Thursday, March 31, 2005

March 31, 2005
Drew had his doctor appointment this morning and weighed 10lbs 6oz! He is 21 3/4 in long and is in the 10th percentile for his weight and height. He is moving up the ladder, he was 1% in both when he was born.
March 27, 2005
It is 10:00 and Drew is sleeping! I have been trying to get him asleep by 10:00 pm so we both get a full nights rest - I tend to be a more peaceful mommy if I get good rest. This is the first night all week that he is actually asleep by 10:00 pm , the other nights he had his own agenda. I discovered that the trick is to not let him sleep past 5:00 in the afternoon, and then he is ready to start thinking about sleep around 9:00 . Drew's personality is beginning to take shape, he has been smiling and crying a lot this week - he is either happy or upset. He is rarely in the middle. Personality wise Drew is very much like me, happy to be hanging out at home and in a routine. I've noticed that when his routine is changed he gets cranky and scared.
This past Friday evening we went to the Putnam's house to visit with some friends. Drew was fine until 9:00, but after that he got very fussy and refused to fall asleep. Near the end of the evening he was so upset that he had a temper tantrum and almost passed out from screaming. The only thing that would console him was to nurse, but by the end of the evening he had eaten so much that he had a huge tummy ache. He cried most of the way home and then into the night. He didn't stop fussing until mid afternoon on Saturday when he finally passed all his milk through his diaper. I will be sure not to let him do that again!
This past Monday Drew's Grandma Patti arrived; she had such a fun time with Drew. In-between cuddling and singing to Drew she managed to go grocery shopping, cook three great meals, re-paint Drew's room, and help John put up three walls on his shed. She was very busy! She had a great time visiting and playing with the baby while I worked upstairs in the office. John was so sweet this week, he set up my office so all the cords are hidden and organized - it took him hours to get it done and two trips to Office Depot to buy longer cords. What a servant leader!
Drew's Aunt Julie and her friend Amy showed up on Thursday to visit and play! They watched Drew on Thursday night while John and I went on a date! We came home to a clean house and a very happy baby. On Friday afternoon we all went to a really crazy shop in L ouisville called Sam Moon. This store/warehouse sells purses, jewelry, and hats galore at very cheap prices. Julie and I bought matching purses - I know if I copy Julie I am sure to be in style! Drew was such a trooper; the store was so crowded that we had to carry him the whole time because the stroller was too big to maneuver around all the people.
Today was Easter! I took the most adorable pictures of Drew in his little train overall outfit that Grandpa Brian gave him. He was so cute because the bottoms of the overalls were so long that you couldn't see his feet. Everyone at church laughed! He still looks about two weeks old, everywhere we go people wonder why we are out and about with a new baby.
He was so good in his Sunday school class today, his teacher said he was such a cuddlier. She even sent Drew his own letter telling him how happy she is that he is in her class. Our family spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying a relaxing day at home. John and Drew slept and I cleaned the house - I did six loads of laundry! Drew woke up from his nap around 5:00 pm and we spent the evening playing in his room making faces at one another. I feel like a little kid again! Amidst the crying, spitting up, tummy pains, endless mounds of laundry and lack of sleep there is so much joy to be found. I remember asking a friend what she wishes she'd done more of when her first child was born. She said she wished she had spent more time interacting and playing with her baby instead of being distracted by other things. I am trying to spend time every day just rocking, talking, and playing with Drew. Drew loves to be tickled and is smiling at me when I make my voice high pitched or tickle his cheek. Drew and I entertained daddy tonight by showing him how Drew can lift his upper body towards me and get kisses. He also spent about ½ hour smiling and cooing at us. I can't remember a better evening! After John left for work I gave Drew a bath and then we snuggled in the rocker for 45 minutes. He is such a little cuddle bug! He loves to lay his head on your chest and just lay peacefully looking into your eyes. It has really become clear that he does not like a lot of chaos and excitement - it makes him nervous and fearful. He gets very unsure and scared if we are somewhere strange and there is a lot of activity. I think his personality will be a lot like mine, quiet, cautious, reserved, and shy. He also has my temper and impatience - oops. When Drew smiles he looks just like his daddy. I think Drew is developing his daddy's humor and joyful personality. Drew's cheek-to-cheek smile is a killer - watch out girls!
God was so gracious to give us such a wonderful child; we are so blessed to be Drew's parents. I love being a mom and look forward to the quiet evenings Drew and I spend laying on the floor looking at books or gazing into each other's eyes. John enjoys taking Drew out into the garage to play, but can't wait until he is a little older and can show him how to use the power tools! Drew loves his daddy and spends a lot of his morning naps sleeping on John's chest. They are so cute - father & son! Our family is so blessed and thankful for the Lord's provisions. I pray that we would walk in God's light and shine our lights before all men; may we not get off course by earthly distractions but keep our eyes fixed on the eternal prize of life. Life can be so hard, but God is so good to walk His children through it!
"And this is His commandment that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us." 1 John 3:23

