Also, here are some pictures of the little guy in his Thanksgiving outfit that my mom gave him. The adorable dog hat was one of the many gifts that Richard brought with him. We were so glad to have Richard with us, we were so surprised by the diapers and high chair and clothes and toys he brought with him. We are blessed to have a lot of generous family members that make sure that Ben always has everything he needs. Ben has already made good use of all of his gifts (pictures to follow)
(The shirt says Baby's 1st Thanksgiving, I'm sure there's no way you could have figured that out on your own)
Another thing we've recently learned about Ben is that when he misses a nap he goes through a grumpy phase and then enters a crazy baby phase. It's pretty entertaining but makes it almost impossible to get the kid to make up some of the missed sleep. Here he is getting super excited every time Jon says "hi" to him.
This next video is actually about one of my accomplishments. I guess it's a combination of breastfeeding, lugging around a very heavy and squirmy baby, walking to the grocery store, and not having time to snack as often as I used to, but I've lost quite a bit of weight since we moved to Rockford. I'm about the same size I was Freshman year of college before I went to Spain. This has made a lot of my wardrobe pretty saggy, as evidenced by the following:
We've also had some requests of a video of Ben getting a big boy bath. I would have done one of these sooner as Ben has been getting bathed in the tub for a while now, but Jon is opposed to bathtime videos. I'm not sure if this means there's a bath video of him somewhere of which he is embarassed. Still, his mom finally talked him into taking one. I'll put together a highlight reel of the bath and post it here when it's done. It's a pretty long video, so it might take a bit for me to trim it down. In the meantime, here are a couple of freezframes from the video. I picked the ones that are G-rated.
Last, but certainly not least, here is a video of one of Ben's newer tricks. He goes from the sitting position to the crawling position to reach things in front of him. He's not crawling yet, but I think he's getting close.