Benjamin: At 16 months

4 Dec

Oh our Benjamin… did you know that someone just published a list of kids names ranked in order of most likely to land in the timeout chair?  Guess which name is on there?  Yup, Benjamin (and Luke, because, of course it is, but that isn’t the point of this post). At 16-months, Benjamin is capably proving himself up to the time out task.

He is our calculating plotter, the boy who notices every opportunity to exploit.  He’s opened cabinets and drawers that Lucas has yet to discover.  He prides himself on scampering expeditiously up the stairs when we have our backs turned, or running full force towards the basement stairs door (which he flings open while shrieking with glee) whenever I have my hands full in the kitchen.

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We say “this kid…” approximately 173 times per day. His father calls him a jackal; I may mutter “terrorist” under my breath while dashing across the floor to catch the casserole dish that he’s about to bounce off my wood floors.

But, he’s also an utter delight.  Our good eater, happy to pack away pounds of macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, green beans and endless servings of fruit at each meal.  He scarfs his morning banana down like it’s a hot dog and he’s in Coney Island.

He shouts “wheeeeeee!!!” when he drives his cars across the floor or plummets on of his Little People down a ramp, and sometimes he wakes me up at 4am by standing in his crib and shouting “hiiiiiii.”  He is thrilled to see his Daddy when he comes home from work and loves to be held at night when we are reunited after work and school.

This little man lives for Mickey Mouse, and more specifically, for the Hot Dog Dance on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  He can rock out with the best of them and it makes everyone laugh — so much that they play the song at school to purposefully get him to start dancing for other teachers and parents’ entertainment. We listen to it multiple times each night and it always begets an amazing jazz-hand filled routine. (see below!)

So for every life-threatening, sideshow act of his behavior, I will rewatch that little dance and remind myself how incredibly blessed we are to have him!  Because at 16-months old, this little dude is pretty fantastic.

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