Beach baby

6-24-18It’s been a few weeks since the last post, and in Andrew’s world a lot can change in that time, so let’s dive in.

For one thing, as you can see in this photo, the little dude is standing now! More and more he is pulling himself up and standing to play with a little help. Unfortunately, we also think he is going to be a bit fearless, as he often wants to let go of who or what he is holding onto to, thinking he is ready to go it alone! We are still a little ways from that, but its coming.

While he has gotten the hang of standing, Andrew decided that his army crawl is good enough to get around, and has yet to do a proper crawl on his own. I guess he has no need, especially when he can fly around the living room on his belly, using his hands to pull him, and his toes to push off with. But when he gets to where he wants to go, he has gotten really good at sitting up on his own to play.

You can’t see it in this photo, but Andrew now has double the teeth, with both his front upper and lowers now in. With those teeth, he has developed quite the appetite. Some of Andrew’s favorites are chicken, sweet potatoes and bananas. Andrew is giving Mommy a little scare as he currently will not try pasta, not even a little bit. Put some noodles on his plate, or even try to mix them with some other foods to hide them, and Andrew will brush them away and not even attempt to put them in his mouth. So Mommy has some work to do.

And speaking of eating, it is now quite the adventure trying to go out to eat with this little guy! For one thing, he likes to keep busy out at the restaurant, so you can’t keep anything reachable on the table within his wingspan. If you do, it will either end up in his mouth, or on the floor, or on the floor and then almost in his mouth. Gone are the days of relaxing dinners as Andrew sits quietly in his baby seat. While it can be exhausting, it also pays off when Andrew turns on the charm and starts flirting and playing up to anyone sitting within 10 feet of you. He is quite the little showman, and seems to always bring a smile to those around us while we are out.

This past weekend, Andrew’s big brother Ben had a soccer tournament on the beach down at the shore. Feeling adventurous, Mommy and Daddy decided to take the little guy down today to watch the final game, and see how he would do in the sand. While we had a lot of fun watching big brother play hard, it was Andrew who was putting on his own show on the sidelines. No sooner had we set him down in the sand, Andrew was on his belly and army crawling all over the place, getting sand everywhere and all over himself in the process. And he couldn’t seem to care less. Andrew crawled, scooted, sat, and stood in the sand, enjoying every second it. This was a good sign for our breach vacation later in the summer, and it will make Poppop proud to know that his grandson looks to be a beach baby.

Feeling more adventurous, after the game was over, it was back to the motel to swim in the pool. Andrew got all geared up, in his first swim diaper, and his new little swim suit, We even broke out his new floaty and headed to the baby section of the pool. At first, Andrew seemed to not be very happy, pulling his legs up at the feel of the water, and making some noises that definitely were not laughs. Big brother Ben did his best to help and encourage, but Andrew still seemed to not be very into getting further into the water…fussing every time we tried easing him in further. On a whim, we tried taking off his floaty and just holding him, and Andrew’s demeanor quickly changed. Now he was all smiles as we carried him around the shallow end. Andrew was smiling and giggle, playing with his big brother and splashing his hands in the water. Another great sign that will make Poppop happy as they get ready for some summer swims in the backyard.

Between standing, perfecting his own form of crawling, trying new foods, checking out the beach and swimming, Andrew has been up to a lot of new things! It’s hard to believe that in jut a few weeks he will be one year old. Little man is growing so fast (too fast), and it seems like every day brings something new. It was just yesterday that he was so very tiny and new, and now he’s this little person with his own growing personality. It’s been an awesome year, and we’ll keep sharing about all of the new things that he is up to. But, as of this weekend, we can check the beach off of the list!

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Taking flight

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Welcome back to all things Andrew! It’s been several weeks, and the little dude has been busy, so lets get right into it!

As you can see in the photo, this guy just keeps growing. This pose was something new Andrew started doing as he has been trying to figure out how to move around. Instead of crawling, he seems to think that if he lays on his belly and flaps his arms and legs that he will get going places. Even if he doesn’t move, he still looks very proud of himself afterwards.

