A Merry Christmas for Benjamin

It was a very merry Christmas for everyone around here. It’s been a long long year for us and it was really nice to celebrate the holidays with the family. This time last year we were just getting our first presents for our son who we were not expecting until June, nothing but hope as far as the eye could see, all of the scary stuff of 2011 still ahead of us.

Twelve months later we spent a wonderful holiday with our family and Benjamin, now over ten months old. And once again, nothing but hope for the year ahead.

Benjamin riding on his rocking dragon

Yee-haw dragon friend! Christmas rocks!

Benjamin got some great presents – too many presents! I think everyone was a bit excited for Ben’s first Christmas. Our poor little apartment is busting at the gills. He also got to spend some more time with his cousin Kaia up from NC.

Benjamin has also been very busy himself. He has made a ton of progress on his physical therapy and is a champion sitter (for a short while) and he can now roll from his back to his front. This means he can roll 360 and does so now, ending up miles from wherever we lay him down on the floor. He’s also getting better at pulling himself around on the floor. Now that he’s mobile this is a whole different ballgame.

Ben also has been trying some solid foods with varying degrees of success. The rice cereal mostly got eaten, but the avocado we got to see twice.

Benjamin eating food for the first time

"Not sure how I feel about this food thing"

At his 6-month high-risk assessment they thought Benjamin was doing well and that he was only a little behind his corrected age, testing at 5.5 months. That’s not bad considering how long he was in the hospital.

Benjamin and his light box

Benjamin and his new lightbox

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Things that have happened while I wasn’t blogging

You know that moment in December where you look around and realize that there’s less than a week until Christmas, yet somehow the last time you looked at the date it was Thanksgiving? Yeah, it’s been that kind of month. Here’s what happened, briefly.

  • Joe and I have gone to two holiday parties together, sans child. Amy wore earrings and necklaces without fear of them being brutally grabbed by a baby! Thank you for babysitting grandmas!
  • A lot of holiday shopping has been done online. Stores are for people who can leave the house, and whose main advice regarding their child wasn’t “don’t bring him to the mall.”
  • Physical therapy
    -Benjamin is gaining a ton of neck strength and can hold himself up *really* well with support and for a dash without support.
    -Benjamin can “tripod” sit independently for just long enough for me to snap a picture before catching him as he tips over.
    -Benjamin can roll over 3/4 of the way or 270 degrees. He hasn’t flipped from his side to his belly yet, but it looks imminent.
  • Vision therapy
    – Benjamin *loves* vision therapy; there’s songs and lights and lots of toys. His therapist lets him play with lots of different things, exploring different textures, sights and sounds.
  • Benjamin got his first synagis shot (out of 5 total) to help protect against RSV
  • Joe was in Atlanta for 4 nights, Cayman spent some well deserved time at Camp Bow Wow, and Amy and Benjamin had some quality time.
  • Benjamin went from eating really badly to eating not so badly, but also to “only eating for Amy”
  • We got a beautiful Christmas tree. Ben wasn’t a huge fan at first.
  • Today Benjamin is having his NICU follow up appointment. Feels like a milestone!

So someday soon hopefully we’ll put up a real blog post where we talk in detail about any of the above things, or something else new entirely. I just didn’t want to let the whole month slip away without checking in!