Wednesday, July 23, 2014

9 Months

Active.  That best describes Ben at this point in time.  All he wants, all day long, is to be on the floor army crawling and rolling from toy to toy.  You try to hold him for cuddles and tickles and he twists and flails till you put him right back where he was.  He's on a mission.  A mission to get all Sam's things and to figure out how to do a "real" crawl.  In fact he's so focused on this crawling mission that he sometimes has trouble sleeping.  He will roll over in his crib onto his tummy, push that butt up in the air, and try to do push ups with his arms to get himself up on all fours.  All the while with his sleepy eyes squeezed shut and crying because he wants to sleep, just can't relax enough to do it.  Consequently, he has spent a few nights in the past week or so sleeping in his swing. (Yes, we moved the swing to the nursery.)

Ben really is a one baby brute squad.  Compared to other babies right around his age he seems like a tiny giant.  Which makes it all the more interesting to see just how each baby in our playdate group develops differently.  Julie can sit up on her own with no need for supervision.  Casey and Angelina are both starting solid table foods with little interest in baby food purees anymore.  Ben is a display of brute strength, but can't do either of those things yet.

~ My 9 monther army crawls like it's his full time job.
~ Within the past week has started doing the "planking" motion of getting his belly completely off the ground, just can't quite seem to figure out how to get his knees up under him when his front half is already raised.
~ Is on stage 2 baby foods and puffs (broken into 3 pieces).  Will gnaw on whatever I am eating, but have to be careful he doesn't actually break off a piece or he gags on it.
~ Has officially captured Sam's full attention.  Now that Ben is mobile Sam spends most of his day crawling along side Ben and imitating whatever Ben is doing.  It's a game to them.  Just have to watch Sam for when he grabs Ben by the ankles and tries to drag him around the living room floor.
~ Is wearing mostly 12 month clothes.  But even some of those are snug since the latest growth spurt.  In his arsenal of outfits he even has a few 24 month rompers I've been putting on him.
~ Can't make up his mind if he wants to sleep through the night or not.  He'll go 4 or 5 nights sleeping like a champ, then for the next week be up 2 or 3 times a night.  It's kind of exhausting because your body just doesn't know what to expect and so can't get used to one routine.  Part of the problem is we tend to hurry to Ben when he's crying overnight so he doesn't wake Sam up.  But we just might have to do a week of putting up with Sam night waking so we can get this overnight situation resolved.  In the end everyone will be better for it.
~ CAN FEED HIMSELF A BOTTLE!  You guys, seriously.  This is something Sam refused to do and so I am beside myself with hysteric joy that Ben FEEDS HIMSELF.  You just put him on the floor and hand him a bottle.  That's it.  My life is suddenly so much easier!
~ So far this summer Ben has yet to enjoy water play.  No sprinkler or baby pool action for him.  He's not interested.  Not even a toe dip is tolerated.  Hopefully he doesn't flip out when we go on our beach vacation in August.
~ Is on the verge of outgrowing the infant car seat.  We might stretch this a little longer than we should because vacation will be easier with a car seat we can carry a sleeping baby around in.  But after that it's time to spend a few hundred dollars on yet another car seat.

Dr Stats:
          Height - 30.75 inches, above 99%
          Weight - 21 pounds 7 ounces, 79%
          Head Size - above 99%

Skunky Time!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Quick 8 Months

And I thought Sam's first year went by fast!  Until Morgan mentioned this morning that Ben only has 4 more months till we can stop buying formula, I had not stopped to think about just how quickly these first 8 months have flashed by.  Wow.

My Beloved 8 Monther:
~ Takes 2 naps a day and has a pretty fixed schedule. Which of course means everything is about to change.
~ Since having a nasty cold that lasted a few days has slept from 8:30-7:45 every night.  EVERY NIGHT!  Please let this stick!
~ Army crawls in a lurky, slow manner.  But whatever, it means he's mobile.
~ Has learned how to complain.  Does so with increasing frequency.  Still the happiest baby ever!
~ I can finally remove my hands from his sides while he's sitting up.  I can't stray far, but he is less of a supported sitter than he was just a couple short weeks ago.
~ Would like to still be a swingaholic, but his brother won't leave him alone while he's in the swing.  So he doesn't get much swing time anymore.  Debating if we should move the swing into the nursery, but really what's the point in that?
~ Protests often against the cuddles.  He wants to be on the floor where he can explore and try to steal Sam's toys.
~ Wants to explore everything with his feet.


Yeah, someone was more than a little jealous he wasn't a part of the photos.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Month 7

He's so big.  A friend of mine gave birth to her little girl 2 weeks ago.  To sit Ben next to this tiny pink baby girl is like putting a watermelon next to a potato.  I can't believe that he was ever that small.  Given, she is slightly smaller than Ben was at birth, but still.  Time flies by and he just keeps getting bigger!

And there's the gruesome twosome.  Sam's been getting excited about being able to play with his brother as Ben slowly becomes more and more mobile/sturdy.  It's great, except that he doesn't understand why he can't shake Ben.  Yeah, that's not so great.  But with lots of supervision they smile and laugh till their little faces hurt.  

