Friday, March 30, 2018

Life With Benny: ONE!



It's here...your first birthday. How is this even possible? The last 365 days have flown by in a blink of an eye. Sweet boy, you have forever changed our lives and our hearts. We never knew such a deep love existed until we met you. You radiate happiness and fun...and it's impossible for anyone to be sad when they are around you. This last year has simultaneously been the hardest and most wonderful year of our lives. You have taught us so many things in such a short time, but the most important lesson is to let go of expectations and smile through the mess...and savor each moment, because even the tough ones, don't last.

Diapers 



We are still comfortably in size 4s, since we sized up early they are not only still fitting they aren't even close to being too small. I have a feeling it will be several more months in this size. We switched to Target's Up&Up brand and have been really happy. No blowouts or leaks...and they are lots cheaper.

Clothes 


We completely retired all 9 month clothing and his 12 month stuff is even getting a little snug. We mostly notice it in his onsies, they are pulling at the neck. I'm not sure I can bring myself to buy him 18mo sizes though...that just seems SO big!
Food 


He is still nursing in the mornings and at night, and taking two bottles at daycare. We have slowly been introducing whole milk by mixing it in his bottles. We started out with just an ounce and slowly added more each week. I stopped pumping after spring break (SWEET FREEDOM) and we used up the rest of our freezer stash getting him to his first birthday.

In the mornings once I have fed him we put him in his high chair and give him some pancakes and/or bananas. He eats breakfast at Miss Judy's, but since he has gotten mobile his high chair is our "safe place" so we can make our breakfasts and pack lunches...plus, this little piggy LOVES breakfast foods. I don't think he minds getting to eat breakfast twice :) 

He is eating lunch with the big kids at Judy's as well and it has been so nice not to have to worry about packing him his own special lunch. She always has a good variety of foods that he likes so it works out well. 


He is pretty fickle with his food. One day he will chow down on any and everything and then the next day it's like we are serving him liver and onions. We just keep offering him what we are eating and then a side of carrots and/or fruit and he seems to be just fine. He is also big on feeding himself...if there is a spoon or fork around he MUST be holding it...so needless to say all of his foods are finger foods these days :)

We all love the baby food pouches. They are super easy and apparently really delicious. Whenever Benny sees one he lights up, although when he is done with it, it always goes flying...as does most of his food when he is "done" Gracie doesn't mind picking up the leftovers though :) 

Sleep

Oh goodness...this boy. Just when I think we have a good routine down...it changes :) He was doing really well with going down for naps and bedtime without being nursed...but then he got sick. I swear, I understand now why moms are so paranoid about germs and their kids getting sick because one little cold can set you back MONTHS!



After our 3rd bout of croup, we had several nights where little man would wake up screaming in the middle of the night. He only wanted mama, he wanted me to stand up and rock him, and he refused to go back to sleep...it was fun :)

We contributed part of it to teething and part of it to separation anxiety. To help with the separation anxiety I finally gave him a lovie to sleep with. This seemed to help with the falling asleep...but the staying asleep took a session of letting him cry it out. Before bed last weekend AJ and I both agreed that we would let him cry for 10-15 minutes before going in to him. I always get super anxious thinking about letting him cry...but it works EVERY.SINLGE.TIME and honestly he only cries for a few minutes before falling back asleep. I don't know why we always wait so long to do this....especially because the night we decided to let him cry, he slept from 7:00PM to almost 8 the next morning...seriously, I haven't slept in that late in a year! :) Since that night we have been back to a better routine. He is still going to bed about 7:00 and waking up around 6:30.

Naps have been a little more consistent this month...at home he will take about an 1 1/2 nap in the morning and another 1 1/2 hour nap in the afternoon. At daycare he is taking a 30-45 minute nap in the mornings and 1 1/2-2 hour nap in the afternoon depending on the day.

Milestones

It seemed like overnight he found his words and started talking like crazy.



His favorite word is of course dog...but unfortunately for us it sounds an awful lot like a word that starts with a c and rhymes with dock. I'm really hoping he gets the -d sound down soon, because I die a little every time he says that word in public ;)


He also says (and recognizes) mama, dada, papa, book (guk), teeth (tees), uh-oh, go, eat, cat, and boo.

