- At posting time, Ben is 7 months, 1 week and 5 days old
- Ben is now a champion Army crawler. He is getting faster and faster, the more time he has to practice. I suspect he'll be up on his knees before I know it.
- He's made his way over to the fireplace a few times and (although I keep a good eye on him when he's scooting around) I have a feeling a head bump is going to come shortly.
- He loves to eat. He's not picky about anything (well, he didn't like peas but I haven't tried them in over 2 months). For those of you that might care (probably no one) this is what he's currently being fed: at breakfast (some time before noon) I give him 2 tablespoons of cereal (organic oatmeal) mixed with 1 scoop of formula, 2 tablespoons of fruit and enough apple juice to make it all the right consistency. At dinner it's again 2 tablespoons of cereal mixed with 1 scoop of formula and enough apple juice mixed in + 2 tablespoons of fruit + 2 tablespoons of veggies. Some times he needs more, some times he doesn't finish it all. I'm feeding him Earth's Best veggies and fruits (and cereal, as soon as he finishes this box of Gerber oatmeal) because it bothered me that most of Gerber's 2nd & 3rd Foods were made with a crapload of chemicals. I know, I know. But I figure he'll get plenty of time when he's older to load his body with chemicals, I don't need to do it now. the Earth's Best ones are pretty much the food it lists on the jar and water. I stay away from the ones that have added chemicals.
- He loves to play with his food. Some of his favorites: playing "volcano" with his food, when you give him a bite he'll push it out with his tongue to make like lava down his chin. Then he laughs. He also will take a bite and say "ah-mamamamamamaman" over and over with the food rolling around his mouth. Another good one is blowing raspberries with a mouthful of food (but he doesn't do this one as often any more).
- He sneezes at least once every time he eats (and food goes EVERYWHERE, because, as fate would have it, I've just given him a bite when he sneezes).
- He LOVES to sneeze. He'll grin so huge after every sneeze and usually makes some sort of cooing sound.
- He gets excited when I open his closet, turn on the TV or open the curtains to look outside. He does what I call his "peanut butter jelly time" dance (google it)
- For a kid that would get so mad at baths when he was itty bitty, he sure loves them now. With our bathtub, we put it in the big tub and leave the drain to the little tub open and keep the water running - that way the water is always warm and clean. He loves to reach forward and play with the water coming out the spout (we reminds me: I need to get a spout cover before we have a head bump there) and play with his duck or his hippo. When I lay him on his back to wash his tummy & legs he kicks about half the water out of the tub.
- He loves to look at himself in the mirror. Thinks it's the funniest thing ever when I play peek a boo with him in the mirror.
- He spends a great majority of his day laughing or smiling. As he gets older, he's more prone to more crankiness but still overall is a very happy little boy.
- He claps. Randomly. Which cracks us up.
- I think he has a bit of a sadistic bent. When we tell him "no pinching, that hurts" he grins. When we say "ow!" he grins. :-p
- Loves his Sadie
- Also loves his Kitty (who bites...not sure why Ben still likes him, but I reference you back to the sadist post)
- He is ticklish on the back of his neck and all down his spine.
- He's also ticklish on his booty.
- He sings along to the radio or when I sing to him (I cannot sing him good night because he just grins at me the whole time)...
- ...except for humming "Love Me Tender". That's the ONLY song that will put him to sleep
- Ben loves to people watch. And flirt with random ladies.
- This one is naughty, but it cracks me up as soon as I take his diapers off its WHOOM, hands to the parts.
- We can tell he's hungry when he opens his mouth as far as it'll go and huffs and puffs like a steam engine.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
- Final nursing before bed
- Quiet music and fan on for white noise
- Non-stimulating play/bonding in his room
- A few minutes of cuddling/rocking
- In the crib, say good night, out the door
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce package Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
These are really tasty, and not nearly as sweet as I thought they might be. If I make these again, I think I'll try dark chocolate chips instead of white chocolate.
