What a mess kids can leave!

Donno (Wally Ben’s Great Grandma) tells a story that her sister Junie’s daughter’s first words were “What a mess!” because Junie would march from room to room saying that phrase over and over. As a mom of an 18 month old, I believe it. I vacuumed yesterday and somehow the room was destroyed with toys by this morning. I live for those 2-3 minutes post-vacuum, when the...


I do not like the car. By Wally Ben

I like a lot of things. I like animal crackers. I like tails. I like clapping. I like fans, a lot. We don’t have any fans in my house, so when I’m at my grandparents, it is a real treat. I get to run from room to room and point at the fans. If I’m lucky someone will spin one for me, or turn one on. And then it goes around and around. It is really something. But, like they say,...


Daddy's Bodyguard Gets Embarrassed.

A few times Wally Ben has shown it upsets him when any aggression happens—usually by wrinkling up his forehead and yelling. If the dogs start to wrestle, he tries to get between them, puts on his best scowl, and does his little low-voiced froggy yell. Last week Wally IV tried tickling my knee, which I HATE like any ticklish person does, and Wally demonstrated his anger again when I screamed and...


Baby Workout Video—WV's 6 Week 6 Pack

Wally IV and I were doing Jillian Michael’s 6 Week Six Pack workout, so several times a week Wally Ben watched us each work out for a half an hour. He loved to watch, especially while eating lunch, since he has a clear view of the living room from his high chair. Food and the entertainment of a parent flailing around—what’s not to like? If he was running free, he sometimes liked to...


Saturday Night Fever, Wally Ben Style

Yesterday when I was out, Wally and his parents knew something was wrong with Wally Ben when he sat on his grandpa’s lap for about 10 minutes and fell asleep out of the blue. He is normally so busy that lap sitting is limited to one minute max. So when they looked over and saw him snoring, it was clear he wasn’t feeling so hot. Sure enough, temp 102.3. Tylenol brought the temp down...


A Visit with Grandpa and Mama May

Every few weeks, Wally V and I have a lunch date with my Mama May and Grandpa, his great grandparents on my side. They live in a retirement community of condos about 10 minutes from our house. The community has a dining hall where they enjoy a 3 course meal once a day, and they are allowed to bring guests. Since Wally Ben doesn’t yet appreciate the delicacies of Caesar Wraps and Cod Filets...


Beware of the angry, flailing snot monster

Wally Ben has been a snot monster all week, with a runny nose and cough, and actually has been quite a trooper about it. He lets us wipe his nose, which we have to do quite often. Usually he’s not a fan of the bogies (which I pronounce boe-geez), and neither is his mom—we’ve been known to have 10 minute tussles where I pin him and say I’m getting his bogies and he screams. But...


Our Daily Snowball Goodbye

We only live a few blocks from work, so even in the winter Wally walks. WallyV has started to give his dad a hug goodbye when he leaves. Then he runs over to the balcony and watches Wally walk away. Ever since it snowed, we started a tradition—when Wally walks away, he throws a snowball at us. It sticks to the door, and on really cold days it stays the rest of the day. Then throughout the day, I...