8 Months

We are already 3/4 of a year done! That is pretty crazy.

We gave Ben a bunch of new foods this month. He thought broccoli was funny since a floret feels different on the tongue than any other veggie. Roasted carrots with paprika were a huge hit. I love cooking one thing and feeding it to the whole family and the carrots are equally well received by B (which is awesome since he usually refuses to eat cooked carrots). I roasted zucchini and rutabaga the same way as the carrots and he likes those too although I think the zucchini is overcooked since he can squish it in a loose fist. Sweet potato fries are a new favorite. The first time we gave him sweet potato fries he ate better than we had ever seen. We’ve cheated on baby led weaning a bit. If he is allowed to help feed himself, Ben usually will eat puréed squash, peaches, applesauce, mixed veggies, sweet potato & green veggie combos, and bananas off a spoon or rice rusk cracker. It’s helpful to be able to just throw jars of food into the diaper bag if we’re going to be gone all day. The month started off with him taking a couple of meals to get through a jar of food but there have been times he’s scarfed the whole thing down in 10 minutes! It’s so adorable to see his little mouth open like a baby bird when he’s ready for another bite.

He has figured out how to correct his balance while sitting up within the last week so he can finally sit (with supervision) and would roll across the house if we let him. Ben has learned to grab toys and play while on his tummy so it doesn’t matter that we don’t use his gym anymore. He still spends hours in his jumper. If he is having a really rough morning, for the last 40 minutes before nap time we’ll cuddle on the couch and play an episode of Mythbusters on Netflix. We don’t know why he is captivated by this show but its nice to have a “last resort” tactic up our sleeves. His favorite new game is to play “what is inside.” I filled an Elmo Easter basket with small toys that he can fit in one hand: wooden eggs, little people, small teethers, wooden balls. When I give him the basket, he immediately tries to get the contents out. This simple activity will amuse him for a lot longer than you would believe.

We changed the rise in his BumGenius diapers because poo kept shooting all the way to the back waistband but started experiencing leaks from around the legs. I thought they fit better but apparently not! I got to the point where I would pick out clothes based on whether or not I’d mind if Ben pooped on it so we changed the diapers back. The contents of diapers are changing, especially the poop. For a few weeks they were more of a paste than anything else and those diapers were nasty! it has solidified since the but it definitely made diaper changes interesting! B and I were oddly fascinated by his diapers. Anyone else talk about poop all the time?

Now that the weather has warmed up, we’ve been taking lots of walks. It helps that Ben loves being in the stroller! No matter how whiney Ben is before leaving the house, he barely makes a peep while we’re outside. The library, post office, coffee shop, several restaurants, cemetery, creek, 2 antique stores, a Christian book store, and 2 parks are within easy walking distance. I started using an app on my phone to track our routes and distances. The library is 1.6 miles round trip and a nice neighborhood walk is around 1.25 miles. We usually get at least a mile in if we can go for a walk.

I have been doing a time of sewing for our first Civil War reenactment of the year over Memorial weekend. I was starting to get panicky because Ben did not have anything to wear at the beginning of this week except for a half finished dress. Since then, I have finished the first dress, made a second, sewed 3 pinafores, drafted and sewed a coat and a high chair, and bought the supplies for all of his underclothes. Ben has been struggling a little with me being so busy lately but has learned to play in the sewing room with me if I have to keep working. We leave on Friday so I still need to keep moving! If I finish his clothes this coming week before we have to leave, I get to make him some toys, which I am looking forward to. We will definitely be taking a ton of pictures!

We are pleased with his progress in sleep training but he has gotten so good at getting out of his swaddle blanket that we decided to quit using it cold turkey on Saturday night. I would spend up to 45 minutes rewrapping him or flipping him back over when he rolls onto his belly and can’t fix it himself. It has been simpler for us to let him roll around his bed and play for 30 to 45 minutes instead of constantly having to rescue him when he gets stuck. The first night was rough! He woke up a half-dozen times and fell asleep when I was nursing him for breakfast on Sunday morning. Sunday night was much better and it has only taken him 20 minutes to fall asleep for naps today. B and I get a huge kick out of peeking at him when he is sleeping to see what positions he has ended up in!

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Taking Things Out of Things

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I’m too cute to ever get in trouble!

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Ben wasn’t too sure about an 8 AM farmer’s market trip

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Our boy loves playing with Daddy’s recliner (no idea why, he’s just weird!)

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Snuggling on Mommy’s lap and watching Mythbusters

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Rutabaga!

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What carrots?

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Ben decided that he loves books. A boy after my own heart!

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Playing video games with Daddy before work in the morning

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Ben’s favorite place (other than the cat bed)

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Look at that posture!

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Turns out that Ben is a tummy sleeper

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