Saturday, October 29, 2011


It seems like we've been celebrating Halloween for a couple of weeks now...we had our first party at Steve's office - it was so great, they had cookie decorating, games and of course trick or treating around the office. We probably enjoyed the festivities more than Andrew this year, but next year it is sure to be a huge hit. Yesterday was Halloween at Creme, all of the kids dress up and they have a parade around the school, it was adorable! Andrew has two costumes for Halloween this year, the first is a hot dog which I felt was only fitting since I work at Vienna Beef and the second is a Monkey. The Hot Dog costume is 0-6 months, but since Andrew is so small, it fits - however it is a bunting, so it is much more difficult to move around. We tried it out and he seemed to be fine and then was a little annoyed, so we did a quick change (not before a couple of pictures) and he became a monkey. His buddy Max was also a monkey and they made the cutest monkey team. Max's mom (Jen) and I grew up in the same neighborhood and used to play together, so it is great that the boys get to grow up together now. Here are some pictures from Jen, I'll post Steve's as soon as I have them.

Andrew...the Hot Dog

Max and Andrew...double trouble! Jen and I with our monkey's

The class (Drew, Ryan, Max, Andrew, Emily & Effie)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple Picking

Last weekend, we packed up the car and headed to County Line Orchard in Hobart, IN for some fall fun! One of the family traditions that I want to start is "apple picking" and after our experience, we are off to a good start. Catherine, David, Josh and Eliza joined us and it was great - despite the fact that all of the kiddos were a bit under the weather - we still managed to get a few hours in. We took the tractor to pumpkin patch first where we were all able to pick out the "perfect" pumpkin, then it was off to the apple fields for some picking! The trip would not be complete without a trip to the barn store that had any type of "apple" product you can think of and then lunch in their restaurant! We had a great time and can't wait to go back next year:)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hammer time

Andrew has found a new talent...household repairs...we hope this hobby sticks as he gets older. However, I think that we are going to be wishing that this hammer had an "off/on" switch!

Friday, September 9, 2011


Andrew came across my gold necklace this morning and loved the sound it made when he would shake it in his hands. Since it has several thick gold chains and Steve keeps using the phrase "Original Gangster", we thought it would make for a good look for Andrew. I'm not so sure he fits the mold of an OG and since he is mistaken for a girl on a regular basis, we'll hold off on any more gold chains! However, I'll let this little guy run our neighborhood and he can fend off the real gangsters with cuteness!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Papa's Birthday Celebration

We had a great long weekend and one of the highlights was celebrating Papa's Birthday! The entire gang headed to La Scarola (one of Papa's favorites) for a wonderful dinner. The best part was watching Josh, Eliza and Andrew. Eliza is absolutely fascinated with "Ann-do", this occasion was no different as all Eliza wanted was for Andrew to touch her eyes and ears. Andrew happily obliged by poking Eliza in the eyes multiple times. At the end of the evening, we tried to get all of the kids together for a picture with Nana and Papa (easier said than done). The first one is the best out of the bunch, but I think the last one should be their Holiday card this year, I love Josh and Papa's expressions!

**The pictures were taken on our phone, so they are a little blurry**

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eating Extravaganza

Since Andrew began eating foods (around 5.5 months), his habits have been less than stellar. I followed the books and started out with rice cereal - he didn't enjoy this experience one bit. We stuck with it (approx 10 days) and could barely get him to take any. He would shake his head no and whimper every time he saw the spoon coming close to his lips. So, I tried oatmeal - same reaction - very frustrated - I decided to skip the cereal phase and go to the real stuff! I pulled out the Beaba, went to baby food making class and was ready to go. I had been told not to expose Andrew to sweet foods first as then you may have a problem giving them vegetables later, so we were going to start with Butternut Squash. The squash was prepared and we started the first Andrew took a couple bites and seemed to enjoy it or at least tolerate it. However, that quickly changed - this little man was simply not interested in food - the head shaking and whimpering would start as soon as he was placed into the high chair. On rare occasions, he would relent and allow us to shove some pureed mush into his mouth. Extremely frustrated, I caved and bought some peaches. Imagine the surprise to us when he took the first bite with much hesitation, swallowed and then opened wide for another bite. I was so excited, I no longer cared if he was only going to eat peaches for the rest of his life, he finally was accepting "food". So, I decided to go back and try an array of foods since he now "liked" to eat. We had avocado, sweet potato, banana, oatmeal (again) and it wasn't happening, this little man likes his peaches and only peaches - well, mangos too, but he can definitely tell the difference. This has been the hardest part of motherhood thus far, worrying that Andrew wasn't eating enough, but Dr. Starr has assured me that he will eat when he is hungry and will not starve. I've come to accept it and go with the flow as much as possible and hope Andrew doesn't turn orange from all of the peaches he is eating.

UPDATE: We have had a couple of great food days with Andrew. He is now eating 2 meals at daycare - breakfast (oatmeal and yogurt) and lunch (a veggie and peaches). He has dinner at home and I couldn't believe my eyes last night when he actually opened his mouth as he saw the spoon coming towards him and didn't flinch when it was filled with green beans and rice. Let's hope this was not just a one-time deal as I'm about to stock up on more veggies!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Baby of the Month!

Over the weekend, Creme de la Creme had an open house, so we stopped by for a little fun on Saturday. Nana and Papa joined us, but we didn't get there until the tail end of the event, so there was not too much going on. It looked like they had a fun line-up earlier in the afternoon. Andrew scored his first balloon animal, a yellow teddy bear and we were able to snag the last bit of guacamole and a couple pieces of pizza. On our way out, one of the directors mentioned to us that Andrew was Baby of the Month, we had no idea! His picture is featured on the rolling computer screen that keeps the families updated to what is going on...clearly we don't look at it! Here are a few of the pictures from his "Baby of the Month" photoshoot.