Bennett's first Thanksgiving was definitely one for the record books.
I have this weird issue where I always get really nervous about taking Benny to large, all day extravaganzas. I don't know why but I always just fear for the worst as if he'll be screaming bloody murder the whole time (something he has never done by the way). I think mainly because both of mine and Chad's families are, shall I say, quite extensive. But the funny thing is, is that Bennett is usually always quite the opposite and absolutely loves and thrives in large groups.
The day before thanksgiving was a really fun and exciting day! Both Chad and I worked a half day and we made plans to have Lizzy and Rich over! We absolutely love that they live right down the street! It's so easy for them to just swing on by or vise versa. When Rich and Liz got to our place, we hung out for a little bit and gabbed about all that has been going on since we've last seen each other. The boys went to pick up dinner from The Habit...yum! and Liz and I chatted each other's ears off while Benny napped in his swing. He's seriously sooooo good around people...I die.
Thanksgiving morning Chad, Benny and I slept in and we attempted feeding the little guy solids again. He seemed to be getting the hang of it and about half of his food was eaten...the rest, well was everywhere else.
Yes, and his eyelashes...silly boy.
We bathed the little guy and got all the food crusties off of him which is much harder than one would think. We all got dressed and ready and headed to Aunt Rosie's for some family and food! This was a really special time since those in my family that had yet to meet Bennett were going to be there. Aunt Lynette, Uncle Joe, Curtis and Uncle Larry all got to meet Benny for the first time. It was so nice for them to finally see the little man.
Needless to say I think Benny was the hit of the party, getting passed around from person to person and people calling dibs on who got to hold him next. Thankfully Bennett took a little nap in Michael's room then woke up and ate just before our big thanksgiving dinner. My heart literally melts when I see how good he is. People are honestly amazed that he isn't so easily overwhelmed or overstimulated by all the photo taking and people holding him...I love it. We are so lucky!
Dinner was so delicious and my Aunt Rosie is probably the best hostess around! After dinner everyone joined in the usual "Thankful" game where we all write down things were thankful for and read each other's aloud trying to guess who's is who's. Some were easy enough to distinguish like my brother who was thankful for the sesame seed crackers from Costco that he happened to fall in love with while there or Lizzy's who thanked Rich in advance for the french bulldog that he's hopefully going to buy her one day haha.
Of course Maryann cried when she read that I was thankful for my sweet little baby, cos it wouldn't be a holiday if that didn't happen and everyone cracked up when Curtis was thankful for not being a paralegal cos they are crazy (Hint Hint: His mom Lynette is said paralegal).
Everyone began to wind down and munched on yummy dessert and coffee. We decided to take off in order to get home to feed Bennett and put him to sleep and everyone just showered him in love and kisses. Once we got home, Bennett stayed up an hour later than usual...but trust me we didn't mind. It was the first time we got to snuggle our little baby all day.
The next day, my Dad called me just to tell me what a proud Grandpa he was. He said some adults can hardly handle our family and Bennett blew through the whole day with smiles and giggles and hardly made a peep.
Gosh I love that kid.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now let's bring on Christmas!
Bright and early yesterday morning, Bennett had his 4 month check up. I've really been anticipating this doctor visit since little Benny is at the weird transition point of possibly starting solid foods and has been going through crazy growth spurts and tummy bugs.
I swear this kid is ALWAYS keeping us on our toes.
Bennett was checked out and we were given his 4 month stats. As of yesterday, our little guy is weighing in at 14lbs 10oz which was a little shock to us since he dropped from the 55th percentile in weight down to the 29th percentile, but his stomach bug two weeks ago could account for his slowed weight gain. He did however grow an inch and a 1/2, measuring at 25 inches long which is just so crazy to me.
No wonder why all of his pants suddenly turned into capris!!
Along with doctor visit of course comes shots...ugh! This is Bennett's third round of shots and it was without a doubt the worst set yet! (more on that later).
After Benny's doctor visit we came home and with our doctors suggestion, we attempted to feed Bennett solids for the first time. I've been very reluctant to start Benny on solids because I just think he's still too little, but because of his slow weight gain, his doctor wanted us to try and get some more calories into the little man. I'm not going to say our first try was unsuccessful, but my suspicions were confirmed when Bennett simply would slurp up his rice cereal then spit it back out and look at me with his "I don't know about this" face.
