You know how they say that you take TONS of pictures of your firstborn and then forget about any siblings after them? Yeah…about that…
The good news is that I have been taking pictures, just probably not as many and I have been severely lacking with the blog posts. But I’m going to try to make up for that a little now. I knew that I wasn’t going to try to take a weekly picture like I did with Ellery, but do monthly pictures instead. I also wanted to try to keep track of his growth using a laundry basket and his stuffed dog from Go Dogs, Go.
We LOVE our little man SO MUCH.
The transition from being a family of 3 to a family of 4 has been much smoother than I anticipated. I think that SO MUCH of the smoothness is due to the fact that Mike is a teacher and is HOME for the summer, so he has been a HUGE help. Big sister Ellery has done so well from the very beginning. There were still some sleep issues we had to work through with her during the transition, but she has LOVES “baby”. She is very gentle and affectionate and has been very understanding with the sharing of mommy and daddy’s attention.
Breastfeeding has not been without its ups and downs, but has been much easier than last time. Ben has been such a good eater and that has been a huge blessing. When Ellery and I were trying to nurse, she was constantly upset and I couldn’t please her—until I have her a bottle. Ben puts up with whatever and is very flexible and LOVES nursing. Seriously, huge answer to prayer. Thank. You. God.
(And thank you to those that were praying specifically for that—God used you as a special blessing in my life.)
This does mean that ONLY I can feed him (unless I pump and try a bottle), whereas with Ellery I could let Mike or others feed her. But this also means that I don’t have to worry about bringing bottles and ice packs and my pump everywhere I go and having to put baby down to get their food ready and so many other complicated things. I think it also means that Ben is a little more attached to me and it might mean it takes him longer to establish some long stretches for sleep, but it is a trade that I am so, so willing to make. I love nursing my little boy and the bond that we have created.
His healthy eating habits have also meant that he is steadily gaining weight and becoming such a healthy boy. He was just under his 7 lb. 8 oz birth weight when we left the hospital and was already up to 8 lb. 2 oz at his two appointment! This has means a vast difference in his first few weeks of life compared to Ellery’s because we were so concerned with her losing/gaining weight and we don’t need to have that concern with this guy.
Another HUGE answer to prayer. God is so good. (God would be good even if we did have to worry about his weight, but I am so for His abundant blessings.)
Ben 1 month old
Case in point, do you see the additional leg rolls already?? Such a healthy stud.
Ben’s disposition is pretty similar to how Ellery was as a baby. He is a very happy baby and likes to see everyone and what is going on. He loves looking at faces and studies them as if he is memorizing every inch. Like most newborns, he loves sleeping on people and not so much sleeping on his own—but we are working on it. He gets up often at night to eat, but usually goes right back to sleep so I’ll take it. For a while he was eating every 2-3 hours at night (and even more frequently during the day) but he has started to stretch it out a little more.
We waited a little while to introduce a pacifier because I was nervous about it messing up breastfeeding, but once we were pretty well established we tried it out and he is a fan. Like his sister, he likes to sleep with his hands up by his face, but he also flails them around sometimes and freaks himself out so we go back and forth with swaddling.
He has started giving us the cutest smiles and really works at holding his head up. So far, he seems to like tummy time and I think he would sleep on his tummy if we let him (don’t worry, we don’t). He also really loves bathtime and going for walks outside. He likes the car and his car seat—especially since he gets to sit in the back with his sister.
He will actually turn 2 months old pretty soon and I will post more updates then.
Thanks for taking the time to read about our little family—I love being able to keep people updated near and far and we appreciate you!