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Dear Youngest Child,

I get why there are so many pictures of you.  You see, my child Ben is my youngest and all of a sudden, I feel an urge to capture all kinds of moments on film and video.  Because it’s likely for it to be the last time I see a child of mine:

  • Give that pouty, frowny little face that only babies can make.
  • Wear certain outfits.  Especially for us since my boys wore hand-me-downs, so I’ve seen a lot of our outfits worn by all 4 of them.
  •  Hear the thump, thump, thump sound that only a crawler makes as they rush across the kitchen floor.
  • See a bunch of baby teeth come in all at once.  Seeing a tooth-less grin replaced by a tooth-y one.
  • Bop up and down to the music of a push toy.  Dancing as best as you can.
  • Mimicking your brothers – particularly around clapping to “If You’re Happy And You Know It”.

It’s adorable and bittersweet – trying to eat up the last of these baby days before Ben moves from a crawler to a walker (aka: toddler-ville).

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Ben: 11 months old!

Ben is 11 months old!  Growing well.  Sleeping horribly.  (Well, compared to my other kids)!

His scrapbook page:

month11

A recent picture:

(With Jeff’s mom — Ben’s Granny)

Ben11Months

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Ben: 10 months old!

Ben is 10 months old!  Such a delight!  He’s likely to be our last child and it’s bittersweet to experience some things for the last time.

His scrapbook page:

Benmonth10

A recent picture:

Ben10months

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Hooray Benjamin!  You’re 9 months old today last week.  That officially means you’ve been OUT of my tummy for as long as you were in it!  You’re a joy and delight and a great addition to our family!

(And for the first time, I have a baby turning 9 months old, but I’m NOT pregnant with a sibling…feels a little strange!)

Your scrapbook page:

month9

A recent photo:

Ben_9Months

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Someday I’m going to forget all kinds of things.  I hope I don’t forget these things.

  • Finn (age 4) sings song so proudly.  At the beginning of this school year, he hated singing time at both church (Awana) and preschool.  The teachers made him stand with the group, but he didn’t have to sing or do the movements.  When asked about it, he said it was “too loud”.  He’s slowly coming out of that, but even in the beginning of the year when he hated singing time, he was learning the songs. And he’d come home and just randomly start singing them.  It’s fun!
  • Finn also tells great stories about how things have come to be.  He’ll tell me all about something he’s built with blocks.  Always an elaborate story.
  • We were going to the movie theater the other day and I asked Finn about the rules.  His answers: “Don’t Hit.”  Okay.  “Stay in your seat.”  Okay.  “And if anyone gets on the roof of the van and they want to ride up there and they beat on the top of the roof like it’s a drum, we should tell them to get off.”  What!?!
  • When Stephen (age 3) falls or something and I ask him “Are you okay?”  He always answer “I’m okay.  I’m fine.”  He always says both phrases and in the cutest voice.  (He voice is still baby-ish.)
  • Sam (almost 2) is so observant.  Call it being Kid #3, but for months now, I only need to mention something and he’s all over it.  I can just casually say “I’m going to go get the mail” and he’ll bring me my shoes.  If the baby spits up and he sees that I don’t have a towel, he’ll go get me one – without me saying a word.
  • He’s also always watching his older brothers and mimicking them.  They start dancing – he will too.  If they sit down for lunch, he will too.  If they start running around all crazy – he will too.

But I do think the thing that I’ll miss the most is right after bathtime – especially when a kid has gained confidence in their new walking skills.  I think I’ll miss seeing little naked baby bottoms running down the hallway to their bedroom.  Is that weird?  It’s weird I know.  But seeing a kid who is just so tiny but fully capable of walking is fun. And seeing them run is even more fun.

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Ben: 8 months old!

Ben’s 8 months old!  Well, he’s 8 months and like 2 weeks old.  I’m behind in my blogging.  I forgive myself. Doesn’t bother me!

Here’s his scrapbook page:

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And a recent picture:

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Ben: No Helmet Needed!

Summary: Ben doesn’t need to wear a helmet!
Details:
We must have something going on in our genes.

Son #1 (Finn) had surgery for craniosyntosis when he was 1.  It’s a condition where the skull fuses too soon and growth is restricted.

Son #2 (Stephen) We had no concerns with his head.

Son #3 (Sam) is still being evaluated for possible craniosyntosis and/or abnormal head shape.  Follow up appointment this summer still.

Son #4 (Ben) was evaluated today.  We knew he didn’t have full-blown craniosyntosis due to head CT scans last fall; his skull hadn’t fused yet.  But our pediatrician was still concerned about his head shape.  So, off to the Helmet Clinic to be evaluated.  That was today.

A Physical Therapist evaluated him first and she had no concerns at all.  She was looking to see if he was (in general) meeting his milestones – particularly around head & body movement – things his head and neck muscles would influence.  He’s meeting them (even crawling and quite mobile).

Then the Surgeon came in with 2 of the nurses to evaluate him.  They looked at his head shape and reviewed the CT Scan.  He had no concerns at all.  Ben doesn’t have a flat spot on the back of his head (which could be fixed by a helmet).  Ben doesn’t have an irregular forehead where one side would protrude farther than the other (which could also be helped by a helmet).

Ben’s head shape is symmetrical – it’s just really long.  You can measure it and it’d still measure just as “long” as any other baby’s.  But it’s shaped like a football instead of more like a basketball.  Long instead of round. It isn’t distracting or anything.  We all feel that as he gets older, it’ll get even milder.  Let him grow some hair.  Let the hair get darker and you probably won’t even notice it. No helmet for him!

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