Oh well, we tried.
I told Chad I'd be more comfortable in a few weeks, so we'll see how that goes when the time comes.
After our solid food attempt, Bennett napped until our favorite little Presley girl came over with Chad's brother Kurt. I couldn't help but snap a photo of Benny's sweet sleeping face.
Let me start off by saying that Presley has a special little place in my heart. Although I have countless younger cousins and been around babies my whole life, Presley was the first baby that I can honestly say I experienced from birth to the present. I remember the whole time Abby was pregnant with her and I remember exactly when she was born. Chad was still living in San Diego at the time and he sent me a picture of her in the middle of the night. I remember all of her funny quirks, tantrums and milestones like walking and talking and I literally cannot believe she is almost 3!!!!
Bennett absolutely loves his cousin. She's so silly and exuberant that Benny cannot help but crack smiles and laughs whenever she dances and showers him in kisses....She's such a silly girl.
While Kurt and Presley were over, Bennett started to get very fussy which is just so out of character for him. I put the little guy down for another nap and he completely knocked out the second his head was horizontal. Kurt mentioned that the shots were probably bothering his little leggies and we kept having to correct Presley girl from saying "Baby Bennett got shot" to "Baby Bennett got shots"..seriously she's so silly. Kurt and Pres headed home and Bennett literally slept until it was time to eat again.
I fed the little man some dinner and we snuggled on the couch and watched Friends until Benny passed out on my chest...AGAIN!!
Why the heck is he so tired?!?!
It was around 6:30 pm so I decided to simply put the little guy down for bed. Fast forward to 10:00 pm...
Shortly after I had fallen asleep, I wake up to Bennett screaming at the top of his lungs in his crib...something that NEVER happens. Usually when Benny wakes himself up in the middle of the night, he'll simply chit chat himself back to sleep or quickly doze back off (We're very lucky...I know). I just knew something was wrong.
I checked on the little man and found him in his crib almost in hysterics and scooped him up in hopes of comforting him. As I pulled Benny close to me it felt as though the poor little guy was on fire. I called for Chad over the baby monitor and asked him to take Bennett's temperature...
A fever!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know they always say that shots can have reactions such as fevers or irritability, but Bennett had never even made a peep during the nights after any of his other shots in the past. Poor little guy.
I undressed Bennett down to just a onesie and made a make shift bed on the floor with some cool sheets to try and break the fever. We dozed off around 10:45 and I slid Bennett back into his crib to get some good, much needed rest. Then again, at 12:30 am, Bennett woke up again with the same sad cry. My heart just broke. Chad was so great a rocked him back to sleep and our little guy slept until 7:00 am...something I allowed since I know how tired he must have been.
Thankfully this morning after Bennett ate some breakfast, his fever dropped down to 99 degrees. PHEW!!!
I think we'll take it easy today and cure our little man with some cuddles and kisses.
Pesky shots...we're not your friend!
Thank goodness we have two months until the next set!
I am a girl who recognizes, yet absolutely hates the concept of money. Ironic that I'm married to an accountant and process multi-million dollar reimbursement claims for a living huh?
I've always told Chad that I could care less if I had loads of money...as long as I don't owe anything and have a penny to my name - I'd be satisfied.
I don't need a big house, cos in my mind that's just more square footage to clean.
I don't need a nice car, cos really the only time it will get washed is when it rains.
I don't need nice clothes, cos hand me downs and trading with friends is just fine by me.
...i could go on for days, but I'm sure you catch my drift.
Becoming a mother has put the concept of money into a much larger spectrum...so quickly does the shift of selfishness to selflessness happen. One of my biggest struggles as a mommy is making the decision to go back to work. Every morning I force myself to walk out the front door and head to work in hopes of little Bennett never having to worry about diapers or food or warm clothes.
I've been thinking a lot about what really matters the most lately...especially with the holidays coming up. And I can't help but be so thankful that Chad, Bennett and I have a roof over our heads and food in our tummies.
...that we're all healthy and happy.
