In honor of my little man turning 18 months today I'd like to tell you 18 things about him and share 18 photos of him from the past few months.
Bennett walks like a speed demon. He is starting to really pick up running, too. He's always been very physical.
Starting to say what could be considered words, I guess. He definitely says "Mama" and "Dada". Questionable "words" include woof, please, snow, star, yeah and Gracie. He's definitely trying to say things, but they're basically incomprehensible to anyone but us.
He pouts his bottom lip out on purpose when we tell him "no" now. It's adorable so he basically gets whatever he wants.
This picture is classic Ben (and classic Max back there). He's brave. Always willing to branch off and not afraid to just GO. Always, always on the go.
Bennett is an EATER. The one thing he hasn't enjoyed is brussels sprouts. Everything else gets shoveled in with determination. Because of this, he's a tank. Oh, and he often stands at the pantry grunting and pouting because he always wants to eat. We're in SO much trouble with our grocery bill when he's a teenager.
He's still very attached to his binky. He likes to have it at all times.
He's also obsessed with trains and anything automotive. He's usually carrying around a tractor, dump truck or train. He LOVES to watch Thomas.
He's SUPER snuggly when he wakes up from nap. He likes to curl up on a lap (preferably mommy's) and watch Thomas and then have his snack.
On a similar note, he's a hugger! He comes to you with a toy and holds it out stating something to the effect of, "ats is?" (we assume that would be "what's this?" it's the same sound every time) and then I'll tell him, "That's (fill in the blank)" and then he tucks it under his armpit and leans his head towards it and goes, "awwwww...." because he's hugging it. It's probably the cutest thing EVER.
Ben is very independent. Unlike his big brother, he will play on his own for some time and doesn't hesitate to run off from me.
However, he never wants to be left out, especially if Max is involved. He adores his big brother.
He's very tenacious. He never gives up until either I've physically removed him from his attempt, or he accomplishes whatever it is he's set out to do. It's scary how stubborn he is. I can only hope it helps him to succeed in all of his endeavors. I do love a "can do" attitude. Just not when it applies to knocking every item off the fireplace mantel by way of climbing across the entertainment center.
He LOVES to be read to. He brings me the same 10 books multiple times a day. Favorites are anything touch and feel, the Binky book, Ten Apples Up On Top, The Color Book, anything by Eric Carle and anything Dr. Seuss.
He's a climber. We are forever taking him off of tables, chairs, couch edges, entertainment units, train tables, etc... if it's high, he'll climb it.
He likes to put shoes on his hands like gloves and walk around like that. However, he doesn't enjoy hats very much.
He's a TV lover. Whoops.
He's always engaged and listening. We can give him multi-step directions and he'll follow them with ease. He may not say much, but he sure can listen!
He's just a joy and a love. We're the luckiest parents in the world to get to raise him. I have a real appreciation for Ben, even with the challenges his energy presents sometimes. He's a lot like me, personality wise, so I just get him. I think we have a special connection.
You are so loved. Max calls you "so cute" even though he doesn't like to share with you (he'll get there - so will you). Daddy always looks for you when he comes home because he can count on your excited giggle and cute little run to greet him. I love my days with you, even the days where you're teething and cranky. You're still such a ray of sunshine in our family. Your smile, your mischief, your love. It's all so wondrous and special. Thanks for being you, my sweet boy.
18 months. Pure magic.