Andrew has started talking! It's so fun to hear him saying words and repeating things that we say.
So far he can say:
bye-bye uh-oh (said: uh...........oh) ha ('hi') dog (thanks to Tara's GIANT dogs) no, no da-dad (Grandad) ack, ack (quack, quack) mu ('more'--said while signing 'more') ba-ba (bottle) igh-igh (night-night)
He can sign:
'milk' and 'more'
If you had told me a month ago that by Easter he would be standing, cruising and talking, I would have said you were crazy. :) Here's a short video of him saying "da-dad".
Andrew had a great first Easter home. We went to the early church service at Gramma and Grandad's church. Then we came home and opened our baskets (yes, I still get a basket). Later, we went and picked up Grandmom Wilson and had Easter dinner at about 5:00. It was a great holiday.
Listening to the music at church.
Andrew's basket from Gramma and Grandad.
Andrew's basket from the Easter Bunny (aka: mommy)
Andrew and I were supposed to fly to see Gramma and Grandad. American Airlines had other plans. They cancelled our flight 13 hours ahead of schedule because there was a 'chance of snow'. (but I'm not bitter) So, I loaded Andrew into the car and we drove. Our friend Tara was nice enough to let us stay with her overnight on short notice. We had a GREAT time and made our change of plans totally worth it. (Thank you, Tara!!!) Andrew had a couple of 'firsts' while we were there. He said, "dog" and he gave me a kiss--the first one I haven't had to steal. Here are some pictures of our wonderful visit with them:
Andrew with Rich. He LOVED Rich.
Rich came out to meet us at the car and Andrew immediately got a big
smile on his face and said, "Hi!"
Logan playing ball with Andrew:
Devon and Andrew together:
Andrew after being 'licked clean' by Milo (Tara's GIANT dog):
Easter is a very significant holiday in Guatemala. It is filled with art and tradition. I would love to take Andrew back there during Holy Week when he is old enough to understand it. "The first religious procession in Guatemala happened in 1543 and was modeled after the processions that took place in Spain. Antigua, Guatemala is home to the world's largest Holy Week celebration. Processions take place on Fridays and every Sunday in Lent and throughout Holy Week, culminating in a joyous resurrection procession on Easter Sunday. On Palm Sunday, the men wear traditional Maya costume." The people of Guatemala make the most amazing sawdust carpets. There was one in the lobby of the Marriott when I picked up Andrew and I stared at it every time I walked past. They're really unbelievable. Here is a website that shows pictures of the sawdust carpets. http://acweb.colum.edu/fipse_projects/eig/carpets.html If you browse around the website, there is good information and wonderful pictures of the Easter traditions in Guatemala.