Friday, May 24, 2013

This Guy

This guy turned six months old on Sunday!  He is round and cuddly and growing too quickly.  As our third baby, he gets overlooked a lot, but he certainly came with the personality to handle two older attention hogging siblings.  
 Our long-suffering Benjamin gets tripped over daily.  He is put down to play by himself while I tend to someone else multiple times a day.  He relishes the bits of attention he gets, but he is pretty happy the rest of the time, too.
 B's head sits on his shoulders with no neck in between.  At his six month checkup, the nurse was trying to measure his length, and she kept thinking that his head wasn't straight up because she couldn't see his neck.  The neck is in there (covered in a rash because it never sees air), but I literally have to push his chin fat up into his cheeks to see it.  
Ben drools continuously from dawn until dusk, but he has no teeth, yet.
He can now stay awake for about two hours at a time, unless there are a lot of faces to look at. Then he can last an extra half hour.
Benjamin talks constantly any time he believes he might have an audience.  This includes while he is breastfeeding.  He squeals, screeches, coos, babbles, and hollers with great expression.  The closest he has come to using a real word was once when I was changing his diaper and he didn't want a diaper change, so he yelled, "Nah! Nah! Nah!"
B loves to play.  He is very ticklish, and he loves to have Jared and Eloise close by.  He fusses if he is left alone in a room.  The only time he does not love to have Jared and Eloise around is when he is eating.  Meals are interrupted too often by someone attempting to sit on his head.  Oddly enough, Jared is the only person besides Mom who is allowed to feed Benjamin, according to Benjamin.  
They are sweet brothers.
 At Benjamin's six month checkup, he weighed 16 lbs. 11 oz. (40th percentile) and was 26.75 inches tall (75th percentile).  He had a huge height jump, so the nurse measured him twice.  People often comment on his size.  He still seems like he is on the small side to me, possibly because, at six months, Jared was two pounds heavier, or because Jared is currently 21 pounds heavier, and I still pick him up every once in a while.
B is pretty lazy.  I know he looks active in the pictures, but he will lie on his tummy for relatively long stretches without bothering to pick up his head or reach for a toy.  He has rolled over from his tummy to his back a couple of times, by accident, but he doesn't seem very anxious to be mobile.
Benjamin is a gentle, unflappable little soul.  It is a joy, an honor, and a delight to have him in our family.

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