Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bennett's First Christmas

Christmas is always a very busy time of year for us. We have a lot of family and it is important to us to try to spend time with everyone. Unfortunately, because Christmas landed in the middle of the week this year, and due to me starting a new job without PTO, we weren't able to spend time with ALL of our family, and we hope they understand that we really missed spending time with them this year and hopefully we can make up for it later.

Friday Dec. 20th, we had Bennett's 4 month check up and shots. We were really surprised to find out how little Bennett really is! We thought he was such a chunk! Josh's mom said Josh was always in the low percentiles also, usually pretty lean growing up, so we suspect Bennett will be the same.

2 month appointment
  • Weight: 11lbs 8 oz. (31%)
  • Height: 22 inches 9 cm (45%)
  • Head Circ: 15 inches (19%)
4 month appointment
  • Weight: 14lbs 2 oz. (18%)
  • Height: 24 inches 8 cm (27%)
  • Head Circ: 16.2 inches (29%)

(notice the drool covering Bennett and Josh!)
On Christmas Eve, we hosted my mom's family at our house. We went to church, ate appetizers for dinner and opened presents. Unfortunately, Bennett missed out on most of the presents because he can hardly keep his eyes open past 8 PM. But I don't think he realized he missed out:)
My mom with her three grandkids
Such a sweet picture of my mom and Bennett
Morgan, Bennett, and Kaden in their Christmas jammies before opening presents.
Going to be best buds someday! Can't wait to see them play together in a year.
 Bennett and I on Christmas morning. Bennett decided he couldn't wait for Santa to arrive, so he made it an early morning for Josh and I. We were up at 4 AM, 5AM, and finally for the day around 6:30AM.
Later that day, we went to Josh's parents house to open presents, eat dinner, and play some games. Grace was very anxious to help everyone open their presents. Here she is helping Bennett open his stocking.

Bennett enjoyed ripping at the paper and putting it in his mouth. He really didn't realize the gifts were for him. But that is ok, we enjoyed it for him!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

4 Month Update

(Getting harder and harder to get these pictures! He kept wanting to stick his hands in his mouth!)
Update:  WOW!! Where has the month gone? Seriously, every single time I sat down to start to write a blog post, something else came up. Blogging and having a baby is no joke. I sit here writing at 6:23 AM because, honestly, this is the best time of the day for me (and I have been up since 4:30.....). I am awake because I work out early in the morning, the house is quiet, and I am uninterrupted. I really wish I could make more time for my blog to give updates, but once I get home from work, make dinner, entertain Bennett, try to KEEP Bennett going until bedtime, bath, and put him to bed, we are both so exhausted, the last thing on my mind is to write a blog post. SO many things have happened this past month, and it feels like this month has been the longest/most exhausting one yet. 

Some major milestones this month: We had Bennett baptized, we survived the first month of daycare, thankfully free of far. We have had a full months of "firsts," He celebrated his first Thanksgiving, visited Santa for the first time, and went swimming for the first time, and even tried cereal for the first time. We also survived our first bout of pink-eye, although I don't think it bothered Bennett as much as it borrowed me to look at him:(

It's hard to believe he is 4 months old. He doesn't have that little baby look anymore, and it's even harder to imagine where he will be in another month!

