Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Fun with Drew: Part 1

Drew joined us mid-summer last year, and wasn't up for much activity (which was great, because neither were we!). This summer, he's been busy walking around and exploring everything he can get his hands on. We've been having loads of fun! 

Pool Time:

We've also been having a lot of fun at local parks. Drew usually likes the swings and the slides. Last week we met up with Nanna Jo for a picnic dinner at the park, and Drew had a blast playing on the big kid toys!

Gorgeous view!
When the weather isn't so great, we've been having fun playing in Drew's new room. Room time is a lot more fun now that he finally has a proper room to play in (his room at the condo was half nursery, half storage).

This Activity Garden has gotten a lot of use! Drew likes to climb in the window, and then go down the little slide.
One rainy afternoon, we pulled out my old collection of Toy Story toys...
Drew found Woody's hat, and thought it was hysterical when I put it on his head!

He laughed so hard that he got tired and laid down in my lap :-)
Exploring the Edmond's Art Festival for Father's Day:

I was going to share that Piroshky with Drew, but he ended up eating almost the entire thing!
Fun on the back deck:

Watching dad mow the lawn!
On Saturdays, we often go down to the Edmond's Farmer's Market:
Fresh peaches, yum!
Checking out the fire truck
We've been working a lot on meal time behavior. He is hit and miss, but mostly behaves at the table. He has finally learned to sign to us when he's "all done", and that has helped tremendously. Him not being able to adequately communicate to us is (in my opinion) to root of most of the mealtime whining/crying. He's transitioned to a sippy cup for lunch and snack time, and now drinking whole milk or almond milk (instead of frozen breast milk or formula)

I'm definitely a fan of snack time in the pool - it makes for an easy clean up!
Lastly, mom's favorite event of the summer has been the 4th of July! We took Drew down to the Edmond's Parade, where he participated in the kiddie parade with his friend Noel. Erin, Noel's mom, and I have been friends since 3rd grade - so it was neat for us to have kids so close in age! After the kiddie parade, Drew sat unbelievable still in our laps for the entire main parade. No melt downs, no crying - it was amazing! He then went home and slept for 3 hours. I wish there was a parade every weekend...
That evening, our community group got together for pizza and fireworks. We put Drew to bed at our friend's house, and he slept right through all the noise! We transferred him home around 11pm, and he managed to put himself back to sleep despite the fireworks going off directly beside our house. I can't sing the praises of Baby Wise (and sleep training in general) enough!

Drew all decked out and waiting for the kiddie parade to start (that's his friend Noel in the background)
Those sunglasses stayed on for about 3 seconds...
Erin and I with the kids
Drew's first kiddie parade!
Sweet Noel all dolled up with bows
Seeing the salute to the veterans and armed forces is always my favorite part

Drew was so content watching the parade...
He just chewed on his ducky...
He even kicked his feet up to relax a little!
We let him play with the toys that were handed out, but dad took care of the candy ;-)
Eventually he wanted to sit down on the curb by himself.
I was sad; I want him to sit in my lap until he's too big to fit!
My little pal!
Drew will be 1 this coming week! Is it too cliché to say that "time flies"? Because it surely does. I'll be back with a 12 month update in a few weeks!

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