Monday, September 28, 2009

4 weeks old...

I can't believe it but our little monkey is 4 weeks old today! Kaden is growing and changing every day. His features are becoming more and more pronounced and it is starting to look like his hair is getting lighter! Could I actually get my blond hair, blue eyed boy!?

We have started having more and more belly time and he seems to LOVE it! He actually will fall asleep on his one if placed on his belly! We are also taking advantage of the lovely fall weather and taking daily walks which Kaden normally sleeps through but he loves the fresh air!

Here is our 4 week picture!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The FIRST video of Kaden...

I am such a terrible mom. :o) Kaden will be 4 weeks old tomorrow and I haven't taken one video of him yet!

This morning we were enjoying some play time while the Chiefs game was on and I thought it was a great opportunity to get the FLIP out and record the little man. Apologies for the profanity in the background, Daddy wasn't too happy with the Chiefs!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's been awhile...

Kaden is a little over 3 weeks old! He is getting so big and changing every day. We are having a little issue with eating, his poor stomach hurts after he eats and he spits up quite a bit. We are waiting to hear back from the pediatrician to see what our next move is but hopefully soon he will be a much happier baby!

As for milestones, we were hoping to take him to his first Royals game this past Monday but the weather wasn't cooperating so Mommy and Baby stayed home while Daddy went to the game. He is following toys with his eyes and starting to reach for them. He has a really good grip and loves to hold on to your fingers.

Grandma Sara and Papa Tom are coming up this Saturday to see us and will get their first opportunity to watch Kaden while I throw a bridal shower for Jennifer and Justin attends the bachelor party for Jake, Jason and Chris. (Lots-O-Weddings coming up.)

Chris and Becky are getting married on the 3rd of October (Miss Leah's 8th Birthday) and we are very excited to get Kaden all dolled up and ready for the party! We are a little behind on the birth announcements but we are getting his pictures taken by FXStudios on the 6th! Stay tuned to see the pictures and watch your mail for his announcement!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Time is FLYING-2 weeks old!!

Kaden had his two week check up today. He is now 9lbs and 20 3/4 inches long. He has almost gained a full pound since birth and has grown a full inch. It is amazing how much he has changed since day one but he does still have his blue eyes and Mommy is keeping her fingers crossed that they don't go anywhere! Kaden got another PERFECT checkup but we already knew that he was PERFECT!

Uncle Zack and Aunt Lindsey are heading up to see us this weekend, well they are going to the Chief's home opener and we just happen to be close by!!

We have been able to work in some AWAKE time during the day which is helping us get into our daily routine! Tomorrow starts the first day of our walking adventures! Mommy has a few pounds to lose for two very important upcoming weddings!

Lots of Love-Justin, Kayla and Kaden

Monday, September 7, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Poopy McPooperson

Our son is quite the pooper. I didn't even imagine that we would be changing his diaper as many times as we are. I think he actually thinks it is pretty fun game to play. He have now nick-named him Poopy McPooperson!

Kaden is now 5 days old and we are starting to settle in at home. The dogs have been fabulous and have really taken a liking to Kaden.

We are also starting to figure out his personality.
  1. NEVER, NEVER wake a sleeping Kaden-he will let you hear about it!
  2. LOVES to eat and he is so good at it!
  3. Doesn't matter when you change him, he will poop as soon as a clean diaper hits his bottom.
  4. Doesn't like the bouncy seat vibrator at this point but loves the swing.
  5. Hates to have his clothes changed but insists on peeing on at least 3 outfits a day.
Today, Daddy got up and took Kaden to the farmers market for his weekly trip and then came home and fixed potato soup for college game day. Justin has been looking forward to this day for some time and now that Kaden is here, it is that much sweeter for him. He can only talk about the day that he will get to take Kaden to his first MIZZOU game.
Mom leaves tomorrow, pray for us!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Home Sweet Home!

After a short stay in the hospital we were able to bring Kaden home Wednesday morning. His snip, snip went very well and as soon as his observation was over, we checked out and headed home.

Once at home, we started settling in. We introduced the dogs to Kaden and that went better than anticipated. Both Stoli and Brodi are very curious but more so when he cries but they still do a great job while around him. It is only day one but we started off well. Mom got her nap, Dad got a few Xbox games in and we had a few visitors. Angela came by to see Mr. Kaden and to get another feel for what she is in for again in 8 weeks. Grandma Janet stopped by after school and Becky brought Colton over to meet his new cousin for the first time.


These late night feedings are certainly something we are going to have to get use to because now that Kaden is back asleep, I am wide awake! Oh and a big thanks to my mom-she is up here staying with us until Sunday and helping out with anything and everything. We are very lucky to have the extra help during this crazy transition in our lives!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Tough Life...

Eat, Sleep, Poop...what a tough life!

Today Kaden got to meet a lot of his family and our closest friends for the first time. Papa Tom, Great Grandpa Hartley, Aunt Jennifer, Uncle Zack and Aunt Lindsey all came up from Carthage to see the little man and spend a little time with him. Papa Tom and Great Grandpa Hartley believe that Kaden is the biggest 'Hartley' to date, not sure how that can be considering he was 8lbs 2oz, guess I had one too many chili cheese dogs from Sonic!!

Kaden also received visits from Jake and Jennifer, Emily, Sarah, Adam, Justin and Tugce, Dawn, and Scott and Korie today. Tiffany and Jason came the night Kaden was born but unfortunately he was in observation so they had to peek through the nursery windows at him. Grandma Sara popped in and out all day while she held down the fort at home for us and Grandma Janet stopped by after a long day at school! He was such a good boy for everyone, so content and happy. He mostly slept but there were times he would open his eyes and look to see who was talking to him.

He has had lots of poopy diapers (Daddy has still yet to change one) and has been eating very well for such a little guy! It will certainly take a few more days to start settling into a routine but we are certainly enjoying getting to know our little monkey. He might be only a day old but I couldn't imagine not having him here with us. Crazy to think that less than 48 hours he was in my belly and we had no idea what he looked liked. Moms have told me that it doesn't take long and you won't even hardly remember what his kicks felt like or the feeling of hiccups and boy were they right! Amazing how something so precious and so perfect was tucked away hidden for 40 weeks.

Tomorrow, Kaden is set to have a minor snip and cut (his circumcision) and then hopefully will be discharged around noon if all goes well. We are looking forward to settling in at home as well as introducing Kaden to the doggies tomorrow. Mommy is looking forward to sleeping in her own bed, Daddy is looking forward to teaching Kaden how to play XBOX and getting to watch the Royals with their newest and littlest fan!

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers! He is perfect!! Stay tuned for more updates!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Happy Birthday

Kaden Oliver South has arrived.

He made his debut into the world at 5:04 pm on Monday, August 31st. He weighed 8lbs. 2 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long. Kaden has lots of black hair and baby blue eyes, but will he keep his blue eyes like me or will they go darker like his daddy?!?!

We hope to bring him home on Wednesday to introduce him to the rest of his family, Stoli and Brodi! We will keep you all posted on his first few days in this crazy world. Here is a picture of Kaden and daddy, hours after he was born.