Dear Bennett, Letter 11.

Dear Bennett,

Thirteen days.  That’s how long you’ve been living out in this world.  Your daddy laughed at me a few days ago when I marveled, “Can you believe we’ve kept him alive for a whole week?!”  It’s incredible how dependent you are on us!  Incredible… and precious.

Right now you’re snuggled up in a ball on my lap, loosely swaddled (loosely, because you wiggle out of everything) and nestled in a Boppy.  You make guinea pig noises.  The squeaks, the grunts, everything.  I don’t know if it matters, but I had two guinea pigs growing up, so…  yeah, I speak that language.

And you’re SO soft!  So, so, so soft.  I love rubbing my cheek over your head and against your face when you’re curled up around my shoulder.  Sometimes you give me a half smile when I do that.

Oh, those smiles!  My heart literally aches with delight when you smile in your sleep.  What am I going to do when you turn that smile on on purpose?!

So far you’ve been compared more to your dad than to anyone else.  I’m quite pleased about that.  You do bear a remarkable resemblance to his baby pictures! And, in my humble opinion, you’re both incredibly difficult to wake up.  Though I’m told that you might have my mouth.  If that’s the case, Bennett, take a moment to thank the Lord as my mouth IS one of my better features.

Last night, you ate at 9:22, 11:49, 2:50, 4:31, 5:49 and finally 7:13 this morning.  You might think that it’s reasonable for me to be up six times feeding you.  I don’t disagree.  But you’re wrong if you think that I only woke up six times.  You wouldn’t be counting the several times a night that I wake up, startled, and need to check that you’re still breathing.  (You breath so quietly sometimes!)

Bennett, we’re so glad you’re here.

Much love,

Your Mom

PS – Here’s one of my favorite faces that you make:


  1. November 10, 2012

    When I see pictures of Bennett I cry. I am so glad that I lived long enough to be a greatgrandmother TWO times. We are having no.3 in the summer.We want Bennett to have many playmates. Everyone loves this angel.

  2. November 10, 2012

    Ohhh! I can not wait to meet him!
    Alas, it will be awhile…til this nasty bronchitis and sinus infection clear up

  3. November 10, 2012

    Cutest face ever

  4. November 10, 2012
    Donna H

    I LOVE this picture!!!!
    I can’t wait to hold Bennett again.

    Love and miss you all!!!

  5. November 10, 2012

    Always encouraged and refreshed by your tender mama’s heart.

  6. November 10, 2012

    Haha! Love that face! Can’t wait to meet him! Oh yes last night Silas decided to wake up six times as well! I too if he sleeps more than three house wake up and check to see if he is still breathing!

    There is nothing like that new baby smell! Love it!

  7. November 10, 2012
    Amanda N

    Adorable… you and the baby

  8. November 10, 2012

    He is so precious!

  9. November 10, 2012

    Can’t wait to see you all again.
    I feel like saying, “slow down!!!”
    He’s growing so fast!!!
    Hard to believe it’s been 13 days already!!!

  10. November 11, 2012

    You’ve awakened so many feelings in me, just reading this. I remember……

    Hope Bennett enjoyed his trip out with his dad for pizza last night!

  11. November 12, 2012

    LOL! That sweet yawn face. Awww.

  12. November 14, 2012

    He does have your lips. For sure! Why are you waking him up? He seems to have mastered the task himself. Or, does he fall asleep nursing and not get quite enough but just want to snuggle in your arms until the mood strikes him again.

    I adore your question to Brian and I would have laughed at you too. But, wonderful you are not taking anything for granted.

    You are three cuties, to be sure! I babysat for my almost-thirteen year old granddaughter over the weekend and Monday. Bennett has a long way to go, but each year will bring new challenges. Guaranteed!

    Love you.

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