02 November 2015

Bennett Two Months

Bennett is active already. The way he holds up his head to look right at me and jerks around to get a better look or sit up higher reminds me so much of Eli. We make strong babies I guess. It took Bennett all of one and a half months to be in three month clothes and size two diapers. Bennett is holding his head up and focuses really well. He likes to stare and is starting to break out with the biggest grins! He has lost some hair and is getting awfully chubby. He loves bath time. He doesn't mind tummy time, but he doesn't get to do it very often unless Eli is asleep or at daycare. Because Eli is a little over-zealous when Bennett gets put down, we have the swing and pack n play set up for him to take naps throughout the day.

Bennett is a decent little sleeper. Eli was sleeping through the night by 2 months, but Bennett likes to get some nighttime snacks. He has gone as long as 4-5 hours at a time, but it's more like 2-3 hours usually. We are still figuring out bed time since both boys like to snuggle with mama...alone. And the one left out cries, (naturally) keeping the other brother awake. It is also the time Dad likes to call, which is exciting enough to jolt a sleeping baby from the deepest sleep and causing bed time process to start all over again. It is quite a tight-rope walk. A very long, drawn-out, exhausting tight-rope walk. But we are getting into a good routine now and we are all usually in our own beds by 9:30. Granted, we start the process 2 hours earlier, but it works for now until dad gets home to help!

Big Brother is super proud. He is still learning to be gentle but is so loving. He lights up when he sees him. He wants to love him (that's what we say when we give hugs) and kiss him. He also has started wanting to sit on him. He just can't get close enough ha! Eli stops whatever he's doing, says "uh-oh! brother!", and runs to him when Bennett is crying. He tries to help him stop by forcing a pacifier in his face or wiping his face with a burp cloth. He loves to help burp him after he eats. And he only gets mad that I'm holding Bennett when he's really tired.

Bennett's 2 month Dr appointment went very well. He weighs 14lbs 4oz (93%) and is 24 in (83%) long. He got his first round of immunizations. He cried, of course, but not for long!

Click here to see Bennett's One Month post.

Click here to see Eli's Two Month post.

30 October 2015

Bennett's Baby Pictures

Ashton ReneƩ Photography has done it again! She came to our house to take pictures when Eli was born, and we asked her to do the same for Bennett. We scheduled the pictures to be taken at the same age, and Hubs visit home was perfect timing. I feel so grateful to have found Ashton. She will forever be a special part of us having our babies up here in Alaska.

These two are definitely brothers!

02 October 2015

Bennett is One Month Old!

This little brown-eyed boy looks exactly like his dad. Their baby pics are identical, and Hubs said it was like looking in a mirror. (In the hospital, the midwife asked if my husband was Greek and, the next day, a nurse asked if he was Asian. The last picture might explain why ha!) Bennett could also be very easily mistaken for his big brother. Only their eyes give it away- Eli has mine and Bennett has Hubs'. On top of the fact that he's incredibly handsome, Bennett is such a sweet, smushy snuggler. He likes being held and being constantly in motion. He hasn't had a lot of tummy time. Putting him on the floor with Eli on the loose seems like it would be a poor decision if we'd like Bennett to make it to two months old or so. His two week doctor appointment went well. Bennett weighed 8.8lbs and was 21.3 inches long. The doctor said he was doing everything a baby should do. He keeps a pretty normal newborn routine: Sleep, eat, change, repeat. 
I am so very tired. But, man, are we smitten with our Bennett Bear.

01 October 2015

Hubs Comes Home (for a couple of weeks)

We bought plane tickets for Hubs to come home on Bennett's due date. We knew that we were risking him missing the birth, but he decided it was best to make sure and come when Bennett would be here. Other than a small problem with a cancelled flight the day of, he made the trip and arrived about 11pm. (The guy that had picked him up from the airport had stopped to get flowers for Hubs to give me when he got home. This sweet friend couldn't decide on a color, so Hubs showed up with one dozen pink and one dozen red roses. I didn't even see them and almost crushed them trying to hug him ha!) Eli had fallen asleep around 7pm (kind of early) and had woken up again after 10pm. So I let him stay up, knowing Hubs would want to hang out with this little guy!

