Monday, March 25, 2019

Bennett Michael {7 months}

Dear Bennett,

Yesterday you turned 7 months old!!! I absolutely HATE the number 7, but I gotta say, this is one of my most favorite ages! You are getting to be SO much fun!! And the fact that you are the cutest thing under the sun doesn't hurt either! Let's take a look at what you've been up to this month!

Head circumference:

You actually have a weight check/second flu shot appointment next week, so I will update these stats then, since I was wayyyy off on your 5 month update (our scale sucks)!

Clothes: You are comfortably wearing 6 month clothes, but you can definitely rock a few 9 month things in a few brands that run small (Ralph Lauren, Kissy Kissy). You are also (finally!) in 6 month pajamas! The onesie you are wearing in these pictures is 3 months, but I probably should have put you in a 6 month one ;) Still wearing size 2 diapers.

Nicknames: Ben, Ben Ben, Benito, Little B, Little Bean, Benny, Benny Ben, Sweetest Boy, Big Guy, Lucas still calls you "Baby Bin-it!" while Ella prefers "Benny"

Milestones: You can roll both ways now (back to belly and belly to back)!! And let me tell you, you can MOVE! I will put you down on your play mat, and 5 minutes later, you are across the room (or under the couch, ha)! Now that you've mastered rolling, you love to sleep on your tummy and you roll all over your crib. Every morning I wonder where in that crib I will find you because it sure won't be in the same spot where I put you down the night before! You've scootched yourself backwards a few times and you so badly want to crawl. I am almost 99% you're teething because everything goes in the mouth and you are suuuuper drooly, but I haven't felt any teeth just yet! Your babbling is becoming more "word-like," and I swear I've heard you say "Ella" and "Mama." You also like to say "mmmmm" and "bbbbb" a lot!

Sleep: Honestly, I'd give you a B+ right now! You are sleeping pretty great! (Now watch me jinx it by typing that!) Saturday night you slept almost 13 hours straight, and even DADDY didn't hear you (he usually hears every little sound you make)! You still wake up occasionally, but you are able to soothe yourself back to sleep, which we are so thankful for! Naps are awesome, but we are entering the stage of being in "morning nap jail." If you don't get your morning nap, you are a NIGHTMARE (love ya, mean it!), so most days we have to be home between 9:30 and 11 AM so you can nap in your crib. Afternoon naps are easier because your older siblings are napping, too and you sleep from 2ish until 4ish and sometimes even 5 PM! 

Best Moment: Feeding you food for the first time, watching you swing for the first time, celebrating your first St. Patrick's Day/Selection Sunday

Worst Moment: Whenever you don't get a good morning nap and you just cry/scream/cryyyyy. 

Likes: Ceiling fans, your feet (new discovery this month!), your hands (especially your middle and ring fingers), your big brother and sister, this teether, this musical toy, watching sports on TV with Daddy (golf is your fav!), Baby Mum Mums, being held, tickling you under your arms, baths, people smiling at you

{see?! you LOVE your feet!}

Dislikes: Being tired/skipping naps, being hungry

Health: You had a little bit of a runny nose off and on this month, but other than that you are totally healthy!

Eating: This was a big one this month! You tried real food for the first time on March 1 and you absolutely LOVE to eat! You get very excited when we put you in the highchair and walk toward you with baby food! So far you've had: bananas, avocados, pears, butternut squash, prunes, carrots, apples and pumpkin. You liked all of it, but LOVED pears the most and liked avocados probably the least. Just like your big brother, now that you've started solids, your poop situation is a little...backed up shall we say? But thanks to Lucas, at least I know what to do now! And I will say your issues don't seem to be quite as bad as his were (yet, anyway). Prunes and pears will be making a regular appearance in your meals so I'm glad you like them! ;)
You are still nursing every 2.5 to 3 hours, but you are kinda over it. I'm hoping your lack of interest doesn't effect my supply because you refuse bottles so if we had to go to formula, I'm not sure what you would do! You have fallen off the growth curve slightly so that is one reason we are going back to the doctor next week! Let's hope your nursing improves soon!! Stay focused, buddy! Don't get distracted! 

Ben Ben, we are so glad you've been part of our family for 7 whole months now!!! You seem to act as if you're saying, "Hi! I'm Bennett! I'm just happy to be here!" and we are SO happy to have you here as well!! People are always commenting about how adorable you are, and how sweet and happy you act (well unless you skipped your morning nap...)! We just can't get enough of you as more and more of your personality shows! You are the sweetest little peanut and we are so lucky you're ours!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Life with Bennett {week 30}

Happy Friday friends!!! 
Here's what we've been up to!


We met up with Ella's preschool friends at a local gym!

Bennett hung out in the Ergo and drooled just a teense all over it. If this boy doesn't cut a tooth soon....!!


My little diva at Lucas's soccer practice!

She said the sun was "hurting her eyes," so of course I had to give her my sunglasses!

