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7 Weeks Postpartum

I can’t think of a ton of new things to say at this point so I’ll make a bulleted list.

  • Teddy is doing great: He sleeps well (eats at 10:30, sleeps until 5 or 6, eats then sleeps until around 8), eats quickly (6 and 4 minutes a side, usually), is gaining weight (11 lbs last time we checked and has the dimples and rolls to prove it), is fairly easy going, tolerates the car seat, likes being worn and snuggled. We’re trying to figure out how to take care of his super dry skin, cradle cap, and stuffy nose but those are all relatively minor issues. He’s figuring out breastfeeding without the shield (we’ve gone 3 days without it at this point) so I may be able to pack them away soon.
  • Ben loves Teddy: I’m sure part of it is the novelty of having a baby around but Ben loves to see Teddy in the morning, sit with us when I feed him, share toys, and give hugs and kisses. Ben likes to wear his baby doll in a kid-sized doll carrier (similar to this one). I’ve seen him give his baby kisses like I kiss Teddy’s head when I’m wearing our real baby. At this point, we’re not seeing a lot of jealousy or rivalry yet.
  • We love him: Duh. I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t love him as much as Ben or in my newborn fog, I’d love Ben less somehow but that definitely hasn’t happened. Our family feels so right at this point. I’m sure we’ll feel the need to add more someday but my heart is full.
  • I’m figuring out how to balance everything: Hardest part of having more than one kid, for sure! B was gone for work for two weeks starting when Teddy was 3 weeks old so I got a crash course on blending the boys’ schedules alone. I can handle wake ups overnight and getting both boys up in the morning. We don’t get going very quickly but that’s a bonus that our lifestyle provides. I don’t have the guaranteed down time during naps that I used to have and that’s a struggle. I feel bad that Teddy doesn’t get the snuggle time that Ben did as an infant but there’s little I can do about that. I try to have dedicated time for each of the boys during the day and make sure Ben knows that I’m not ignoring him when I’m feeding or changing Teddy. Ben is pretty happy with “taking turns” getting diaper changes and seems to understand that I can’t do everything when I feed Teddy but can play dishes one handed or read books.
  • The house is back under control: I’ve kept up with dishes and laundry this week (yes, we’re still cloth diapering both boys!) and have made homemade meals 4 of the 5 nights so far (last night was leftovers so it doesn’t count). Thanksgiving and Christmas parties will disrupt our new routine but I think we’ll survive.
  • It’s snowed for the last 4 days and I’m already tired of it! It’s the snowiest November on record at over 28 inches of snow! B left the house once to clear snow at the old house and I ran out to two stores and the gas station between storms on Wednesday so we’d have food and snowblower gas to last us a few weeks. Other than that, we’ve watched Frozen a bunch (Ben calls it “leck i’ go”), played hide and seek, read lots of books, colored, and stayed warm inside the house.
  • My postpartum check up was canceled this week because of the weather and because Ben was running a fever on Monday. Turns out it isn’t anything contagious, just his two year molars finally deciding to show up. I haven’t lost a ton of weight yet (still about 20 of 50 lbs) but keep reminding myself that it will come off eventually. It isn’t the weight that bothers me the most though; it’s the loose stomach skin that hangs over waistbands. That will tighten up eventually, right?
  • B started a new part time job on Monday working for a friend helping develop new processes and efficiencies for the company (consists of two recently merged companies) and coding sites for big name clients. Those are two of his favorite things so he’s pretty happy with it. It’s weird that B has set work hours for the first time in 4 months but I’m sure he’s getting more work done because of it. I get to spend more time with him in the evening too, which is great.
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Went to an indoor water park and got lots of time to snuggle Teddy while B and Ben swam

 

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Ben and I went on a date to the mall and rode the carousel and ate chicken nuggets and french fries

 

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Big brother is starting to squish little brother pretty early on

 

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So much love on this couch!

 

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Baby smiles!

 

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Squirrel pose

 

 

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Me and Ben wearing our babies

 

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15 Months

Jingle bells, jingle bells! Merry Christmas!

