Sunday, April 10, 2016

Month 12

Month 12 is here - also known as 1 year. It is still surreal to think back that Benjamin lived in my belly for 9 months... well, 40 weeks and 2 days, which is technically over 10 months, but who counts? And then he came out. And we overcame a bit of challenges as he got used to us and us to him... In the blink of an eye, 366 days of this new life have come an gone.

This little guy is too smart. He grabs the remote controls for the TV and lifts it up with his little  hand as he aims it to the TV. When you trade the real remote for his toy remote he gets mad. Throws a mini tantrum and then moves on. We don't teach him these things! He just learns from watching us... he is constantly observing EVERYTHING.

He has been taking a couple of steps on his own here and there. He is just too secure and will not let go completely, even if that means holding on by one hand to your knuckle. But he does take a couple of steps from the couch to the coffee table all on his own and his little face lights up when he makes it to his "destination".

He is a pro at his sign language. He knows milk, eat, more, all done, nap and we believe he is learning thank you. He also loves to clap. He claps when he is done doing something, like eating, or if we are at Mass, he claps when the chorus stops singing...

He loves his pacie and his monkey, but becomes quite detached when it is time to get up and say "chau chau" to pacie and monkey that stay in the crib. At night, when we go to his room to start getting ready for bed (which means I straighten up and set out clothes for the next day and he crawls around and plays with all the things and makes more mess) he sometimes crawls up to the crib and pulls monkey and pacie out. This is the #1 sign that he is ready for bed.

He is an avid reader - which makes me, a non-reader, quite proud! He points to the shelf where all his books are and makes sounds. He won't stop until you get a book down for him...

He also likes to sing! Sometimes in the morning he wakes up and starts singing as he drinks his milk... Other times he sings along with his music from school - his favorite is the wheels on the bus!

He has stopped drinking formula and drinking from the bottle! We have moved on to full time sippy cups and whole milk. Of course the transition to whole milk from formula was seamless. We are so grateful to have a good eater - unless you try to feed him cheese or bananas. Still no luck on that.

He likes to be barefoot... just like his mama. And he is ticklish as all get out, just like his Dada.

And because it's his BIRTHDAY, I can't post just one picture... here are a few pictures and a video. Enjoy!


This one is blurry, but it is quite amusing:

Yes, the lamb's name is Chop - leave it to a Chef to name the stuffed animals. And for the record, he does know how to clap, and where his foot is... he just does not cooperate for the camera.

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