Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ben At 21 Months

I've actually reached a point where I have to stop and think about how many months old Ben! I've been rounding up and telling strangers he will be 2 in September, because it makes more sense to them. Here's whats up with our loving boy this month!



|Sleeping| Bedtime is still a consistent 8 o'clock, but he usually doesn't fall asleep until 8:30. His usual wake-up time is 7:30 a.m., with a nap from 12:30 to 2:30 or 3 every day. Again, I'm so grateful for all the sacrifices and effort we put into making sure our boy would be a good sleeper. I love putting him down for his nap and him saying "Night night!" when I leave the room. There are never any tears, no fussing or whining. He is a well-rested and happy little boy.

|Eating| Right now Benny Bear is all about hard boiled eggs and grapes. Grapes to the point of annoyance. "Gaape! Gaaape! Pease! Gaaape!" Good grief child, here are some grapes. He continues to eat really well, three meals and one snack a day. Ben still doesn't care for any kind of potato, but that's really the only thing he flat out refuses to eat. He likes to step on and off our scale, and I noticed it said 30.8 pounds the other morning. Big, growing boy!
|Learning| It's so incredible how much information kids this age are absorbing! We have been working on Ben's colors a lot this month. My husband thinks he's color blind because he always gets blue and red correctly, but the other colors are hit or miss. Anyone else have a similar story? I just think it's an advanced skill for his age and he'll get them all eventually. His word bank continues to grow DAILY, which is fascinating to me. He has also started to refer to things possessively, such as "me milk". He is learning how to be helpful with 'chores' in our new house and loves to sweep the floor, pick up his toys, carry laundry around, and feed the dog. We are also working pretty consistently with FTO (first time obedience) in terms of discipline. It's a Babywise Principle (yes, yes, we loosely followed BW in terms of a routine...no, no, we didn't let our son scream and cry alone in his room for hours on end...yes, yes, we always feed him when he's hungry) Anyway, first time obedience just means your child does what you ask/tell them the very first time, not the second or the third. It's an expectation I also held all of my students to in the classroom, too.

|Playing| Oh our sweet boy. He has such a shy and introverted nature. I was an incredibly shy child, and so was my husband, so it makes sense that Ben has inherited that in his genes. That, combined with the fact that we aren't big social people, Ben still isn't super comfortable with large groups or strangers. We try and not coddle him, but we also don't force him to interact with strangers when he's scared and traumatize him. My only fear is that he will be crippled by the same shyness I had as a child.  So we are working on it, little by little. I've found that Ben really enjoys 'playing' with children who have a similar personality as him.

Ben loves to play independently! He will spend a lot of time driving his Hot Wheels cars around the house, drawing with chalk, pushing his outdoor car in the driveway, looking at books, or doing a puzzle on his own. He also adores his daddy SO much and can barely contain himself when daddy is home. He just wants his daddy to chase, chase, chase him all around the house and tackle and tickle him.
|Loving| Ben gives the sweetest kisses, says "uv u", says mama all the time, and loves to be held and cuddled. Ben and I were sitting on the porch steps together the other morning, drinking water and watching our dog run around outside, when he looked up at me, said "mama, iss" and gave me the biggest smooch and hug. He's such a love bug. Blue Guy, or as he is affectionately known these days "bebe", is still the love of Ben's life. I think we might have him in our family photos this year... ;-) I just pray his head doesn't fall off before Ben goes to college. My mom has sewed it back on three times, and we wash the stink out of him every other day (Ben chews on his arms and face). I really need to try and get video of Ben asking for his "bebe" and the look of sheer happiness and delight he gets when he sees him.

Also, I was cutting his hair myself, but my husband decided I did a bad job (probably true). I don't want to pay someone to do it...anyone have any good advice/youtube tutorials they recommend?

What are your kids up to this month?

post signature
Click HERE for a little flashback to Ben 10 months ago!

