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Happy 5th Birthday, Ben!

What is your name?
Ben

How old are you?
4 and a half, ssss five!

What is your favorite color?
Every color

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A grown up

What is your favorite food?
Watermelon or chips and cheese and beans

Who do you like to play with?
Ruth!

What is your favorite book?
It Looked Like Spilt Milk 

What is your favorite animal?
Kitties! And puppies!

What is your favorite song?
Friends are Family

What makes you laugh?
When people tickle me

What do you like to do with your family?
Play Lego with everybody

What does Daddy do for work?
I don’t know

What does Mommy do for work?
Post Status 

What is your favorite movie?
Brainiac Batman

What is your favorite show?
Miraculous Ladybug

What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Swing

Where do you like to go on vacation?
Disney World

Happy birthday to my favorite biggest boy!

Ben is 4!

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The Birthday Boy

In the tradition we started last year, I asked Ben some birthday questions this morning. He did so much better focusing this year and had answers for almost everything. It is really fun to see how much he’s matured since his birthday last year (check out that post here).

What is your name?
Benny-Boy maybe?

How old are you?
I am 4!

What is your favorite color?
Green and blue

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Play-doh is always a huge hit

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Um, 5?

What is your favorite food?
Hot dogs!

Who do you like to play with?
Mowgli [our cat]… and Daddy

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“My own little Legos!”

What is your favorite book?
Woody and Buzz, my present

What is your favorite animal?
Sheep

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Jake Duplos!

What is your favorite song?
Everything is Awesome!

What makes you laugh?
Tickles

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The only thing Ben asked for was a basketball hoop – on repeat – and his reaction was exactly what we had hoped for

What do you like to do with your family?
Go play at the playground and give my family kisses

What does Daddy do for work?
Play. I don’t know what he does

What does Mommy do for work?
Post Status!

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Birthday jealousy is real and alive in our house today! Little brother is having a hard time waiting until his birthday in 2 weeks

What is your favorite movie?
Everything is Awesome movie, the Lego Movie!

What is your favorite show?
Disney Shorts

What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Swim and play in the sprinkler

Where do you like to go on vacation?
To the pool and splash pad [Florida]

Happy birthday, Benny-Boy!

Happy Number 1, Teddy Bear!

It has already been a year since our Theodore John aka Teddy aka The Teds aka Teddy Bear aka Tedders aka Little Baby aka Ted-er-ino arrived to make our family four. First birthday posts are hard for me to write because almost everything changes about that baby in the course of a year and I get so nostalgic (and emotional) thinking about his sweet turned up nose and little newborn squeaks and grunts.

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While official weight and height stats are coming next week, I know he’s about the same as Ben was at one year at 20ish lbs and 30ish inches since they’re wearing the same clothes. If anything, Teddy is a bit shorter. He has 6 teeth with no signs of adding more anytime soon (although I’ve been mistaken before!). He is down to nursing only in the morning and eats everything we put in front of him. It’s not uncommon for him to polish off his whole plate of food and finish what Ben won’t touch. He can sign eat, milk, more, all done, and chew and doesn’t hesitate to let me know at 5:15 every night that he is ready for dinner.

UPDATE: Teddy’s 12 month checkup was today and he’s such a little peanut! He was only 18lb 9.5oz (11th %) and 29 inches tall (18th %). His head was 18.5″ (76th %) so we’re continuing the trend of large headed babies. I knew he felt smaller than Ben but that big of a difference surprised me. At 3 years, Ben is more or less average at 31 lb (42nd %) and 3 ft 1.5 inches (49th %).

Ben was so, so excited to meet Teddy at the hospital and our favorite thing has been watching the relationship of the two brothers grow along with Teddy. Ben was quick to shower attention and kisses on unsuspecting baby Theodore but now Teddy is big enough to give them right back! They don’t share toys well and have a hard time waiting for their parents’ undivided attention but play and wrestle so much more with every passing week. Opening Ben’s door in the morning and after naps (when he inevitably wakes first) is one of Teddy’s favorite times of the day.

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“Hi Baby Teddy”
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I can’t get over the fact that T looks a bit like a large mushroom with that giant helmet on his head
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Driving a Home Depot car cart is a huge hit with both the 3 and 1 year old crowds
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I’ve lost track of how many times the words “don’t squish your brother” have come out of my mouth in the last 12 months

Teddy loves his family, the kitties, his grandparents, his baabaa (burp cloth) and boppy (pacifier), eating everything ever, playing with his brother’s toys, any vehicle with wheels, wrestling, putting his hands and other small objects into Ben’s potty chair, singing songs, taking baths, reading books, trying to shove his boppy in Mommy’s mouth, giving kisses, and snuggling.

