It’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!