By Tiffany George
Andrew and Natalie are the sweetest kids ever. Last night we decided to go grocery shopping as a family for the first time since Natalie has been born. Boy, was it a treat. When we asked Andrew if he wanted to go you would have thought we had asked him if he wanted to hang out with Papa, that's how excited he got.
Once we arrived at Market Basket, Pete put Natalie's seat in the stroller and he pushed around the cart while Andrew and I found everything on our list. He would help me find each item and put it in the cart himself. He had so much fun being our little helper. By the time we got to the yellow peppers he about lost it. He was literally jumping up and down and clapping in the aisle. I am sure that he brought a smile to everyone who got to witness him shopping last night.
Andrew and I went down the meat aisle while Pete and Natalie took off in search of a loaf of bread. I told Andrew that we needed to get Daddy to pick out the meat instead. Without missing a beat he turned to head down the bread aisle yelling "HUN, HUN, pick meat". As you may know, I refer to Pete as Hun and Andrew has picked up on this. He doesn't always call Pete hun, he only does it when he needs to hollar to him in another room, or if he is upstairs or something. Pete thinks this is the sweetest thing ever and he always responds "yes, Hun?". They are both so darn precious I can hardly stand it!
Natalie is also doing wonderfully. She is a little happy yeller who is very much into her brother right now. All he needs to do is walk in to the room and she lights right up. She also loves to look up at her Daddy. She loves to stare at him while he is talking, smiling away. If she is not admiring one of her two favorite boys, she most definitely has something in her mouth to chew on, be it a burp cloth, toy, or her dress. She also loves to see the world around her at all times. Whenever I put her up on my shoulder she uses her mighty muscles to push back and away from me so that she can see what I can see. She also likes to look at me too! Today she was pushing herself away from me, looking around when she sort of startled herself by looking right at me, about 4 inches away. She gave me the sweetest smile that made me feel so loved!
Natalie also appears to be getting prepared to start crawling. It started when she was 4 1/2 months old and we honestly thought it was just a fluke. By now we know that it is a cinch for her to get up on her hands and knees to start rocking. Those who have had children know that once rocking starts it is only a matter of time before those cute little hands and knees learn to move in sync. I know that my world will take a dramatic change once I have two mobile kids. Look out Momma (or just plain Mom as Andrew has now started to call me)!
As you can see from the photos below, these kids just keep getting cuter and cuter. These pics are from our picking expedition at Butternut Farms a few weekends ago. Natalie seemed to enjoy the nice sunny day, plus looking at leaves is so much fun! We were there for over 2 hours and Andrew would have honestly stayed the whole day picking blueberries. He is so patient and self-sufficient while picking. He knows to only pick the blue ones and he does it all by himself. MY Papa would be proud.