Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ben's 13 Month Update

Our sweet little Ben turns 13 months old today!

*   He wears size 12 month clothes
*   He wears size 3 shoe
*   He wears size 3 diaper
*   He has light brown hair and blue/gray eyes
*   He has 6 teeth- four on top and two on bottom
*   He still has a slight dimple on his left cheek

*   He is not walking alone yet, but walks holding on to something.  He doesn't have much interest in letting go and walking by himself.
*   He is a busy little boy!  We cannot keep up with him now so Lord help us when he does start walking.
*   He plays well by himself and doesn't require a lot of interaction.  (His brother who is almost 3 still cannot do that). 
*   For the most part he is a calm little boy and very mild mannered.  BUT, he does have his moments.  He can get mad in a second and throw quite a tantrum.
*   He can be really fussy and whiny when he gets sleepy.

*   He sleeps very good at night.  He goes to sleep around 8 and will usually sleep until 6:30 or 7:00.
*   He still takes two naps a day.  A long morning nap and a shorter afternoon nap.
*  In spite of being small, he eats very good.  I haven't found a food yet that he won't eat.  He is even loving dill pickles these days.  He loves to eat and will scream if I do not feed him fast enough. 
*   He drinks whole milk from a sippie cup with his meals.
*    He likes to eat as soon as he wakes up in the mornings.  He will usually crawl straight to the refrigerator and try to open the door to get his sippie cup of milk out.  I have to have him something to snack on if breakfast is not ready yet.
*   He loves to feed himself and does a good job of it. 
*   He eats mostly table foods now.  In addition to that he loves bananas, steamed apples, raisins, yogurt, cheese, mandarin oranges, and PBJ's just to name a few.

*  He loves books.  He will sit for a long time and look at all of his books.  He likes to pull them all out onto the floor and scatter them around.  He loves turning the pages.
*   He can make a mess in no time.  He loves to pull everything onto the floor, pour out his toys, and just destroy his room.  The messier the better for him.
*   He crawls to the bathroom each night when he hears the water running.  He also loves to play in the toilets.   We have to keep the bathroom doors closed at all times.

*   He loves balls
*   He still puts everything in his mouth
*   He loves stuffed animals and anything soft.
*   He still sucks his left thumb when he is sleepy.
*   He loves anything with a silky or minky dot fabric.  He loves to lay down on the soft part.
*   When he gets sleepy we just go lay him in his bed.  He will fall asleep on his own and will usually stay in his bed and play very quietly when he wakes up. 

*   He travels very well in the car.
*   He likes to watch cartoons.
*   He loves music and always dances when he hears it.
*   He likes to blink/ squeeze both of his eyes shut and grin at you.  It's his way of being silly.
*   His favorite toy is whatever Cruz currently has in his hands.  He screams for everything Cruz touches.
*   He is not a very affectionate child and does not like to get a lot of loving. 
*   He does not like to have his face and hands cleaned after meals.

*   He is a daddy's boy but he does not like to share his mama with Cruz.  He gets so angry if Cruz sits in my lap or loves on me.  He will crawl over and try to push Cruz away- screaming the whole time. 
*   He holds out his arm towards something he wants and grunts at it.
*   He does not say many words yet, but mumbles all day long.  He tries really hard to communicate.
*   He is very ticklish
*   He likes to sleep with his legs hanging out of the bed rails.  Many nights he wakes up stuck and will cry out for us to come rescue him.
*  If he is getting into something he should not be doing and we try to go remove him from it he has started crawling away as if he's running.  He giggles the whole time.
*   He loves for Cruz and I to sing "You Are My Sunshine" at bedtime. 

He is a silly little boy and can be so much fun, but don't let that sweet smile fool you, this boy is a mess!!! 

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