I keep thinking of how small Ben was last Christmas and how he was completely content to snuggle in my arms and watch all the action. This year, I’m pretty sure he’ll be a tiny tornado!

It seems like there was a switch that got flipped in Ben’s brain because all of a sudden, he wants to mimic everything we say and is catching on with certain words. He knows our cats’ names (Owie, ‘Tsss, and ‘Gli), can identify foods on the shelf at the store, has conversations on the phone with his Grammy, and starts chatting when he wakes up in the morning. It’s fun to watch him grow so quickly!

One of Ben’s molars came in this past month (lower left) and the other 3 are on their way. His lower canines are pushing at his gums too so he’s been cranky lately. We love Hyland’s teething tablets and Advil and for his molars, the best teether toy we can find is a spare (clean/unused) toothbrush. He thinks bushing his teeth is great fun and loves to chew on the toothbrush while watching a show or wandering the house.

Whatever bad mood isn’t caused by the teething is from his new nap schedule. He has waffled between keeping his two naps and eliminating one for months but we had reached the point where he wasn’t making any choices. He wanted to drop his afternoon nap but even if he woke up at noon from his morning nap, that’s 7 straight hours of awake time which is about 2 too many. Last week I decided to lay down the law and implement an afternoon-only nap schedule. I am super protective of his nap time now; nothing can disturb the nap! The first few days were a hard adjustment for both of us. I wasn’t used to him being awake so long and I missed my solo productive time and Ben was flat out tired and clingy after 11 AM. By the end of the week, things were much calmer and he now drops like a stone after I put him in his crib and stays out for 2 to 3 hours. Hallelujah! We also implemented what my parents call the “boppy cup.” We took a cheap, plastic cup, punched two holes near the top and tied it tightly to his crib rail. We fill it up with all the extra boppies (pacifiers) we can find before bed and he can use them as they’re needed at night. He’s gotten really good about putting himself back to sleep if he wakes up crying because he can find a new boppy if the one he was using went missing.

Ben is still in mostly 12 month clothes but is wearing some 18 month onesies, pjs, and some pants. He’s outgrowing his size 4 shoes so I need to dig through the storage bins and find his size 5s. When I took him to the pediatrician for his 15 month well-child visit, he weighed 21 lb 12 oz (35th percentile), was 31 1/4 inches tall (54th percentile) and his noggin measured 18.5 inches (56th percentile). He’s still a skinny little guy but is growing steadily. The doctor was impressed with his vocabulary and mentioned that many kids who are very verbal at a young age successfully potty train earlier. We’re still ages away from potty training but that’s an encouraging thought. Ben got 3 vaccines today (all repeats) and will only have 1 at his 18 month appointment in March before he’s done for several years! It sounds like we’re hitting all of the expected milestones the pediatrician quizzed me about (bed time, book reading, learning words, using a car seat correctly, naps, brushing teeth, eating a good variety of foods) so I’m pretty pleased with our progress as parents. There’s no way we’d feel this capable if someone had dropped a 15 month old on our doorstep 2 years ago!

He is a bundle of energy and I can barely keep up! He doesn’t sit down very often during the day except for when he wants me to read him a book. He figured out that if he picks out a book and brings it to me, I’ll read it, even if it’s not bed time. We spend a large portion of each afternoon reading through his ever-expanding library. Lift-the-flap books and touch and feel books are a huge hit. He loves playing with balls and a few other trucks and Little People animals but his favorite toys aren’t toys at all. He’s happy playing with an empty water bottle, plastic plates and bowls, a Halloween straw, shoes, silverware, or whatever else he finds around the house. I have to be very careful to keep things I don’t want played with out of reach.

We have been actively working on his listening skills, specifically when we need to tell him to stop. We’ve been telling him, “Hands off. That’s not for Benny,” and he actually listens and responds appropriately most of the time. We know that he won’t always listen well but are thrilled that we’ve found a way for him to understand that he shouldn’t be touching that. We also tell him to “be gentle” when he’s petting the cats or wants to touch something delicate or breakable (like when I’m wearing jewelry).

