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Happy eight months, Benjamin

Another month has come and gone. Benjamin is eight months old today!



And of course that means he’s achieved several more milestones. New teeth are erupting (two in top), he’s perfected the army crawl,  and he’s officially pulling up.

In the past few weeks, he’s gone from this…


To this!


He’s really getting the hang of actually chewing and swallowing food now, with very little gagging but lots of mess. Spaghetti and meatballs was a hit recently.


Like Nana says, he is a bamboo shoot, growing and changing so very quickly.

Happy seven months, Benjamin

Our little man is now closer to his one-year birthday than to his actual birth day. *Sniff*


Actually, in my opinion, this is when it really starts to get fun.

Benjamin is babbling these days, blowing raspberries, sitting up confidently, studying objects closely and transferring them from hand to hand (or, more often, hand to mouth), dragging/rolling himself to items of interest, and protesting loudly when his big sister snatches a toy out of his hands. (And so it begins…)

Soon after I took the above photo, he shifted onto his tummy, in hot pursuit of the lens cap.


But then he got kind of stuck in his “swimming” position.


I kid you not, as of this week he’s also trying to pull up to standing (!). This most often happens when he’s in his baby bathtub; he grabs the side of the tub with both hands and pulls himself into an awkward-looking squat.

Over the course of the last four weeks, he’s tried all sorts of foods, mostly just sliced into chunks or lightly steamed as necessary: sweet potato, avocado, banana, plum, peach, zucchini, broccoli, blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, yogurt, cheese, bell pepper, carrot, pear, apple, green beans, eggplant, salmon, egg yolk, and more.

He seems to really enjoy the social aspect of mealtime, and he’s definitely getting the hang of chewing and swallowing.


He loves cherries (as well as zucchini and broccoli.)


Benjamin had lots of other firsts this month too–including his cross-country flight, which thankfully went very smoothly!


On our trip west, he met his Spain family aunts, uncles, and cousins.


He also had his first swim in the pool.


And his first trip to the beach!


Benjamin attended his first wedding this past weekend, but sadly, I didn’t get any good photos. I’m hoping the couple’s photographer managed to get a few. (He was right around the age Audrey was when she went to her first wedding. I don’t think he can top her four weddings in 3 1/2 years!)

Our travels this past month were fun, but I’m looking forward to a low-key August. I told Kenji that I’d like to stay within a one-hour radius from home. So, expect to see more of this in the next monthly-birthday post.


Happy second birthday, Audrey!

Two years ago today we cradled our tiny newborn in our arms, navigating the profound love, relief, and exhaustion that washed over us after her birth.

This morning, she cradled her own brand-new little baby in her arms. Happy second birthday, Audrey!


So we can remember how much she has grown and changed over the past year, here she is exactly 365 days ago (with much less hair!).


Today was an ordinary day made special with treats and lots of birthday wishes and singing. First, pancakes for breakfast, presents, and the drive to get daddy to the train station on time.

A bit later we headed to our regular Friday music and dance class at MoBu, notable today for an Audrey-only ride on the parachute and “Happy Birthday to You” sing-a-long.

After a special snack at Panera we were off to the Falls Church Community Center for their Friday morning drop-in tot time. Audrey was knocked over several times in a row almost immediately by some bigger kids, but she got her nerve back and was sliding and crawling through tunnels in no time.


Back home for lunch, books, and “rock-a-baby,”and then she cuddled in her ever-filling crib for a good long nap. (Two hours! Two years ago, she slept in two-hour increments over all 24 hours of the day!)


We couldn’t let the day go by without playing in the snow, so we bundled up and headed outside once she was up. Sadly, our walk over to the library ended in disappointment (note to self: remember that it closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays), but a quick drive to the neighborhood bookstore made for a swift recovery.


After we picked up daddy from the train station, we celebrated her big day with pizza dinner out, capped with a giant brownie sundae and a handful of vanilla ice cream. Just about perfect.


Like I said, a pretty ordinary day.

Which is extraordinary, because we got to share it with her, our Audrey.

We love you. Happy birthday!

Merry Christmas (and happy twenty-three months)

Merry Christmas! And happy twenty-three months to Audrey, too.


We started the morning bright and early, as usual — but this time we got to begin the day with gifts! After rooting through our stockings, Audrey happily tore into the big present Santa left while she was sleeping…


her new toy kitchen! She immediately got to work putting the little egg-filled pan into the oven, saying “Oo, hot” over and over again.

Kenji made waffles while she played and then we eventually got through opening the other presents. A quick chat with Grandnan, Tickles, and Bicycle and then we were off to mass. Audrey was super squirmy in church but thankfully we were surrounded by lots of other little kiddos, so she was in good company.

Home for a nap afterwards (while Kenji and I cooked) and then we joined Kenji’s family at Nana’s house for more gift opening plus a delicious turkey-and-fixings dinner.

