We have several milestones to celebrate:
Benjamin is 8 months old
Benjamin turned 4 months adjusted
Benjamin has been home from the hospital for one month
We had a great visit from Carol and Conrad on their way abroad to visit one of their other surrogate families. It was great for them to be able to see Benjamin at home and not in the hospital, and to come full circle in our journey.
While they were here Benjamin took them on a tour of downtown Manhattan. We all went across the Brooklyn Bridge- surprisingly a first time for all of us (though Joe once walked half-way). There’s some construction going on, so the Brooklyn side is a little claustrophobic, but it was a fun way to get into Manhattan without driving, especially now that we’re nervous to take Ben on the germ filled subway. We visited Joe in his office, his coworkers got to meet Benjamin, and we saw the WTC memorial from Joe’s bird’s eye view. Now Carol and Conrad are lounging on a beautiful beach, and we’re incredibly jealous!
Benjamin has been sleeping in his own crib in his own room for a whole week. He’s been doing great- sleeping through the night, with several long naps during the day. Crazy kid. His eating is all over the place, but at least he likes to sleep. He’s also so self-sufficient that it’s funny. In his swing, or during tummy time, or even when he wakes up, he can sit there and babble and eat his hands and keep himself amused. He’s been verbalizing and cooing a lot, and the patterns sound like talking, which is really cute.
Here are some pictures from the past week and a half. Enjoy!