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 join whoever…


Wally Ben speaks full sentences?

Wally Ben, at 16 months old, has just started speaking. Sort of. But we caught some of it on video, and I think I've interpreted what he's saying correctly. He may disagree...


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 enough that he…


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 and…


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 then he's relieved…


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…


Ways We Know He's More of a Toddler Than a Baby

Sometimes when I look at Wally Ben, I see a little boy, rather than a little baby—more and more lately, especially since he's running around like a maniac most of the time. So here are a few of the clues that my baby is not as much of a baby anymore: Today he is wearing Levi's Relaxed Fit Jeans. Like he has a choice already—boot cut, loose, skinny jeans. His best fit is relaxed. I was talking to…


Wally Ben, Buttercup's worst nightmare

It's official. Buttercup is terrified of Wally Ben. Like, really and truly, tail-between-the-legs-running-for-cover-at-the-site-of-him, perhaps one day soon pee-on-the-floor afraid. It's a shame, too, because she had just been warming up to him and his love and hugs and close talking. She was just starting to lay there when he sidled up, put his face in hers, turned around and leaned back into…


Wally Ben and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Yesterday ended, and I sighed with relief. We didn't end up in the ER (although we were close several times). I'll let Wally Ben tell the rest: Yesterday started off normal. I woke up at around 7:15 and yelled out a little. And then yelled a little more. I guess my mom's ears weren't working because it took her a little too long to come into my room, so I was crying when she came in. I could…