  •  Playing Airplane
  •  "Wrestling" with Daddy
  •  Playing with his feet
  •  Watching the TV (hey, you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes)
  •  Getting put into his carseat
  •  Having his neck wiped (seriously, so gross)
  •  Getting his cheeks pinched
Stats: No stats this month, we won't know anything about weight/height until Friday Dec. 20th. I will **hopefully** be able to give a small blog update then. Fingers crossed!
Features: His hair is still dirty blonde, and has grown back to a semi-normal length, but he has this little bald spot on the back of his head where he lays his head. No teeth yet, but I suspect he will start to teethe soon. Overall, his features and appearance haven't changed much this month.
Sleep: Right about the time I went back to work, Bennett started sleeping through the night, usually 10 hours straight (I know, we are SO lucky!!!). We have slowly been transitioning him to an earlier bedtime. He used to go down around 8:45 PM but this last week we have tried to lay him down around 8:00-8:15 PM. He REALLY struggles that last 30-45 minutes, plus he started sleeping until after 7 AM, which is great on the weekends, but not so great on work days! He is so great about putting himself to sleep at night, we usually just feed him a bottle, rock until he gets droopy eyed/drowsy and put him down. We haven't hit that dreaded 4 month sleep regression phase yet, and fingers crossed we won't. He has nights where he wakes up in the middle of the night, around 2 or 3, but he goes down right away after we feed him or change his diaper. That usually only happens once a week, maybe....
Eating: Bennett is slowly transitioning from primarily breast milk, to formula only. After going back to work, my supply took a huge dip, and I cannot keep up with his eating habits! He is down to 3 bottles of breastmilk a day/3-4 bottles of formula. Starting next week he will probably be down to 2 bottles of breastmilk a day. I am almost completely out of my freezer stash I built up while on maternity leave. My supply cannot keep up with his demand:( It is a bittersweet feeling. I went into this, not having a date or amount of time set. I didn't want to feel disappointed if I couldn't make it that long. My goal right now is just take it week by week. Bennett has been taking bottle only for the last two weeks, I have stopped nursing him completely and am only pumping now. He is eating between 5-7 oz. at a time depending on how long he went between bottles. We tried cereal just the other night only because we had a free one in the pantry and we wanted to see how it would go. He did not like it so much so I will wait to talk to the Dr. next week to see what her recommendation is. He tends to spit up quite a bit, which is really started to get on our nerves, we are so OVER the spit up phase.
Diapering: Size 2 diapers, I suspect we will be in those for a while.
Clothes: Love putting him in comfy, cotton clothes everyday. I had so much fun shopping for cute little outfits while I was pregnant with him, but I have quickly learned that those just are not practical for everyday use. Now, I love to have him in comfortable clothes everyday. He is wearing 0-3 and 3-6 mos. clothes.
Social: Such a happy and smiley baby! We never have bad notes about him from Daycare. Don't get me wrong, he has his moments. He tends to get more fussy at the end of the night, but that is to be expected. My favorite part of the day is when he wakes up in the morning. It is so hard to leave him when I know he is in such a great mood. He started to "mini" laugh this month, and we get giggles out of him here and there. He smiles when he sees you smile. It really doesn't take much to get a good smile out of him. And when he smiles, he smiles with his whole face! His eyes and face scrunch up, and it is just the best sight and feeling in the world to see him smile! Bennett will coo at you if you just talk to him, he loves to talk and hear himself talk.

He hasn't been rolling over consistently yet, but I suspect this can happen any day. He rolls side to side, but can't figure out how to maneuver his arms yet. We definitely need to keep an eye on him now that we lay him on our bed, or on his changing table. We look away and the next moment he is on his side!
Mama: This month has been the longest one yet! This was my first full month back to work. So much has happened! A week after coming back to work I was offered a new job at a new company I couldn't refuse, and as much as I hated giving my notice a week after coming back from my maternity leave, it will be a great move for us in the long run. Being a full time working mom is exhausting. Seriously, getting out the door in the morning is the most challenging part of my day. I can breathe a sigh of relief after I drop Bennett off for the day and know that he is in good hands, but I love being a working mom too. I am exhausted at the end of the day and it seems like the housework, cooking, bottle cleaning, etc is never ending but it is all working out. We are developing a great routine and it seems to be working well for us.
Daddy: Josh has done such a great job being supportive of my career move/choice, but also has been helping out as much as needed, whether it be cooking, cleaning, putting Bennett to bed, or giving him a bath. We pitch in where the other cannot. As long as we don't disagree on HOW to do something (ie. what he wears everyday.....I swear, Dad's just don't care how their kids leave the house!) we make a pretty great team.


(playing in the doll rocker at Grandma Kate's)

 (First time swimming, and he loved it!)

(Pink Eye-poor baby!)

(This is how Bennett entertains himself while Mom gets ready in the morning)

(Still loves being naked)

(First Thanksgiving with Daddy)

(First Thanksgiving with Mommy)

 (Straining to see the tv, just so interesting!)

(Finally big enough to use this new toy! And we get a lot of use out of it!)

(Discovered my feet this month, and now has them in his hands and mouth ALL. THE. TIME.)

(Trying Oatmeal Cereal for the first time)

(Nope, not liking that so much......)

(Didn't mind Santa at all, this year. Santa said it will be different next year!)

(Loving that tree and all those pretty lights)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

3 Month Update

Update:  Bennett is such a little boy now! He is no longer our little newborn:( It amazes me everyday the personality he is developing. Bennett started daycare this past week, and so far he has been extremely good (or so we hear....). His smile just melts our hearts, and he is SO close to laughing! We get some good "almost" laughs out of him.

