Monday, November 10, 2008

More Videos

Here are the last two videos.

This first one is Ben practicing his sitting in his giraffe costume.

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Last, but most definitely not least, Ben just picked this one up today. Jon was beat-boxing to him in the basement and Ben started shaking his head along. I wouldn't call it sophisticated dancing, but I would call it dancing and it's stinking adorable. If you don't believe me see for yourself:

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*Note, it's hard to hear, but Jon is beat-boxing, not just shaking his head. Also, Ben did the same dance to some music we played as well.

Also, I should mention that I've become quite proficient at typing with one hand while I hold Ben in the other. Does anyone know if that's a marketable skill?

Lots of Videos

So, as promised, I have uploaded a bunch of videos of the little big guy that we've taken over the past couple of weeks. We've caught some pretty adorable moments on film. I didn't do a lot of editing, so some of them are kind of long. Nothing too much more than a minute or so.

First, here's a video of Ben getting really excited whenever I take a drink. We're not really sure why he does this, but he did it really consistently at first. He still does it once in a while but not as much. It's pretty hilarious

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Here's Ben sitting and playing with a racquet. He's got the sitting thing down pat. Also, he likes to grab stuff. It's what he does.

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Here we see Ben showing off one of his newer skills: high-fiving. He only does it with his right hand, and he has to be at least in a semi-good mood. Still, I'm calling it a new skill.

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I had some technical difficulties with two of the videos. They will be in a later post, hopefully shortly.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mucho que decir

So, it's been a while since I updated. I don't really have a good excuse for not posting, but I have been taking some good pictures and videos. So, this post will be a mixture of pictures and news to keep everyone interested. I'll probably post videos a little bit later, but this post will be really long regardless, just a warning. I have a lot of pictures I want to show off.
I don't really remember everything that's happened in the last month, but I can pretty much guarantee that Ben was adorable for a majority of it.
EXHIBIT 1A:

Ben loves to grab his feet while he's being changed these days. Actually, he likes to grab just about everything within his grasp at all times. He usually finds something to grab onto within seconds of being set down somewhere.

EXHIBIT 1B:

Ben, getting his cute on in the swing while mommy gets ready in the bathroom. He doesn't like to be left unattended. As long as someone is making eye contact with him, though, he's more than happy.

EXHIBIT 1C:Ben in his winter coat looking a little distressed, but still really cute. He cheered up as soon as we got outside. He loves going on walks.

This month, Ben also continued to eat like a big boy. He's still working on that one and tends to make a big mess.

EXHIBIT 2A:He tends to get more carrots on his bib than in his mouth. I did however discover that he likes peas and green beans much more than carrots. He keeps much more in his mouth.

EXHIBIT 2B:

Anyway, I gave up on finding a bib that would actually prevent Ben from getting food on his clothes. Hence the mostly nude feeding times as pictured above.

EXHIBIT 2C:

Ben also likes to chomp on a really big boy cup. I don't put anything in it, he just likes to eat the rim. Also, he likes to yell into it and hear it echo.

Ben has also grown an impressive amount of hair. Mom couldn't resist attempting some hairdos with it. Ben obliged, as he likes getting his scalp massaged.

EXHIBIT 3A:

While I change him, I sometimes let him play with a rag to keep him from trying to grab at the shades covering the window next to his changing table. He loves to roll over onto his side and grab at it.

EXHIBIT 3B:
EXHIBIT 3C:
Just a note, it took a lot of hard work to get this profile because Ben has started posing for the camera
. Every time I pull the camera out he turns to face the camera and smiles big. It's pretty crazy. He can be crying and I pull out a camera and he stops and smiles.

EXHIBIT 3D: EXHIBIT 3E:

Daddy's hair is crazy in this picture. He recently got his hair cut, but here he is with Ben with the long locks.

Ben did hit the six month mark on October 18th. I measured his length on his half-birthday a couple of times and came in consistently at 29 inches. His 6 month check up was on the 22nd and they measured him at 28 inches. Whatever, he's somewhere in that vicinity. He weighed in at a whopping 21 lbs. According to babycenter, that's above 95th percentile length and 90th percentile weight. That seems weird to me as he seems much heavier than he is tall.

EXHIBIT 4A:

EXHIBIT 4B:EXHIBIT 4C: Those pictures are pretty self-explanatory. Can you believe all those rolls?!? These pictures also show off Ben's new car seat that we had to get since he's outgrown his infant seat. He's been pretty pumped to have room to stretch out his arms, but it isn't as comfy for him when he falls asleep in the car.

Ben has pretty well mastered sitting these days. He spends most of his time sitting and playing with whatever toys he can grab. His balance is pretty good. He still topples over once and a while, but he stays seated more often than not.

EXHIBIT 5A: Ben's two favorite activities, sitting and chewing on a toy.

EXHIBIT 5B: Smiling for the camera, another one of his favorite activities.

EXHIBIT 5C:Ben sitting all by himself playing with my racquetball racquet. His little overalls are really cute on him. Then again I think he looks cute in everything.

Of course, I couldn't talk about last month without talking about Halloween. Ben didn't really go trick or treating as he was generally sleeping during the times when we could have taken him, but we did get him dressed up. I think all of these pictures are pretty self-explanatory. Ben is the cutest giraffe ever. See for yourself:






Sorry this post was so long. I decided to put most of it in one post to make it easier to follow. I will post a couple of really cute videos as soon as I get the chance and some photos and stories about Ben's and my trip to Pittsburgh.