Archive for May, 2007

Since Sean’s comprehension level has grown exponentially with his own vocabulary expansion, Chris and I have found ourselves having to watch what we say around him more and more. Things like “stupid car seat” now have to get replaced with more repeatable language, and things like “M&M;’s” have to get disguised with descriptions like “the 13th letter of the alphabet doubled with an ampersand in between.” I’m sure this is just the beginning of our own vocabularies evolving to fit our children. It’s definitely an entertaining experience.


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ben: 7 months

I’m having a hard time reconciling my feeling of time passing with what the calendar is telling me. It really is hard for me to believe that Ben is already into the second half of his first year. I’m constantly reminding myself to enjoy the moment, the here-and-now of the everyday, because I’ve learned in the last two years of parenting that those here-and-now moments change all too quickly. I may bemoan the fact that Ben won’t nap for more than an hour most of the time right now, but I know that all I have to do is blink and those times will be behind me forever, and I’ll be wishing them back again if only for a few more cuddles and kisses in the rocking chair. So here’s what we’ve been noticing and loving and enjoying about our “lit’l, lit’l guy” (as his daddy likes to call him) in the last month. This is our Ben at 7 months:

  • almost crawling (gets on hands and knees and rocks back and forth)
  • gets around by rolling, reaching, scooting and squirming–the kid moves all the time!
  • pulling up onto his knees using furniture and people for support
  • two bottom teeth!
  • almost always has his tongue sticking out (we’re still not sure why)
  • likes to make people laugh by shaking his head back and forth
  • lunges from person to person to go “visiting”
  • wearing 12 month clothes
  • likes everybody, but loves his mommy
  • finally likes riding in the car (This has actually been the case for a few months now, but I’ve been especially thankful for it this month, for some reason. We can now drive everywhere in peace!)
  • now gets a “big boy” bath with no bath pad to lay or sit on
  • likes playing with his brother

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ben: 6 months

[I’ve had this written down on paper for over a month now, and I’ve been waiting to post it until I downloaded pictures from my camera. That hasn’t happened, and I now have a post for Ben’s 7th month that I want to put up, so I’ll just have to add all the pictures later. It will happen. No need to put my blogging on hold for that, I guess.]

Here is our little Ben at 6 months:

  • eating his first solids (bananas, rice cereal, and pears) and loved them
  • sitting up straight as a board for 3 weeks now
  • rolled from tummy to back for the first time while in his crib one morning
  • already trying to crawl (leans way over and gets onto his knees before falling onto his belly)
  • sputtering!
  • lots of cute grins
  • chubby, squeezable arms and legs
  • weighs 21 lbs. 13 oz.
  • 28 3/4 ” tall (same length as Sean at 9 months!)

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Here are some prayerful Sean-isms that I’ve been meaning to post for a while.

This as we were praying right before supper one night:

: Dear God…
Sean: ABEN!

This one night at bedtime after a friend of our’s let Sean wear his motorcycle helmet:

“Tane tu da-ye [thank you for daddy], tane tu men [thank you for Ben], tane tu poll [thank you for Paula, a girl we study with], tane tu yen-zee [thank you for Lindsay, another girl we study with], tane tu marsal mo-tykle hebet [thank you for Marshall’s motorcycle helmet (Marshall being Lindsay’s fiance)]…”

And this is just a typical bedtime prayer of Sean’s, showing how his mind definitely runs on one long long track (can I say male trait?):

(preluded by all the usual things and people, i.e. Daddy, Mommy, Ben, books, toys, outside, etc.)…”tane tu house, tane tu bee-bee poppy house [Mimi and Poppy’s house], tane tu yen-zee house [Lindsay’s house], tane tu marsal house [Marshall’s house], tane tu bera dell house [Mary Nell’s house], tane tu dykle house [Michael’s house]…” and so on and so forth. I think he named about 10 houses he was thankful for.

And I have to say, I don’t provide a very pious example to the little guy. I’ve laughed out loud at every one of these. I can’t help it! It’s too funny. And if I do attempt to hold it in, it then comes out as a hideously undignified snort. I’m just praying (ha ha) that despite my bad example, he’ll learn how to pray respectfully.

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It appears that Ben’s days of finger and face nibbling are coming to an end. Chris discovered in Bible study last night that Ben has two bottom teeth (which, I might add, he did not have yesterday morning). I was hoping he would hold out for a few more months. A baby with teeth always looks less like a baby to me, and Ben’s progressing so quickly in every other area that I was hoping he would at least take his time in that one. But, alas, that’s not meant to be!

I’m so thankful to have kids who are not just healthy, but that literally thrive developmentally. But sometimes Chris and I can’t help but wish that they at least looked and acted like babies for a little bit longer. When I think that in less than six months Ben will be walking and eating exactly what we eat and maybe even talking, I can’t help but wish that time would go in slow motion for a little bit. The baby stage goes way too fast.

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big baby

For a few months now, Sean has classified the size of everything by describing it as either “big” or “baby.” The description isn’t always accurate, but it’s almost always amusing. When we once drove by a very tiny yapping dog, Sean pointed out the window and said, “Ook! Ook! Big dog!” And then today when I was helping him get into a very small rental car, he explained that it was a “baby tar.” He never fails to amuse me.

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