  • Silly Noises-especially a farting noise we make with our mouth
  • Patty Cake, Old McDonald, Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • His reflection in the mirror-he just cracks up looking at himself!
  • Loves Bathtime
  • Getting out of the bathtub
  • Getting lotion put on him
  • Being woken up
Stats: No stats this month, we won't know anything about weight/height until next month.
Features: Dirty blonde hair, lost most of it where he lays his head but it is growing back. Has a cute little mullet right now, the only area where his hair didn't fall out was right above his neck. Blue/Grey eyes that just sparkle when he smiles!!
Sleep: We have a baby who can sleep through the night! The first night Bennett slept through the night was Oct 26th, the night before our 1st wedding anniversary, it was such a great gift. Most websites/books will tell you babies are "sleeping through the night" if they sleep 5-6 hours at a time. We decided "sleeping through the night" meant, when we don't feel it necessary to put him back to sleep for the day. Since Oct 26th, he has consistently gotten better about sleeping through the night. He will sleep from 8:45PM-6:00AM most nights. Some nights he will wake up around 4AM but go right back down to sleep. Bennett is so easy to put down at night, he hardly ever cries. He is so ready for bed when we put him down. Some nights he will wake up around 2AM and whine for about 10 minutes, but we have learned to wait it out for a little bit, he usually ends up falling back asleep. Bennett HATES being woken up, he wants to wake up on his own terms....especially from naps.
Eating: 4-5 oz. every 2-3 hours. He is still nursing when we are at home, and at daycare he is taking bottles of mama's milk. He also takes 1 bottle of formula a day, usually right before bed. We will take formula out with us if we run errands, it is just so much easier to transport and prepare for him.
Diapering: We upgraded to size 2 diapers this week, so sad to see that his little baby diapers are getting bigger and bigger!
Clothes: Wearing 3-6 month clothes, and even outgrowing some of those too! It is amazing the differences in sizes among different brands! I am going to be sad to put some of these clothes away eventually, I have some favorite outfits!
Social: He is so smiley and loves to play with the dangling toys on his play mat or the bouncer. We joke that the octopus on his play mat is his best friend, he just LOVES holding onto and batting at him. He isn't grabbing for toys quite yet, but we can tell he wants to. Bennett discovered his tongue this month, and it is almost always being stuck in and out. He also drools EVERYWHERE!!! He loves to coo and tries to copy our sounds and faces we make. Bennett is so good with people, he doesn't mind who holds him, and we can take him pretty much anywhere, as long as he isn't hungry or tired.
Mama: I officially went back to work on the 7th. As of today, I have been back a week. I was looking forward to going back to work. I love the identity working gives me. I miss Bennett SO much during the day, and I am always wondering when he is eating/napping/etc. But it is so good for us to be back into a routine. The hardest part of the day, is getting out the door. My days are busy and life is hectic, but I love every second.
Daddy: Josh spent the first three days with Bennett when I went back to work. I think it was so good for him to spend that time with him. Before that, he really hadn't spent a good amount of time with him (other than an hour or two) without me around. He and Bennett are best buds, Bennett loves hearing the sound of Josh's voice. Josh also takes over in the morning, if I go to workout, so if Bennett gets up between 4:45-5:45 he feeds him and tries to put him back down, it makes for an early morning for him too, but we are a team and together we make it work
Happy Smiles in the morning!
Not too sure about this new toy, still too small for the saucer. And that turtle is staring at me.....
Playing is such hard work......
Daddy feeding and rocking Bennett to sleep
Such great smiles!
Mommy cannot get over how cute this hat is!!!
Practicing balance and sitting up
First Halloween-our little pumpkin!
Daddy and Bennett playing
Sometimes I get to sleep in mommy and daddies bed:)
Yes, I slept through the night and Yes, I woke up at 5 AM-but that's ok!
I just can't resist a good crying picture-even when he cries he is cute!
Mommy's last day of maternity leave
Such a big boy in his bumbo
Daddy and Bennett hanging out at mom's first day of work-causing trouble together
Daddy also didn't get Bennett dressed most of the day
Loving bumbo sitting again
I wanna be just like my dad
Sometimes we hang out naked.....actually most nights we do, keeps Bennett happy for a little while longer until bedtime
Bathtime is so much fun, especially with these cool new squirty toys!