Our little man is getting so BIG!
He’s starting to wean himself. =( I’m really going to miss our breastfeeding time when he decides to give it up… Feeling proud & sad & very torn about the idea.
I can’t believe it but this Friday will be Baby Benton’s 6 month mark! Where has the time gone? He is such a little person now. He’s discovering how to change the pitch & tone of his voice, experimenting as I type. He’s a little squealing bouncing monkey monster.
No tooth yet but certainly into chewing on everything for gum relief. He chews his fingers and toes, just like his mom… Also loves gumming the salt off pretzel sticks, also just like his mother. My father reminded me yesterday that I would suck all the salt off his pretzel rods & put them back in the container. So when he’d come home from work wanting some pretzel snacks, he’d grab a soggy one & smile. <3
Favorite ‘solid’ food so far: hands down SWEET POTATOE! Also eating bananas, apple sauce, avocado, sweet peas, all mixed with brown rice. I am planning to introduce some alternative grains this week. We bought quinoa & rolled oats. I think we are going to start with quinoa this evening.
Personal Mom Note:
I HATE plastic teething rings. I need to work on another option for that cold numbing effect he loves.
Benton’s first mushed foods illustrated lovingly by Mama with the watercolors Aunt Hannah gave her for Christmas.
I cannot believe how quickly Baby Benton is developing! It warms my little Mama heart to see him enjoying a good beat…
I can’t believe Benton is already 3 months old! He has changed his looks so much but he’s kept his mama’s blue eyes. <3
Babbling, cooing, finding toes, giggling at Pappy & Daddy, smiling wide, trying to sit up, looking at christmas lights, watching Curious George, being naked and developing quite an opinion; all things he’s currently into.
My favorite time is when we wake up together lazily after Dad is at work on the weekdays. His bright eyes pop open & he greets the world with a grin & giggle. I kiss his little cheeks, over the bridge of his nose and he closes his eyes so peacefully & gets this little contented grin. It melts my heart.
I want to get some Christmas pictures taken this weekend. And I also made a date to attend a yoga session Sunday evening! We are slated to get snow tomorrow so we’ll see how it all works out.
Overall, we’re thriving & striving to keep on keeping on towards our goals. Projects are slowly being accomplished, wreath season is coming to another successful close and I’m looking forward to barefoot weather again already! <3
So blessed & forever grateful.
So behind on pictures. Having a fancy camera means more photos to sort & organize…. These are our Valentine’s Day photos this year. Baby Benton is our little Love Bandit. He most certainly has stolen our hearts. <3
Had the pleasure of caring for both my children this morning.
3 yr old doberman- Toby Doby
4 month old human- Benton Rusty
Some highlights from this crazy Johnny Jump Up contraption. He LOVES bouncing himself. Add the mirror in front & he bounces with the baby until he’s plum tuckered out.
I love my child. I feel it is my full time job to be his mom, which primarily means looking out for his safety & well being. The most pressing concern that I have been mulling over recently is vaccinations.
We have signed about 6 waivers to date, acknowledging we have been advised to immunize our child with ____blank_____ and have chosen not to. We have denied three medication interventions at the hospital. They included:
1.) a Hep B shot
2.) vitamin K shot
3.) antibiotic ointment in his eyes
We have also denied the 4 shots recommended at his 2 month check up. They were:
1.) Pediarix (a combo of Hep B, Polio, DTap)
4.) Rotateq (oral)
We are considering a delayed schedule of individual vaccines after his 6 month mark. I have run into so many opinions & research on immunizations my head is spinning. I feel as though we are caught in a catch 22.
The science of vaccines, increased immunities & herd immunity is pretty solid in my opinion. If I had access to ‘clean vaccines’, it would be a different story. The vaccinations available at my pediatrician are multi dose vaccines that include several heavy metals & toxins as preservatives.
Oh the craziness of our world today.
Our First Family Christmas Photos <3