Thursday, July 23, 2015

Benjamin - Eight Months

8 months!  8 months!

8 month stats:
20 lbs

Highlights from the past month:

  • You are really a master at crawling.  You are starting to move too fast for my liking.
  • You love to climb on Claire.  All the time.  And she is so patient with you.
  • You are so active.  You love to play all the time.
  • You are always on the move, pulling up, standing along furniture - so brave.
  • You really like Mickey Mouse.  And Ratatouille and Finding Nemo.  Or maybe those are all Claire's favorites and you just have to watch.  Sorry buddy.
  • You are such a happy guy.  You want everyone's attention all the time.
  • You tried lots of new foods this month - pear,  multigrain cereal, mango, avocado, banana, nectarines.  You love all the fruit.
  • We also started eating puffs this month.  It is so much fun to watch you trying to pick them up and get them in your mouth.  And the face you make when eating them is too cute.
  • You really love your bottle - always reaching for it and trying to put it in your mouth as soon as you see it.  
  • You still love bathtime. You like our bathtub toys and bath book.  You love to splash and get water in your face.  I almost need to wear a raincoat to give you a bath - you create such a mess!
  • You are still pretty bald but the hair is starting to come in a little better.
  • You love to be outside when it's not too hot.
  • You are very vocal. You love to talk and are making more sounds.  You can say Dada - surprise, surprise.
  • You love to go all the places you are not supposed to.  You like to crawl under things and hide and you usually get stuck.

  • Did I mention you are oh so cute?

    Side by side comparison:

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Easter 2015

    Yes, it's July, and yes, I'm just posting about Easter - try not to judge.  ;)

    Claire's 2nd Easter and Ben's 1st Easter in pictures:

    See that cute little dress?  I wore that (many) years ago.

    She refused to sit next to him to take a picture.  Seriously the best shot I got.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    Benjamin - Seven Months

    7 month stats:
    19 lbs 

    Highlights from this month:
    • You can sit up!  All by yourself!
    • You are a really good sleeper.  We lay you down and you snuggle up pretty good.
    • You love to smile, smile, smile, smile and Claire loves to try to make you laugh.
    • You tried lots of new foods this month - carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini,  oatmeal, apples, and broccoli!  You seemed to like everything okay.
    • You are a really good eater.  You like food and you open up your mouth like a little birdie when it is time to eat. 
    • You love playing with your toys. And you love reading books.
    • You are so strong.  You are going to be on the move soon.  You like to stand up with help.  You like to climb all over your sister.
    • You really love your bottle - always reaching for it and trying to put it in your mouth as soon as you see it.  
    • You still love bathtime.  You like our bathtub toys and bath book.  You can sit up like a big boy and take a bath with Claire now.
    • You do not like wearing hats even though you look so cute in them.
    • You are very vocal.  You love to talk, you love to squeal and you love to make all kinds of mouth noises.  
    • You have the cutest little leg rolls.  Something we never saw with Claire and I love it.
    • You love all the things you are not supposed to have - cell phones, remotes, shoes.  Everything goes straight into the mouth.

    And now for a side by side:

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    Benjamin Patrick - Child of God

    So I know I'm a little behind, but yes, we did have Benjamin baptized!  His baptism took place on Palm Sunday and the ceremony was performed by a former priest at our parish, Fr. Henry Purcell.  Fr Purcell has since moved on to a new assignment but he was so kind to come back and celebrate this special occasion with us.

    Here's the baptism in photos:

    Happy boy!

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Benjamin - Six Months

    6 months!  6 months!

    6 month stats:
    17 lbs, 9.5 oz (51%)
    26.75 inches (59%)

    Highlights from this month:
    • You are really starting to crawl and scoot around. 
    • You can scoot backwards pretty good.
    • You had your first Easter!  You had a spiffy little outfit with a blue plaid jacket.
    • You love to smile, smile, smile, smile.
    • You started eating rice cereal and really enoyed it.
    • You love playing with your toys.  You are really good at self-entertaining.
    • You love to be outside.  Unlike your sister, you won't stay on the blanket.  You love to try to eat grass.
    • You love to feel different textures.
    • You still love bath time...a lot.
    • Claire is your best friend.  She wants to be where you are at all times.  Always.
    • You are really starting to jabber.  You like to squeal and hear yourself talk. 

    And for a quick side by side:

    Claire at 6 months (spoiler alert - she was 4 pounds lighter!)

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