Ben eats pretty much everything we eat. He doesn’t digest corn or peas very well yet and the last time he had ham more than one day in a row, his diapers were nasty. Those things we limit but he loves to share food with us. This week we’ve had oven pancake with mixed berry fruit sauce, turkey, cheese, and crackers, homemade bean soup with ham, chicken pot pie, chicken fingers, and lots and lots of graham crackers. We visited friends 3 hours away last weekend and it was probably the first time we’ve traveled where I didn’t need to pack separate food for Ben. I’m excited for him to try new things when we go to Disney World in February (we have the meal plan and he’ll be eating off our plates since kids younger than 3 don’t need their own). We introduced toddler silverware this month because he kept trying to steal ours and use it. He understands the mechanics of a fork but can’t always figure out the best way to grip it in order to stab food. I made chicken for dinner last night and he ate about half of it with the fork instead of his fingers. I don’t expect him to master it anytime soon but as long as he shows interest, we are going to encourage it.

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Playing with cups and spoons in water is a fun activity

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Crazy-looking breakfast buddy

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Figuring out how magnets work

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Ben loves to talk to B (and throw things) through the basement door cat door

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B’s mom got Ben a subscription to a Highlights magazine for babies as a birthday present. It is sewn instead of stapled together and the pages are much thicker than a typical magazine. Ben loves reading it and it still looks brand new after a month!

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Snuggling Daddy and watching a show while Mommy sleeps in (yay!)

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An empty wipes box and collection of milk carton caps is Ben’s current favorite toy… and probably the cheapest too!

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Ben loves to help me sweep and vacuum

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Late morning (when Ben is getting fussy) is, surprisingly, a good time to go grocery shopping. Getting a free cookie and getting a penny pony ride at the store might have something to do with it!

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We make toys out of everything Ben finds around the house. He loves those measuring spoons!

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Eating floor food and hiding under his high chair

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Dressed in his Christmas finery, as photographed by our good friend Meghan Mace (www.meghanmace.com)

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11 Months

Our baby is growing fast! Only one month away from the big 0-1!

Ben eats pretty much everything we give him these days. His favorites are still chicken and black beans but also enjoys cut up whole wheat pasta and green beans. He decided this month that he doesn’t want to be spoon fed anymore. I panicked for a bit, trying to figure out how on earth we’d get enough food in him. He loves eating from the squeeze pouches so I started hunting for reusable ones I could fill with homemade food or the leftover jars from his spoon-feeding days. I settled on these and am really happy with them so far! I’ve only had one instance of them leaking out of the zippered bottom but I think that was more user error than anything.

We had our first getaway with a mobile baby who wants only finger foods this past weekend (B was a groomsman in a wedding). Hotel floors really gross me out so I was concerned about him getting enough exercise during the day. Luckily, I picked a recently renovated hotel with super clean floors! The whole room was incredibly clean AND included a little fridge for all his pre-cut food. We brought an apple cut into slices, cut green beans, pasta, black beans, colby cheese, and food packets with oatmeal and apples, prunes and apples, sweet potato and green beans, and chicken sweet potato dinner. We went through almost everything we brought and he didn’t starve, even with skipping one or even two milk breaks each day. The big excitement of the trip was Ben’s first swim in a big pool. Being the little water baby that he is, it didn’t surprise me at all that he loved it!

B had a 5 day work trip at the end of July that was miserable for both Ben and me because Ben was teething still/again. The top two front teeth came in last month and now the teeth on either side of his bottom two are in. The ones on the top that flank the top teeth have been working their way in too but aren’t there yet. At one point when B was gone, Ben had 4 teeth coming in at once and slept horribly the whole week. Of course, as soon as B got home, Ben started sleeping through the night again!

Ben still fits in most of his 9 month onesies but a few are a bit too short. I just bought a set of onesie extenders from a seller on Etsy that will make his onesies 2 or so inches longer and will fit longer. Ben wears shoes most of the time when we’re outside now. He has a pair of Robeez soft soled shoes and a new pair of soft soled tennis shoes. Other than those two things, he hasn’t outgrown much in the last month.

