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Big Hog…Little Hog


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Matchbox Boot Camp

I had just laid Jude down for his morning nap when I walked around the corner of the hallway and stumbled upon this scene unfolding in the playroom…

(Ben standing in front of a row of Matchbox cars that he’d just lined up)

Ben:  Do you remember the rules?

(Matchbox cars listening intently to their drill sergeant)

Ben:  No punching, no scratching and no splashing.

(Matchbox cars still lined up in a row looking a bit intimidated at this point)

Ben:  Do you know what that means, cars?

(Matchbox cars not making a peep)

Ben:  Okay.

(Ben begins to roll out the troops)


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Jude…3 Months

At three months, Jude is weighing in at 17 pounds.  He’s still eating six times a day and is sleeping about eight hours through the night.  Unless that night was last night.  Jake and I were up with him at least ten times starting from about 4 am until he was ready to eat at 7 am.  He kept spitting out his paci, only to want it back again and again and again.  Esh.  Then to add to our already delightful morning of no sleep, Ben threw up around 7:30 am.  He’d warned me that his tummy was hurting so I had his puke bucket close by.  Sure enough, in his usual fashion, he had two puking episodes over a period of a few hours and then he seemed pretty much back to his normal self minus a little energy.  He was content to hang out on the couch watching Cars followed by Toy Story 2 while sipping Gatorade and telling me, “This is a special treat, Mommy.”  Sweet boy.  Too bad puking had to be tied in to this “special treat”.  Thankfully, both boys are sleeping now.  Hopefully we’ll all get a little more rest tonight and enjoy a healthy tomorrow!   

Here is Jude chillin’ at the pool on Wednesdays with us.  After he wakes up from his first nap of the day and eats, we pack up the car and head down to the pool.  He likes to hang out with me and dip his feet and legs into the water for a little while before settling into his bouncer for his second nap.  After a not so pleasant (extremely hot) visit to the zoo recently, a friend of mine recommended I purchase a couple of stroller fans for the boys.  It has been one of the best purchases I’ve made this summer!  The fans are made with foam blades so the boys can’t hurt themselves (Ben is fascinated with the blades and loves to stick his fingers in them while proudly announcing, “Look, Mommy, it stopped!”).  If you’re looking for a way to keep your kiddos cool this summer while you’re out and about, I’d highly recommend this fan!  

I also have to comment on Jude’s little tiger blanket.  I got it as a shower gift from my friend, Amy.  Ben didn’t have one of these blankets and little did I know how amazing they are!  From the day we brought Jude home from the hospital he’s been holding on and snuggling with the blanket that way.  It is the sweetest thing.  He doesn’t go anywhere without it and he sleeps with it at every nap and through the night…making it a little challenging to find time to wash it!     

One of Jude’s favorite new pastimes is playing with rattles.  Have I mentioned that this boy has some kind of crazy strong grip?  We’ve called him a little monkey for the longest time because when I’m holding him he usually has a big fist full of my hair (yes, it is a little painful).  And now while I’m changing his diaper, he grabs one of my arms and holds on super tight.  So tight that his little fingers turn white and I have to unwrap them from my arm so that I can finish changing his diaper.  Now that Ben knows Jude can hold on to a rattle, I’ve caught him trying to pry Jude’s little fists open while mashing a Matchbox car in his hand.  Just about every day Ben asks, “Can baby Jude play cars and trucks with me?”    

Love. This. Boy!


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David and “Gwiaf”

I’ll just start this post by saying that Ben loves rocks.  There is a section of gravel parking at our church and anytime we park there, Ben just HAS to pick out a rock.  “Just one please, Mommy.”  He begs as he mines the gravel lot for the perfect stone.  I find rocks in random places around the house too.  Behind his bed, in the toy baskets and the pockets of his shorts.  

Before nap one afternoon, I told Ben we had time to read just one more book and to pick one out from his bookshelf.  Of course he picked David and The Giant, it’s one of his favorite books right now.  When you ask him the giant’s name, he’ll reply, “Gwiaf” for Goliath!  It makes me chuckle every time.  I’d like to say that it’s his favorite book because it teaches a wonderful lesson…with God’s help we are capable of overcoming any “giant” in our lives.  But I’m pretty sure he likes it for one reason and one reason only…David slings a rock and knocks the giant down!    

As we were reading, I looked over and saw a twinkle in Ben’s eyes and the excitement on his face as he asked with the turn of every page, “Mommy, Where’s the giant?  Is David going to throw rocks at him and make him fall down?”  And a thought occurred to me.  Maybe I should delve a little deeper into that twinkle, that excitement.  So I asked, “Ben, do we throw rocks at our friends?”  Ben exclaimed, “YES, Mommy!”  Uh hmm.  Exactly what I thought.  So I explained to him all about the giant…that he was mean, that he wasn’t David’s friend, that he wanted to cause harm to the others and that we should never throw rocks at anyone.  So when we finished the book I asked him again, “Ben, do we throw rocks at our friends?”  He shook his head from side to side and exclaimed, “NO, Mommy!”

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Catching Up With Ben

So you might be wondering what he

has been up to lately…

Fudgsicle Pops.  By the time he’s eaten his way down to the stick, he’s wearing most of it!  Definitely an outside treat and perfect for trying to cool off during our ridiculously hot summer days in Florida!

Golf Course.  Jake found the cutest little set of toddler size clubs for Ben (I know cute is not typically the way you would describe a set of golf clubs, but these are CUTE…they even come with their own little leather carrying case!).  After they returned home from this particular outing I asked Ben to tell me about his first round of golf (they played three holes).  He told me all about how he drove the golf cart and got sand in his shoes.  I guess at this age, playing in the sand trap is the highlight of any day out on the course!