Actually, since this photo was taken, Andrew has made some progress, and is now very adept and scotching around on his belly, somehow spinning and rolling over to make his way from one side of our living room rug to the other. We are working with him on getting him to crawl, and he is getting closer, but still needs to put the final pieces together before he is tearing around the floor on his own.

All of that moving around and growing makes for a hungry boy, and Andrew has been trying more and more solid foods lately. Some of his favorites are Cheerios, bananas, and chicken. But he has also had a taste of peas, cauliflower, mangos, yogurt, and even some pizza and meatloaf. He still takes his formula, and has finally gotten to the point where he can hold his own bottle and feed himself. Of course, he is a little lazy, and if he can figure out a way to just rest the bottle against you instead of hold himself, he will.

Andrew has been keeping busy, and most days you can find him playing with his little buddies at daycare. With the weather getting nicer, he even gets to go outside for some swing time, which he loves. He has also had some good grandparent time with both sets of grandparents (with both being nice enough to watch him for a bit while Mommy and Daddy went out). And, he had a fun time hanging out at older brother Ben’s birthday party with some of the older guys.

Speaking of birthdays, Andrew helped celebrate his little cousin Eleanor’s first birthday party a couple weeks back. I’m not sure where that year went, but it was also a reminder that Andrew’s first birthday is quickly approaching. Its fun to see the two cousins growing up together, but I wish they would slow down a little bit! Every day, Andrew seems to be doing something new, learning and growing. His little personality is coming out more and more, always with a big, welcoming smile on his face. As much as I wish he could stay little forever, I am excited to see what kind of little person he grows into.

But lets not rush things, Andrew. For now, just work on that crawling, the rest will come in due time.

 

Andrew meets Easter

4-13-18Welcome back to all things Andrew! Its been too long since our last update, so there is a lot to cover, lets dive in!

The biggest first for the little guy was being introduced to Easter. From his trip to have his picture taken with that grown man dressed up as a rabbit, to the baskets of fake plastic eggs, to getting all dressed up for church, to the fake plastic grass that he couldn’t get enough of, Andrew got a crash course in the holiday. Lucky for him, he has a big brother to help show him the way, and Andrew was more than happy to soak in all of the attention and to grab and try to eat and plastic eggs that were within his reach!

While he didn’t get to eat any candy this Easter, Andrew has been having no trouble packing on the pounds. I think we may be in the midst of a little growth spirt these past few months, as the little dude as really bulked up and stretched out! We are moving up in diaper sizes and seem to find more clothes that don’t fit daily. Tomorrow he goes for his nine month appointment, so we will find out just what percentiles he falls into for height and weight.

This all shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as Andrew continues to be an excellent eater and loves his food! Mommy has been cooking everything for him herself, and so far he has been introduced to things like green beans, ground turkey, peaches, egg yolks, pancakes, apples, blueberries, peas and sweet potatoes. And he can’t get enough! While he loves to eat, Andrew has been slow to want to do it himself. We fear he may be a little lazy, as he likes to let you hold his bottle, or place the food in his mouth, even though we know he can definitely do it himself!

Andrew has also been working on grabbing and playing with his toys with his hands, getting much more coordinated and learning how things work. He loves spending time in his bouncy toys and even tried a swing for the first time last weekend. Andrew loves to sit and play on the floor, he’ll even get down on his tummy and spin and roll around. One things he hasn’t quite figured out yet is the crawling. Although if you asked Andrew, I would bet he thinks he knows how to do it. When he is on his belly, and wants to get some place, the little guy throws his arms straight out to the sides, kicks his feet and wiggle his but up and down like he is doing some sort of breast stroke. And then he grins at you and looks like he wonders why he didn’t get anywhere.