He will repeat a lot of the words we say, but I am not really sure he understands what they mean yet. It has been crazy to see how quickly his language has developed...and I have a feeling he will be quite the talker...not sure where he gets that from ;)


-He is walking around while holding on to things now. He will walk around the coffee table, transfer from his activity cube to the chairs, and push his walker around.

-He is climbing on everything! He climbed up all the stairs and we can regularly find him sitting on the fireplace. We seriously can't turn our backs!

-He upgraded to his big boy car seat (in my car at least) and I am not sure if it's a coincidence, but he seems to hate riding in the car a little bit less these days :)

-Benny went "swimming" for the first time. We went to the Olathe Community Center over spring break and he had a blast! He has absolutely no fear and was crawling out into deeper water and I am not sure he would have stopped it I hadn't grabbed him!

Likes


-Books, books, and more books. He now points at the pictures and "talks" while we read and it's probably the cutest thing I have ever seen. He also prefers to do all of his reading on the fireplace...


 He finally figured out how to push the buttons on his Elmo on the farm book, and we have listened to "Farmer in the Dell" no less than 3,000 times. He is so proud of himself when he pushes it and will look at us and start dancing.
-He love, love, loves music and is constantly shaking his booty. His favorite "stage" is the fireplace and he will put his hands on the fireplace and shake his booty. 




-Benny got to ride the tractor for the first time with Papa and he LOVED it! He could hardly contain his excitement and laughed, squealed, and clapped the whole time.

-He loves playing "chase" and when we get down on the ground and crawl towards him he will squeal and "run" away laughing. His favorite is when we crawl around the ottoman and hide from him and jump out and say "boo" He has even started saying boo when he comes around the corner.


-He loves to wrestle and roll around on the ground. He loves when we push him over, hold him upside down, and roll around on the ground with him.

-He is obsessed with the tunnel at Miss Judy's. There have been a couple of times when we pick him up that he will crawl into the tunnel and we have to go in after him. I lured him out with my keys...AJ went in after him ;)








 
-He loves anything to do with being outdoors. We had a few nice days sprinkled in and we spent lots of time out back or at the park. We are definitely looking forward to more consistent warm weather and summer vacation!

-He is into anything he can investigate or explore. He likes to figure out how things work, move, make noise etc. He is a very curious little guy, and I have a feeling he is going to be one of those kids who takes things apart just to see how they work.


-Last month we started brushing his teeth and he is obsessed with his toothbrush. I swear he would sleep with this thing if we would let him. After we get his jammies on at night he starts saying "tees-tees" and he will squeal with delight when we walk into the bathroom. There for awhile he would throw a fit and cry when we would take the toothbrush away from him, but he's gotten a lot better about it.

Dislikes

-Having his toothbrush taken away (see above)


-He isn't a big fan of walking in the stroller. He will ride along with me for 6 mile runs, but walking just doesn't seem to be as exciting for him.

-For the most part he is a really happy baby...he doesn't like to be told know or have something taken away from him, but who doesn't? ;) 

It's been a fun month, and while I feel super emotional about my baby turning one...I'm still so excited to see him continue to grow and change.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Life With Benny: 11 Months



I'm not exactly sure how this happened...11 months passed in the blink of an eye. This month you seemed to go from a baby to a little boy overnight. I'm not quite sure how in one months time you will be one year old!

Diapers


He is still wearing size 4s and we have continued to have good luck with the Target brand and plan to stick with that. He did have his first bout of diaper rash this month, we think due to teething or something he ate. It was really sad because I could tell it really hurt :( Luckily, it cleared up in a few days with diaper cream and baking soda baths. 

Clothes

We have officially made the switch to 12 month clothing. I had to retire all of his 9 month stuff. He still fits comfortably in the 6-12 month stuff from GAP and Old Navy, but anything new we are buying is in the 12-18 month sizes.

Food 


Not much has changed in this department. He is still nursing in the mornings and evenings and taking 2 bottles at daycare. I have always nursed him right before bed, but this month I have tried feeding him around 6:00PM before dinner and then bath, and bed. So far it's been working out okay. I was worried about the transition but as always, he's been a total champ.

