Happy 1 month Andrew!

8-13-17Being at home with a newborn can really warp your sense of time. Yesterday marked Andrew’s 1-month birthday in this world, and I can’t decide if that time went by impossibly fast, or if it feels like he has been here three times as long.  With the days and nights blending into a never-ending pattern of feed, diaper change, sleep (if you are lucky) and repeat, it can be hard to even know what day you are on. But no matter how tiring or confusing, I know we wouldn’t trade this time with Andrew for anything.

Andrew has had quite the first month. Like most babies, he clearly loves to eat, and he doesn’t have much patience while you get ready for him. He also makes Daddy proud with his loud a numerous farts after a good meal. We are getting to the point where I can almost blame my gas on him and you might seriously question who really dealt it. Pooping and peeing are also favorite pastimes of Andrew. So far, Daddy may have been peed on the most, and I also have had an infamous incident where poop shot onto the floor, but I’ll leave the details to your imagination!

When he isn’t eating, or clearing room to eat more, Andrew is quite the cuddle bug. He loves being held, and lucky for us, seems to be able to sleep through all sorts of noises, like the dog barking, people talking loudly, or whatever else is going on around him (I’m thinking he may get this trait from his Dad, as I also am apparently able to sleep through all of his crying!) He especially seems to like cuddle time with his big brother.

While we have spent most of our time in the house, Andrew has been out on several adventures. We have taken a trip to one of Ben’s soccer games, had a stroll through the mall, paid both sets of grandparents several visits, and gone on a few walks with the dog. While he may fuss getting put into his carrier seat, once he is in there, Andrew seems to just sit back and enjoy the ride, whether it be in his stroller or in the car. Here’s hoping the trick of taking him for a drive to get him to fall asleep for a nap will work in the future (this was a favorite of mine with Ben. I invited him on countless trips to the mall, when in fact we would just end up driving a few blocks until he passed out and then returned home!)

We have also had our first bath times, tummy times, time with cousin Eleanor, and visits with numerous friends. Mommy has been a trooper with the breast feeding, making sure little man stays full and is growing. There have been a lot of late nights, early mornings, tears of joy and exhaustion and just plain tears for no reason that we can discern at all sometimes. The past month has seen big changes for all of us, with Maggie becoming a new mom, Ben becoming a big brother, me relearning how to care for a newborn, and even for Shadow, our loving dog. He seemed confused by Andrew at first, but now seems to have adopted him as the newest member of the pack. Whenever the baby cries, Shadow is quick to come to his side, and try to lick and comfort him however he can.

It’s hard to believe that all this has happened in just one month. It’s equally as hard to believe that it has only been one month, as it feels like we have known this little guy forever.So happy 1-month Andrew, you have already made quite the impression on this world and in our lives. I would say that you (and we) are off to a great start!

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Three Weeks and Counting

8-4-17Hello again everyone! We are back with another entry in the Baby Andrew Chronicles. It’s hard to believe that as of yesterday, it’s been three weeks since we got to meet this little guy (I think for mommy and daddy it has been one big blur!)

The little dude had his 2-week doctor visit last week and everything looked great. Andrew is packing on the weight, which was a big relief to mommy in her breast-feeding efforts. We did have a little bit of a clogged tear duct and some diaper rash to deal with, but otherwise, little man got a clean bill of health.

I think we still have our days and nights a bit mixed up, as no one seems to be getting a decent amount of sleep in this house on any given night (except for big brother Ben, who seems able to sleep through anything!) We definitely seem to have some issues with laying down to sleep without fussing or waking up with gas (just to be clear, I’m talking about Andrew here, although sometimes this can apply to Daddy as well). But we are all still working to figure out our night-time schedule, and hopefully things will start coming together in the next few weeks.

Andrew currently spends most of his time just being a super sweet little cuddle bug. Our family has all eagerly taken turns snuggling with the little guy. He probably thinks we are all really weird since we pretty much just stare at him. It’s hard not to. He is so little and perfect, sometimes you can’t help but just gaze at him (although this is usually unceremoniously interrupted by a scary, loud, wet sound coming from Andrew’s diaper!)  Ben has especially enjoyed spending time with his little brother, always looking to hold him or help out with him. And Andrew’s fur brother, Shadow, has also adjusted to the new addition to our family. The dog looks genuinely concerned any time the baby cries, and will come over and try licking him to comfort him. Shadow is never far behind anytime you are holding Andrew, almost like he is keeping a watchful eye on the littlest member of his pack.

So it has been a big change for everyone in our household, and we are all adjusting, but already it seems strange to think about life without Andrew here. I know I love my alone time with the little guy, and nothing warms my heart like seeing Ben care for his little brother. But, most of all, I love watching Mommy care for her little peanut. It was a long journey to get him here, and she went through so much. Through all the late nights and dirty diapers, I’ll never get tired of watching her become a mom to our little guy.

I try to take a snapshot of this time in my mind, these little moments as we become parents (again, for me), big brothers, as our family grows. I want to remember all of the little details. Most of all, I’ll sit and stare at Andrew, or play with his little hands and toes, knowing that three weeks, then three months, then three years will go by all too fast. There will be countless changes and firsts to come. For now, I just want to be here in this moment, and enjoy every minute with this little guy. He’ll never be just three weeks old again.

More updates to come soon! And in the meantime, feel free to check out big brother’s blog by clicking here!

Hello World!

7-23-17Hello everyone! If you have found your way here, then you already know that there has been a new addition to our little family. Two weeks ago today, Andrew made his way into this world and into our lives just a bit ahead of schedule (this Friday was the original due date). After our hospital stay, and a transition to life at home with a newborn, it is about time to start blogging! To get started, you can also view some photos by clicking here.

First, a little housekeeping: Some of you may be familiar with this format if you happen to read the blog of Andrew’s older brother, Benjamin, which can be found by clicking here. For those that are new, you can sign up to get email notifications any time a new post is added about Andrew. Simply click here, and you will be taken to a form that you need to complete. Within minutes, you will receive a confirmation email where you must follow the instructions and click the link within that email to finalize your subscription.

But enough of that, let’s get back to the man of the hour, Andrew! Born 6 lbs. 10 oz, and 20 inches long, Andrew may have been in a rush to get the whole labor process started, but he took his sweet time finishing the journey. After 24 hours in the hospital, and 4 hours of heroic pushing by Mommy, it was determined that Andrew would be coming by c-section. Turns out that was a good decision, as Andrew had managed to wrap the umbilical cord around himself several times, and was still grabbing onto it when they went to pull him out (our doctor called him a subway rider, as he looked like a subway passenger standing and holding onto the handle(.

Despite all of the excitement, Mommy and Andrew came through with flying colors. Grandparents and Andrew’s big brother Ben were on-hand to be some of the first to welcome him. Ben was especially excited to meet his new, little brother. Now, two weeks later, we are all still trying to settle into having this little dude here, on the outside with us! Right now, Andrew’s favorite hobbies are sleeping, passing gas, crying, and getting his days and nights mixed up. Something tells me this list will be growing quickly, so stay tuned.

For now, Mommy and I are still pinching each other to make sure that this isn’t a dream. It’s been a long, winding path to get to this point, and getting to meet Andrew for the first time, face to face, has been a surreal and humbling experience for us both. We are truly blessed, and thank all of our friends, family, and all of the medical professionals who have tarn this journey with us. I look forward to sharing all of the adventures that our new and larger family get into in the coming weeks, months and years. So check back often for new posts, and come along for the ride!

Thanks!

Brian