I know, it’s crazy…11 months (and two weeks to be exact, but who’s counting)! It seems like lately each time I look at Ben I say, “Wow, you look so BIG!!” For example, it was a mere few weeks ago that Ben could stand up under the table without hitting his head, and now he’s too tall. In honor of 11 months, I picked 11 things Ben LOVES to do right now. Here’s what our little guy has been up to…he has been BUSY!!
Playing at the beach. Click here to see him having fun in the sand. On this particular day it was super cold and windy, but Ben didn’t seem to mind. He cried when it was time to leave.
Playing with Dakota. Ben enjoys using Dakota as an obstacle to crawl over as seen here. He also can’t wait to get outside each day to play in the grass and throw the ball to Dakota. Ben will often cry if Dakota gets to go outside and he doesn’t. He is also learning the concept of fetch. Often times we’ll throw the ball, but Dakota doesn’t fetch (after all he isn’t a Retriever) so Ben will go get it for him and hold it out for Dakota to grab. Sometimes Dakota will take the ball from Ben and when he doesn’t give it back, Ben will burst into tears. He just can’t understand why Dakota won’t share.
Playing with his bouncy ball each morning. It is so fun to watch him learn what words and phrases mean. We can tell him to “find the ball” and he’ll go searching around the room until he finds it.
Sounding out the noise that a horse makes. Jake and my dad both LOVE to tell/show Ben the sound that a horse makes. They both make a neighing sound followed by the razzing of their lips and shaking of their heads so that their checks ripple. One day I asked Ben what a horse says and he did this:
Playing in his room. One afternoon I heard the pitter patter of Ben crawling down the hallway from the living room/playroom to his bedroom. I waited for a second and then followed behind to see what he was up to. As shown in the clip below, he wedged himself between the crib and chair and then dug through his basket of books. I’m glad he seems to like his room (and books) so much!
Eating spinach lasagna, chicken, cottage cheese, grilled cheese, bananas, peaches, yogurt, Cheerios and black beans (not all together). He is also more than willing to offer us a drink from his sippy cup and tries to feed us his food. He has started clapping after we say “Amen” when we pray before each meal too. We are in the process of teaching him how to say “all done” in sign language when he’s finished eating meals.
Saying “dog” and “bath”. Dog often sounds like “d” and bath like “b-th.” We have a little chant we use when it’s bath time. It goes a little sumin’ like this, “B-A-T-H…Bath, Bath, Bath”. I stole that from the Jets. Jake and I went to see the Jaguars play the Jets about a year ago in Jacksonville. As luck would have it, we had the privledge of sitting behind what I believe was the most obnoxious Jets fan in the entire stadium. I am pretty sure I heard the chant, J-E-T-S…Jets, Jets, Jets about a million and one times. Since then, it has been a little number I can’t seem to forget. When Ben hears the water begin to run he will often perk up and start crawling toward the bathroom.
Pushing toys in circles…around the island, around the couch, and around the wall in the living room. Plus, he loves to knock down really tall towers in one single blow!
Doing his version of a happy dance. This involves turning his head really fast from side to side with a really big grin on his face! This video was taken after his bath one night. We’re not kidding when we say there is something about taking a bath that makes this kid hyper!
Laughing. Laughing when he’s being tickled and often just laughing because we’re laughing.
Waving “goodbye” to dada from the front porch each morning as he leaves for work. I saved this one for last because it is one of my favorite things we do right now. When Jake tells us goodbye in the morning Ben will start waving immediately. Jake goes through the garage and we head out the front door to watch from the porch. We wave from the time Jake gets into the 4Runner until he drives out of sight. It is very sweet!