Friday, June 21, 2013

Ben's 14 Month Update

Our little Ben is 14 months old! 

*   He is wearing size 12 month clothes
*   He wears size 3 shoe
*   He wears size 3 diapers
*   He has light brown hair and blue/ gray eyes
*   He still only has 6 teeth (four on top and two on bottom)
*   He is still long and lean

*   He is not a fan of shoes and really does not like socks
*   He is not walking yet, but has started taking some steps.  He really just has no interest in walking.  He would much rather sit down and crawl to where he wants to go. 
*   He loves to dance, clap, and wave his arms when he hears music.
*   He loves us to sing "if you're happy and you know it"
*   Every night I sing "you are my sunshine" to Cruz and Ben.  Ben always sits up, smiles real big, and claps his hands.  It melts my heart.

*   He is sleeping well through the night.  He goes to sleep around 8:00 and wakes up around 6:30- 7:00 (unless Cruz wakes him up earlier).   He eats breakfast and then goes back down for a long morning nap around 9:00.
*   At night he sleeps in his crib in his shared room with Cruz.  He naps in a pack and play in our room during the day.
*   He still sucks his left thumb when he gets sleepy.  He likes to sleep with a soft blanket or a stuffed animal.  He cannot suck his thumb without holding something soft in his right hand. 
*   When he gets tired he prefers to just be put in the bed and goes to sleep on his own.  This is so refreshing after fighting Cruz to go to sleep for his first 2 years of  life!
*   He takes a short afternoon nap usually for no more than an hour.
*   He doesn't cry when he wakes up.  He will just lay there and hang out.  Many times I have to go in and see if he's awake to get him up.

*  Despite being small he is a big eater.  There is not much he won't eat.  He chews things very well considering he does not have many teeth. 
*   He likes eating dill pickles and olives
*   He loves grapes, mandarin oranges, oatmeal, pizza (his favorite food), any kind of bread, pancakes, scrambled eggs, black beans, Cheetos, and cheese.  I could go on and on.  He usually will eat whatever I put in front of him (thankfully).
*   He drinks whole milk with his meals
*   He always pulls off his bib when he is done eating

*  He plays very well and is a busy little boy.
*   He entertains himself well.
*   He is a climber!  We have to keep a constant eye on him.
*   He loves books.  Many times we find him sitting on his floor with books all around him.
*   Cruz has taught him to growl like a tiger.  He now makes a growling sound for all animals.
*   His favorite toy is whatever Cruz currently has in his hands at the moment.  He wants everything Cruz has!
*   He loves to play with my cell phone and will put it up to his ear like he is talking.
*   We keep all of their riding and push toys under the covered sidewalk.  Ben is obsessed with pushing each and every one of them back outside.  He is not content until they are all out in the sun.

*   He is like a magnet to water.  He loves it and is recently enjoying getting to play in the rain. 
*   He likes watching cartoons.  His favorite is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  He likes the hot dog song.
*   He is becoming quite the flirt.  When we are out he most always makes eye contact with some Latin lady and flashes a big smile and makes sweet eyes with her.  The locals love it. 
*   He is sweet as he can be but oh my can he throw a tantrum!  His latest thing is to fall out on the floor face first and just have a fit.  He almost always does this when told "no" or when he does not get what he wants.  He has a temper for sure.
*   He is feisty and most likely will be the instigator in many fights with his brother.  Poor Cruz takes a lot of hits, pulled hair, and the occasional bite.  Don't let that sweet smile fool you- this boy is a mess.

He is growing fast and changing every day. Overall he is an easy baby to take care of.  He just goes with the flow and adjusts to any and all situations.  He is very comfortable with the locals and loves being around people.  He is a blessing to our family, and we are over the moon in love with him.

Happy 14 month birthday, Ben!
You are precious!!!

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