Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ben meets Mayor Daley!

We trekked to the grand opening of the newly renovated Howard El Station this morning in hopes of introducing our fine son to the Mayor--score!

Yes, that's Ben in the stroller! It was too cold to take him I'm not sure Mayor Daley was in a "kissing babies" kind of mood. He's not up for re-election for some time, after all!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daddy is a saint

I always knew I'd hit the jackpot when I married Jonathan. This fact was cemented, yet again, by his willingness to sleep with Ben in the den all night last night so I could get a full night's sleep, as I had come down with some weird cold-type-thingie and was feeling terrible.

Ben rewarded his Daddy by only getting up to eat once last night, and I got a solid 8 hours of sleep. How many new moms can say that?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Boy vs Cat

Fair readers (or reader, more like), the pictures you are about to see may be worrisome. Fear not, no babies or cats were harmed creating of this blog post!

Cue music: Theme to Wild America
Cue baby: Benjamin Jay (Human Child)
Cue location: Floor or aforementioned baby's room
Cue animal: RV Jacobson (Wild Beast)
Scene: A rare interaction between Human and Beast, caught on "film"
Wild Beast approaches Human child.

Wild Beast pets self using Human Child's hand.

Wild Beast rubs head against Human Child, marking him.

Wild Beast has exhausted himself and finds a soft pillow for his siesta.

As long as Human Child continues to act like a pillow, this will certainly be a great relationship!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Three months

Dear sweet boy,
You are three whole months old today and have officially left your “forth trimester.” Get ready to be put to work—you’re a man now! Just kidding. Your daddy and I have been working hard to guard the first few months of your life, helping you (to the best of our ability) feel as much like you did when you were in utero as possible. We spent many an hour swaddling, shushing and rocking you. We hope that your transition into the world was a nice, gradual one.
You are still a happy boy and are smiling frequently. Your happiest times are still on the changing table, where the soft comfort of the changing pad allows your limbs to relax (from their near constant flailing) so you can concentrate on cooing and smiling. You even laughed—sounded mighty similar to Cousin Stuart’s distinctive inhaling laugh, but we’ll take it!
You seem to have leveled off, growth-wise and are comfortably fitting into your 3-6 month clothes. Your cheeks still take the cake (ooohhh, wouldn’t you like some cake?!) in terms of your most chubby feature, but your porky thighs are a close second.
Your sleeping has improved slightly and you tend to do a longer (4-5 hour) stretch followed by a shorter (3-4) hour stretch and are usually up for the day between 6-7:30. Then you’re right back down for your first nap about one hour later. Good timing so Mommy can shower and pump. We put you in your crib awake and you stare at your mobile until you slip off into dreamland. What a good boy!
You are thoroughly enjoying sucking on your hands, a new skill that started about 10 days ago. Mostly you suck on as much of your left hand as you can fit in your mouth but occasionally you’ll get a single finger in there and go to town. We wonder if this will stick. Maybe because of the hand sucking…you got your first cold this month. Fortunately it wasn’t a bad one and you handled it well.
You had your first babysitting experience this month--today actually. Grandma and Grandpa Rivera came over and stayed with you while Mommy went to the dentist. Much to their chagrin (Grandma and Grandpa’s, not the dentist’s), you slept the whole time!
You have glanced at your hands just a few fleeting times over the last few days and I predict that you will discover them soon. You are getting so interested in your toys and often stare at your crib aquarium toy intently.
I guess you have truly “joined the world” this month.

Boy are we glad to have you.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I hope I never forget...

I hope I never forget...

The beauty of your toothless smile.
The way you try so hard to talk, letting out breathless "hhhhh" and opening your mouth wide.
How hard you work to break out of your swaddle.
The loud sucking sounds you make when you can get your hands into your mouth.
The way your first laughs sound like Cousin Stuart's.
The gray color of your eyes as they transition to their final color, whatever that may be.
Those quiet pooping grunts. Sorry, but I know one day that won't be so cute!
The way your adoringly gaze at your father when he comes into your field of vision.
How mellow you are.
The amazing softness of your skin.
How portable you are. I know this won't last, and you are already showing us how well you can nap during the day.
When your perfect little mouth makes sucking motions as you sleep.
How happy you make your grandparents.
The way you have fulfilled my ultimate desire to be a mother.

Thank you little boy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


A few new great milestones have been achieved in the last week...

Ben has started to coo in earnest. It's the sweetest thing. His happiest times are still while on the changing table (go figure) and I can almost always coax some sweet smiles and heart-warming coos out of the boy. Since I change about a million diapers in a day, Ben and I have plenty of time to "talk."
The other recent development (as of February 28th) is Ben's recent discovery of his hand. To be specific, he doesn't exactly seem to notice he has hands, and doesn't track or look at them, but he has started putting them in his mouth. The right hand was first and now he can get his left on in there too! Guess it's time to start asking people not to touch his hands anymore...or is that too Anal-Mommy?
Getting close...


Our boy has also grown some serious eyelashes over the last two weeks. Maybe that's the one thing he gets from his mommy!
Sleeping has improved. Ben usually sleeps around 4 or 5 hours in the first stretch and 3.5-4 in the second. We still sometimes have our usual 3 hour stretches, but he seems to be stretching out a bit. We are happy when this happens--and so is our boy!