Happy 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!)