Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Funny Kid

For whatever reason, Josh didn't want to eat his strawberries at lunch today. I told him he had to stay at the table until they were gone.
So he grabbed a book and made the most of it.
This kid cracks me up all day long!


This little stinker is impossible to keep awake when he wants to sleep! This is him after I tickled his feet, put him on the floor with no blanket or anything, changed his bum, and wiped his face with a wipe. Totally out! STINKER!
In the last 3 weeks, I have only changed 1 poopy diaper for Josh! He all of the sudden loves to go poop on the toilet. I never have to ask him or remind him, I actually could care less if he does it in the toilet or not, but he wants to. He does it on his own. I know this means he's ready to potty train, but I'm not quite ready yet. I think I'm going to shoot for the middle of June. Maybe by then I'll be getting some sleep at night and will be up for the challenge. I'm glad I waited a little while longer to potty train him (I attempted last January), because I think it's going to be really easy now that he is ready.

Sitting in the Bumbo

I put Bens in the Bumbo for the first time yesterday. I was surprised at how well he does sitting in it already. After a few minutes he got tired and his head started bobbing around so I put a towel behind his neck for some support and he was good to go! He loves it, but has to concentrate super hard, so there are no smiley pictures yet :)

Monday, May 23, 2011


Josh has a new book called How I Became A Pirate, and in it they talk about pirate treasure. So a couple days ago we made our own pirate treasure to bury in his sand box. He thought it was pretty neat!

Out Cold

Josh isn't allowed to get in the baby swing, so this afternoon when I was in the shower, he took advantage of what he thought I couldn't see. He might have gotten away with it if he hadn't fallen asleep before I got out.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


We got the bill for Benson's Life Flight yesterday.

Guess how much it was?


Yeah, we were pretty shocked as well.

It's been really interesting to watch the bills roll in. We've only received a couple so far and we're well over $100,000. We haven't even gotten the bill from the actual surgery yet.
We expected the hospital bills to be outrageous, but we had talked about how we figured the Life Flight bill was probably going to be around $15-20,000. We were WAY off!

Poor Sick Josh

You know Josh doesn't feel well when this happens. In fact, I don't think he's fallen asleep on my lap since he was 8 months old.
You better believe I lived it up! I rocked him as long as I could and loved every second.

Or Not

A little freezing cold weather isn't going to stop him from playing in his new sandbox!
(Lets just pretend that his coat isn't 3 sizes too small)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Benson at 2 Months

Benson turned 2 months on the 7th!
I took him to his checkup a few days ago and he is doing great! He's 12.6 lbs! He is chuncking up nicely :) The Dr. is really happy with how well he's growing and said that his heart sounds amazingly strong. He wasn't even able to hear a murmur this time, which is incredible. We have another appointment with the pediatric cardiologist mid June where she will do an echo and an ekg so we'll really be able to see how he's healing then.
For the most part Bens is a good little baby. With his condition comes challenges, but nothing we can't handle. The hardest part has been dealing the acid reflux. 95% of heart babies end up with AR, and Benson didn't luck out on that. He has some really bad days, but he also has good days. After his 2 month checkup, his Dr. put him on a different medication and although it's only been a couple of days, I think it's going to make a huge difference! We're really excited about that. It's nice too, because the first medication was $85 for 15 pills and the new one is $14 for 90 dosages. Way better! It's different having a baby with AR because so many things that you naturally do with babies, can't be done with them. For example, Benson can't lay down flat (kinda a big deal), especially after he eats. So the natural pattern that most moms fall into is to feed the baby and then change the babies diaper. With Benson I can't do that. If I lay him down to change him right after a feeding he screams and screams and then he throws up. So I have had to change my routine to where I change his bum and then feed him. And if he poops while he's eating, which he does a lot of the time, he has to sit in it for a half hour before I can lay him down without it being too painful for him. Also for sleeping, he can't lay flat so he sleeps in his bouncy chair. None of that is a big deal though, just things we've had to learn and as long as we keep him upright, he's a happy kid.
I think the biggest challenge with Benson's AR is that it hasn't allowed us to get on any sort of schedule. There are times when it's too painful for him to eat a full feeding, so he'll eat as much as he can and then be hungry again 2 hours later. Then there are times when he's fine and he'll eat great and go the full 3 hours. I'm usually ok to go with the flow, but that's because I don't usually have anything else to do. Although on days when we have appointments or I need to run to the store or something, it's hard because I never know when he's going to have a good feeding or a bad one and I can't leave the house if he wasn't able to eat well. I try not to worry too much about the future and just think, we have to take it day-by-day, but I'm the type of person to is always thinking about creating good sleep habits and other good behaviors while babies are young. So not being able to put him on a schedule is pretty hard on me. I'm really trying to not let it get to me, and just come to terms with the fact that I'm probably not going to be sleeping through the night anytime soon, and he might be a little more difficult down the road in certain areas, but we'll deal with that when it comes time. Right now, there isn't anything I can do, but try to keep him comfortable.
I hope I don't sound like we are all totally miserable, because we aren't. We have tons of really good days with no crying at all and really good eating, but we do have rough days and nights occasionally. He is generally such a happy baby, and we are really enjoying him.

