Lately, when I ask Ben to smile for me this is what he does and then he IMMEDIATELY wants to see the picture. It is the cutest, cheesiest grin ever and I just love it! He turned 19 months old (yes, 19 months!) on September 26th. Here are some of the things he’s been up to lately!
Starting at the beginning of September, I enrolled Ben in the Mom’s Morning Out (MMO) program at our church. He goes one day a week for three hours and he loves it (and I love the three free hours to do things like clean the house, run errands, go shopping, AND even enjoy a quiet lunch with Jake…just the two of us…ahh, it’s wonderful)!! One of the highlights of this day is driving him to the church. We have to take I-4 (which we try to avoid at all costs on any other day of the week) and there is still some morning rush hour traffic so there are plenty of cars, trucks, and other modes of transportation for Ben to take a look at along the way. Here’s a little sampling of Ben’s chatter in the back seat…”Big truck (as we pass a semi), cars (as we pass a car dealership), big truck, wee hoo wee hoo (there goes a fire truck), jeep, tunnel (as we drive under an overpass), go go go, vroom vroom (as we pass a motorcycle), car, tunnel, big truck, railroad crossin’ (as we go over the railroad tracks close to the church), car”…and it goes on and on.
Another highlight of the morning is walking him into the church. As we walk along the sidewalk, his little hand in mine, we stay on the far right side (what I refer to as the slow lane) and we take our time as Ben points out all the things he sees, “tree, bird…tweet tweet, grass!” Then as we make our way through the church corridor and enter the toddler area he stops again, points up at the sky mural on the ceiling and says, “clouds!” Now he picks up speed as he makes his way back to his classroom and when I open the safety gate he runs right in and straight to the cars and begins playing. It seems he’s forgotten I’m even there. I wave bye-bye and sometimes walk in to steal a kiss before I go. Then he gets to do all kinds of fun stuff like: playground time, music time, arts and crafts time, gym time and he eats lunch with his class (there are eight kids ranging from 18-24 months) before I pick him back up.
Here he is before MMO one morning, which by the way he calls, “Mom’s Out.” He loves his Thomas the Train backpack that he refers to as his “pack pack!!”
Some of his super cute art work from MMO:
Although we are now into the month of October it is still HOT here, people, with our highs still reaching into the low to mid 90’s each day. With that being said, Ben has been doing a whole lot of this lately. It’s like he waits for me to open the refrigerator door and then he comes out of nowhere and before I know it…there he is…relaxing and cooling off.
And we’ve just about decided that the ONLY way to play outside comfortably right now is with the sprinkler ON!! On this particular day he kept running up to me saying, “Ben’s shower, Ben’s shower!”
One Saturday morning we took Dakota in for a grooming appointment and Ben got to experience his first shopping trip to PetSmart!! Ben and Dakota had fun cruising the aisles together while checking out the kittens, birds, guinea pigs and fish!
From the mouth of Ben:
“Mmm mmm mmm” – He says this when he sees something that looks yummy (like anything in the bakery section at the grocery store) or when he is eating something he really likes.
“Helcopper” – For helicopter.
“Awesome” – He refers to his new pair of tennis shoes as “awesome shoes.”
“Come on” – When he wants you to follow him.
“Come ear” – For come here.
“Raa raa, who?, Rocket” – He LOVES Rocket from Little Einsteins. At the end of the show they have a curtain call where you clap for all of the characters in the show, for the music of the day, the artist of the day and for yourself. When it comes time to clap for Rocket it goes, “…and raa raa raa for Rocket.” Ben would always just say, “Raa raa” so I started asking him, “For who?” He’d reply back, “Rocket!” So now he runs around the house saying, “Raa raa, who?, Rocket?” to himself.
“Dibble” – For dribble…when he’s attempting to dribble the basketball.
“Big truck” – For any and all big trucks he sees!
“Dop” – For stop.
“Thank you” – We’ve been working with him on saying please and thank you. One day we were checking out at the grocery store and the cashier gave Ben a balloon and without any prompting he said, “thank you!”
“Mrs.” – We’ve also been working with him on learning to say “Mr.” and “Mrs.” “Mrs.” he can say pretty well, “Mr.” not so much. For example, he calls our neighbor, Dan, across the street “Mrs. Dan.”
“Excuse me” – If you are in his way he’ll say this. It cracks me up everytime.
“Geek” – For squeak.
“Slippy” – For slippery.
“Dink” – For drink.
“Coo coo monster” – For cookie monster.
“Get you” – This is what he says when he wants you to chase him.
“Nack” – For snack.
“I got it” – Our little independent boy likes to say this when he does something all by himself…like carry a bag in from the car. And when he couldn’t “get it” the other day he said, “Mama, get it!!”
“Knuckles” – For when he wants to give you a fist pound.
“Up above” – Anytime he sees a star he starts singing the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by starting out, “Up above…(unknown gibberish)…HIGH…(unknown gibberish)…DIAMOND…(more unknown gibberish)…SKY!!”
ABC’s – He likes to sing along with Leap (his stuffed animal frog) that sings the ABC’s. Similar to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, he’ll shout out certain strands of letters throughout the song!
123’s – He’s getting pretty good at 1-10. It goes like this…1,2,3, (he skips 4 pretty much every time) 5,6,7,8, (and with a little prompting he’ll finish) 9, 10!!