Crying Caleb

We need to have at least a couple pictures like this on our blog for memory’s sake.  Caleb still has a hearty cry.  These pictures were taken just a few days ago.  Caleb was mad at mommy for turning off his TV after one short episode of Boz.  He wanted more.  He obviously didn’t get what he wanted.



This shows a good view of Caleb’s teeth.  He has all of them now.  We didn’t even notice that he had gotten his last set of upper molars until right before his dentist appointment mid-June, and by then, they were already 1/2 way out.  Way to go, Caleb… you got all your teeth before you even turned 2!

Date #2

We went out on our second date since Caleb has been born…  Well, our 2nd date without the baby.  It was part of Chris’ Father’s Day celebration.  We went to Ruth Chris… compliments of a gift card given to us by a friend. 


It was nice going out, but I felt completely out of place.  Me dressed up when I’m normally in sweats and a tank top nowadays.  I feel strange without a baby clinging to my legs or attached to my left hip. 

Caleb’s been sleeping so poorly for a while now, but even worse for this past  couple of weeks.  (We’ll blog more on this later).  Grandma was babysitting Caleb so that we could go on our date.  I warned her before we left that Caleb has been waking up multiple times in the night even at the very beginning…. and he cries hard.  Whatever you do, don’t turn on the lights or talk to him.  It’s an invitation to play.  And he gets much harder to put to sleep.  Haha.  As I was walking up the stairs after we got home from our date at 9:30PM, I saw Caleb’s bedroom lights on and I could hear chatting (grandpa had come over to eat dinner with grandma).  What?!!!  Lights, talking?!  What’s going on?  I walk into the room to find Caleb bouncing up and down on his air filter, with a couple toys strewn around the room.  Grandma and grandpa are chilling in his room like it’s their new living room.  Hee-hee.  Caleb cried hard, grandma couldn’t handle it.  On came the lights.  And naturally, the talking and playing came next.

Chris took a short video clip of Caleb playing.  He was soooo hyper.  The video clip really doesn’t do justice to how hyper he was. 

Chris commented, “I’ve never seen this boy so hyper before.”  And believe me, we’ve seen him very active.  As I was trying to calm him back down into a slumber, he was jumping from my arms, crawling/walking from one piece of furniture to another.  Finally, I got him to nurse (cuz he hit his head hard on the crib edge).  In my arms, he reminded me of this crack drug baby I once held in the hospital.  He was so jumpy & shaky.  Yes, this is our son when he doesn’t get enough sleep.  My goodness.  We were surprised that it only took us 30 or so minutes to get him back to sleep.  Good thing he was so tired.  God, You’re merciful.  Thank you for not making us stay up for hours with this boy.

11 Months Old

Caleb turned 11 months old on Tuesday.  We can’t believe Caleb’s almost one year old!

Over a week ago (last Thursday), Caleb took his first steps.  Well, he’s taken 1 or 2 steps on his own before this… but on Thursday, he walked to me in 5-6 steps.  He tried walking again today outside.  He still prefers to hold onto somebody’s hand or another object.  He also favors clinging to mommy’s legs as she walks around trying to get stuff done, making her do what she now calls the Caleb shuffle.



He’s been trying to feed himself more often.  Most of the time, he won’t eat unless he gets to try himself.  Yes, our son is determined.  And, yes, Caleb is messy.

Yummy hummus & a giant pretzel stick:


Caleb’s spinach fun:


Also, our son has started throwing infant tantrums.  I knew that we could expect them in the toddler years… close to 2 years old or so.  Did you know there are a few babies who throw tantrums?  Ours is one of them.  It used to be where we would take something away and he would just scream or cry.  A few days ago, I closed his bedroom door since it was time for him to get ready for his nap.  Caleb wanted to go out to keep playing (as always).  He took one look at the door, one look at me, and then flung himself on the floor on his back and starting hitting the floor with his legs/feet and arms/hands while screaming and crying.  Quite a sight. 

Here’s a short video of Caleb with Ellie’s (our kitty) collar.  He pulled it off her neck.  Each time Chris tries to touch it, Caleb yanks it away from him out of fear that it might get taken away.  This is just Caleb’s infant way of saying, “mine!!!!”  Did I mention we have a strong-willed child?

Also, on occasion, Caleb makes it very known that he doesn’t want to be put in his car seat.  He arches his back, yells/screams/cries… grabs at the mirror, at the window, at mommy’s hair.  This almost always seems to draw a slew of onlookers since Caleb rarely does his protests quietly.  No, Mommy is not abusing this child.  And, yes, Mommy is strict and still makes her child get into the car seat. 


