Thursday, January 26, 2017

Benjamin is 16 Months

Benjamin is 16 months! Precious boy just keeps growing, despite my pleas to stay little!

We were a bit late taking him for his 15 month check-up, so these stats are actually only a week old:
Weight: 26 lbs, 3 oz (87th%)
Height: 32.5 inches (83rd%)
According to his doctor, he's hitting all of his milestones ahead of schedule and looking just perfect.

He is our little bookworm. He's especially digging books with animals these days with favorites being The Big Red Barn and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? We read both of those books at least a couple of times a day, plus lots of others. He will go to his room and grab a book and then come find us wherever we are and sign please until we stop whatever we are doing and read to him. And he maybe throws a fit if we don't stop what we are doing quickly enough. =)  When we picked him up from the church nursery last week, his teacher said "He was great! And he REALLY loves books!" Yep!

Mom and Dad aren't the only ones who get the joy of reading the same books to him over and over. Big brother Jackson has begun sharing those duties too!

Other favorites at 16 months are:

  • Going outside
  • Wrestling with Andrew
  • Checking the mail with daddy (he will stop reading to go check the mail!)
  • Opening all of the forbidden drawers and cabinets
  • Stacking blocks so he can knock them over
  • All kinds of berries, grapes, bananas, and grilled cheese
  • His paci, and the more the merrier! He won't go to sleep in his crib until he has one in his mouth and at least one in his hand, preferably 2!

He follows two step instructions like "Ben, take off your shoes and put them in the basket!" He also seems to be mechanically inclined, and keenly observes how something works and then repeats the behavior. Andrew has a take apart plane with a battery operated drill that Ben loves to play with. He puts the screws in the holes and drills them in, or at least tries to! Baby proofing outlet covers have become mere decorations in our house as he loves to go around the house and pry them out.

He's mimicking all sorts of words and sounds. Here he is showing off just a few of his tricks.

The times he lets me snuggle him and rock him to sleep are so rare now. This picture was taken the night following our first day back at school and work after the holiday, and hasn't happened since. I guess he knew his mama needed some extra snuggles that day.

Happy 16 months, sweet boy!

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