I'm so thankful for my baby and how much joy he brings to my life. I sit in awe most of the time, staring at him baffled at the fact that this little person is half me. He's so happy and loving that I just wish I could spend my days snuggling in bed with him, never missing a moment of his life.
I'm thankful for my husband...my honest to God best friend. The person who has seen me at my worst and has loved me dispite my flaws. The person who I've let down, yet still finds strength in my weaknesses. The person I met when I was a teenager and still unconditionally love til this day. The person God chose for me and the father of my son.
What are you thankful for?
P.S. One of my favorite favorite songs right now...For you, Chaddy my love.
Yesterday our little monster turned 4 months old. I'm literally still in shock, even as I write those words. I still, til this day, scroll through my photos of Bennett and am just so baffled at what a little person he has become.
I remember Chad's brother Kurt, when they had Presley, said that it started getting really fun once she turned 3 months old...and boy was he right. Don't get me wrong, I hardly prefer any moment of Bennett's life over the other, but now, four months into it, it's just already sooooo incredibly different.
Bennett is becoming self-sufficient more and more each day. A far cry from the constant 24/7 a newborn needs. This I know is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the sense that he now has a personality and a mind of his own. We're able to play and interact with him and it's literally the most amazing thing to watch him learn and grown each day. The other day, he literally chatted with himself the whole drive home. I seriously wish I had a tape recorder...I was dying.
But a curse in a sense that I know the older he gets the more and more independent he will become and the more desirable toys and playing will be over Mommy. We already see this in a new habit our little guy has picked up..."the stiff arm" as Chad likes to call it. Any time you pick up the little guy, god forbid if he was in the middle of playing or eating, he arches his back and pushes away from you with his arms literally trying to jump out of your clutches....really funny to watch by the way.
Thank goodness he is still partial to being snuggled to bed...my favorite time of day by the way.
Anywho, we spent our Sunday being lazy at home. I was itching to get out so Chad, Benny and I took a stroll to Target and got Bennett a new fall sweater and some other cozy clothes. We also were very lucky and recieved some super cute converse sneakers from Chad's aunt that we cannot wait for Bennett to fit into!
I feel like nowadays, Chad and I feel like we actually have a handle on this whole parenting thing. Yesterday was a breeze and I can't ever remember feeling that way until lately. Bennett napped for all of his nap times and ate and played like a happy baby all day...it was so great. As much as I feel like a pro at this point...I know that the second I feel comfortable with this little guy, he'll throw something new at us.
Last Sunday I remember calling my mom and jokingly asked her if she thought Bennett understood the concept of daylight savings time...
...she laughed and wished me good luck.
Well needless to say, little Benny does NOT understand that he can sleep and extra hour now and does not need to wake mommy up at 4:30 am instead of 5:30...silly boy.
For the past week...my little guy has been falling asleep at 6:30 pm instead of 7:30 and waking up at 4:30 instead of 5:30...so Chad and I, after days of being so tired, started pulling the little guy out of his crib and snuggling with him in ours until it's time to wake up and eat.
As much as I don't want Bennett to get in the habit of sleeping with us...he totally knocks back out between the two of us for another good hour.
Plus, Chad and I can hardly complain about the extra cuddle time we get with our little man. It really is something we should absolutely cherish. There's no telling how long he will allow all this snuggle time....I'm sure before we know it I'll have to chase him around and snatch him up with the jaws of life just to muster a few hugs and kisses.
...so for now, our little early riser is not something I'm much too concerned with.
I love our snuggles baby...please don't ever stop.
P.S. Someone turns 4 months old tomorrow...Gosh, I can't believe it!
Last month our good friends Amber and Richard had their sweet little baby boy Wyatt.
I swear little boys are taking over the world.
Chad and I were sooo excited about this because we all already had plans of these little guys growing up as best buddies just like Chad and Amber's brother Trevor did.
Wyatt is the cutest little thing with SO much hair...poor little toe-head Benny won't have that much hair til he's like 3 probably...anyway, I digress.
Bennett and Wyatt are exactly 3 months apart and after I had Bennett, Richard approached me about the amazing video The Millard's made for Benny. He mentioned that Amber absoultely loved it and he wanted to do something similar for her. Well...let me start off by saying that I am no Rich Millard, but I did my best and put together a cute little video of baby Wyatt for Amber.
