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…


Wally Ben's Favorite Things

If Oprah gets her favorite things, Wally Ben decided he'd like to have his own list—a list of a random assortment of things he discovered in his first year of life. So here's his expert opinion on the best things for one year olds (and he is an expert, since he's very good at being one): Exit signs. If one's in his sightline, he lets you know. It reminds me of Elf, when Buddy runs around looking…


He is a one year old teenager.

I was at my hair appointment, and Wally Ben came with. My sister-in-law LizE's friend Stephanie (there are really only two people involved in that phrase, but it sounds like a lot more, doesn't it?)—anyway, she cuts my hair. Wally Ben was playing on the ground and found a hand broom Stephanie uses to scoop up the hair. Stephanie nicely took it away and set it on the counter. And here's where it…


A baby's first year

Last Halloween, we woke up after Wally Ben's first night at home. (Well, I woke up again, after waking up around 3 or 4 times before morning with the little bugger.) We didn't have a costume for our tiny lump of a thing because we hadn't known if he'd be born before Halloween, and he was just a lump, so putting anything on him, including onesies, was a feat for us newbies. We snuggled him all…


He does the Monster Mash!

Wally Ben was learning to walk a few weeks ago, when he decided to try to walk and dance at the same time. Happy Halloween! Wally Ben's Monster Mash from Meet The Otts on Vimeo.


Wally Ben's Smear Ad: Who Is This Guy?

Finally, a negative political ad that you want to see! Wally Ben: Who is this guy? Is this the kind of guy you want in office? Learn more about all the reasons you shouldn't vote for him.