Saturday, October 31, 2009
Then it was show time!
Ben and mommy hit the street, candy bag and hot chocolate in hand, respectively.
Sam, the giraffe, and the Homewood Jr. Fire Brigade: Charley, Ben and Noah
Success! Sampling the loot after his first trick-or-treating.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
But he does more than mimic. Today as we pulled into a parking lot, he shouted "Mommy! Datch!" (catch) and threw his lovey at me. When he can't find one of us in the house, or sometimes even when we're in the same room, he'll call, "Daddy, are ooo?" (where are you?) If you sneeze or cough, he'll sometimes "beh ooo" (bless you). And he'll always let you know if he needs "ulp" (help).
In the past couple of weeks, he will bring me a pillow if we're in his room and lay it on the floor, pat it and tell me "nighnight". If I don't lie down on my own, he'll hold my cheek and make me! Then he'll bring me his lovey and not let me pick my head up without squealing "nighnight!". It's neat to see his little imagination develop and also his skills at playing with people rather than just beside them.
He is still what I'd consider to be a picky eater. Pasta is off limits, doesn't even get a second glance, as well as cheese in any form other than shredded. But bring on the "muh" (milk), "sahsa" (pizza), taacos, jeece (juice), "gogurt" and "sayad" (salad). He'd eat "tuties" (cookies) all day if we let him and has a very keen radar for when they are in close vicinity.
We're working with him on colors and letters and numbers, as we know they do at school and don't want to impede their progress by spending all our time wrestling and cuddling! So far, he'll repeat them all to you...but isn't really offering up his own thoughts! But he does try to sing the ABC's, and it sounds like "B,B, C, B", and the other night he gave a countdown before pouncing on me - with one finger in the air - that went "two...two...two!"
Last month was "transportation month" at his school and it only deepened his love for bikes (motorcycle, road, mountain, anything with two wheels). We found out that he rides the little tricyles on the playground and have given that message to Santa to keep in mind. But whenever he hears a motor of any kind, he stops and looks for the source, be it a "biiike", "buh" (bus), "tuck", "cawh" (car), "piepane" (airplane), or "bow" (boat). In fact when we turned the heat on for the first time this month, he wandered around the house pointing up and asking about the "piepane"!
He's going to bed between 7:30 - 8 at night and sleeps until, ugh, an average of six a.m. There was a glorious week recently where he slept until 7 each morning, but that was only a tease. At school he take 2.5 - 3 hour naps, and at home, about oh 1. 25!
Ben wears size 5 diapers (although we use size 4 during the day b/c I bought in bulk!) and is in mostly 18-mth clothes, some 24 mths. His eyes are green like mine, but we just don't know about that blond hair!
Aside from the biting incidents, which seem to come in waves, and his roller coaster of emotions for the bathtub, this has been another fun month of toddlerhood. We love watching him learn and discover and play and laugh and just so proud to call him our son!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yes, those things were there, as well as poorly constructed ferris wheels, chicken-on-a-stick and some sketchy people watching. But the main draw for me and my one-year old at the fair was the free petting zoo, which did not disappoint.
But what he liked most was my "fresh squeezed" lemonade, which I made the mistake of letting him taste.
On a side note, anyone else think it's time for Ben to get a new hat? Here it is almost exactly a year ago!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
But it wasn't all bad news! Ben's sweet teachers are always quick to brag on him and whipped out their camera phones to show me his latest feat. He is a project-loving boy to say the least, but he apparently led a classroom clinic on building yesterday, with sky-reaching results. Ms. Paris and Ms. Bre were so proud that he did this all by himself!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
But he sure does like some yogurt!