Thirteen weeks ago Ben made his debut into the world and our lives were forever changed. On this Easter Sunday evening as I am relaxing on the floor next to my little man, I am amazed that he is already three months old. He has changed so much over the past three months and the memories of my waddling pregnant body are fading.
The past month has been filled with people. We started out the month with a visit from my mom who came to help with my transition back to work. She enjoyed the week of snuggling with her grandson and we appreciated her help around the house. Not only did my mom come to help out, but we also had my brother Brian and his girlfriend Jen, Andrew's sister Joanna, and Julie from church all took time to help us out and watch our little guy.
Ben with Brian and Jen
The transition to being a working mom hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. Granted, we don't fold laundry until the weekend, dinner is quick and I am never on time but we are surviving. My students are happy to have me back (I think!) and I think they are relieved that I no longer look like I might explode. Every day one of them asks me about the baby and they enjoy looking at his photo album on my desk. I miss my boy when I am gone but we are both handling things well. The biggest obstacle we've had to overcome is eating.
We started Ben on a bottle at four weeks of age to make sure he would be satiated while I was working. He enthusiastically devours between 15 and 18 ounces of milk while I am gone during the day and enjoys frequent trips to the mommy buffet when I am home. On the weekends he still eats about every 2 1/2 hours which is perhaps why his cheeks are so round and the rolls on his legs are abundant. Our chunk weighed in on our home scale at about 15.8 lbs on his 3 month birthday yesterday.
My chunky boy in his blue bunz.
As far as diapering, we are staying strong with the Fuzzibunz. We've had a few kinks to work out but I switched to a cloth diaper specific laundry detergent which seems to make them more absorbent. We were keeping a few disposables on hand for emergencies and time at the babysitters but I've yet to restock my last batch which ran out three weeks ago. He loves his Bunz and hasn't had any true diaper rash yet.
In addition to being the cutest baby of all time, Ben has added to his charm by talking and smiling at his parents. He gives us giant grins when we walk into the room and enjoys looking at us as we make silly faces at him. He coos, "gees" and giggles. He flirt smiles and will wave his hands over his face as he turns his head. It is easy to get lost in his face and both Andrew and I have felt the time warp that is Ben. This past week he found his scream and knows that if he screams, his mom and dad pay attention. He has the most adorable little pout that make Andrew and I smile. He has started rolling from side to side and we are waiting for him to make it all the way over to his belly--although I'm sure when he ends up there he'll be upset as "tummy time" is on Ben's list of dislikes.
Ben loves being on his back on the floor on his gym. He has found his hands and is starting to make deliberate movements to hit things. It is fun to watch his face when he makes a connection with his hands. He brings his hands together in front of his face and tries to shove his fists into his mouth. He enjoys his bouncy seat and thanks to Joanna we discovered it plays music. His favorite thing to hit on his seat is the purple hippo with his left hand. He's sat in his Bumbo a few times although his huge noggin is a bit of a challenge to hold up for long periods of time. He still enjoys talking to the animals above his changing table and is entranced by his face in a mirror.
He isn't sleeping through the night but he is ready for bed around 8:30. He typically sleeps for about 5 hours, visit the mommy drive-thru and sleeps for another 3-4. He still sleeps in our room but we hope to transition him to his crib when I'm done with school. He loves his crib thanks to the beautiful mobile that Joanna made. He still hates the pacifier and has only successfully taken it one time without spitting it across the room. We think he might be a finger sucker once he figures out how to keep them in his mouth.
As far as parenting goes, we're learning. We know what his cries mean and when he is sleepy. We are both head over heels for our little guy and enjoy every minute we get with him. We're looking forward to seeing him grow over the next month and wonder what new things he'll do next!