Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Santa with Benson

Somehow in my crazy mind, I just couldn't have Christmas without getting a picture of all 4 boys with Santa since Benson officially was born before Christmas 2015. We came home from the hospital the evening of the 23rd so our only day was Christmas Eve! I found a Santa at Traverse Mountain, bundled everyone up in the bitter cold with their matching jammies, stood in line for forever, paid $20 for my two tiny 5x7's so I could take my own pics (I didn't realized they charged money- ugh), and checked it off my list in my insane head!! :)

Right before this Benson had a doctor's appointment for a weight check. He was born 7 lbs, 14 oz but on discharge he was down to 7 lbs, 3 oz. Today at the doctor's he was 7 lbs, 1 oz. Typically newborns loose about 7% of their birthweight and Benson was down almost 10%. However, the pediatrician thought he looked great overall and my milk was coming in (ouch, ouch, OUCH!) and so we didn't have to do anything. Yay!

Benson with Santa at 3 days old. This Santa was so sweet and gentle with him. It was actually almost worth the money. :)

These drawings are what my siblings and I gave to my parents for Christmas- one of Tyrell for my mom and the other of my Grandma Wengert for my dad. Jessie sent me the video of them opening it- it was SO touching and they loved it. My mom said it was the best gift she's ever received! There wasn't a dry eye in the room and I was bawling watching the video. 

We let the boys open the presents from my mom and dad the Sunday before Christmas since it helps so much to spread things out and occupy for them an entire day when I was huge and pregnant and counting down the hours to be induced. They LOVED the gifts and were the Hulk and Falcon all day long. 

I had gotten a groupon for a really cool Christmas light drive though show and wanted to use it before Christmas. We kind of ran out of days with Benson coming and so the only time to do it was right after getting discharged from the hospital on the 23rd. It would've been just fine if it wasn't so far away- I didn't realize it was in Salt Lake. Ugh. The actual show was pretty awesome and the kids loved it- it was just driving there and back that made TJ and I wonder what had we done... four kids was a little daunting in that moment with lots of crying and hungry tired kids! Ha!

I'm so grateful for TJ- he took these last two weeks of December off since he didn't have school, just to help me and take care of the older boys. He's completely taken over doing all the dishes, helping the boys with their dailies, holding Benson and letting me nap and rest whenever possible. It's going to be a real slap in the face when he goes back!! Shaddie and him are best buddies and this has been a lifesaver since Shad's been having a hard time adjusting to the new baby who's taking all the time with his mom! It's already getting better though so I think it won't last too long....hopefully!

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