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20 Months











Ben turned 20 months old on October 26th.  At his most recent check-up he weighed 26.3 pounds (45%), 34 inches tall (75%) and his head measured 18 7/8 (50%).  In keeping with the holiday spirit I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some pictures from last year’s fall festivities and compare them to this year!  It is amazing to me to see how much he has changed in a year…especially those chubby feet (and I thought they were chubby now)!!

First pumpkin patch experience at eight months.









Pumpkin patch at 20 months.











Displaying daddy’s pumpkin carving skills at eight months.









Displaying his own pumpkin “carving” skills at 20 months.











Dressed up as The Lion from Wizard of Oz for his first Halloween at eight months.









Dressed up as The Cat in the Hat for Halloween at 20 months.

Cat in the Hat










Ben at eight months with Olivia at the Halloween playgroup party.

Ben and Olivia







Olivia and Ben (at 20 months) at this year’s Halloween playgroup party.











From the mouth of Ben: 

“Punkin” for pumpkin.  He had so much fun decorating and playing with his two mini pumpkins.  I kept them on the bar for him to see and he’d walk by, wave and say, “Hey, punkins.”  He also loved it when I’d let him play with them on the floor.  He’d count them…”one, two”…and move them from one tile to another all while saying, “Heavy, big punkins.”

“Careful.”  He uses this word ALL the time now (I guess because I am constantly saying, “Be careful.”)  So anytime he’s about to do one of those “be careful” things he now looks at me and says, “Careful.”  For example, right before he tries to dive off the couch he’ll give me a knowing nod and say, “Careful.”  Oh, right, careful indeed.

“Ready, go, set!”  I’m not entirely sure where he learned this (maybe at Mom’s Morning Out or from some of the older kids in the neighborhood that he sometimes plays with), but the other day I heard him running around saying, “Ready, go, set!”  I chuckled out loud to myself.  I’m sure he’ll get the correct sequence of “ready, set, go” figured out before too long!

“Shut the door.”  This kid loves to shut doors.  He loves to be the one that shuts the bathroom door or closes the backdoor behind us as we come in through the garage.  Each time he’ll yell out, “Shut the door.”  Again, it makes me laugh every time!

 “Mommy did it” and “Toot”.  (No, mommy did not toot, let me explain.)  Last Thursday Ben had to come with me to my doctor’s appointment since my friend Katy was not available to watch him.  It was close to 11:30 am when we left the doctor’s office so I told Ben we’d go to Chick-fil-a for lunch.  For the entire twenty-minute drive to the restaurant he kept repeating, “Chick-fil-a, Chick-fil-a!”  When we arrived I put him in a high chair with wheels (what a great idea to put wheels on these things…it comes in very handy when you’re by yourself with a toddler) and we rolled up in line to place our order.  As soon as I grabbed the tray filled with food (while simultaneously turning Ben in the direction of our table) the tray dumped.  My nice FULL lemonade hit the ground with full force blowing out the bottom of the cup and splashing several other patrons’ shoes and pants.  Ben immediately began saying, “Mommy did it, mommy did it.”  It was perfect timing because everyone (including those with lemonade soaked pants and shoes) began to laugh.  The second attempt at pushing the highchair while carrying the tray was much better and we successfully arrived at our table.  We sat close to the door (after that incident I picked the first open table) so Ben made sure to wave and say, “Hi, hi, hi” to everyone he saw.  Then toward the end of the meal he leaned over in his highchair, hiked up a leg and began calling out, “Toot, toot, toot!”  No joke, I was laughing so hard I was crying.  Finally, after a quick diaper change we arrived at the play area!  Oh, what a memorable day!

