Monday, March 6, 2017

Drew at 11 months

Well, we predicted he would walk before 1 and he did.  Right at 11 months, he did it!  Nate and I watched him walk across the family room from the couch to us, it was Nate's second time witnessing our kids' first steps.  He saw Eliana do it at the car rental in Mexico and then Drew.  Drew is so proud of himself and he's so eager that he basically tries to run and gets on his tippy toes before face planting.  He doesn't really mind and his head shows it. He has a new bruise every day and looks like he's been in a bar fight.

Some other things at 11 months:
- He's very opinionated about his diaper changes now.  He hates them and I have to come up with either a new toy or new song to even get it on before he wiggles away.
- Drew is loving the swing outside and getting rain pants on and exploring the back yard and grounds at Ethan's pre-school.  He even got to crawl around at the skate park the other day while Ethan cruised around on his bike.  Go go third child.  This guy will see more skate park than a regular park.
- He loves reading, but is very picky about what he wants.  He basically likes the touch and feel or little animal books.
- Loves eating, a special love affair with eggs, toast, butternut squash, guacamole (but not plain avocado), apple sauce and string cheese.  He's grown to like blueberries and is still loving mandarin organs.  He does all finger food and it's fabulous.  He tries the spoon, but we are still working at that.  No luck with getting him to suck out of a straw yet.
- He can go up the stairs and can manage a stair or two coming down.  We're still working on going down the whole flight of stairs.  He practically jumps out of my arms to head up the stairs, another climber on our hands!
- He loves playing on the mini trampoline with Ethan.  He loves tackling Ethan and rough housing.  Go figure!
- He loves to say the consonant, "na na" or "nacka nacka".  Tonight I swear he said "duck" in the bath which would be his first word.  But not totally sold on that.
- Still nursing like a champ.  Thank goodness because we made a trip to the ER this weekend for stomach virus and that's the only thing he wanted to do for comfort.
- Loves to play with his block train and put blocks in and out.  Also is still in love with balls of all sorts.  He would much rather eat markers than play with old baby toys at this point.
- Waves "Hi" and does "How big is Andrew?"
- Does "high five" and runs for hugs
- Is a pure delight and joy and so happy to see anyone.  He's cried a couple times when leaving him at the gym, but it only lasts a minute.
- Got his two bottom teeth in right around 11 months.
- Growing a crazy curly mohawk, with receding hairlines.  His hair is awesome right now.
- Definitely going to have Nate's skin tone, a bit whiter than me: )
- Still napping twice/day and going to bed with the bunny Ethan picked out for him at the hospital when he was born.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Drew - 10 months

Our little Ju Ju Bee is still as happy go lucky, but sometimes developing more of an opinion about things.  He still amazes us with his little ninja roll that we can't quite capture on video.  He basically falls down from staring up and instead of bonking his head, he does a quick roll to get out of it.  He's especially good at this when very sleepy.

Here's some of his new tricks or preferences:
- Shakes head "no no no" when sleepy and makes us all laugh (especially when at Disneyland at dinner)
- Loves tackling his brother and sister...his way of "giving them a hug"
- Tries to say "all done" by either shaking his hands around or imitating my word intonation
- Continues to love string cheese, fried eggs, pears, oranges and apple sauce squeezers
- Loves when Ethan and Eliana push him very fast in his umbrella stroller
- Makes trips to the bus stop via his new 4-in-1 trike (thanks, Nonna and Grandpa) and loves it
- Usually takes two naps a day...where he naps is mostly in his crib...but given our activities, there are times he only naps in the car...sorry, Drew!
- Loves when Daddy gets home
- Still nursing exclusively and now up to 23 lbs
- Letting go and standing and balancing...has taken a few stutter steps but nothing very solid yet.  I'm sure walking will happen pretty soon
- Still no teeth, but I can see the indentions in the bottom part of his mouth
- Loves to read touch and feel books like, "Little Giraffe" and "That's Not my Bunny"
- Getting more opinionated about diaper changes
- Drools all over, but spit up has significantly slowed down
- Has a new love affair with balls, especially Ethan's basketball and my little butterfly ball from growing up.  The other day he sat in the kitchen and bounced the basketball forever while I got dinner ready
- Still loves baths and all the silliness that comes with it with three kiddos in the tub
- Continues to make "da da" "ba ba" as his main consonant sounds

He is such a joy to be around.  He can play on his own, but happily comes to us when he needs us and wants us to be silly with him.  Still loves the "I'm gonna getcha'" game.

We love you, Ju Ju!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Drew at 9 months