What the 7 monther does:
~ Eats 5.5 - 6 oz bottles roughly every 3 hours.
~ Is sleeping in the crib in the nursery!  Now that Sam is sleeping every night in his big boy bed we had the crib available for Ben.  He took to it right away and even started sleeping through the night. The sleeping all night long only lasted 4 days, but those were some good nights of sleep!
~ Says "Mama" and "Dada"!  Without a doubt it is words he's saying, not just babbling.  And he said "Mama" first!  
~ Still a supported sitter, but much stronger and confident than he was a month ago.
~ Is trying with all his might to army crawl.  Sam never did this, so it's new!
~ Is VERY opinionated and will make a variety of cries/squeals to let you know how displeased he is with you and your lack of CONSTANT attention.
~ Has done all of the stage 1 foods.  Just like Sam, prunes were his favorite.
~ Likes to throw his weight around.  As in he will full body lunge at something he wants or the direction he wants to go in.  You really gotta keep a strong hold on this kid.
~ No teeth yet.  Correction.  Two hours after I wrote this he cut his first tooth!
~ Loves trucks, cars, and trains.  Of all the toys he scoots/rolls/wiggles himself towards that belong to Sam, those are the ones he's the happiest to snatch up!
~ Smiles all the time.  Always.  Except for when he's not.  Which is usually as soon as I walk away.


And finally, as much as I hate to end these posts on a sad note, I do want to make note that right after Easter our pet tortoise Chloe passed away.  I had her for 15 years and who knows how old she was when I purchased her.  It's sad, but Sam's to young to understand why the turtle is gone and Ben was never formally introduced to the living rock.  So yeah.  That happened.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Half A Year: The 6 Month Update

Mommy's little helper

The revolt against peas

Bottle lover

Six months old!  One of the biggies!  With Sam every new stage of life was amazing and exciting and even better than the last as I learned about babies while he grew up before my eyes.  The second time around I know what to expect.  I know what's coming next.  This stage.  This.  This is my favorite.  Right now I wish I could freeze time and keep him just like this for a while longer than I know it will last.  This moment when he's full of drooly smiles, endless cuddles, coo's and adorable squeals, and can't crawl away from all my kisses and tickles.  This moment is just as sweet as it is fleeting.  I've been burning through the camera batteries lately as I try to capture as much of THIS as I can.

What This 6 Monther Do:
~ Eats 5 or 6 oz bottles roughly every 3 to 4 hours.  Still gets up once a night.
~ Rolls over, both ways, every way, spins in circles, wiggles his way towards toys.
~ Sits up, assisted.  Can hold this pose for several minutes before the abs start to give in.
~ Has VERY strong legs.  If you hold him up so he can stand flat on his feet he will stand there for a good 5 minutes before letting his weight start to buckle his knees.  He loves to stand!
~ Adores his brother and will tolerate nearly anything as long as it means Sam is near and paying attention to him.  Even if that means getting not so gentle open hand taps right on his forehead.  
~ Just like Sam, loves the cats.  Not like Sam, Lincoln lets Ben touch him! (But it makes Lincoln drool with nervousness, gross.)
~ I swear on several occasions I have heard him Say "Mama" when he needs something.  I remember this with Sam also and wrote it off as baby babbling with no meaning behind it yet.  It still makes me happy to hear it!
~ He appears to be allergic to Willow trees.  Long story, but pretty sure that's what keeps causing him to sneeze and get stuffy when we spend time outside or have the windows open.


Dr Stats:
      28" tall, 96%. 
      18lb 7oz, 70%. 
      Head size 18", 98%.

And now I feel the need to share the Easter photos I took yesterday even though... well... yeah.  Two kids.  That rarely works.

Also, this is Morgan at 6 months.  It's safe to say this kid is all Daddy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2 and 5 and More!

Hello Blogger, my old friend.  I've come to talk with you again.

Lots to talk about.  I'm going to type for as long as the boys sleep and hope that I can jot down all these little things I want to make sure I remember.  First, Sam turned two on February 25th.  Two!  Can you freakin believe it?  I know I can't.

Sam is every bit still the quirky monster he was at one.  He loves Super Why, The Pajanimals, anything with wheels on it, mega bloks, cheese, and a handful of stuffed animals.  He pretty much refuses to go to bed without a stuffie.  And sometimes only Bedtime Bunny will do and we have to search the house for him.  Which is why I picked up a spare bunny as soon as the Easter displays hit the stores!  He likes to pet Ben's head and play with his feet.  He's started trying to figure out how to dress/undress himself, which means sometimes you glance over during dinner and see random limbs sticking out of his clothes from the wrong hole.  Speaking of dinner - bad subject in this house.  Sam is the very definition of a picky eater.  Thank goodness for those yummy kid yogurts with the veggies all blended up in them to the point you can't taste it.  My boy, just like his momma, loves his carbs and keeps fighting us on this crazy balanced diet thing.