Monday, July 26, 2010
1. Successful relationships take work. They don't happen in a vacuum. They occur when the couples in them take the risk of sharing what it is that's going on in their hearts and heads.
2. You can only change yourself, not your partner. If you love someone and think that after a while he or she will alter behaviors you find uncomfortable, think again. If you want changes, put them on the table, so your partner knows what you need.
3. All arguments stem from our own fear or pain. When upset occurs, check out what's going on inside you rather than getting angry with your partner. Truth is that we usually aren't upset for the reasons we think we are.
4. Understand that men and women are very different. We're not from Mars or Venus; we're not even in the same solar system. Understanding and celebrating our differences will make living together more peaceful, interesting and fun.
5. Honor each other in some way every day. Every morning, you have the opportunity to make your relationship sweeter and deeper by recommitting to your mate. Feeling respected and cherished by the one you love makes life much nicer.
6. Anger is a waste of time. Anger also is a relationship killer because it makes you self-absorbed and won't allow you to see the good. If you are annoyed with your mate, give yourself some time to calm down and then gently discuss what's going on for you.
7. Get regular tune-ups. Go to a couples workshop, talk with a counselor or read a relationship book together at least once a year. Even if you don't think that you need ideas, and the process alone will strengthen your connection.
8. Find a way to become and stay best friends. For some, this sounds unromantic, but for those who live it, most say it's the best part of their time together.
9. Be responsible for your own happiness. No other person can make you happy. It's something that you have to do on your own. If you feel that it's your partner's fault, think again, and look within to find out what piece may be missing for you.
10. Give what you want to get. Our needs change with time. If you'd like to feel understood, try being more understanding. If you want to feel more love, try giving more. It's a simple program that really works.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
- I got one of the free photo books I ordered from Pixable.com - it came out really nice! If you want one, go to Pixable.com and choose the 8x5.5 22 page photo book. You can have that site snag your pix direct from FB or from Flickr or Picasa and it'll smoosh 'em into a book for you (you also have the ability to do your layout however you want). You have to pay shipping of $2.99 but after using coupon code MKPHOTO the book itself is free. I may have to order some more - I did two, one for my mom and one for Nick's mom. I might do some more for the grandparents!
- I think Ben grew again. He seems SUPER long all of a sudden. Thing we're gonna have to bust out the tape measure and see
- He's finally mastered rolling from tummy to back. He's always known how to do it (he started doing it right on time) but I think he forgot the mechanics of it. Today he's been rolling all over the living room because he figured out where to put his arms so he can go back over. It's way cute.
- My parents are home from their cruise today! They sent me taunting photos of our favorite teriyaki place out in Enumclaw (they're a chain now! I guess there's one out in Black Diamond, too). I hope they had a good time! Me & Ben are off to fetch them at about 8:00ish.
- I've said it before, but I still think Friday night school bllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllows. Poo.
- Sleep training is going okay. I had a battle with Ben on his afternoon nap which I lost but it's okay. He fell asleep at his normal time, but we were in the car. He napped for about 20 minutes and then woke up as soon as we got home. I tried to get him back down to finish his nap but he wasn't having any of it. By that time it was after 4:30 and I didn't want him to nap anyway, since he goes to bed around 7:00. He seems to be in a good mood, so maybe he didn't need to nap when I was trying to make him.
- My sister in law is in her 3rd trimester!! I'm SO excited to meet her and find out what they're going to name her. I guess I better get going on that project I've had sitting in my dining room since like April...slacker
- I SO need a vacation. I haven't been anywhere in over a YEAR. We went to Florida in March of 09 and that's the last time I went anywhere (that little trip to Orofino in February doesn't count to me). I was hoping to get over to Seattle by the end of July but that just isn't gonna happen. Maybe in mid-August. And we DEFINITELY have to get to Florida this fall. I gotta meet the new baby and they've got to meet MY baby. ;)