Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I am 5 months old!
June 28, 2005
Mommy is calling me her little inch worm! I have discovered how to inch across the floor! I saw my friend Rachael (who is 6 ½ months) do it on Saturday night and I couldn't let her outdo me. Now I can move about a foot when mommy puts me on the floor.
I have been sleeping through the night now for two weeks. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of me.
I am now playing in my activity center more and have discovered how to play with all the fun toys. My favorite is the mirror. Today I was sucking on the big giraffe head and my arms are pretty short so I had to pull it very close towards my mouth. When I let it go it came back and whacked me in the eye. It really hurt and I cried. Daddy picked me up though and made it all better.
Mommy and I have such fun days playing together! We read books and play with my toys in-between my naps. Mommy says that she has the best job in the entire world - being my mommy and daddy's wife. I love her so much that I won't let her get out of my sight. When she leaves the room I start to cry.
Mommy has started teaching me my first bible verse found in Proverbs 4:23. "Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flows the wellspring of life"

I am eating rice cereal or oatmeal for snack each day now. Mommy is teaching me not to grab the spoon or rub my hands in my mouth. I am slowly learning the word "No". I really don't like to hear it! My reflux doesn't really like the other solid foods so mommy is holding off on them for a while. I still nurse every three hours during the day but give mom a nice break between 8:00pm - 5:30 am . Mommy is going to start attending a mom's group once a month at our church called MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) . It is open to anyone with kids. Her first meeting is the beginning of July and she can't wait to meet some other mommy's. Other than that mom has been cooking a lot of yummy meals. Mom and dad wanted to get out of the habit of eating out because once I learn to eat it will be very expensive for our family to all eat out. Plus, eating dinner is a great time to talk and enjoy each other's company. The only down side is that mommy is cooking too much good food. We are all gaining a little too much weight. Time to learn how to cook some low fat meals!
Daddy has been very busy with school this past week. He has been studying for his mid term and writing a lot of papers. Daddy is doing such a great job in school! Mommy and I are very proud of him.
Oh, I almost forgot. Mommy has been gardening a lot and has discovered a very large frog that has moved into her flowers out front. He has been seen the past three nights. He is huge! Maybe mom will take some pictures. I wonder if mommy will let me have my first pet?
Well it is time for my nap! I hope everyone is doing well! I am still waiting for my Aunt Julie, Nana Adamson, Grandma Patti, and Grandpa and Grandma Carol to come visit me this summer! I can't wait to show them all how big I've gotten.
Love,
Drew aka John

Friday, June 24, 2005

June 24, 2005
I am 5 Months Old!
I slept through the night again! What a big boy I am turning into. Yesterday I showed mommy and daddy how I can pick up my passy when I drop it. I am getting really close at putting it back into my mouth.
I also ate some carrots yesterday for the first time. However, I got sick after I ate them and spit them all up over the carpet and my cloths. I proceeded to do this for the next three hours. I went through 6 outfits and cried a lot. Mommy said I couldn?t have any more carrots. I still love my oatmeal though!

Mommy took me to a scrapbook fair a few weeks ago and has been scrap booking in her free time. She went with some friends from church and had such a great time. I told her she should post some of her pages on the website. Look for them soon!
Daddy had his 1-year review at work yesterday. Can you believe it has been a year? Last year at this time mommy and daddy had just found out I was growing inside mommy's tummy. Daddy received great marks from his boss. They said he is such a hard worker and appreciate how he is always early for work. He even received a raise. Daddy is setting such a good example for me. I want to be just like him when I grow up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

June 22, 2005
Guess what everyone! I finally slept through the night without waking up! Mommy put me to bed last night at 9:00 pm and I awoke at 7:00 am the next morning. Mommy was so scared when she woke up and I was still sleeping. I am growing up so fast!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

