Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cousins & Little Buddies

Andrew met a new cousin this week and a his little buddy Ryan. His cousin Shepherd is 9 months old, and little Ryan is 7 months old. These little guys will have a blast pretty soon playing together and I cant wait. I want Andrew to have as many little kids to play with as he can, I was lonely as an only child and I dont want him to feel that way while he waits on mom and dad to have more babies one day.

So here are a few pictures from this week of little Ryan and Shepherd's visits with Andrew.

Andrew & Ryan

Andrew & Shepherd

I Could'nt Resist

My son will be very upset with me one day for this post but I couldnt help it. Tim wanted Andrew to wear his OH State onsie yesterday for game day so I obliged. He also asked me to try and get a picture of him in it so I could order one for his desk at work. Well it turned out to be a photo shoot with Andrew making some of the funiest faces I have ever seen.

So here is a little slideshow to enjoy with all the many faces of Andrew....I laugh everytime I see it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Meeting My Ohio Family

The trip to Ohio was successful....its official he is portable!!! We all made the 6.5 hour trip to OH in a little less than 8 hours, thats what happens when you have a one month old right :)

We stopped in Columbus first to attend Mike and Gwens wedding which was beautiful by the way, and then on to MiMi and PoPos house for the remainder of the weekend. Andrew did great he slept in a semi normal schedule and did really well on the car rides to and from.

Andrew met his cousin Cooper, and his aunt and uncle Christina and Ed. Cooper didnt have much to say about baby Andrew but I am sure in time they will be best buds. I have attached a video below.

Andrew also met Aunt Patty and Uncle Big D for the first time, Deron is a family friend that has a special place in all our hearts. He also was the first to give Andrew his first Cleveland Indians bib and outfit to support the said team. I feel as though my child will know more about OH teams than NC, but as his daddy says he will more than likely have all the NASCAR drivers memorized by the time he is 2 which is probably true. I guess I can take NASCAR over all the OH State, Indians, and Browns hype anyday.

The trip home was good but again long, we will get better and plan to try it all over again over Thanksgiving. For now here are a few pics from our trip.....we cant wait to go back!!!!

Video of Andrew & Cooper

From AT Oct 08

Andrew & Cousin Cooper, Mimi & Andrew

Meeting Aunt Christina & Aunt Patty

Andrew & Uncle Big D

Monday, October 6, 2008

First Try at Tummy Time

Andrew is not too fond of his swing and bouncer anymore, he gets bored after about 10 minutes, so I thought today would be a good day to get out the activity mat and try a little tummy time. As you can see in the video below he didnt last too long and shortly fell into a nap. We will continue to try and see how he progresses.

It is hard to believe he will be 4 weeks old tomorrow, and just this morning we weighed and he is now up to 10lbs. I cant believe it! I am so excited to see how much more he gains at his next appt on 11/7.

We went out to dinner for the first time all together with Aunt Katie and Uncle Ethan, Andrew was good and we enjoyed the adult conversation. We also went to the fair as a family yesterday just to get out and about, we were all tired after making our rounds and getting lunch that we all came home and took a good nap.

Well just a quick checkin, and now we are off to go and try to get some packing done for our trip on Thursday. A new photo posted below along with the Tummy Time Video. We will update again when we get back from OH, I am sure there will be many stories to share.

Andrew all dressed up for his first dinner out with Aunt Katie & Uncle Ethan.

From AT Oct 08

Click on the video above to make it play!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Its Already October

Where has the September gone? Andrew turned 3 weeks old yesterday and it seems like he has been here with us forever. We are all still trying to figure one another out along with our schedules.

There have been a few milestones in the past 22 days of his life. He came home from the hospital on 9/11 in the driving rain in fact it rained the whole time we were in the hospital. But on 9/12 it all cleared up and he had his first pediatricians appointment. He was weighed and was down to 7lbs 5oz from his birth weight of 7lbs 12oz. He also shrunk a little but I attribute this to his cone head at birth :) The doctor wasnt too worried because he knew eating would pick up in the next couple of days. Dr. Reedy was worried about jaundice so we went over to the hospital and had a bilirubin test done to make sure his levels were low. In fact his levels were below 10 which was great news.

The very first week we were home we had lots of visitors, Mimi and Popo Stary stayed with us for the first week leaving to go home to OH on 9/15 and we missed them very much when they left....they helped keep us all sane a little. Uncle Richard, Cousin Steven, Aunt Barbara Williams, Katie & Ethan, Aunt Betty Jane, Jordan and little Ryan all visited that first week home. We were very busy with showing off the little one. We finally got up the courage to have our first outing, I needed to go to the bank and wanted to buy a book "Your Baby's First Year Week by Week". So we headed off to Barnes & Nobles where I used the sling for Andrew while I looked around a little. It was a successful outing. Our next outing was another pediatrician appointment and Wal-Mart. Great Grandma Stayer went along with us to help me out a little. Andrew was up this appt to 7lbs 10 oz from the previous week and the doctor was very happy with this. Andrew eats like a champ so I am not surprised about his weight gain. I would love to know what he weighs now.

Another milestone that we are all very excited about is that Andrew now sleeps in his crib in his nursery. I began with naps during the day to get him used to it and he has been in there ever since. We all sleep better now that he is in his own room. He was a pro at this just after a week of being home. I started this early because he will nap in a crib at daycare so I wanted him to be comfortable when that begins.

We have continued to have outings, we went to Kohls on Sunday and the mall yesterday. I am becoming a pro at changing and feeding him in dressing rooms :) He is really good on these trips. Today we are going to visit Dr. Allen for my appt and it coincides with his feeding time so we will see how that goes. We have yet to all venture out for dinner together hopefully we can get the courage to do that soon. We are all going to the fair on Sunday as a family. I cant go without going to the fair. So Andrews first trip to the fair will prob be while sleeping but next year it will be a blast to see him enjoy it.

Next up is the trip to OH for Uncle Mikes wedding. There is a ton to get done in the meantime to get Andrew ready to travel, starting with getting him to nap in his PNP. That is the goal of the week.

It is already 10am and we have been up maybe an hour and he has already eaten, he is not the best at going back to sleep after his 6am feeding so I have begun bringing him to bed with me and having him sleep in his boppy with me so I can soothe him back to sleep just so I can sleep a little more. That 6am feeding just kicks my butt so this is a way to get a few more hours of sleep before we actually get up around 8:30/9 o'clock. I need to get better becasue my maternity leave is coming to a close soon which I cant believe. We will prob make a visit to the daycare next week to go over Andrews specifics so he can start on 10/20. Breaks my heart just a little but I know he will be so close that it makes it a little easier I guess. Actually I am ready for all of us to get into a routine once I go back to work. I know it will take prob a month to get it all going but routine almost spells Stary :)

Well I guess this is the first post in Andrews blog, I have attached a slideshow of all the pictures that we have taken so far from birth to now. I will prob have to make a seperate album for each month bc I have taken so many pictures. Slideshows seem to be the easiest so that is what I am doing for now instead of individual pics. If any of you see any that you want a copy of let me know and I can put in an order for you. This is the easiest way to keep everyone updated on his milestones. I promise I will try and update as much as possible. Enjoy the slideshow and stay tuned to all the fun times to come!