Teddy dislikes diaper changes, not being allowed to eat right this instant, green beans, thinking he has been left out of something fun, having to get naked instead of jumping in the bath with his clothes on, being denied access to the potty chair, and when Ben takes away toys he wants to play with. It was much harder to think of dislikes because The Teds is truly a naturally happy child and is content to do almost anything as long as he can be with his people.

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I love having a baby who likes being worn as much as I like wearing
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Photo cred: Meghan Mace Photography

Teddy can army crawl with an incredible amount of speed and it starting to pull himself up on anything he can reach. He’s been slower to learn new skills than Ben was because he’s just so content to sit where he was put and play with whatever he can reach. He’s caught on to the fact that there’s just so much more mischief he can get into if he can get himself from point A to B so I don’t think it will be too much longer before he starts walking.

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Hmmm, what have we here?

Happy birthday, my littlest little man!

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Teddy vs. Cake

We had a first birthday cake smash photoshoot with Teddy earlier this week. While Ben, at the same age, gingerly dipped one finger into the frosting and barely got messy, Teddy barreled across the room when he saw the cupcake on the floor and eagerly dove into it with both hands. He didn’t even let me put it down in front of him before he attacked. It was a lot of fun to watch! teddy-cake-smash-8492 teddy-cake-smash-8494 teddy-cake-smash-8495 teddy-cake-smash-8500 teddy-cake-smash-8518 teddy-cake-smash-8530 teddy-cake-smash-8531

Ben is 3!

benny-3Today our Benjamin turns 3 years old. It’s cliché to say that time flies but I’m certain that this year went even faster than from 1 to 2. There is an activity floating around the internet where you ask your child the same set of questions every year to see how their answers change over time. I though this year would be a great year to start with Ben but I hadn’t counted on the fact that his attention span is similar in length to a goldfish! Over the course of a week, he’s given me enough answers (and pointed UN-answers) to fill out a post.

What is your name?
Benny! B-E-N spells me!

How old are you?
I got some sprinkles!

What is your favorite color?
I don’t know my favorite color is

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Cake! Birthday cake!

What is your favorite food?
Peanut butter and jelly

Who do you like to play with?
Emily

What is your favorite book?
*skillful evasion*

What is your favorite animal?
This! *holds out a snowman cookie cutter*

What is your favorite song?
*runs away*

What makes you laugh?
I laughed in my room. I shut the door

What do you like to do with your family?
Go for a drive and we go to the vacation house

What does Daddy do for work?
Daddy has a meeting and I have a pretend meeting

What does Mommy do for work?
Works inside

What is your favorite movie?
I don’t know. I like Toy Story!

What is your favorite show?
Um, Finding Nemo?

What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Play with Emily!

Where do you like to go on vacation?
The vacation house!

Happy birthday, my best big boy!

What We Ate: 6/2 – 6/8

This week was fun because we had so much going on. My birthday was the 5th and Brian’s mom came over on Wednesday to take us out for dinner and spend the night and then my parents came over on Friday night so Brian and I could celebrate my birthday by going out by ourselves. It’s not often that we get to go out twice in one week!

Sunday
Lunch: Cheese ravioli, garlic bread, broccoli
Dinner: Ice cream, string cheese, (K) Spring Onion noodle soup from Trader Joe’s

Monday
Lunch: Black bean quesadillas
Dinner: Chuck roast in the crock pot with potatoes, carrots, and onion

Tuesday
Lunch: (B) BBQ chicken sandwich with leftover BBQ chicken, (K) leftover roast
Dinner: Baked chicken fajitas (these were awesome!)

Wednesday
Lunch: Panera (broccoli cheese soup)
Dinner: On The Border (carne asada with cilantro lime rice and veggies)

Thursday
Lunch: Leftover chicken fajitas
Dinner: Roasted asparagus, goat cheese and honey on wheat crackers, and popcorn

Friday
Lunch: A doughnut each (National Doughnut Day!), (B) Black bean quesadilla, (K) Black bean and sweet red pepper quesadilla
Dinner: Date Night! Local Italian place Mangiamo. It’s in a giant, old Victorian mansion. Brian ordered Parmesan crusted chicken with creamy red sauce and linguine and I picked slow roasted beef shoulder with mashed potatoes, broccolini, and shaved root vegetables.

Saturday
Lunch: Cousin’s son’s first birthday party (brats, wonderful baked beans, potato salad)
Dinner: (B) Tacos from my On The Border carne asada, (K) Leftover beef shoulder