Check out this link to Drew's own home page.....
Ok, here is the first of several reports on the state of my son.
some of it will be advice/warnings for those of you entering
parenthood now, but much of it is just me spreading my good cheer at
having the most wonderful baby on Earth (am I biased?!).
Topic #1- Size:
This is a big boy. It is hard to believe that something
this small compared to the rest of us, could be this big. How big is
he? Well, just this week he went in for his two month checkup. He is
24 1/2 inches long and more than 13 pounds. This puts him in the 95th
percentile for height and 90th for weight (so he is tall, but not
quite fat!). Now, they say that baby height/weight have nothing to do
with their adult size, but I think they are wrong. This kid is gonna
be 6-5 and a dominating off guard. I am thrilled about the size.
Kathy, who has to hold him all day and nurse him, would be very
happy if he was just a little smaller. She is also convinced I had an
affair with some really tall woman and that is why he is so big. I
know the science of it does not make sense, but we simply cannot
figure out how 5-2 Kathy and 6-0 Jason produced this monster.
Topic #2- What comes out of him:
Babies do two things really well. Throw up and poop.
Usually they do this in small, baby-like amounts and in small,
baby-like ways. But sometimes they do not. This is especially true of
boys who love to pee wildly when their penis is out in the air and
uncovered. More than anything though, be on the lookout for
"projectile poop." It moves fast and once it hits, it will not come
out of whatever it has infected. If you thought Ebola was bad, you
clearly have not experienced "projectile poop."
Topic #3- Sleep and Smiles:
The single greatest moment I have experienced in the past
two months was the time I came home last week, picked up Drew and
smiled at him... and he smiled back. A smile will cure all evils, even
projectile poop. That said, the second greatest moment was the time I
woke up at 7am and realized that he had just slept through the night.
Now, he is not doing it all the time and sometimes it takes some
pacifier coaxing to get him to amke it all the way til sunup, but the
fact that he is sleeping through the night at all is cause for a
national holiday. I have heard from some parents that their baby was
sleeping through the night at one week... if this happens to you, keep
it very quiet. If any of your fellow parent friends find out, then they
will secretly plan to call your phone at 4am every night for the next
Topic #4- The little things:
Random notes now...
There is nothing on Earth quite as calming and pleasing as having a
baby fall asleep on your shoulder or stomach. It is especailly nice on
Saturday and Sunday mornings around 7am when Kathy feeds him and then
hands him to me and I put him on my tummy (tummy to tummy) and we fall
Mirrors are gods gift to parents. Give Drew a mirror and his best
friend is suddenly right there next to him for him to play with. The
thing Drew likes best about his best friend is that whenever Drew does
something, his friend does it back...
Baths are fun but messy. A happy baby kicks its legs and thrashes
about with its arms. These are not good traits for keeping things dry
during a bath. Drew is happy in the bathtub, which means the bathroom
Babies are not very good critics. I know this because Drew actually
likes to hear me sing to him. Many nights he goes to sleep to the
sounds of daddy belting out songs from "The Lion King" while rocking
him back and forth. Yeah, I know it is probably spoiling him, but you
try not to spoil your kids. I dare ya...
There is so much more I could say. All you other parents know what I am
talking about when I say that I have a new favorite topic of
conversation. Basketball and Movies just got knocked down a notch on
See you all soon...
And here is the second report... emailed in early April!
Subject: Drew Bear Report #2
Author: Jason Evans at TBSCNNCENTER13
Date: 09.04.97 18:59
Here is the second in a regular series of notes on the most amazing
child on the planet, my son. They are as much for me to keep and
remember him as they are for all of you to know about this wonderful
joy we call parenthood. Anyway, enjoy and if you have any criticism,
keep it to yourself. haha!
Drew is now three months and one day old (but who is
counting). I think it is possible that his massive growth has slowed a
bit. Remember that he was 95th percentile in height and 90th in weight
at the two month mark. I am still hoping he gets to be 6-2 in height
and about 180 in weight (tall and thin!). Kathy still thinks I am
crazy to believe that anything that issued from her womb would grow
You may recall I mentioned how Drew could melt a polar
icecap with the joy you see in his smile. Well, after looking at it
and being amazed by it for the past month, I have figured out his
secret... he has no teeth. As a result, when he smiles even a little
bit, it looks like a huge beaming smile cause there is nothing but
black between his gums. Try to imagine this and you may understand
what I am talking about. This kid opens his mouth and it looks like
the biggest smile you or I could ever give. It is a clever trick
designed by god to show us how happy our babies are beacuse they do
not yet have the proper grasp of words to tell us themselves.
What note on a baby would be complete without a mention of
some grotesque bodily function! For this note, I will focus on the
color of my child's poopie. Early on, it was mostly an orangish-brown
color. It was sometimes yellow. About two weeks ago, I became very
alarmed when I took off his diaper and saw a mass of sticky dark green
For those of you who are just having babies, do not be
alarmed when you see the green doo-doo, it turns out this is just a
natural progression in the color of your child's dumps. Appearantly,
green poop is a sign your kid's liver is working properly. I just
wanna know what he is eating and drinking that is going thru his liver
and making his shit green!
