Big Brother Caleb turns 21 months old

Caleb is still adjusting to his new baby sister.  He really is trying.  He’s watching and learning…. maybe a bit too much.  Caleb sees Mommy burping Caris.  Caleb tries too… only Caleb can be a little rough with his burping technique.  Caleb sees Mommy wiping Caris’ mouth after being nursed.  Caleb goes up to Caris and tries to do this too.  Oh dear.  Caleb, your sister doesn’t want her whole face covered with the spit cloth.  Caleb sees Mommy rocking the car seat back and forth to settle Caris.  Caleb tries to… You can already picture it, right?  So, yes… my helpful big boy scares this Mommy when he’s around baby Caris. 

We bought Caleb a baby doll.  Someone gave us the idea that, if we could teach Caleb to be gentle with the doll, then he could be gentle with Caris.  Not so.  Then, we thought… maybe Mommy could hand Caleb the doll when he gets jealous that Caris is nursing.  So, instead of trying to pull Caris out of Mommy’s arms, Caleb could hold a “baby" of his own.  That didn’t work either.  Well, I guess Caris now has her first doll.



Caris, enjoy those rare moments when your brother leaves you alone. 



This may be a tough transition time for Caleb, but he’s still going strong with learning & playing.  He’s still our innovative boy.

IMG_3425 (Caleb knows his colors and shapes… lots of them at least.)

IMG_3471 (Caleb loves playing in the sand.)

IMG_3479 (Yes, Caleb put those chairs together himself, climbed up, smiled at me, and said, “Oo, oo”… aka Choo-choo as in a choo-choo train.)

IMG_3533 (Caleb got up onto the chair all by himself, pulled the laptop to the edge of the table, and figured out how to open it.)


And with age, Caleb has become even more of a risk-taker.  He loves to jump off of things like the couch.  He still likes to climb everything.  And his falls seem to be getting bigger as he gets older.

Here are some pictures after he fell right after his Gymboree class this past Tuesday.  Caleb’s first “fat lip.”  He split his lip open and was bleeding everywhere.  It looked far worse than what it really was. 




But as always, our son recovers quickly.



Soon, we’ll be celebrating Caleb’s 2nd birthday.  Can you believe it? 

Hope Klutziness Isn’t an Inherited Trait!

Caleb has heaps of bumps and bruises.  He’s discovered this amazing ability to be able to walk one direction while turning his head and looking another direction.  Of course, this leads to trouble.  He’s run into so many walls and tables.  And he likes to try to walk really fast.  His knees and shins look like mommy beats him.

So, last week, Chris tells me his head hurts.  Why?  He closes my trunk SUV door on his head.  What?!  How did you do that?  I’ve never heard of anybody closing a trunk door on their head.  I laughed at him.  I’ve had this SUV for 7 years, and I’ve NEVER closed the trunk door on my head.  Caleb must have gotten his klutziness from his daddy.

Today, we went to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus in Anaheim.  It was Chris’ and Caleb’s first time.  Caleb had so much fun, but he didn’t nap long on the way to the circus.  And, it lasted much longer than we expected.  Caleb was ready for a long afternoon nap.  So, we were hurrying at the end to get him home.  We removed the stroller from the SUV trunk to make room for a quick diaper change.  Chris goes to put Caleb in his car seat.  I put the stroller back in the trunk and close the door.  I had to lean in cuz the stroller was starting to fall out.  Whack (really hard)!  Whoa.  That’s right.  I hit myself.  No, not just a little hit.  I whacked my face hard.  My vision went black for a couple of seconds, but not to worry… I didn’t pass out.  I made it back to the passenger front seat.  Tears were rolling down my face.  It was like some uncontrolled reflex since I hit the bridge of my nose so hard.  My forehead, nose, & eyes were throbbing.  Chris tells me I’m bleeding across my nose and it’s getting swollen.  Then, he says, “See, I’m not the only one who can hit my head.”  It hurt my nose so bad to laugh.  6 hours later after lots of ice, it feels much better.  Just a dull ache.  The cut really isn’t bad at all.  I wonder if I’ll get a bad bruise across my face.  Poopers, we have a wedding next Sunday.  And, we’re supposed to have Caleb’s 1 year old family pictures taken.  Oh well.  It’s pretty funny now.  Watch out for those dangerous SUV trunk doors!  I guess Caleb may get my klutziness too.  Poor Caleb.