Benjamin Robert Anthony Dziadul turned 7 years old on February 22nd. He waited along time for his birthday to get here and counted down sleeps since before Christmas.
Ben is a great kid. He loves to create and has extravagant ideas about what he can do with some tape and some sticks. I have a hard time trying to explain why his creations won't work, because he is so sure his idea is fool proof.
He is happiest when he is coloring. Or painting. Or using markers or tape or rubber bands or drawing. He is an artist and has stacks of papers he has drawn or colored.
He enjoys his siblings most of the time. He, Sam and Emma love to play together games they have made up. Most days they are outside running around or jumping on the trampoline.
Ben is doing good in school. He can put letters together to form words and can read all the sounds, but is not reading just yet. I know the light will turn on for him in a short while. He is a whiz at his math however!
Ben just recently became a believer in Jesus. He has asked so many questions over the past year or so and it finally all solidified in his head. He was allowed to participate in Communion last Sunday and he was so thrilled. What a joy to be able to be a part of that.
Jackson turned 7 months old this week. (Actually, he was due to turn 7 months on the 29th, but this is February, which has no 29th, so I guess that means he turned 7 months on March 1st?)
He weighs about 20 pounds, right on track for his age. He had some kind of a stomach bug the last week or so, and he was very disinterested in eating or drinking his bottle. He never threw up, but was not himself and lost his appetite.
However, since recovering from that bug, he has gained back all interest in eating and devours his food! He enjoys squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, bananas and oatmeal. He doesn't care for green vegetables or any tart fruits.
He crawls all over the house and his favorite thing to crawl to is the dog's water. He sits up like a champ, and has started pulling up on the sides of the playpen and crib. He will hold out his hands when he wants to be picked up.
His favorite thing to do is crawl and explore. He loves to crawl in the big rooms at the church. He also loves to play with his siblings. He adores Emma and thinks anything she does is amazing. Sam and Ben have both been such a big help in watching him as he crawls around.
Jackson is still a great sleeper. He takes 2 long naps and 1 short nap every day and sleeps about 10 hours a night. He hardly ever fusses when he's put down in his crib and wakes up happy and "talking".
He is so sweet and happy and easy. He reminds me of Anna and Ellie the most in looks, but also looks like Sam and Ben.
Jackson turned six months old on January 29. It's hard to believe. It seems, to me, that he was an infant for so long, and then overnight grew into a big baby. He is a great, easy baby.
He sleeps great. He usually sleeps 10-12 a night, and takes 3-4 naps a day, lasting from an hour or more. He puts himself to sleep with his trusty thumb.
He's doing better eating and does not spit up near as much as he did. He drinks between 5 and 6 bottles a day, between 6-8 ounces each. I am going to start him on solids this week. He has tasted mashed potatoes and avocado, and made terrible faces at each. I think it was the texture that was so different to him.
He smiles all the time. Except for when I took these pictures. ;)
Within the past week he has mastered sitting up. He doesn't even wobble anymore.
He crawls and is moving faster everyday. He gets wherever he wants to go.
He puts everything in his mouth. Everything. And I just discovered today that he has cut his first tooth.
He is such a welcome addition to our family and loved by everyone.
He weighs about 19 pounds, and is 26 inches long, right where he should be.