Andrew and family are doing really well. We are still incredibly busy but are hoping to settle down some in the coming weeks. Stacye and I have made the decision for her to quit work so she will be a stay at home mom starting in December. It will be tight financially but it is the right decision for our family. Lainey and Andrew will benefit having her home and available. Today with both of us working full time, every day has a stress level just getting everyone in the right place and on time each morning. Stacye’s work has been very flexible, as she has been able to come in later and pop out for special occasions with Lainey at her school and many other family things. It has been apparent how much they valued her and we thank them for their kindness in recognizing our commitment to the family.
We had a good time this past weekend as Jane (sister) and Kari (niece) and Dad and Mag came in for a visit. This was Jane and Kari's first opportunity to meet Andrew and Jane was the first to get Andrew to give a kiss. Stacye and I have not been able to get him to give kisses to us since. We will continue to work on this.
Andrew is teething and slobbering and growing. He has slowed down his eating and now has more of a two year olds appetite. For the first five weeks he would sit down and eat as much for lunch or dinner as Stacye or me. I think in the beginning his brain was telling him to eat all he could before the food was taken away from the table and his body was ready to accept the large intake of calories. Now that his mind understands that there is food readily available, his body is telling him it is full and it’s okay to stop eating, even if there is food still on the table. It has been a fascinating transformation to watch.
I do not think that I will ever forget the plane ride home from Kaz when I first saw his base motivation compared to another child. We sat beside a fifteen month old little girl and her parents for ten hours. When the baby bags were opened for each, she wanted to check out his toys to see what she could play with in Andrew’s stash. At the same time Andrew looked directly past her toys (I mean zero interest) and only wanted to know what food she had in the bag. There was such a stark gap in their motivations. Now that his body seems to be satisfied with his nutrition, Andrew is now becoming the toy connoisseur like his plane mate. He is just doing great!