Stats: (On February 13th)
Weight: 21.5 lbs (he's thinned out and is only in the 27th percentile for his weight!)
Height: 31.5 inches--nice and tall!
Teeth: Still 6
Hair: Wispy blondish, reddish, brownish hair now covers our little guys head.
Clothing: Mostly 12 months with a few 18 month outfits that are smaller.
Movement: We have a walker...kind of! Ben has started taking several steps in a row. He is incredibly proud of himself when he walks and occasionally self praises by clapping his hands. He can't stand up yet on his own, but each day gets a little bit closer. When he walks he often sticks his finger in his mouth and has a huge grin on his face. He likes to push things around while walking from chairs to laundry baskets to the container for the dog food.
Communication: Ben continues to babble all of the time and his babbles are starting to turn into real words. He says, "dessa" (Tessa), "ball," "ahh" (apple 0r any other round fruit), "dishy" (fishy), "buh" (book), "bubble" and of course "mama," "dada," and "dg" (dog). He imitates a lot of other sounds and it is fun to hear him talk to us. His favorite word to say is "dat," while he is pointing at things. I expect "dat" will turn into, "what's that?" in a few months. He can sign "milk," "fish," "all done," and "book." He is starting to identify his body parts and can point out his nose, toes, head and ears. We are working on other body parts but he mostly thinks it is funny.
Favorite Things: Ben loves life. He is always on the move and rarely sits still for any length of time. He loves bath time and we can't get him in the tub fast enough as he kicks off his pants and squirms up the side of the tub. We started putting bubbles in the bath and the first time he was a little unsure but now he thinks that bath time is not complete unless there are mounds of bubbles in the tub.
During playtime he loves balls. Big balls, little balls, bouncy balls, balls that he can shake. If it is round and he can throw it or roll it, he likes it. He enjoys playing with his Fisher Price little people farm and tractor and loves anything that makes music. He loves banging things with his hammer and has figured out how to use his little work bench. He likes to look at books and is incredibly happy to have books read to him. Every time we go to TJ Maxx we end up coming home some sort of book because how can I resist seeing his face light up when he sees the wall of books?
When he isn't busy playing or reading, he loves to take things out of our kitchen cabinets. He loves to play with different containers and tries to stack pots and pans and bang them to see how much noise they will make. He pretends to drink out of any cup shaped object that he can find.
He loves his musical instrument set and especially enjoys the recorder. When we are at grandmom and granddad's house, he likes to bang away on the piano.
With our mild winter drawing to a close, he has had a great time taking walks in both the baby carrier and the stroller. When he sees me put on the baby carrier he gets very excited and crawls over to me to be picked up.
He loves running errands around town and flirting with every person he sees. When we go to stores with carts he loves to lean back and look at the lights and point out things he recognizes like balloons.
The dogs continue to get Ben's attention and Chopper is his best friend. He loves to snuggle with Chopper's belly and Chopper willingly receives Ben's undying love. Tessa is still a little wary but is getting better as she realizes that Ben is a person with whom she can play fetch. Ben gets excited to let them out of their crates when we come home from places and can identify them by their separate names.
Eating: We are still nursing and will continue to do so for a little bit longer. I originally planned to wean at a year but we are both still enjoying it and since I am home and it is good for him, I am not in a rush to stop. He eats three meals a day and is starting to enjoy eggs with his yogurt for breakfast. He is doing a lot better at eating finger foods and tries to feed himself with a spoon. Sometimes he just tries to dump the entire bowl into his mouth or will bend over and try to eat out of the bowl with his mouth--like he sees the dogs doing. He loves crackers of all kinds and is indifferent to bananas. His tastes vary day to day and what he really likes one day he won't touch the next. He drinks out of a sippy cup when he gets really thirsty and apple juice is a drink of choice.
Sleeping: For the most part Ben did well sleeping this month as we continued our two short naps a day. He had a few rough nights here and there but overall I can't complain.
What we were up to: This month was incredibly low key. We didn't take any long trips, enjoyed lazy Saturdays at home and had fun with our little guy. Grandmom and granddad have graciously watched Ben on Saturday mornings so Andrew and I can have a running date.
Every month he is learning and changing so much. Every day is my new favorite as I watch our little sponge absorb the world.