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.