Sunday, September 30, 2007

Reluctantly supporting the Raiders...

Ok, so being a man of my word, I went ahead and had Makenna pose in the winning team's outfit. The original bet was to have Kenna wear the outfit of the team with the better record when the Raiders & Dolphins played. The Raiders had the better record going into the game so Kenna should've worn the outfit all day. But being such a big kid, she doesn't fit into the clothes labeled for her size! HA! Anyway, here it is for all you Raider fans out there. Enjoy it, because A) I don't think she'll be sporting the silver and black many more times in the near future, and
B) This outfit doesn't fit her anymore!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Belly crawling...

Now that Kenna can easily sit up on her own, we've noticed just how much she enjoys it. She really likes sitting on the floor whenever Barney is on, she enjoys sitting up in her high chair, and now she really enjoys bath time! Sitting up in the bath gives her the opportunity to play with the bubbles and splash around rather than being on her back "stewing in her own filth" so to speak! Hehehe, she's not that dirty!

Lately, we've seen great changes in the little one. Yesterday the both of us were playing with Kenna and we noticed just how persistent she's become. She has pretty much mastered going from a sitting up position to a crawling stance. From the crawling position, she knows how to get where she needs to go, even though she hasn't quite learned how to coordinate her legs & arms in order to actually crawl.

Last night though, we heard her grunting and pushing so we kept a watchful eye on her as she attempted to move forward towards her toys. She tried rolling over and spinning on her belly, but neither one of those attempts took her in the right direction. That's when she did it-she started to crawl forward, little by little. She hasn't picked up on it yet, but by the looks of it, she should be extremely mobile very soon! For now, she's practicing her army crawl, and once I get a chance, I'll catch that on video.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dada's Little Girl

To some, this may sound like a bunch of noise, but if you listen carefully, Kenna is saying dada! It usually starts off as lalala and then she gets the hang of changing it up. She's been saying dada for a couple of weeks off and on, but the last couple of days she's been fairly consistent with it, even saying it on command! We're working on getting her to say mama, but we're pretty sure she'll end up saying "Marino" first! Turn up you speakers for this one & enjoy!

On a different but equally exciting note, Enza finally felt Baby Coconut "flutter" last night! What made this extra special was that the fluttering went on for most of the evening after dinner, and well into the night. Enza was actually beginning to wonder why she hadn't been able to feel this baby, especially since she's hit the 20 week mark. Our next appointment isn't for another couple of weeks, so the fact that she hadn't distinctly felt the baby move made her worry just a little bit. After last night, our little coconut erased all doubts by making his/her presence known! Maybe it was the hamburger Mommy ate for lunch? Hmmm, another beef eater-looks like we'll be having another big one! Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


As of late, Makenna has really been into her "big brother" Marino. She has always taken a liking to him from the beginning, but lately she can't take her eyes off him. When Makenna hears Marino wake up and give himself the morning shake, she whips her head in whichever direction the sound comes from. Whenever Marino prances into the room, Kenna fixates her stare on him. Even when we try to talk to her while he's in the room, she'll focus on the dog before even beginning to hear us.

I guess we're pretty fortunate in that Marino loves the little squirt in return. Whenever we're not looking, he'll try his best to sneak up to her, smell her, and lick her face, feet, or hands-whatever's within immediate reach. It'll be interesting to see how both Makenna & Marino react with the upcoming addition...

Monday, September 24, 2007

I'm a big kid, look what I can do...

Although it rained a bit this weekend, we didn't let the presence of foul weather keep us from doing what we had to do. Of course the majority of things had to be done while it rained, so we ended up dropping the little one off at Nonna's house so we wouldn't have to deal with exposing her to the elements. Besides, Nonna hadn't seen Makenna for a few days, so it made for some nice "catch-up" time for the two.

Sunday we met up with some friends for breakfast, and this was the first time they got to meet Kenna. Sure they've seen pictures and heard stories, but this time they actually got to see Kenna in person, hold her & play with her. It took Kenna all but two minutes to warm up to them! Since Kenna has gone through a major growth spurt as of late, and now that she's capable of sitting up on her own, we put her in a high chair for the first time at breakfast. Initially she sat in the chair and stared at it, but after a minute or two, it was like she was at home and she just went about her business.

Later that day, we took her to the store and figured that since she was big enough to sit in a high chair, the same should apply to a shopping cart. Sure enough, she enjoyed the ride! The first thing she did, as do all kids around her age, was try to put her mouth on the handle of the cart! YUCK! Once we strapped her in, she wasn't able to reach the handle and just sat back and minded her own business as we pushed her through the store. Seeing her grow so fast is making us worry that we won't be quite as prepared for the next one. The time is moving so fast, and since we're so involved with watching Kenna go through all these new stages, we sometimes forget that there's another one on the way!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Kenna's first full day with Grandma

Yesterday was Makenna's first day with Grandma, and when I went to pick her up after work, it seemed like all went well. Both Grandma and Kenna were having a great time, and according to Grandma, Kenna didn't give her any problems. It must have been one of Kenna's good days, which made it extra special for Grandma, especially since it was her first time watching the baby alone.

