July 20, 2010

A Big Day!

So today two big things happened with Ben. For the first time, I think Ben purposely did something I told him not to do ... not maliciously, but definitely to test my reaction. I was feeding him lunch, and one time after I gave him a spoonful of food, he blew a raspberry so his mouthful of food went flying all over him and me. I put my finger to his mouth and said in a serious voice, "No Benjamin, we don't do that while we're eating." He stared at me for a long time with his eyes wide, and I could see the wheels turning since I was talking to him in a serious way. I gave him another bite and said "Keep your food in your mouth" in a serious tone. He ate that bite just fine, staring at me the whole time. Then I gave him another bite, and staring right at me he splattered it all out of his mouth again! It really seemed as though he was testing his boundaries and seeing if I would react in that strong, serious way again. What little stinker!
Later in the day, I left him on his tummy on a blanket in the middle of the floor for a minute to start a load of laundry. When I came back, he was across the floor, about 10 feet from where I had left him! When I first walked back into the room, all I saw was the empty blanket in the middle of the floor - my stomach sank, then as I fully turned the corner and got closer, I saw where Ben had ended up. He rolled his way across the floor. This marks a new era - we can no longer assume baby will stay where we put him! His whole life, he was always exactly where we left him - but no longer :)

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