I thought I'd share a little update on Ben...I know my Mom and Billy's Mom probably scroll through all this other junk just waiting for a Ben pic, so here's one!
Benjamin is go-go-go these days. I find that he gets irritated when we're sitting for too long during mealtimes or when I'm out running errands and he's in the stroller. Most of the day I try to let him just be on the floor, exploring, walking, playing, etc. That's where it's at, as far as he's concerned.
We're in a pivotal moment right now, and we're pretty sure that he's going to start doing all kinds of new things soon. He's so close to talking (lots of babbling and things he believes are words, but no real ones yet - FYI his current favourite 'word' is 'Gop').
He's almost walking on his own, still using his walkers and furniture and just kind of letting go here and there as a fluke.
His sleeping patterns are still crazy. Last night he woke up at 11:30 and didn't get back into his sleep for soooo loooong. I think a lot of it is my fault, I'm that horrible Mom who rocks her baby to sleep, Billy and I both have just always done that, so he needs us to sleep. But, we didn't know any better, and so, it is what it is.
Next week we're having a little play date with my friend Corinne and her little man Jackson, and we're SO EXCITED. Ben is a little weird with other kids, but I think he'll be great with a younger baby. He seems to be pretty shy, and he's a little startled by kids who run around and yell a lot, ha ha. We're working on that, we go to the library a lot where there is always a few kids, so hopefully he'll get over it eventually. For now, we just have to have a little crying fit here and there when a kid freaks him out.
He's getting more adventurous when it comes to food, which has been a challenge for us. Not so much with flavours, but with textures. It might be because I nursed exclusively for 6 months, but getting Ben into chewing has been tough (yes, still). But, the past while has been pretty awesome, so we're getting there.
As far as the days go, I feel like we spend most of our time doing meals, cleanup, naps, with the occasional outing here and there. And while he naps I read other blogs and get really depressed about how awesome everyone else is at being a Mom.
Do any Mom's out there have any good advice/tips on what sort of things I can do with Ben at this stage, or anything else for that matter? I need all the help I can get!