And you thought I’d forgotten about Ben’s 15th month update. After all, he did just turn 16 months old (on June 26th). Well, here it is…a quick recap of Ben’s 15th month.
Ever since Ben began eating solid foods we’ve made it a point to pray with him before each meal. We typically start out something like, “Ben, let’s bow our heads and thank God for our food.” Each time we’d try to hold Ben’s hand he would pull it away or if we’d place our hand on his leg or foot he would start kicking so we ended up just putting our hand on the tray of his highchair during the prayer. Several weeks ago when we were praying Ben reached over and placed his hand on top of mine. I’m pretty sure my heart melted right then and there. Now he’s taken it a step further and actually holds out both of his little hands and wants me to take one and Jake to take the other. It is by far the coolest thing ever. I never knew my heart could melt so many times, but it does every time!! Just when you think…”hmm, I wonder if he gets what we’re trying to teach him”…he shows this small gesture as if to say, “yes…I get it”. How encouraging!!
Ahh, the faces our son likes to make. Here are a couple of pics that show it all. First up, the “super happy super cheesy grin” face. He loves for us to snap pictures of ourselves together and then look at them on the camera. He’ll point to me in the picture and say, “mama.”
Next up…I’m not really sure what to call this one other than “scrunchy” face. In case your wondering, this is him eating a waffle along with a side of yogurt for breakfast one morning. He kept making this face and then started laughing at himself!! While we’re on the topic of food…when he REALLY likes what he’s eating he’ll give us a double fist pump!!
He also likes to watch food cooking in the oven. Here he is watching the cheese melt on our homemade pizza!
Dakota LOVES playtime with Ben. Oh, wait, maybe it’s more like Ben LOVES playtime with Dakota. Ben thinks Dakota makes a great wrastlin’ buddy and horse too! Giddy up!!
Another favorite pastime…kicking the ball.
His new favorite word/phrase is, “no no”! Let me give a few examples.
At snack time Ben knows that he is not supposed to share his food with Dakota (or at any other time, but for some reason he seems particularly giving at snack time) so now Ben will hold his sippy cup or snacks out where Dakota can reach them and when he gets close by Ben says, “NO NO”!
Another example, Ben also knows that he is not allowed to touch or play with our eyeglasses. Jake and I both usually leave them laying on the nightstand during the day. Now Ben will walk up to the nightstand, point to the glasses and then shake his finger and say, “NO NO”! You can’t help but laugh out loud when he does these things!!
More new words…amen, oatmeal, nite-nite, I love you (said more like “I of you”), apple, banana, green and blue. Okay, I need some help translating the clip below. Lately, Ben has been walking around the house saying this phrase A BUNCH. We can’t figure out what he’s saying. I know the first word is “dada” but I can’t figure out the second word. Maybe “car”? Any ideas??
New sounds he’s making…for a dog he says, “uh, uh” (as seen here), a monkey says “oh oh”, a frog says “bit bit”, a bird says “tweet tweet” and a train goes “choo choo”.
We’ve also been working on ABC’s. His favorite letter right now seems to be “M”!! Probably because that’s what “mama” starts with! =) Check out the clip below.
And to finish up our update…Ben got his very own library card this month!! Each Monday after story time we head on over to the kids’ section of the library to pick out books and play with puzzles!!