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Kaden eating cereal

Posted by admin on Sunday 6 July 2008

Kaden just tried eating cereal for the first time.  It wasn’t anything too exciting, but he did seem to like it.

Baby today, Beer tomorrow

Posted by admin on Friday 4 July 2008

The bitter is almost done, so we will probably bottle it late tomorrow. Today we celebrated Kaden’s first 4th of July by taking his mom out to lunch, which she says it benefits him just as much as her.  We also took several new pictures with him.

He recently learned how to squeal and how much fun it can be making noises.  Here is a video of him from last night.

The new pictures are in his photo album.  A few of my favorites are the one of him dressed for work..

Him working hard at his desk…

Trying out his new snugli after a hard day’s work..

And me and him relaxing…

He’s started sucking on whatever he can find as well, so we were both covered in baby drool after that last picture.  It’s just something that comes with parenting I guess.

New baby pictures

Posted by admin on Wednesday 25 June 2008

We picked up the pictures we had taken the other day so expect a lot more Kaden with every post.

BEER mom and baby were playing earlier and she took some nice photos which are in the Baby Smith album starting here. This is one of my favorites from her:

When I got home we picked up his three month photos from Background’s Photography in Derby. There are too many to post all at once, so go see them in the album beginning with this one.

I used to work with the photographer at Office This, and she did a great job so we plan on getting more pictures from her in a few months. These are some of my favorites that she took:

Kaden also got a special treat today for his 3 month birthday (a shiny new domain name for those of you who weren’t paying attention).

Three months of parenting

Posted by admin on Tuesday 24 June 2008

Kaden is 3 months old today.  We celebrated by getting 50¢ tacos for us and by giving him a bath.  I’m not sure how else you’re supposed to celebrate these things, but we also took him to get 3 month pictures on Saturday.  We’re still waiting to get those back.

As of his last doctor’s appointment (a couple weeks ago), he weighed 11 lbs 14 oz.  He has been sleeping all night for about 4 weeks and has been wearing size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothes for a couple weeks. He’s starting to get chubby.

Here is one new picture from today:

Five other pictures from today begin here in the Baby Smith photo album.

First Father’s Day

Posted by admin on Saturday 14 June 2008

We will be celebrating my first Father’s day tomorrow with my parents in Overland Park.  Knowing me I will probably also take several bottles of my coffee beer to give away to family and friends.

Kaden is finally starting to be more playful and active and we recently discovered he likes popcicles as much as I do.  He will be 3 months old on the 24th.

If you haven’t read yet over on that smith, BEER mom also decided to get a puppy this week.

BEER family

Posted by admin on Monday 26 May 2008

My parents were in town yesterday and took some pictures of the baby, BEER mom and I.  My dad was also the first person other than me and BEER mom who tried my coffee beer.  He says it was good, but refused to take any with him because he knew I secretly wanted to keep it.

Here are the pictures from yesterday…


Kaden’s Due Date

Posted by admin on Sunday 27 April 2008

Kaden’s due date is tomorrow! We celebrated yesterday by taking him to visit the grandparents and cousins he hadn’t met yet.

My parents have pictures of him and his great-grandparents that I will post in the photo gallery when they decide to e-mail some. He didn’t get pictures with his cousins Isaac or Ethan, but did meet them and got a few poses in with his cute cousin Leora.

Heidi and Bob-O have more pictures on their blog. Kaden also got photos taken today at Sears. We will have those in a few weeks.

One month of parenting

Posted by admin on Friday 18 April 2008

Kaden had his one month checkup today even though he won’t actually be a month old until Thursday. He now weighs 6 lbs 12 oz, which is a pretty good gain since he was well under 5 lbs a few days before we left the hospital. He also grew another 1/2 inch since his last appointment, which brings him to a total of 19.5″ long. We already had to retire some of his clothes since he is growing so fast.

BEER mom took a few new pictures today which follow. We are pretty used to parenting now, but are still trying to adjust to not getting any sleep. I can’t speak for her, but I’m pretty convinced it’s worth it.

She hasn’t been able to write or do much recently since she’s been busy with him when I’m at work, there also isn’t a lot going on with the beer since I still have 2 cases of wheat beer. I have been working quite a bit on my karaoke social network and a new project that only a few people know about. More on that and Kaden next time.

Here are the new pictures:

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How to bottle wheat beer

Posted by admin on Saturday 5 April 2008

The bubbling sound coming from our fermenter slowed the other day so BEER mom and I bottled it Thursday night once baby went to sleep.

We had a rough first few nights with him, because waking up every 3 hours wasn’t something we were used to. He also didn’t like something Laura ate so we quickly learned about the most useful parenting secret – mylicon drops.

He’s sleeping fine now and had his first doctor’s appointment yesterday. There are more pictures of him after the bottling pictures.

How to bottle beer

I’ve already talked about how easy it is to make beer, and bottling is no different. You typically need 2 1/2 cases of bottles for bottling time (if you are making a 5 gallon brew) ± another 4 – 6 depending on how full you fill them.

The first and most important step when bottling is having everything sanitized and prepared before you begin.

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Kaden is here!

Posted by admin on Monday 24 March 2008

Early this morning Kaden decided that after 35 weeks of waiting, he was ready to come out.

BEER mom (aka Laura) and I went to the hospital around 6pm last night because her contractions were becoming stronger. The doctors planned to do what they could do to stop the labor, but gave in around 9pm. She was fully dilated around midnight and delivered an early, healthy baby after 20 minutes of actual labor at 1:18am, Monday, March 24th, 2008.

Kaden arrived 5 weeks before his expected due date, but is still a good size for a pre-term baby. He was 4 lbs 15.2 oz and 16 3/4 inches long on arrival.

He gets to spend a few days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, but is doing just fine and should be coming home sometime over the next few days.


Kaden a few minutes old.


Kaden in the NICU

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