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Friday, February 29th
Happy Leap Day!  I was almost born on Leap Day; missed it by only a couple of hours.  We went out today and saw a couple sights around Maui.  We have a backpack carrier that Caden can ride in.  It was fun.

I think one of his favorite things to do so far has been just hanging around in the hotel room, especially on the big hotel bed.  He loves rough-housing on the bed and playing and being silly.  I’m not sure why it’s different than being at home, but he is very animated here in the hotel room.  I got some great photos of him today.

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Thursday, February 28th
We’re staying at a hotel with a really neat swimming pool so we wanted to high-tail it down there today and get wet!  We wanted to give Caden the opportunity to try out all of the new swimming skills that he’s learned over the past two months.

He had a blast.  Swimming, dunking under the water falls, and just hanging out on the beach chairs.  This is the life!  And Caden got a taste of it today.

He slept great last night in his tent.  Of course, his “clock” won’t be making any automatic adjustments for Hawaii time.  It is two hours ahead here.  So he was wide awake at 6:00 am this morning.  We pretty much expected as much but I was just happy that he slept well.  I’m OK having early mornings here even though I’m the last person in the world you’d call a morning person.

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Wednesday, February 27th
We got Caden his own seat for the 5+ hour flight to Maui today.  He’ll be able to spread out a little bit although he’s going to be sitting in his car seat during the flight.  Everything went great today and was on time.  Caden did great too.  As long as you have a bottle in their mouth during the pressure changes on takeoff and landing, babies don’t seem to have too many ear problems.  He didn’t cry at all.

We love Hawaii.  We dressed Caden up as a tourist today and pushed him around in his stroller.  People were cracking up.

Given our previous experiences trying to get him to go to sleep in a hotel room with us (which never really worked well), we decided to try something different.  We bought a little sleeping tent called a Peapod Plus.  It looks just like a tent and he sleeps inside it.  It zips closed so he can’t see out (one of the biggest challenges we’ve had in hotels so far is that he can see us and so he doesn’t want to go to sleep).  We’ve been “practicing” sleeping in it for a couple of weeks at home so hopefully it will work well here in Hawaii!

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Tuesday, February 26th
Grandma and Grandpa Zenker came to Caden’s swimming lesson today.  When they first showed up, he seemed really confused.  It was kind of like, “wait a minute… aren’t you supposed to be back at your Grandma and Grandpa house?”  But then once we got in the water and started swimming, he could see them watching him and started to really ham it up.  He was so cute, acting so proud and really trying hard to swim well and do all of his skills.  I’ve never seen him put on such a show.  When we were all done and Grandma and Grandpa were telling him how well he did, he had this huge smile on his face and this amazing look of pride.  It was so sweet.

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Monday, February 25th
We’re going to Hawaii!  John and I have made it a tradition to try to go on a trip for each of our birthdays.  Some years we can afford a nice trip.  Some years we can’t afford much.  It’s my birthday on the 1st and we have enough airline miles saved up that we can get to Hawaii and stay there for almost free.  Plus, it’s a great place to take a kid.  Anyway, we leave Wednesday and will be there for a week.  I can tell already that we’re bringing WAY TOO MUCH stuff.

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Sunday, February 24th
We had all of John’s family over at our house to celebrate a number of birthdays.  Caden loved all of the attention.  His older cousins Megan and Derrick got to feed him lunch!

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Wednesday, February 20th
I suppose like any kid, Caden hates having his face wiped or cleaned after eating.  He really hates having his nose wiped.  But look at the strange thing that happens when you try to clean his hands...

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Tuesday, February 19th
Life is over.  Mr. Caden is crawling.  What is the first thing he did?  Crawled right over and tried to stick his finger in the light socket.  Apparently he read that somewhere in one of the baby books.  Of course we haven’t bought any of those little socket covers yet.  Gotta run out and get those in the morning!

In reality, you can only child-proof your house so much.  There is no such thing as a totally child-proof room, in my opinion.  It would be a padded room with nothing in it!

 

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Saturday, February 16th
John and I have been together for 14 years today.  It’s our anniversary.  We had planned to go down to Paso Robles overnight but with Caden feeling so crummy, we thought about canceling.  My mom convinced us to go anyway and said she doesn’t mind taking care of a sick kid.  So, we did and we had a nice time.  They’ve got a ton of new wineries in Paso these days.

Caden had a fabulous time with Grandma and Grandpa.  I think it made him feel better to get a little Grandma-style TLC this weekend.

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Friday, February 15th
Caden has got a rotten cold.  He’s only been sick about two or three times so far and the viruses have been pretty mild.  This one seems a lot worse.  He probably got it from that brat on Wednesday night.  Anyway, I feel terrible for him.  We’ve got the humidifier going and we’re suctioning his nose as much as possible.  There are no medicines on the market anymore for babies so all of our treatment is going to have to be au natural.

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Wednesday, February 13th
Until we finalize our adoption in court, we must still attend monthly “support group” meetings with our agency.  It’s kind of their way of keeping in touch with us to make sure that Caden is still in good health and we’re both, well, not incarcerated.  Pretty high standard, huh?

Well, as you can imagine, after you’ve attended a few of these meetings with the same people over and over again… the same stories get told over and over again.  It gets to be kind of the running joke.  Everyone kind of tolerates the 2 hours you have to stay there.  Hopefully our finalization will happen soon!

Tonight there was a new couple there who had just adopted a baby.  They also had a toddler who was basically running rampant of the entire meeting room.  The parents seemed oblivious.  I had Caden sitting on the floor, happily contained with a couple toys, and this kid would charge up and get his hands and face right into Caden’s face.  Clueless parents.  I finally told the kid to take a hike but he kept wandering back to pester us.  Brat.

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Wednesday, February 6th
Since John is out of town this week, Caden and I went to the hockey game alone tonight.  We usually hold him on one of our laps during the game but tonight Caden had his own seat.  He was in heaven!  I brought in his car seat and sat him up in the stadium seat and he acted like a King on a throne during the whole game.  Everybody around us was laughing because he was acting so grown up and really watching the hockey action.

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Sunday, February 3rd
I was trying to take some photos of Caden for John today because he’s away on business and I sat him up at my computer and got these hilarious pictures.  He was being so silly.

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Friday, February 1st
John is leaving town tonight for a week-long business trip to Malaysia and Bangkok.  I can tell that he’s got significant heartache about being away from Caden.  I told him that I’d e-mail him a new picture every day if I could.  Given how fast this little fart is growing, he’s going to be crawling by the time John gets home!

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