Friday, April 30, 2010

last post, new site!

Well, the time has come to combine the two websites I currently have into one. So as of today, I'll no longer be posting here with photos or info... instead, I'll be posting at our "family" site, since we pretty much have no life outside of Ben anyway ;)

This will still be here, and I hope to turn it into a book for Ben (well, for me, but also for Ben) so he can have something that documents and captures his first years. But if you want to find all the new updates, the new site is:

Thanks and see you over there!

1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day old

Thursday, April 22, 2010

feeling better

Knock on wood.

We were crippled last week (and half of this week) with some tummy drama. Joe and I have been swapping Ben duty to take time off work to care for him, and we thought as of Sunday he was all better. We took him to daycare Monday morning only to get a call at 10am letting us know he was *not* at ALL better. So back to the doctor we went, and thankfully, everything was fine (still just getting over a yucky virus). Turns out Ben has a "sensitivity" to milk, so when we jumped the gun and took him off his pedialite/cracker diet and switched back to whole milk, his poor stomach wasn't ready. So we have been on soy milk since Monday afternoon, and voila, Tuesday he was normal and by Wednesday he was back at daycare feeling great. I don't think he was lactose intolerant, just sensitive to it, and we'll be right back with whole milk by Friday. In the meantime, we have discovered the wonderful taste of KETCHUP! I introduced him to chicken nuggets a few weeks ago, when he refused to eat any other meat/protein (no cheese, no beef, no cooked chicken, etc). He LOVED them... and then the other night we ordered take-out from our favorite BBQ place. I gave him some shredded pork, and he spit it out. But then I dabbed it in a little BBQ sauce and WHOA he loved it! So then when he started throwing his chicken nuggets, I figured I'd try dipping it in ketchup, to give it a different flavor. One taste and he was HOOKED :) So now that he's no longer sick, he's eating like a champ, and loving the chicken with ketchup! He also still LOVES bananas and most fruits, yogurt, will occasionally eat cheese but not as much as he used to, and still refuses all veggies, including mashed potatoes, and any/all pasta. We sneak some veggies in with the "fruit/veggie yogurt" we sometimes buy... but I'm goint to have to get creative to get him to eat other stuff.

We're also dealing with some major temper tantrums, and whoo-boy, are we UPSET! It started as whining and crying... and has morphed into full blown kicking, pounding, flaling and SCREAMING on the ground. Complete with hysterical tears. I'm sure our neighbors below love it ;) I can handle it at home, but when he does it in the middle of the grocery store (not on the ground, but in the cart), I always debate just leaving the store to save myself the embarrassment of being THAT parent with the hysterical toddler. I finally resorted to buying him a mylar balloon, and that entertained him happily for the rest of the outing. I'm in so much trouble :)

1 year 4 months 1 week old

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Finally got the videos online over the weekend, and we captured some great moments! The first two are from Grandma Dee's visit and shows off his walking skills:

Then Ben shows off his favorite animal:

And how he can sit by himself in his rocking chair:

And finally, showing us his belly and his new words :)

In other not fun news, we've been suffering through a bad case of the runs since Sunday, so we're back to the doctor's office to hopefully figure out what's causing them, and hopefully get some better diaper creme to make diaper changes less horrifying (for him and me). I originally thought it was due to the vaccination shots, but now that it's going on day 3 and a week later, I'm not so sure :( Poor little man!

1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day old

Saturday, April 10, 2010

cherry blossoms

More photos! Grandma Dee and Nonna Rebecca sent bunny ears for Ben for Easter, and unfortunately I wasn't able to get these up before the holiday, but they were too cute not to post :)

I also had to laugh at the dinner faces Ben makes. You can tell what kind of time we are having after a long day at daycare... poor guy. Tired and not wanting to eat your dinner = unhappy baby!

Today we took a trip down to the Mall today to get some photos of the Cherry Blossoms with a group of girls from a photography message board I participate in, but the blossoms peaked earlier than anticipated this year, so I had to make do with another flowering tree instead. We managed to get some great photos of Ben at the Monument though! And in his pj's watching TV, before we got dressed to go:

Still working on posting the new videos! Ben has started a new phrase and it makes me laugh so hard. He has traded his "uh oh" for "oh noooo!"... priceless. Don't know where he heard it from but we got it on video and I will definitely post it later :)

1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days old

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

15 month visit

We had our 15 month visit today, and all is well! He's doing great on all his milestones, and weighs 28 lbs 6 oz (90th percentile) and is 33 1/4 inches tall (95th percentile) :) Still our big (little) boy! He was all smiles for the doctor and had us all cracking up... until the shots came. My heart breaks, and even though it's over in a second, it's still tough to see him in pain. But he's fine now, and I left him at daycare smiling :)

We've been trying to be better about catching more moments on video, so last weekend we got him while driving to Easter dinner. We had the car windows rolled down, and Joe noticed that when the wind picked up, Ben put his hands in the air, like a roller coaster ride. Cutest thing! So here's a clip of him doing just that:

I have more videos of him walking, and of figuring out how to sit in his rocking chair all by himself, and I'll try and post those tonight :) He has been doing great on the walking front, but twice now he's stumbled and smashed his head into the table (once at home, once at daycare). No major gashes yet, but I know it's inevitable. He gets closer to running every day!

1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days old

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Weight History

    Birth: 11 lbs 7oz - 21 in
    2 weeks: 11 lbs 5oz - 22.5 in
    1m: 14 lbs - 23in
    2m: 15 lbs 8 oz - 25 in
    3m: 17 lbs 8 oz - 26 in
    4m: 18 lbs 4 oz - 26.25 in
    5m: 19 lbs - 28 in
    6m: 20 lbs 1 oz - 28.75 in
    7m: 21 lbs 7 oz - ? in
    8m: 22 lbs - ? in
    9m: 22 lbs 7 oz - 30 in
    10m: 24 lbs - ? in
    11m: 25 lbs - ? in
    12m: 24 lbs 11 oz - 31.5 in
    15m: 28 lbs 6 oz - 33.25 in

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