We'll admit, both Enz & I were a bit apprehensive at first. I mean, c'mon now, it's been well over 35 years since my mom has had the responsibility of raising a baby. So it was safe to say that she suffered from a bit of "ring rust" if you will. Our biggest reservation was that we didn't want her to change up Makenna's routine, especially since Makenna's been really good about doing things the same, day in and day out. But my mom was able to follow through and with Makenna being in such a great mood, it made it that much easier for us to put our guard down.

With that, now we can ease my mom into more and more responsibilities as Kenna continues to grow. We're counting on both of Makenna's grandmothers now more than ever because Baby Coconut will be with us sooner than we think! Happy Friday and have a terrific weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Makenna likes oatmeal

As we continue to introduce solids to the little one, we've noticed a difference in her afterwards. It seems that she's much more content now, and she has a lot more energy later into the evening. Of course another by-product of solid foods is solid waste, which in turn, brings out a whole new level of "stink," but that's a given!

Anyway, she's enjoying the change up in different cereals, and she'll hopefully continue to do so for the next couple of weeks until we begin the veggie introduction. For now, here's a short video of Kenna as she enjoys the taste and texture of oatmeal. Happy Hump Day!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Change in weather...

This past weekend was a fairly mellow one with the ever-growing family. We mainly did things to get more prepared for the arrival of Baby Coconut. Our little Baby Peanut is not so little anymore, and dealing with her is a task within itself. We find ourselves constantly wondering how we'll be able to do it with yet another crumb snatcher on our hands! With all our family close by, I'm sure we'll be able to handle it.

Aside from being football day on Sunday, we took Makenna for a morning walk. It was a lot cooler than the past few days, so we bundled her up like we were taking her up to the snow! She loved wearing the beanie, and to our surprise, she enjoyed the mittens as well, even though she's got a scowl on her face that would lead us to believe otherwise! The rest of day was pretty easy with Kenna as she wasn't feeling all too well to begin with. But even though she was congested, she was still able to keep us entertained with her happy disposition!


Friday, September 14, 2007

Rice, Rice Baby!

So since Kenna has reached her 6 month mark, and per the doctor's suggestion, we started the little one on her journey into the world of solid foods with rice cereal last night. Being the obsessive parents that we are, we decided to catch this milestone on video to share with the world. Keep in mind that Kenna was feeling a bit under the weather, as she didn't do well with her last set of shots =(

Most of the time, she had the "bitter beer face" look, probably because she was trying to figure out what kind of slop Mommy was feeding her! According to Enz, she did a lot better this morning so if her attitude permits, I'll try to post a happier video at a later time. For now, enjoy, & Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Daddy's Girl for sure!

Aside from all of Kenna's quirks, sounds & noises, she's consistently surprising us with her ability to imitate. She can make her favorite sound (raspberry) on command, and will even mimic us whenever we do it first. She's already doing the whole "gimme five" thing, although sometimes it takes a little coaxing for her to figure out what we're asking.

Its very enjoyable to see how curious she's become while trying to imitate what Mommy & Daddy do. What's even more enjoyable was the sound that she made yesterday on her own, and it wasn't a fluke! On more than one occasion, and in front of witnesses, Kenna busted out with "da-da-da-da!" I didn't believe it until I heard it, and it wasn't even left to interpretation. It was clear as day, she said "da-da." Both grandmothers heard it, as well as Enz & myself. And with that, we're just waiting to hear her say "ma-ma" next!

Tale of the Tape

Yesterday was Makenna's six month appointment, and right off the bat, her doctor was impressed at how she sat up throughout the duration of the visit, all while being completely attentive and focused on him. She stared at the doctor as if she understood everything he was talking about! Maybe it's because she knew exactly what he meant when he told us that we can start her on solids? Whatever it was, she found him to be quite intriguing, and only took her stare off of him to catch a glimpse of herself in the mirror-what a ham!

So in regards to her current status, here are her numbers. At six months of age, she weighs in at a healthy 19 pounds, putting her in the 97th percentile for her weight. Yeah, apparently we starve this kid! She is 26 inches long, which places her in the 50th percentile for her height. Both her mommy & I aren't exactly "towering" figures, so for her to be in the "average height" group isn't too big a deal. Finally her head circumference was something like 43.5 cm, which is in the 75th percentile. Big head = big brain?

She had another series of shots as well, and of course those put her over the top. She wasn't too thrilled with the oral vaccine she took, and the shots in the legs didn't help any either. She didn't cry for too long, which was good since she was going to spend some time with grandma. We dropped her off to stay with grandma for a couple of hours while Enza & I visited the doctor regarding baby #2. All in all, this was a good day for Makenna. We're starting the solids tonight so hopefully we'll have some great footage of little Kenna making a big mess! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Give Me 5

Kenna's new thing is to give five on request. And while she's still working on doing it every time, she's probably getting tired of hearing us ask for it without really knowing what it does! Nevertheless, its fun to see how she's learning to respond to us. It's not quite a "high-five" but hey, much like everything else, you need to crawl before you can walk! Here's a short video clip of Kenna "practicing" giving five.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Brighter Side of Kenna

This past weekend came and went rather quickly, and the little one seems to know when we're both home. On the weekends, Kenna likes to wake up early, prompting us to start a morning walk routine. Its been a little chilly in the mornings, but Kenna doesn't seem to mind, especially now that she's sitting up in her stroller, she's just enjoying the sights!