Monday, March 21, 2005

3/21/05

Eight weeks ago tonight I was finally able to lock eyes on my little boy for the very first time. I remember holding him in my arms the entire first night . I did not want to let him out of my sight. I was so excited to finally be a mommy that I stayed awake all night long just snuggling with my baby. John was so wiped out from assisting with the labor and overwhelmed with the idea of being a dad that he slept on a cot in my hospital room all night long . he did not wake up once. He even snored! Drew was so sweet, he slept off and on that first night but when he was awake he would just gaze into my eyes. He looked so content and peaceful . like he knew he was safe and secure with me. Eight weeks later things are about the same. Drew still loves to be close to his mommy and daddy. He has started to cry when other people hold him and then wants to nurse to pacify himself. He still longs to sleep with mommy at night and hates to sleep the night in his own crib. I did not mind too much because John works nights and it is only me and the cats in bed. This past week Drew, Daddy, and I have started a bedtime routine:

10:00 Stories & Snuggles
10:15 Prayers & Lullaby CD gets turned on
(Thanks Matt & Natalie, Drew loves the CD you gave him)
10:20 Mommy sings, Jasmine and To-Ra-Loo-Ra
(In honor of Great Grandma Boots, Johns Grandma, who sang it to all her grandchildren)
10:30 Rocking and more Cuddles then off to sleep

I did not do the routine on Sunday night and Drew through the biggest fit, I guess he likes his special routine.

This past Sunday was Drews first trip to the nursery at church. It was harder on mom than son. Drew was such a good baby; sleeping most of the time in the swing. We then went out to lunch with Zack and Nicole & Matt and Natalie, friends from church. They had fun passing him around, and I enjoyed the break.

Grandma Patti surprised me this morning with a Spring Break visit! She dropped in from Oregon to help out for a few days. John has a lengthy project list that Patti is helping him complete! Yeah, I will finally get the shed built in the backyard.

Well, it is almost Tuesday so I better get some sleep!

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Baby Dedication & Checkup

March 8, 2005 - Drew had a Dr. checkup this morning and weighed in at 9 lbs 2oz! He is getting so big! Everyone at the Dr. office fell in love with his hair!