He has gotten a little pickier with foods he will eat this month, and definitely has preferences now. He really likes ham, cheese, yogurt, spaghetti, black beans, and any and all fruit.

We are continuing to offer him foods, even if he doesn't seem to crazy about them at first. Green beans were a big no-no earlier this month and just last night he finally gave in and ate them. Our goal is to not stress too much about what he is or isn't eating and HOPING that will make it less of a struggle. I have heard  so many horror stories about picky eaters and how it makes dinner time a nightmare and I would love to avoid that...wish us luck :)

Sleep

Mr. Inconsistent strikes again...this month was full of lots of ups, downs, and several VERY EARLY mornings thanks to teething.
Bedtime is still consistently between 7/7:30 and he falls asleep really easily on this own. We did have a few nights where he woke up and had trouble falling back to sleep. One night he woke up at 10:00PM and didn't go back to sleep until almost 4:00AM...it made for a REALLY long day for mommy!
Naps at home are still the same. 1-2 hour morning nap about 2 hours after he wakes up and then a 1-2 hour nap after lunch. At daycare he takes a shorter nap in the morning and a little longer nap in the afternoon. Most days he sleeps until at least 2, so we have been able to FINALLY drop the evening nap, which I love because I get more time with him in the evening.
Milestones


 Little man has finally mastered crawling and WATCH OUT! He is on the move and he is FAST! Everyone warned me that life would change when he became mobile and boy were they right, he is so curious and into everything!


He is pulling up on things...mostly his crib in the middle of the night #sigh and the fireplace...both things I would prefer he would leave alone :)



He is now the proud owner of 6 pearly whites...and the most recent two gave us a run for our money. Several early morning wake-ups, an all-nighter, and so much drool!


With the arrival of his new teeth we decided it was time to start brushing his teeth. He insisted on doing it himself, and wasn't too happy when we took it away. 


He has been saying "ma-ma" and "da-da" for the last few months but he also is now saying "dog" which sounds more like "dah" but we know it's dog because he will be looking or pointing at Gracie when he says it. I am not surprised that this is one of his first words...he is oh so obsessed with his furry little friend.


He can now sign "more" and "all done" even though both look really similar.


He gave me a "kiss" for the first time last week and I melted into a little puddle. Seriously, when he leaned into me with his slobbery little mouth I wanted to cry!

He will put his toy phone up to his hear to "talk" whenever we say "ring, ring" or "hello"




Likes

Gracie...the poor thing doesn't stand a chance now that he is mobile. He loves her and and would really like to get his hands on her...but he isn't very gentle.

He loves music and dancing and his dancing/singing robot "Beat-bo" is definitely one of his favorites. It's so cute to see him wiggle his booty and dance



He still loves his books, but a whole new world has opened up since he started crawling so he won't sit and read for as long as he used to.




He loves his tool bench and dump truck toys. They both have chutes (?) where he can put a ball in and it plays music. He will do this over and over and over again!



He loves to wooly and wrestle. If I lay down on the ground he will roll or jump on top of me. One day AJ was tickling me and Benny came crawling over and climbed on top of me to join the fun. It was so cute...minus the fact that I was the victim :)


He has gotten extra snuggly (with mom) and will crawl into my lap and lay his head down on my shoulder. The snuggles are short lived, but I soak them up nonetheless.
 

Dislikes

He has become very opinionated this month, and doesn't like to be told no or have something taken away from him. We went outside the other day for a few minutes with the dog, and when we walked back inside he arched his back, pointed at the door and started crying.


He still isn't the best in the car, thankfully we have a short commute to daycare every day and no long car trips planned!

He has gotten a little pickier with food this month and pretty consistently refuses any and all purees, unless it's yogurt or fruit pouches.


It's hard to believe that this time next month we will be celebrating our little guy turning ONE! Seriously, how is that possible? The days are flying by so fast, and no matter what I try I can't seem to slow it down. I am so looking forward to all the fun that is headed our way...but I wouldn't mind if it would head our way a little bit slower this month :)