Meanwhile, this boy was just having the time of his life scoring goal after goal! He just loves soccer right now and we are so proud of him!

After soccer, he decided to put Ramses in an ambulance?

And Ella and I made a quick Target run...she asked to try on sunglasses, but I didn't buy her any! Even though she had to use mine earlier, she definitely has about 8 pairs at home!


St. Patrick's Day AND Selection Sunday! Some of us were more excited about basketball than the Irish holiday...

Photo shoots all around! 

And then we watched the Selection Show while eating our favorite enchiladas that I make every Selection Sunday (such an authentic Irish recipe, ha!). 


The boys and I met up with some friends at the library!

Monday afternoon, we made our brackets!

Ella's was done in no time flat, but Lucas had absolutely NO interest in his and it took FOREVER! For Bennett's I had Ella stand in front of my laptop, and she told me which team B picked based off of which way his eyes looked, ha! 


My very last Awaken Bible Study! 

I've been going to this Bible Study since Lucas was 4 months old. Now that I've done all 4 classes, I graduated! I will miss it so much; it has truly changed my life! For real, if you are in Charlotte, you need to go! It will start back up in the fall and it's on Tuesday mornings at Carmel Baptist! It is SO good. 

After that, we made another quick trip to Target. Because I always need something at Target, right?! Just not this Thomas hat ;)

That evening, I had a wine night with some friends, so I had gone to Target specifically to get a bottle of wine for this thing. Well, wouldn't you know it, they forgot to give me my bag with the wine in it and I didn't realize till much later in the day?! Oh I was SO mad!!!! 

I just had to share this pic of the sweetest matching siblings! Ella's dress is 3T and still fits...Bennett's longall used to be Lucas's! 

Hop, hop, hop! This little bunny is ready for Easter!

Tell me that's not the cutest bunny you ever saw!


Lucas got a much needed haircut!


And after:

He looks 12 now! Someone hold me.

Lucas and his new haircut decided it was not necessary to eat dinner that night and ran away with the older boy at church who had a bunch of trucks. I found them sitting together playing so nicely. It would have been even nicer if he had eaten his dinner first, but whatevs. 


We had a low-key morning at home; first putting away Bennett's laundry and sorting out things that no longer fit. 

And then we finally broke out my super cool shop vac I got for Christmas to clean out my car!!! I was way too excited about this; Bennett's just wondering why the thing is so loud!

While I was doing that, Lucas perfected his basketball skills. Let's just say they are better than his bracket making skills at this point. Bless.

And for the record, this guy LOVES Baby Mum Mums, just like his older siblings!!!

Have a great weekend! 
Go Tarheels and hopefully everyone's bracket is doing better than all of ours over here! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Life with Bennett {week 29}

Another Tardy-to-the-Party post! Maybe one day I will get it together and post these on Fridays again!

Here's a look at our past week!


We dropped off all of our stuff for the consignment sale! 

Then we shopped the same consignment sale...the good news is that I spent less than I made, so that's a win!!


Soccer! Lucas has been doing SO well so far this season; Trav and I are both so impressed with him!

We also had our friends over to watch the UNC vs. Dook game! Bennett loved playing with his girlfriend!


My Lenten "resolution" this year is to go to church every week during Lent!
So, this was the first Sunday of Lent...and it was also the day after the time change, which made it even harder to get to 9:30 church! But we made it! Ella drew on her boogie board the whole time (this is seriously the best $15 investment and I highly recommend getting one if you have a kid between ages 3 and....18 haha!). 

That night, Bennet tried butternut squash, which was a big hit!


The most glorious day of the month! Our cleaning lady came over to clean! 
Since we had to be out of the house, after we dropped Ella off at preschool, I took the boys on a run! 

It was Bennett's first time in the Double Bob! He was very indifferent about it, ha!

After I ran 3 miles, we went to play at the park!

It was also Bennett's first time in a swing!!

Our friends were at the playground at the mall, so we left the park to meet up with them there! 


We walked out of Bible study to find...a fire truck! No worries, the church wasn't on fire, it was just there visiting the preschoolers! Lucas was beyond thrilled!

To make Lucas's life even more exciting, we also went to the car wash since it had finally stopped raining and my car was so dirty!

That afternoon I attempted to put together Bennett's cozy coupe that he had gotten for Christmas! I gave up after like 45 minutes...sorry Trav! Time for you to take over! Who knew cozy coupes were so hard to assemble?!


We got out our Easter decorations!

It was also Open House day at Ella's dance, so we got to go in the room instead of watch her on a tv!


Ella had a St. Patrick's Day parade/JDRF fundraiser walk at preschool!

Her class made the cutest rainbows to carry!

While Ella was still at school, I took the boys to yet another consignment sale and found all of this!

And that afternoon, Bennett had the baby room all to himself at the Y!

That's a wrap on our week!! Happy Tuesday! :)