Selections from a backlog of Benjamin photos from weeks 6-8.
Meeting Uncle Kenny. Ben had been getting fussy, but calmed down as soon as Kenny held him!
Spending time with Grandma Jerry & Opa Herb:
Dave's parents' dog Brandy has been curious about Baby Ben. She sniffs him and comes over if he starts crying. She seems very protective of him.
We took a trip down to Dallas over Presidents' Day weekend to visit Dave's college friends and their families. Ben did very well and seemed to enjoy watching the other kids. Here's one of his smiles as the kids showed him their dinosaurs:
I originally knitted this blanket for my cousin Andi's daughter Phoebe, and Andi sent it to us for Ben to use when he was born so it could be a family blanket. He is modeling his flashy new "hot rod" shirt from the Clines and his rock star pants (they have a drum set & guitar on them that are difficult to see in this picture).
He is starting to take more notice of the stuff on his activity mat. He bats at it sometimes, but still hasn't quite figured out that his hands are attached to his body, so it's more of an accident if he actually hits something. Some days he'll hang out on it for 5 minutes before getting overstimulated, and some days I can put him on the mat for 15-30 minutes while I have my breakfast, and he'll just quietly look around and go through periods of excitement where he bats and coos.
Cuddling together yesterday after we read the beautifully illustrated John Denver books from Beth & Christian. They are especially neat because a) I love John Denver's music and b) the illustrator lives in German Village, a lovely area I enjoyed walking around when I lived in Columbus. It is also where Dave & I had our rehearsal dinner.