It's hard to think of what my life was like before Benjamin. I really can't imagine my life without him. I am trying my best to enjoy every minute. He is growing so fast. It's wonderful and amazing but a little scary. Benjamin definitely has a personality and he will let you know quickly what he does and doesn't like.
Benjamin loves to blow bubbles with his spit, has started to get his tongue into it now so it sounds a little ruder. He loves to play with his daddy and kind of has a 6th sense for when he is around or gets home from work...for instance...Benjamin will be dead tired and nursing just about completely dead to the world. Jared will walk into the house without making hardly any noise and Benjamin's eyes fly open. I promise I am not exaggerating. Daddy is home and it is time to play! Which Jared started singing a song the other day to him which was too perfect. "Daddy's Homecoming" (click here for the music and to read the lyrics). The first line is "I'm so glad when Daddy comes home..." and I just was amused at how true that is for Benjamin.
So while Daddy is for play Mommy is for feeding, comforting and sleeping. If Benjamin is tired good luck getting him to sleep unless it's me his Mommy. We have a few different positions for cuddling and getting to sleep now. My favorite...is laying down with him in the crook of my arm and staring at each other in the eyes while he holds on to two of my fingers until his eyes get heavy and eventually close.
Benjamin loves to be outside! I started taking him outside very early on. We would go into the front yard with a blanket and a few things and play in the shade of our tree. We now go out daily after I get off of work for a walk. I kind of feel like Benjamin deserves it because he is such a trooper. I work part time from home for 5 hours each day (sometimes more) and he puts up with it. So after I log off we hit the pavement and go for a walk. Some days they are short but I am trying to build up to even longer walks...hopefully the weather holds out for awhile. I will have to figure out what to do when it rains.
Semi recently we have found that Benjamin loves to be naked. When we take his clothes off to change him we will let him hang out for a bit naked and he just seems to love the freedom. He is more flexible and wiggly. I don't mind too much because I get to see all of his adorable rolls. I love his little thighs. I think they are the chubbiest part of his body.
Benjamin is ticklish. Mommy is the best at tickling him but Daddy and I know it's only because my hands are longer and can get to more spots to tickle him at once. 2-3 days ago I found out he is even ticklish on his thighs. Tonight Jared and I tag teamed on tickling him. It was awesome. We love to hear his laugh. It's adorable and makes you just smile because you get to hear it.
Benjamin is not overly picky for the most part. He used to be really picky about how Jared could hold him. It was up high on his shoulder or facing out. Not so much anymore. The number one thing is on who puts him to sleep. He doesn't mind diaper changes in fact he enjoys them most of the time. He is not of fan of long sleeved outfits because it takes longer to get his arm through. But getting dressed is not a big deal. He loves bath time. He likes to take his rubber ducky and try to eat it.
Benjamin has learned to roll over. He is getting much faster at it already. He is really growing so fast. When I get obsessed about cleaning my house I remind myself I won't always be able to hold him. I won't always be able to cuddle him like I can now. So relax the dishes will still be there later and just enjoy the moment.
4 Month Stats
Height: 25.5 inches (72%)
Weight: 17lbs 8 oz (92%)
Head Circumference: 16.75 inches (59%)
Benjamin gets plenty to eat that is for sure. But if you look at him he is not all chunk. When we play with him we really kind of work him out. He loves to hold my fingers and just stand and do squats and move around like that which is a total work out for him. I don't do much but help balance him out. He is a strong little guy. So he was 4 months on the 29th of September and his appointment was on the 30th. We weighed him last week on Thursday so about a week after his appointment and he was up to 19 lbs already. We figured he was growing again because he was taking long naps and eating a ton.
I love being a mom! Benjamin is my world now and I wouldn't trade it for anything!