Monday, December 20, 2010

Babies, babies everywhere!

I mentioned when I was pregnant that Jared and I were taking a Bradley birthing class. Rather than your average 1-2 day class at the hospital, this course spanned 12 weeks. That's a long time to spend discussing birth canals and lamenting pregnancy pains with fellow classmates. While we didn't become let's-hang-out-on-the-weekend types of friends with any of our classmates, we enjoyed our class a lot and were excited to get together for our class reunion and meet everyone's babies.

Can I just say that 7 little babies lying next to each other is an adorable thing. And hilarious. I'm pretty sure 2 of the babies were open-mouthed kissing.

Libby is the one in the black shirt, if you can't tell.

In age order from youngest to oldest...

Libby and the boy next to her somehow linked arms...

When we got home, we found Libby looking like this... my cute little Trekkie.

Miami Trip

Libby and I went to Miami last week to visit Jared's sister. It was a great trip. Libby was an absolute perfect angel baby on the plane, for which I was incredibly grateful. It was also nice that I had the entire back of the plane to myself on the flight down and had an empty seat beside me on the way back (I may or may not have discouraged people from sitting next to me by changing Libby's diaper on that seat while people were boarding).

While we were there, we went to the Seaquarium which is like a small version of Sea World (I suppose...I've not yet been to Sea World). Not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I LOVE aquariums. Anyway, Libby seemed to like it, too because she was very alert and seemed to enjoy staring at the fish...
and the killer whale show...
So fun! Anyone know how someone becomes the person who rides on the nose of the killer whale?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Poor Man's Christmas Decorations

Sad news: we don't have a Christmas tree. We didn't get one last year either. It doesn't bother me though because we don't really have room for one anyway. As long as we have other Christmas decorations, right? Well...we got out the holiday box and turns out, the only decorations we had were 2 stockings and a wreath holder. Not even a wreath to go on it. We considered buying decorations, but we'll be moving in the next several months and we just don't want to add any more stuff to our pile that we have to move. Plus, you know...we're still poor students and when it comes down to it, I'd rather buy diapers than decorations.

So.....our Christmas decorations this year are comprised of our 2 aforementioned stockings (plus a 4 foot long stocking for Libby that was too hard to resist at only $1), a strand of colored lights, and homemade paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling by white thread.

One of these days (hopefully next year!) we'll have an awesome Christmas tree and real decorations, but I might just make paper snowflake making a Benson tradition for years to come.

Friday, December 3, 2010

3 months

Picture to be uploaded later - my monitor is fried and I'm using Jared's computer that sadly, has no Libby pictures on it.

My little girl is 3 months old, which seems so old and yet so young. I was looking at some pictures of her from her first week and I almost can't believe how tiny she was - just 6 pounds the day she came home from the hospital. She was so skinny! It really is true that babies grow up so fast. It's incredible and miraculous and a little bittersweet all at the same time.

This past month, Libby has:
  • learned to laugh! (which is the most thrilling thing in the world to me)
  • gotten much better at holding up her head
  • sat in the Bumbo without totally falling over
  • rolled over several times from front to back (she can only roll to the right - I cannot help but be reminded of Zoolander when I think about this)
  • outgrown most of her newborn sized clothes :(
  • discovered that her hands are the greatest toys ever
Love, love, love her.