oreos and milk mixed with pediasure.

Where to begin? Not sure.

Well, how about that our little man is on one of the most desirable diets in the universe. Ice cream, Oreos, donuts, butter, lard, {dot, dot, dot}. No, really. He is. Bennett has struggled gaining weight due to some gastrointestinal issues. For a 4 month period he had CDiff, he struggled to sleep (I mean really struggled - inconsolable screaming for upwards of an hour about 12 times a night), pooped 6-12 times a day and was up against some bad, bad gas!!! He's always been an excellent eater and we have always worked hard to give him a healthy, balanced diet. So, you can imagine my surprise when the doctor said. "Let's try a high fat diet and let's put him on an appetite stimulant. What kind of high fat foods does he like?" I replied, "avocados, meat, peanut butter; you know, the healthy ones / ONLY ones I give him." He asked, "Does he like ice cream? Oreos?" My response: "Well, ya! He loves them!" His response: "Then give them to him three times a day." We left and went directly to the store to gather some super junky, super fatty foods for our baby. Odd. Yes, odd. But, 6 days later the scales finally read a different number... He gained a pound and a half!!! Amazing, right? Who would have thought searching every shelf at Smith's for the highest fat content item would pay off so quickly. Yay for Bennett and yay for donuts. We called to tell our parents the great news and after my dad shared our excitement he seemed a bit hesitant and asked "So, when do you turn it off?" Good question. The good news is that Bennett honestly prefers avocados and blueberries {"bibis"}.

Bennett's gassy sleep issues came to an abrupt end about a month ago. Over night, they stopped. Weirdest/best thing that has ever happened to us. Miraculous. The doctor told us, "I''m not sure what he had but it is the worst case of it I'd ever seen." We're not sure what it was either, but we are so thrilled he's grown out of it. So he now loves to sleep in his own crib, so much so that he won't go to sleep anywhere else! Funny how that works, huh? The other night after our bedtime routine, Bennett immediately climbed off my lap. I was fully prepared to jump up and chase him since I was sure he was just trying to run away from bedtime. Instead, he walked over to his crib and said "up peez." I honestly cried. My baby is growing up. My baby finally sleeps. My baby talks in twos.

Bennett is the funniest person I know. In the last month his personality has come to life - full force! He is talking like crazy and is on the go - literally. He started walking and hasn't stopped since. He is more than just reckless. He is out. of. control! It's like he is in his own little world made of balls, sticks, rocks and "dars" {cars}. He has absolutely no time to think about the wall he might run into or the pavement he might stumble on. His face has been bruised, bloodied and scraped more than once - and he doesn't seem to mind one bit. He has a mind of his own and is more determined and curious than ever. I love him. And for this very reason, this crazy kid of mine may never play sports - because his mother just may not be able to watch!

Speaking of sports, Bennett LOVES "base" {baseball}. Bennett won't sit for longer than 45 seconds to watch a Disney movie --- not for the life of him! But don't you worry, he'll sit still and watch 5 innings of baseball! He is his Daddy's baby! I can't even watch one inning without needing a substantial break. On top of that, his favorite book in the whole wide world is titled, "Touch'n'Feel Baseball." He brings it to us 15 times a day and says either "bo" {book} or "base"? And don't forget about Daddy's baseball games... Bennett loves to point out the "ba" and steal Daddy's hat! Brandon is in heaven, folks.

This summer we've had fun swimming, visiting the zoo, playing with friends and family, visiting Washington, getting crazy in Vegas {you know us} and much much more. I wish I had time to post the details. One day...

This year has been full of surprises - some good and some not so good. In the end and through it all we find ourselves lucky to have each other and to have such wonderful family and friends.


Torgersons said...

Owen hasn't made it to 21 lbs yet, so I'm thinking I should start him on some fatty foods! I thought it was bad to do that. I'm beginning to think not. Only if your kid is fat. It makes sense. He is so adorable. That little scraped up face picture is sad, yet adorable at the same time. What a little talker!

Marisa said...

Rob would probably pee his pants with glee if the doctor ordered him that diet. I don't know if our kids will ever have a weight-gaining problem!

Love Bennett. Loved this whole post!

Rick and Kori said...

This was such a great post! I'm glad you shared his sweet, bruised little face :) So cute even though it is so sad! I'm glad his sleeping and weight issues are being put behind him, makes for happy parents!

Regan and Jess George said...

I love reading your blog! I can't believe how big your baby is and that we've never even met him! You better keep up these awesome blog posts when you move so that we can keep up on the C's ;)

Meriel Frandsen said...

A) I want that diet.
B) Cutest baby ever.
C) Wish we could have hung out more.
D) We're going to miss you guys a lot. Don't move.

Trevor, BreAnne, and Nathan said...

I'm so happy to see a post!! We have missed you guys so much. I tried calling you the other week to catch up...sounds like you guys have been busy busy:) That is the cutest thing that Bennett asked to go to his crib. I totally know what you mean about the walking thing, i'm so worn out by the end of the day from chasing after Nate. He's practically running now!
Thank heavens Bennett is sleeping through the night. I am glad to see you're doing well. Call me sometime if you get a sec:)

Rachel and Jason Palmer said...

ash....ok why am i getting an update from you on your blogg and not thru the phone??? i miss u girl! i absolutly love how much Bennett has grown and how he sleeps at night (halelujah!) i just wish we were together experiencing these little magic moments. CALL ME ASH or else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luv u

Amy and Troy said...

Hey! I'm sorry you have had a rough go with Bennett, but I'm glad things are going well now and that he is doing better! What are you guys moving to WA for? A job? Where will you be living? We are in UT still until Troy finishes school and don't have any plans to go back to WA at this point. Have fun! I miss it!