My dear little DrewBug you are such a bundle of joy! We anticipated your arrival for sooooo long! We were elated when we found out that God was going to bless us with a new baby boy. You came pretty much on time but the circumstances around your birth were quite unique, and you definitely made an entrance that was unforgettable! I wrote a blog specifically about your birth story. God was definitely teaching me a lesson in all of it, as He always is, and I learned through your story that He is always the one who knows the plans and just because it looks one way to me doesn’t mean I understand. He is the one who does. Always remember that we can’t see the whole picture, but we can trust the one who does.
You came into this world at a whopping 10 lbs 7 oz and shocked everyone. When you came out you didn’t cry right away and Lin our midwife was rubbing you down and even blew on your face to make you cry. It worked, and that beautiful newborn cry filled my ears and my heart with joy and relief! You were finally here. There is nothing in the world like it.
Bringing you home was different of course because we now had two toddlers to contend with and they wanted a piece of you every waking moment. So much of your first weeks and months we spent pulling them off of you! Ella was 3 1/2 and Avery had just turned 2 when you were born and neither of them had a clue the difference between a stuffed animal and a real baby. But as you have grown they have also grown and are head over heels in love with you, as we all are. I can’t wait to see the three of you grow up and do school and sports and relationships together.
One thing that was different for us this time around with nursing is that we didn’t realize you had a tongue tie that was preventing you from nursing efficiently. So you got really dehydrated because my milk supply went down and we didn’t know it. We thought everything was fine because the milk was coming but you just weren’t able to take in enough. That was one of the hardest couple of weeks for me. We had to start you on a bottle at 2 weeks to get your weight back up and you did so good buddy you were a champ! You figured that bottle out real quick because you were needing those calories! We had the tongue/lip tie fixed at 3 weeks and you hated it but it was the best thing for you. I had to nurse/bottle feed breastmilk/pump every 3 hours for what seemed like an eternity. It was probably about 4-5 months. When we started you on solids things kept getting better and for the last 6 months we’ve had a much more normal nursing experience.
You had a very large head (shocker) and there was a point in time where we were a bit concerned about it being flat in the back so we went in and turned your head every chance we could once you were asleep, and what do you know? It turned out great! You are a stud and have even already had a haircut. I’ll include a picture of that, it started and ended ok but you were not a fan of the process to say the least!
You got your first tooth around 6 months and you began crawling around. But it wasn’t until just about a week ago actually that you started actually crawling. You really did your army crawl/belly scoot/one foot push-off thing for a long time! You aren’t walking yet but you are so close. You can pull up and even stand with very little help. You do this head throw back thing all the time, when you are really excited about something you swing your head around in a spastic kind of way and its super cute.
You are also incredibly dramatic in the way you “protest cry.” You HATE the changing table and everything it represents so it will always send you into a tail spin even when you are happy to begin with. But one thing that stands out to me so much about you is that you just quit crying when we start singing. Around 8 months I would guess you started this. You can be all-out warring against me about having your diaper and/or clothes changed or not wanting to go to bed, but as soon as I walk toward your crib and start singing you just quit and put your head down on my shoulder. Its like you give up and just decide to admit that you’re tired. I am not kidding, it is the sweetest thing. You do it with daddy too.
You LOVE your daddy. Even from like 5 or 6 months when daddy would come in the room especially after being gone all day you would come alive in such a special way. Your eyes would light up and you’d track him all across the room no matter where he went. Melt my heart!
Well the past month has been really exciting because you are truly starting to try to communicate and are understanding SO much of what is said to you. Your first big trick was “arms up!” and the head shake. You have started repeating sounds and you are waving and saying “bye”. You have said momma and daddy but we still can’t get you to repeat them yet. You LOVE animals and will moo, bark, and quack on command. We are celebrating your birthday in a couple of weeks when Nonna is here. We can’t wait for you to get some good man toys like trucks and planes and bulldozers! You’ve been playing with minnie mouse and pink tiaras too long already!
What in the world have I gotten myself into little guy? So far you are just like your sisters at this age but soon you will show us all how you are becoming a man, and we can’t wait to see what your personality and interests are. Your daddy will be teaching me a lot as we go and I’ll be stretched in so many ways raising you. You will always have my heart, buddy.