Baby Ben is Growing Up

Ben is six months old!! He is growing up way too fast, and I don't like it one bit! I wish he would stay this little forever. But, I know that is not going to happen, so I will try to enjoy these milestones along the way.

Ben at six months old:
  • 16 pounds 12.5 ounces (25th percentile)
  • 25.5 inches tall (25th percentile)
  • head circumference of 18.5 inches (still 100th percentile)
  • Sleeps from 9pm-8am, usually without any feedings
  • Is holding his head up and rolling around
  • Thinks Jack is the funniest person in the world
  • Loves his Baby Einstein playmat and all the hanging toys
  • Chews on his hands non-stop and occasionally gets a foot in there
  • No teeth yet, but he is definitely working on some
  • Had his first baby rice cereal, I am quite certain it all came back out his mouth
  • Talks all the time, he has the sweetest voice
  • Is the happiest baby in the world!

We had a big photo shoot to celebrate his six month birthday, so I thought I would share some of the pics!


Things are Looking Up

Ben achieved a very important milestone this week, and I couldn't be more proud! He has mastered the art of lifting his head off the floor all by himself. Only a Momma could be so excited by such a seemingly simple accomplishment. But, it is a major step in the right direction for Ben's development.

We have been in physical therapy for about a month now, and the main focus has been on "tummy time" and getting him to hold his head up. Now, after much practice, he has figured out how to do it all on his own. There is no going back now, he will be crawling around before we know it!

I just had to brag on my little man. He is very proud of himself too, as you can see from the pictures. He is just too cute, if I do say so myself!


Helmet therapy progress

Ben's surgery was over two months ago, and I can't believe how fast time is flying! Ben is five months old, and getting bigger every day. Everyone who sees him can't believe how chubby he is getting. He is definitely not lacking in the cheek department!

Be has been in his helmet for seven weeks, and we are starting to see some results. We went to Dallas last week and saw Dr. Genecov and had a helmet adjustment. Dr. Genecov was pleased with Ben's head. He said he is starting to get some bone growth on top where his giant soft spot is. He was also glad to see that Ben's head is not growing tall on top. His head is growing in all the right places. We will not see Dr. Genecov again for two months- so we have at least two months left of helmet therapy.

Ben had a few minor adjustments on his helmet. The exciting part of our appointment was another scan. With the scan, the technician was able to show me exactly where his head has grown and where we want it to go. It helps to see it on the computer!
We are able to see his head rounding out, and I wanted to include some pictures to show all of you Ben fans just how he is coming along. These are from bath time at home. Ben's physical therapy is going well. I feel like we are reaching a point where we can cut back a bit and keep working with him at home. We will go back this week and see what they say. He still has a lot of work to do, but he is getting stronger every day.

Ben amazes us with his great personality and easy-going nature. He is a great traveler and a good sport about everything he has to go through. He is such an amazing baby! We couldn't ask for more.