Subtle Differences

Today was Benjamin’s 4 month doctors appointment even though he’s technically closer to 5 months. He is doing great! He’s 15lbs 3.5oz (32%), 27.17″ (92%) long and his head circumference is 16.85″ (45%). I was proud to tell the doctor he was 100% breastfed and that I didn’t have any concerns. Thank you, Jesus! At the end when it was time for shots, Benjamin was such a little trooper. He did cry, but was quickly comforted by my embrace. As a mom, I can’t tell you how heartbreaking it is to see the pain your children have to bare, but you know it’s for the best.

Now that I have another child to compare, it’s fun to look back and see the differences. When Corbin was Benjamin’s age, he was 18lbs 12oz and 27″ long. That confirms it, Corbin was a BIG baby. Ha!

Benjamin 5 months

Benjamin is 5 months this week. He has grown so much and I am so thankful to God that I have been able to breastfeed this whole time. What a blessing! I love him so much. He loves to watch the world around him, is getting ready to roll over, lifts his legs up and down and grabs things with his feet like his blankets and toys. He babbles a ton and usually always has a finger or hand in his mouth or else he’s giving you a big open mouth smile. He also loves the attention he gets from his big brother.

Zoo Field Trip

Did you know the Zoo has FREE field trips each month (with paid admission or an annual membership)? Each month focuses on a different animal. August is bug month and includes story time as well as a ride on the train. September is all about elephants and lions and includes a bus tour. I found out about this through the East County Christian Mommies group I signed up for. I couldn’t pass it up even though I had to be there at 8:45 to check in which is really inconvenience timing with Benjamin’s new nap schedule, however, I knew Corbin would love it and couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Once everyone was checked in we made our way to the children’s zoo where the bug building is located. The kids loved looking at the ants, bees, stick bugs, beetles, etc. The group of kids mostly consisted of boys, but there were a few girls. They ran from exhibit to exhibit with smiles and excitement as they watched the bugs in their habitats. After the bugs we made our way to the compost area and then out of the zoo to the grass in front of the train. The leaders read a fun book about a spider and sang the Itzy Bitzy Spider song. The kids all seemed to really like that. Afterward we made our way over to the train and waited for the train to arrive. The kids waited anxiously by the gate. It was so cute to see them all lined up. When the train was stopped and ready to be loaded, the gate was opened and the kids ran to get their spot. I’m not sure if the kids were more excited about the bugs or the train. Ha! We went around the track twice and then unloaded. It was a fun way to start a morning, that’s for sure.

La Jolla Cove

Saturday evening we went to La Jolla Cove to visit with friends and enjoy the view. Corbin was especially excited to go to the beach and wanted to see some animals. We saw lots of sand, fish, crabs, some dolphins from a distance and even a big jelly fish in the tide pools. The kids all had fun chasing each other and playing with sand while the parents chatted and some played lawn games. Too bad the sun never came out and the wind made it a bit chilly, but we had fun nonetheless. Being in God’s creation is truly the perfect way to end the day.

Happy Birthday, Levi

Saturday afternoon was spent at Hilton Head Park in Rancho San Diego celebrating Levi’s 5th birthday. What a gorgeous day to celebrate a birthday at a splash park! The kids had a blast playing in the water, eating lots of good food, and playing on the play structures.

What an eventful year this will be for Levi as he starts kindergarten. It truly is amazing how fast these years have gone as I’ve witnessed him grow and I’m sure his mom and dad feel the same way. He has grown so much and I look forward to seeing how God will continue to grow him spiritually and physically. Happy Birthday, Levi!

Cherry Muffins

My husband picked out some cherries at Trader Joe’s yesterday and at first I thought we’d just eat them as is, but then I thought cherry muffins would make for a yummy breakfast treat. I was right! The hardest part was chopping and pitting the cherries, but I’m not complaining one bit. It was worth the effort!

Cherry Muffins, adapted from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook
2 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk or soy milk
2 cups cherries, pitted and chopped
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease muffin pan.
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg, milk, and oil, stirring only enough to dampen the flour (batter should not be smooth). Add the chopped cherries and mix lightly. Spoon batter into the muffin pan, filling each cup about two-thirds full.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.