Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bennett Michael {8 months}

Dear Bennett,

Welp, here we are again. Another month in the books! How?! Why?! You are now 2/3 of a year old, and as of Saturday, you will have been out in the world as long as you were in my belly! GAHH. Stop, time! Immediately.

Height: 25.5 inches (0.4 %ile)
Weight: 15 pounds exactly
(which I don't think is very accurate because you just weight 14 lbs 3oz at the doctor's last week and I don't think you gained 13 ounces in a week...but whatever. You're still in the first percentile. Peanut!)
Head circumference: 44 cm (33.6 %ile) Glad this is your one "normal" measurement, ha!

Clothes: You are wearing mostly 6 month and 9 month clothes! You have a few hand-me-downs from Lucas that are 12 months and they are huge on you, but we make it work! ;) You wore a smocked 3 month bubble yesterday and it fit great. So, boys' clothing sizes are really consistent...ha! Oh and you finally "graduated" to 6 month onesies for these pictures...although the 3 month ones still fit! You have the smallest little feet and can still fit in your newborn size Freshly Picked moccs! Lucas had some baby shoes that are size 3, but they are wayyyy too big still for your tiny feet! You are still wearing size 2 diapers.

Nicknames: Ben, Ben Ben, Little Bean, Benny, Benny Ben, Benny Boo Boo, Sweetest Boy, Big Guy, Little Peach, Prince of the Peanuts, Lucas still calls you "Baby Bin-it!" while Ella prefers "Benny"

Milestones: You are SO good and steady at sitting up now! You were wobbly for quite a few months, but I finally feel comfortable leaving your side for a second or two while you are sitting! You also are a rolling machine! It was so hard to get these monthly pictures of you on your back because you just want to roll over all. of. the. time! You want to crawl big time! You can scootch yourself somewhere by pivoting around, but there isn't any forward movement going on just yet. So close though! We are working on waving, but you haven't quite figured it out yet. You'll lift your hand but then nothing happens, ha! I can't believe you haven't gotten any teeth yet, but you are so drooly that they have to be coming soon!

Sleep: You are a pretty good sleeper!!! You go to sleep every night around 7:30 and most nights you sleep until I wake you up at 5/5:30 to feed you before I tutor! And then you go back to sleep until 8 AM! On the weekends, when I let you "sleep in," you sleep until 7 or 7:30, which is amazing! You are pretty good about taking a morning nap for an hour or so, but you LIVE for your afternoon nap! You are a champ afternoon napper! You sleep for 3+ hours if I let you (I usually wake you up after 2 hours though)! I'm so proud of you! You love to sleep on your tummy, and are really good at self-soothing and finding your own comfy spot! 

Best Moment: Celebrating your 1st Easter (and all of the associated activities) and when you finally didn't have a fever!!! 

Worst Moment: The two weeks you were sick this month. Sick babies are the WORST. 

Likes: Ceiling fans, your feet (new discovery this month!), your hands (especially your index and middle fingers), your big brother and sister, this teetherthis 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, "Wheels on the Bus" (especially the verses where the wipers go swish and the people go up and down!), your crinkly fish, light-up wand, rolling, babbling, Infant Motrin! 

Also: You LOVE Easter eggs! Ha! It was challenging to get these pictures taken!!

Dislikes: The Nose Frida

Health: This month was a doozy! It started out two weeks ago, when you were fussy, sniffly and ran a super low-grade fever (like 99*/100*) for almost 5 straight days. I figured it was just a virus, so we did lots of steaming, hydrating and Nose Frida-ing. Your fever finally went away, only to spike back up to 102* 5 days later. The pediatrician had me bring you in immediately, where we discovered you had a double ear infection. Bless. Thankfully, we are now on day 7 of amoxicillin and you are basically back to normal! Your runny nose has subsided as well! 

Eating: You are eating more and more "real" foods and have a meal in your high chair for lunch and dinner. You tend to prefer fruits, but eat pretty much whatever! While you were sick, you didn't have much of an appetite, but now that you're better you have been eating lots! You also love Puffs, Baby Mum Mums and these little muncher chip things! We've also recently tried to cut up actual food (as opposed to purees) and give that to you, but not very much actually makes its way into your mouth!
You are still nursing about every 3 hours but you are losing interest quickly! Sometimes you are done in 10 minutes!

Gahhhh Bennett, you are just so precious! You are a total JOY, even when you are not feeling well! People are constantly stopping us to tell us how cute you are whenever we are out and about, and you smile right back at them as if to say 'Thank you!" You are so friendly and happy and smiley and sweet! I could eat you up with a spoon! We love you so so much and can't wait to see what the next month brings (hopefully less illnesses)!