Friday, November 30, 2018

Life With Benny: 20 months

Timehop is a mama heart-breaker...

I love the memories, but they are such a cruel reminder that time is flying by and there is nothing I can do to stop it! I seriously feel like this was just yesterday...we were gearing up for Benny's first holiday season and then I blinked and here we are. 

While it is heart-breaking to be reminded that my baby isn't a baby anymore...I do have to say each stage seems to get better and better. Last year if you would have asked me, I would have told you he was at my most favorite stage and if I could keep him right there I would...but ask me today? I would tell you that our current stage is the best basically it doesn't matter how old he gets, I will likely think that he is the coolest little dude ever :) 

It's amazing to me how much this little guy changes every day. New words, phrases, and favorites emerge every single day. I'm constantly in awe of him and I probably say "He is just the best" a hundred times a day. He truly makes being his mama SO much fun! 

I'm currently knocking on wood, but as of now we haven't hit the terrible twos (although we still have 4 months to go) as of yet. He rarely ever throws fits...and when he does they are very short lived and usually include some fake crying. He definitely got his easy-going, laid back attitude from his daddy...and I sure hope it sticks around! 

We did have a brief spell where he was getting frustrated and then hitting whoever was closest to him. We have tried to be as consistent as possible with our redirection and how we address it, and it seems to have solved our issue...for now :) 

He is still talking up a storm and not only does he repeat just about anything we say, he is using his words and sentences to communicate his feelings and what he wants....and the majority of the time he is spot on. The other night we were reading one of his books and the character was crying and he said "Oh no, baby sad" 

His favorite phrases these days are a very enthusiastic "OH-KAY" , "Mama, hold you", "Where Cheez-its go?" (The obsession is real!), "______ sleeping?" (we spend at least 5 minutes before bed going through a list of people, stuffed animals, toys, and cartoon characters who are sleeping), and my personal favorite is "My mama, my mama" whenever I pick him up from daycare or come home from work. I love seeing his face light up and having him run to me for a hug <3

This boy's eagerness to learn and ability to remember every little thing blows my mind! He is now able to identify several letters (W, R, P, C, X, B, O, and U) and he will bring me a magnet, point them out in his books, and pretty much anywhere he sees letters. He will also just randomly spout off letter names when he isn't sure what they are. I have a Christmas sign in our house with all the reindeer names on it and at dinner her will point at it and shout different letter names and then look at us and say "yay!" 

He is counting all the time. If he is watching Sesame Street and they start counting he will join in or keep counting after they have stopped. He likes to count his fingers, the food on his plate, blocks, etc. He can consistently count to 10 (he no longer skips 7) and will occasionally go up to "porteen" His voice gradually gets louder and more enthusiastic the higher he's pretty much the cutest thing ever. He has recently started identifying the number zero...which can sometimes be confused with ovals, circles, and the letter O.

Naming shapes is another favorite of his. He finds shapes in books, house decor, toys, etc and will name off all the shapes. He is really consistent with stars, hearts, ovals, triangles, and tangles (rectangles)

Animal sounds continue to be his very favorite. He is always asking Alexa to make animal sounds and he will look at us and ask "Monkey says?" trying to get us to quiz him on his animal sounds. His favorite animals seem to be cows, horses, chickens, and goats....probably because he loves Deanna Rose. 

He is pretty good about playing independently, but prefers to have us sitting nearby. He will play for a long time with his blocks and build towers. I keep waiting for him to find joy in knocking them down, but our little engineer gets upset and says "OH NO!" whenever he accidentally knocks it over. 

He also loves playing with any figurines. We got him a Little Tykes Little People farm for Christmas, so I anticipate hours of fun with that. 

He also loves being outside, and unfortunately it's been rather cold and snowy these last few weeks so we haven't gotten out much. While we have a warm winter coat for him we need to invest in a full on snow suit, especially with all of the snow we have been having lately! 

If I had to pick his very favorite "toy" I would say it is still his books. He will sit for hours and read books by himself and some afternoons we sit together and read on the shelf...sometimes twice! We went to the library last week and got a bunch of Christmas books...the obsession with Santa is pretty intense these days. He has read all of those books hundreds of times and even recites some of the lines. My favorite is a Sandra Boyton book filled with poems/short stories and he will request "Wake-up, Wake-up" and when we turn to the page he starts "reading" it for us. As a teacher, this kids love for books makes me SO happy! 

I'm not sure if it's a growth spurt...but this boy is eating us out of house and home lately! He can still be pretty fickle and his preferences seem to change by the day...but he does eat a pretty wide variety of foods. His favorite is still "Pac-Cheese" (Mac and Cheese) and french fries...but lately he has been really into strawberries, cuties, applesauce (he asks for this daily) and of course Cheez-its...which I can't blame him for! Lately, when he wants a snack he will look at me and say "Mama...cookies?" and when I say no he will get an ornery look on his face and say "Bananas?" 

Sleep is going wonderfully. He is still going to bed around 7:30 and not waking up until 7-7:30 in the morning. He is going to bed without a fight these days. I got him a little squishy Santa from the Dollar Spot at Target and we tell him night-night and put him on the shelf each night and then I soak up a few snuggles before laying him down in his crib and covering him up and saying "night-night, I will see you in the morning" and he falls asleep fairly quickly after that. From past experience, I know this can change in an instant, so for now I will enjoy our peaceful bedtime routine and full nights of sleep :) 

This little boy is just the sweetest little ray of sunshine, and I am so grateful that I get to be his mommy! 


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