At 2 months Benson:
*Weighs 12.6 lbs-64%
*Is 22 inches-15%
*Goes to bed at 9 and wakes up at 8, eating 3 times in between (see why the no schedule thing is killing me! I want to do Baby Wise SO bad).
*Is wearing 0-3 month clothes
*Loves to talk and smile, and especially loves to be talked to. No matter what, if someone talks to him, he smiles.
*Likes to sleep bundled tightly
*Doesn't take a binki. We are officially a binki free home. He kind of took one for a while, but wont anymore. I think if he'd take a binki, he'd sleep through the night....BUT...he wont :( trust me, I've done plenty of forcing to no avail.
*Really loves his bath time.
*Doesn't hate tummy time :)
*Just figured out how to get his hands in his mouth and sucks on them any chance he gets.
*Sleeps better the noisier it is.
*Prefers to nurse over taking a bottle. We have to give him one bottle a day with probiotics in it, and he eats it well, but would still rather nurse.
*Is getting seriously chunky! I love it! I hope he keeps it up.

We love this little munchkin to death and are so grateful everyday that he is a healthy, happy part of our family.

A Sandbox

Beau built Josh a sandbox yesterday, and he is absolutely in heaven! His favorite thing to do in the whole world is to dig in the dirt. He is so cute, after Beau dumped the first load of dirt in the box, Josh yelled, "YAY!" and jumped in! He wasn't going to wait one more second before he started playing. It's going to be awesome too, because we used sand from the dunes, so he wont be dirty or muddy ever...it's like beach sand. That's what I'm the most excited about, well that and that it makes Josh so happy. I'm considering making an umbrella cover for it. I THINK it would be pretty easy, but we will have to see, I'm not the best seamstress in the world...I'll probably just end up staking our beach umbrella in the dirt to shade him. Yep, that sounds like a good idea.
After watching the weather tonight I think we probably should have waited another week to build it though, it's supposed to be cold and rainy all week this coming week, so it's just going to sit out there and torture poor Josh. Lets hope the weather man is wrong this time (he usually is).

More & More Smiles

Benson is full of smiles lately! He gets especially excited when his dad talks to him. It's so cute to watch his little personality come out. Just in the last day or two he has become quite the little jabber box. I think baby coo's are my favorite sound in the world!

A New Bike

Beau got another bike recently and Josh has loved to go on rides with his dad. It'll probably only be another year or so before he has a bike of his own, then they'll really be able to go on rides together.

How To:

Entertain a 2-year-old for hours!
Give him an electric pencil sharpener and a pencil.

He's Awesome

Look what Josh did with his string cheese!
He cracks me up!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Just some random thoughts...

Josh has been out in the garage playing in the Jeep for almost an hour! I remember when I was a kid and Loved to play in my dad's old blue Toyota truck for hours.

Benson always sleeps with at least one eye half open, sometimes both. Kinda creepy.

It's May and it's still in the 30's. It's official, I hate Idaho! Ok, maybe that was official a couple years ago, but today it was reaffirmed.

Also official, I'm ready to start working on losing this baby weight. I haven't cared until the last couple days, but now I want it gone. I want to be able to wear all my clothes again. Losing the weight should be doable now that I've eaten every single treat in the house....all in the last 2 weeks.

Josh just came in the house whining and saying, I wanna go bye-bye! I asked where he wanted to go and he said he wants to leave Idaho. Haha! I guess I'm not the only one going a little stir-crazy.

Lastnight after dinner, I was clearing the table while Josh was finishing up. When I walked by him to grab a plate he looked up and in the sweetest voice said, "thanks for dinner mom." He can be the sweetest thing! He's always very genuine with his please and thank you's. I love him like crazy.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Josh was so tired yesterday, he couldn't even make it through lunch.


A few weeks ago I took Josh to play at Blast-Offs with my friend Jerrica and her little boy Jace. Josh and Jace are best buddies...and Jerrica and I are glad they have each other. Both boys were having a hard time with nursery, until they met. They are super cute together. I love watching Josh play with another boy his age. He's always been surrounded by girls.
Blast-Offs is so fun! It's a huge building full of ball pits and foam obstacle courses. Josh loved it! I can't believe we've lived here 3 years and haven't heard of it until now. I can't wait to go back with Beau.

Josh would stand on the edge of the ball pit and pump as high as he could into the balls.
He's so cool!

Monday, May 2, 2011


Just wanted to post some pictures of cousins from our trip home last month. We miss them and love them tons!


For Easter this year, we were able to go on the annual camp out with my family and the Toblers out on Utah hill. Josh had a blast, to say the least. Playing in the dirt, being around cousins, riding 4-wheelers and eating way too much candy is this little man's idea of a good time.

This little goat is only a couple weeks old. It was so cute! Josh thought it was awesome that it would suck on his fingers.
The egg hunt! It's getting bigger and bigger every year. I think we hid around 300 eggs this year.

Love Anni.

Bens taking a nap with Gpa
Easter morning at Gpa and Gma Anderson's.
Josh fell asleep the night before, before he had a chance to color his eggs. So the Easter bunny hid plain white eggs this year :)