Ben’s most important new skill is standing up. He figured out how to stand by pulling on his crib and now pulls himself up on everything!

In addition to waving, Ben now can clap his hands and is starting to understand how to shake hands. B is having a great time figuring out what new “tricks” he can teach Ben!

Our front living room has been completely baby-proofed and Ben is allowed to explore the whole space to his heart’s content. There are a few different areas he likes to play in: Next to B’s recliner with the walker toy, in the middle of the room with books and toys, in front of the tv with small blocks, eggs, and stuffed animals, and behind the couches by the front door. He loves move small objects around. Recently, I couldn’t find half of his wood blocks, most of his wood eggs, and all of his colorful shapes. I looked in a few of the obvious places (did I put them away in the wrong bucket?) but it wasn’t until I looked in a very new place did I find them. We have two large baskets on either side of our tv stand for blankets. Ben had discovered that it is very fun to hide toys in the blanket basket. Right now, Ben is sleeping and I need to pick up the living room. I see at least 4 toys hiding with the blankets that Ben had stored for later!

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Ben and Mowgli are best buds

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Big boy!

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We were both so excited when B got home from his long work trip!

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Celery is great for teething

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Ben fell asleep sitting up. I don’t think B and I have ever laughed so hard!

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Knocking back the sippy cup. I have an idea for a post about the hunt for the elusive perfect sippy

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Giant baby standing up!

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Hiding my toys where Mommy can’t find them

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Eating apple

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He LOVED the pool!

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Nekkid pool baby

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Ben really enjoyed the wedding, especially all the toys in the church nursery!

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Holy cow! I’m 11 months old!

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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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6 Months

It is so hard to believe that Ben is already 6 months old! It feels like yesterday we had a dimply, squishy newborn. Now he is a loud, talkative, energetic, smiley, cuddly, BIG baby!

We had his 6 month well-child check up this morning. He weighed 16 lb 14.5 oz and was 26.5 inches long (50th percentile). He gained 2 lbs since his last appointment! No wonder he has nice chub thighs and dimply knees! His head went up to 17.25 inches which is 75th percentile. He evened out for weight and height but now he has a big head! Such a kissable soft big head too! He got the same 4 vaccines that he’s gotten the last 2 appointments but instead of a combo shot, they were all separate. I didn’t feel too bad watching him get them because I knew he wouldn’t cry long and they are for his own good. The good news is that his next appointment isn’t until 9 months and he only has to get 1 shot then!

We are still using the bum genius cloth diapers for him except for during our extended vacation in Florida. I was so happy to get back to these diapers though! They are cuter and fit way better than disposables do. He has gained enough weight that now the waist is snapped with two open snaps between the sides.

I need to phase out his 3 month clothes and find his 6 month clothes. He has a handful of 3/6 outfits that still fit (thank you Old Navy!) but since we got back from our trip, I’ve realized that his pants and long sleeves are all a bit too short. I’m sad that those cute little things are getting packed away but maybe we’ll be able to use them again for a second baby.

Ben still loves playing in his gym (did I ever tell you that this is the one we bought him?) but instead of laying on his back, he rolls from side to side to play with the toys. He spends a lot more time holding and inspecting each toy now instead of only hitting them as hard as he can. It’s very fun to watch him lay there and investigate the ribbon tags with his little, chubby hands. Ben also loves playing with his puppy lovey toy, o-ball rattle, Sophie the Giraffe (loves to chew on things), fish teether, Kermit the Frog stuffed animal from Disney, rings, and is just starting to be interested in a stuffed lion with a crinkly mane we got as a shower gift. He is much more interested in books than a month ago so we spend a lot more time reading to him. My favorite is the Pantone Colors book because of the bright colors and cute illustrations. Ben discovered the cats after we got back from vacation and we love the look on his face when he figures out that a kitty walked into the room. He stops what he was doing, goes completely still and stares! If the kitties get too close, they discover pretty quickly that the baby has learned to grab!

