Thursday, November 30, 2017

Life With Benny: 8 Months

8 months old and more fun than ever! Can we just go ahead and pause time now?


He is still comfortably wearing size 3, and no longer wearing overnight diapers. We ran out and switched to his regular diapers for a few days and didn't have any issues or leaks so we stuck with that. We have signed up for a diaper subscription on Amazon and it has hands down been our best decision. They deliver a box of diapers each month (we can change sizes as needed) so I don't even have to think about it! Amazon Prime is seriously my best friend.


We officially had to retire all of his 6 mos sizes and it's looking like the 6-9 mos aren't far behind. He is still sleeping and napping in sleep sacks and wearing a size medium.

We bought him his first two piece pj set and I am officially obsessed. There is nothing cuter than seeing his chubby little belly sticking out of his shirt!  


There isn't much this little guy won't eat nowadays! He prefers to feed himself, so he isn't really a fan of the purees anymore. He still eats oatmeal and pureed fruit for breakfast, but for dinner we have been giving him little bits of whatever we are eating. He is a big fan of spaghetti, rice, black beans, and cheese. He had his first Mi Ranchito experience...and let's just say he is a fan ;)

He is still nursing in the mornings and evenings and taking about 3 bottles at daycare. He is easily distracted these days and pulls on my hair, lips, face, and anything I have in my hands while he eats...gone are the blissful days of snuggling while nursing ;)


He is still sleeping from about 8-6:30 every night, minus a few days there when he was battling a cold. After his cold it's been harder to get him to fall asleep on his own. Usually we just lay him in his crib at night and for naps and he will fall asleep...but more often than not these last few weeks we've had to rock him to sleep. I'm hoping we get back to normal soon!

He is quite the mover in his sleep nowadays...there are many nights he does a complete 180 in his sleep and ends up with his head at the opposite side of his crib. He also rolls to his side or his stomach most nights...and while I know it's okay, it makes this mama nervous to see him face down in his crib! 

Naps at daycare are so hit and miss. He was consistently taking a short morning nap...but over the last few weeks he is too interested in what the big kids are doing. He then takes an afternoon nap which varies in length just depending on the day. I pick him up around 4:00 every day and he takes another short nap at home till about 6:00. I was hoping to drop the evening nap, but since he isn't napping the greatest at daycare he is exhausted by the time we get home.

He naps like a champ on the weekends...his quiet, dark room definitely helps!


-He got his 2nd tooth and seems to be working on a top tooth. He has been a little fussier with these darn teeth...but for the most part it hasn't been too big of  deal.

-He is rolling like crazy...he isn't too interested in crawling (or being on his stomach for extended periods of time) she he will roll to wherever he needs to go.

-We started giving him table foods and puffs. He is definitely a fan of feeding himself and while more food ends up in his lap than in his mouth he is getting better.

-He is saying da-da pretty much all the time. From the time he wakes up in the morning until he goes to bed it's "da-da-da-da" I'm working on getting him to say "ma-ma" but no such luck!

-He drinks out of a sippy cup and from straws now...and doesn't like it one bit when you take his water away from him!

-He is big on mimicking sounds and he has started "barking" like the dog. When we play fetch with her she barks and he will "UH" right after she does. 

-He will now put his hands up and reach for us when he wants to be picked up or held. Nothing makes me happier than him reaching out for me to hold him!

-He is very snuggly these days. When you pick him up he will press his forehead into our faces/foreheads and he will lay his head on our shoulders.

-We got him a baby swing for our play set out back and he is a fan!


-He is still a big fan of Gracie and lately he has become obsessed with her tiny tennis balls. He grabs them and will fling his arms around and has even thrown the ball a few times. It's pretty much the cutest thing ever...however, Gracie is not amused. It's so funny because he wants so badly to put the ball in his mouth, but we tell him no every time...he will look at us after we say now like "are you sure?"

-He is still loving his books and his favorites are the ones that make sounds. He can turn the pages by himself and he will grunt and squeal as he looks at the pages. I love that he will choose to look at books over playing with any of his other toys. He is a little book worm, like his mama!

-Bath time is still a favorite for all of us. He is obsessed with his bath toys, especially Shelly they Sheep and Henrietta the Hen. One night we held up his toys 2 at a time and he chose which one he wanted...Henrietta and Shelly made it to the very end and when it came down to those 2 he just couldn't choose so he grabbed them both :)

-At the top of his Christmas list this year are boxes and solo cups...

-He love, love, loves going for walks and runs with mommy in his stroller, which makes me so happy!


- Being sick :( Poor guy battled a pretty rough cold this month and it was hard on all of us. He seriously never cries and there were several nights he would wake up around 1:00 AM screaming/crying. It took a long time to calm him down and get him back to was heartbreaking. We spent much of Thanksgiving break snuggled up in his rocker.

-He is not a fan of having something taken away from him. The little fits have begun!

-While he will eat basically anything, he doesn't seem to be the biggest fan of scrambled eggs. We have given them to him a few mornings for breakfast and he will eat a few bites and then eat around them.

