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10 facts about our 8 month old boy

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Well, we started our eighth month last week, and this has been a particularly interesting change because in the last month or so he exploded developmentally, rather than just getting bigger.  So much is going on, I thought that a run down would be fun to have later, and you all might be interested too.  So here goes:

Cade @ 8 months

  1. He weighed 18.2lbs and was 27.5 inches long at his last doctor visit.  He is in the 50% for height and weight, and his head is still in the 95%.  I am just grateful that was a development as he got older instead of at birth.
  2. He is now really mobile.  He is low crawling all over the place.  Joe says it is a true tactical low crawl except that his head is too high.  I say that it is the return of the zombie baby (brains, mmmmm, brains!) from when he was a newborn because he looks like he is dragging himself across the floor to eat you.  This mobility technique is effective for him but hard on the laundry.  I have joked (kinda) about sewing a dust mop into the front of his onesies.  Would save a huge amount of time for me!
  3. He still high-centers or straddles himself around every piece of furniture he can find (just like he has been ever since he started moving).  Except now he can release himself most of the time.
  4. He is still just using one sense to determine the world: taste.  Everything goes in the mouth: dogs, papers, power cords.  It has been a slow learning process.
  5. He is now eating a plethora of food too and doing a pretty good job with feeding himself.  He can drink through a straw (which I learned by accidentally giving him some of my iced coffee), and he is working on mastering sippy cups.
  6. He is a well traveled little thing too:  5 airplane rides with Mom (Kansas, Florida, and up to Maine) and 8 (about to be 9) car rides longer than 8 hours (lots to Maine, once to Michigan, and back from Indiana).  He is excited to make his way out to Oklahoma soon too!
  7. His major form of communication is a pterodactyl screech that I swear he learned from his little friend, Lily.  He uses it to tell me that he is having fun, wants something I have, is hungry,  is cold, is tired, or is pissed off.  Needless to say, I hear it a lot.  Not my favorite noise!
  8. He does have a great laugh, and I am learning all the best tickle spots to get it.  That is really my favorite noise!  He  loves to laugh at me, but I am sure that he learned this from Joe. There is a video below to show you what I mean!
  9. He is still at home with me all day, but that will probably change in the next few weeks, as I look for a little something to do on the side and my classes start.  I am looking for the right place for him right now, but since I don’t want full time, it is going to be a little tricky to find something that works for us.
  10. He has no teeth yet, but seems to be working diligently on several all at once.

Cade Laughing from Sandy Anderson on Vimeo.

So, that’s what going on with us.  Hope all is well with all of you!

2 months….

Monday, February 22nd, 2010


Well, Cade turned two months old this week and with that came another trip to the doctor’s office. In the last two weeks, he has grown two and half inches and gained almost two pounds.  So, he is now 10lbs 5oz and 24 inches long, and he moved from the 10th to the 25th percentile. I am so excited to see the pudge increasing along with the personality appearing.

And, even more exciting for Joe and I is that we found a doctor that we like, so now at least there will be some consistency in our care.  Other than that, we don’t have much else to report in our world.  We are still having what we think is a little reflux trouble, but we are trying out a few things on that front and will post about it as we find out more information!  Exciting stuff though!




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The reader’s digest version…

Friday, December 18th, 2009

And, then there were three!

I know lots of people post big long stories about all the details of their labor, but you guys really didn’t think that I would do that, did you?  All the really needs to be shared is that it was fast, relatively “easy” (as far as labor can be), and everything went the way I hoped it would – no drugs, etc!  And, the best part is that we have this beautiful little one now.


We have taken some pictures already, and I know that we will be taking more now that we will have a chance to play.  Until then, we will be posting pictures to my flickr account.  Feel free to check them out, and I will post again with updates soon!

Thinking about gratitude…

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

My friend Bonnie put up a wonderful post the other day on her blog about what she was grateful for this holiday season, and she inspired me a little to share some of the things I am grateful about as well.  These are in no particular order, and some of them are probably a little obvious, but oh well.

1| I am the most grateful for the upcoming addition to our family.  What many of you don’t know is that Joe and I tried for almost two years, and we were getting closer to the point where we didn’t think it might happen. Now, with just five weeks left until the little guy arrives, I am so grateful that we didn’t give up.

2| I am grateful that Joe and I have such a solid relationship, despite deployments and other events that could have worked to pull us apart instead of push us together.  And, even though it did take us some time to be able to start a family, I am grateful for every second that we had together just focusing on the two of us.

3| I am grateful that we are back in an area that we can enjoy our family being so close, despite the fact that it means that we had to move away from some of them to get here.  This is the first chance in our married life that we have had the ability to drive ten minutes down the road and spend time with any of our family, and I am grateful for the new types of relationships that has cultivated, even though the last six months since we have been here have been some of the hardest for my family.

4| I am grateful that my mom and I have this time to spend together, particularly now when I need her advice the most.  Over the last few years, we have both worked to put aside past differences and celebrate them instead even when we don’t completely agree, and I am grateful that we did that work before Joe and I moved back here, so we can more fully enjoy this time now.

5| I am grateful for all the friends I have made over the last 10 years that have been my family while living in other states,  going through deployments, and enduring all the other perils of Army life.

6| And, however strange it may sound, I am grateful that I am a person that takes on too much.  I said many times before this semester started that this fall was going to be easy.  I actually thought I was giving myself a break.  And, needless to say, it has been anything but.  Teaching two classes and taking two classes while pregnant has not been an easy thing to do, but it reminds me that I can do it.

I am grateful that my natural inclinations allow me to take on the hard stuff.  Without it, I would not have told that West Point cadet that I wouldn’t stop harassing him until he agreed to marry me after five emails over ten years ago.  And, I wouldn’t have been able to teach consistently over the last nine years, something I truly love,  despite the moves, killer grading schedules,  and economic downturns. And, I wouldn’t have the family of friends I do because it does seem like I always pick out the hard ones!

I am grateful for picking the hard way, for the days when I know I can do it, but even more so for the days when I am not sure that I can.  So while I know the people who love me the most have the inclination to tell me to slow down, you will have to understand why I don’t always take the advice.  Pushing on has worked out for me so far!  And, as my best friend once told me, sometimes I need you to tell me “you can do it” instead of “it will be over soon”!

Seems like an awful reason to post again…

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

So, it has been forever since I posted any kind of an update here about all that’s been going on with the Andersons, but that is because lots of fun and exciting things have been going on that have kept us really busy.  However, this post isn’t about any of them.

The Shoe Eater

After three weeks of non-stop vomiting, we had to make a decision about Cleo.  I thought I was okay with it until I called the vet to make the appointment to have her put to sleep.  And, then I lost it.  I won’t say it was an easy thing to do, but we do know that it was the right answer.

Two weeks ago when we took her to the doggie emergency room she weighed a mere 87 pounds, which was very thin for her.  Today, when we took her in, she weighed 74.  She wasn’t doing well, and we know we made the right decision.  But, it was an awful decision to have to make.

And, I fear how some of us are going to take it when he figures everything out!

Cleo & Cooper

She was a great dog, and we will miss her tremendously.  Great Danes, like most big dogs, have a horrible life expectancy, but they are wonderful and worth it every time.  I am sure this won’t be our last, but she will always be our first!  We just wanted everyone who loved her as much as we did to know what was going on.