It was just a normal weekend, and Kenna was in a GREAT mood! After a week or so of her fussiness, it was a welcome change to see her laughing, smiling & playing without much of a whiny peep. I'm sure there will be more days like that in the near future, but for now, we've had a chance to catch our breath and enjoy the happier side of Kenna! What a relief!

Saturday evening, we paid a visit to Auntie Gina & Uncle Jason's place as they were having a little get-together. While we stayed for only a couple of hours, and well into Makenna's bedtime, she didn't show any signs of wanting to leave. She hammed it up for the camera, and was in awe of the new surroundings. Once we got her in the car though, it was lights out! And even though she was up past her bedtime, she woke up bright-eyed & bushy-tailed early the next day, ready for her morning stroll.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Makenna is 6 months old today!

First off, Happy 6 month birthday to the little stinker! Seriously, where has the time gone? It seems like we just went through the whole process of getting everything ready for her arrival, and here we are six months later! We're experiencing a bit of deja vu at the moment, with preparations for Baby Coconut's arrival. It's strange how life works, especially with the thought of our children being only 11 months apart. Any closer and they'd be twins! We'll see just how Kenna handles sharing the spotlight!

We breathed a giant sigh of relief last night! WHEW! Kenna was a bit more calm and relaxed, and we were able to put her down for the night without much of a fight. Grandma came by for dinner and some quality time with her little angel, probably tiring her out in the process. She also got to see Kenna as she enjoyed bath time. As we prepare to start the little one on solids, we're having her join us at the dinner table in her high chair. Grandma had a great time watching Kenna watch us, and she did so last night without any fuss. She seems so interested in what we're eating, and all of us are anxious to see her initial reaction to having something other than milk! Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Much more of the same...

What started off as a better day than the past few, ended in the same manner as the past few! Enza had the day off so she was able to keep a watchful eye on Makenna to see if her fussiness level had died down a bit. In the morning, it appeared that little Kenna was in a great mood, happily enjoying herself. It wasn't until she had to go down for her afternoon nap that things started to change again.
She fought the urge to sleep, and just messed around in her crib. Once Enza decided that Kenna wasn't going to take her nap, she brought her back out and entertained her. Kenna was doing ok until I got home later in the afternoon. Once she saw me walk in, she lost her concentration and stopped eating. It was so nice to see her smile when she saw me! But behind that devilish little grin, lay the tired and cranky beast, just waiting for the most inopportune moment to break free! UGH! By the early evening, both Enz & I had our fill of Kenna's whiny cry, and although we understand that she can't tell us exactly what's wrong, that specific cry will drive anyone to drink! Hehehehe, gotta love those growing pains!
Even though she tests our patience with days like this, its the days where she's so happy and bubbly that more than make up for it! Thank God that the better days far outweigh the bad days!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Long Weekend

Although it was still pretty hot, we had a very enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Saturday we took a drive out to Manresa State Beach where the family was doing their yearly camping trip. We only went out for the day, and looking back, we wished we had planned it better and stayed for the weekend. We jumped the gun early and decided that it may be a bit much for Makenna, but after being there for most of the day on Sataruday, we noticed that she was enjoying herself.

We started sitting her up in her stroller and she's loving it. We probably could've done it a little earlier, but she never really made a peep about being in her carrier, so we let her ride that one out. As she sits facing forward in her stroller, we see just how curious she is as she takes in all the sights from her new vantage point!

On Sunday, we spent the first part of the day relaxing from Saturday. All that excitement wore us out! In the evening, we went and hung out with the Arbolantes so the little cousins could have some time together. It was still fairly warm throughout the afternoon and into the evening, and we took all the kids for an afternoon stroll to the park. We put Makenna in one of the swings and she loved it, although it got old really fast for her! She was still tired from the day before, and we know that if we put her in the swing earlier, she would've love to stay in it longer. Oh well, baby steps...

Labor Day turned out to be just that for us, as Kenna did not have a good day. It felt like we had to do so much work, not only to keep her entertained, but to keep her from acting so fussy. Not sure if it was the heat, the fatigue, or if it was her teeth, but whatever it was, kept her from being her usual smiley self. Everyone is entitled to an off day every now and then, and we know this won't be her last, but we're hoping it will be her last one for a while! She didn't want to nap, she didn't want to sleep, she didn't even want to play. It was just one of those days where she didn't want to be alone. She finally went down for the night, but it took time & effort from the both of us to get her to ultimately tire herself out. It's hard seeing her like this, but guess it's just a fact of life... C'est la vie....