Like I mentioned, no matter what Andrew is doing, he is almost always smiling and making others smile in the process. Even when he isn’t feeling so great, its sometimes hard to know just how bad it is. Over the winter and into this cold start to spring, Andrew has had a number of ear infections. And while they can make him slightly fussy, and can make sleeping through the night a challenge, Andrew doesn’t always show that something is wrong, and if he does, he is still smiling and playing, making it hard to know what is going on with him. In a few weeks we have an appointment with an ear nose and throat specialist, and are hoping that he might not need to have tubes put into his ears just yet. Like everything else, he can look to his big brother for advice and experience on this matter. Here’s hoping some spring weather will help make the infections and colds slow down.

Through it all, I think we all can’t help being amazed out how quickly he is growing and changing. He now has a full head of blonde hair, he is getting almost too heavy to carry around in his car seat for very long, and it will only be a matter of time until he gets this crawling thing down. (Luckily, one thing that hasn’t changed are his blue eyes, as Mommy and Daddy are hoping they stay that way). Wether its making new friends at day care, trying new foods, learning new things he can do with his toys, or working on new sounds with his voice, Andrew is up to something new each and every day. I think we are going to need more blog posts to pack it all in!

Andrew Joins the Crew

2-25-18If you have read Andrew’s big brother Ben’s blog, then you know the Auto Show is a big guy’s night out in our family every year. This year, we were all excited to welcome a new member of the family on our adventure, as we snapped Andrew’s car seat in and headed off to the big show!

For Poppop and I, I think it has been awhile since this night was really about the cars. Sure, we took some time to check out a few specific models that we dreamed of driving, but mostly, it’s about watching the kids have fun. For me, the car show was always something I could look forward to do with my dad, and I hope Ben and Andrew will some day look back and feel the same way. While Ben has grown into quite the little car aficionado, this would be Andrew’s first time behind the wheel, so to speak, and we wanted to start him off right.

One thing I quickly realized, it’s hard to get a four person selfie with a baby in a stroller included, but we did the best we could for this week’s photo. Pushing Andrew around brought back memories of when Ben was little. While Poppop helped keep track of Ben, I made sure to wheel the little guy around and give him the best views possible of everything. I don’t know if Andrew likes cars yet (or even knows what they are), but his brother made sure to show him all of the coolest ones at the show. For now, I think Andrew’s favorite thing about cars is that they put him to sleep when he rides in them, but maybe one day he will trace his love of cars back to this trip.

For his part, Andrew was wide-eyed and alert, smiling and looking around at all of the people, lights, and shiny things. Bundled comfortably into a smooth-riding stroller is definitely the best way to make your way around the car show. I took him out for a little while, to get some traditional photos with his brother in front of one of the Camaros, and to show him the insides of some of the cars. He was interested, but I think the rest of us had more fun watching him experience it all.

About half way through, it was time for the little guy to have a bottle, so while Poppop and big brother went off to explore, Andrew and I hunkered down on a bench in the middle of the Ford display for a little snack. While Andrew hungrily downed his bottle, it gave me a few minutes to sit and think about all of the years I had been going to the show, about what a special tradition it was between my Dad and me, and then Ben, and now Andrew. It’s kind of hard to imagine that it all started when I was that little, and now here I am with a ten-year-old running around spouting off sports car model names, and a new little guy having his bottle and grinning up at me.

At the end of the night, we all piled back into the car to head home, with big smiles on our faces for different reasons. While it was one of many trips to the auto show for me and my dad, this was the very first one that the four of us got to share together. I’m sure Andrew won’t remember much about this year’s show, but I hope that one day, he’ll look back at the photos and know it was the start of one of his favorite annual traditions with his dad, granddad and big brother.

It’s a new year for the new guy!

1-19-18Happy New Year everybody!! Better late than never, and we are back to review the little guy’s first Christmas and New Years, and to talk about how the year ended and the new one is beginning for baby Andrew.

I would love to know what must have been going through Andrew’s mind all through the Christmas season. Trees in the house! Lights all over the place! Glowing candy canes in the yard! Some big old guy in a beard and red suit! People tearing into boxes!