Drew still remains his happy, easy-going attitude.
- He weighs 22 lbs (85-90% tile), is 29.4" long (90% tile) and HC is 18.5' (95% tile).  He actually lost a little weight from last check in, but doc thinks that's because he's so busy crawling and cruising.
- He now sits up in the bath tub with a towel underneath him and loves sibling craziness and the water.
- Survived his first family ski trip to Mission Ridge, even loved the cold pool water at night.  And did fine at the daycare while Mommy skied and came in to nurse him every couple hours.
- Loves gross motor skills and exploring the house.  When we follow him up the stairs, he loves to crawl up them.
- Loves his walkers and things that make him move, including his new train that Ethan can push him around on.
- Loves his eggs, sausage, oranges and string cheese.  Not a huge fan of berries or broccoli yet, but we are working on that:)
- Easily uses sippy cup on his own.  And if given at every meal, would love the spoon to naw on for his gums.
- Still no teeth, but having solid naps and night time sleep.  Usually 2 naps day for 1-2 hours each.
- Loves playing peek-a-boo and keep away with mom or Ethan or Daddy.
- Is obsessed with the "Little Blue Truck's Christmas" book.  He loves the twinkling lights at the end.
- He also loves any books with sensory objects like, "Little Lion" (puppet book) and "Little Giraffe" (Puppet book).
- Got some new bath toys for Christmas and is loving those.
- Gets a couple bumps and scratches a week on his head or face.  He's so active, he can't control pulling things down on himself or over.
- Attempting to sign "all done" when at the table
- Loves to clap and give mommy kisses (by sucking on my nose)
- Is a bundle of joy and so happy, we are truly blessed.

Drew - 8 moths

Well, 8 months came and passed so quickly I hardly had time to jot anything down.  Drew at 8 months:

- Fully crawling  crawling  and pulling himself up.  Crusing a little.
- Loving sibling time
- Loving eating, especially eggs, other meat, carrots and squash
- Taking 2-3 naps/day
- Super happy in any situation, even with strangers
- Survived mommy leaving for a girls trip to San Diego.  Polished off all frozen breastmilk and even gulped down some formula (good job, peanut!)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Drew - 7 months

Drew is beginning to pick up the crazy physical traits of older brother, but don't worry, he has a long way to go.

-He sits and is about 95% successful without rocking back (thank you, carpet and Boppy for catching him)
-He's over the activity gym and even the Exersaucer and wants to be in the thick of the real toys with big bro and sis.  He loves the big lego bin, trucks, a musical ball that also has a mirror, shoes on the floor, the remote, books and paper
- He still prefers to look at faces and smile but it starting to develop opinions about what he wants and how frustrated he is when he can't grab exactly what he wants
- He is still a very sweet, mellow, even-tempered baby, and such a joy to be around
- He loves when big brother gives him "morning bounces" in his crib and loves all the crazy jumping and tricks he gets to watch big brother do around him.
- Loves when Eliana reads to him and picks him up like a little doll
- Loves bath time
- One day after turning 7 months, he started army crawling
- Loves to give Daddy big smiles when Daddy comes home from work
- Will now occasionally take the bottle (about 2 oz/time)
- Loves steamed carrots, broccoli, almond butter on bagel, blueberries, pasta with meat sauce
- Doesn't really cry unless super tired or frustrated
- Spends days with mom and Ethan (Tues/Thurs) at the park, running around the backyard or being carted to the activities of big bro and sis
- Loves his baby swing in the backyard
- Takes 2-3 naps/day.  He usually takes a longer morning nap and can hardly make it to 7:00 before getting super sleepy
- Is a joyful, fun baby....we feel so blessed

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Drew - 6 months

How does time go so fast?  I was just looking back through Drew's newborn photos and that only seems like days ago.  He continues to bless us with his happy-go-lucky attitude and huge smiles.  He is a true delight of a baby and I feel so lucky to have all this time with him.

At 6 months:
- Drew has started finger foods (avocado, banana, steamed carrots and pears).  He gets very little in his mouth, but loves to sit at the table and work very hard at picking his food up from his tray.  He's so tickled to watch his big brother and big sister at the table.
- Had a bottle break-through tonight with Nate.  Took 0.5 ounces in his quiet room without brother and sister around.  Before this, we can count on one hand how many times he's taken the bottle.
- Still loves to take short naps.  He can nap anywhere.  In his crib, in the Ergo, in the stroller at the gym, in the car....maybe he knows he has to be flexible already:)
- Rolls around on the floor and is most interested in the non-baby toys (Magna tiles, big Duplos, Ethan's trucks, etc).
- Has rocked back and forth on all fours 2-3 times (yikes, not yet!!)
- Hasn't quite taken any water yet (although we have tried out of a sippy cup)
- Loves his morning crib bounces, thanks to Ethan
- Loves reading with big sis
- Loves his favorite song, "You are my Sunshine"
- Loves tickles right on his armpits
- Smiles at everyone and will still go to others to be held without fussing for Mommy
- Loves his baths
- Burrows in mommy's shoulders when hungry

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Drew at 5 months:

- Rolls from back to front and front to back
- Smiles at everyone and everyone he sees.  No stranger danger yet.
- Loves Eliana, especially when she reads and sings to him (and Mommy loves that too because that means I can get dinner on the table).
- Starting to get opinionated about wanting to grab certain toys and when he gets sleepy. Definite clear cries and grunts for milk, toys, sleepy time.
 - Easily holds and transfers things from hand to hand.
- Watches us eat and drink (but haven't started solid foods yet)
- Nurses to sleep mostly, but some success with falling asleep when drowsy.
- No specific schedule, mostly naps 30 min at a time, about 4 times a day (and mostly on the go thanks to two older siblings).
- Still loves to be sung to ('You are my sunshine' makes him light up extra big)
- Loves the bath and is trying to roll himself into it from his bath chair
- Gets extra crib buddies in the morning when he wakes up (aka brother and sister)
- Loves to spin around and do "Noble Duke of York"
- Loves to put everything in his mouth....definitely teething and drooling
- Still spitting up like a champ
- Starting to sit up, but still needs assistance