Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ben's First Birthday!

February 23, 2016

Ben is getting more confident every day in his walking skills.  He was just sitting down whenever I would let go of his hand, but more and more he'll take a few steps.  He can also stand up from sitting on the floor without holding onto anything.  
He loves pulling the toilet paper off the roll.
He loves pulling the books off the bookshelf.
He likes pushing things around.  I've had to go  looking for the laundry basket more than once.
He loves to be chased.
He doesn't like strangers.
He eats and then he eats some more.  It seems like he is always hungry.
Is pretty good at entertaining himself.  
He still doesn't really say much- that's not true- he jabbers and makes lots of funny noises but only he knows what he's saying. 
He's learning the art of the "high five"
Sleeps great. Usually only one nap in the afternoon- but every once in a while we'll sneak in a short  morning nap.
Still has four teeth- two top two bottom.

Ben's Stats from 2/16/16:
Weight: 19 lb 15 oz (27%) 
Height:  28 in (2%)

Party Time!
Thurs, February 25th
I feel a little bit bad that we didn't have quite the shin-dig for Ben's birthday that we did for Caroline's.  Hopefully there won't be any long-lasting ill effects from our unfair treatment,  but February is just not as conducive to big parties. 
We still had a pretty fun party with Ben's Utah cousins, including all the essentials- 
cake, ice cream, and a few presents.  

 He really wasn't too into opening presents- so his cousins were happy to help.

Then he ditched the party and presents to go play with some of his favorite toys- the frying pan and the red dragon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We're goin' campin'!

We're pretty excited about the possibilities... namely not having to worry about frost on our tent :)

View from the door.

Dinette with overhead bunk up. 
Bunk down.

Lots of cupboard and counter top space and a nice little stove and oven.

Potty/Shower/Sink all in one :)

Monday, February 1, 2016


Just a little snippet of what's been going on around our house this January...  aside from the stomach bugs and runny noses, of course...

This was during Dad duty. 

"Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!"

Caroline learning to use scissors.

Ben loves to jump in the Jump-a-roo

She would rather snuggle with a book than a stuffed animal.  It makes me happy- even if it does look uncomfortable sometimes.

Ben at 10 months... and 11

Ben is such a happy little guy- unless he's hungry and then he starts hollering.  Like, angry hollering.  He is NOT patient when he is hungry.  Otherwise he's a pretty happy camper.
He's still hanging on to things and refuses to walk.
He sleeps like a champ.  He usually naps for about 3 hours a day and sleeps for 12 1/2 to 13 hours at night.
We're up to 4 teeth. Two on the top and two on the bottom.   I thought he might get his two front teeth for Christmas but they came the week after.
Loves to destroy.  Books off the shelf. Train tracks. Towers. You name it.
Knows the sound of a bottle being shaken and will kick his little crawling self into high-gear to get to food.
Is still a mamas boy.  He will be just fine, but sometimes when he sees me he remembers that he needs me to hold him.
Kind of a random thing that I want to remember later- we have some toy food that goes with the toy kitchen but Ben loves the little frying pan and the piece of fried chicken.  Almost anytime we go somewhere in the car seat he has his fried chicken.  It kind of cracks me up.
Loves to climb.
Makes lots of noises including recently learning to click his tongue, but still no intelligible sounds. Although, sometimes when he's tired I think he'll say mama.
Loves peek a boo.

We love our little Ben!
10 months & 2 1/2

11 months.  He was sick so pictures were a little bit of a struggle.