Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Ben is eight months old!

I just love this age!  Watching Ben explore the world around him is such a pleasure.

Weight: 19lbs 3oz at 6month checkup
Height: 28.5 inches
Clothes: about to bust out of 6 months (mama needs to get down the next size!)
Diapers: size 3 and cloth
Physically: the crazy cowlick in the back seems to be calming down.  If I can get his hair brushed while it’s still wet after a bath it generally stays down.  Eyes are blue – since we’ve passed the six months mark with them not changing it looks like they will stay that way!  Interesting that both of our boys have blue eyes but neither of us do.

Has started babbling!  It sounds like "mamamamamama."  Usually when he's upset or tired.

Morgan the Cat has pretty much decided that she and Ben share a room. She hangs out in the rocking chair or the closet for most of the day.

Likes to sleep with a soft blanket. He holds it in his fist near his face - close enough to get his thumb in his mouth!

We got off to a rocky start with solid foods. He was much later in developing interest than Eli was, which was just fine with us. We waited until he was ready - every child is different!   He tried his first food, avocado, and was really excited to play with the spoon, but not so much interested in trying the food.  It seemed to surprise him!  Then the next day he had some tummy troubles, so we decided to try again in a week.  Now he eats with gusto - it's not uncommon for him to eat half an avocado and an entire banana at breakfast!  He is not very patient when he decides it is his turn to eat!

Sleep: Ben usually sleeps from his dream feed at 10:00pm until around 6:00am. He likes to sleep with a soft blanket - as soon as you put him in his crib he's looking for it!  He can move around enough in his crib to play around a bit before getting down to the business of napping! You can hear him in there for a few minutes rolling around, turning his mobile on and off and generally getting into trouble. Sometimes when I get him up from his nap I find him in a completely different spot than where I left him.

We visited the pumpkin patch at Great-Grandma Lynda's church.

Teeth: Ben started off his eighth month with SIX teeth - considering that Eli didn't have any at this point, it's quite different than what we previously experienced!

Sits up reasonably well on his own, but can’t be relied on to not fall over after a few minutes.  He’s working on that core strength!

One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed in the last two months is that Ben has gotten a lot sturdier.  Which is a good thing when you have a rough-and-tumble brother!  Eli is also learning that being a big brother has its share of pitfalls – Ben grabbed a nice handful of Eli’s hair the other day! 

We have started working on baby sign language with Ben.  Eli enjoys showing him the signs for  “all done,” “more,” “dog,” “milk,” and “please.”  

Pool time in October - one of the perks of living in Florida!

On the dock at camp.

Ready to swim in the lake with Auntie Gaila.  I just love his expression in this one!

Storytime with big brother and daddy.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Eli is Three and a Half!

Wasn't I just writing a post for this kid's third birthday??  Our Eli is fun, loud, rambunctious, opinionated, brilliant, and an excellent big brother.  He has become tall and lanky and is surprisingly strong.


Height: 44 inches
Weight: 38 lbs
Shoe size: 9
Clothes: 3T and some 4T (he needs 4T pants for the length!  Buttonhole elastic is our friend).

Blueberry picking!

Likes: shoes that light up, going to chick fil a (specifically the playground), anything lightsaber-related, helping.

Helping dad with the yard work.

Relationship with Ben:
At first Eli understood that he needed to be gentle with his brother, but lacked the fine motor skills to put that into practice much of the time. It took until Ben was about 2 months old for Eli to perfect that skill.  I just love to watch their relationship develop.  Eli hasn’t displayed any jealousy towards Ben – the biggest adjustment for him was the change in schedule (or sudden lack therof) when Ben arrived.


Eli loves to "teach" Ben!

Offering some moral support at the pediatrician.

Sleep: The days of napping seem to have come to an end.  We had a good run with naps, but one perk to Eli not taking a nap is that he goes to sleep much easier at night!  He is still required to have some quiet time in his room every day so we both can have a “break,” and sometimes making it to bedtime makes for a very grumpy boy.  This seems to be an inevitable part of dropping a nap!

Eli got a bunk bed and sleeps on the top bunk.

Someone fell asleep while reading (upside down, apparently).

Eating: Eli is generally a good eater and will at least try new things.  Favorites include popcorn, fruit, “round cheese” (that would be the Babybel cheese with the wax coverings), French toast, and peas.
Get excited, it's chicken potpie night!

Potty training: In June we finally reached full potty training status!  It seemed to just click for him all at once. Out of desperation, I decided to make him wear no clothes while inside. When he woke up that morning and I told him what was happening he was a little sad - I think he knew that a phase of his life was over. But he had ONE accident that day and hasn't had one since!  He wears a pull-up at night.

Eli has gotten quite imaginative and with that has come some fears. One night he cried out in his bed and when I checked on him he said there was a monster in the corner of his room. I asked him what we could do to make it better and he said "go 'round!"  It took me several tries to ascertain that he wanted to ceiling fan on. Apparently ceiling fans repel monsters!

I love how much more reliable and independent Eli is becoming. He can get dressed by himself, put his shoes on by himself, go potty by himself, and a host of other things that make the life of a stay-at-home-mom with a new baby easier. I also love that we can set boundaries and expect that he will abide by him. For example, we got out the easel for him to play with and were able to set out a small container of chalk for him to use whenever he wants. We explained to him that it was ONLY for drawing on the easel - not on the walls or anywhere else, and he understood that he must follow these rules or get the chalk taken away. I love that thought process that is developing in him!

He loves making towers!

Snuggling with dad.

Mother's Day 2015.  I can't remember the last time I used the carrier with him (well before I was pregnant with Ben) but he was having a particularly hard time that day and nothing else would do!

Getting a ride from Grandpa and Dad.

Memorable Eli quotes from the last 6 months:
Mom, I want some butter on my toast - oh wait, let me think about, may I PLEASE have some butter on my toast?
Dad: Time to go to bed Eli
[cue stall tactics]Eli: What's that?! (Pointing at my fingernails)
Dad: Fingernails
Eli: I have fingernails too! (Pause then feels my face) Dad, what you have?!
Dad: Whiskers buddy
Eli: Whiskers? (Pauses thinking) Dad, you a Wookiee!

"What are we having for dinner, mom?"
"I don't want salmon. I want lobster."
(to my knowledge he has never had lobster!)

Eli is not fan of character meet-and-greets at Disney!

Happiest Place on Earth?

This seems to be his default face when meeting characters.

Chewbacca was a definite no-go!

Other favorite pictures from the last six months:
Eli got to accompany me when I went shopping for a new pair of glasses.  Of course he had to try a few on for himself.

Playing with cousin Damon.

Post-nap hair.

Playing Jenga.  He has to sit way back from the tower when it's not his turn because the temptation is a lot to handle!

Reading with mom.

We took a boat ride in Pappy and Gigi's boat and had lunch on Lake Minneola.  Eli enjoyed playing in the water!

"I dressed myself today!"

Pictures taken by Eli:

Eli went through a phase where he flat-out refused to smile for pictures:

Then he moved on to attempting to smile but not really succeeding.  We got some really interesting pictures at this stage:

But now he seems to have mastered smiling for pictures and will do so most of the time!