No matter what he thought, Andrew took it all in with a smile (and in style, with the many cute little holiday outfits that Mommy picked out for him). I’m sure Andrew didn’t know or understand what was going on Christmas morning, but he ended up right in the middle of it all. He had his own presents to open (with a little help), and he looked generally happy with everything that was happening. My favorite moment, was at one point in the morning, as everyone was exchanging and tearing into gifts, there was Andrew, lying on the rug in the middle of it all, half covered in wrapping paper, waving his arms and legs around and grinning as big as could be. That’s the spirit of Christmas right there.

As for New Years, Andrew didn’t really get to experience a whole lot of that celebration. We spent the evening relaxing with friends of ours, and Andrew made it until about 8 or so, and then it was off to bed. So we made sure to wish him Happy New Year before it was off to sleep. Once you are a little older, we’ll teach you a little more about that holiday, buddy. Even though he was only here for about half the year, Andrew definitely made the most of 2017!

Then it was on to 2018, and Andrew had some big plans. Right at the beginning of the year, we had a big trip planned to Alabama for Andrew to meet some relatives from Mommy’s family. Little did we know that Mother Nature had different plans, and we woke up to a winter storm and cancelled flights. No worries! We piled into our family hauler and hit the road south. it was only 15 hours, straight through overnight, how hard could that be with a baby and a 10-year old (brother Ben and Maggie’s mom were also along for the ride)?

I turns out, not hard at all! Andrew slept for most of the trip and left the driving to his Mom and Dad. The roads were pretty clear, and we were in Alabama before Andrew even knew what happened. And that’s when Andrew became the center of attention for the next several days. Maggie’s family ate the little guy up, and he spent the whole trip being passed around, cuddled and held, grinning the whole time. The highlight was a party that was thrown for Andrew, and saw a large number of relatives travel from miles around to say hi to the little dude. We had a really fun time down south, and while at first we thought we were a little crazy for attempting the drive, it turned out to be the best decision, as it gave us more time to spend and make memories with our relatives.

A new year is also bringing all sorts of new changes and firsts for baby Andrew. It’s hard to believe that just last week he turned 6 months old! Since my last post, Andrew has started eating some solid foods. So far, we can report that he really likes apples and sweet potatoes, but is not a big fan of peas or asparagus. He keeps getting stronger every day, rolling over easily, and sometimes sitting up on his own for a few seconds. Mostly, you can see the changes in his reactions to things. It’s not uncommon to get some belly laughs, some silly glances, and always a big smile out of Andrew when playing with him. He is reaching for things, grabbing, exploring (sometimes your face along with his toys). And we believe there is a first tooth making its way through.

So it’s on into the new year for Andrew, with many more firsts on the way. he is such a happy little guy, and brings so much joy into all of our lives. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for him, and I will be sure to share it with all of you, as well (and hopefully more often, as that is one of my new year’s resolutions!)

 

First Christmas, here we come!

12-11-17Baby Andrew has had quite the first few months! After what mist have only been total confusion from his first experience of Halloween, Andrew was quickly dropped into Thanksgiving. The little guy had quite the time smiling and visiting with the family. Andrew seems to really enjoy having people around, so he was more than happy to be held and played with by any relatives that were willing. Unfortunately, his big feast only consisted of bottles, but next year will be a different story.

Andrew has quickly adapted to day care, making new friends with the young and old alike. He has some new little buddies who he pals around with, and I think he has won over all of the ladies who work there with his constant smiling and cuteness. Even on his bad days when he is feeling a bit under the weather, the little man always can be counted on to flash a big smile to anyone nearby. He is truly one of the happiest babies I have been around, even if I am a little biased.

One negative of daycare has been all of the fun new germs that Andrew brings home to share. One reason we haven’t posted more recently is that we have been busy passing the same series of colds around the house to each other. I’ve lost count of the number of times that he has actually sneezed or coughed directly into my face, but I still can’t get out of the way in time when it happens. The poor little guy has had a lot of congestion and coughing, keeping him and us up at night. We’re hoping he is finally on the mend, but its made for some very tired parents.