Week of March 6th ~ This past Sunday we had Drew dedicated at church. It was a wonderful event in our family's life as John and I made a public dedication to raise our son according to God's commandments. During this Christian Dedication service a beautiful and serious promise is made before God and the Church to care for our child as God's child. Children are a gift from God. Like everything good in life, children come from God and they belong to Him; parents are just caretakers of the children God has given them. Scripture tells us that we are to train a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6) and to pray ruthlessly for their future and salvation. This includes meeting together regularly as Christians to spur one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23 -24). Dedication of children to God is a promise to model a Christian lifestyle to the children and worshiping with a church family regularly. In a sense, a Christian Dedication of a child is a dedication of the parents to be godly role models. Please pray wisdom, faith, love and endurance upon us as John and I live out our faith before our son. Please pray that we will be pruned and convicted of sin in our lives so we are godly role-models.
In attendance to view this special and important moment was - Grandma Patti, Aunt Julie, and soon to be Uncle Ruben. Also, Grandpa Brian drove down 2 hours from his new home in Canton , Texas for the occasion. Grandma Patti also flew 1600 miles to be in attendance. What love and dedication! We had a great breakfast before church at Denny?s and then headed over to church. Drew was very good, but did manage to spit up half of his breakfast on his shirt - luckily I hadn't put on the shirt he was going to wear for the dedication! Oh, a special thanks to my Aunt Sheri and her family. Drew wore the outfit they sent to the dedication. It was a cute Tommy Hillfiger collared shirt and navy blue pants. Drew looked so grown up! The dedication was wonderful and everything went quite well, until Drew attracted Pastor Bill Anderson's attention mid-service - right in the middle of his sermon. See, Drew started working on a really nasty diaper half way through the service; one moment Drew was fast asleep in his grandpa's arms when all of a sudden he let out the loudest noise, yes it was a large fart. Grandpa immediately passed him off to Julie, who held him quietly for a few moments. Then, he let out a very loud scream; I grabbed him and the diaper bag and made run to the nearest exit. No matter how discrete I tried to be there was no question I had the attention of the entire 4,000 seat auditorium. Oops! Well, Pastor Bill, in usual humorous form, made a comment, as I was running red faced to the door, that Drew was jealous because Pastor Bill hadn't picked him to hold during the dedication prayer. (During the dedication prayer the pastor had selected a little boy and girl to hold while he was praying for the parents.) I was so embarrassed. Drew finished his diaper outside the auditorium and we made it back just in time to sing the closing song.
Drew is starting to notice toys and mirrors for the first time. This afternoon Drew finally noticed the mobile in his crib! I laid Drew down for his nap and noticed Drew's blue eyes widened and focus on the trucks and boats hanging above his head. He then gave the biggest grin I have ever seen. He even had a little bit of a laugh come out of his mouth. Everything is so new to him, I love watching him respond to the fresh new world around him.
This past week has flown by again, I can't believe that we are already into March and Drew is 6 weeks old! The week went fairly well. Drew and daddy worked on some projects around the house while mommy worked in her office. Drew has discovered he likes to be in the ?snuggle? (backpack) on daddy?s back. John worked in the garage and put of some shelves in the closet with Drew sleeping quietly on his back. John is learning how to multitask! I worked through the week upstairs and then relieved John after 5:00 . John then went to work at 9:00 pm and worked all night. We are starting to get into a routine but are all exhausted. Patti was here the past two weekends helping out - what a blessing. She cleaned the house and took care of Drew. She even took him in the middle of the night so all I had to do was feed Drew. Grandma Patti was rewarded with many smiles from Drew. I think she was the one to get his first smile!
Drew is still as cute as ever - no bias here! He has been sleeping for longer periods of time this week. He is starting to develop his own little routine. He has been napping for 2-3 hours in the morning and then again in the afternoon. When he is awake he is really becoming alert and observant. His favorite napping place is either in bed on daddy's chest, or sleeping on top of the dryer in his car seat. We are still struggling to get him to sleep in his own crib. He is very much a Williams - he loves snuggling and being close to people. He normally goes to bed around 11:00 pm and awakes at 7:00am. He has a little feeding time shoved in around 3:00am .
Well I better get going to sleep - Drew just fell asleep and I should head off to bed. Talk to you all next week!

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

7 Weeks

My little boy is growing up; he is already 7 weeks old. I was playing with him last night and started to cry because he has changed so much. Drew no longer looks like a newborn; he has even outgrown his Newborn and Preemie cloths. He is now only wearing 0-3 month outfits. Last Monday Drew went in for a checkup and weighed 9lbs 2oz. Drew now has a double chin and fat roll on his arms and knees. He slept longer periods of time this week - 3 hour afternoon naps! Drew and I have been taking daily walks around the block; Drew seems to like all the movement and the new things to see. Our grass turned green this week and our tree is starting to bloom. Spring is finally on its way! John and I tried to go on a short date to Starbucks on Friday night, hoping Drew would sleep in his car seat but, he wanted nothing to do with sleeping. We ended up taking our caffeine home and all three of us cuddled next to the fire. Drew had a fussy week; he has been battling minor stomach pains and a little bit of gas. He even managed to overflow two diapers, one of which overflowed onto mommy's pants! We both had a bath that night!


Drew and daddy had a fun week. John took care of Drew a lot during the day while I worked in the office. John carried Drew around on his back and showed him how to change the brakes out on the car. We all went to church on Sunday and then to Costco for groceries. My work computer tired out this morning so I spent much of the day ordering a new one. John has been working his usual 10:00pm - 6:30am shift so Drew and I are alone most nights. It is a good think Drew is a good sleeper at night, or I may resent John?s night shifts. John and I are getting ready for camping season ? yes we are taking little Drew with us! We have a weekend trip planned in April and May. The trip in May will be with our church group, and the trip in April is with some friends of ours Zach and Nicole. John, as usual, is designated the camp chef. We are also looking for great deals on flights to fly home to Oregon May 12 th -22 nd. We can't wait to see all of you!