Eli grinned from ear to ear when he saw his dad but was a little shy at first. He just stared at him for a long time. Hubs held Eli as he met baby Bennett and just talked to him. It doesn't take Eli long to warm up to anyone, so they were running around and wrestling and giggling soon after.

Hubs and Eli read books, played with all the toys, and learned new words. With baby brother and now his dad home, Eli went through a ton of change in such a short time. But he was a champ. And Hubs jumped right in too. I was a little nervous for him because he left when Eli was only 7 months old (he wasn't even crawling yet). Coming home to toddler, a newborn, and a wife that just had a baby could be overwhelming to say the least. Two babies under a year and a half is a lot to take in, but he took it in stride. He didn't mind asking if he wasn't sure what to do, but I didn't have to help with much.  He mostly just observed and figured things out.

We went to a rodeo on JBER, and Eli loved all the horses! I wanted to get out of the house and just focus on fun. We couldn't stay very long because it was pretty chilly and I was still recovering, but it was so good to do things as a family.

We did spend most of our time at home. Eli got all kinds of attention from Hubs, and I got to spend more time bonding, nursing, and loving on Bennett. I knew the 1:1 parent to baby ratio is what I would miss most when Hubs left again. I sometimes feel pretty guilty that I can't be as hands-on with both boys at the same time, especially when they are both crying. But it's only for a short time. Plus, family is coming to help until homecoming and Eli thrives at daycare.

My favorite day was playing at Cottonwood Park. Hubs took Eli down by the river, showed him how to skip rocks, and let his little hands splash in the water. We spent some time at the playground, but Eli and Jessie loved running their little hearts out in the open grass areas the most.

Eli, dad, and dad bear got to watch a Bama game together. It wasn't a great game for the tide, but I don't think they minded too much. Eli loves to clap with the crowd. But he mostly wanted Hubs to take off and put on dad bear's helmet over and over.

Eli likes to sit in random things when he is playing or watching tv. He loves the chairs at daycare, so Hubs and I decided to go buy him one. We thought it would be a great reading chair, and it was for the first five minutes. Now, Eli has found that he can stand on the chair to climb on things he can't reach. He also discovered that falling into the chair from the couch is hilarious!

We made another purchase during Hubs visit. We spent several days test-driving cars we had researched and finally decided on one. The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is a nice change from our faithful 2003 Camry. We needed more space, and I was hoping for something a little higher up off the ground. It fit the bill, we got a good deal, and so far we are happy with our buy! But it was a long day in Wasilla, so we stopped for a late lunch and park time to stretch our legs.

We made the journey out to Palmer for Pyrah's Farm Fall Festival. It was cold and rainy, so we were only there for an hour. But it was still a success. We ate corn dogs and pumpkin pie. We walked around to see all the activities, and stood in line for the petting zoo. Eli was so excited to see all the animals, but he made sure to stay close to dad. The mini horse and the sheep made him a little nervous, but he lit up when he saw a tiny Jessie-sized baby goat. It was totally worth the trip.

We spent another rainy day at Arctic Oasis. It's a community center with gym equipment and play places for kids. It was Eli's first time there and dad taught him how to slide.

Eli fell so hard in love with his dad over this trip. Hubs had me put Eli to bed the night before he left because he was having such a hard time saying good-bye. Eli has been asking for his dad and looking for him around the house. We are both so sad and frustrated that we can't all be together just yet. But we are so grateful for the time he got to spend with us. It was also a great trial run for when Hubs comes home for good. It is really good he knows more of what daily life looks like with our new family structure. He said he knew being home would be a challenge but didn't really expect that there just isn't a single moment to relax with two tiny ones. Plus, he is used to a whole different lifestyle and being on his own in a way. And I am used to our routine and flexibility here. The transition will be trying and take some time, for sure. But we can't wait to get started finding our new normal. We need our Hubs/Dad to be home!