But even with he frequent colds, Andrew has been growing and trying new things at an alarming rate. Just recently he got the OK to try some solid foods. So far, he seems to like sweet potatoes (a lot!), and cereal….but not so much peas. He still happens to get most of it all over his face, but for the most part he looks like he is enjoying what he is actually eating. He has also started using the stand-up excel-saucers at home and at day care, and is getting a lot better and grabbing things. He especially likes to take his pacifier out of his mouth, but needs to work a little more on putting it back in. But whatever Andrew is up to, he’s usually doing it with a big smile on his face.

That smile has been showing up all the more often as we move into the Christmas season. He seemed surprised to wake up one morning to a giant tree filled with lights smack dab in the middle of his living room. I’m sure its even more perplexing as to why there are now strings of lights stuck all over the outside of the house. But when it came to meeting Santa Claus for the first time, Andrew was right at home. We took him and his big brother to see Santa at the local mall. Ben sat down next to Santa, and we stuck Andrew in Santa’s arms as we stepped back, waiting to see his reaction. Of course, Andrew just sat there with a huge smile, even while we had to wait for them to fix some things with their camera. I was on pins and needles, waiting for the little guy to get upset before they could snap a good photo. But no, he just sat there with a big grin, cool as could be! Nothing seems to phase this kid.

I think we all are looking forward to seeing that cute little smile in the coming weeks as Christmas approaches. None may be more excited than big brother Ben, who is anxious to show his little brother all about this favorite time of year. It will be extra special for us all to share it with Andrew for the first time, so be sure to check back here for a full report on the festivities!

Baptism, Halloween and daycare: October was a busy month!

11-9-17Welcome back to the world of all things Andrew! It’s been quite a month for this little guy, and I’ll try to catch you all up. First of all, I have a ton of new photos posted that you can see by clicking here. Now, onto the fun!

On a Sunday earlier this month, Andrew had a big day as he was baptized in the Catholic church. The picture here shows him wearing the same baptism outfit that I wore as a Baby (thanks to Nana for saving it). Andre’s Aunt and Uncle stood by as his Godparents, and both sets of grandparents were in attendance, along with cousin Eleanor and big brother Ben who was super proud of his little sibling. It was definitely a blessed day, and Andrew did great taking it all in without freaking out during the service.

Besides growing at a crazy rate, and learning to do some new things (like rolling over on his own), Andrew also had some first experiences. First up was Halloween. For his first holiday, Andrew dressed up as the Cat in the Hat, while Mommy and Daddy went as Thing 1 and Thing 2 (you can see photos of all of us, including secret agent brother Ben, in the photo link above). Andrew even came along trick or treating with Ben and his friends. He looked a little confused at everyone being dressed up so silly, and he was probably wondering why we were knocking on so many doors. But, he certainly was comfy in his extra fuzzy costume, and didn’t even complain about the hood/hat piece that went over his head. All in all, I think Andrew’s first Halloween was a success, even if he may have just been happily confused about what was going on!

The next big first for Andrew was his first trip to daycare. The time finally came for Mommy to head back to work, meaning Andrew was headed to some new friends and new experiences at his daycare. To say he did better than Mommy and Daddy would be an understatement. While we were both sad to hand him over to others and to not get to see as much of him, Andrew was all smiles and seems to be having a blast during his new weekday routine. The little guy quickly won everyone at the daycare over with his smiles and happy-go-lucky attitude. He was even flashing grins at the other babies and toddlers that he shares a room with. I think Mommy and I are slowly getting used to the new reality that Andrew will be spending so much time there, now, we are just struggling with figuring out when everything is supposed to get done around the house!

And finally, today we also take a moment to celebrate that one year ago today, the story of Andrew officially began (although Mommy and Daddy had already gone through many chapters leading up to the day). This day last November was Maggie’s implantation day, and I guess you can say the rest his history, and still being written. So thanks for following along as we continue Andrew’s story! And be sure to check out those new photos right here!