Potty Training.  Ben is taking more and more of an interest in using his potty.  The potty (that resembles a dump truck) makes all kinds of cool truck noises when he goes.  The highlight…flushing the real potty and saying, “Bye-bye tee tee, bye-bye poopy.”  Each time he goes there is an added incentive…gummy bears.  The kid loves gummy bears!!  I tried to transition him straight from diapers to big boy underwear.  So many people had assured me that if he went tee tee in big boy underwear he would hate the feeling of being wet and never do it again.  Wrong.  Ben seemed to delight in wetting his pants.  In a span of about 2 hours he peed on the floor, the rug, the couch and the high chair.  So we just recently started using pull-ups and they seem to be working quite nicely.  He’s also started using the potty as a stall (no pun intended) tactic to delay nap time and bed time.  Before he even attempts to climb in bed he insists that he needs to go back to the potty again.  Of course we let him go, maybe one of these times he really will have to go, but for now this second trip usually involves lots of sitting with nothing to show for it but an empty potty and a late bed time!    

Big Top.  Not long after Jude was born, the circus came to town.  Jake took Ben, and his friend David took his daughter Olivia to see all of the wonderment under the big top!  I should rephrase…the big HOT top.  Jake said it was so hot outside that everyone inside the tent felt like they were smouldering.  Ben and Olivia devoured their boxes of popcorn and water while watching dog tricks, acrobats and a parade.  After a few short hours, they headed back outside to cool off with a ride on the train before heading home.

Four Wheeler.  Ever since Ben rode on a four wheeler at his Opi and Omi’s house in Arkansas, he’s been obsessed.  (And when Opi’s four wheeler was in the shop having some repairs done, Ben would remind us at dinner to pray for the “sick” four wheeler.)  After Jude was born we surprised Ben with this for his big brother gift!

Cupcake Icing.  Many of our weekends recently have been spent attending friends’ birthday parties!  Ah, the sweet goodness of cupcake icing. 

Good Friends.  My friend Sonya and her two girls, Laynee and Raegan, came for a visit recently.  One morning we took the kids to a nearby park to play.  While we were there a local news crew was seeking out locals to interview regarding a particular tax increase in our city.  Unbeknownst to me they had talked to Sonya.  She informed them that while she was not a local, “The lady carrying the baby in the Bjorn would LOVE to talk to you.”  They made their way over to me and asked if I had lived in the area long.  (And the truth is…I lied.)  I told them I was new to the area.  I know, I should have just told them I wasn’t interested, but I panicked.  Yikes.  First of all, not only did I not have a single drop of make-up on my face (new baby = dark under eye circles) and second, I didn’t even know the local government was considering a tax hike.  Thanks, Sonya.  I owe ya one!   

“Cat Pool.”  On Wednesday mornings during the summer our playgroup meets up at the neighborhood clubhouse to go swimming.  Ben and I were over at the big pool playing when he turned to me and said, “I want to go back to the cat pool, Mommy.”  “The cat pool?”  I asked a little confused.  “Yes, over there,” Ben said pointing at the kiddie pool, apparently also known as the kitty or cat pool!!      

From the mouth of Ben:

Table Manners.  We’ve been working on teaching Ben table manners.  You know the usual…sitting at the table until everyone is finished eating and then asking to be excused, saying please and thank-you, putting his napkin in his lap (Leah, you would be quite proud of your son!  Jake has been teaching Ben the cute little jingle he learned growing up, “Put your napkin in your lap.  How do ya do?”), and the list goes on.  So one evening we were sitting around the table together as a family and Ben’s manners were, well, lacking.  Jake asked him, “Ben, where are your manners?”  To which Ben replied, “In the truck, Daddy.”  Stifling a laugh Jake replied, “Well, you shouldn’t leave them there.  You have to take your manners with you everywhere you go!” 

Important Info.  We’ve also been teaching Ben how to say his last name, our names and our street address.  For those of you that know our last name, it is not an easy one to say and he says it better than most adults!!  He’s learned our names too.  Periodically, he’ll walk up to me and ask, “Are you Jo?” (And since his J’s sometimes sound like D’s it sounds like “dough.”)  When I reply “yes” he says, “No, you’re mommy!”  He’s pretty good at remembering our street name too, but we’re still working on our house number!

Tattle tale.  One Friday evening not too long ago, Jake and Ben went to pick up our pizza from a place right around the corner from our neighborhood.  On Monday, the boys and I were out running errands while Jake was at work.  As we drove by the pizza place Ben told me a funny little story.  As he pointed to the pizza place he said, “Ben and daddy picked up pizza right there!”  This is where the story gets interesting…next he said, “Daddy said, ‘Hold on Ben.'”  I asked, “Ben, Did Daddy drive fast?”  Ben replied, “Yes, Mommy!”  Busted.  I called Jake to find out if he could corroborate the story and sure enough, it was true!


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“Summer Donna, Daddy”

When we’re playing around the house together and Ben’s silliness starts to turn into a whole lot of wild craziness, I’ll jokingly tell him to “Summer Donna” after the SNL “simmah down now” skits.  The one with Tobey Maguire at Burger Castle is one of my favorites…

Last week at dinner, Jake was laughing about something we were talking about when Ben exclaimed, “Summer Donna, Daddy!”  Jake and I burst into even more laughter.  Loving the attention, Ben continued, “Summer Donna, Dakota!  Summer Donna, Mommy…!”


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