-He doesn't seem to like wearing socks or shoes....seriously, I don't know how I will keep his feet warm this winter! Every time we put socks or shoes on him he takes them off within minutes. 


 This little candy thief helped hand candy out to all of our trick-or-treaters. I think he is excited about going out to get his own candy next year :)

He is seriously the BEST baby! When we are getting ready for work in the morning he will sit and play with his basket of toys forever!

He is still obsessed with this pillow....

We had several really nice days this month and Benny loved playing in (eating) the leaves.

We celebrated his first Thanksgiving...

 We started out with brunch at IHOP with Uncle Brian

Stuffed ourselves silly at Grammy and Poppy's 

And spent some time snuggling some of his favorite people

We put up our Christmas tree and he has been mesmerized by the lights and ornaments...we have to watch him pretty closely because he rolls himself over the tree if we aren't looking!

This month was full of fun for sure...but I have a feeling this next month will be the best yet!
Friday, November 3, 2017

September/October Book Review

I had good intentions...really I did. I kept telling myself to put down the TV remote (my fall shows are back) and pick up my book instead, but I didn't. 

In the last 2 months I have only read one book...well 2 if you count the book I read aloud to my students...and for the sake of this "goal" I am going to count it. A book is a book, right?

My goal for this year was 24 books in 2017...and I am currently at 21 books, so I can still meet this goal...I just have to start reading again! The weather is getting colder so I imagine I will be finding myself on the treadmill a little more frequently so that should help!

This book had been suggested to me by several people and I have had it on hold at the library for months now. Considering I was in the thick of things with back to school madness and learning how to juggle being a new mom and working again after a 4 month break, I would say this book did a pretty good job of holding my interest. It took me a little longer to read than a suspense/thriller usually would...especially one that kept me guessing like this one did. The book takes place on a luxury cruise ship with only a few cabins. The main character Lo is a writer who is on the ship so she can write a review. She is quickly distracted by what she believes was a body thrown overboard. The more Lo tries to find out what happened the scarier things get for her. I was on the edge of my seat nearly the entire book and felt like it wrapped up pretty well. There was a bit of a twist (which I always love) and it made sense the way it ended. This is definitely a book I would recommend. I do wish I would have read it at a less crazy time though, I think I would have enjoyed it that much more. 

There are a few books I read to my students every year...and this is one I will definitely add to my list. Auggie Pullman is a 5th grader, and he is no ordinary 5th grader. He was born with a severe facial deformity. He was home-schooled in the past due to this, but now as a 5th grader he will be attending the local school. Auggie struggles to fit in as you might imagine, but what I love about this book is how the author explores others reactions to him. It opened the door for a lot of conversations in my class about how we might feel if we were we might feel if we were one of Auggie's we felt about the way different characters treated him. This is a beautifully written book that is a MUST read for all kids. It not only teaches kindness, compassion, and empathy...but it reinforces the idea of never giving up and doing your best. I cried a few tears here and there in the story and my kids cheered as we reached the last page. I urge you to read this book...with your students, with your children, or even by yourself!

I have been a total slacker in the book department these last 2 months, and I am hoping I can get back into the groove, because I have lots of books on the wait list at the library that have recently come available and I have been waiting months for them...I need to get on it and start reading so I don't end up having to put them on hold again!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Marathon Update

I have put off writing this post for the last week, because I am VERY superstitious and I didn't want to jinx myself. 

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have been fighting a hip/glute/back injury for the last month. I dealt with a similar injury a few years back while training for the KC Marathon, so I immediately called my chiropractor hoping he could fix me yet again :) 

I was worried that with only 7 weeks till the marathon that there wouldn't be time to completely rehab my injury and that I wouldn't be able to run the marathon...and to be honest with you, there were a few times that I questioned whether or not I would even be able to run the 5k. 

After lots of ups and downs, several appointments with Dr. Sindorf...I can confidently say I will be running the Gobbler Grind Marathon in 2 1/2 weeks. The weekend before last I ran my longest run since having Bennett...and while it isn't my normal "peak week" 20 miler, I was able to run 18 miles completely pain free.

This training cycle has been far from perfect. There have been more skipped runs than I can count. Several shortened runs due to a baby waking up earlier than planned (it's like they know, lol!) and absolutely zero speed-work. I definitely won't be walking away from this race with a shiny new PR...but I will be walking away from it with my head held high. Getting back into running after having a baby hasn't been easy. I have run through lack of sleep, going back to work full time, and an injury, and yet I haven't given up. I may not run my fastest marathon, but it will definitely be an accomplishment I can be proud of.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Life With Benny: 7 Months

Every month I swear is my favorite and that it can't possibly get any better...and then it does <3


He is comfortably wearing size 3s and we have officially gone through all of the diapers that were gifted to us. We have only purchased a few boxes these last 6 months and it has been really nice. Diapers are ALWAYS a good shower gift ;)


He is wearing 6-9mos in all his clothes, and sleepers. He still naps in his "monkey suit", which is just a fleece sleep sack, but it's getting a little bit small so we are going to have to get a new one here pretty soon. We also bought him a Halo sleep sack to wear over his jammies for bedtime because it's getting a little colder. We bought him socks last month and he can't keep them out of his mouth so they end up all slobbery and wet...not sure how we are going to keep his feet warm in the upcoming months!


