Yikes. We are getting much too close to his birthday for my liking. There is some stupid commercial out right now (I think for Dreft?) that says something like,
"You have a child forever, but a baby for only 1 year".
Um, no. Baby4Life.
Unfortunately, I have to face the facts - Ben is totally and rapidly developing into a little person more and more and as sad as it can be, he is a joy to be around every day and I LOVE all of the things he is learning. My friend Charisse and I were talking a few weeks ago. I mentioned to her how exhausted we had become as Ben started to get himself around at a much faster pace, and she told me that for her, it would take a couple weeks to adjust to each new stage with Drayk and then she would be good for a month or two until things changed again. I am happy to say that I completely agree with that. Now that we have adjusted to Ben and his new energy/mobility, things feel manageable again.
A new fun change from my last post is that Ben has become SO CUDDLY! I attribute this to his increased binky usage. There must be something about it that
pacifies him allows him to chill out for a few moments and rest his head on us. I LOVE IT.
We have a WALKER! These next few weeks are bound to be interesting as he learns to master his new skill.
Nap time continues to be the same - a shorter nap (45 minutes to 1 hour) in the morning followed by a much longer afternoon nap. He still goes down at 8 pm and wakes at 7 am.
We have successfully eliminated Ben's mid-morning nursing session, so YAY for not pumping at work anymore. I used to kind of enjoy the forced 25 minute break to pump, but I am not sad to see it go. Ben now nurses at 7 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 8 pm and then usually once between 4-6 am. We also offer him a "real" breakfast, lunch and dinner now - whether he eats much of it is another situation all together. I have decided that I can't really stress much about this though - seems to be a common thing with babies from what I'm told...(except with Bronson "hungry-man" Broady, of course).
Ben is in 12 month and some 18 month clothing. We broke out some of his 18 month old PJ's a few weeks back along with some pants (that are a little long). With our upcoming move, I did spend some time organizing and boxing up all of his clothes that no longer fit and it was fun (read: sad) going through all of his teeny-tiny gear of the past.
There have not been any new words out of him lately, but there are a few new tricks he has learned.
- Waving - You can ask him to "say hi" or "wave hi" or "wave" and he will usually do it almost instantly.
- He loves to turn the pages in his books now when we read.
- I had been putting Ben on my lap with his legs on either side of me and would bounce him (like a horse). He LOVES it. So now, when he crawls up on me, he will look at me with the funniest expression and start to bounce himself until I do it again.