Baby 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!