Wally Ben Learns to Clap in Silver Lake!

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Our little 9 month old comedian

Unintentionally, Wally Ben makes us laugh. Sometimes I suspect he means to--he does something over and over and I wonder if we have a little ham on our hands. But a lot of the time, just being his nine-month-old self gets a good chuckle out of us. His sounds contribute to his comedy show a lot. He cooed here and there until he was 4 months old. Then he screamed for a few days. Then he got bored…


This Is What Stubborn Looks Like

I went to my mom and dad's today for a pool day, and to work during his naps. All was going well. We had a great time swimming—perhaps too much fun, since when it came time for his nap, he was not happy. He cried, which isn't unusual. He occassionally cries for a few minutes before a nap, especially when he isn't at home. I was in the room next door, so I could hear him crying. Then his cries…


Wally Ben's First Kiss

We were at Vacation Bible School in the nursery (a friend of mine said, of course, it always happens at Vacation Bible School...). Wally Ben was playing with all the new baby toys, and had taken notice of the other baby in the room, nearly 1 yr. old Adalaide, a few times. Once they warmed up to the idea of each other, they started to play with the same toys. At one point, when they were sitting…


Celebrating our 2 year anniversary. What do couples do?

Wednesday, June 30 marked 2 years since our fabulous Mexico wedding. Normally we don't make big deals about birthdays and anniversaries around here. Ever since the morning of my 11th birthday, when I didn't wake up with my heart pounding out of my chest like I usually did on my big day—from then on, I've had a more laid back approach to birthdays and anniversaries. The way I see it, I'm a day…


Vacation!!!! by: Wally Ben

Well, since my mom has been doing such a terrible job keeping up with the blob, I thought it was time I stepped in. Especially because we just did vacation last week, and I just have to talk about it. See, my mom and dad talked about vacation and I got very worried. I didn't know what vacation was, and every time they talked about it they said, "Pray for us, we're going on vacation to the…


Motherhood as a metaphor for, well, motherhood

My first Mother's Day was last weekend, and I have to say, it's like getting an extra birthday in a year. You wake up and you know that this is a day to celebrate you, and that feels pretty darn good. And in my case, you wake up at 5:45 AM because your little guy just can't wait to see his mom on Mother's Day. For the record, he rounded out the day with a few good naps, so he made up for that…


Happy 6 Months Old, Wally Ben! A letter from your mom and dad.

Dear Wally Ben, Happy 6 Months Old day! Time really has gone unbelievably fast, although it feels so long ago that we were meeting you for the first time. Your first six months were a wild adventure. Your dad and I have had so much fun getting to know you, and we're so grateful you have let us become parents by practicing on you. You have been a real sport about it! Together, we've muddled…


My Own Pregnancy Questions Answered Part 2 of 2

A few weeks ago I posted the first part of this blog, answering the questions I had a year ago about taking care of a baby. And now the rest of my mom-of-a-5 1/2-month-old answers: How often will the little guy eat? And what is formula? My theory right now is, formula means Wally can get up at night when the baby’s hungry. If that’s right, I’m good with that. Bah....mmmm....wha…


My own pre-baby questions answered: Part 1 of 2

I thought the other day about a blog post I wrote back in April. Back in the day when Wally V was just a we little chicken nugget, perhaps still with a tail, hanging out in my bump of a belly. The blog was called "Things I don't know," but perhaps a more appropriate title would have been "A teeny tiny smidgen of the millions of things I don't know about being a mom, or, I am a dummy!" So the…