Lots of new foods for the little guy this month...including peanut butter! At our 6 month doctor's appointment we got the go ahead from the doctor to introduce any and all foods (except honey and whole milk) and lil' man has been loving it!

We have slowly introduced fruits thinking that once he got a taste of the sweeter foods he wouldn't want his veggies, but so far he doesn't seem to be the biggest fan of pears or peaches. He loves bananas, but mostly he loves his veggies. Squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and carrots top his list of favorites.


We had a rough start in the sleep department, but I have zero complaints these days. He is still going to bed around 8 each night and sleeping till about 6:30 when we wake him up to get ready for daycare.

At daycare he takes a short nap in the morning and a longer nap in the afternoon, but he hasn't been the most consistent. At home he is a nap champion. He will nap 2-3 hours in the morning and then anywhere from 45 mins to an hour and a half in the afternoons/evenings.


-He finally rolled from back to front! He has spent the last 2 months ALMOST rolling to his tummy. He would get almost all the way over and then it's like he realized his mistake and he would roll right back onto his back. He never loved tummy time so we weren't sure he would ever roll over. He rolled from back to front once at the beginning of the month and then it was almost a full 3 weeks before he did it again...and now watch out! He is a rolling machine rolling back to front then front to back over and over again. 

-He officially has a tooth! About 2 weeks ago I noticed he was extra drooly and a little unsettled while in his car seat so I felt around to see if his gums were swollen and I found a tooth, it had already broken through the gums...I couldn't believe it! It's looking like another one is about to break through as well. Minus being a little fussier while in his car seat he has been a total teething champ.

-He is getting more intentional and coordinated with his grabbing. He can pick up smaller objects and take them directly to his mouth.

-He spent his first night away from mommy...and I think it was harder on me than it was him. It was just one night, but boy was I glad to get back home to him! 

-He started sitting in a high chair at restaurants and seriously, he was beside himself with excitement. He loves looking around and people watching so this was a huge upgrade in his opinion.

-We've started giving him Mum Mums, which are little teething crackers and he is obsessed. I took one away from him the other day and he yelled at! He is pretty messy with them still, but Gracie makes sure to clean up his mess :)

-We also started giving him water. It took him a few weeks, but he can now get water out of the sippy cup. He hasn't quite figured out that he needs to tip it up to get the water we are stuck holding it for him for now ;)


-He loves being startled, and every time daddy "scares" him he giggles. It's pretty much everyone's favorite game. 

-Gracie...oh my word, if she is nearby his eyes are locked on her. He would really like to get ahold of her, but she keeps her distance after a few hair pulls. 

-This kid loves music, and it doesn't matter if it's on tv, the radio, or mommy's tone deaf voice. He will tap his toes to the music and wave his arms around and dance. 

-He still loves the bath and we got him some bath toys so that has made it even more fun! 

-He has all of a sudden become really interested in books, and not just because he likes to chew on them (although he still does that) He has started looking at the pictures and even trying to turn the makes this teacher mama's heart VERY happy!


We have been so blessed with such a happy, easy-going baby that it's hard to really say what his dislikes are. He doesn't like having to wait to eat his food...but really, who does?


Fall weather meant weekend mornings in the sunroom with Mommy and Gracie.

Our first trip to the pumpkin patch! He loved the people watching.

He had his 6 mo check up and shots...he was such a trooper, especially because we waited forever and he was extra tired.

This face <3

I seriously could just eat him up!

He still doesn't quite understand sippy cups ;)

He has been LOVING his books lately!

Gracie is his little side-kick...but she stays just out of reach for fear of the fur pulling!

We are lucky enough to live down the street from his big cousins, so park dates are a must! 


I took him on a few more stroller runs this month, and he loves them...that is if he can stay awake :)

Gracie isn't going to be happy when he starts sitting in his chair regularly...she has claimed this thing as her own for the last few months.

He got to sit in the big boy seat in the cart at Target. He is still a little small for it, but mommy just made sure to drive slowly and not take the corners too fast!

Sunday mornings are my favorite...pjs all day!

Benny got to watch the Chiefs and Sporting game with his Uncle Brian.


He loves his bath toys...Hattie is his favorite #YesTheyAllHaveNames

He teased us all month with rolling over once and then never again...FINALLY last week he decided he didn't hate being on his tummy.

Books, books, and more books! I could spend hours reading with him!

More Sunday morning snuggles...and who doesn't wear a hat with their jammies?

We spent an evening over at my cousin Sheila's house...and Mason and Madeline made sure he was entertained ;)

We bought him a swing to add to our play-set...and he seems to like it, although the swinging motion almost puts him to sleep!

We went to Gardner's Boo Bash with our besties, and while it was cold and windy we got a couple of really good pictures, so I suppose it was worth it :)

John and Kelly's pre-wedding brunch was a success!

 Benny made sure to call Uncle Brian ahead of time to make sure they could match :)

What a month it's been! I have said it before...and I will say it again...but we have been so blessed with this sweet boy! I can't wait to see what the next month brings :)