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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Benjamin

Benjamin, what a year it was for you. You accomplished some pretty cool milestones and your little personality continues to blossom.

Year 3 started out with a bang ... you threw your binky in the toilet and flushed it. The bad part? You asked for it within hours and cried yourself to sleep for a week.

You started a new pre-school which was a good move for your development. You began to get regular visits from a speech and behavioral therapist because you weren't talking and getting really frustrated about it. Those visits have helped you considerably as you're finally talking in full sentences.

In November, you were fully potty trained! You gave us a few diaperless months until your sister arrives. You also dropped your nap and get pretty grumpy from 5-7 until you crash. Somehow, you still take one at school but not for us.

Things you love: You went as Spiderman for Halloween and proceeded to wear out two Spiderman costumes wearing them to bed at night. Anything with fish! You carried around a Rainbow and Brown trout for the longest time and then you moved onto ocean fish. Keeping with the aquatic theme, your favorite activity is swimming with daddy. You also are pretty good at drawing fish and are starting to write your letters. You're pretty good at counting too. You learned how to master iPad games geared towards your age and development and are always asking to "download more." You also love  your "Dr. Mills Kit" and play doctor when anyone coughs, sneezes or tells your if you're sick. You love watching Gumball and the Regular Show though they probably aren't age appropriate. We also took you to see your first movie at the theatre ... The Muppets which was my first movie when I was your age.

You're also in love with your sister, EmmyLu, who arrived in March. You're gentle around her and haven't really shown any signs of jealousy. You are always telling me "She is so cute!" This may change but I really hope it doesn't.

The bad: you refuse to sleep in your bed still. Most of the time, you fall asleep in our bed and someone carries you to your room. You're super picky when it comes to food though you're starting to try new things. You are super picky about the clothes you wear. For the longest time, you only would wear Oregon Ducks clothing and now you have named all your clothes after fish and I half the time down know what you're talking about. I guess the bad really isn't that bad of a list.

Here's to year 4. I can't wait to see what it brings.

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