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.


A mother's love

Sometimes Wally Ben will lift up his eyebrows in a way that says, wow, look at that, really? And it is a face that makes me so overwhelmed with this feeling, this realization, of something that I know that I know and feel but that surprises me every time I feel it—man, I love this kid! Usually at these moments, I realize that I am reflecting on how much I love him. I want to put it into words so…


Wally Ben Babbles

Wally Ben has taken to babbling for a few days, then stopping. My favorite are the babbling days. It all started with him making all matter of noises, and realizing it was pretty fun. He was going on and on…"ah, nah, dah, naaaaaaah, dah." This followed a 3-4 month vow of silence, so I was afraid to interrupt for fear that he'd stop. But I went ahead and, since his sounds included some "dah"s, I…


Wally Ben's First Library Class

We went to Gail Borden's "Wonderful Ones" class tonight, the first in a series of 6 weekly classes for kids 9-24 months old. The classes are on Thursday from 6:15-6:45, and include 15 minutes of stories, singing, rhymes, and dancing, and then 15 minutes of playtime. They also offer sessions during the day, but we picked the 6:15 time so the whole family could go. The class included around 12 kids…


My New Favorite Place to Shop—Moms of Multiples Sales

This past weekend I heard from my sister in law about a "Cluster Sale" in Tinley Park. The only thing I knew was that she would be going at 7:30 to wait in line, although the sale didn't start until 9AM. A friend she was going with had been to the sale the prior spring, and let us know that if you wanted particular big items or the best choice of clothing, it was a good idea to get there early to…


Silver Lake in my PJs, by Wally Ben

It's official. I'm a Loony. This is Wally Ben writing, since my mom lets me write about my trips because I tell it better. I spent the last week in Silver Lake, Michigan with over 60 of my Grandma Ott's side of the family, called the Loonies. I'm not really sure where that name came from, but there are a lot of stories that make the name make sense. In one story, my dad says when he was a kid,…