Archive for June 19, 2008

Spore Creature

June 19, 2008

This is a creature I made on the new Spore Creature Creator.  Tim said I had to put it up, so here it is.  For baby info see the last two posts.

4 Months Old

June 19, 2008

Kalyn turned 4 months old yesterday.  She is growing fast and getting so active.

Over the past Kalyn has gotten a lot better at grabbing things.  She seems to really enjoying playing with colorful scaps of fabric or blankets, since they are easier for her to grab and manipulate.  Of course, everything goes straight to her mouth.

Over the past few days Kalyn has also been doing more with her feet.  She’s always loved to kick, but now she seems to be trying to move her feet to do specific things rather than random flailings.

She also has been experimenting with lots of new noises.  For about a week her favorite noise was a high pitched screeching, which she used when she was tired, bored, happy, hungry, or just wanting to make noise.  Luckily she seems to have decided she has liked blowing and buzzing with her lips better.

She is starting to laugh as well.  She laughs at mom and dad when they do silly things like tickle her, make funny noises, wave their arms around, or sneeze.  It is so cute!  She’s a very smiley baby and now freely smiles at all kinds of people.

Kalyn also is starting to get bored more easily.  She is likely to start squawking when she has been sitting in the same spot for a while.  Luckily, it’s pretty easy to entertain her, by doing things like putting her where she can see me move around, or give her a blanket or kerchief to play with, or giving her a toy to play with.

This past month we have been going to Book Babies at the local library.  She is one of the younger babies there, but not the youngest.  She seems to mostly enjoy watching all the other older kids move about.  It also helps inspire me to read to her more often.

She’s gotten better at taking naps, but I must admit her night sleeping is not as great as it used to be.  She’s more likely to have her night sleep disrupted by changes in her routine.  From what I’ve heard, though, this is pretty normal for a four month old.

Kalyn is so much fun to have around.  It is great to have her interacting with us more.  She is such a joy!

Big Bunch of Baby Pictures

June 19, 2008

Here are a bunch of baby pictures from the past month that haven’t made it to the web page.  Enjoy!

10 Reason Why Tim Is/Will Be A Great Dad

June 8, 2008

It is Tim’s first father’s day, and to celebrate I thought I’d share what makes Tim a great dad. Here are 10 things, in no particular order.

1. He loves to teach.

Whether it is dancing, using a computer, or another of his talents, Tim really enjoys teaching other people how to do things.  He’s patient and is willing to really help people get things right.  Tim will enjoy teaching our kids all the cool stuff he knows how to do.

2. He loves to learn.

When I have a random thought on the order of I wonder how, why, when, etc., it seems like half the time Tim knows the answer.  If he doesn’t know the answer then he usually looks it up.  Tim is going to be great at encouraging our kids to get excited about learning.

3. He loves me.

President David O. McKay said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”  I first heard that quote from Tim when we were talking about how to be a good parents.  Tim loves me and is a great husband.

4. He’s a big kid himself.

Tim loves to play.  He likes to tease and joke around.  I think this is an important attribute for dad to have, because life as a kid is hard and it’s important to be able to joke around.  It’s good to encourage kids to have fun.

5. He enjoys making things.

Tim loves to make stuff, whether it is a shelf or a data collector or an airplane.  Someday he will love to make stuff with kids, whether it is play house or a toy or a fort.  And, those will be the best built forts in the neighborhood. 🙂

6. He’s adventurous.

I’m not adventurous, so it’s great that Tim is.  Tim enjoys visiting places or doing things that I probably wouldn’t do on my own.  Someday Tim is going to have lots of great adventures with our kids.

7. He’s committed to being a good dad.

Tim really wants to be a good dad.  He has often expressed to me that he feels it is the most important thing.  Sometimes it takes practice, but since Tim is committed he will keep working at it until he gets it right.

8. He loves to brag about his baby.

Tim loves to tell everyone how Kalyn is the smartest, cutest baby ever. He really is proud of her and enjoys watching her learn and grow. It is great that he is so involved and so encouraging of her, even if she doesn’t know it yet.

9. He’s patient and forgiving.

Tim is patient where it counts.  When I make a mistake he might tease me, but he never gets angry about it.  If I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed he’s very supportive about it.  Tim is going to be able to deal really well with little kids who are always making mistakes.

10. He’s committed to teaching the gospel.

Tim really wants to teach our kids to love the gospel.  Tim has expressed many times that he feels it his duty to lead our family in the gospel. He also sets a great example in the way he stands firm on what he knows is right.

Tim is great. I love him so much! Happy Father’s Day!

Kalyn Rolls Over (Video)

June 4, 2008

Maybe it was her debut yesterday in her pacifier video, but today Kalyn finally rolled over while we were filming.  Previously she would get so interested in the camera that she wouldn’t care about rolling over.  She also is getting better at it.

Kalyn’s Pacifier

June 3, 2008

We decided we really wanted to get a new digital camera that can make quality videos.  So we got a new camera that also records high quality videos.  We’ve mentioned quite a bit that the baby will suck on anything but a pacifier.  Katie today make a few videos, and then a few more, and then decided to edit them. . . and well. . . it kind of got out of hand.  Hope you enjoy it!

If you’d like a larger, high quality version you can right click and save it here.