Wednesday, September 8, 2010

You asked, I listened!

It has taken an anonymous posting to my blog to get me back in gear...to which I say, "Thanks!"  I'm not even going to discuss the fact that many moons have passed since my last post. I'm just going to jump right on in with the pictures and narrative! Afterall, that's why you visited, isn't it?

In May, at 10 months:
In June, on my birthday, at 11 months:

July 29th, 1 year!!!!!  (and our trip ALLLLLLL THE WAAAAAAY TO CALIFORNIA!)

That's as far as I'm gonna go tonight, folks.  As you can see, though, Captain A has come a long way from the old-man-look-alike at his birth. 
He has blossomed into a truly beautiful child, in more ways than one.  He is always smiling and laughing and loves to give hugs and wave bye-bye.  Andrew loves to make me laugh; I find him a constant joy!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

3/29/10=8 months, 4/29/10=9 months

Let's face it: I'm a bad mom. I can't believe I haven't given Andrew nearly the face-time on this here blog as I gave Jacob. It's not because I'm lazy and just hangin' out all day. Nooooo, I'm so busy and have very little time to myself. Sadly, what time I do have I spend cultivating my guilty pleasure: America's Next Top Model cycles 1-4. Oh, and I don't know who won last night, so don't tell me.
Anyway, I have 2 part-time gigs, in addition to my 2 full-time gigs. I have been doing contract work for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and I have also been helping my father-in-law with his bookstore and publishing company. Maybe I'm not so horrible after all.

Enough about me, though, let's talk about Captain A. Andrew, that is. He's wonderful! The sleep is great, the disposition is great, the hair is great....he's just an all-around great baby!
At the end of March, on the 29th to be exact, Andrew began crawling. Shortly after that, on May 3rd to be exact, he began pulling up. This was what I found when I went to go get him from his morning nap. I was a bit surprised. Then, on May 8th to be exact, I found him brushing his teeth. Kidding....but at the rate this kid's going, he's liable to be driving by the end of the month. Oh, and speaking of teeth, he ain't got none....
Despite the lack of teeth, he's eating like a champ. I haven't found anything that he doesn't like. Oh, yeah, he wasn't too fond of asparagus, and cottage cheese took some getting used to. We'll revisit the asparagus at a later time. For now, we'll focus our efforts on broccoli and cauliflower. Yum!
Weight: 20lbs, 8oz
Height: 29 inches (I think)

His separation anxiety is in full swing, though, and that makes him a bit clingy...which kinda drives me up a wall. Having a kid hanging off of you for a good part of the day isn't all that fun....especially when the kid's got a runny nose and he insists on wiping it on your black shirt. Jacob's doing well. He's coming out of his shell more and more and is now even initiating interactions with others! Wow! This is a huge accomplishment, my friends. We're working s-l-o-w-l-y on the potting training. It seems that he's not really interested. I haven't found any candy yet that will entice him to actually pee in the potty. He'll sit on it but saves the actual peeing for the floor or couch (sorry, Nancy).

We had a rough patch a couple of days ago with Jacob being kinda aggressive to Andrew. It seems as though his class was learning how to play leap frog and Jacob was coming home and practicing on Andrew, an unwilling participant. Additionally, Jacob enjoyed throwing things at Andrew while in the car and laughing at him cry. Sounds awful, huh? It was. But that phase seems to be over, thank God. I like to think that he was just having trouble adjusting to Andrew and me being out of town for a couple of days attending a funeral. Right? Don't kids have trouble adjusting to the absence of a parent? We'll just blame his aggression on that, ok? What else can I say? Oh, we sold our house in AR and hope to get out of this giant hole of debt that we have! What a huge relief it will be to have that house and the utilities for that house off our backs (we close in June).

So, that's the past 2 months in a nutshell. Just one question: anyone up for a game of leap frog?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Celebrity Look-a-Like

No matter what I do, the kid's hair won't lay flat. I'm only successful in getting the front part to stay down, which makes him look at bit like Kate Gosselin.

Let's Play a Fun Game.

The name of the game is "Find Andrew."
There he is! He rolled himself right under his crib.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2/29/10=7 months

When you're born on the 29th and it's not a leap year, when is your 7-month birthday? Anyway, the 7-month stretch has come and gone. Andrew's still growing and growing and eating and eating. That's right! He's got the rice cereal down pat. Soon, we'll be moving on to more palate-pleasing food, but the rice cereal does the trick for now.I was really hoping to be able to report that he's sleeping like a champ at nap times. He's not. But I guess I'll take a 12-hour uninterrupted night over a 1 1/2 hour nap. Maybe next month....keep your fingers crossed.His measurements are a mystery, as we won't go back to the doctor until 9 months. Until then, he wears mostly 9-12 month clothing, just in case you wanted to buy him an outfit or something.Jacob's doing great. For awhile there, Brian and I were going to put Jacob back into his crib. Nap times were hell and bedtime wasn't fun, either. It seems that the freedom was too much for him to handle: he'd keep coming out of his room, jumping on the bed, playing with his toys. His room would be trashed. Not to mention that he wasn't getting ANY sleep. And anyone who knows this kid knows that he NEEDS sleep. The other thing, and this is the kicker, he was coming into our room at 6:15 in the morning! Prior to the big-boy air mattress, he wasn't getting up until 8 or 8:30.So, now that he has a legitimate big-boy bed and fun truck and bus-themed bedding, he's doing better. I'm not sure how much of the improvement should be attributed to the smaller bed and cool bedding or to the fact that I put one of those safety knobs on his doorknob so that he can't open the door. Or, is the improvement due to not having any fun toys in his room? Don't know. All I know is that he's sleeping waaaay better at nap time, although he still isn't sleeping as long as he used to (we're down from 3 hours to 2 hours). He's going to bed at night easier than he was, although he's still waking at 6:30. Again, I'll take the good with the bad.I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned how sweet Andrew is. Well, let me tell you! He's an absolute joy!