Wednesday, February 11, 2015

11 Months and Walking!

So I figured I better get Andrew's 11 month post up before next week when he turns ONE!!! How is it possible that a whole year has gone by since having Andrew?! In some ways it seems like he was just born and other times it feels as if he has been a part of our family forever. He has been so much fun, a lot of work, and so much fun to watch grow. 

So right around Christmas Andrew started taking some steps and by 11 months has this walking thing down pretty good. However, he falls SO much! I don't remember John falling so much. Or maybe it's just that Andrew seems to hit his head every time he falls. This kid has a new bump or bruise on his forehead every other day! We actually had to take him to the ER last Sunday of Super Bowl. We were getting ready for church and he was walking down the hallway when he fell right into the doorway upstairs. It was so loud and an instant goose egg formed. We panicked and took him in, but luckily he was fine. Just a nasty bump and bruise. 

As for sleep, Andrew has been doing okay. Still waking up in the night, but all four of his molars have popped through so hopefully that was a part of him waking up a lot. He is still waking up early (around 4-5) to eat, but then going back to bed pretty easily.

I enjoyed a girls weekend in Traverse  City in January and Brad was on kid duty. Luckily Papa Don came to help for the weekend, which helped so much! Thanks Don! All of the boys had a great weekend and I did too! It was much needed and SO amazing to sleep without a baby alarm buzzing in my ear. :)

Last weekend Monhaut's came to have an early celebration for Andrew's first birthday. We had so much fun drinking wine and watching Andrew devour his cupcake. He loved it and ate the entire thing. This kid loves to eat. He eats more table food than John I think! 

This month has gone by so fast and next week we will be celebrating Andrew's birthday in Disney! I can't wait!!!! Here are some pictures from the past month...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas 2014

I had to separate my posts...too many pictures!

Christmas morning was so much fun. John was so sxcited driving home Christmas Eve and was on Santa watch! He woke up around 7:40 on Christmas morning but we made him wait until 8 before we woke up Andrew. Mean parents!

Santa was very good to John and Andrew. We had a low key day at home and made a big breakfast, and played in our Jammie's all day. It was perfect. My parents and grandma came over for dinner and then we headed to Indiana in the morning! It was a Lego and Star Wars Christmas for John. Andrew was happy with tissue paper and boxes! 

We had a great time in Indiana with the Monhaut's. Both GG's were there and Brad made everyone some fancy martini's. Again, the boys were very spoiled and loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, we had to come home early because Andrew woke up with a fever late Friday night. I felt so bad for him. Too much Christmas. Then, once we got home, I got sick as well. Andrew had a fever until Tuesday and mine is still lingering. Ugh. But I guess that's what happens when you live it up for a month on minimal sleep! :) 

We stayed in NYE so we didn't spread out germs, but it was perfect. I love our little family and this year Christmas was truly magical. Crazy that last year at this time we were so eager to meet Andrew and now he is almost a year old! 

Here are some pictures from Christmas and our trip to Indiana:


Happy New Year everyone! Up next, countdown to Disneyworld, Andrew's 1st Birthday, and planning John's 5th birthday party!!! Where has time gone? Our family has had many ups and downs this past year, but I am hopeful 2015 brings healing for my sister, health for our entire family, and many, many more adventures! We love you all!

10 Months-December 2014

Whew! December was the busiest month yet but so, so much fun! John is just at the perfect age for Christmas and was SO excited to put up our tree and decorate. We put our tree up the first weekend in December and it was a whirlwind of events since then. Andrew was a trooper at every event, and despite not sleeping well this month, worked his charm and did awesome. 

I just can't believe Andrew is 10 months old already and will be a year soon! Crazy!!! The big news this month is that he has started taking steps! He only takes a couple at a time, but he is so proud! He has learned how to wave and clap, so he will clap everytime he falls down. It is so cute. 

Instead of writing a book on all the events we did this month, I will try to document it through pictures. Here goes!

One of my sisters college friends held an annual Santa Barn fundraiser the first weekend of December and my sister was the recipient of their fundraising efforts. It was really fun. There was a live reindeer, Santa himself, and a train ride that John loved. It was a cold day but luckily the kids didn't mind! 

The next morning we had our annual BPG Christmas party. We did a brunch this year and it was great. We are so lucky to have made such great friends through this group. The kids do a gift exchange and John was thrilled about his  first present of the season!

Our Elf on a Shelf, Chippy, arrived the morning after we put our tree up and has been keeping John on his toes every day finding him. John has been waking up every morning so early to find him and has been so into it. We just have to be careful Andrew doesn't touch him! :)

We participated in our living nativy at church this year. John was the best shepherd! 

We had our annual Brunch with Santa for Brad and Jenny's birthday. Unfortunately Libby was sick this year, so her and Doug had to stay home. Both boys loved Santa. Santa even knew all about Chippy and John. It was great.  

John's preschool party, waiting for Santa to arrive. 

Our family was asked to light the advent wreath at church the Sunday before Christmas.

We celebrated Christmas with my dad's side of the family the Sunday before Christmas as well. John and Andrew were both so spoiled, and John was on cloud nine!!!

Christmas Eve we went to my cousin Melissa's house for our annual party. Both boys did great and were once again spoiled. After that, we headed back to my parents and did gifts with them and Jenny and Doug and the girls. We couldn't believe how much stuff they got, and Santa hadn't even come yet!!! 

9 Months

I know, I am falling behind again. But what can I say, we have been so busy (in a very good way) and life has been taking over! But I figured since it is already the New Year, I need to recap November and December before I get too overwhelmed! So, here goes!

November was a whirlwind month after a busy Halloween and October. We didn't have too much on the calendar, but filled it with play dates and dinners with friends, as well as celebrating Veterans Day with Brad. Brad and I even got some date nights in which is always a bonus! We started having a daughter of one of my colleagues come over to babysit and she has even put the boys to bed a few times. I know, we are a bit behind with this, but we have always had family babysit before. Kelsey has been amazing and is so good with the boys and John just loves her! 

Andrew had his big 9 Month well visit and he weighed 20 pounds, 6 ounces (50 percentile) and was 30.25 inches long (95 percentile). Growing so fast! At nine months, he is getting more and more vocal, starting to say "dada" a lot. We are working on "mama". :) He is still a great eater and still doesn't love a bottle. He does better though. He has tried eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and other finger foods in addition to his jars of baby food. He is still happy and loves his big brother and any dog! He loves his day care and the dogs there as well. 

As for sleep, Andrew has been hit or miss. He was doing really good for a while. He would eat around 7:15, be asleep by 7:30 or 8, then sleep until around 4 or 5 am, nurse, and then go back to bed until 8 or so. That I can handle! The end of the month though he all of a sudden decided to start waking up randomly in the night and screaming again. It is so hard not knowing what is upsetting him or if it is just a separation anxiety issue. Sigh. One day we will sleep again...he's lucky he is so darn cute!

We took the boys to Indiana for thanksgiving and had a great trip (minus Andrew not sleeping well in the pack n play). But it was so great to see everyone and the boys did awesome. John absolutely loves going to papa and grandma's house and gets so sad when we have to say good bye. But it was a great trip and great holiday. 

Enjoy some pictures from the month of November: