Baby Drew: Nine Months

Mr. Drew is quickly approaching one-year-old status. He is a delightful and easy-going baby. He’s actually ten months old but I’m a little behind posting his monthly updates. Below are facts about Drew at nine months.

– He sleeps through the night again (yay).

– He loves to eat and is not picky about what he is fed.

– He can stay sitting up if placed in a seated position (he can almost push himself up to a seated position on his own).

– He loves to kick and splash in the bath tub.

– He has a second tooth coming in on the bottom, and we can see three coming in up top.

– He loves to randomly start screeching.

– He is all smiles practically all of the time.

– When he’s really hungry and sees his bottle, he opens his mouth and his body shakes. It’s pretty cute.

Baby Drew: Eight Months

Drew is a light in our family’s life. Below are facts about 8-month-old Drew.

– He doesn’t crawl yet, but he loves to plank and get up on his hands and knees and rock forward and back.

– He loves to chew on things.

– He can hold his own bottle when he eats.

– He either likes to wake up early and take a long morning nap (I wake him up after two hours so he will still be able nap in the afternoon) or sleeps in until after 9:30.

– He loves to roll all around.

– He’s very ticklish and loves to laugh.

– He lights up when he sees his siblings, and they adore him.

– He has started waking up once a night but not consistently. I feed him 2-3 ounces and then he goes back to sleep. (Brooke started waking once a night around 8 months. I also would feed her a few ounces and she’d go back to sleep. This continued on for many more months – maybe even a year – so I’m hoping that’s not the case again).

Baby Drew: Month 6 & 7 Updates

Our Mr. Drew is over 7 months. I never wrote his 6-month update, so I’m combining it with his 7-month update.

Baby Drew at 6 months:

  • Great sleeper and napper.
  • Can roll over in both directions.
  • Started eating pureed foods. His first food was pumpkin. He seems to like everything we’ve given him (except green beans – those didn’t settle well).
  • Loves to screech – it’s a new thing.
  • Loves to smile and laugh.

Baby Drew at 7 months:

  • Got his first tooth!
  • Teething has been rough on him. Neither of my older kids really expressed pain or discomfort when teething, so this is new for me.
  • Loves to bounce in his bouncer.
  • Prefers to sleep on his stomach. Although he can sleep in almost any position.
  • Sleep has become more rough this past month, but overall he’s still a great sleeper.
  • Screeching seems to be his favorite way of communicating.
  • He can grab things and put them in his mouth.
  • He rolls and scoots (only backwards) all over the place. He’s at the point where he can get stuck under couches or chairs because he only knows how to scoot backwards.
  • Loves the water and enjoys sitting in a baby float when we go to the lake and kicking his legs.
An example of him stuck under the chair from scooting backwards haha.

Baby Drew: Five Months

Little Drew hits his six-month mark next week. So I figured I’d better hurry to write his overdue five-month blog post.

Facts about 5-month-old Drew:

– He can roll both directions but doesn’t do it often.

– He is a smiley boy! Especially when he’s looking at mom.

– He still naps well and sleeps through the night, aside from a quick wake-up once a night because he needs his pacifier put back in his mouth.

– He’s started laughing when he’s tickled and it’s very cute.

– His older brother David loves to go into Drew’s bedroom and talk to him as Drew lays in his crib.

Baby Drew’s Blessing Day

John’s parents came in town for Baby Drew’s blessing. We had the blessing at our home on a Sunday afternoon. My sister, brother Trevor, John’s uncle David, and our church congregation’s Bishop came over that afternoon for the blessing. My parents and my brother Blake were able to join via Zoom.

As I’ve said before, Drew is such a peaceful baby. He makes my heart swell with love. It’s amazing how each child adds to the love in my heart.

We enjoyed having John’s parents with us for the weekend. I think Brooke and David had the most fun playing at two different parks with grandma and grandpa while they were here.

We tried to snap a family picture but the stars didn’t align to get us all smiling and looking at the camera. But hey, that’s the stage of life we’re in right now haha.

Baby Drew: Four Months

Drew is four months. Four months is one of my favorite times in a baby’s first year of life. It’s about this time that their personality begins to really shine through. Below are facts about Drew at four months.

– Drew is a champion sleeper. He naps great and sleeps through the night. I do get up about 4:30 each morning to put in his pacifier when he starts crying. He goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up about 8/9 a.m. (We wake him up around 9 p.m. to feed him).

– A few days after he hit the four-month mark, he rolled over from his stomach to his back.

– He is so smiley!

– When he gets tired, he starts babbling and makes screeching noises. It’s so cute and funny.

– He doesn’t cry often. He is very calm and patient.

– He loves most people but I definitely think he’s a momma’s boy (at least at the moment ha).

– He continues to exude peacefulness.

Baby Drew: Three Months

Our little Drew hit the three-month mark recently. He continues to be such a peaceful baby. Below are fun facts about Drew at three months.

– He sleeps through the night without needing to eat (hip hip hooray!). He wakes up a few times at night, and I’ll stick his pacifier back in, and he goes right back to sleep. There have been a couple nights I haven’t had to stick his pacifier in. Hopefully those nights will become more frequent.

