Oh my goodness Ben! You are now five months old. What a difference a few months can make! You are such a happy baby. You smile and smile and smile. Jackson smiled a lot as a baby, but we had to work a little harder to get him to smile. We just have to look at you and you smile. You don't laugh quite as much, but will if we really work at it. If you aren't smiling, you are hungry or sleepy. Although it isn't often that you fuss, you tend to always time this with food arriving to the table...every time.
You love watching your older brother and want to do what he can do. You are rolling across the floor as your means of transportation at the moment. But, you are also getting up on your knees and pushing yourself around. I guess people call it "creeping." You are better at doing it backwards right now. We are not ready for this yet. Just thinking about keeping all of the small things off the floor makes me tired, especially since most of them are from Jackson's toys.
This month you started sitting in your bumbo and using your exersaucer, which is nice for Mommy and Daddy. You had a period where you weren't sleeping well because you were rolling over and waking yourself up. Now you're getting better. You could still be a better sleeper. But, unlike your brother, you don't wake up and stay up at 5am. Often, if we let you and Jackson stays quiet enough, you can sleep until 8 or 9am. That's Mommy's kind of late sleeper! Of course, this is all about to change when you go to school mid-August. In fact, your whole world is about to change. We think you will love the interaction and seeing the other babies. In fact, you will probably be happier. But, Mommy and Daddy will be sad. Not only will we miss seeing that smiling face all the time, but of course we think we take better care of you than anyone else can. You haven't had a single diaper rash (except the one time we tried Huggies on you), and you have only had one virus since birth (not even a single ear infection). We know this will probably change. We haven't weighed or measured you in a while, but you are more average to small. You can still wear most of your 0-3 month clothes and cannot wear most of your 3-6 month clothes yet. We do feel like you've been growing a lot more lately, so maybe you will catch up soon. Either way, we love you just the way you are!
This month you went out of state for the first time. We are way behind in our posting and haven't even looked at the pictures yet, but hopefully we will soon. You went to Hot Springs, AK. Unfortunately, it didn't compare with Jackson's first out of state trip to Colorado. Although we definitely picked the wrong destination, we still had fun as a family. Mommy also went out of town alone, for the first time. She went to visit one of her best friends in California and spent 4 days away from you and Jackson. Boy did she miss you and your brother! But, Daddy took good care of you!
I know a lot of people worry they won't love their second child as much as their first. Those thoughts are crazy. We are so in love with you, Baby Ben. So is your big brother, Jackson.