Friday, June 1, 2018

Life With Benny: 14 Months

As a teacher I have always looked forward to my summer vacations...but this year even more so.

Last summer we (mostly Benny) spent most of our days sleeping and snuggling up on the couch...

This summer however, promises to be a bit busier :)

Part of me is wishing for another summer filled with teeny baby snuggles...but the other part of me is just so darn excited about all of the fun and adventures headed our way!

We are only a few days into summer break...but I think I can confidently say this may be my most favorite summer break yet!


Not much has changed on this front. He is still eating most foods...still not a fan of scrambled eggs, unless they are smothered in gravy :)

We tried out pickled beets for the first time and discovered that he is quite the fan...AJ and I gave them a try, but were not impressed. Benny tends to choose his beets over other things on his plate...I can't quite figure that one out. 

His favorite foods include bananas, pancakes/waffles, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and cheese...all the good stuff of course!

The biggest change in his eating this month is that we have completely weaned and are no longer nursing. I was previously just nursing him at night before bed, and didn't have a specific time that we planned to stop...but it just kind of happened. We were both ready and the transition to a whole milk bottle at night has been a breeze.

He is however still getting one bottle in the morning and one at night before bed...the plan is to get rid of the morning one this next month and hopefully be done with the bedtime bottle before the end of the summer. I am not a fan of change...and the anxiety of throwing off his nighttime routine has me holding out as long as I can :)


Sleep has been pretty much the same....thank goodness! He hasn't always been the most consistent of sleepers so the fact that our routine has stayed the same for a few months is a welcome change!

He was still just taking one nap at daycare (11:45-1:45ish) and then 2 naps for us on the weekends (9-10:30 and 1:30-3:00ish) and bedtime around 7/7:30. He is pretty go with the flow when it comes to change of schedule and if he has a later bedtime if we have something going on...the biggest issue is being in the car past bedtime...he won't fall asleep and he chooses to cry the whole time instead :)


This month was lots and lots of fun! He is SOOOO close to walking and takes the opportunity to walk between us and furniture any chance he gets. He went from showing no interest at all to wanting to walk everywhere!

He is talking up a storm and learns new words every day. He is even able to tell me what sounds certain animals make...he's got Cow, Snake, Owl, and Sheep mastered.

He is also talking a lot of non-sense. He will babble constantly...he is quite the talker...I wonder where he gets that :)

He has always been interested in how things work and this month I really saw him take off with that. He loves his blocks and putting them together and taking them apart. He loves opening and closing lids, turning on and off the lights, etc. He is definitely a future engineer...or machinist if Papa has any say :)

We spent as much time as possible outdoors since spring/summer finally decided to show up!

These sweet cousins just crack me up!

He learned that climbing up the slide is WAY more fun than going down :)

We took many walks to the park and EVERY time he insists on sitting on his bench...

There is nothing special about this particular bench, but every time we walk by it he points and yells "bench" and wants to get out and sit for a few minutes.

He is a super quirky kid...I wonder where he gets that ;)

 He is the most affectionate, sweet, and loving little boy, when I ask for mooches he puckers up and gives me a kiss and I melt into a puddle of course

He does a great job playing by himself, but every couple minutes he will come over and sit on my lap for a quick little mama recharge...and I don't mind one bit!

Anything that isn't a toy has quickly become his favorite thing to play with...


Red Solo Cups...

Extra parts from Papa's shop...

and our bar stools...just to name a few ;)


 He is a total Papa's boy...the only thing he loves more than papa is riding papa's tractor

We have a picture of my dad and Benny on the tractor in our house and Benny is constantly pointing at it and saying "Papa"

When my mom comes over to visit he can't take his eyes off the front door and is always looking and waiting for Papa to show up.

Dog food became VERY interesting to him this month...

Fortunately we have managed to keep him from getting a far ;) 

He did have his very first Popsicle, and he was definitely a fan!

We got this water loving boy a water table and we have spent more hours than I can count "splash, splashing!"

There was even one day when it was raining that he stood at the back door crying because wanted to go "ah-side" to play with it. ('s the cutest thing ever, but when he says "ah-side" he whispers it)

 He also discovered the fun that is bubbles...

On the second to last day of school he ran a low grade fever and was pretty puny...the next day he was totally fine, but then exactly one week later the same thing happened, but this time the fever was higher. We took him to the doctor and he had his first ear infection :( 

Good thing mommy was on summer break and could snuggle ALL day! 

His love for books is still going strong

We finally caved and got him his first was MUCH needed

Don't let these pictures fool you...he lost his mind for 3/4 of the haircut...the gal cutting his hair finally got out her bubble machine and he immediately calmed down.

And now he is all of a sudden all grown up....

He love, love, loves to put things together and take them apart so we bought him a set of blocks...

These things have kept him busy for HOURS!

We had another fun play date with our birth class group...we were short a few babies this month, but we had fun nonetheless!

Summer break officially started on May 28th and we wasted no time getting started in on the fun!

We spent a morning at the park...