This past weekend we surprised Amber with her present and we also were able to let the little kiddos meet for the first time. It was such a fun time and Amber is too funny...she loved the video and even jokingly claimed, "This is better than any gift I got...better than my crib...better than everything!" We were really excited that she liked it so much!
I can't wait for all the adventures and trouble those two will probably get into.
It really is baby season lately...I was counting the other day and aside from Bennett, two of my friends just recently had babies (both boys, might I add) and three of my friends are currently pregnant - one confirmed boy...seriously BOYS EVERYWHERE!.
It's official! Auntie Liz and Uncle Rich live right down the street!!
Yesterday Chad, Benny and I ventured down the boulevard to Liz and Rich's sweet new home...and oh my gosh, is it the cutest, most amazing little house ever. I kind of want to steal it...or just ALWAYS go visit - which is a little less weird I think.
As you know, Bennett had a little stomach bug, so armed with pedialite and some toys to distract the little man, we headed to the Millard's for a visit! We toured the new house and gushed over the amazing backyard. I love how Rich and Chad chatted about being able to play soccer or football with the kiddos one day back there!
Millards...get on that! Benny wants a buddy!
After feeding the little guy, we busted out some toys and God momma Liz busted out her camera and got some of the cutest photos of our always smiley little man. I'm seriously so obsessed with him...I can't believe he is mine sometimes.
After some play time, we headed to Sharky's for some yummy Mexican food! Good call Liz...Good call!
Bennett knocked out on the drive over and slept like a cozy little guy the whole time. My heart literally leaps whenever people mention how good he is. I truly am so lucky that Benny is such a mild tempered, calm, observant baby. I absolutely love it!
We are so so so incredibly happy that Rich and Liz live just down the road from us. It really is so special to be so close with my cousin and see how good of buds Rich and Chad have become. I can't wait to see what life holds for us all - I just know it will be so amazing!
I feared this would happen...I just didn't realize so soon.
Benny caught a bug...and a yucky tummy bug at that.
While I was pregnant I always worried about daycare and all the germs that get passed around from all the kids. I also was so worried about going back to work and cutting off breastfeeding because of instances such as this. But it happened...and were dealing with it.
I know now that being a mommy is an endless battle of trial and error. The constant struggle of figuring out what works for you and your baby and just going with it. It took me so long to learn that and I'm sooooo glad I finally did. I'd probably be freaking out at this point if I always assumed there was a specific answer for every baby question.
...but sadly, there is not.
About two days ago I noticed Bennett's diapers were a little, shall I say, messier than usual. I didn't think anything of it at first since, as most new moms learn, baby poop changes SOOOOOOOOO much its like crazilla!!! Then this morning when I went to wake the little man up, my heart shattered when I saw his crib covered in puke.
(cue feeling like a sucky mom moment): Oh my god!!! How did I not hear this happen in the middle of the night!?!?
I quickly snuggled my little man and tried to soak in all his discomfort like a sponge. I seriously wish I were a sponge sometimes. Seriously.
I called his nursery school and questioned if they sensed any symptoms of the flu or a stomach bug in Bennett over the past couple days and bless their hearts for saying they'd pray for him and hope his tummy feels better. They really are so sweet there - we truly are so happy with his nursery school, aside from pesky baby germs...but you can't win them all can you??
We headed to the doctor and were assured that the little guy would be just fine...still its so sad to think of him feeling so crummy.
So today...it's just like the old days. Spending my minutes and hours snuggled up on the couch with my little man.
Pedialite, bottles and dumpy day time television.
...I miss this.
Feel better Bennett my love...mommy loves you to the moon and back!
Well..... I managed to get at least one photo of Benny in his Halloween costume. Then, lets just say, pukefest 2011 happened and it was bye bye police officer!
I made the mistake of feeding Bennett with his new, much faster flowing bottles while wearing his costume and much to my surprise, when I sat the little guy up to burp, up came his WHOLE bottle.
All over his costume.
All over the couch.
All over ME!
Chad and I burst into uncontrollable laughter as I sat in a pool of upchuck and shortly after Bennett began cracking a smile and chuckled along with us...it was incredibly cute/disgusting at the same time.
At least Mammies and B-Ba got to see him in it for a short while as well.