Posted by: Tricia | September 15, 2012

The new kid on the block

Benjamin Donald Welch – 8 lb 2 oz – 20 inches – July 24, 2012 – 2:25 pm

Well, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that our darling third son is now 7 weeks old and this is the first the blog has heard of him.  We welcomed this little bundle of joy into the world on July 24 at 2:25 pm weighing nearly 2 lb more than either of his big brothers at birth and sporting a head full of dark hair.

The boys absolutely adore him.  We all do.  They are both infatuated with giving him kisses and showering him with attention when he is in the room.  So much so that I still do not feel comfortable leaving him in the room alone with them.  He spent the better part of 2 weeks stowed away in our bedroom because they couldn’t contain their love for him.  But, now things are starting to feel a little more calm around here and we are getting into somewhat of a routine.

Elliott was a little apprehensive about adding another baby to our family.  He was worried that the baby “would get into all of his stuff”.  But, now that baby is here he has really stepped up to being the oldest and it is neat to watch him care for Benjamin in a more protective way than he did with Jude.

Jude has taken to Benjamin quite well as we would have imagined.  He has such a fervor for life and all of the new things it brings.  It came as no surprise to us that he wants to be near him, hold him, and kiss him very frequently.  He must say “lemme see em” 1,000 times a day.  We are definitely going to have to cut way back on the kisses before wintertime and its germs arrive.  Benjamin has already had one cold in his short life.  We have, however, seen a little bit of jealousy arise in sweet Jude.  He is, after all, two and very much still a baby himself.  At times he can get a bit rough with Benjamin and he almost seems to have a proud look on his face when we reprimand him for doing so.  He has also taken to getting into all of the various baby-holding devices around the house and shoving a pacifier in his own mouth as if to say “I’m the baby now!”.

Overall, we are very pleased with how well the boys have handled the transition.  They have most definitely welcomed Benjamin with open and loving arms and are excited to see him grow to be one of them!

Sleep.  He’s getting a lot of it and the rest of us are not.  I honestly do not know how I am surviving on so little.  I try hard not to add up the hours of broken sleep I get each night because it only makes it feel worse.  Things are looking up though because Benjamin is starting to put himself on a better schedule with one 4-5 hour stretch at night.  And, he is improving at being able to fall back asleep on his own.  Hallelujah!

The only way I manage to get a nap during the day.  Oy.

We were very serious about teaching the other two boys to “cry it out” and that is our goal with Benjamin as well, but at 4am when I’ve already been awake for 2 hours fighting the fight I give in and bring him to bed with me.  Ugh.  Just like Jude, he was diagnosed with reflux and is now taking Zantac.  At first we didn’t see quite the dramatic improvement that we did with Jude, but with an increase of the dose he seems to be doing much better.  Also, my dear friend, Laura,  loaned us a newborn rock ‘n’ play sleeper that has worked wonders for others with babies who are averse to sleeping.  We used it for the first time last night and it did not disappoint.  With our fingers crossed, we are hoping we have a well-slept baby (and mom and dad) soon!

Right at about 6 weeks Benjamin started smiling at us.  It’s a good thing, too, because it sure does make losing sleep a little easier!  He is quickest to smile at his daddy and his mobile above his bed!

People have asked us what Benjamin’s temperament is like.  He absolutely loves to be cuddled and close to his mama.  This is both a good and bad thing.  It’s great because when we’re out and about he snuggles in and sleeps in the wrap like a champ, but when we’re home it makes it so hard to get anything done.  Some days he is quite fussy when awake unless he’s being held, but we’re starting to see more and more moments where he is content to sit and look around.  He loves to be talked to and will usually stop crying when his daddy acts silly for him.  He absolutely hates the car!  He is our first to complain about it so it will definitely make for some interesting (and loud) road trips!

Truth be told, Benjamin may not be the “laid back” third baby that we’ve heard others talk about, but he’s ours to keep and all 4 of us are head over heels in love with him!  Life with him has only just begun and we are excited to see the person that God has made him to be!

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Responses

  1. Your whole family is just beyond precious! I’m glad to hear the sleeper has helped.

  2. Baby blessings to the Welch boys and their amazing queen!


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