Developmentally, he’s made some advancements but isn’t sitting up or even rolling back to front consistently yet. He can roll but doesn’t seem very motivated to do it. The doctor mentioned that a lot of changes can happen between now and his 9 month appointment and we shouldn’t be too surprised if he is crawling within the next 3 months. So many changes! Ben did discover his feet and ears this month and is constantly grabbing at either of them. He vocalizes all the time and often has long conversations with his toys, his mirror, or us.

Eating has gotten a bit tricky. We had just started trying out solids when he caught this cold he is fighting. We knew it was time to start because he started waking up at night to eat again and he was very interested in what we do at the dinner table. He tends to sit with one of us and watch every fork or spoonful of food travel from our plate to our mouth and even tries to intercept them.

When he got sick a week ago, he started to refuse to nurse. It wasn’t that he was too distracted to eat but something completely different. He arches his back and cries if I try to bring him close to me to eat. I’ve tried every trick in the book to get him to eat a full meal and so far he’s still looks healthy. The doctor said he doesn’t show a single sign of dehydration which is impressive for a baby who won’t latch for more than a minute. I’ve found that sneak attacking him with a boob while he is barely awake from a nap is effective as well as nursing him in the bedroom with the curtains closed and the white noise machine on. Basically, if I can make him feel like its his bedtime environment, I can usually get him to eat for 3 minutes on one side before quitting. The shorter amount of time he eats, the more frequently I offer. It’s hard not to worry he isn’t getting enough to eat or that my milk supply will suffer but I’m trying to focus on one feeding at a time. His last one was wonderful (5 minutes and 2 minutes) so I get a few hours off. B and I are going to work on reintroducing peas this weekend and hopefully Ben will start feeling better and nursing better too. Part of the problem may be a little tooth that is just barely showing behind his gums on his bottom jaw. I’m not ready for teething yet!

About having a baby with a cold, if you value your sanity as a parent of an infant, buy the Nosefrida nasal aspirator. A drop of saline nasal rinse in each nostril and a quick clean out of each side and Ben can breathe again! The amount of snot the Nosefrida can pull out grosses me out but if I compare it to not being able to blow my nose when I’m sick, I can bet that Ben feels a whole lot better afterward!

I had my first “I’d like another baby” feeling this week when friends of ours had their second. They send us some photos of their cheeky newborn (10 lbs 6 oz!) and I was slightly jealous for a minute. I’m not ready to give Ben up as our baby yet but it’s nice to know that I’ve forgotten enough about pregnancy and L&D that I want to try again. I’m not sure we’re ready to TTC and have to deal with cycles and counting and meds and emotions and all the stuff that comes with it. Maybe my body will have miraculously healed itself by having Ben? My maternal grandma couldn’t get pregnant for years and finally had a baby without miscarrying and rapidly got pregnant with 2 more! She had 3 babies all less than a year behind the older one! Maybe I’ll have that ability too?

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6 Months

It is so hard to believe that Ben is already 6 months old! It feels like yesterday we had a dimply, squishy newborn. Now he is a loud, talkative, energetic, smiley, cuddly, BIG baby!

We had his 6 month well-child check up this morning. He weighed 16 lb 14.5 oz and was 26.5 inches long (50th percentile). He gained 2 lbs since his last appointment! No wonder he has nice chub thighs and dimply knees! His head went up to 17.25 inches which is 75th percentile. He evened out for weight and height but now he has a big head! Such a kissable soft big head too! He got the same 4 vaccines that he’s gotten the last 2 appointments but instead of a combo shot, they were all separate. I didn’t feel too bad watching him get them because I knew he wouldn’t cry long and they are for his own good. The good news is that his next appointment isn’t until 9 months and he only has to get 1 shot then!

We are still using the bum genius cloth diapers for him except for during our extended vacation in Florida. I was so happy to get back to these diapers though! They are cuter and fit way better than disposables do. He has gained enough weight that now the waist is snapped with two open snaps between the sides.

