|Big, serious eyes on that sweet little face|
He never makes a big deal or a scene (unlike his siblings). One night we were out at dinner and the kids got a scoop of ice cream with their meal. Benjamin ordered Mint Oreo ice cream and Charlotte ordered strawberry. After Benjamin tasted Charlotte's strawberry ice cream, he started to cry. Not loudly, not saying a word, just tears running down his cheeks. It turned out he liked strawberry and not mint and had changed his mind. Such sweetness- the waiter got him a scoop of strawberry right away.
|Selfie by Benjamin|
We both love all food, and Benjamin has a great appetite. He asked for artichoke for dinner the other night! He eats pretty much everything we feed him, and will almost always eat what he has asked for, and then some. He is slow and methodical in his eating, but I get such a kick out of watching him work his way through a plate full of food. Despite the fact that he eats more than twice what his brother and sister eat, he is fairly small and slight. He told me yesterday that he is smaller than Asher because he doesn't nap, and that nap time helps Asher grow bigger.
Benjamin's brain always seems to be working, and he has a good memory. He is still having trouble with his pronunciation- he usually leaves off the "s" at the beginning of a word if it is followed by a consonant, meaning "stop" becomes "top." He also leaves out the "r" that follows a consonant, so "treat" becomes "teat" and "gray" becomes "gay." Yes, Eric and I are completely immature and got hysterical when Benjamin came downstairs in gray sweatpants and a gray t-shirt and said, "My outfit is so gay!" Eric and I try hard to correct him, and Benjamin has learned to talk around the words he mispronounces, or to use synonyms. For example, when Benjamin called a tree a "tee," Eric tried to get him to say the r, by slowly saying "Tuh-ree, Benjamin. Tuh-ree." So Benjamin said, "bush!" Since I told Benjamin that his friends in kindergarten will have a hard time understanding him if he doesn't say his words correctly, I have noticed him making a more concerted effort to pronounce things more clearly.
|Monkey on the monkey bars|
Since Benjamin is my least-demanding child, I worry I will lose him in the shuffle, so I try to make a point to seek him out and give him my attention. We do get our one-on-one time while his siblings nap, and I do give him hugs and kisses as often as he'll let me. I also compliment him on his exemplary behavior frequently. Which has resulted in him looking for rewards and asking, "So what do I get for making good choices?"
|Helping me bake while his siblings napped|
Here are the things I love about Benjamin: the way he always tries to sit on my lap or Eric's lap when we eat even if he starts out in his own chair; his little lips when he eats and talks; his beautiful smile; his big, serious eyes; his quiet consistency; the way he always surprises me by knowing something I had no idea he knew anything about; his little hands and fingers and the way he is so steady and strong in using them; the fact that he still sings the 4 questions despite not singing a single one at seder. I am so impressed with the boy he is becoming, and I am so lucky that my son is such a sweet, smart boy.
Here is what I said to Benjamin tonight: "How did you get so wonderful? You are such a wonderful, smart, kind, loving little boy. I love you so much, do you know that?" To which he wrapped his little spaghetti arms around my neck and gave me a big hug.