And for a final story…Ben has become quite the conversationalist.  Typically when Jake gets home from work Ben follows him around like a little shadow.  If dinner isn’t ready the two of them play or sit together and talk.  One evening Jake came in the kitchen and asked me if we stopped by Brock and Bowen’s house on that particular day and if so did we have to leave because they were sick.  I told him that was correct and asked how he knew.  He said, “Ben told me.”  This is what Ben told him…”Knock, knock, knock.  Trains.  Brock Bowen sick.  Bye Bye.”  That’s exactly what happened.  We walked over to give Bowen his late birthday present since we missed the party, Ben got to knock on the door, when Kristina answered he immediately went in to the train table and began playing, Kristina told us that Brock had a fever so we told them bye-bye and left (okay, it wasn’t quite that simple to pull Ben away from the train table, but you get the picture).  I couldn’t believe that he communicated what happened so well in his own little way!

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“Cat in Hat…Halloween!”

Jake arrived home from a four-day business trip to New Orleans right around 5 pm on the evening of Halloween.  When he called to tell me he boarded an early flight, I was elated (he was not supposed to be home until 8 pm).  What good would Halloween have been without Thing One!!  Since we had so much fun last year, we thought we’d dress up again this year.  We took our inspiration from Dr. Seuss.  Ben loves all kinds of Dr. Seuss books, one of which is The Cat in the Hat.  (Updated Nov. 4th…I just found this clip and thought it was cute.  This book was lying on the table the day before Halloween…I was using it as a reference guide to put together our Halloween attire…Ben picked it up and started “reading” it.)

After I purchased Ben’s costume on-line I had planned to pick up a Thing One and Thing Two costume for Jake and me at a local Halloween costume shop…that is, until I learned they were $50 a piece!!  So the day before Halloween, Ben and I headed out to join the rest of Northern Orlando (not recommended) to do some shopping and before long, voila, our costumes were done.  (For those of you who are interested, I purchased our t-shirts for $5 a piece at Wal-Mart and bought self adhesive felt at Michael’s for the Thing One and Thing Two decals for $5.  I took two of Jake’s old baseball caps, cut off the bills and then secured two blue boas that I purchased at JoAnn’s for $8 a piece to the top of each hat with hot glue.  That’s a total of $31, people, versus $100 that I would have paid in the store.  Needless to say, my accountant husband was proud!!)


In the weeks leading up to Halloween any time someone asked Ben what he was going to be he would reply, “Cat in Hat…Halloween!”  (And now anytime he sees the Cat in the Hat on the back of all of those Dr. Seuss books he points to him and says the same thing!!)  As you can see, he LOVED his Cat in the Hat costume (okay, well, at least for a little while), and he really got into the whole trick or treating experience!!  Every time someone opened their front door, Ben immediately tried to go inside, then as soon as they put the candy in his pumpkin he wanted one of us to open it for him so that he could eat it!  So back to that costume for a moment…unfortunately for us it was still like 90 degrees on Halloween and Ben’s costume was made out of fleece.  Yes, fleece.  When I bought it I was thinking of last year when it turned super cold (at least for Florida) and all of the mommies in the neighborhood were scrambling to find warm additions to their kids’ costumes.  So Ben spent the first part of the evening as the Cat in the Hat and the remainder in his “bones” pajamas that were much cooler and as an added bonus, they glow in the dark.

Cat in the Hat










Here’s a clip from Ben’s first trick or treat experience to Mike and Linda’s, our super sweet neighbors that live across the street!

We spent the rest of the evening with our next door neighbors, Nick and Kristina, and their two little boys, Brock (Spiderman) and Bowen (Batman).  Ben refers to them as “Brock Bowen.”  Here are a few of my favorite pics of them from the night.  (Thanks to Nick for supplying most of these photos!!)

They loved this skeleton.  I thought Ben would be scared of it, but what was I thinking…he loved it as evidenced by the big grin on his face!!











Who knew that a bat and a cat could be such good friends! 

Bowen and Ben







Here they are taking time out for some much-needed rest.  It wasn’t long after this (around 8:30 pm) that Ben was one tired Cat in the Hat and we called it a night.

Ben Bowen and Brock

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