S: Theodore Donald Kariniemi
BC: We love you to the moon and back.
1: 14 weeks! Theo is the size of a lemon. | 20 weeks! We knew he was a boy! | 21 weeks! At Barbie & Sasha's wedding. | 28 weeks! Theo is the size of a cabbage. | 40 weeks! July 24, 2010 | 41 weeks! The day before Theo was born, 9 days overdue!
2: August 2, 2010 We went to the hospital at 1 am for our induction, 9 days after my due date! Everything went very well, minus the epidural not working well at first! At 1:21 pm, Theodore Donald Kariniemi was born! 7 pounds 14.6 ounces, and 20 inches long. We were overjoyed, ecstatic, and so happy! Words cannot explain the love we had for Theo from his first minute with us. We were laughing and crying, we had waited so long to meet him! Theo gave a little cry at first, then just snuggled in and looked around. At first we thought, he looks just like Micah! We counted his fingers and toes, he was perfect. We had great nurses who took care of us, and lots of family calling and texting. Theo was a great eater from the beginning! Through all the excitement we were just so profoundly grateful for our baby, our perfect gift from God.
4: For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of Him.
6: The big brothers were so excited to meet Teddy, but a little shy at first! They kept wanting him to take his paci.
7: Sweet baby slept through his first two nights!
9: We took our baby Teddy home on a hot day in August. We were so excited to have him join our family! Big brothers were at Grandma's so mommy and daddy had time to enjoy Teddy. He was such a good baby, so soft and fresh and new! It didn't take long for everyone to fall in love with this little baby.
12: During Theo's first week, we rested and enjoyed him. His first outing was with mommy to visit with her friends, where he met Cooper Riutta, who is 3 weeks older! Theo slept well during the night, and ate every 2-3 hours around the clock. He was always trying to eat everything that came near his mouth! He is sweet and lovable. | 1 week
13: 2 weeks | 3 weeks | first bath!!
14: During Theo's first month, he slept, ate, and pooped a lot! Nicknames include Theo, Teddy Bear, Theo-dorable, and Sweetie Bird. In the middle of the night, Theo purrs like a little kitten, especially when he's eating. He's also a big grunter, and makes a lot of noise! He is a good baby, and gave a few smiles to mommy, daddy, and grandma at 5 weeks! | 3 weeks | 4 weeks | 4 weeks | Monkey Kariniemi! The boys new friend. | 5 weeks
16: Our little 13 pound boy is starting to notice his hands, looking at them and chewing on them. Teddy went with mama to Mother's camp, and he was such a good boy, and so spoiled! He gave his first smile there to Auntie Annika. Teddy loves to be carried for hikes and walks, saving up his energy for being awake from 3-5 am. We love these little smiles and love our baby more than anything!
18: San Diego, 8 weeks old.
19: Theodore Donald Kariniemi's baptism | Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above...
20: 3 months! | Teddy is starting to smile all the time, such a happy and lovable little baby. We call him The-adorable, and he has given us a few little giggles!
22: Teddy loves to watch his big brothers playing, and is reaching for toys. This month Teddy had his first Christmas, went to the zoo, and spent a lot of time being held by mama.
25: Teddy has turned into our sensitive little boy, crying whenever a stranger, especially with glasses, tries to talk to him. He loves to sit in the exersaucer and watch the action. Teddy loves to be outside no matter where we are, and play peek a boo with a blanket! Teddy loves his mom and dad, and we love him to the moon and back!
26: Teddy is finally starting to skid his 3-5 am play time. He pushes himself up on his hands, like he is ready to crawl along with his big brothers! Teddy can't handle anyone eating without sharing with him. By the end of the month, Teddy is sitting up and putting everything in his mouth. Teddy is always smiling, loves to be naked, and likes his brothers to always be around.
29: Teddy came with mom and dad to Flagstaff for a home show, and Mama and Teddy spent the day shopping. Now our little mobile crawling boy, Teddy will make a dash for the back door if it is open. It's hard to keep him inside out of the dirt! Everyone adores Teddy, he has been such a blessing and gift of love to our lives. Gabriel and Micah play with him a lot now, always trying to find new ways to make Teddy laugh. We are loving every new achievement and discovery.
31: Teddy is pretty much all about his big brothers, following them and copying everything they do. They share their treats and toys with him. Teddy is starting to play with all kinds of toys, and even pulling himself up onto furniture. We love every baby moment and snuggle, since Teddy is growing like a weed and we can see how he is all boy, always into some sort of mess and mischief.
32: This month Teddy went to San Diego with mama and Grandma and Grandpa. He didn't appreciate the long car drive, and on the way home Grandpa even let him take the wheel for a bit! This early bird needed to be taken out for a beach walk in the morning so all the others could sleep! Teddy is the sweetest little boy with a hint of a temper, and has no problem letting us know what he doesn't like! He eats all the time, his favorite hobby! His smiles brighten every day.
34: Another trip to the beach with mama! Still not too fond of the sand, but always trying to crawl in to the water! Teddy is turning into a major Daddy's boy, always so excited when daddy gets home, and never likes him to leave. Teddy loves to watch baby Einstein, eat anything, and is starting to develop some opinions!
37: We can't believe our baby is a year old! He brings us so much happiness, every day we thank God that He saw fit to put this baby into our lives. Teddy starts to walk right after his birthday, and is Mr. Independent. He takes off, never looking back. He copies everything his brothers do, and they adore him. Some of his favorite things to do are empty the dishwasher and eat. He has a sparkle in his eye, especially when he destroys his brothers toys and runs away! Daddy's boy to the core, when daddy is around nothing else matters!
38: Minnesota State Fair | Lake Sylvia | Licks
40: fall 2011 | Teddy started eating the cheese at the store! | Foos! | Angry Bird!
41: Christmas 2011 | Teddy loves Grandma! | Mr. Independent
44: New house! | "Shoe on!" | Playing Skyrim "Horsey!" | Teddy hurt his finger
45: Easter 2012 | Teddy spends hours playing cars in the closet.