Besides the tantrums, Caleb’s learning to do lots of fun stuff too.

Caleb is still a little scared of the vacuum cleaner sound, but he loves to play with the vacuum.  I can’t wait until he can help me clean.  Yay! (I know, I know… please just let me dream!)



Caleb likes to make himself comfy in his stroller



Caleb loves to clap.  Here’s a 1-second video of it.  We have another better one that we’ll put up once we download it.


Caleb loves to sort things.  Give him measuring cups.  Give him regular plastic cups.  Give him things to put into cups.  Give him rings.  Give him blocks.  Sorting things is fun, fun, fun. 

He even likes to put things where they don’t quite fit or belong.  Caleb, that block doesn’t fit into daddy’s xbox!



Caleb loves to go through cabinets, especially the ones we’ve chosen to not childlock.  He loves to pull things out of the cabinets/drawers.  And we always find unexpected gifts in cabinets too.  Mommy says to daddy, “Have you seen where Caleb’s green ring is?  He was just playing with it, but it’s missing now.  (10 minutes later) …Oh nevermind, I found it behind the extra diaper wipes, inside the closed cabinet that’s inside his closed bedroom closet.” 




I’m sure there’s lots more Caleb is learning to do, but this post is getting long.  So, bye for now!

Hawaii Update

I’ve gotten too lazy to come up with a good name, so it will just be this.

Caleb is starting to hate the car again.  We don’t know if it’s the car itself, or if he’s not feeling well, or he simple chose to be whiny and cry-y, but he is.  It doesn’t help that we live out in the boonies, where everything is at least 30 minutes away.  It’s hit or miss with this boy now in the car.  And it’s usually a miss.  We now have to both sit in the front just so that he won’t think that we will take him out of the seat.  If his crying were only softer, maybe we wouldn’t mind it so much.  But boy, does Caleb have one good set of lungs.  Must get it from mommy.

Caleb had his first dip in the pool the other day.  And he had his first swim in the ocean yesterday.  That’s his pale chubby father holding him.


On that same day we went swimming, we saw a couple of humpback whales just outside our place.  You can see in the distance the whale blowing out air.


Here’s the beautiful sunset from our place.


Daddy got a little ambitious on our rest day and wanted to take a short stroll to L&L for a plate lunch.  That stroll turned out to be much further when you’re actually walking.  We stopped at McD’s instead.  Great idea.  You see this half-eaten apple pie…


Yes, it’s fried.  And I thought these things only existed China now.  The only other thing I could notice different about McD’s in Hawaii is that they serve saimin.  Saimin?  No Taro pie?  No pineapple pie?

I can post pictures of my sexy wife in her swimsuit, but I won’t.  That’s for me and me alone!

We drove out to PCC today.  Not Pasadena Community College (Caleb was confused as well since he goes there every week), but Polynesian Cultural Center.  It’s a long drive.  For those of you who don’t know, Hawaii doesn’t have a lot of roads.  There’s one main road that goes around.  You can check out the map.  So we’re staying out in Waianae on the west coast.  If you look, North shore isn’t very far from us.  True.  We learned in geometry (or maybe even earlier) that the closest distance between two points is a line.  If you look even more closely, you can see that there are no roads from the west coast going anywhere but south.  So you must head south, get on the 1, then go back up north up the 2 in order to get to the north shore.  PCC is over in Laie, which is even further away.  So it’s quite a drive. We had to time it so that 90 minute drive coincided with Caleb’s nap.  Remember earlier how we said he wasn’t liking the car and it was hit or miss?  Today it was a hit, baby!


(You notice the interstate highways as well?  That’s the first thing I noticed when I saw a map too.  Interstate freeways in Hawaii?  What other state can I drive to?  Oregon?)

Driving along the road to PCC was quite nice.  We were driving along the north shore, and during the winters the waves can be nasty.  This picture doesn’t do it justice from what we really saw.


PCC was fun.  It was tiring with a baby though.  And the place is run by Mormons, so that’s not so fun.  But it was pretty entertaining.  I do enjoy learning about other cultures (although I didn’t learn that much today).  And it’s fun watching Yvonne participate in things like hula…


twirling pois…


And Caleb playing with sticks…


Enough of that.  It’s time to sleep.  Yvonne isn’t not feeling well, so pray for all of us!  We’re going to need it if you want to see more of us doing silly things.  Or if you only want to watch Caleb playing on the ground in our apartment, then don’t pray.  We would certainly appreciate the prayer though.