Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ben turns the big fat One

So, I know this is long overdue.  Jon’s been really busy with tests and what-not, so I haven’t had much Ben-free time to get to the blog except at night.  Which, I’m sorry to say, I usually reserve for watching a show or two and reading before I turn in.  Anyway, Benjamin managed to complete his first year of life on April 18th, which was Saturday (a week and a half ago).  I think I’ll start off by showing you how much has changed in that year.

Benjamin Me (Chelsea)
Born: 8 lbs. 12 oz. 21 inches long
1 yr: 23 lbs  31 inches long
OK, I’m feeling skinny and good about myself, but not good enough to tell everyone how much I weighed before I delivered.
IMG_0660 IMG_0649

OK, so I know that the picture of me you can’t really see how much I’ve changed.  But it turns out that Jon and I never take pictures of each other, so it’s the best I’ve got.

Anyway, we celebrated the big day by taking Ben to the park and having a picnic and playing on the playground.  Be forewarned, this will be a fairly long post with lots of pictures and video.  We went a little nuts.  One of the first things we did was show off Ben’s upper body strength, which also serves as a demonstration of how he is quickly turning into a good climber.  It’s cute, but definitely not good news for mom, who has a hard enough time keeping him out of trouble as it is.

Here are a bunch of pictures from the park:

We also found out that Ben’s two favorite things at the park are:


and slides:

Lastly, when we got home from the park, Ben took a ride on daddy’s shoulders and showed that dad’s head makes an awesome drum.

That’s pretty much it for Ben’s actual birthday.  We did most of the presents and cake on Sunday.  Pictures and video of that will be in the next post, hopefully tomorrow.


Geri said...

This is great! Thank you so much for sharing Ben's birthday with us. I can't believe he is already a one year old. He is so adorable and I love seeing him in action. You can tell him that I like to make noises in tunnels too but I think I might have a problem hanging from a pole. He is so strong. You guys all look great! Can't wait to see you all.

Dani said...

Happy Birthday Ben! You are such a big boy now! Very cute pictures Chels. Can you believe how big your baby has gotten? He'll be a little boy before you know it. Bummer that we missed each other in Utah. Have fun with your family!

Andrew and Lauren said...

Wow, he's strong. Don't tell Andrew I said this, but he could definitely beat up little Luke. Hey Jon, do you go by Vince by any chance? I can't figure out who this Vince guy is who keeps leaving comments on our blog. But you're from Rockford right?