Bethel Life. Gavin and Colby hung out with him and his friend from his church almost the entire time.
There were a couple of things that were neat for me to observe this year.
- I was ok with them going off and doing their own thing with their friends. It was fun to watch them interact with others their age.
- It was great to be in with them during our church group time. This was a time for us to not only talk about our day, but then also talk about things of God. The theme this year was “Unplugged”. We discussed things that distract us from God and it was neat to hear them be open and honest even though their “dad” was sitting right there with them.
They both walked away from the week with a desire to grow in their relationship with God. This is the desire that every parent should have when their kids return from camp. Now it is my job to follow up with them and do anything that I can to help them and give them the instruction and resources that they need to accomplish this desire in their heart.