But we're too busy singing (and playing and exploring)
To put anybody down!
(ya'll watched The Monkees, right?)
That husband of mine...what a sport!
Nicknames: BenJAMin; Benny-boop; Peanut; Monkey; BenBen, from school teachers; BT, from Dr. Smith; old standards - Baby, Bud, Buddy, Darlin, Big Boy, Sweetie, Sweetheart, Love
Favorite foods: meals with meat (like your daddy), pieces of cheese (like your mommy), all fruit and veggies meals - but especially peaches and peas, Gerber Puffs and just recently, Cheerios.
Worst foods: macaroni and cheese (who's kid is this?), Jars of plain pureed meat (this bothered me more than you; I just can't feed my baby something that smells like dog food!), swiss cheese
Favorite things: Lovie, tag blankie, laughing at Daddy pretending to hurt himself, being held, trying to pet Zoe, blocks and balls, standing up, eating, cuddling, Old McDonald, Wheels on the Bus, your thumb, feeding yourself, and lastly, ME! (I'll take it while I can!)
Not-so favorite things: bathtime, the changing table and everything that it stands for, the first few moments of being strapped in your carseat, waiting to eat, waking up in the middle of the night and not knowing what to do with yourself, napping at school.
New tricks: playing hide-and-seek/follow the leader, high fives
Other changes: new teeth, pulling up, beginning stages of cruising, been told "no" when sneaking over to Zoe's water bowl, reaching for the light switch or trying to stand up in the tub, starting formula.
Mommy's favorite moments: getting you out of your crib in the mornings - seeing that big smile is definitely the best part of waking up! Quittin' time on Fridays - a whole weekend together! When you finally fell back asleep while I read the same book to you over and over at 6 a.m. last week.
Mommy's hardest moments: Sunday nights, not knowing how to fix it when you're upset, hearing or seeing you fall as you learn the concepts of gravity and balance.
Daddy and I love you so much, Ben, and are so grateful to have you in our lives. In fact we often have a standoff regarding who gets to pick you up first in the morning or hold you after a long day apart...you just give the best hugs in town!
hugs and kisses,
While he won't be sharing any of his Dad's beef jerky for quite some time to come, it's a milestone that this dental family is very proud of.
10/19 update: Without further adeiu (0r comments from the peanut gallery), here's more of Ben on the morning of his toothday!
Right before I told him that the Tooth Fairy only comes once you lose a tooth.
"Mom, can I have steak for breakfast?"
For 6 a.m., he sure was wound up!
"Heh, heh, heh...ya'll are in trouble now!"
When I set him up with some blocks and links at school the other morning, he immediately pushed past them and power crawled to the book box, pulled himself right up and dug around for a suitable book. It was as if he'd been waiting to get into that box all morning! Well, that added 10 minutes on to my commute to work, because I had to sit down and take it all in.
Since what would a Saturday be without videos of Ben at home, here are a few of him on the move. They're a bit lengthy, so don't feel bad if you can't commit!
As you can see, Zoe is excited that we're all spending so much more time on the floor these days and is finding ways to sneak back into some of the spotlight!
A couple weeks ago, we visited Tyler at the dental office where he works on the weekends. It was after a morning of errand running and consignment-sale shopping, so Ben was spent. The lack of enthusiasm is daunting though when considering possible career paths!