12/26/2013 10:34:00 AM A look at 2013 first baby at "1"
by Sue Sullivan
Winner of the First Baby of 2013 contest, Preston David Puppe, will be a year old on Wednesday, January 8. The celebration, however, will take place the following Sunday at home with family and close friends.
He is the son of Samantha Schwarting and David Puppe of Goodhue and brother to two sisters, Briahna Barlow, age 10 and Payton Puppe, at age two and one-half.
Amazed at his growth, his mom exclaimed, "He is everything I ever dreamed my baby boy would be and more!"
From his birth weight of seven pounds, 14 ounces, and 19-1/2 inches long, he has grown to more than 22-1/2 pounds and 26 inches tall.
Other than drooling, his eight teeth don't seem to have given him problems. His mom reports he doesn't fuss unless he's tired or hungry.
While Peyton, protective of everything, had a little trouble learning to share with him, she has come around. And big sister Briahna is "always looking out for her little buddy!" according to Mom.
Since the end of November, Preston has been walking. Schwarting explains, "He will walk from one end of our main floor to the other gabbing away, it's as if he's saying 'Look at me guys! Stay out of my way!'"
The family's only boy has demonstrated some of the differences in gender. "He is very strong," Samantha says of Preston. "He is not graceful like a little girl and when he falls, it's quite a spill! He is a messy eater and can pack away a lot of food. He bangs hard and loud when he plays, too."
Mom received a pedicure through the First Baby contest, a new experience she shared with Grandma Puppe when they went together.
"All the gifts were amazing, and because we made a day of it, we saw more of Cannon Falls than we knew existed." They enjoyed stopping in at all the businesses who participated in the contest, and talking with them about little Preston.
"This last year has meant so much to me," said Schwarting. "With Preston our last child, I really didn't want to miss out on anything, so we switched my hours at work. I work nights so I can be home during the day. My girls went to daycare right after my maternity leave so I missed some of their firsts. Now with Preston I have been home and able to be part of all those exciting milestones!"
As she expressed her gratitude to the Cannon Falls Beacon for allowing her to share their joy from the birth of Preston through his first year, she said, "We are the luckiest parents ever to have three of the greatest kids! Preston definitely completed our little family."