I was thinking today about how Kellen brings a sense of newness to my life about everything. Seems I'm always counting firsts and noticing new things. When I watch him, it makes me think about the adventure that life is or could be or should be anyhow.
This picture was Kellen finger painting for the first time at the first "friend" birthday party that he got invited to.
I was also going to post a picture of his new and first haircut, but sadly realized I don't have one! He probably doesn't realize he had a haircut. He fell asleep on the way there, stayed asleep while I carried him in, slept peacefully while i sat him up on my lap and propped his head up, never stirred while the hairdresser did her work, and finally woke up while I jostled him around while trying to pay. He happily waved goodbye without knowing why we had been there.
Tonight I heard him say "down" and understood he wanted to go downstairs. This language development is amazing to witness and is truly a learning experience for me as I try to listen for his words.
This weekend at the Cecil Bailey family reunion he showed us that he may enjoy being a performer and having an audience. He would stand on the coffee table and "sing" a song, grin, and wait for the clapping (he would prompt us by starting the clapping if we didn't realize the song was over). He learned this from watching Gavin sing a song (I've Been Working on the Railroad, I think it was) and being absolutely delighted with the applause Gavin got.
Kellen is sleeping through the night more and more. I love this breath of newness!
He is starting to throw himself on the floor and cry when I say "no". Not all new things are enjoyable, I suppose. Although sometimes it does make me laugh, he acts so dramatic and does such a good job of looking really pitiful.
Another great first was hearing the new baby's heartbeat for the first time yesterday. For anyone who has heard their baby's heartbeat for the first time nothing more needs to be said about the joy of new life, you know what I feel.