Friday, February 8, 2008

A Little Update for February

I have not been as faithful at keeping this blog updated as I would like to be. Sometimes it seems like life just happens so fast that I forget to keep track of what goes on. Benjamin is keeping us very busy these days and I just realized that I have only taken about 10 pictures in the past 3 weeks. I've got to be better!

School is well underway for Matt and we are SOOO looking forward to his graduation in May. Only four weeks into the semester and already his classes feel a bit overwhelming. Benjamin has been keeping me very busy as he is constantly looking for things to get into. I can only imagine what life will be like when he starts walking. For now I have learned that he would much rather play with just about anything except his toys. He does like his toys, but for some reason, everything else is just so much more interesting. Today I left him to play with his toys in the living room and a couple of minutes later I heard pages turning. I looked around the corner at him and saw that he had scooted to our bookshelf and managed to pull a book off. Being in the oral stage that he is, he was attempting to see if the book was edible.

Other news on the developmental front: Benjamin is now clapping his hands (so cute), spending lots of time on his hands and knees rocking back and forth (not crawling yet), learning to drink from a sippy cup (OK, mostly creating small lakes of water on the kitchen floor), loving his solid food, and last but not least, learning that crying is a way to get attention. So, we are finding that while we would love to stay at the stage where a child cannot be spoiled, we are no longer there and it's tough. We are praying for wisdom in how to train Benjamin at this young age, and for freedom from guilt when letting him cry makes us feel like bad parents. Overall though, Benjamin continues to be a pretty happy baby and gives us lots of reasons to laugh and smile.

Here are some of the pictures we have taken recently. I am determined to do better over the coming weeks at picture taking, so hopefully there will be more to follow soon.

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