I need to phase out his 3 month clothes and find his 6 month clothes. He has a handful of 3/6 outfits that still fit (thank you Old Navy!) but since we got back from our trip, I’ve realized that his pants and long sleeves are all a bit too short. I’m sad that those cute little things are getting packed away but maybe we’ll be able to use them again for a second baby.

Ben still loves playing in his gym (did I ever tell you that this is the one we bought him?) but instead of laying on his back, he rolls from side to side to play with the toys. He spends a lot more time holding and inspecting each toy now instead of only hitting them as hard as he can. It’s very fun to watch him lay there and investigate the ribbon tags with his little, chubby hands. Ben also loves playing with his puppy lovey toy, o-ball rattle, Sophie the Giraffe (loves to chew on things), fish teether, Kermit the Frog stuffed animal from Disney, rings, and is just starting to be interested in a stuffed lion with a crinkly mane we got as a shower gift. He is much more interested in books than a month ago so we spend a lot more time reading to him. My favorite is the Pantone Colors book because of the bright colors and cute illustrations. Ben discovered the cats after we got back from vacation and we love the look on his face when he figures out that a kitty walked into the room. He stops what he was doing, goes completely still and stares! If the kitties get too close, they discover pretty quickly that the baby has learned to grab!

Developmentally, he’s made some advancements but isn’t sitting up or even rolling back to front consistently yet. He can roll but doesn’t seem very motivated to do it. The doctor mentioned that a lot of changes can happen between now and his 9 month appointment and we shouldn’t be too surprised if he is crawling within the next 3 months. So many changes! Ben did discover his feet and ears this month and is constantly grabbing at either of them. He vocalizes all the time and often has long conversations with his toys, his mirror, or us.

Eating has gotten a bit tricky. We had just started trying out solids when he caught this cold he is fighting. We knew it was time to start because he started waking up at night to eat again and he was very interested in what we do at the dinner table. He tends to sit with one of us and watch every fork or spoonful of food travel from our plate to our mouth and even tries to intercept them.

When he got sick a week ago, he started to refuse to nurse. It wasn’t that he was too distracted to eat but something completely different. He arches his back and cries if I try to bring him close to me to eat. I’ve tried every trick in the book to get him to eat a full meal and so far he’s still looks healthy. The doctor said he doesn’t show a single sign of dehydration which is impressive for a baby who won’t latch for more than a minute. I’ve found that sneak attacking him with a boob while he is barely awake from a nap is effective as well as nursing him in the bedroom with the curtains closed and the white noise machine on. Basically, if I can make him feel like its his bedtime environment, I can usually get him to eat for 3 minutes on one side before quitting. The shorter amount of time he eats, the more frequently I offer. It’s hard not to worry he isn’t getting enough to eat or that my milk supply will suffer but I’m trying to focus on one feeding at a time. His last one was wonderful (5 minutes and 2 minutes) so I get a few hours off. B and I are going to work on reintroducing peas this weekend and hopefully Ben will start feeling better and nursing better too. Part of the problem may be a little tooth that is just barely showing behind his gums on his bottom jaw. I’m not ready for teething yet!

About having a baby with a cold, if you value your sanity as a parent of an infant, buy the Nosefrida nasal aspirator. A drop of saline nasal rinse in each nostril and a quick clean out of each side and Ben can breathe again! The amount of snot the Nosefrida can pull out grosses me out but if I compare it to not being able to blow my nose when I’m sick, I can bet that Ben feels a whole lot better afterward!

I had my first “I’d like another baby” feeling this week when friends of ours had their second. They send us some photos of their cheeky newborn (10 lbs 6 oz!) and I was slightly jealous for a minute. I’m not ready to give Ben up as our baby yet but it’s nice to know that I’ve forgotten enough about pregnancy and L&D that I want to try again. I’m not sure we’re ready to TTC and have to deal with cycles and counting and meds and emotions and all the stuff that comes with it. Maybe my body will have miraculously healed itself by having Ben? My maternal grandma couldn’t get pregnant for years and finally had a baby without miscarrying and rapidly got pregnant with 2 more! She had 3 babies all less than a year behind the older one! Maybe I’ll have that ability too?

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