June 19, 2005
Guess what! Mommy finally said I was old enough to start writing my thoughts down on the website! Isn't that fun!
Let me catch you up on my first 5 months. I was born in Grapevine Texas at the ripe old gestation of 35 6/7 weeks. I was named John Andrew Williams after my daddy. However, I am told that everyone calls me Drew because mommy didn't want to have two John in the house - it would be too confusing. Daddy told her that we would actually have 5 John's in the house but mommy just gave him an exasperated look. I don't get the joke, but maybe I will when I get a little older. I will be 5 months this Friday! Mommy can not believe time has gone so quickly. I weighed in at 14 pounds when mommy took me to the Doctors a few days ago. I just started sleeping through the night this past week. Mommy is so happy now! I go to bed around 8:00pm and wake up for an early morning snack around 6:00 am but go right back to sleep until 9:00am . Mommy likes it that way because she can get up, drink her Chai tea, and spend some time with the Lord. She is always happier when she has her morning quiet time so I don't mind sleeping in. I just decided this week that I like my thumb more than my passy - it is always around when I need it and is never dirty.
Mommy and Daddy bought me a new toy this week. They call it an activity center. I really like to stand up in it, but my legs are too short so mommy puts the Webster's dictionary under it. It is so much fun! I feel like such a big boy when I stand up in it.
Today I went and visited my Grandpa in Canton . We had a picnic at the State Park and went swimming in the lake. Mommy made a special cake for Grandpa's birthday and we had chicken and watermelon. I ate some organic sweet potatoes and rice cereal and then insisted on some yummy milk. I showed Grandpa how I like to stand and smile. Grandpa couldn't believe how big I have gotten. I will be crawling before you know it.
Daddy & mommy had a fun time relaxing and talking to Grandpa about the economy. I sat and listened for a while, but then got bored and insisted on a nap. Daddy enjoyed spending time relaxing. He has been so busy the past week working , going to school, and helping some friends from church with projects. Mommy and Daddy also graduated from their 2 Becoming One class last Sunday. They started the class when I was only one week old. They are sad the class is over but are reaping the rewards of the class on a daily basis. Daddy has also been working hard at school. He is such a disciplined student. Mommy and I are so proud of him. Someday he will teach me everything he knows about Ecology.

Happy Fathers Day.
Do you know I have the best Dad in the whole world? He is already an expert at changing my diaper and giving me a bath. I love to play in the garage with him. He shows me great tools and teaches me words like "Dewalt" and "Rigid".
I love my daddy, he is the best!

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

June 7, 2005
What a great week we had! Drew is growing so quickly. He is already 19 weeks old. Drew, John and I all went swimming at the pool with some friends from the Dallas Police Academy over the weekend . Drew loved swimming in the big pool, he liked to slap the water with his hands and feet. He was so adorable in his big hat, sun glasses and binky. We couldn't stay out too long though; we didn't want his skin to burn. Over the weekend we also had a BBQ at our house with some church friends and neighbors. John even BBQ'd steaks! Drew has been talking up a storm, he jabbers non stop. I was on the phone with a co- worker and she could hear him through the phone. Everyone now knows I work from home!
Drew has been standing using our hands all week! His legs are getting so strong. He has the cutest little grins when he first stands up. Not to mention his cute little fat legs. He laughs and smiles and lifts his chest up and down. He is so proud of himself. He has also found his toes! He stares at them and grabs them with his hands. Speaking of hands, he has also realized that his fingers are always accessible. He constantly has his hands in his mouth. Lately, he I have caught him stuffing his thumb in his mouth. He has also discovered his mobile! I have to take it out of the crib when he is going down for a nap because he gets so distracted. He will pull on the little cars - from the door of his room all you can see are these little hands batting the cars back and forth. I also started feeding him his rice cereal from a spoon! He loves to eat from the spoon. We also tried a few organic apples but then realized that apples were making his reflux worse ... oops. What other firsts did we have? Oh, he has rolled from his back to his tummy today! He has only done it once so far, but he has mastered the tummy to the back.
God has been so gracious to us! We finally received our car back from the shop. We are hoping for no more car repairs for at least another 6 months. It was great to go to church this Sunday and worship. We had been gone for 2 weeks and then last week we didn't have transportation. We think we are going to sell John?s little two-seater and save up for a car we can all fit into. John has been super busy with school He is constantly studying and watching his Geology videos. He is such a great student! He has also been finishing up the shed along the side of the house and he just put up my new lattice for the climbing rose bush along the front of the house. I will have to post a picture of it, he did such a great job, I have been busy working and gardening, plus keeping up with the household chores. John has been so busy with school that he hasn't had a lot of free time to help me with some of the chores.
We are getting ready for our many summer visitors! Please feel free to drop on by, we love to have houseguests. So far this summer we have John?s dad Mike and his wife Carol coming, my sister who will be staying for 6 weeks while she takes a science class at the local community college. Plus, my mom will be moving to Texas in August. I can?t believe she has chosen the hottest month in Texas to make her appearance! She will want to move right back to Oregon after feeling the hot humid Texas air. You can see pictures of her new house under the picture section. We are also hoping for John's mom Patti to come visit us! If you see her, ask her when her next trip to Texas is planned. Little Drew can't wait for her to come and spoil him!
Talk to you all next week! Feel free to leave us messages on the comments section!
Love,
John, Melissa, & Drew