20 comments:

  1. Too cute! My daughter is also obsessed with grapes. It's insane!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Such a handsome little man. He always looks so happy in your pictures. This boy is loved!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love your blog and have been following it for some time. I can so relate to so many topics you write about. Your post about weaning had me choked up and almost in tears, at the time I read it my daughter had been teething and biting me a lot and I was so done with nursing (for the most part) but unfortunately you can't wean overnight - so I toughed it out ;-) Thankfully she seems to have learned not to bite mommy anymore, thank god! Can you please share how you got your son to be a good sleeper - or did I miss that post? My daughter is almost 17 months and I still end up getting up with her at least once a night to nurse - and this momma is exhausted and getting burnt out! Would love any tips you could offer. Much thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  4. So cute! My twins just turned 21 months too! It's such a fun age. I keep saying that at every new stage they get to because it's true! I LOVE that kids this age actually want to help clean. I just hope I can continue fostering that in them so that they help out when they're older!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Gosh yes! Pooping grapes around here left and right! :-P

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks Michaela! He is VERY loved! :) You know the feeling.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Haha that's so true. Every age I think "this is the best!" but it just keeps getting better!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Tanya thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Especially considering I have been such a horrible blog writer/reader lately and haven't had the time! Good for you for sticking it out with breastfeeding! Making it to 17 months is an amazing feat and you should be so proud!


    As far as sleep goes, it TRULY depends on what your family's philosophy is. The most important thing is to stay consistent and strong with your convictions about how you want yourself and your children to be sleeping. Sometimes it takes a bit of crying, but everyone is okay and better for it. The older they get the more strong-willed about these things they become!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ben is so handsome!! Poor stinky blue guy, he is a survivor! I desperately need to trim Masons hair and don't want to pay someone either. My cousin is a stylist I asker her yesterday what I should do: she said wet his hair and make sure I don't pull it out and cut, but to bring it down. Not much help haha. If you get any advice please pass it on :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. He is so adorable! I laughed at how he says "uv u". We tell our son, "I love you!" then he says, "TOO!" so now it has become a family thing when we people say I love you we say "TOO!" lol

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is such a sweet age! My son is obsessed with blueberries like Ben is with grapes. He demands them at nearly every meal...LOL. I have been rounding his age up to "two in September" as well. It's just easier.
    And funny that you say that about the hair...Canon still hasn't had his first hair cut, and I have been debating taking a go at it myself. Let us know if you find any haircutting tutorials! Like you, I hate to pay somebody to do it. Plus, I envision a screamfest/meltdown if we even attempt it at a salon or barber shop.

    ReplyDelete
  12. He is the handsomest little guy, seriously! And reading through his interests and developments reminded me of my boys, they both love to have daddy chase them around the house and tackle and tickle them! I love little boys!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love him, so excited to see him in a few! Gabe does the same thing with colors. :) Everything is orange before you really make him think about it, "what color is this?" "ORANGE!" "No, think about it, what color?" "orange?" "No..." "GREEN!" "Yes, it's green!" :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. He is getting too big! I love his little smile and I think his hair looks adorable so maybe I'm a bad judge? haha. Riggs only had two solid colors for a few weeks even though we'd point them all out to him and then one day he just started saying all of them right, and it is really early for Ben so who knows? I wondered about Riggs being color blind because my maternal grandpa is and so is my male cousin on that same side. We are pretty easy going parents for the most part but FTO is very important to us too. Definitely what we are working on the most right now (man you have to stay on them!). Wish Ben and Riggs could play, I know they would love it!

    ReplyDelete
  15. A survivor would describe blue guy perfectly!! That's a good tip about the hair (um, the exact opposite of what I was doing!) Hahaha!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hahaha love it! We find ourselves saying things our son says all the time.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I wish Ben would eat blueberries! He used to LOVE them, and now he might eat a couple...but not as much as he used to. Stinker!


    Oh my gosh, I'm glad you said that about the meltdown at a salon...my thoughts EXACTLY.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Little boys are the best! Although I'm not so secretly hoping our next child is a girl because my husband and I are going to blows over a potential boy name. Haha!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hahahaha glad it's not just Ben! He loves to say "blue" and "red", although in the past few days he's also gotten a lot of "white" things correctly. Playdate tomorrow! Woop!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Quit reminding me you live in Alaska!! :) Haha! Someday we ARE going to get together. It's gonna happen.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...