|On their 13 month birthday, in their red wagon|
|A seriously adorable Benjamin|
They are both full-on walkers now. They walk everywhere, and even run (especially if they're being chased). This has certainly led to all kinds of new fun and excitement for them both. One morning, Asher jumped up mid-diaper change with his striped pajamas flapping off him like a cape, picked up two maracas, and paraded around the downstairs naked. Benjamin, who appears to have a propensity for physical humor and slapstick, was in hysterics. In general, Asher acts like a goofball, and Benjamin laughs hysterically.
|The goofball after he climbed into the toy chest|
I have definitely noticed the boys, Asher especially, developing a little bit of addy-tood (that's the way you say attitude in Philly!)-- Asher loves racing away with something as you ask for it back, and he always turns his head the other way when you try to wipe his nose or his face after meals. Asher also wants what he wants when he wants it, and can be a bit of a drama king if he doesn't get his way. A few times I have put him down after holding him and he has crumpled into tears on the floor, and then banged his forehead on the floor for emphasis. The head-banging really gets to me, but I am trying to manage his breakdowns by verbally soothing him, because I am just not able to pick him up at every moment.
Benjamin is very easy-going during the day, or his waking hours, and then becomes completely stubborn at nap times or bed times, as I previously mentioned. He has also started biting me when he nurses, which I am not sure how to handle. It's very painful, but I am not ready to wean, and don't feel right weaning Benjamin but continuing to nurse Asher.
|Feeding themselves yogurt... 2 seconds later and I had 2 bowls of yogurt on the floor|
I worry a little because they don't have any words yet. They babble, and can say "dada" and "mama," but not directed at Eric or myself. Their babbling has certainly gotten more enthusiastic, and they also imitate each other. It is so much fun to listen to them imitate each other while they talk nonsense. Tonight at dinner they reached across the space between their chairs, held hands, and said "Ahhhhh, ahhhhhhhh..." It is impossible to describe how much they fill me with happiness at moments like that.
|The Bear on a tear with tissue paper from a gift|
We have been busy with play dates, parties, and time at the park. The babies in our play group are all turning one, so over the next few months we will have many first birthdays to attend! With the weather so nice, we try to make time to go for walks or jogs or to the park. On Saturday I jogged (with the jog stroller and the guys) to our nearest shopping area and the boys accompanied me from store to store. In general they were very well behaved, but by the end of the trip they lost it-- too much being strapped down in the stroller!
|Tonight's game of "wave the pajama"|
On Sunday we had professional pictures taken at a nearby college. We have only seen about 15 of them as a preview, but they turned out wonderfully, and I am very excited to see the rest. Once we get them, I will post some here. I am so glad we did it, because the boys are so adorable right now, and I know I will love having these memories.
Our days are exciting, and it is clear that both of our guys enjoy exploring and learning. They are so busy at the park and at home, playing and climbing, and running. I love how full of personality they are, and while I am completely exhausted at the end of the day, I can't imagine our lives any other way.