Watch out! Big boy coming through!
Ben is a bundle of personality in a smallish package. He makes great faces, loves Mommy, Daddy, the kitties, Grammy, Papa, cars, balls, going bye-bye, roosters, pushing buttons (both literal and figurative), and giving hugs.
We’ve continued scheduling Grammy & Papa days even though I don’t need them as badly now as when I was pregnant. My parents love to have him over to play and he always behaves himself and takes a good nap. B and I have loved being able to go out to lunch together and have a quasi-date almost every week. We bought Ben a new convertible car seat so his old one is in my mom’s car. That way, she doesn’t feel trapped at home. I quickly discovered once Ben was out of his infant car seat that some places (like the post office) are really difficult to go to with a mobile baby.
It surprises us every time Ben remembers something that he has done before. One new favorite thing to do is to put his pointer finger on our noses and say “meep” and he takes advantage of that any time he gets close to our faces. Only a couple of months ago, he wouldn’t have remembered a fun game like that from day to day.
Ben also loves to help push buttons. Doing laundry is one of his favorite activities because he can put the clothes in the washer and dryer AND push the buttons, all of which make satisfying beep sounds. I remember starting the washer for my mom when I was small and it’s fun to see my son do the same thing. It’s also helpful to me to get him involved so he 1) Knows how to do chores and 2) Isn’t getting into trouble elsewhere while I am working. He also loves to sweep the kitchen and vacuum the rugs and carpets. We are working on getting him involved when it is time to pick up his toys. He can’t always focus very long but if we ask for him to bring us specific toys, we can put them away and he gets to help.
Our boy no longer wants to stop eating during the day. There have been a few days that he’s begged for snacks starting as soon as 10 minutes after he has finished breakfast! We’re working on figuring out how to best fill up this bottomless pit of a child. The last few days, he has had a piece of toast, a scrambled egg with cheese, and half a banana for breakfast. He loves raisins and dried apricots (‘ts for fruits), animal crackers, cheese of any kind, chicken, turkey, green beans, black beans, fruit and veggie packets (even Aldi is getting in on packet fruit), and pretty much everything else he has tried. The only things he has absolutely refused to eat no matter how many times we try are broccoli and avocado. We eat family dinner almost every night now since it is much easier to make and serve food only once in the evening.
He is still wearing size 3 disposable diapers and I haven’t had to change the snaps on his BumGenius cloth diapers in months. He is growing like a weed though; his 12 month pants and shirts are starting to get tight all over. I caught a good sale at Carter’s this month and was able to stock up on our favorite toddler jeans in 2T (so hard to believe that’s what comes after 18 months!), pjs, and sweatpants. I’ll buy a few more 18 month short sleeved shirts when it gets warmer but I’m fairly certain we have enough for him to wear in Florida next month and during the spring, whenever it decides to come.
Ever since forcing Ben to make the transition to one afternoon nap a day, he’s consistently slept between two and three hours every day. Yesterday, when I was gone of course, he took a 3 1/2 hour nap for B! Having such a long break between getting up in the morning and nap time gives us a chance to leave the house for errands or fun outings daily. We generally have 2 grocery trips each week, maybe a trip to Target or other local store, visit the library, or play on the play structure at the mall. I’m trying to figure out good indoor activities for a small toddler that don’t cost much but give him a chance to burn some energy before nap time. We can’t wait until it gets warmer and we can go to the zoo! Ben has been obsessed with animals for the last few months and we know he’ll love it.
Ben plays with almost anything he can find in the house but really loves his doctor set, much to my surprise. I didn’t think he’d figure out how to use it until closer to his 2nd birthday but he knows how to put the stethoscope around his neck, clip the bandaid on his arm, and put the thermometer in his mouth. He also loves the VTech train B’s parents got him for Christmas (he likes to push the buttons and destroy the track after I put it together) and the stacking cups. Ben likes to bang the cups together like how Monty Python used coconuts! We played with water again this month (it lasted a lot longer than before) and I made some green paint with flour, water, and food coloring. Painting on his tray was fun and next time, I’ll definitely be stripping his clothes off before! He made such a mess!