Monday, June 1, 2009

Benji is 16 Months

Benji turned 16 months old today.  At his latest well-child exam two weeks ago, he weighed 25 lbs and was 31.5” tall, both around the 55th %ile.  For the sake of comparison, at the same age Tommy was 29lbs and 35”, over 100% for both height/weight.  He’s totally healthy and is on or ahead of schedule for developmental milestones.

His favorite books are Peek-a-Who?, Moo, Baa, La La La!, and Where’s Baby’s Bellybutton?.  It was last month that he started to bring me books and want to sit in my lap to read them and I’m loving it!  

He says cup (“bup”),  light (“ice”), peekaboo (“pi-boo”), hello (“ra-row”), apple (“appoh”),  up, and mama.  It seems like he really wants to talk but just can’t figure out how to form the words.

He’s using a fork with ease and is just learning how to use a spoon.  He understand how a spoon works, but isn’t quite able to keep the food on it and get it to his mouth, which makes for some messy yogurt and oatmeal sessions!  

Ben loves playing with his big brother and is always mimicking him.  The boys play well together and often go off into their room and play together for up to 30 minutes.  I can hear Tommy saying things like “Ben, want to play in my room?  Want to do cars, Benji?” and off they go.  It’s heartwarming to hear my eldest be so caring with his little brother. 

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