Friday, January 30, 2009

One month old!

Benjamin was one month old on Monday! He seems to be gaining weight, although we don't have a scale to see exactly how much he weighs now. He also seems to be getting a little taller, and has outgrown a few newborn outfits already. Things are continuing to go pretty well, although Ben has fussy periods between 3:00-5:00 most afternoons. He has been sleeping in the Pack 'n' Play bassinet in our room, but yesterday took his first nap in his crib. He had another bath on Monday and did great - stayed quiet and looked around during most of it, and let me move his arms to splash the water a little. He is still not a big fan of getting his hair washed! We are planning to give him another bath tonight, so we'll see how that goes.

Ben is also still getting used to tummy time. I got out the activity mat this week, and he tried to follow the hanging rattles with his eyes a little while he was lying on his back (and then tried to chew on them when I moved them nearer). He hasn't quite gotten the visual tracking thing down yet, but is getting better!

Dave gave Ben his first bottle this week. The lactation consultant at the hospital had recommended we start trying a bottle once a day around this point so Ben could have time to get used to it by the time I have to go back to work and Ben heads to daycare. He has been doing great with it so far.

Getting put in his carseat is not Ben's favorite time, but as soon as the car starts moving, he usually conks out. He has been a fantastic traveler so far and usually sleeps through most of our errands or meals out. He even slept through a noisy trip through the car wash yesterday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Benjamin, weeks 2-4

Ben has been doing well and has been a real trooper on outings. He doesn't particularly like being put in his carseat, but as soon as we're on the road, he's out like a light, and often sleeps through the entire trip, whether it's to Target or out to lunch. He is still baffled by those vicious hiccups which keep attacking him through no fault of his own, and usually looks at us like, "What's going on, and why aren't you stopping it?"

He has already started to outgrow a few outfits, including this cute giraffe onesie he was wearing while spending time with his Grandma Betsy:

Ben also got his first real bath last night, since he now has a belly button instead of an umbilical cord stump. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth on Ben's part and some struggling to hold onto a slippery, writhing baby on my part. But I think it went about as well as could be expected, and hopefully he'll learn to enjoy bathtime, or at least not freak out quite so much as he gets more used to it.

He has been sleeping in his Pack 'n' Play in our room and has given us a few nights where he goes for 4 hours between feedings. Most nights, it's about 3 hours. Here he is swaddled in a blanket also used by the Cline, Carroll, and Gloege kids. It is a great size for swaddling!

More pictures to come!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Best Wishes for 2009 from David, Emily and Benjamin!