Happy birthday dear Ben…

Our fundraising is going so well! We have raised a great amount of money for Down Syndrome awareness. Thank you, also, to our first business sponsor! Aladdin Printing in Union Lake made a donation to our walk this week!

This weekend we had a “six” birthday party for Ben, since on monday he is six months old! All hail the Ben. 🙂 Saturday we had some friends and family over for a small party for Ben…he had a good time, but had to take a nap in the middle of the festivities, because it was a little overwhelming for him. All those people, all that humidity…poor little guy just had a small meltdown and had to have a little lie-down. After that, though, he was ready to party on. The weather sort of worked out…of course any time we have a party outdoors it decides to rain. 🙂 But with tables in the garage, everything was fine. I”ll have pictures later this week of the birthday boy. 🙂

In addition to all the birthday excitement, Cereal is going so well that we had sweet potatoes for the first time this weekend! Ben is not sure about the sweet potatoes…really not sure. The texture is the same, but the taste is all new to him. We’re working on it. He has a low yam-tolerance right now…but we’re working on that. Maybe we’ll try squash next, because everyone likes squash. 🙂

In the meantime, we have other pictures. This past week Ben got a new toy, a Bumbo chair. These are the greatest things ever! Since Ben is all about holding his head up, he loves to sit up and look around. He picks his head up on a regular basis now. His torso, however, is still pretty noodle-like. Sitting in this chair supports him all around, and he is able to sit up like a big boy.

Not only is his torso supported, but his knees are held in, eliminating the frog leg pose, and Ben is able to see his toes…and he LOVES his toes now. Toes are the new hands.

Above you can see Ben trying to get the toes that elude him. He is strong enough to bend forward like this, then pull himself back up to sitting again. Truly amazing. We are always watching to see that he doesn’t lean far enough forward to pitch out completely….

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5 Responses to “Happy birthday dear Ben…”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Yeah!!!!!!!! Ben!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy Birthday, Ben! And good for you–on ALL counts! The chair is amazing and what a help for his explorations. Praising God for Ben’s life and for his dear parents. We pray for you every day.

    Love,
    Carol

  2. Anonymous Says:

    From the O’Gormans

    Hey Ben,
    I have that same seat; however, I don’t look as good as you in it. I tend to flop all over the place. Maybe we should give it another try. Mom calls it my silly seat!
    Cabrey

    • coffeemomma Says:

      Re: From the O’Gormans

      It’s okay, Cabrey…I’m pretty noodly-like most of the time. My mom tells me to keep trying…I hate it but she’s usually right. 🙂

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Pinky Purple

    Excellent color choice. And I thought the floppy hat made him look manly – this really enhances the masculinity!

    😀

    Really, though, he’s ADORABLE.

    -Jocie

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