Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ben is two months old!


The second month of Ben’s life was all about finding our “new normal.”  We are still adjusting to having two little ones in the house, but we are loving all the baby snuggles!  Here are some updates on our sweet baby boy:
Length: 25.75 inches
Weight: 14lbs 6 oz
Clothes size: 0-3 months
Diaper size: 2 and cloth
Firsts: we've gotten Ben’s first giggles out of him!  What fun.  He is also holding his head up quite well.
Likes: pushing himself up with his feet, waving his arms, smiling at people

Dislikes: being in his car seat, sleeping anywhere but in his crib

~Has a sad face with a lower-lip quiver that is absolutely impossible to resist!

~Has figured out how to smack his lips and enjoys showing off his new trick

It’s been great to watch the relationship between Ben and Eli develop. Eli has really started to master being very gentle around him - what a relief!  He's also started to use a super cute, tender voice when speaking to Ben and trying to come up with ways to help Ben feel better when he cries.
"You okay, baby brother?"  At the blueberry patch.

This picture melts my heart!

Daddy and Eli sing Ben a goodnight song.

This month brought a visit to a speech pathologist that specializes in babies & kids. She evaluated Ben's oral motor skills and found that he had muscle weakness in the jaw, cheeks, tongue, and soft palette. Most babies have one or two areas that they are weaker in, but with having trouble in all four areas, we were having some trouble nursing, which lead to trouble with gas and constipation. We were given homework and have been doing the exercises faithfully, and praise the Lord he has shown much improvement!  I'm so thankful that this didn't have to be the end of our breastfeeding relationship and that I have access to resources to help us. We are all happier and sleeping better at night now.
A few more pictures:
Mother's Day 2015

His stretching face cracks me up!

Milk coma

Checking out the ceiling fans with Pappy.

Meeting Mickey!

With Great-Grandma Lynda

Daddy is especially good at getting giggles out of Ben!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Curious Case of Benjamin Daniel, Part One

 (Many thanks to my brother Dave for doing the editing on this picture!)

On our first real date, Mike and I discussed how many kids we wanted and what their names would be. I guess you could say we've never been one for taking things slow! Ironically, neither of our kids got names off of the list we compiled that night. The story of how Benjamin got his name starts soon after we found out that we were having another boy. We wanted another Biblical name, preferably Old Testament like Elijah’s name.  I was driving to the grocery store with Eli in the back seat and I found myself contemplating what it would be like to have two boys in the house. Suddenly, the name BENJAMIN popped into my head out of nowhere. It wasn't a name that I had ever considered before, but suddenly I liked the sound of it. Every Benjamin I've ever known has been a likable, amiable person (and as a former teacher I've had more than one name ruined for me!)  So I put that name in my mental file and forgot about it until Mike and I were getting ready for bed that night. That was when Mike and I had this conversation:

Mike: have you thought of any more boy names?
Me: yes I have; what about you?
Mike: I thought of one name that we haven't discussed before, but I really like it. What did you come up with?
Me: Benjamin

Once we learned that we had both come up with the same name independent of each other, we knew that it was meant to be. After a few days of trying the name out, we decided to make it official, and from that point on I thought of him as Benjamin. We knew we wanted him to go by a shortened version of the name, but we weren't sure which one would suit him best, so we decided to wait until he arrived to see whether it would be Ben, Benjy, Benny etc. Ben was definitely my frontrunner though.  The more reading we did on the name, the more we realized that the name worked for us on many levels. In The Blessing of Jacob (Genesis 49: 1-27), Benjamin is referred to as a "ravenous wolf."  Considering that our last name is Wolfe, it was a humorous coincidence (and he certainly has proved to be ravenous!)  

And that's the story of how Ben got his first name.  Part Two Coming Soon  :)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Ben is one month old!

These first few months are such a blur!  Our days are full of feedings, diaper changes, and trying to get into a routine that works for everyone.  Here are some updates on our sweet baby Benjamin:

length: 24.75 inches (100th percentile)
Weight: 12lbs 1oz (93rd percentile)
Clothes size: 0-3 months
Diaper size: 1 and cloth

Firsts: first smile came just before he turned a month old
Likes: staring intently at interesting things - Favorites include faces and ceiling fans
Dislikes: tummy time

Sleeps in his crib or in the swing.
Is getting better and better at holding his head up.

We are glad that our boy is generally healthy, but he has struggled with gas issues.  He has had no problem getting enough to eat, however!. He did not lose any weight at all right after he was born (which is what typically happens), and in fact by three days old he had gained two ounces!      By two weeks old he topped the scales at ten pounds, and by one month he reached 12 pounds! He is also a very long baby. Strangers who inquire often don't believe me when I tell them how old he is and think he must be older!

Eli got to hold three-day old Ben (with an assist from mom).

Taking good family photos is that much harder with another little one in the mix!  That makes it even sweeter when we get a good one.

Getting an adjustment from Dr. Erin.

I caught the tail end of his first smile!

I love those sleepy grins.

Oh so sleepy!

You can really see in this picture that Ben got his coloring from his daddy.  He tends to get red when he gets upset, too, just like daddy!  Luckily it doesn't happen very often for either of them.

Pappy and Gigi (my parents) with two of their grandkids.  They've gotten 5 in about four and a half years!

Grandma and Grandpa (Mike's parents).  Love Eli's expression on this one!

Deep in conversation with great-aunt Pat.

Our little Jedi!

Easter Sunday, April 5th.