Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ten months old!

Dear Ben,
Ten months - double digits! Next time you hit that milestone you'll be what? A fifth grader?!But I'm getting ahead of myself. You spent the majority of this month being sick with some sort of ear infection/fever virus/daycare plague, but have been healthy for the past couple of weeks and for that, Daddy and I are extremely thankful.

But a little sickness doesn't slow you down for too long. Your gimpy creeping quickly developed into speedy crawling, which led to the impressive cruising that now makes up your playtime at home, usually moving from chair to chair under the table, aka your first fort. And at the park the other day, you balanced all by yourself for a few seconds when I let go of your hands. Such a big boy whose legs are just about ready to make his world bigger.

Another clue of your budding independence has led to our most challenging moments of this month. You have become extremely comfortable telling us when we are trying to get you to do anything that cramps your style. Like changing your diaper and/or clothes. Eating green vegetables. Wiping your hands and face off after you've finger painted on your face and in your hair with aforementioned green vegetables. Bathing. But I just pray for patience and sing "Under the Sea" a little goofier or call in your daddy to surprise you for the zillionth time.

Because you sure do love your daddy. Tonight you responded to his prompting of "Da-da" with "A-da" and "A-dee", to which we made no big deal about whatsoever...:)

You love your taggie and lovie, becoming more attached during your sickness. When I feed you your bedtime bottle, you like to hold it in each hand and cover your face and bottle with it. And for the last few months, whenever you see it coming, you pop your thumb in your mouth and lay your head on our shoulder. A creature of habit.

Other babies and bigger children are captivating to you, and it's so fun to see you follow them around, wrestle if given the chance and give your interpretation of a wave to kids and adults alike - even if no one is coming or going.

Maybe it's since you are so social that you just can't settle yourself down during the day to take good naps at school. Daddy and I worry about you getting all the sleep you need, but Dr. Smith says you're making it easy on us by being more tired at night! Which might be true, since you were in bed a little after 7 tonight...

There are some days that I feel like you've grown overnight, and even now I have a hard time remembering what it was like when you were so teeny tiny and helpless. I so enjoy the time we get to spend together, playing on the weekends, reading books at night, cuddling in the mornings and grabbing you up at school after a long day apart. You are such a wonderful little person to me, Ben. I hope that next time you hit the double-digit marker, we still have lots of things that are special between us...but that bathtime is a little more fun and productive for everyone!
I love you!
...say it with me: "Mah-mee"

...we'll keep working on it.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Still a cutie

I can only handle my kid looking like a weirdo on the blog for so long before I need a new dose of preciousness. And, in my opinion, nothing's better for that than a coat with ears! So, just a couple of shots from our yard last weekend before we had to pack his now too-small bear coat away.

And this one...
Even though I would've love to have captured this from a different angle, the look on Ben's face sums up his complete adoration for Zoe...who even lets him pet/grab her once in a while now.

So there you have it: babies, fuzzy coats and puppy dogs. Doesn't get any cuter than that! Ah, I feel better already.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Uh-oh" is right!

Ben's been working on saying "uh-oh" for a couple of weeks now (although I have yet to get a witness), and now I know why...

He's got a piggy snout for a nose!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

While Daddy's away...

Last week, Tyler attended the annual orthodontics conference, held in Orlando this year. Well, that's what he said he went down there for, but every time I talked to him, he was riding roller coasters, going to see the Blue Man Group, or watching Alabama take down LSU. Hmm...

While he was doing all that "learning", Ben and I spent some quality time with a couple of other important people. First, the doctor. For the third week in a row, Ben's school had me come pick him up due to a high fever. Three dr's copays = $60. Three prescriptions = $30. Ear infection/fever-virus free child = priceless. (Although there is still the teething issue that I would pay good money to have resolved!)

So I spent most of the week working at home so that Ben could get some R&R. However, he did accompany me to the office a couple of times, and even helped hand out brochures at a presentation! I've never felt more like a "working mom" than when I had a baby on my hip while running a powerpoint.

Then on Friday night, Grandma came to visit! I put her right to work with feeding Ben dinner and putting him to bed - tasks she whole-heartedly embraced. I'll let Ben tell you about the rest of his time with Grandma...or YaYa, as I think he was calling her.

Grandma gives good hugs and kisses

She makes sure that I wear handmade,
seasonally-appropriate attire.

(Gobble, gobble)

We all went out to lunch and took turns doing the eating part...

...and the cuddling part.

I was in very good spirits all day,
and even helped her find some fabric.

Maybe that's why she bought me my first pair of real shoes!

I love you Grandma; thanks for coming to visit!
See you in a few weeks!

P.S. Welcome home, Daddy. I missed wrestling - Mommy can't really hold her own.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Weekend Festivities

Ben's weekend started early with a Fall Festival at his school. They had turned the playground into a little carnival with game-booths and treats and while they couldn't enjoy all the planned events, Ben's class enjoyed the sugar-induced frenzied scene from their wagon.

That evening, we walked down a Homewood street that turns into the Halloween version of Christmas Vacation every year. What I guess to have been hundreds of people meandered through the street and front yards bedazzled in lights, inflatables, movies on projectors, live robots, and plenty of gouls and goblins. Ben stayed warm in his monkey suit, not nearly as impressed as his parents were at this Trick-or-Treating mecca. Next year, Ben, next year...

Saturday was another day, another party. Austin Nix turned two, and so Ben and I spent the morning at the park mingling with the other mommies and kiddies. It was amazing to me to think that Ben and Austin, while only separated by a little more than a year are so developmentally different. A baby and a little boy. Can't imagine Ben hitting baseballs, eating cupcakes and talking up a storm. And I'm sure Meredith and Andy can't imagine Austin being a 20 lb bundle, so dependent and new. (Although they will remember soon with baby #2 on the way!) We had a great time, thanks for inviting us!

Later that day, Tyler planted our mums while I held a photoshoot in the front yard. Then we let Zoe swim at a local trail and ended the day with a homecooked meal and a little recorded TV...loving our new DVR!

What a great weekend...always looking forward to the next!

Three little pumpkins sitting in a row...

"Yes, I'm sure it would be a better picture without my toys,
but you wouldn't get this smile either!"