Sunday, August 31, 2008

Go Pirates!

Happy Labor Day to everyone! Although Drew was here last football season, he didn't get to participate much in the festivities at that time. So far, this season is different! "Uncle" Jason & "Aunt" Michelle (also East Carolina alumni) came over Saturday to help Brad pull on the Pirates as they took out Virginia Tech. Brad's old roomate, Ron, even brought Drew an ECU football on his way to the game in Charlotte which Drew enjoyed pushing it then chasing it around the den throughout the game! Here is Drew watching the game with his first football: Brad with his 2 babies - pulling on the Pirates. Drew even got his first bite of cake this weekend, thanks to the yummy dessert that Michelle made! Here is a video of Drew feeding himself cake for the first time:
Drew is a pulling-up machine these days! This is how we find him just about anytime that we put him down in his playpen or crib (makes it a bit harder to fall asleep for naps): And this video is dark, but I like it... it was him waking up from a nap today:

Monday, August 25, 2008

So many updates

Sorry for the lack of posts - so much has happened these last couple of weeks & I am so far behind in my updating! I will try to cram in as much as I can!

Drew has had a big week or two. He recently went to the doctor and he now weighs 27 pounds, 3 ounces. He is 31" tall and his big ol' noggin' is 19" around. All three continue to place him in above the 97th percentile for his age. Two more teeth have cut through the top for a total of 5 right now. He started to pull up a little about a week and a half ago, and he is getting quite good at it now. Now, he can go from crawling to sitting (which helps in the pulling up quite a bit). He loves to stand up, and-with guidance-he tries to take steps!!! He moved up to a different section of day care and he is starting to feed himself *very small* bites of "real" food. He goes back for another swallowing test on September 8th, and hopefully we can advance that a little more and get rid of that thickener (which makes it quite difficult for him to get liquids from a sippy cup). His babbles are sounding more and more like words each day and he continues to be a very mellow, sweet baby.

Drew has had a LOT of fun these past couple of weekends, too! 2 weekends ago, Brad and I flew to Chicago to be in our friends Bryan and Esther's wedding. We are very lucky and grateful that Meema, Aunt Lynda and Aunt Weegie all came up to look after Drew. We missed him and talked about him alot during the weekend, but we also knew he was in quite good hands and getting a WHOLE lot of attention! Brad and I had a great time at the wedding and also while exploring Chicago a bit. Here are some pictures of the fun (sorry the format turned out like it did!) Thank you Aunt Weegie, Aunt Lynda and Meema!!!

Do you think he was the center of attention, or what?!?!Aunt Weegie feeding DrewDrew loves his aunts - and his swing!And here are a couple of pictures of Mommy and Daddy away in Chicago:
The BeanBrad at Wrigley Field with our good friends, Jason and MichelleThe groom, Bryan, with Jason and BradMommy and Daddy all dressed up with Jason and Michelle - just before the weddingThen, this past weekend, Sammy and Elena were down for interviews at a couple of schools in GA and SC... hopefully we can hopefully get them down South soon! We met them at Meema's house - it was a nice treat to see them and see Mimi and Nicholas (Sammy's kids - Nicholas is almost 3 and Mimi just turned 1). They are so cute and have grown sooo much. Unfortunately, I took all of my pictures on Meema's camera - so as soon as she posts them online I will put them up.

On the way home on Sunday, we were able to swing through Columbia and stop at my good friend Sarah's house to see her, her husband and meet her sweet little one, Daniel. Sarah and I have been friends since the first grade (24 years!!!! yikes!). She had Daniel in February - so he and Drew will grow up the same age too! =) It was wonderful to see them, though too brief, and Daniel is quite a cutie.

Daniel checks out this new guy moving in on his toys
A cute picture of Sarah with DanielThe closest we could get to all 4 of us actually looking at a camera!
Whew - we have been busy! I hope everyone out there is well!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bumbo butt

This is what happens when your baby is:
a) able to crawl
b) strong enough to flip over to his belly and
c) 5+ pounds too large for his Bumbo seat (but his Mommy crams him into it anyway!)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Some videos

As promised, some videos (from the beach). The first one shows his commando crawl (what we do for entertainment and footage, huh?) and the next one shows him swimming with Daddy in the pool. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

9 months old!

Can you believe it?! And we got to spend it in the doctor's office. Drew officially has his first ear infection. We are very fortunate that he has made it 9 months before getting one, but put that with two teeth that are cutting at the same time and it makes for one pitiful little boy. Hopefully his medicine will kick in and clear up this infection soon. But, even at his "worst" he is still the best and the sweetest little guy ever!!! We are currently downloading some video, so hopefully I can make it work and get a video up on here soon - nothing today though, sorry!!! Drew has mastered the commando crawl, and he has started to push up on all fours to get his tummy off of the ground this week. He is such a curious little boy - and he really does seem to try to figure out how things work. For example, if we are swinging in the swing he will grab on to the chain, look it up and down, watch it as it moves, study it... and the cabinet doors - he will crawl to them, open them and just peer inside - he just wants to know what is in there! It amazes me how he remembers how things work too - if he has to press or turn or pull things to make them work - and he can get so determined and focused on certain tasks. He also remains very good natured - generally calm and separation anxiety is not a concern yet. He loves to look at his dog and his friends at day care and when you are able to win over a laugh it is something that just truly melts you! (He had me crying I was laughing so hard at him laughing the other day - awesome!!!) So, that is our Drew-Drew in a 9-month nutshell. Hopefully some new pics and videos will be up soon!