Monday, November 9, 2009

If you read this blog you may have noticed that I've taken a sort of blogging hiatus - particularly since Benjamin was born. If you are my friend on Facebook you know that I have been putting up plenty of pictures and updates on that site. So, it's not that I've dropped off the face of the Earth (or really off the face of the internet) it's just that Facebook is so much faster and easier than blogging. Uploading pictures and video to FB is waaaay faster (ahem Blogger, maybe you could make some improvements in that area) and writing quick one-sentance updates is obviously faster than writing a blog post. But, lately I have been considering returning to blogging as my main mode of internet communication. I really enjoy reading the blogs of my friends and getting the whole story of what's going on with them, rather than just little blurbs. Plus, I'm realizing that the blog is a much better way to keep a record of the "baby book"-type things that I often write about like milestones and funny things Jonah says. Up to this point the blog has basically been my baby book for Jonah and it probably will be for Benjamin too.

So, for those of you that don't know or can't make sense of all the Facebook blurbs, I'll try to give you a brief overview of the months since Benjamin was born. A week and a half after Benjamin was born we moved to a new house in a new town about 40 minutes south of where we had previously been living. Four days after the move Jon left on a trip for work for two and a half weeks. He came home for about 10 days and then left again for four weeks. So, Jon only saw the baby for two weeks of his first two months of life. To say it was crazy and difficult is an understatement. I flew to Chicago by myself with the boys to attend my dad's wedding while Jon was gone. It was wonderful when we could all be together again and really work on getting settled into our new place and into a new routine with a baby.
So now we're basically settled in. We're going to a new church and we really like it. I still get to see my old friends some, which is great, but the distance makes it a little difficult. Making new friends in our new town has been slower than I had hoped, but I'm still working at it. It seems like there are a lot more working moms around here so I don't see as many moms when I'm out and about. Getting out is of course a little trickier these days, although I really do make a point to get out almost every morning. It helps my sanity to get out and it really helps Jonah's mood - he does not do well staying in the house all day.
Here's my sweet smiler at three months. So far he seems pretty similar to Jonah. I think he might be a little smilier and a little wigglier, but it's hard to tell. He loves attention and does NOT like to be left alone for more than a few minutes. Even if we're all hanging out in the kitchen together he really wants you to look at him and talk to him.

Here's Ben enjoying Jonah's jumperoo. We didn't get this until Jonah was about a month older so it's hard to compare, but he seems to really like it.

This is certainly not the best picture of the three cousins, but it was the best I could get on the morning we were leaving my brother's.

It's very easy to make Benjamin smile and laugh. I was shaking my head to get him to laugh so I ended up shaking the camera too. It's a little wobbly, but too cute not to share!


Emily said...

I still read your blog...and your Facebook! :) I'm glad to get any sort of update I can! Love you, my dear friend!

Wendy said...

Glad you are all doing well!

Ricky and Heather said...

I'm so glad to hear an update! I'm glad you're all doing well. Your boys are adorable.

James, Carolyn, William & Benjamin Broughton said...

Hi Linnea! It is SO much fun to be reminded what a 3-month-old can do! Our Benjamin (we really liked your name choice :)) is only just beginning to smile at 5 1/2 weeks, which is gratifying, except mostly it looks like he's smiling at something over our heads... ::sigh:: It's a lot harder to be patient with this initial "i-feel-like-a-milk-cow" phase the second time around. I can't wait for Benjamin to be able to smile and laugh and interact! William is doing really well being a big brother, but he is definitely missing our constant attention and lets us know it... I'd love to hear how Jonah did the first three months with you being so distracted, etc... The Two's are definitely upon us, and it is a challenge! Where did my sweet pliant lovable Will go, and who is this defiant "No-child" we've got in his place? Anyway, let's Skype soon-- it would be great to catch up!