Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Learning to Use a Spoon

At 15 months, Benjamin showed signs of wanting to feed himself.  Either that or I just thought, “let’s give him a spoon as see just how much of a mess he can make.”  Of course he did, and he had fun trying.  Oatmeal and sweet potatoes were the easiest foods to try, since they stick to the spoon (and don’t fall off when you turn the spoon upside down upon entry).  Yogurt and applesauce were a bit more dicey.  What neither Drew nor I were prepared for was the mixing of foods that Benjamin is totally comfortable doing.  Mixing foods is still an anathema for Jasper. 

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and he’s mixing his food … strawberry yogurt and sweet potatoes. Yum?

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A few days later and Benjamin is still making a mess.  As you can see, though … he’s having fun in the process!  Another Jackson Pollock?  Perhaps!  He’s very studious. 

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And after all that fun, this kid needs a bath!  Bathtime is usually separate.  Yes, they have fun together.  But for me, when this is the very last thing of the day and I am already worn out from flying solo, the last thing I want is to referee in the bathtub.  However, some nights they get a bath together – mostly when daddy’s around.

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Just in case we might forget at a later date, Benjamin has the “B” and Jasper has the “J.”

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Benjamin is much more tolerant of water getting in his eyes, but he’s pretty much resistant to getting his hair rinsed after shampoo. 

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Jasper, who used to have a total fit when you tried to rinse his hair, has now become much more calm and tolerant.  Phew, what a relief!

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Monday, March 01, 2010

Impatient or Inquisitive?

Benjamin is a toddler, and that means a) he’s getting into everything and b) we cannot yet reason with him. 

With Jasper at this age I was really wishing he was able to understand logic.  Seeing as how Jasper eventually grasped the concept, I am not pulling out my hair with Benjamin’s lack of interest in the topic.  And, the fact that Benjamin has only now started to push boundaries of obedience (each time with an all-too-cute look on his face), I am also not pulling my hair out from frustration and exhaustion. 

One day while I was trying to clean, Benjamin either got too inquisitive as to what was in the linen closet or too impatient that I was on the phone with Auntie Lindsay.  I tried to distract him with other things, but in the end I also determined that the items of interest were not choking hazards – and let him just have at it.  He decided to empty the open drawer onto the floor – shaking each box with flare and great interest.  Won’t he love these photos when he’s older?! 

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Wrestle Time with Daddy!

Drew is a great father and husband.  He loves us (way up to the sky) and cares for us in innumerable ways.  The boys and I are “so lucky!”    He spends as much time with the boys as he can and really likes to make the time special. 

Saturday mornings are “pancake mornings.”  Drew makes pancakes from scratch, and Jasper helps him mix the batter.  Jasper can mark his days by this event and looks forward to it every week. 

Drew makes the boys breakfast each morning, plays with them when he gets home from work, reads to them, bathes them, puts them down for bed and spends lots of quality time with them on the weekend – going to the park, taking bike rides, wrestling, playing with puzzles or trucks, etc.  Soon we’re going to start taking family hikes, too – to get ready for our trip to Yosemite this summer. 

Jasper has a fabulous laugh and really enjoys being tickled/wrestling.  This puzzle time quickly transitioned to a wrestling match.  Benjamin is just starting to get in on the fun, and as of this past January, was content to just pat Drew on the head.  It was precious! 

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Jasper might be getting tossed like a sack of potatoes, but I’m going to keep patting daddy’s head. 

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Oh no, there he goes!  Benjamin gets caught by daddy!


Oh, look.  Another puzzle piece.

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