Dr Stats:
     Height - 35 inches, 64%
     Weight - 28 pounds, 65%

Also, Ben turned 5 months old yesterday!  This kid, sigh.  He's just so much fun.  I mean, he smiles from the time he gets up till about 5 minutes before his next nap.  He's just so happy all the time and giggles so easily.  He adores Sam and gets so excited any time he gets to be close to his big brother.  Even when that closeness is Sam purposely putting his head directly in the path of flailing baby feet JUST so he can cry to me about how the baby is hurting him.  Even then, he's beyond thrilled just to get the attention from his big bro.  

He just started rice cereal about a week ago.  It took a couple days of moving his jaw up and down in a chewing motion and watching all the junk dribble out of his mouth before he got the idea.  But now he's an old pro at it and is ready to move on to the good stuff!  I really hope Ben won't be a picky eater!

My 5 Month Old:
~ Still eats a 4 oz bottle at most feedings.  Sometimes I sneak a 5 in to see if he can keep it all down with a 50/50 success rate.
~ Rarely sleeps through the night as of late.  He was going a good 9-11 hours every night, but then sleep regression and a cold broke that habit.  But there is hope on the horizon!  Last night he slept the best he has slept in over 2 weeks!
~ Is a swingaholic.  Takes most of his daytime naps in the swing.
~ Loves his rattle ball, moustache binky, bumbo, activity gym, the cats, his feet, and just yesterday discovered the monkey rattle that was Sam's best friend back in the day.  It was instant love.
~ Rolls, rolls, and rolls some more.  Still prefers to lay on his side.
~ Is very gracious about the one thousand and two kisses he must endure each day.

I'm very thankful to have fallen in with a group of moms that I have a lot in common with.  We now get together a couple times a week so the kids can play and we can have adult conversations!  Even if 80% of those conversations do revolve around the kids, it's still wonderful!  I love that Sam has friends and gets to play and learn with kids his own age.  And a few of the ladies in this group also have infants within a month of age of Ben!  I'm hoping this group continues and these kids will form lifelong friendships.  How awesome would that be?

Well, Ben's awake!  Time to stop and hope that I remember to update this and my last entry with the Dr stats!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

4 Months Old!

You would not believe how often we will be out and some random person will come up and ask about our beautiful baby boy and then be SHOCKED when we tell them he's only X months old.  Yes, he looks like a 6 month old.  He's getting really good at that rolling thing, but doesn't like it when he goes the whole way over.  He prefers to lay on his side and bend his neck back so he can watch everything going on around him.  Like so.

Ben's pretty fun to be around, for a baby.  He's very laid back and likes to play.  He swats at Daddy's face and tries to grab as much facial hair as he can give a good painful tug to.  He loves to be tickled and has lots of tickle spots.  His natural state is happy.  Which is refreshing since these days Sam's natural state is to look at the world with a good dose of suspicion.  I only have myself and my veggie hiding ways to blame for that one I suppose.

My 4 Month Old
~ Has a spazzy, snorty laugh that makes me laugh.  Which makes him laugh even more.  Which makes me laugh even more.  Etc.
~ Eats 4 oz bottles 7 or 8 times a day.
~ Had his first cold a week ago.  He handled it like a champ.
~ Appears to be in the very early stages of teething.  Sam never complained about teething until about 2 months ago when he started cutting his canine teeth, cause those things must hurt!  Ben on the other hand seems to have a lower pain threshold. 
~ Loves the cats.  A cat being within a foot of his face is definitely the most thrilling thing he has ever experienced.
~ Is an old pro with the activity gym.  He grabs, bats at, and even gets his feet in on the action.
~ Wants real food.  Wants it bad.  He sees us eat, he especially sees Sam eat, and demands to know why he can't have that too!  Our Ped had us start Sam on baby cereal at 4 months, but I haven't decided if I will have Ben wait a little longer or not.  Many things I have read say to wait till 6 months.  Maybe we'll split the difference and wait till 5 months.

Dr Stats:
     Height - 27.25 inches, above 99%
     Weight - 15 pounds 13 ounces, 57%
     Head Size - 17 1/4 inches, 96%


Mr. Monster on his way to library baby class.

And a week ago or so I had some fun with the kids.  Ben in little funny outfits and Sam in the snow.  Snow which we got about 18 inches of.  Lots and LOTS of snow.  And for the first time, Sam liked it!

Bad dreams make everyone sad.

And there's the news that is news!  Right now I'm doing a last minute plan for Sam's 2nd birthday party which is on Sunday.  Eek!  So unlike me to not have this all planned out already.  We're also painting and putting together furniture for Sam's big boy bedroom.  We fell a tiny bit behind schedule on that because the kids got sick. (Sam had a stomach virus at the same time Ben had a cold) We've been happily going to weekly playdates with some of my mommy friends from library.  A couple weeks ago we started doing ABC Mouse with Sam and he loves it!  LOVES IT!  I've already seen a bit of difference in him with listening and using more words.  It's possible some of his little behavior outbursts lately were due to pure boredom.  And I've been day dreaming about burying my toes in warm sand.  Mommy wants a vacation.  But I still think going on vacation with wee kids is just more work than it's worth.  Meh.

Ok, see you next month since that seems to be as frequently as I can motivate myself to write here!