Let's start with the basics:
Sleep: We had a few good nights of sleep meaning that we got a couple of four hour stretches. Then the whole house got sick and we're back to every 2 hours or so. He naps wonderfully right now though and I can almost always count on a solid 1 hour 30 minute (+) nap from him at least once a day. He always takes more than one nap, but one really good long one. I appreciate that, Ben. If you can figure out nighttime sleep then I'd really really be grateful.
Eating: In addition to nursing round the clock, he's now noshing on wheat baby biscuits and mum-mums (rice rusks). He eats two meals a day of fruits or veggies. He loves the mesh feeder now and we fill it with banana, avocado, frozen purees for his teeth, and mango.
Size: He didn't have an appointment this month so I actually have no idea what he weighs, but he's in 9-12 month clothing consistently. He's filling out and we're noticing new rolls every day. He's got a perfectly round head that makes us laugh. Haha!
Demeanor/activity: This past month has been a fussy one for Ben. He's been sick and teething and eager to move, but doesn't like to be on his tummy. He's just recently begun to roll and sort of scoot on his tummy to reach his desired object, but he has to be in a pretty content mood to be patient enough to deal with that. Everyone who predicted our mover and shaker would be crawling by 7 months was wrong! Haha! Myself included! He's beginning to want to be held a lot. There's not many times I can put him down to accomplish anything during the day. I have noticed that if Max is in the room with Ben, I can leave it, so I just have to figure out how to get Max to stay in a room without me and to entertain Ben and I'm golden. Ben is easy to make laugh and still easily bursts out in tears over seemingly nothing. The newest thing is "strangers". Read ANYONE who is not Mommy, Daddy or Max. Tears and the most terrified look you've ever seen. Oscar winning.
His favorite toys are anything that Max is playing with or my computer. He got his first tooth on his 7 month birthday and has enjoyed chewing mommy's nipple with it. I'm honestly about to go on a nursing strike if he doesn't knock that crap off.
All the drool washed the chalk right off the board today.
Everyone in the family just adores him. Max often squeals with delight and shouts, "Bennett smiling at you!" which is because Bennett has flashed him his winning grin. I can't walk past him without stopping to coo and laugh with him. When I pick him up he snuggles right into my neck and lets out happy little grunts of pleasure. When Ritchie gets home he lights up like a Christmas tree. He loves his daddy so very much. Ritchie always gets this look on his face when he sees his littlest boy light up for him and he looks like he's just melting inside. He sure has brought our family a new kind of joy. We love you, Bennett! I cannot wait to see what this next month brings for you! I predict big things for our littlest boy.