Ben is at the age where he seems a completely different little boy than he was six months ago. We have hit so many milestones, seen so much more of his personality emerge, and had a lot of FUN with our sweet boy!
Some stats for Ben at 18 months:
Diapers: size 4 and cloth
Shoes: 4. We still prefer to put him in the slipper style “crib” shoes. He seems much more comfortable in them.
Weight: ~30 lbs
Love that belly on our sturdy boy!
Likes: French fries, strawberries, applesauce, juice, popcorn, foods that can be dipped, listening to music, wrestling with big brother, playing with whatever Eli is playing with, getting tickles, playing peek-a-boo, putting things in other things (i.e., putting coins into a toy piggy bank).
Dislikes: anyone who isn’t mom or dad (he is showing some progress on this one, thankfully!), loud sounds (the lawnmower, the blender, the kitchen disposal).
New Skills: Ben recently started walking! He took his time getting there but has really taken off over the last few weeks and is enjoying the new world that has opened up to him. Other “tricks” he has learned are sticking out his tongue and blowing kisses. He has also started to do simple imitations, like a dog barking and copying movements of a person.
The main challenge we have had discipline-wise with Ben (which we also saw with Eli) is that 18 months is the perfect age for Ben to know exactly what he wants, but he often can’t convey it effectively or understand WHY he can’t have all the things. Another thing we saw with Eli that Ben is also doing is exerting a lot of control over his food choices. He often rejects a food that he accepted the previous day, and some days it seems like he doesn’t like anything! We will keep offering him a wide variety of foods to him, just as we did with his big brother, and hope that he eventually becomes a good eater again!
Ben had an ER visit at 17 months old. He slipped right through my fingers while trying to climb out of the bathtub and landed face-down, acquiring a nice cut on the bridge of his nose that required stitches (just one, actually!) The staff at the hospital did a great job stitching him up, but it was certainly not fun for poor Ben! They had to wrap him up like a burrito in a blanket to keep him still, and then place a sanitary blanket over most of this face , so you could only see the wound and one eye looking wildly about! Luckily it was a quick job. He did just fine with leaving the wound alone, and I figured out how to buy hair dye in bulk to cover up all the gray hair this child will give me over the years.
Some more pictures of Ben aged 12-18 months:
With a friend from church. He is much-loved by so many!
We start them early in our house!
I love this face he makes! It's his "I am amused" face. His cousin Josiah makes the same face!
Got some fresh ink from Tijuana Flats, got to test out some lawnmowers at Home Depot...it was a good night!
We love a good swing!
Blueberry picking with family!
I'm not sure if I have more pictures of Ben sleeping or eating. He's just adorable no matter what he's doing!
We are blessed with very sweet, tolerant pets.
And also a big brother who is mostly very understanding!
Cousin April got married!
And we loved having a family wedding even more because.....that means that family came to visit! Ben loves his Uncle Dave...and resembles him too!
Kylo Ren did his best to bring Ben over to the dark side.
When you see this face, you know he's up to no good!
If there's a tractor about, it must be sat on!
One cool guy!
Sitting in a rocker that belonged to his great-great grandmother.
He has some interesting cowlicks!
I sure hope Grandma and Grandpa didn't mind the snuggles!
Being adorable is such a burden.