It was a full day but Audrey seemed to enjoy it all. Tomorrow morning the holiday continues with a roadtrip to Rhode Island! A big purple gift bag is loaded with toys and distractions, new apps are loaded on the iPad, and Uncle Alan, who’s coming along for the ride, promises to be entertaining.

Wish us luck!

Happy twenty-two months

Whoops, this time the 25th really slipped past me. Maybe it’s because our week was a mess of broken sleep, high fevers, crying, and an endless runny nose. (Poor Audrey’s been suffering from a bad cold.) Or maybe I’m just in denial that she’ll turn two so soon.

In any case, Audrey is twenty-two months old!

And, if Petsmart’s scale is to be believed, our little love finally made it over twenty pounds. (Audrey climbed up onto the scale during Nimbus’s recent vet appointment. Helpful since we don’t have a scale at home!)

More soon, but for now we all need to catch up on some sleep.

Happy twenty-one months

Guess who’s twenty-one months old? (As of yesterday, actually…it’s been a busy week and I’m behind on blogging, as usual.)

We should have decided to make her a parrot for Halloween, because that’s what Audrey is these days. She’s adding new words to her vocabulary each day.  Everything she encounters is identified by object, color and/or shape, and counted (up to ten). Her favorite phrases of the moment: “this one” and “Audrey/Mama do it.”

Our little love is also sweetly affectionate, hugging new friends at the park (eek, germs!), her dolls, us, books, you name it.

And kissing them, too.

One of Audrey’s favorite objects of the moment is “The Potty.” So far she just sits on it like a chair, but she understands its purpose in a general way. Case in point: she pretended to wash one of her (clean) cloth diapers in it!

In terms of play, Audrey has been getting into role and pretend play, which I find exciting and fun. Today while visiting Nana and her cousins she picked up a little Play-dough container, said “hot coffee,” and then spent the rest of the time there carrying it around, blowing on it and taking a “sip” in between other activities.

We’ve been getting into craft activities too. Audrey seemed to enjoy finger painting with some colored yogurt recently.

I still can’t get over what an amazing little person she is.

Happy twenty months

Our girl is twenty months old today!

Audrey has been having fun with friends and inanimate objects alike recently, including Evelyn…



and her stuffed animals.

She’s talking more each day too, though often we have no idea what she’s saying. Some recent words include bowl, soup, truck, yellow, and circle, and she’s starting to string together short, often declarative phrases (“mama, sit.”). She’s singing too! The “hello” song from our Music Together class is one of her new favorites, as well as the ABC song (she makes it to “G” and then skips to “QRS”).

Audrey’s also working fervently on learning to run (very close now) and to jump (this will be a while yet).

What a busy girl she is. We love you, Audrey!

Happy nineteen months

Our cutie pie is getting ever closer to two years old (*sniff*); she’s nineteen months today! And busier by the day.

We spend lots of time at the park adjacent to our street. These days Audrey loves to climb up and down the jungle gym (skipping the slide, usually), hang from the “big girl” swing on her tummy, play in the sandbox, and find little treasures along the ground. She also is enthralled by bigger kids hanging from the monkey bars, playing soccer, or full-on running.

Audrey discovers fun things to do at home though, too. Like “helping” sort the mail.

And she’s a perfect angel when it comes to brushing her teeth, washing her hair, and having her diaper changed — HA!

Recently Audrey rode on the carousel for the first time. Three times in a row, in fact. She had no interest in actually sitting on one of the horses, so we rode in the chariot. One of our Music Together CDs has a song called “Merry-Go-Round” that Audrey now requests every time we’re in the car by saying “up down, up down” repeatedly.

Audrey also loves the P-O-O-L. (Whenever I say the word, she make a beeline for the door!) Sometimes it’s hard to tell what she enjoys best: wading in the pool, sitting on the edge for a round of “Humpty Dumpty,” or climbing onto the chairs poolside.

And of course, Audrey loves playing with (well, alongside, at least) her little buddies. She’s working on learning their names, but right now they are all “baby.”

We’re heading to Rhode Island to see Grandnan, Granddad, and G.G. Bird in a few days; I can’t wait for the happy reunion!

Happy eighteen months


We did, eventually, make it to Portland on Saturday and have been having a great time!

Lots of photos and stories to post, but for now I’ll just say…happy eighteen months, Audrey! So glad you can celebrate your half-year birthday with your Spain family uncles, aunts, and cousin. And a cupcake, of course.

Happy seventeen months

I really cannot believe we’re almost halfway through Audrey’s second year. Today she’s seventeen months old!

She gets cuter and cuter each month.

Kenji was off today (hooray!) since he just returned from his almost week-long conference in Minneapolis. It made for lots of good father-daughter bonding, including plenty of “whoosing” (arm swinging) around the house.

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