– He is so chill and calm. He pretty much only cries when he wants to eat or sleep.

– He takes two naps a day. One in the morning for about an hour and one in the afternoon for about three hours. He sleeps at night from 7 p.m. to between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.

– He becomes really chatty when I look at him in the eyes and it’s just me and him. I told John I’ll be interested to see if he’s a kid who opens up and becomes talkative when he’s one-on-one but is otherwise more quiet.

– He enjoys sucking on his hands.

– He is quite smiley.

– He is patient.

Baby Drew: Two Months

Drew is two months old. He is still as sweet and cuddly as ever! Below are facts about two-month-old Drew.

– He’s begun to smile at us. He has such a happy and gentle light about him.

– He sleeps amazingly well. He’s already slept through the night a number of times. When he does wake at night, it’s generally only once during the night. He’s also been a great napper.

– He’s a hungry little guy and eats more than my other kids did at this age.

– He loves being swaddled, but if he falls asleep without being swaddled, his hands always end up by his ears.

– He’s just starting to coo at us and it’s so cute.

Baby Drew: One Month

Drew is almost two months old, so this blog post is a bit overdue. Also, the pictures of him with the one-month sticker on were taken when he was six weeks. So he’s a bit bigger in those pictures than he actually was at the one-month mark.

Fun facts about Drew as a one-month-old:

– He is SO cuddly. He is by far my cuddliest baby yet!

– Almost every evening he falls asleep in John’s arms. John has a special way to hold Drew that he loves.

– He pretty much only cries when he’s hungry.

– He is a very chill baby and sleeps very well for a newborn.

– His siblings adore him! (as do his parents)

Welcome Baby Drew!

Earlier this month, we welcomed our third child into our family. Drew Louis Longenecker made a very speedy entrance into this world. His first name is a derivative of the name Andrew, which runs in my family line. His middle name is the first name of one of his paternal great-grandfathers. 

He was born early in the morning on a Tuesday. The Saturday prior to his arrival, I woke up in the night feeling contractions that were about 3 minutes apart. So I woke up John, and we headed to the hospital, which is about 45 minutes from our home. The contractions weren’t super strong, but my contractions generally don’t get too intense until right before it’s time to push. When I went into labor with Brooke, I was already 7 centimeters when we arrived at the hospital, and the nurses were quite surprised since my contractions weren’t registering very strongly.

Well, as we drove to the hospital on Saturday night, the contractions didn’t seem to progress. If anything, they seemed to feel less strong the closer we got to the hospital. Once we arrived, I told John that I wanted to wait in the car to see if the contractions picked up. The contractions started getting further apart, so we headed home without ever stepping foot in the hospital.

Fast forward to Monday night – or really very, very early Tuesday morning. I woke up to Brooke singing in her room. When I woke up, my stomach hurt a little bit, and I figured my stomach was just upset. After a few minutes, I began to think that maybe my stomach pains were actually labor pains. I started timing the pains, and they were a minute and a half apart. Once again, I woke up John, and we headed to the hospital. There is a hospital only 15 minutes from our house, but it doesn’t have a maternity ward. Because of how close together my contractions were and because they were intensifying quickly, I told John I thought we should go to the emergency room at the closer hospital.

We arrived at the hospital by our house and my contractions quickly intensified. However, we could tell the ER doctor really did not want to deliver a baby. So he called for an ambulance to take us to the hospital with the labor and delivery facilities. It took the ambulance 20 minutes to arrive (not sure what took them so long). When we left in the ambulance, I felt like I could have the baby any minute, but I knew we were still a 20+ minute drive away from the second hospital. As we left, John overheard the ER doctor say to the hospital we were being sent to that they needed to be prepared to deliver our baby as soon as we arrived. And sure enough, within 10 minutes of us entering the doors at the second hospital, Drew was born.

It was a bit of a traumatic experience because I had zero pain medicine, and I could tell my body was ready to deliver our little guy while in the ambulance. Only an hour and half lapsed between when I woke up to Brooke’s singing and Drew’s birth, and it was probably the most intense hour and a half of my life.

When Drew was born and the nurse laid him on me, I didn’t even have the energy to look down at him. I couldn’t believe the pain was done and he was born. While his entrance into this world felt dramatic, he has proved to be a very low drama baby. He’s a great eater and a great sleeper. He cries only when he needs something (which is generally to eat). 

I was nervous about entering the newborn world again. The sleep deprivation aspect of newborn life is hard for me. I feel like it affects all aspects of my life in not the most positive way. A few weeks before Drew was born, I had the thought that God is the one who made babies to need to eat every few hours in the beginning of their lives. I know God is a loving God, and he didn’t make babies this way just to play a joke on new moms. It occurred to me that there must be something of value for me to learn or gain from the experience of having a newborn. There must be a God-given gift that comes from having a newborn and needing to wake every few hours to feed the baby. So when things have felt tough, I’ve reminded myself to look for the gift and to cherish this experience. I make sure I find time each day to do what I call “conscious cuddling,” meaning I take the time to cuddle Drew “just because” and soak in these moments that I know are fleeting. My heart is so full. I love Drew, and David, and Brooke, and John so much. I’m grateful for my family. They are my world, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.