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Our morning conversation:

Kalena: “If you sleep walk, you will drown.”

Kai: “if you sleep walk near a pool, you will get burned and drown in the hot tub”

Me: “Kai, let’s not talk about things like that. Are you guys excited about going camping in 2 days?”

Kalena: “CAMPING!!!”

Me: “Don’t forget to pack your bags today with me”

Kalena: “CAMPING!!!”

Kai: “You’re too loud, Kalena. You are goin to break my ear drums.”

Kalena: ” Ear drums? Hahahahaha!!”

(Kai looks at me, confused).

Me: “She doesn’t know what ear drums are, Kai.”

Kai: “Kalena, ear drums are when a guy is in your ears, drumming like this (pretends to drum). Hahaha, I’m just kidding.

Kalena put a towel on her head and walked around saying “boooo!”

“are you a ghost?” I ask.

“no mommy not a ghost, a GOOSE!”

Of course.

i can’t believe how much you forget after you’ve had a kid.  you particularly realize this when you have another one (and another, at least i’ve been told).

kalena is an awesome baby.  i cannot complain.  she sleeps well and is very straight forward.  or, most likely i was just an idiot with kai and he was almost just as easy (minus the gas).

kai is adjusting as well as can be expected to all this new change.  he loves his “cute” little sister (as he calls her), and is very helpful.  sometimes i wish he could understand a little more in terms of communication, though.  often our conversations go like this:

me/rick – “Kai, we don’t stand on the couch.  Please sit down.”

kai keeps standing on the couch.

me/rick – “Kai! Don’t do that.  You could get hurt.  You understand?!”

kai – “what.”

i feel like we keep having this same conversation over and over again with various things, and all he says back is “what.”  it’s like he thinks when you say, “do you understand?” you are supposed to respond with “what.” (meaning yes?)

it’s been so long since i’ve posted here.  life has been happening too fast for me to record anywhere but in my memory, which is rapidly fading.  i forgot what it’s like not to get solid sleep.  i’ve had plenty of short sleep nights but it is tough to readjust to an hour or two at a time.  kai has been pretty good about all this, but i’m sure his time will come.  i try to help out where i can, but sometimes alicia has to wake me up several times before i am conscious.

i took some shots in the hospital – tried to keep it clean and unobtrusive while at the same time being “there” in the moment for my daughter’s birth.  we have some favorite shots of kai when he first came out that we don’t show anyone else, but enjoy looking at privately to remember what a miracle his birth was.

let me just say that it is great to have family support at a time like this.  i don’t know how we would get by otherwise.  as we were warned, 1+1 is much more than 2 when it comes to kids.  i have greater respect for parents as time goes on and i experience the challenges of raising a growing family.

we love little kalena and will need to make sure she gets the same documentary photojourney her brother did.  thanks for all of your well wishes and advice.  lots of posting is going up on facebook so be sure to keep track there.

alohas…

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