Five Things I Love about Benjamin – Version 1 and 3/4

26 Mar

1) He is one tough cookie.  And simultaneously, a weepy little momma’s boy.  Truly, it’s the perfect SmileyBenjamindichotomy and one that it both fabulous and awful.  His tagline could read: takes no shit.  Because he doesn’t. Push him over? Take a toy? You’d better steel yourself.  He will push, shove, pull hair, bite and throw things. But offend his tender sensibilities by leaving the room when he wants your attention?  Or, put him down when he’d like to be held?  You don’t need to steady yourself then – you just need earplugs because the screaming will be epic — once he’s done holding his breath and passing out, that is.

2) He gives rockin’ hugs.  He reaches up and squeezes his little arms around your neck.  It’s incredibly deliberate and often unexpected.  It’s sometimes accompanied by the resting of his head on your shoulder, soft hair brushing your cheek on the way there.  Honestly, it’s a little moment of heaven, peaceful and serene amidst the daily chaos.

3) He’s picked up the habit of combining what he wants with the word ‘me’ – as in “sit me” which means “please sit with me” or “up me” which means pick me up.

4) He wakes up early… that isn’t the part I love, of course… and wants to come in our room and lay with me.  When you go in there to get him, he immediately orders “a show” and then “Elmo!”  He can only be deterred by the all-encompassing ceiling fan (which, for the record, is not even on).  He likes to lay on his back and move his hand in a circle saying “round and round.” The cuteness makes up for the earliness.

5) His run is quite possibly the most adorable movement ever expended by any human.  It’s persistent and fast moving – it’s often combined with hysterical laughter and regularly ends in some kind of feet-over-head tumble.  I could watch it for hours.


Daily Luke

25 Mar



Ben of the Day

24 Mar


A Hundred Days

20 Mar

Lucas told me that we hadn’t seen Nan and Pops in “a hundred days” so we planned a quick trip last weekend in conjunction with some of my business travels.

We were so glad to have the chance to get down there and SO pleasantly surprised with how well Benjamin did in the car (especially after the disastrous three hours of straight crying jaunt to Bethany Beach last year).  Hopefully we won’t have to wait another hundred days to see them again.


St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from my leprechauns (and Elmo) to yours…





9 Mar

I’m not sure what it is about haircuts — they are instant baby aging machines, taking your tiny, wispy locked baby and instantly transforming him into a stylish toddler.


Lucas’ hair transformation wasn’t quite as dramatic, but still he looks instantly older.


Cheese Face

3 Mar

There comes a time in every child’s life when their adorable smile devolves into the caricature-like grimace that accompanies the word “cheese.”  We have reached this stage with our little one.

His sweet, charming, Benny-like smile:


quickly transitions to the cheesey, squinty face…

CheeseFaceBenYou can pretty much hear the word “cheese” just by looking at this picture.

Or this one:

CheeseFaceBen1Or so many others these days, because “cheese” is our new normal.

Ben of the Day

26 Feb

BenConductorHatThis boy used to be all about hats, and now he is all about NOT wearing them.  This one lasted about three seconds on his head – just enough time to use that gorgeous light coming in our living room windows and snap this picture on my cell phone.  And yes, that’s a ball pit that currently resides in our living room.  If you look closely, you will also see a train table, play kitchen (there’s actually two) and giant bin of toys.  It’s clearly their house – we just live in it.

Bat Brothers

23 Feb

BatBrothersWatch out world, here come the bat brothers!

Ben of the Day

21 Feb

WhoMeBenThis is the classic “who me?” face?  In this specific case, he had shoved two toys under the couch cushion and was pretending to not know where they had disappeared to.


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