Monday, December 26, 2011

6 Months

It's time for a belated "Andy is 6 months old" post. What a darling little boy. People constantly tell us, "He must be the most smiley baby in the world!" He is incredibly smiley, the light of our lives, and we love him to pieces.

Thoughts about our little Andy:
-He loves songs! We can get him to smile instantly by singing "Patty-cake," "If you're happy and you know it," and "Andy, Andy I've been thinking." He also loves, "The eensy, weensy spider."
-While doing turbo jam, I discovered that he he finds any kind of crazy, unusual movement absolutely hilarious. We do crazy dancing for him all the time attempting to make him giggle.
-He can sit up securely by himself.
-He loves his new johnny jump up! (Thank you Grandma Liz!)
-Loves to play airplane, be thrown up in the air, and be turned upside down.
-Weight: 19 lbs 10 oz (75-90%), Height: 27.5 inches (75-90%), and Head Circ: 46 cm (90-95%). He is growing out of his clothes at an alarming rate! His 9 month clothes are almost too small, and he fits in 12 month stuff comfortably.
-Loves when people clap! It makes him so excited. Especially when I chant his name while clapping or say "Yay!"
-Sucks on absolutely everything. Still no teeth in sight, though.
-Has a love/hate relationship with all his toys. He loves them for about 5 minutes at which point they turn very frustrating to him because they just don't seem to do what he wants them to do.
-Still needs constant attention! He's happy as long as he's being played with.
-Likes reading books. He likes to turn the pages. Though he's ready to be done with the book after about 1 minute.
-He has the most beautiful, long eyelashes.
-Still doesn't seem to like going on walks in his stroller.
-Loves to play the piano. I like to sit his bumbo on the bench and watch him pound away.
-Still hates tummy time. But he'll roll over if he's not too tired and is in the mood.
-He wiggles and moves constantly! I think he'll be so relieved when he finally crawl and walk around. We always say he's so tired of being a baby.
-He hates to sit and loves to stand.
-Is still not the best sleeper. We're hoping to get a more regular schedule set up soon so I can start teaching piano again. He still wakes up 2-3 times during the night. Yuck.
-LOVES bath time! He does it now without his little infant bath. He lays down and kicks like crazy. He soaks us!
-We waited until 6 months to try solids. He HATED rice cereal. Like--gagging, crying, hated it. We tried oatmeal. I wouldn't say he liked it, but at least he wasn't gagging. Still, most of it ends up on his bib. He doesn't get that he's supposed to swallow. I tried mixing it with pureed bananas today, which didn't seem to make any difference. Good thing he still nurses so well!
-Grew tons of blond hair this month.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


This year marked the first year we've ever hosted Thanksgiving! I think it turned out really well. Cameron's family flew in for the weekend; we also had Cameron's cousin Aisling join us along with her husband Bryan and adorable boy Carter. It was a late dinner (about 6 PM) which was ctually really nice--it gave us lots of time to do everything. However, near dinner time we had 2 disasters. Disaster no.1: Andy was screaming. And I mean reallllllly screaming. We laid him down to sleep a little too late, so he'd reached the overtired phase and wouldn't calm down. We listened to him scream for the first half of dinner. It was such a relief (to everyone) when he finally fell asleep. Disaster no. 2: Aisling's dog somehow escaped off our deck. Everyone went out to find her for 30 min. or so. Eventually we found her and all was well. Somehow everything stayed warm and dinner turned out well!

Our turkey: (We cheated and didn't make it since we only had one oven to do everything. We got it from Rudy's, an amazing BBQ place. It was sooooooo good!)

My first attempt at homemade rolls. I was so happy they didn't fail miserably.

Cam and I each made a pie. He made chocolate cream and I made tollhouse. They were delish.

We also made jello salad, a green salad, mashed potatoes, and a yummy sparkling drink. And we bought a costco pumpkin pie. Bryan and Aisling brought stuffing, sweet potato pie, homemade pumpkin pie, and an apple onion pie. It was all so good! I wish I would have taken more pictures, but between the hustle of bustle of preparing, Andy screaming, and looking for the dog, it didn't happen. Oh well.