Thursday, May 7, 2009

What we're up to these days...

I started this blog with 2 purposes in mind: 1) to blog about Ben and the CP thing and 2) to help me keep track of all the amazing and wonderful things my boys do. So today, I'm going to make an attempt to get caught up on what the boys are up to these days.


Current height: 32.5 inches

Current weight: 21.5 lbs - The pediatrician remains concerned about Daniel's weight gain but I'm not. He gained a 1/2 pound in three weeks for God's sake! Yes, he's tiny but he's finally on the chart for his non-corrected age! And, even though we're a 1/2 pound too early, we finally turned around the carseats so they're forward-facing.

Words: Daniel currently initiates the following without prompting: car, cracker, cup, clock, and moo (for cow, it comes out mmmm). With prompting he'll say: baa, mom-mom (YEAH!), tractor, no (naaaa), stick, dirt, goat and bottle (da-da).

New skills: Daniel now walks very well and will soon but up to a run. He likes to walk up and down the 1/2 steps into our living and family rooms but needs our help to walk down them. He is starting to try to jump and can really bounce when he's in his crib holding on to the rail.

Funny things he does: He is starting to "sing". It's hard to explain but he does "la la la". He gets over-the-top excited once he figures out that he's going outside or to the car. As soon as I come downstairs in the morning, he points at my laptop so I'll turn it on (not sure why he does this but I MUST turn it on). He still loves to kiss Ben.

Mommy's favourite outfit: I still love to see him in his jammies. My new favourite ones are some really cute striped ones. I think my favourite day outfit is his khaki pants, orange Roots T-shirt and his Baby Gap brown sweater (that is too small but still super cute). He looks all grown up in this outfit.

Favourite food: Toast is probably still very high on the list for Daniel. He LOVES anything that is pasta-related. He will even eat my homemade spaghetti sauce which is quite spicy. It's really cute...he will kind of scratch at his tongue between bites but he still opens wide when I offer another mouthful. Daniel pretty much likes everything.

Favourite activity: Since it's Spring, he loves going outside and exploring our street. Luckily we live on a court where there is very little traffic. He walks all over looking at the neighbour's cars, the manhole covers, and just about anythinig else he comes across.

Favourite toy: Probably his "stick" which is basically half of an old hockey stick that we use to "lock" our patio doors. He loves to walk around and around with it.


Current height: 31.5 inches

Current weight: Around 24 lbs - Mommy forgets!

Words: Ben has just started weekly speech therapy but he does say a few words. Without prompting he'll say: car, cracker (sometimes) and mmmm (for moo). With prompting he'll say: baa, nay (for horse), ball, and tractor.

New skills: Ben is doing great! He can pull up to a kneel and hang out on his knees for a very long time. He can even somewhat pull to stand. He gets up on all fours alot now and today actually moved all four limbs and crawled for about 6 inches! He's working on learning to use his walker each week at PT.

Funny things he does: Ben is a real copycat. Because he's always behind Daniel, it seems that Daniel is always the first one to come up with whatever trick they're going to do next. Once he sees Daniel do something (and get a reaction) then he definitely has to do it. Ben is the most ticklish kid I've ever seen and he absolutely loves it if you chase him and then tickle him. He is just so cute. He crawls but then looks back to make sure you're chasing him.

Mommy's favourite outfit: Ben looked super cute today. He had his Children's Place jeans on with a cute collared shirt and the blue Osh-Kosh sweater. Just too cute for words.

Favourite food: Ben loves all things pasta-related just like his brother. And crackers...what on earth would we do without crackers? Specifically goldfish? Ben's a fussier eater but still does fairly well. He's started eating cheese and grapes lately. We've learnt that you just can't pressure him. He'll try something when he's ready to try it. If he's not ready, he acts like he just can't believe you would dare to put that disgusting piece of food on his tray. He picks it up like it's the grossest thing ever and very carefully drops it over the edge of his tray onto the floor.

Favourite activity: He loves to go outside, whether it's for a walk in the stroller or for a ride on his new trike. Unfortunately, he really wants to explore the outdoors but the outdoors is not all that conducive to army-crawling. He gets quite frustrated that he can't just do his own thing out there.

Favourite toy: Ben's favourite toy(s) continues to be balls. He loves to chase a good ball around. But he is starting to really like the Little People Farm and all the animals. And he really likes to play with the Little People Garage. He can pull up to a kneel on the side of the garage and then just hang out on his knees.

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