My little family!

My little family!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Benjamin's 1 year!

What a stud!!!
My big boy!!

You & your Dada...twins. Except you're a blond. Randomly.

Not in the mood to take pictures but still cute as ever.

A boy and his bear..Teddy.

Cheeks & lips.

Your hands are so big. You will either play football or piano.


I love you!!!

12 month stats:
Weight: About 28 pounds! (7 pounds more then Layla at this age)
Height: 32 inches! (1.5 inches bigger then Layla at this age!)
Eating: 3 Meals a day + Snacks. Working on saying goodbye to formula...currently getting bottles of formula + milk mixed 4-5 times a day.
Clothes: 18 month, 18-24 month and 2T!
Diaper: Size 5 baby!!!!

My sweet, handsome, lovely, gorgeous boy -- 

It was a Wednesday in May. I was sitting in the kitchen feeding Layla. We all just got home from school & work and your Dada insisted I take a pregnancy test. Layla was barely 11 months old (younger then you are now) and I thought there is no way we could be pregnant again. And so I giggled my way into the bathroom, took a pregnancy test and watched as that faint pink line showed up twice. I stared at it. I sat and just looked at this pregnancy test in shock and awe. Could it be? I ran out to the kitchen and showed your Dada who started jumping, skipping and shouting -- we are pregnant!!!! Layla giggled because we were giggling. Then I cried because I was so unprepared for this shocking news -- little did I know it would result in the very best surprise I could ever receive. 

Our journey together while you were in my belly was a scary one - I was sick more often then not. I was tired all the time. And worst of all..we had results that scared me more then I could ever say. We spent an entire day on September 11, 2012 at CHOP testing you while you remained warm in my belly. And at the end of that day of testing, with Mom-Mom by my side, we received the best news ever -- you were healthy and strong. It was a huge relief. 

3 months after that, on a Monday afternoon... I was nervous, excited and ready to see your little face. And after a successful and happy C-Section, you were born. The nurses and doctors shouted "OH MY GOD! HE'S SO BIG!" and I asked over & over if you were okay?! And they shouted "YES! HE'S GREAT! AND HE'S 10 POUNDS, 1 OUNCE!" ... the funniest, warmest feeling came over my body and within a minute they put you on my chest. And there you sat, calm and cool as they finished the surgery. It was a magical moment I will never forget. After that, we were sent to the recovery room - just you & I. Dada came a bit later but for a while, we sat. Just you & I, learning and studying each other. You breastfed for one solid hour and it was a puzzle piece that fit together. It's true what they say... a baby is our heart on the outside of our body. For the next 4 days, we spent time together in the hospital. Those hours spent with just us are an amazing moment in time. Your whole family immediately fell in love with your chubby cheeks and big eyes. 

And now here we are. 12 months later. A walking (sort of), talking, climbing, giggling, eating machine. 

You are so very handsome. You are very tall and strong. You have the biggest brown eyes that are so bright and alive. Your hair seems to be getting blonder and blonder by the day! You are really losing your chubby body and growing into a little toddler by the second. 

Right around December 22nd, you took your first steps in Florida. One day you just got it - and since then, you've taken more & more steps every single day. You are SO proud of yourself and clap with each step you take. We are proud of you too buddy!! You love using your walker to run across the floor - it's so cute. You can stand alone for a long time and love to pick toys up off the floor while standing. Very strong!! You are amazing at having a catch with a ball - your favorite toy. You wave bye-bye, clap, dance like a maniac, give sweet kisses, do SO BIG, and hold up one finger when I ask how old you are turning. You repeat a lot of words I say which is so so cute. You are obsessed with the cats ("DAT!") and love to lay with them and suck on their fur (gross). You are recently obsessed with the steps and can fly up them if I'm behind you. 

Music is your favorite - if you hear a song you like, your little body & head immediately start moving in rhythm. You're not too interested in the TV (opposite of your sister) except for Jacks Big Music Show -- we only have 3 episodes and put them on for you if you're in the mood. You love to dance to the beginning song and when they bark like a dog, you repeat it. 

You are a master sleeper.The past week has been a little tough with your naps but without fail, you sleep 6:30-6:30 every night (sometimes longer) and you nap twice a day, about 1-2 hours each. You love your crib and especially love Brian, your stuffed animal :) You sleep with your bum in the air and it's so sweet. You love your sound machine and a dark room. You don't seem to need the bottle to fall asleep so we're going to put the bottles away very soon. 
A talking machine and learning more everyday. Your FAVORITE word is Dada.. over & over & over in the sweetest little voice. You also say Mama, Ball, All Done, Cat, Dog, Ding-Dong, Layla & Thank You. It's so adorable and I love hearing you chat... you also have THE BEST belly laugh I've ever heard from any baby. It's so loud and infectious, I could listen to it all day long!!!
You are a great eater and love to share whatever I'm eating. You used to have oatmeal every morning but seem to be moving away from that. You love bananas, bread, french fries, macaroni salad, meat, and more... I hope you continue to eat as well as you do now because it's SO hard with your big sister!! I can't wait to see you eat cake at your birthday party (although I'll admit you've had lots of sweets lately..just little tastes here & there never heard anyone!)
We recently started music class again -- this time it's just me & you. I decided to go on a day Layla has school - I know she's sad to miss it but I love the time where I can focus all my attention on you! You love it so much - you sit right by Miss Sandy and dance away. You love the guitar and all the instruments she brings you. I hope to sign us up at Romp & Roll soon - once you start walking full time, we will sign up! 
You are a major traveler. You clearly don't like to fly too much - you're either crying or sleeping on the past few flights :( I hope this gets better with time. You've been to Florida 5 times and in a few weeks, we'll be heading back down South for your very first trip to DISNEY WORLD!!! I think you'll love it and I look forward to many, many more trips to the Magical Kingdom!!
Your big 1st birthday party is coming up quick and I cannot wait to celebrate YOU!!!! It'll be a perfect afternoon filled with love & music. 

I started filling our paperwork for you to start school in September. Can it be? Is my baby boy old enough to start school?? While not quite yet.. the day is coming quick. I've loved these past 12 months. There have been very few days that I've spent away from you. We are so lucky to have spent so much time together. 

I love you so much. I love the way you teach me how to slow down, to enjoy life, to giggle at the little things. I love the way you love Dada & Layla. I love how you crawl over to me and put your head on my lap while sucking your thumb. I love how you cuddle for a second before popping your head up and laughing. I love it all and I can't wait to watch you grow into a handsome, smart, creative little boy. 

Today, on your actual birthday..your big sister was sick with an awful virus. All of our plans got cancelled but you were sung to by a lot of people that called... and we will celebrate this weekend, I promise! Also -- I bought you a big chocolate chip cookie and you loved it so much. I think you forgave me! :)

We love you so much my sweet boy. 
You  were still a little nugget in my belly!

I LOVED our time together in the hospital. 

My favorite. You were ready to go home!

Oh I love you...

Baby in a basket.

Your first bottle of breastmilk - like a champ!


As soon as you were big enough.. the love affair began!



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