- He will do anything you ask him to do . . . in his own time. He's so much like Kyle in that way. Everyone tells me what a difficult/stubborn kid Kyle was, and now seeing how Ben is, I can see how he might sometimes be perceived that way. Ben (just like his father) really needs time to warm up to an idea before he'll participate wholeheartedly. If he has to do something before he's ready (which is quite often, because some things in life won't wait) he does it under protest, kicking, tantrums, etc. When possible, I wait for him to come around to an idea. During all the other times, he just has to suck it up.
- His favorite game is "made you look." It's so "fun" when he yells "Hey, Claire's choking on my lego!" and then exclaims "Made you look!" It's hard to make a 3-year-old understand why that might make Mom frantic rather than make her laugh.
- He's the first one awake. Every. Morning.
- Ben does not like to be the center of attention unless he initiates it. He loves to tell people what he's done and he's so proud of his accomplishments. But when he has to do something on his own in a room full of cheering people, he's not all that cooperative.
Case in point: The trike-a-thon. Last Thursday, Ben had the chance to participate in a preschool fundraisher called the "trike-a-thon." He talked about it all week and asked every day if it was trike-a-thon day. On the day of, he was the first one out the door, tried to load his bike up into the van on his own and was so excited. But as Kyle and I watched him sitting with his class, I could see him glancing at the first group of riders watching the cheering parents and I leaned over to Kyle and said, "Uh, I'm not sure how this is going to go."
Sure enough, it was his turn and he refused to ride. The teacher had his bike up there ready to go and he wouldn't get on. About two hours after the trike-a-thon, he announced he was ready to ride, but it was obviously too late. Life lesson . . . check.
- As we were driving to school this morning, Ben yelled "MOM! JACK'S ANTAGONIZING ME!" A year ago at this time, I was having him evaluated for speech therapy. My, how things have changed.
- He's still loving preschool. All he'll ever tell us, though, is "I had fun."
- He loves to "read" books to us . . . the ones he's memorized, that is. If he doesn't remember the words, he just makes them up. The made up story is usually more entertaining.
- He looks forward to Jack coming home every day. It's a count down from when he wakes up from his nap. He looks out the window and asks about every 10 minutes when Jack will be home. It really is cute. Though, within 5 minutes of Jack arriving home, the boys are fighting, so I'm not really sure what he looks forward to exactly.
October 9, 2012
On Bennett . . .
A few things about my favorite middle child . . .