We can’t believe it either…

New baby

Our new little one is due around August 3rd. The big boys are very excited, and Mom and Dad are speechless!  I guess we’ll have to change the name of our blog…


Happy Easter!

Easter 1

We had a quiet Easter this year.  We went to church, came home, and I took my customary Sunday afternoon nap.  The older boys played video games.

Easter 2

My sister Aliyah came over for Easter dinner.  It was nothing special – scalloped potatoes and ham (and grilled chicken for Aliyah since she doesn’t eat pork).

Easter 3

The ham was one that we got free for accumulating a certain number of “points” at our local grocery store.  It was VERY salty.  Or maybe it wasn’t very good because it’s only the second time I’ve made ham in my life.  In any case, I think it belongs on Mark’s blog even though I cooked it.  😉

Ben and me

Even though I ruined dinner, we had a good day together has a family, and for that I am grateful.

I wish I were a stay-at-home Mom…

Ben walker 1

…so I’d get to see Ben do all kinds of neat new things in therapy.

Last Friday our physical therapist brought a gait trainer for Ben to try out, and Mark took lots of photos. The trainer was a little too big for Ben; he is just a little guy who weighs about 16 lbs. I was told that he enjoyed standing in it, but doesn’t quite understand the whole point of walking in it yet.

Ben walker 2

I loved seeing the photos, but I felt sad that I wasn’t there to see all this happen, or to cheer for Ben.

It’s a good thing he has such a wonderful Daddy.

I hope our PT brings the gait trainer along again this Friday when I have the day off!


I Love My Spoon!

Ben Spoon 1

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I updated this blog, but we’ve been so busy lately.

Ben has been doing GREAT with grasping toys and other objects. He especially loves board books and newspapers. He is a big fan of those full-color advertising fliers that come in the Sunday papers.

Lately, we’ve been doing something new at the dinner table – giving Ben his own spoon to hold with some food on it. He doesn’t seem to be too impressed with baby food these days, so in these photos he’s enjoying some of Mark’s homemade spaghetti sauce (I know, I know, not very reflux-friendly, but Ben’s Nissen fundoplication is still holding up well!)

Ben spoon 2

With a little encouragement he will now bring the spoon to his mouth and lick the spoon. Tonight he had some homemade potato and mushroom soup which he also seemed to enjoy.

Ben spoon 3

Getting Ben to transition to oral feeds has been a lot harder than we ever expected. I’ve found that we have to go at his pace, not ours, although we do have to be consistent and at least attempt oral feeds every day. Hopefully we’ll get there one day.

Family Shopping Expedition

We’ve been a little stir-crazy this winter with all the snow and ice and sleet. This weekend, despite the cold and windy weather, we decided that we’d had enough of sitting around the house waiting for spring, and decided to go on a little shopping trip. Actually, what really prompted the trip was the fact that I’d worn holes into the soles of my only pair of brown work shoes.  Ordinarily I would have replaced them weeks ago, but I HATE going shopping in winter.

Holey shoes

So we packed everyone into the van, and off we went.

At first everything was fine. We bought some shirts for Isaac. I headed into a department store to look at shoes with Ben in his stroller. Mark took Isaac and Jonny to get some pretzels and lemonade. Then things quickly turned sour. Mark waited in line a LONG TIME for pretzels. Almost immediately after they paid for their food and got settled, Jonny managed to dump an entire 32 oz cup of lemonade on the floor. Jonny started crying, “It was an accident!” and Isaac started whining that he was thirsty. Meanwhile, a shoebox (containing shoes) managed somehow to fall from the top of the stroller (where I had rested it precariously) onto the top of Ben’s head. That ruined Ben’s previously sunny mood completely (I wonder why), and he became cranky, and refused to sit in his stroller anymore.

By then Mark had begun to think that maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. The two big boys were whiny and not on their best behavior, and Ben was irritable and demanded to be carried. We went to three more stores, and I did manage to find some shoes (and a couple pairs of winter boots on clearance), and then we left. Mark (who is normally a talkative soul) was strangely silent for most of our outing.

Then it was dinner time. We had originally planned on going to the Olive Garden, but unfortunately, their parking lot was a disaster.  So we drove around looking for other options. Mark was just about to suggest going through the Mc Donalds drive-thru when we spotted a Japanese restaurant we’d never been to before.

Ben browsing menu

That restaurant saved the day. The food was great, the boys didn’t complain, and even Ben’s mood brightened. And Mark started talking again.

Getting ready to eat

All in all, I’d say the outing was a success! Can’t wait for the next one.

New shoes