June 15, 2015

Two and a Half Years Old!

Andrew's half birthday is today!  We don't celebrate them around here, but it's been a while since I've written an update about Andrew.

It has been a big 6 months for my guy.  Soon after he turned two, he vacated his crib in favor of a twin bed.  While we wanted this to happen so we'd have the crib available for Brandon, Andrew made the change because he suddenly decided that he hated being put in the crib at night.  Bedtime was getting really difficult (though he still napped in the crib for a little while) so we decided it was just time.  We had a rough month or two after the switch where Aaron would fall asleep in Andrew's bed with him because Andrew would get upset if he left before he was asleep.  Then if he woke up alone in the middle of the night Aaron would have to go back in.  But now he's back to sleeping like a champ at night- he stays in bed even if it takes him a little while to fall asleep.  He sometimes decides to play around his room when he should be napping, but that's the exception rather than the norm.

He became a big brother!  This was obviously a big change for Andrew.  At first he had a rough time learning that I wouldn't just stop nursing and put the baby down if Andrew wanted to sit on my lap or be held.  But it didn't take too long for him to get used to sharing his parents with his baby brother.  Now he's a very loving and somewhat protective big brother.  He often asks me where Brandon is, if he's not within sight.  He sometimes joins in tummy time, and tries to share his toys.  He especially loves helping put Brandon's pacifier back in if it falls out.  At one of my rehearsals recently I had the boys with me, and another kid came up to Brandon, who was lying on his blanket on the floor.  Andrew immediately came over and blocked the kid so he wouldn't get too close or get on Brandon's blanket.  He sure loves his brother- they're going to be great playmates someday soon.

Andrew went on his first camping trip and had a blast.  He really loves his grandparents and cousins.

His language has improved so much in the last 6 months.  It's rare that he says something I can't understand, and he speaks in full sentences all the time.  He learns new words and phrases every day.  He has also started enjoying singing.  Aaron reads nursery rhymes with him at night now, and his favorite is Old McDonald.  He put on a little concert for me the other day.  He brought in his little stool and set it down in the middle of the kitchen and announced, "Andrew's gonna sing Old McDonald."  It was pretty adorable.

We're working on getting him to stop sucking on his fingers.  Most of the time, he only sucks on them when he's in bed now, which is awesome.  We sometimes have to remind him (especially if he's bored- like in the car) but he usually only needs a little reminder and he's good.  We haven't tried tackling it for sleep yet- one step at a time!

We're looking forward to a fun summer with our big little man.  He's growing up so fast!

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