Ok, I am not gonna sit here and lie to you and tell you
that Drew Bear is standing up and walking around at three months
old... but he is doing something damn close to it. He loves loves
loves to straighten out his legs and put all his weight on them while
you steady him by holding onto his hands or his underarms. He supports
his full weight and looks around with wonderment at how strong his
legs are. Sometimes, if he sees something worth moving towards, he
even takes a cautious step forward... before collapsing in a heap from
the utter exhaustion of standing up. On one or two occassions, I have
loosened my grip on his hands and let him stand on his own for a good
half a second before he loses his balance and comes tumbling down into
My mother says I should be careful about this whole thing
because babies that walk too soon and put too much strain on their
legs can end up bow-legged. This had me paniced for about five minutes
until I called my father-in-law, the doctor, who said that was a bunch
of hogwash. I figure that if he is wrong and my mom is right, Drew
will still have a career someday as a bow-legged cowboy riding the
range and bringing in the herd.
The happiest day in your child's early life will be the day
he or she discovers their thumb. "Wow! Look what I have on the end of
my hand... a portable pacifier!"
Drew has figured out that his thumb would make a great
thing to suck upon, but he has not yet figured out how to stick it out
and put it in his mouth. So, he does the next best thing and sucks his
whole hand. He just shoved his fist into his mouth and starts
slobbering all over the place. He laughs and smiles and drools
throughout the entire exercise. Seeing as Kathy and I rarely give him
a pacifier anymore, we allow him this indulgence. In fact, we find it
It is almost as funny as his "Ray Charles" immitation that
he did before his arm became dexterous enough for him to put his hand
in his mouth. He knew that hand would be good to suck upon, but could
not really control it or his head. So he would waive his hand back and
forth in front of his face while his head would rock back and forth
trying to catch up with his hand. It was hysterical. Sometimes he
would shut his eyes because he was concentrating so hard on his
swaying head and hand and he would look just like Ray Charles or
Stevie Wonder rocking their heads. Many a laugh came from that.
By 3 months, your child should be...:
Ok, one of the first things I learned as a parent was that
all the books and advice about raising your child are horse-pookey.
The thing that drives me the most crazy is the part of the books that
By age three months, your child should be:
-holding his or her head at a 90% angle when on
-sleeping at least 6 hours in a row at night.
-smiling when smiled at.
-following with their eyes an object held 6 inches
from their face and slowly moved from right to left.
-reading the complete works of Milton and writing
book reports on the Illiad and the Odyssey.
This is such junk! It drives me insane. I will admit it,
Drew hates to be on his stomach and as a result he is "behind" in
holding his head up and probably will wait his own sweet time to get
on his belly and start crawling. But I refuse to believe that this
means he will graduate a year late from high school or be forced to
take a job that requires him to ask people if they want a packet of
ketchup with their fries.
My advice is to stay away from books which say these
things... Of course I am compelled to mention that even thought Drew
is "bellying" at just a two month old pace, he is "watching things"
the way a five month old baby would.
I am proud to report that Drew is a regular Cassanova,
already having written a love letter to Mike Paz's new baby girl. He
is also persuing dates with a three week old in Connecticut and the
soon to be born Gutierrez baby in Miami. Lady killer!
Well, that is about it for this ramble. Thanks for indulging me. By
the way, Kathy and I just got back an amazing role of film from which
we made some extra copies of the best pics of the little guy. Anybody
who wants to see how much he has changed, just lemme know and a new
picture will be headed your way (it is amazing how much better the
pictures get when the kids start smiling and open their eyes)!!
Yet another note about my son... my favorite topic. This one is
much more current and much shorter than the others. Talk to ya soon,
Written on: 6.25.97, just moments before attending the reunion!
For those of you waiting desperately for news, here is the latest on
that little puddle of fun, Drew Bear:
Food: He still eats from mommy but has started solid foods as
well... if you can call this rice-cereal stuff we give him solid. He
gets it once a day in the evening and he adores it. We started by
giving him one tablespoon-worth... he devoured that up and started
banging on his high chair for more. so now he gets a five tablespoon
serving (one tablespoon of which ends up on his face/hands/bib). He is
a little piglet!
Sleep: He was an angel for the longest time. For two months, he
consistently slept from 9 or 10pm until 8 or 9am without making a
peep. but, in the past week or so, something has changed. He keeps on
waking up screaming at 4am and nothing we do makes him go back to
sleep (we refuse to feed him because we do not want to develop an
overnight feeding habit). He is teething and we think he is wailing
because his teeth hurt. He has also felt kind of warm, so he may have
a low grade fever (not uncommon for a baby). The most remarkable part
of it is that he is asleep while he cries. We are still trying to
figure it out and hope it is just a temporary stage.
Getting around: Drew is showing signs of starting to crawl. When
you put him on his back, he scootches around backwards. The other night
he scooted under my mothers bed on his back. It was quite funny. On his
tummy, he starts kicking his legs and trying to go forward. He has not
yet figured out that the whole process would be much easier if he got
up on his knees and raised his tummy off the ground. We are in no hurry
for him to grow up, so we are not going to give him any hints... next
thing you know he will want the car keys.
On the topic of getting around, Drew's new favorite toy is his
walker. He gets in it and starts jumping up and down and moving around
the kitchen. He does not really control where he is going too well, so
he sometimes runs into walls and gets frustrated, but he is learning.
If you hold out your arms and call to him, he gets all excited and
tries to walk toward you. In a week or so he will probably have it
mastered and we will have to chase him all over the place.
There is oh so much more... but I am outta time. More details some