Ben has already mastered peek a boo with a towel/blanket/etc. on his (or my) face. However, he was so cute playing peek a boo with Nick around the kitchen wall today. He was scooting forwards and backwards in his jammies on the wood floor and giggling the whole time!
We returned home today from our "tour" of New England. We drove up to Mt. Washington Resort in New Hampshire to celebrate Kathy and Don (Nick's parents) 35th wedding anniversary. We had an awesome time relaxing and spending time with the family. Thank you, Kathy and Don, for a wonderful vacation. Click to see a few pictures:
We made a few stops on the way home to see all of our Grandparents (Nick's grandma in Worcester, MA and my grandparents in Manhasset, NY). We also stopped to see my cousin Jill and her family, including the newest addition - Julia (2 months)! It was awesome to see everyone. Thank you for having us.
Ben's 2nd tooth (also on the bottom) poked through today!! Though we still can't get a picture of them, I promise you they are there. They are evident as he continues to love to chew on both his own fingers and ours, which has become a little painful.
Also, caught in the rain the other day, it was a little chilly in the air conditioning and Ben was bundled up for a bit (yes, I know it's August). We took the opportunity of being fully covered in (slippery) clothing to try the hardwood floor to see if he could push himself around. It was cute, he did some backward cruising.
Again, Ben is naked. I don't know why it seems we had extra naked time pictured this week. Anyway, Ben was jammin' on his guitar. This was a solid 15 minutes of entertainment without any Mommy interaction. Awesome.
In the last year or so, I've heard three sounds that I have classified as the best EVER.
1. Hearing my baby's heartbeat.
2. Hearing my baby's first cry in the operating room.
3. Hearing Ben laugh.
Since the first two aren't recorded for your listening pleasure, I was lucky enough to get one of the best giggle sessions ever on video today. The lighting is not good and he's naked, but you can't be picky when these amazing things occur. The video is 2 mins straight of Ben laughing SO hard. In case you can't tell, all I'm saying is "Say Mommy! Say Daddy! Say Benny!" I have no idea why that was so funny....but apparently I'm hilarious. :) I was laughing so hard at him, I was crying.
Riding the coattails of Ben's friend Michael's announcement yesterday ("The Sher Family").....Ben's first tooth has broken through his gums (a week shy of 8 months old)! It's very hard to see being that I have to use two hands to get his mouth open and then move his tongue out of the way. It's a minor form of torture so I'm definitely not going to get a picture. He doesn't understand why I struggle to see in his mouth and then pull back smile, clap and cheer. I guess it's a big day here in the Kray household.
I'm actually not sure why I'm cheering. Teeth may cause me some problems in the nursing department. HA!
This is about as close as we get to crawling. Ben pushes up...then goes back down on his belly and kicks his legs and twirls his arms as if he's swimming or something. Maybe he thinks he's moving...I don't know.
Trying to teach Ben clapping and "high fives" but he just likes to grab our hands...progress, I guess.
It's a rarity to get Ben to sit still these days for a picture.
Meet Ben's new friend!
Sitting next to the puppy was followed by a dive forward and his version of crawling (see above for description).
Here's a little of the arm twirling...you can hardly see it he's moving it so fast!