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January 2018

We kicked off our year in the way most parents of 1-year olds do… ASLEEP! Brandon and I put Ben to sleep around 9, popped open some bubbly (sparkling apple juice πŸ˜‚) while watching an episode of Parks and Rec, and were in bed by 10:30.

*cue the grandma/ grandpa comments*

I know, we sound SO lame for some 20- somethings. But talk to me when you know your baby will be bright-eyed and ready to climb furniture eat the dog’s food destroy the house play just a few hours after you fell asleep. No one said keeping the kids alive making responsible parenting choices was easy all the time πŸ™„

We still had an amazing New Year’s Day, albeit a cold one here in Ohio. Brandon was off work so we spent the day hibernating and playing with our new Christmas gifts. We also booked our vacation for our 10 year anniversary in May! (Sidenote: I seriously can NOT believe we starting dating 10 years ago and got married 5 years ago this year. Time flies, and the older I get, the quicker the years seem to go.) We decided on a cruise, which is what we did for our honeymoon and it was amazing. It will be a whole new kind of fun with a toddler on board, and we are so excited to make vacation memories with him. I’ve been doing some research on taking toddlers on cruises. (Have you guys done it? I’d love to hear your advice!) The cruise being booked is also giving me some motivation to get back into working out, which I’ve neglected doing due to the cold and winter blues.

Ben has been CRACKING us up lately with his adorable personality. He is so independent and fearless, which is enough to keep this mama on her toes! He’s figured out that if he climbs Jack, he can get up onto the couch or coffee table. It’s like an undiscovered jungle gym up there! He’s also learned how to shake his head no, which he uses very freely and appropriately when we ask him to eat foods he doesn’t want to, or to get down from the coffee table. We’ve been taking him to play areas more to get some energy out, and he loves playing with the other kids. He’s the sweetest boy, always smiling, sharing, and curious.

We took him sledding for the first time after getting several inches of snow. He was NOT a fan of the cold, or maybe it was the dozen layers we bundled him up in. He could hardly move his arms and he kept tipping over from the weight of his coat and snowpants, which made him pretty upset, so we didn’t stay long. We’ll try again next year!

Any time we go to the store, Ben loves to wave and blow kisses to everyone, making friends wherever we go. He also knows lots of body parts and points to them when you say their name. He fake coughs and fake laughs, and it’s the cutest. He loves making others laugh, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the class clown at school one day. He is the best boy at naptime and bedtime, and I’m so grateful. He will roll over and put himself to sleep in his bed. I couldn’t be more proud of the little boy he’s becoming.

We’re having a great month here, and if it’s any sign of what’s to come for the new year, I think we are on a great path! Thanks for reading!

(He almost didn’t make it to 12 pm for the toddler “Noon Years” celebration at the library, after missing his morning nap! πŸ˜‚)