Artistic Skill – Ben – 21 Months

4 08 2009



Words and Sentences

1 07 2009

Ben’s vocabulary is expanding exponentially at the moment.  I have given up keeping track of what he does and doesn’t know.  When I say something new or interesting he walks around repeating it for hours until he has internalised it.  Because of our holiday he has learnt lots of words that probably aren’t very common for 20 month olds, like “seagull”, “lighthouse”, “wine” and “cave”.

He is also occassionaly speaking in short sentences like “Mummy cuddle Ben?” (oh, how sweet), “Ben did drawing!” (uh oh, where??) and “I like Weet-bix!” (he is currently eating 3 for breakfast every morning.  I’m dreading what that will become by time he is a teenager.)

More Rice?

27 05 2009

Ben is very adventurous and inquisitive but he’s also very accident prone with several accidents a day not uncommon.  Too smart to fall for the “kiss it better” remedy, he seems convinced that ice will heal anything.  In 50% of cases it actually does help (bumps, bruises, burns) so I let him believe that and for everything else, sucking on a piece of ice seems to soothe and settle him pretty well.

One evening recently, while I was preparing dinner and not watching him with eagle enough eyes, he managed to fall off a chair, run his car into the oven and burn his leg, and close the sliding door on his fingers.  Each wound was treated with the magic ice remedy and after the last incident he came running up to me with his fingers held out crying, “More ice! More ice!”.  I cracked up laughing.

Why?  Firstly because it’s the first time I’ve heard him use two independant words together like that (other than copying phrases like “here it is” and “i don’t know”).

But the thing that made it particularly funny was the way he sounded just like an asian waiter asking if I wanted “more rice?”  This has been a family joke for years and we always have a chuckle when we are at a Thai, Indian or Chinese restaurant and someone asks us if we want “more rice? more rice?”.  Now whenever I hear someone say that I will think of Ben’s ice obsession.

Lately, though, he’s taken preference to the star-shaped ice that comes from one of our Ikea ice trays so now he often comes running up to me requesting a “star” to make things better.

Artistic Skill – Ben – 18 months

2 05 2009


The painting was actually done at 16 months when he liked to jab the page with brush or crayon.  Now he either does big slow circles or vigorous side to side colouring.  Definitely right handed.

Washing Venetian Blinds

14 04 2009

Following Shannon Lush’s instructions from Spotless I used a broom and detergent in warm water to clean the venetian blinds.  It did a good job at removing all the dirt and mould.


After watching me do this for a few moments Ben ran off to get the dustpan and brush so that he could ‘help’.


He then helped me hang the blinds on the washing line.


It’s been ages since I’ve used the hose (because of water restrictions) but now that we’ve got a tank we can use it again!


Kids miss out on so much fun when they can’t play with hoses and sprinklers.


Ben’s First Fifty

8 04 2009

Over the last few months Ben (17 mths) has been saying a few new words every week.  At 17 months he is currently going through  a language explosion.  His ability to communicate excites him and he is keen to learn.

I wanted to share this list, firstly because I think it shows a bit about Ben’s personality and passions; and also as a record, because as fascinating as it is to me now, these things will probably be quickly forgotten as he grows up.

He says Real word
‘ere is Here it is / There it is
byey bye
dog dog
ball ball
inish finished
mummy mummy
daddy daddy
shoe shoes
rai rain
more more
boon balloon
brooom car/boat
cheese cheese said when pointing at the fridge
cheese trees said when pointing at the sky
teddy teddy
allo hello
ba bath
bash brush
nee knee
buvy buffy
duck duck
dig dig as a verb or as a noun for excavators, spades, scoops, spoons or any other make-shift tool like a recorder
star star
meow cat
baa sheep
fog frog
shhhh fish
too too train
bir bird
babby baby
raarh lion
bee bee
moo cow
chair chair
door door
boo book
ba’a banana
adamana watermelon
mower mower
ha hat
ba bag
duck stuck
apoo apple
bu’ bus
ha bowl he thinks you wear a bowl on your head
ba bath
weeee wee
poo poo yes, we are potty training
ah yes
no no I’m just glad it took him a while to learn this one

Of these his favourite words are Buffy, teddy, shoes, dig-dig, mower and hat.

And having now learnt to say the “no” word, we are definitely entering the uncooperative toddler phase.

Do you remember what your children’s first and/or favourite words were when they were little?

Dig This!

24 03 2009

Tuesday afternoon is our gardening afternoon.  Lately it has either been raining, or too hot, or we’ve had some other errands to run, so it’s been a while since I’ve spent the whole afternoon in the backyard.  I started cleaning some stuff out of the shed for the council cleanup coming up.  Ben helped by taking everything out of the shed and putting it on the lawn.  He loves playing with my tools.  Even though he has his own mower, wheelbarrow, shovel, rake, trowel and fork, nothing is as good as playing with the real thing.  As it is bin night tonight, I filled the wheelie bin with grass clippings from the ever-growing pile in the corner of the yard.  Ben helped by digging grass clippings and depositing them all over the backyard.  Then I moved onto the compost bin and, after a big tantrum over which was Mummy’s trowel and which was Ben’s, we started digging out the beautifully rich compost from the bottom and transferring it to various gardens around the house.



Not surprisingly Ben’s favourite word at the moment is “dig”, closely followed by “mower” which he shouts out whenever he sees or hears one going in the neighbourhood.  I had to stop on our walk today and explain that the “mower” he thought he could hear was actually a helicoptor.  I think it will be a while until he can say that, so until then we will have mowers flying through the sky too.