 Have gone through a gallon of bubbles...

Enjoyed our lazy mornings and "Dorta" (Dora)

Went to visit Grammy and Papa at the shop

He made my mom carrying him around and pointed at everything saying "Dis" which is his way of asking what is this.

We brought slushies for Grammy and Papa and Benny got his first taste of a lime slush...

He LOVED it!

It's only been a few days, but summer break has been pretty darn great so far. I am loving getting to spend all day with my very favorite person. We have a lot of fun planned for the next 2 months. I'm so, so, so grateful that I have a job that allows me this special time to make memories with my little guy!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Life With Benny: 13 Months

Welp, here we are...another month gone in the blink of an eye.

It seems impossible to me that this was one year ago....

Sure, there are days I long for my sleepy, squishy, snuggling newborn...but honestly, not only am I enjoying the sleep I get these days...we are having so much fun seeing him grow and learn. It seems like he is learning and doing something new every day.


While I still nurse him at night, we have completely switched over to whole milk bottles for morning and during the day. He takes about four 5 oz bottles a day per his pediatrician. I know we are supposed to be thinking about switching over to sippy cups soon...but I am not sure I am there yet. 

Other than bottles he is eating regular food like a champ. He likes pretty much everything we give him, but it's always hit or miss on what he prefers from day to day.

The only thing I would say he isn't a huge fan of is eggs. He hasn't really cared for them from day one...and even when I smother them in cheese he doesn't seem too impressed.

His favorites include all noodles, cheese, carrots, and fruit.



Like I mentioned before...everyone is sleeping pretty darn great these days. Bedtime and nap time are pretty peaceful events and we have a pretty good routine down. After dinner some nights he gets a bath and then it's diaper, jammies, and sleep sack.

This is followed by one of his favorite activities..."TEESH!" He is still very excited about brushing his teeth, but luckily there are no longer tears when we take the toothbrush away! However, the minute he is done brushing his teeth his is pointing towards his bedroom and chanting "books, books, books"

We then let him pick out 2...sometimes 3 books and head to his chair to read. He is getting better about letting us read all of the words on the page before turning it...but some nights he is just interested in the pictures :) After books he says a quick goodnight to daddy before I nurse him.

While we have completely switched to whole milk bottles for the morning and at daycare, I am not ready to give up our night time nursing session. I'm hopeful that this month we will wean away from it...but I am making no promises :) I have really enjoyed our nursing relationship and feel like as long as it's still working for us we are going to stick with it.

After our nursing session and some snuggles I lay him down in his crib and he reaches for his elephant lovie, rolls over, sticks his butt in the air and goes to sleep. I whisper "night, night" and head out the door.

It hasn't always been this easy, so believe me when I say I really appreciate the calmness of our bedtime routine these days!


Oh man...this kid just gets more and more fun by the day. He is such a happy guy and I could seriously watch him play and explore all day long.

He got a lot of new toys for his birthday and he is enjoying them to the fullest.

I would say his favorite is his "cuck" Every time we get home and are in the garage he points at his truck and yells "cuck" and he isn't too happy when we head inside instead of going for a ride!

He is never too pleased when I stop to take a picture...I usually get the stink eye followed by him commanding me to "Go!"

On one of our walks he demanded we go "FASTER"

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He actually has two trucks...and isn't too picky on which one he goes for a ride in. While we take the one with a handle on walks around the neighborhood, we use the other one in the driveway. Our driveway is sloped so I set him at the top of the driveway and he starts to roll down towards me. His face lights up as it picks up "speed" and his giggles are just the best!

His Aunt Goose decided to "punish" me for the instrument set I got Caleb for his birthday with a drum set...and it totally backfired. He absolutely loves his drum-set and as a bonus it has volume control so it isn't nearly as loud as one would think.

Easter was especially fun this year!

He enjoyed the goodies that the Easter Bunny brought him



We went to church and he was the perfect gentleman!

Although, once church was over he had decided that he he had quite enough and we had to head home for a nap and miss brunch with the family. 

After a quick nap we headed to Grammy and Poppy's where the Easter Bunny had left him yet another basket of goodies!

He got to go for a wheelbarrow ride with his big cousins.

We scored a train table and kitchen set at the neighborhood garage sales and he just can't get enough! He "rooms" his cars around the train table and loves to "cook cook"

He got to go to a happy hour after school with mommy, and got his first kiss from his future wife...he wasn't so sure at first, but by the end Katie and I were planning the wedding!

His obsession with Gracie still remains...but unfortunately he is not very gentle and Gracie has become more and more leery of him...unless he has food of course! He always makes sure to share his snacks with "Gace" and she makes sure to nab them and run! 

While he isn't walking he has gotten really good at pushing around his toys, and his little Lighting McQueen car is one of his favorites. He walks/runs really well pushing this thing, but the minute he lets go he will drop to his bottom or trust fall...

 What a fun month it's been...and now the countdown to June has begun! I cannot wait to spend my summer days with this sweet boy <3